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AFC and NFC Championship Injury Report: Updates on Patrick Mahomes, Stefon Diggs, A.J. Dillon, Antonio Brown and more

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) looks to the sidelines during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-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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Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cole Beasley WR 84.9 WR7 Knee (-)
Gabriel Davis WR 64.9 WR13 Ankle Questionable
Stefon Diggs WR 89.4 WR3 Oblique (-)
Zack Moss RB 71.9 N/A Ankle  IR

Mario’s take: Beasley was a limited participant at practice on Thursday and a full participant Friday. He will play in the AFC Championship game.

Davis missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was a limited participant Friday.  He has a shot at playing but I am not optimistic.

Diggs was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was a full participant Friday. He will play against the Chiefs.

Moss suffered an ankle injury during the Bills' playoff game against the Colts. The injury was severe enough for the Bills to shut him down for the whole postseason. Moss has been placed on IR but will be ready for the 2021 season.


Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
A.J. Dillon RB 81.4 RB9 Quadriceps (-)
Allen Lazard WR 71.1 WR10 Wrist/Back (-)
Jamaal Williams RB 73.2 RB7 Ankle (-)
Marcedes Lewis TE 67.6 TE7 Knee (-)

Mario’s take: Dillon, Lazard and Williams were limited participants in practice all week. They will play in NFC Championship game. 

Lewis was a limited participant Wednesday, a D.N.P. Thursday, and a full participant Friday. He will play against the Bucs.


Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 75.3 RB5 Ankle/Hip Questionable
Le’Veon Bell RB 73.9 RB8 Knee  Questionable
Patrick Mahomes QB 91.4 QB2 Head/Toe (-)
Sammy Watkins WR 64.4 WR12 Calf Questionable

Mario’s take: Edwards-Helaire was a limited participant in practice all week and I expect him to return to action this weekend.

Watkins was a limited participant all week but is considered a true game-time decision. He will try to give it a go but I’m  of optimistic he can play.

Bell did not practice Thursday or Friday due to swelling in his knee. I am not optimistic he can play on Sunday.

Mahomes suffered a toe injury and concussion in the divisional round. He is in the five-step concussion protocol and is progressing well. The mild turf toe injury is more of a concern than the concussion. It could limit his play making ability against the Bills. Mahomes has practiced in a limited fashion all week and he will play in the AFC Championship game.


Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Antonio Brown WR 85.8 WR6 Knee Out
Chris Godwin WR 79.7 WR4 Quadriceps (-)
Mike Evans WR 74.1 WR5 Knee (-)
O.J. Howard TE 80.1 N/A Ankle IR
Ronald Jones II RB 73.6 RB4 Quad/Finger (-)

Mario’s take: Brown was a D.N.P. all week and he been ruled out for the game against the Packers.

Godwin and Evans were limited participants in practice all week and they will play in the NFC Championship game.

Jones was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday, but a full participant Friday. He will play this weekend.

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

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 levels. His injury analysis articles will appear weekly.

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