06 Jan 2014
compiled by Andrew Potter
In the absence of long-term injuries to the exiting teams, we focus on those teams who advanced in the playoffs.
Starting running back Ryan Mathews (3.5% DVOA, 19th) aggravated an existing ankle injury and missed the second half of Sunday's game against the Bengals. He expects to play next weekend but, as the injury is unlikely to have fully cleared up by then, he is likely to be limited by it. Direct backup Danny Woodhead has been effective all season (13.6% DVOA, seventh) for the Chargers, but a Mathews absence would likely mean more playing time for the less effective Ronnie Brown (-11.3% DVOA on 45 attempts). Center Nick Hardwick aggravated a stinger injury he first sustained a month ago, and was replaced by Rich Ohrnberger. He likewise expects to be available against the Broncos.
Greg Toler, clearly toiling early in the game, left with an aggravation of his existing injury and did not return. No update is yet public on his status for next weekend, but given the tendency for groin injuries to linger his availability is in serious doubt.
Multiple reports are strongly suggesting that Parys Haralson has a torn pectoral muscle, which would undoubtedly end his season. MRI scan results will either confirm or refute that later today. Keenan Lewis left the game with concussion symptoms and enters the league protocol.
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The NFL playoffs finally heat up, as a wild finish in Dallas and a tight game in Kansas City go some way to making up for the blowouts that preceded them.