As we head into the NFL Championship Week’s, there are four teams left to hoist the Championship. The Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Francisco 49ers are the four teams duking it out for a chance at immortality. We had some major injuries pop up this past weekend with Patrick Mahomes injuring his ankle and Christian McCaffrey coming up with a calf injury. How serious are these injuries heading into this week’s game? Let’s dive in to the injury report.
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Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs - Ankle
The Chiefs media call with head coach Andy Reid opened up with Reid starting off the call by saying Patrick Mahomes suffered a high-ankle sprain this past week that knocked him out of their game against the Jaguars for a bit. High-ankle sprains typically keep players out for multiple weeks, but Reid was quoted as saying “He’s going to play. That’s his mindset.”
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs - Pelvis
There’s nothing new on Hardman and it doesn’t seem like we’ll have anything new on that front until Wednesday’s practice. The last we’ve heard is that it was a marathon and not a sprint, according to Hardman’s twitter, but maybe that means he can get back on the field this week. Maybe not until the Super Bowl, if they get there.
Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
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San Francisco 49ers Injuries
Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers - Calf
We’re being told by head coach Kyle Shanahan that they expect Christian McCaffrey to play in the NFC Championship game, but there is clearly something going on with his calf. He was out touched on the final two drives 10-1 by Elijah Mitchell and the one was a reception. He still played 67% of the snaps and the 49ers are saying he’s just day-to-day.
Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers - Groin
Maybe the groin is what caused Mitchell to run out of bounds when he could’ve iced the game without giving the Cowboys the ball back with a chance to tie it at the end. Kidding, but Mitchell out-touched Christian McCaffrey on the final two drives 10-1, so where did the injury actually occur? Either way, head coach Kyle Shanahan lists Mitchell as day-to-day and the team expects him to play in the NFC Championship game.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers - Foot
In speaking with reporters on Monday, head coach Kyle Shanahan said he’d be surprised if Jimmy Garoppolo was cleared to return before the NFC Championship game. He did some light on-field stuff this past week, but nothing major that would suggest a return is imminent. Even if he were to return, it would be in a backup role as Brock Purdy is the starter for the remainder of the year.
Philadelphia Eagles Injuries
A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles didn’t specifically say what was wrong with A.J. Brown, but head coach Nick Sirianni said “He was going through a little something with his body that was hurting him. We feel like he’ll be ready to go this week [against the 49ers]” to reporters on Monday. We should get a better idea about what the injury is when the Eagles kick off practice on Wednesday, but it sounds like Brown will play barring any sort of setback.