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Sauce Gardner injury update ahead of Week 12 vs. Bears

We break down the news that Sauce Gardner has a calf injury. What it means for Week 12 and beyond.

Sauce Gardner #1 of the New York Jets celebrates after breaking up a pass intend for Gabe Davis #13 of the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on November 06, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Friday update: Gardner was removed from the final injury report after getting a full practice in on Friday. He’s good to go for Sunday against the Bears.

The New York Jets have already made headlines in Week 12. Ahead of their matchup against the Chicago Bears, they are making a change under center as Mike White has been named the starting quarterback. The team could see a change on the other side of the ball as well as star rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner is dealing with a calf injury. He is limited in practice on Wednesday and would be a big loss to the Jets’ defense in an important game.

Fantasy football implications for Week 12

If Gardner is active, it would limit the upside of Chicago wide receiver Darnell Mooney. He already struggles to have fantasy relevance but has started putting out better performances recently. Gardner and the Jets are coming off a game where they held the New England Patriots receivers to a low stat day. No player had more than 53 receiving yards, and nobody had a receiving touchdown. If Gardner is active, you are likely still starting Mooney but with lowered expectations.

If Gardner is inactive, Mooney will see an uptick in his outlook based on a better matchup. This would also see Chase Claypool have a better projection, but he still shouldn’t be started in your fantasy lineup.