The Chiefs are locked into the fifth seed in the AFC regardless of what happens for them next weekend, so they may not expose some of their starters to the risk of injury when they travel to San Diego.
Andy Reid said Monday, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, that he is still making up his mind about how to approach the game with the Chargers. Reid noted that he’d had success after resting players for the postseason in the past, so players like Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith may be getting plenty of rest before Kansas City plays in the Wild Card round.
Andy Reid really shouldn't cite anything involving playoff success as that was his major flaw in Philadelphia. Still, Knile Davis would be a real good start against the Chargers next week if Charles indeed is rested.ANALYST: Jeff Mans
Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is expected to play Saturday.
Damn straight Bryant's expected to suit up Saturday, he's playing like he's 25 again. Over his last three games, Bean has averaged 29.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. He's clearly taken a dip in the fountain of youth and the shoulder hasn't seemingly bothered him one bit. It's no surprise he is suffering from a shoulder injury at this point of his career with the amount of shots he's put up over his illustrious 20-year career. Analysis: James Grande
Jets signed former CFL DL Freddie Bishop to a two-year deal.
After an 11 sack season with the Calgary Stampeders last season, Bishop received a lot of interest from a bunch of different NFL teams. Bishop will likely get a chance to play a lot of snaps after the Jets released former first-round pick Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace is a pending free agent. Bishop is just 26-years old, so he has plenty of good football ahead of him. Analysis: James Grande
Kevin Garnett is doubtful for Saturday.
Like teammate Kevin Martin, Garnett will likely miss his seventh consecutive game on Saturday. With Nikola Pekovic also likely to miss Saturday's game, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng will play big minutes. Shabazz Muhammad could also see extended run if the team decides to play small ball. Analysis: James Grande
Nikola Pekovic is doubtful for Saturday.
Pekovic is dealing with a foot injury that's kept him out of two straight games and he's likely to miss his third on Saturday. Gorgui Dieng has been great lately, so the Timberwolves aren't really missing Pekovic that much. He obviously provides front-court depth, but he has no fantasy value and nobody should be relying on him in any type of format. Analysis: James Grande
Mike Dunleavy will not play Friday but is hopeful to return on Saturday.
Dunleavy has yet to appear in a game this season after getting a back procedure done during the offseason. The Bulls have missed his presence and haven't been able to find a steady replacement at small-forward. Dunleavy's obviously going to be worked into the lineup slowly, but his ability to stretch the floor is what can take the Bulls offense from good to great. He's not much of fantasy candidate, but he's going to help Chicago tremendously. Analysis: James Grande