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NFL Divisional Round Injury Report: Updates on Mike Evans, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Cooper Kupp and more

Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) scores a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A player's injury status can have a significant effect on fantasy football and DFS — it can alter draft strategy, roster construction and, most importantly, it can determine start-or-sit decisions.

Each week, I will comb through the official injury reports for each game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players. Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @mario_pilato on Twitter.

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BALTIMORE RAVENS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Robert Griffin III QB 52.9 N/A Hamstring IR
Trace McSorley  QB 57.4 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Griffin injured his hamstring in Week 13. The Ravens placed him on IR, and Griffin will miss the rest of the season.

McSorely suffered an MCL sprain in Week 14 and was placed on IR, effectively ending his season.

BUFFALO BILLS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Zack Moss RB 72.8 N/A Ankle  IR

Mario’s take: Moss suffered an ankle injury during the Bills' wild-card matchup with the Colts. The injury was serious enough for the Bills to shut him down for the rest of the postseason. Moss has been placed on IR but will be ready for the 2021 season.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 75.3 N/A Knee  IR
David Njoku TE 66.9 TE12 Hamstring Questionable

Mario’s take: Beckham tore his ACL in Week 7, and I believe he also damaged his meniscus. Beckham will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Njoku did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. His has a chance to play Sunday but he won't offer a significant impact.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

N/A

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 75.3 RB12 Ankle/Hip Out
Sammy Watkins WR 64.4 WR17 Calf Out

Mario’s take: Edwards-Helaire was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. He was a DNP Thursday and Friday. He will not play in the Divisional Round but if the Chiefs make it to the AFC Championship game he should be ready.

Watkins did not practice all week and he will not play in Divisional Round,

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cooper Kupp WR 80.8 WR10 Knee Out
John Wolford QB 70.8 N/A Neck  Out

Mario’s take:  Kupp did not practice all week and will not be active Saturday.

Wolford did not practice all week and has been ruled out for the Rams' playoff game against the Packers.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jared Cook TE 71.9 TE5 Back Questionable
Latavius Murray RB 81.4 RB11 Quad Questionable
Taysom Hill QB 68.6 QB9 Knee Questionable

Mario’s take: Cook was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday. I expect him to play in the divisional round.

Murray did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday.  I am not optimistic he plays against the Buccaneers.

Hill did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. I don’t believe he will be ready to play the Bucs..

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Godwin WR 79,7 WR4 Hip/Quad (-)
Mike Evans WR 74.1 WR6 Knee (-)
O.J. Howard TE 80.1 N/A Ankle IR
Ronald Jones III RB 73.6 RB8 Quad/Finger Questionable

Mario’s take: Godwin was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday but a DNP on Friday. He will play against the Saints.

Evans have been limited participant all week and will play in the Divisional Round.

Howard tore his Achilles in Week 11. He underwent surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

Jones III did not practice Wednesday but was a limited participant Thursday and Friday. I believe if Jones III will returns he will be limited.

 

Mario Pilato has a master's degree in Kinesiology and a bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science, along with eight years of experience in the strength and conditioning industry, including at the collegiate and NFL level. His injury analysis articles will appear weekly.

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