2022 NFL Injury Report Wild Card Playoffs: Lamar Jackson, Tua Tagovailoa, and Mike Williams Injury Updates
Published: Jan 15, 2023
Updated: Jan 15, 2023
UPDATE: Thursday, January 12th @ 4:45 pm ET
Welcome to the 2022 NFL Playoffs, ladies and gentlemen! We’ve made it. The regular season has come and gone and the final 14 teams are going to a one-and-done tournament to crown the next Super Bowl champion. Until that time, however, we have multiple playoff rounds, including this weekend's Wild Card weekend. Let’s take a look at all the team’s dealing with significant offense that could play a role in how fantasy football teams are drafted in playoff formats and bestball formats as well.
2022 NFL Injury Report Fantasy Football Wild Card Weekend
NFL Quarterback Injury News
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens - Knee
UPDATE: 1/12 @ 4:45 pm ET - Another day of practice in Baltimore in which Lamar Jackson was not participating. Things are not looking great for Jackson's status as the Ravens prepare for their playoff game against the Bengals.
UPDATE: 1/11 @ 1:15 pm ET - According to NFL's Ian Rapoport, Lamar Jackson faces an uphill battle in order to play this week in the Ravens Wild Card match-up against the Bengals. His knee has not been responding the way he had hoped it would.
Once again, we start the week with head coach John Harbaugh stating he has no updates on Jackson’s status. It’s the week of the playoffs and there is no update. We haven’t seen Jackson play since Week 13 due to the PCL injury he’s been dealing with. We’ll learn Wednesday when the Ravens take the practice field if Jackson’s trending towards playing or not.
Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens - Shoulder/Wrist
UPDATE: 1/12 @ 4:45 pm ET - A day after not throwing, Tyler Huntley was back at practice throwing footballs on Thursday and is expected to be the Ravens starting quarterback against the Bengals in the Wild Card round. The Ravens are 3-2 in games in which Huntley has played in this year.
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins - Concussion
UPDATE: 1/11 @ 1:15 pm ET - The Dolphins made it official on Wednesday when head coach Mike McDaniel spoke to the media and ruled Tua Tagovailoa out. He also said they're preparing to have Skylar Thompson under center, which means Teddy Bridgewater's hand is not recovering as well as they'd hope it would.
There have been reports that came out on Monday morning from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Dolphins think there’s a chance that Tua Tagovailoa could be ready for their playoff game against the Bills, but there’s nothing official yet. We last saw Tagovailoa play in Week 16 but it’s his second – or third – concussion of the year.
Since the first report from Adam Schefter, head coach Mike McDaniel met with reporters and said that Tua Tagovailoa has not been cleared for any football activity yet. That could change on Wednesday when the Dolphins next take the field.
Teddy Bridgewater, Miami Dolphins - Finger
UPDATE: 1/11 @ 1:15 pm ET - The Dolphins have ruled Tua Tagovailoa out for their Wild Card game against the Bills while also saying Skylar Thompson will be under center for Miami. The quote about Bridgewater head coach Mike McDaniel said “he can't afford any setbacks or anything that's confliction against the healing process.” Doesn't sound like he's going to be healthy enough to go, but maybe Miami could also be playing some gamesmanship.
Near the end of last week, Teddy Bridgewater could throw in some capacity despite having a dislocated pinky. Without knowing what’s going on with Tua Tagovailoa, Bridgewater could be in line to start the Dolphins' playoff game against the Bills in Buffalo. The issue with that is if there is any issue with gripping the ball, it’s going to be COLD in Buffalo. Monitor the Dolphins’ quarterback statuses throughout the week.
NFL Running Back Injury News
Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins - Finger
UPDATE: 1/12 @ 4:45 pm ET - As the Dolphins took the practice field on Thursday again, Raheem Mostert was not present again. It's possible he practices on Friday and it's possible he plays without practicing this week, but at this point, Jeff Wilson Jr. has to be considered the Dolphins primary back heading into their postseason match-up with the Bills.
UPDATE: 1/11 @ 1:50 pm ET - When talking with the media earlier today, head coach Mike McDaniel said they're taking Mostert's finger injury very serious, but they aren't ready to rule him out this weekend. That said, Dolphins reporters are now saying Mostert did not practice on Wednesday, putting his status in doubt for this weekend.
