The NFL 2021 season gets more and more exciting as we enter the Conference Championships. The four remaining teams have a shot at lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy. That said, teams try to utilize their lineup to increase their winning chances. However, some players are unfortunate enough to pick up injuries and have to sit the games out.
NitroBetting goes over key injuries that can affect a team’s performance, highlighting how it can affect their winning chances. Several headlines come out of Wednesday’s practice sessions, including the improvement of the 49ers’ star quarterback. Without further ado, we go over the injury reports for the approaching NFC and AFC championship games.
2022 NFL Conference Championship Round Key Injuries
Bengals vs. Chiefs
Cam Sample was the only Cincinnati player to miss Wednesday’s practice after picking up a groin injury in his recent appearance. The limited participant’s list includes defensive tackle Josh Tupou (knee) and wide receiver Stanley Morgan (hamstring). Meanwhile, starting quarterback Joe Burrow (knee) and wide receiver Tee Higgins (thumb) are found on the injury report despite being full participants in practice.
At the Chiefs’ end, Tyrann Mathie was the only player that failed to attend practice as he remains in concussion protocol. Nevertheless, his status should be closely monitored after head coach Andy Reid announced that he might suit up for the Conference Championships.
Other notable injuries feature wide receiver Tyreek Hill (heel), running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder), and defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin). However, all three aforementioned players were listed as full participants.
49ers vs. Rams
Trent Williams did not get the green light in Wednesday’s practice after picking up an ankle injury in the divisional playoff round. Though the 49ers went through with the victory, it came at the expense of injuries. His status remains unclear for Sunday, but head coach Kyle Shanahan is hopeful that Williams recovers in time to play his first NFC Championship game.
They also missed the services of running back Elijah Mitchell (knee) in practice. Cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee) and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (knee) were also limited participants in their most recent practice session. But, lifting the spirits of the 49ers is the exclusion of Jimmy Garoppolo from the injury report.
The hosts missed offensive tackle Joe Noteboom (pec), defensive lineman Greg Gaines (toe), and receiver Van Jefferson (knee) in their latest practice session. Rams coach Sean McVay mentioned that veteran offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) has solid chances of playing this Sunday after missing the divisional round. Whitworth was a limited participant in their previous practice session. In addition, running back Buddy Howell (hamstring) and safety Taylor Rapp (concussion protocol) were also limited.
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