By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports
We all know the big injury of Super Bowl. Patriots Rob Gronkowski is the big media story. His ankle injury is getting beaten to death by all the talking heads in Indy but probably for good reason. He did score 18 touchdowns during the regular season, which comes out to more than a touchdown per game. That is obviously tough to replace. We'll give you our take on his injury in this column.
But besides Gronk, both teams are pretty healthy coming into the big game. We really don't have any other huge injuries of concern, which is good for both teams. Hopefully, this lends itself to a good game.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots. This is the injury everyone is taking about. The dreaded high-ankle sprain that Gronkowski is dealing with. He is expected to play in the game but it isn't known how effective he'll be in the game. The big concern might be after halftime. He could stiffen up in the locker room after playing the first half. We fully expect Gronk to play but it might be a mild surprise if he is anywhere near full strength. He could be used as a decoy as much as anything.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants. Nicks has a sprained shoulder but is doing much better of late. He has practiced on a limited basis all week and thinks he'll be about 100 percent for the game. Nicks should play and get his usual workload in the game. This injury isn't a big concern.
Sebastian Vollmer, OL, Patriots. Vollmer is expected to return from his back and ankle injuries this week. He hasn't played since Week 6 but was a big-time performer at tackle last season. He might not start but should get time along the offensive line in some sort of swing role. The Patriots will be happy to have him back in the lineup.
Jacquian Williams, LB, Giants. Williams is practicing on a limited basis and is out of his walking boot. All signs point towards him being ready for the Super Bowl. He should fill his usual role of nickel linebacker and special teams player. He shouldn't be limited in the game. The injury isn't a huge issue.
Tyler Sash, DB, Giants. Sash has passed his concussion tests and is practicing with the Giants. He should be active for the Super Bowl, barring a late-week setback. Sash isn't much of a contributor defensively but is a top special teams player for the Giants, so his presence is a positive for the team.
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