Quarterbacks Hurts, Allen, Prescott Among Ailing Stars
Somehow the shoulder, ankle, and knee injuries don’t seem like as big of a deal after what happened in the Cincinnati-Buffalo game.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and nearly died on the field. The game was first suspended and then called off.
As Hamlin is showing signs of improvement, his team moves on with the hopes of securing the top seed in the AFC playoffs.
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However, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen has a questionable tag, and Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts is also questionable. They are some of the prominent players dealing with injuries heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
One immediate result from the Cincinnati-Buffalo cancellation is that the Bengals clinched the AFC North Division title.
The NFL playoff odds have Buffalo (+400) and Philadelphia (+550) among the front-runners in the odds to win the Super Bowl.
Keep on reading for more on the NFL injuries and updates of who could be in and who could be out or limited in Week 18.
Eagles Quarterback Still Hurting
No injury, other than Hamlin’s, of course, is being watched as closely as the shoulder ailment for Philadelphia Eagles QB Hurts.
Hurts missed the last two games with the Eagles missing out on the opportunity to clinch the top seed in the NFC playoffs. Earlier in the week, he seemed more likely than not to be back when the Eagles welcome the New York Giants to town. Now, it is a little more uncertain even though it does seem like Hurts is trending in the right direction. He is still listed by the NFL odds among the top four candidates in the NFL Most Valuable Player race.
Philadelphia top rusher Miles Sanders (knee) is also questionable. It is also uncertain if safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and defensive end Robert Quinn (knee) will be activated off injured reserve or if Philadelphia will wait until the playoffs to bring them back. Defensive end Josh Sweat is also questionable.
The Giants could have safety Xavier McKinney (finger) available. Linebacker Azeez Ojulari (ankle), offensive lineman Jon Feliciano and defensive lineman Leonard Williams (neck) are all questionable. The Giants can’t move up or down in the NFC playoff seeding so it won’t be surprising to see the New York coaching staff err on the side of caution.
The Return of King Henry
With a division title on the line, expect to see plenty of Tennessee running back Derrick Henry in Saturday’s game against Jacksonville.
Henry missed the last game with a hip injury but he is listed as probable for the game. While Henry won’t approach the 2,027 yards he had in 2020, he can record his third 1,500-yard season over the last four years.
It remains to be seen if defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons will take to the field for the Titans.
Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence is questionable with a toe injury. However, that ailment hasn’t kept him out of action in recent weeks.
Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson went on injured reserve with a knee injury and now an abdominal injury has fellow tackle Brandon Scherff questionable.
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Ail to the Chiefs
Kansas City should have linebacker and leading tackler Nick Boltoin available despite a rib injury. Keep an eye on the updates on kicker Harrison Butker (back), receiver Mecole Hardman (abdominal), defensive back L’Jarius Sneed and offensive lineman Joe Thuney (ankle).
For the Raiders, top receiver Davante Adams is probable with an illness while Josh Jacobs, the NFL’s leading rusher, is questionable with hip and oblique injuries.
Seattle tight end Noah Fant is questionable with a knee injury while receiver Tyler Lockett is questionable with a leg injury.
Seattle’s sack leader, Uchenna Nwosu (foot), joins defensive tackle Al Wood (Achilles) with questionable designations for Sunday’s must-win game against the Rams.
Key Dolphins on Injury Report
Miami has lost five games in a row and now has to win to have a chance to make it into the playoffs.
Once again, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is sidelined due to a concussion. Receiver Jaylen Waddle (shoulder), linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle, hand), and cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) are questionable, as is offensive tackle Terron Armstead (toe, knee, and hip). Linebacker Jaelen Phillips (toe) is probable.
The New York Jets have offensive linemen Duane Brown (shoulder), Laurent Devernay-Tardif (knee), George Fant (knee), and Nate Herbig ankle) listed as questionable. It is also uncertain if safety Jordan Whitehead will be able to push through a hamstring injury to suit up.
Packers Banged Up
Needing a win to reach the playoffs, the Green Bay Packers are hoping that running back Aaron Jones as well as offensive linemen Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari can play
Cleveland is trying to spoil any chance the rival Pittsburgh Steelers have to make the playoffs. Receiver Amari Cooper (hip), offensive lineman Jack Conklin (ankle), and cornerback Denzel Ward (shoulder) are all questionable.
For Pittsburgh, safety Mbinkah Fitzpatrick (ankle), linebacker Alex Highsmith (ankle), and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (toe) are among the players listed as questionable.
The San Francisco 49ers still have a shot at the top seed in the NFL, but linebacker Dre Greenlaw (back) and running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) are questionable while receiver Deebo Samuel (knee) could return to the field.
The sportsbook has McCaffrey tied with Seattle quarterback Geno Smith for the best odds to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Tampa Bay cornerbacks Carlton Davis (shoulder) and Jamel Dean (toe), center Ryan Jensen (knee), offensive tackles Donovan Smith and Tristan Wirfs (foot), receiver Julio Jones (knee), safety Logan Ryan (knee), and defensive lineman Vita Vea (calf) are questionable. The biggest news here is that Jensen and Wirfs are close to returning and that could be huge for an underwhelming Tampa Bay offense, while Jones will do whatever he can to suit up against his former team when the Bucs play at Atlanta.
Dallas, still with a chance to win the NFC East title, is hoping to have quarterback Dak Prescott (knee) available while running back Tony Pollard (thigh) is expected back.
New England receivers Jakobi Meyers (shoulder) and DeVante Parker (head) as well as tight end Jonnu Smith (concussion) are questionable.
Tennessee receiver Treylon Burks is questionable for the Jacksonville game with a groin injury. Titans offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere (ankle) is questionable while Jacksonville linebacker Travon Walker is also questionable with an ankle injury.
Kansas City receiver Skyy Moore has been ruled out for the game against Raiders with a hand injury.
Seattle offensive tackle Abraham Lucas (thigh) and running back Kenneth Walker (ankle) are questionable. Walker is currently leading the way in the odds to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year per the NFL betting lines.
Green Bay receiver Christian Watson (hip) is questionable.
Washington running back Brian Robinson (knee) has missed practice time this week so keep an eye on his status.
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