Saturday, January 29, 2022

NFL Super Wild Card Weekend injuries: Tee Higgins dealing with foot injury, Najee Harris held out of practice

Super Wild Card Weekend is upon us, and the bulk of the playoff bracket is in the midst of their on-field preparations for matchups this weekend. While each of these games will get dissected inside and out as we continue to roll through the week and inch closer to kickoff, injuries will certainly be a piece of that conversion, which brings us to our piece here. 

Below, you’ll find the midweek reports for the games on the schedule this weekend. You’ll see who was able to get on the field, and who may still be battling an injury as they step into the postseason. 

All NFL odds come via Caesars Sportsbook.

Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals (-5.5) 

Similar to Tuesday, the Raiders conducted a walkthrough session Wednesday, so participation in their report is an estimation. With that in mind, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (back, knee) was listed as a nonparticipant, while cornerback Casey Hayward (ankle), running back Josh Jacobs (ribs), and tight end Darren Waller (knee) were all limited. 

Bengals receiver Tee Higgins has popped up on the injury report with a foot injury that limited him in practice, while defensive tackle Josh Tupou (knee) missed Wednesday’s session. He was the only player held out as the team welcomed back corner Ricardo Allen (concussion) and receiver Stanley Morgan (hamstring) on a limited basis after missing Tuesday. Cornerback Jalen Davis (ankle) was also limited. 

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (-4)

After not practicing Tuesday, the Patriots listed 13 players on their injury report Wednesday. Linebacker Jamie Collins (ankle) and left tackle Isaiah Wynn (hip, ankle) were the two nonparticipants, while 11 others were limited. Defensive lineman Christian Barmore, who suffered a knee injury late in last week’s loss to Miami, was among those limited, which is a promising sign that the injury was not too serious. Safety Kyle Dugger (hand), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee), running back Damien Harris (hamstring), and wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (thigh) were other notable Patriots limited Wednesday. 

As for Buffalo, it had a small injury report with two of the three players listed — defensive end Efe Obada (ankle) and receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) — being full participants in practice. Receiver Cole Beasley was limited, but the team noted he was simply given a veteran rest day. 

Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-8.5) 

The Philadelphia Eagles held a walkthrough practice Wednesday, so their injury report is an estimation. In all, they listed a dozen players on the injury report with four players labeled as DNPs. That said, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, tackle Lane Johnson, and center Jason Kelce were simply given rest days, so defensive end Josh Sweat (illness) was the only true player missing from the session. Running back Miles Sanders (hand), linebacker Shaun Bradley (stinger), offensive lineman Landon Dickerson (thumb), and tackle Andre Dillard (knee) headlined the group of limited players. Quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle) practiced fully. 

The Buccaneers welcome back pass rushers Shaq Barrett (knee) and Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) to practice Wednesday. They were both limited after missing the past two games due to injury. Cornerback Jamel Dean (hamstring), receiver Mike Evans (hamstring), center Ryan Jensen (shoulder), cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (hamstring), and receiver Breshad Perriman (hip) were among those limited. Running back Ronald Jones (ankle), receiver Cyril Grayson (hamstring), and linebacker Anthony Nelson (ankle) did not practice. 

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (-3)

Earlier Wednesday, the Cowboys activated left tackle Tyron Smith and linebacker Micah Parsons from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Smith was limited at practice due to a knee and ankle injury, while Keanu Neal (chest, elbow), Sean McKeon (neck), Francis Bernard (groin), and Israel Mukuamu (hamstring) were also limited. Tony Pollard (foot) was a full participant while fellow running back Ezekiel Elliott was off the report entirely along with cornerback Trevon Diggs. Cornerback Nahshon Wright (personal reasons) was the lone Cowboy missing from practice. 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-12.5) 

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin noted that running back Najee Harris would begin the week slow, and that appears to have held up as he did not participate in practice Wednesday due to an elbow injury he suffered last week. Harris was able to return to the game last week with the injury, so Pittsburgh may be resting him throughout the week. Meanwhile, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, right shoulder) and defensive back Arthur Maulet (concussion) were limited, while tackle Dan Moore Jr. (ankle) was a full go. 

The Chiefs had nine players listed on their injury report, but seven of them were full participants in practice, including receiver Tyreek Hill (heel), tight end Travis Kelce (hip) and tackle Orlando Brown (calf). Running backs Darrel Williams (toe) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) were both limited. 

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams (-4), Monday

To be announced. 

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