NFL Playoff Injury Report: February 5
Joe Gallina breaks down the top injuries and COVID-19 situations to keep an eye on as we get closer to Super Bowl Sunday!
Welcome to the Super Bowl edition of the Fantasy Alarm injury report! Many thought they wouldn’t be able to play a full season, but you have to give the NFL and the players a lot of credit. COVID-19 may have tried to sack the football season, but the NFL bobbed and weaved, spent a few weeks juggling their schedule, and will crown a Super Bowl champion on Sunday. The information contained in this article is accurate as per Thursday’s practice reports. Fantasy Alarm will continue to post updated individual player news as it happens.
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COVID-19 tried to make one last stand this week. The Chiefs avoided potential disaster by quickly canceling haircut appointments for a bunch of their players, after their barber tested positive for the ugly virus. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, 20 Chiefs players including Patrick Mahomes , were scheduled to get haircuts, and the barber was actually in the middle of giving backup center Daniel Kilgore a cut when his test results came in. Kilgore and WR Demarcus Robinson , both deemed close contact high risks, were placed on the COVID-19 list. They will be eligible to play on Sunday if they produce five consecutive days of negative tests.
The Chiefs are also monitoring the following non-COVID related player injuries:
Patrick Mahomes , QB, (Toe)
Mahomes was a full participant in practice this week. Mahomes told reporters that the toe injury he suffered in the AFC title game is “pretty close to 100 percent” It didn’t seem to bother him too much as he was running around in the AFC Championship game.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, (Ankle/Hip)
Edwards-Helaire has been a full participant in this week’s practices.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, (Ankle)
Bell’s cranky ankle forced him to miss the AFC Championship game. He was a limited participant in Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. According to the Miami Herald, Bell said he signed with the Chiefs in October because he didn’t want to play in a situation where he’d have to carry a heavy workload. That report tells you all you need to know about what you can expect from Bell this Sunday, even if he is active.
Sammy Watkins , WR, (Calf)
Watkins, who hasn’t played since Week 16, was a limited participant in Wednesday and Thursday’s practice. He is “very optimistic” that he’ll be able to play this Sunday.
The Bucs’ secondary needs all hands on deck in order to keep the Chiefs’ high flying offense in check and they are hoping that Safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. (Ankle) and Jordan Whitehead (Shoulder/Knee) are able to play on Sunday’s game. Winfield has told reporters that he’ll play. Both have been limited in practice this week and their availability will be monitored as the game approaches.
Jason Pierre-Paul , OLB (Knee)
Pierre-Paul, who is an important cog in the Bucs’ pass rush, did not practice on Wednesday but against Arians’ recommendation, he was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice. He and the Bucs have been trying to manage his knee injury for some time and according to the NFL network’s Ian Rapoport, he should be OK for the Super Bowl.
Antonio Brown , WR, (Knee)
After being a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, Brown, who missed the NFC Championship game due to his knee injury, was a full participant in Thursday’s practice. Brown had said “the arrow is pointing up as the week continues to unfold" and as long as he doesn’t aggravate his injury he should be good to go for Sunday’s game.
Cameron Brate , TE, (Back)
Brate was only added to the injury report on Thursday, and was officially limited at the Bucs’ practice. According to Ian Rapoport, the Bucs are being overly cautious with Brate’s injury and he should be able to play on Sunday. Brate has been extremely productive during the Bucs playoff run with 11 catches for 149 receiving yards and a touchdown.