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Super Bowl 55 injury report: Updates on Sammy Watkins, Antonio Brown and more

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) smiles after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-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.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Demarcus Robinson WR 62.9 N/A COVID-19 Reserve/COVID-19
Eric Fisher T 80.0 N/A Achilles Out
Le’Veon Bell RB 73.9 RB5 Knee  (-)
Mitchell Schwartz T 74.7 N/A Back I.R.
Sammy Watkins WR 64.4 WR4 Calf Questionable
Willie Gay Jr. LB 68.1 N/A Knee Out

Mario’s take: Robinson has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list but did not test positive. He was exposed to the virus through a barber and has a chance to play on Sunday.

Left tackle Eric Fisher tore his Achilles in the AFC championship game and will miss Super Bowl 55. Right tackle Michell Schwartz is dealing with a back injury and has been on IR; I am not optimistic he returns for the Super Bowl.

Bell and Watkins were limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but full participants Friday. I expect them to play in Super Bowl 55.

Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. underwent surgery on his meniscus. He will miss the Super Bowl.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Antonio Brown WR 85.8 WR5 Knee Questionable
Antoine Winfield Jr. S 67.1 N/A Ankle (-)
Jason Pierre-Paul EDGE 69.2 N/A Knee (-)
Jordan Whitehead S 66.3 N/A Shoulder (-)
Lavonte David LB 81.6 N/A Hamstring (-)
O.J. Howard TE 80.1 N/A Ankle I.R.
Cameron Brate TE 67.8 TE3 Back Questionable

Mario’s take: Star wideout Antonio Brown was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday but was a full participant Thursday and Friday. I expect him to play in Super Bowl 55.

Pierre-Paul did not practice Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday, and did not practice Friday. I am not concerned about his availability.

Winfield, Whitehead and David were limited participants Wednesday and Thursday, but full participants Friday. I expect them to be ready for Super Bowl 55, as well.

Brate was a limited participant in practice Thursday but did not practice Friday. I am optimistic he is ready to go for Super Bowl Sunday.

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

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