It’s time once again for the NFL Playoffs, which will begin this weekend. There will be three Wild Card games on Saturday and three more on Sunday to determine which teams will be going forward and which will be going home. They are calling it “Super Wild Card Weekend,” and the teams who have made it this far are going to have to figure out how to overcome injuries or absences that might make a huge difference in their performances.
Bucs Unsure About Evans
In Tampa Bay, Buccaneers wide out Mike Evans is still questionable even though he participated in a walk-through practice with the Bucs on Tuesday. However, Evans is listed by the team as DNP and would not have been at a full speed practice session as his knee injury is not yet at 100%.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the lucky recipients of a bye week on Wild Card Weekend, and that’s a good thing for the team. Strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin has tested positive for Covid-19 even though no one has been in the team facility for the past couple of days and are not due back until Thursday. The Chiefs will be anxiously watching to see if anyone else tests positive.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills is still nursing an oblique injury and was limited at practice this week while his buddy wide out Cole Beasley did not participate at all in the practice session due to his knee injury.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters the safety Jamal Adams is on day-to-day observation right now and will be until Saturday. That’s when staff will reevaluate his shoulder injury to see if he can play in the game against the LA Rams on Saturday afternoon.
Thomas Back In For The Saints
In what has got to be great news for the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has been out for the last three games with a bad ankle injury, is expected to practice starting today and, if all goes well, will participate in the game when the Chicago Bears come to New Orleans to take on the #2 seed Saints on Sunday afternoon.
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton is playing it close to the vest when asked about his star wide-outs status. He only offers, “No updates injury-wise. I’m gonna see what this week holds. Currently he’s still on injured reserve. I know he’s been working at it. But we’ll get a better feel this week how he’s progressing.”
Meanwhile, the Bears, might have their top linebacker/pass rusher Khalil Mack out with a knee injury as he’s listed as questionable for the game on Sunday. Tackle Jason Spriggs is also out with a knee injury and listed as questionable, as well. Defensive End Robert Quinn has a nagging high ankle sprain and it is doubtful that he will see action on Sunday against the Saints.
The Browns Are In Trouble
Meanwhile the Cleveland Browns have announced that center Nick Harris has a knee injury and has been placed on injured reserve along with defensive end Olivier Vernon who has an Achilles injury. That’s not the worst of it, though, as head coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t be able to be on the sidelines for the team’s Sunday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition, two other coaches – Jeff Howard and Drew Petzing – along with guard Joel Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge also tested positive. None will be eligible to play on Sunday. Several others, including cornerback Denzel Ward and linebackers Malcolm Smith and B.J. Goodsman, missed this past Sunday’s game because of COVID-19, but should be back this weekend.
The Baltimore Ravens announced that they have “restored tight end Sean Culkin to the practice squad and off of the injured reserve list.