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Bears TE Cole Kmet injury: What status means for Week 17 vs. Falcons

Cole Kmet is dealing with a knee injury for Week 16. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

Cole Kmet #85 of the Chicago Bears runs a route during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

Inactives update: Kmet is active and will play. We can’t know if he will play his full snaps.

Game day update: Kmet was expected to play, but has turned into more of a game-time decision due to some Sunday morning soreness, per Ian Rapoport. The team will make a decision after he tests out his knee in pre-game warmups.


The Chicago Bears host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17 with a chance to end their playoff hopes. The Bears will look to do so with one of their playmakers banged up. Tight end Cole Kmet is listed as questionable due to a knee injury.

This is the second straight week Kmet has been listed as questionable, albeit for a different injury. Last week, he suffered a quad injury in practice and was limited on Thursday and Friday. He played on Sunday and caught four receptions for a season-high 107 yards. During that game he suffered the knee injury. This past week, he was a DNP on Wednesday and Thursday, and then limited on Friday before getting the questionable designation.

Cole Kmet injury

Fantasy football analysis

Kmet is having the best season of his career and with two games left, has a chance to get up over 700 receiving yards for the first time in his career. The Bears face a Falcons defense that is seventh worst in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. Bears-Falcons kicks off at 1 p.m. ET, so you’ll know early on if Kmet is available. If he is active, he’s a solid start this week.

NFL DFS analysis

Kmet is currently $4,700, which is seventh highest among tight ends. He’s a solid start against a bad Falcons team, but if he doesn’t play, Marcedes Lewis is an interesting replacement option at $2,600 against an awful Falcons defense.