Injuries: Mahomes Sprains Ankle, 49ers RBs Day-to-Day
NFL Divisional - With the playoffs underway, we now shift our attention exclusively to the teams still alive in the playoffs, with the exception of major injuries on eliminated teams.
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed that quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a right high ankle sprain, according to The Athletic’s Nate Taylor. Reid added that his ankle sprain “isn’t as quite as bad” as the one suffered during the 2019 regular season, and Mahomes is expected to play in the AFC Championship. In addition to injuries suffered last week by tackle Jonah Williams and guard Alex Cappa, center Ted Karras played through a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, according to The Enquirer’s Kelsey Conway. Karras reportedly suffered the injury during the second quarter of the game but “was able to tough it out.” According to Conway, Karras has “no doubt” he will play against the Chiefs.
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
Following Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan listed three players as day-to-day with injuries. According to NBCSports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, defensive lineman Charles Omenihu is dealing with an oblique injury, running back Christian McCaffrey suffered a calf contusion, and running back Elijah Mitchell is nursing a groin injury. All are expected to be available for the NFC Championship. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to undergo X-ray on Tuesday to check his recovery, according to San Jose Mercury News’ Cam Inman. While he has yet to be ruled out for the Super Bowl, Shanahan would “be very surprised” if Garoppolo played this week. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown was reportedly dealing with an undisclosed injury during the game but will be ready to play Sunday, according to 94WIP’s Eliot Shorr-Parks.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard suffered a broken left leg and a high ankle sprain late in the second quarter of Sunday’s divisional round game. According to NFL.com, the recovery process is expected to take three months. Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips will undergo surgery on a torn rotator cuff, according to ProFootballTalk.