We prepare for another set of exciting NFL games as the Divisional Round Key approaches. The NFL’s longest season now has seven games remaining, which determines the next Vince Lombardi Trophy recipient. Los Angeles awaits on February 13, but teams have to get through this round first.
That said, NitroBetting goes over injury reports leading up to this weekend’s contests. We cover the main injury storylines and some of the key players that will sit out the games.
2022 NFL Divisional Round Key Injuries
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans
The Bengals picked up their first playoff win in over three decades. However, it cost the team tackle Larry Ogunjobi a foot injury. Zach Kerr’s services are called upon as he fills the starting position. Additionally, the team lost defensive end Trey Hendrickson (concussion) in their most recent matchup. Wide receiver Stanley Morgan also sustained a hamstring injury that left him on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, the hosts get Derrick Henry back this weekend. The two-time NFL rushing champion missed a handful of games since picking up a foot injury in Week 8. This is good news for the team. Defensive tackle Teair Tart was limited Wednesday with ankle issues, while cornerback Jackrabbit Jenkins (ankle) and linebacker Derick Roberson missed their most recent practice session.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
Jimmy Garoppolo suffers from a torn ligament in his right thumb and a shoulder injury but is expected to play in the Divisional Round. The starting quarterback was a full participant in their latest practice session. Defensive end Nick Bosa was a limited participant after being placed in concussion protocol. Additionally, defensive lineman Jordan Willis (ankle), cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee), and linebacker Marcell Harris (Achilles) are on the 49ers’ questionable list.
David Bakhtiari’s availability will be finalized after their latest practice session. The offensive tackle works through a torn ACL injury and is a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Another limited participant was cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder). Nevertheless, Receiver Randall Cobb might see the field this weekend after undergoing core muscle surgery. Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is doubtful due to a back injury. He was limited in Tuesday’s practice and sat out Wednesday.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Three Rams players are anticipated to sit out Wednesday’s practice, including running back Buddy Howell (hamstring), offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee), and Taylor Rapp (concussion). Meanwhile, we expect linebacker Troy Reeder (ankle) and two wide receivers Brandon Powell (ribs) and Ben Skowronek (back) to be limited participants.
The game’s hosts faced injury trouble since entering the postseason. Their injury report features the following: Wide receiver Cyril Grayson (hamstring), running back Ronald Jones II (ankle), cornerback Sean Murphy (hamstring), center Ryan Jensen (ankle), wide receiver Breshad Perriman (hip/abdomen), and offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs (ankle). Furthermore, Tampa Bay also had several limited participants in their latest practice sessions, including linebacker Lavonte David (foot), Josh Wells (quadriceps), and running back Giovani Bernard (hip/knee). Running back Leonard Fournette might return in the nick of time, but the list is yet to be finalized leading up to Sunday’s matchup.
Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Mario Addison is the only player on the Bills’ injury report. The defensive end is dealing with a shoulder injury that left him a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Other than that, the visitors look on pace to enter the contest with a relatively healthy squad.
Two players opted out of Wednesday’s practice, featuring running back Darrell Williams (toe) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (back). The Chiefs’ injury report includes another running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder), cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (knee), and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (heel), but all three were full participants in the session.
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