For a trip to the Super Bowl, the Bills square off against the reigning champs Sunday night. Buffalo is definitely healthier than their opposition, but some key players still remain nicked up. Then there is Mahomes and his mysterious head injury. All things considered, we are still in line for an epic matchup. The Air Raid at Arrowhead …. put it on a tee-shirt.
WR Gabriel Davis: Listed with an ‘ankle’ injury, Gabriel got rolled up on in the first quarter when he dropped a pass in the end zone. He was able to finish the game but was heavily hobbled at times. His snap count dropped from 54% during the Colts’ game, to 46% in the Ravens’ game. He started the week off with two DNP but finished the practice week as a limited participant. It appears the injury was a medial ankle sprain when Humphrey rolled up on him, but he avoided the dreadful high ankle sprain. The medial ankle sprains are tricky, as they are a little more difficult to come back from compared to a more common lateral ankle sprain. The fact he finished the last game and was able to return to practice this week, I believe he plays.
DT Vernon Butler: Listed with a ‘quad’ injury, Vernon was DNP for two days but finished as a limited participant at the end of the week. He had initially left the Ravens’ game early but returned. That appeared to be caused by getting his foot stepped on, though. Then, late in the game, he did not play in the fourth quarter. His snap count dropped from 52% in the Colts’ game to 33% in the Ravens’ game. It appears he must have pulled a thigh muscle. Let me tell you, thigh injuries are tough! An injury like this probably needs a little more rest, at least two weeks, so I think he sits out.
WR Cole Beasley: Cole went down with a non-contact ‘knee’ injury in the Patriots’ game in Week 16. He missed Week 17 but was able to return for the playoffs. He has had snap counts of 69% and 63% over the past two weeks, which is his norm. He was seen with a patellar stabilizing knee brace on in his NBC interview prior to the Ravens’ game, which confirms suspicions he is dealing with a knee cap issue. He finished the practice week as a FULL participant and should be very close to 100% at this time.
WR Stefon Diggs: Listed with an ‘oblique’ injury since the playoffs started, Diggs does not appear to be slowed down. However, his snap count dropped to only 82% for the Ravens’ game, which is very low, as he is normally 90+%.
DE Darryl Johnson: No known injury on the field in the Colts’ game, Darryl was DNP all last week for a ‘knee’. He subsequently missed the Ravens’ game. He was FULL practice for this entire week leading up to the Chiefs’ game, which is a quick turnaround. He will be good to go on Sunday.
LB Tremaine Edmunds: Tremaine was listed with a ‘hamstring’ after he played 100% of snaps in the Colts’ game. Then he went out and played 100% for the Ravens’ game too. He is still listed, but was FULL practice all week. Looks like all is clear!
K Tyler Bass: Last week, Bass came onto the report midweek with a ‘hand’ injury. Rumor has it he punched a wall after he missed an 80-yard FG in practice. High standards for this one eye black legend! He wore a shield-type protector on his hand, so he may be dealing with a fracture type.
DT Quinton Jefferson: Listed with an ‘ankle’ this week, Quinton has been on the injury report for an array of lower extremity injuries all year. He was limited early in the week but finished with back to back FULL practices. His snap counts have been at 49% and 46% this postseason, which is around his norm.
Kansas City Chiefs:
Let’s take a quick look at who the Chiefs have on the IR. The biggest losses were their starting OL: Mitchell Schwartz and Kelechi Osemele. Also ruled OUT for the game is their LB, Willie Gay Jr. Unfortunately, he does not see the field that much.
Currently, on their injury report, they have a handful of players listed as questionable. They include CB Breeland (concussion), HB Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip), CB Felton (foot), WR Watkins (calf), and HB Bell (knee). Patrick Mahomes and his toe/concussion is cleared to play.
Last week, Watkins, Edwards-Helaire, and Felton missed the game. All were limited participants this week, though. I’d expect them all to lean towards playing, with Felton being the most likely to play.
Least likely to play would be Le’Veon Bell, as he was DNP all week with a bum knee. Breeland is the wild card. He is their best CB, and he left last week with a concussion. He was limited all week, so it will be a close call to see if he plays.