After leaving the Dolphins' must-win game in Week 18, he was said to have just a “jammed thumb” but the latest reports from NFL’s Ian Rapoport said he actually suffered a broken thumb. Considering protection of the ball is a top priority of anyone handling it, this likely puts Mostert’s status in question for their playoff game against the Bills. We’ll need to see if there are any limitations during practice this week.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens - Concussion
UPDATE: 1/12 @ 4:45 pm ET - This was EXACTLY the news we needed out of Ravens camp if there was any hope for Edwards playing this week. He practiced on a limited basis and was wearing the protective helmet suggesting he's still in concussion protocol, but making progress. We'll see what happens on Friday and as we approach game-time. This is good news, however.
UPDATE: 1/11 @ 3:50 pm ET - During the media portion of Ravens practice on Wednesday, Gus Edwards was not seen participating. Not a great start to his week considering he's in the concussion protocol. We'll need to see him practice on a limited capacity as that's been how players have progressed out of protocol all year long.
The Ravens running back is officially in the concussion protocol, so he’ll need to test out before Sunday’s Wild Card battle against the Bengals. We’ll likely have to see him practice on a limited basis at some point to have confidence in him playing this week. The next update we’ll receive, according to head coach John Harbaugh, will be Wednesday, which is when the Ravens take the field for their first practice this week.
NFL Wide Receiver Injury News
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers - Back
UPDATE: 1/12 @ 4:45 pm ET - It's Thursday and we've yet to see Mike Williams practice this week and he's now officially been listed as questionable this week. There are reports suggesting he's still expected to play, but that remains to be seen considering he hasn't gotten on the field yet.
UPDATE: 1/11 @ 3:45 pm ET - After not practicing on Tuesday, Mike Williams was not on the practice field on Wednesday either. The Chargers have not wavered and said Williams is expected to practice and play this weekend, but he's now missed two consecutive days of practice. That's concerning, but we still have a couple of days of practice that Williams could get on the field for.
There has been a lot of criticism of how the Chargers handled their starters playing time in Week 18 as nothing was on the line and resulted in a Mike Williams injury. In fact, he was carted off. All that said, it’s being reported that it’s just a back contusion and he’s expected to practice and expected to play in the Chargers’ Wild Card round game against the Jaguars.
Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins - Ankle
Although Tyreek Hill was able to return and finish the game, his ankle injury is something to monitor this week. It is seemingly minor, but something that kept him off the field for a bit in a must-win game. We’ll see how the Dolphins and Hill handle his ankle this week at practice.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Illness
UPDATE: 1/12 @ 4:45 pm ET - We expected Evans' illness wouldn't be anything long term and he spoke to reporters on Wednesday and then practiced on Thursday. He not only practiced, he practiced in full.
After starting his 137th straight game on Sunday, Mike Evans left the game with an illness and was unable to return. He wasn’t going to finish this game anyway as all of the starters left early, but it is worth noting. Evans should be good to go for this weekend’s Wild Card round.
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs - Abdomen
After being activated off injured reserve, the Chiefs did not push Hardman in Week 18 and he did not play. Head coach Andy Reid said Hardman is getting better and things are trending towards him playing in the postseason. We have not seen Hardman on the field since Week 9.
Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs - Hand
We saw Moore on the practice field last week and although he didn’t play, things are trending in the right direction in terms of his availability for the Chiefs playoff match-up in two weeks. Considering the Chiefs have a week off due to their bye week, they should be at full strength including having Moore back.
Jamison Crowder, Buffalo Bills - Ankle
UPDATE: 1/11 @ 1:45 pm ET - We haven't seen Jamison Crowder since Week 4 when he broke his ankle, but he was designated for return, opening his 21-day window. Head coach Sean McDermott said Crowder won't play during the Wild Card round, but if they advance further into the playoffs there's a very good possibility we see him back in live game action.
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals - Illness
UPDATE: 1/12 @ 4:25 pm ET - Just like head coach Zac Taylor said on Wednesday, he wasn't worried about Higgins' illness and Higgins was back at practice on Thursday. He practiced in full capacity and he will likely be removed from the injury report heading into the postseason.
UPDATE: 1/11 @ 3:50 pm ET - Head coach Zac Taylor said Higgins did not practice on Wednesday due to an illness but is hopeful Higgins gets back on the practice field on Thursday. His status for this weekend doesn't seem to be in question unless his status gets worse.
NFL Tight End Injury News
Kyle Rudolph, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Knee
There are not a lot of injuries at the position, but dust off Kyle Rudolph for the Bucs as he left Sunday’s game with a knee injury. He did score a touchdown, his 50th for a career, before hurting his knee. Rudolph played a season-high 20% snap share in Week 18.
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