The divisional playoffs start this week, and one of the 8 remaining teams will be your new Super Bowl champions. Last week the Jaguars made history with a 27-point comeback against the Chargers. The Cowboys surprisingly crushed the Buccaneers, making it look easy in the process, and the Giants surprised the Vikings by taking home the W. The Bills and Bengals also both survived another week. There were not a lot of new injuries this week, so let’s jump into the brief NFL Injury Report Divisional Round Playoffs.
Jimmy Garoppolo Update
Brock Purdy has been putting up historic numbers since coming from the last pick in the NFL draft to starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. In the NFC Wild Card Game victory over the Seahawks, he compiled 332 yards and three touchdowns, and added another score on the ground. Jimmy has never had a 300+ passing-yard performance in the playoffs.
Jay Glazer reported that if Jimmy Garoppolo is healthy enough to return, he will indeed be the backup to Brock Purdy, not the starter. “This is Brock Purdy’s team moving forward”.
Jauan Jennings Injury Update
Kyle Shanahan said on Monday that Jennings is day-to-day with an ankle injury. He was able to finish the Wild Card matchup against Seattle with 41 yards. Jennings caught 35 of 56 targets this season, and not having him this week would definitely be felt by the San Francisco offense.
Mecole Hardman Injury Update
Wide receiver Mecole Hardman has been out recovering from an abdominal injury since Week 9. He was activated off of IR, and was thought to be healthy enough to play in Week 18, but took another week to recover. Practice this week will be a considerable factor in determining if Andy Reid and the medical staff think Hardman is ready to play. If he does return, it will likely be in a limited capacity.
Isaiah McKenzie Injury Update
McKenzie has been dealing with a hamstring injury that ultimately left him sidelined for the Wild Card matchup against the Dolphins. He wanted to play in the game, so there is optimism that he will return this Sunday. How he does in practice this week will be a determining factor.
Jamison Crowder Injury Update
Jamison Crowder broke his ankle in Week 4 and was aiming for a late December timeframe to be activated off of IR. He was able to practice last week but did not play in the Wild Card round. If Isaiah McKenzie can’t play, there is a chance that Crowder will fill in that role.
Micah Hyde Injury Update
Sean McDermott also announced on Monday that safety Micah Hyde will not play in the AFC Divisional round matchup against the Bengals. Hyde has been on IR for most of the season after suffering a neck injury in Week 2. He has not been ruled out for the season, so if the Bills make it to the AFC Championship game, there is a possibility that Hyde will hit the turf again.
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