Final NFL Super Wild Card weekend injury reports: No bill listed, Patriots’ Isaiah Wynn ruled out
The NFL playoffs are finally here. After 18 weeks, we know the matchups, we know the strengths and weaknesses of each of the teams in the tournament, and we know all about the different scenarios that will play a part in determining which of them advances to the next round. The last thing we’ll find out before matches start, of course, is who will actually play in those matches and who will be sidelined.
That’s right, it’s time for the final injury reports – Super Wild Card Weekend style. In the space below, we’ll update you on who’s in, who’s out, and whose status may be in question. In addition, we will analyze all the absences and what effect they will have on the matches.
Both of these teams are remarkably healthy right now, with most starters available to play in this game. The most notable injury is to Bengals right tackle Riley Reiff, who is likely out for the year. That means the job of blocking Star Raiders passer Maxx Crosby falls to backup Isaiah Prince. For the Raiders, cornerback Trayvon Mullen is on injured reserve for the second time this year, leaving them a bit thinner at the back against a very good Bengals receiving body.
- Patriots: OL Isaiah Wynn (hip/ankle) OUT; OL David Andrews (shoulder), DL Christian Barmore (knee), DL Cody Davis (wrist), DB Kyle Dugger (hand), K Nick Folk (left knee), DL Lawrence Guy (shoulder), RB Damien Harris (hamstring ), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), LB Brandon King (toe), WR Jakobi Meyers (thigh), DB Adrian Phillips (knee), LB Jamie Collins (ankle) DOUBTFUL
- Invoices: None listed
Of the many Patriots listed as questionable, only Wynn and Collins actually took DNPs in practice this week. Collins was upgraded to limited later in the week so appears to be moving in the right direction, but Wynn was downgraded from limited Tuesday to DNP Wednesday and Thursday, before being kicked out Friday. His absence could have an effect on New England’s ground game, which was important in the first meeting between these two teams.
Sweat didn’t train on Wednesday or Thursday, but took part in a limited session on Friday, so he’s moving in the right direction. Against an elite offensive line, the Eagles need all the firepower they can get. Meanwhile, RB Miles Sanders, who recently came out with a broken hand, has no injury status and will play.
Grayson was injured in Tampa’s regular season finale. He had become an important wide receiver who extended the field in the absence of Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, so his withdrawal could have an effect on the passing game. Jones is out, but Leonard Fournette is set to return, so the Bucs should return to functionality. Two questionable cornerbacks entering the game are less than ideal, especially considering Davis was a weekend demotion to limited practice with his back injury.
The biggest news on the injury front for San Francisco are the omissions here: left tackle Trent Williams (elbow), who didn’t practice Wednesday, was back to full fitness Friday and is ready to go; and running back Elijah Mitchell (knee) is also ready for a full workload. Kyle Shanahan’s offense should be primed for a regular attack in Dallas, with QB Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) also not on the final report after his strong finish in Week 18.
The Cowboys are also relatively healthy in this game. Neal’s absence leaves a hole near the top of their LB body, as he played alongside Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch. But left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle, knee) is ready to go, as is safety Jayron Kearse (hamstring) at fullback in the secondary.
Harris did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, but returned to full practice Friday. It’s listed as questionable, but generally players who train hard in the last session of the week tend to adapt. There have been talks of JuJu Smith-Schuster potentially returning for this game, but he has yet to be activated off injured reserve.
Andy Reid ruled out Edwards-Helaire for the game after he didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday. Williams is nursing a toe injury, but Reid is confident he can play. If he can’t go, the backfield belongs to Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon.
Final injury reports to come.