NFL Divisional Round Injuries: Latest On Christian McCaffrey, Mark Andrews, Bills Players
We head into perhaps the best weekend of the season, the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Unfortunately, NFL injuries continued to pile up over Super Wild Card Weekend. Several big-name starters went down for teams that will play this weekend. There are also injury updates on players who missed last week’s contest and may be in line to return from injury this week. These injuries are already shifting odds at the best sports betting apps. Handicappers must monitor for news before betting on NFL playoff odds. The most notable injured players we must monitor this week are 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey, Bills WR Gabe Davis, and Ravens TE Mark Andrews.
Keep reading to stay updated on the most significant injuries and which names are in jeopardy of missing this week. Scroll to compare spreads, moneylines, and totals across NFL betting apps, and use our Prop Finder Tool to find the best prices on player props.
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Notable NFL INJURIES To monitor
Here’s a roundup of the most notable NFL injuries heading into the divisional round.
- TE Mark Andrews
Andrews participated in Tuesday’s practice, giving the team increased hope that he could play against the Texans. This was Andrews’ second practice since being designated to return off injured reserve. He suffered a significant left ankle injury in the Ravens’ 34-20 victory over the Bengals on Nov. 16.
“Today was his best showing so far,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He really took a big step. Just what you saw today, we saw as well, so that’s encouraging.” Harbaugh was asked if Andrews could play in Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans, saying, “We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
- CB Rasul Douglas
- CB Christian Benford
- CB Taron Johnson
- S Taylor Rapp
- LB Tyrel Dodson
- LB Terrel Bernard
- LB Baylon Spector
- OL Conner McGovern
- P Sam Martin
There is no more banged-up unit on this NFL injury roundup list right now than the Buffalo Bills and, specifically, their defense. Multiple key players suffered injuries during wild card weekend. Cornerback Taron Johnson, punter Sam Martin, linebacker Baylon Spector and cornerback Christian Benford. Standout linebacker Terrel Bernard was carted off due to an ankle injury in the most notable team-wide ailments.
The Bills also had a few players miss wild card weekend entirely with injuries, such as receiver Gabe Davis and safety Taylor Rapp. Johnson, who left late in the game with an apparent head injury, is in the league’s concussion protocol and is “day-to-day,” as are all the other players who were listed with injuries. For Bernard specifically, McDermott said that they’re taking it “one day at a time” after the X-rays on his ankle were negative.
On the bright side, Rasul Douglas confirmed he would return this week, but if you’re handicapping this game, make sure to monitor the Bills injury report at the end of the week for the latest status on all their injured players.
- LB Alex Anzalone
- TE Sam LaPorta
- WR Kalif Raymond
The only new injury the Lions picked up on wild card weekend was linebacker Alex Anzalone’s shoulder. After the game, Dan Campbell said the LB is “tough,” suggesting he will be good to go in the Divisional Round.
As for the team’s other question marks, Sam LaPorta played after suffering a knee injury in Week 18, so he should be good to go here. We will have to wait on Kalif Raymond to see if he’ll return after missing this past week’s game with a knee injury.
Green Bay Packers
- CB Jaire Alexander
- LB Kingsley Enagbare
- RB AJ Dillon
Alexander left the Packers game on Super Wild Card Weekend with an ankle injury. After the game, head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters he “doubted” Alexander would’ve returned if they needed him after his ankle injury. That makes it sound like Alexander’s ankle is in rough shape, but it remains to be seen if he will play on Saturday as the NFL playoffs continue.
Enagbare left the Cowboys game with a knee injury and did not return. He was “visibly distraught” in the locker room after the injury and LaFleur said postgame it “doesn’t look good for him.” While there has been no official word yet, it looks like Enagbare is done for the year.
Dillon’s neck stinger kept him out of action last week against the Cowboys. As we monitor the status of Dillon’s potential return, I’m not sure how relevant he will be as Aaron Jones continues to dominate the Green Bay backfield.
- WR Noah Brown
Brown played just five snaps before hurting his shoulder and exiting the game in last week’s win over the Browns. Brown was placed on injured reserve and is out for the remainder of the NFL playoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs
- DT Derrick Nnadi
- WR Kadarius Toney
Nnadi left last week’s game with an elbow injury and did not return. As of Tuesday afternoon, there is no word about his status for the Bills game on Sunday.
Toney could not return to action last week after missing the last three regular season games. Toney appears to be getting closer, as he did return to practice last week. So, we may see him on the field.
San Francisco 49ers
- RB Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey was a full participant at Tuesday’s practice and seems to be 100% healthy ahead of the 49ers’ playoff matchup with the Packers.
In Week 17, McCaffrey sustained a mild right calf strain, leading him to be held out of the 49ers’ season finale. McCaffrey said he would’ve played if the game had anything riding on it.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- QB Baker Mayfield
Mayfield has been dealing with a lingering rib injury and a banged-up ankle. Neither injury has kept him from playing altogether.
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NFL divisional round ODDS
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