Injury Status: Wild Card Weekend

Thu Jan 13 10:33am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

The injury situation for the first round in the playoffs is actually pretty positive right now. There aren’t a ton of players on this list and many of the players listed are guys that have been out but expected tor return this week. It doesn’t have to all be bad news on the injury front, right? Here is the latest. . . .

Ronald Jones, RB, Bucs. Jones is expected to miss the Bucs game this weekend because of his sprained ankle. He is being called doubtful to play. Go with other options this week.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Bucs. Fournette is finally expected back from his hamstring injury. He has been out the last few weeks, but is finally near 100 percent healthy. And he could return to a big role with backup Ronald Jones expected to sit.

Cyril Grayson, WR, Bucs. Grayson suffered a hamstring injury last week and had to leave the game. He is doubtful to play, barring a huge turnaround later in the week. Grayson is another Buc that should miss the game.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Cardinals. Hopkins is getting closer to a return from his knee injury, but is not expected back this week. He is still out a few weeks but could be back for the NFC Championship game if the Cardinals were to make it to that point.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs. Hill was shaken up last week because of a heel injury. He is practicing this week, though, and the Chiefs feel he is looks good. Hill should be ready to go for their big game this weekend.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs. Edwards-Helaire has been out since Week 16 but is back practicing this week. His shoulder injury is much improved. He should return to the lineup for the Chiefs and likely split work with Darrel Williams.

Darrel Williams, RB, Chiefs. Williams suffered a toe injury last week and left the game early, but mainly as a precaution. He should be ready to go for this weekend. It isn’t sure who will start for the Chiefs with Edwards-Helaire expected back, but look for both backs to get plenty of playing time.

Najee Harris, RB, Steelers. Harris hurt his elbow during last week’s game and was sidelined for some of the game. He is out of practice to start the week, but should be ready to go for the playoff opener. Harris might not do much in practice all week, but that shouldn’t stop him from playing and getting a big workload.

Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles. Sanders broke his hand in Week 16 and has been out since. He is practicing and looks right on track to be ready for this weekend. He had been playing very well before the injury, so he could get a lot of touches in this important game for the Eagles.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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