Pro Football Doc Injury Advice: Divisional Round (Fantasy Football)
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And for the rest of the playoffs, we’re going to take a look at a few matchups each week along with Dr. Chao’s injury takes.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers
The Rams will ride with Jared Goff this week as he recovers from his thumb injury, and Blake Bortles will likely become the backup as John Wolford deals with a neck issue. Cam Akers is clearly over his ankle injury as he returned for 176 yards and a score last week, and Cooper Kupp is now over COVID-19. Andrew Whitworth returned from an MCL injury suffered earlier in the year. This offense is trending upwards, but one concern on defense is the status of Aaron Donald. Donald left the Wild Card game with a rib injury, and while there is a good chance he plays this week this will warrant attention throughout the Rams’ playoff run.
Green Bay is doing relatively well healthwise at this point in the year, but there is one big concern here. Left tackle David Bakhtiari tore his ACL in practice ahead of Week 17, and they signed Jared Veldheer away from the Colts to fill in, but he has now tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be available this week. He would have been a solid plugin here, but they will now likely have to reshuffle the line, with natural guard Billy Turner kicking back outside to LT and Rick Wagner will now start at RT meaning Lucas Patrick will stay at LG.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
The Buccaneers are hoping that Ronald Jones II will finally be able to return after missing a few weeks out with a finger injury, COVID, and a quad issue. Should he sit out, Leonard Fournette can fill in as he has done successfully before and Ke’Shawn Vaughn will see snaps as the second back, but it is worth noting that LeSean McCoy sat out last week as well. Mike Evans returned from a knee hyperextension injury in a big way, with 119 yards versus Washington, and should be full-go moving forward. The loss of Alex Cappa will hurt a line that is already compensating for the loss of A.Q. Shipley on the interior. Devin White has been activated from Reserve/COVID, and while this is a huge boon, Kevin Minter has now been placed on the list and will miss the game.
The Saints finally got Michael Thomas back after a rough year dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries. He had a good performance with five receptions for 73 yards and a score, but now Latavius Murray has popped up with an injury. The Saints’ power back hurt his thigh last week, and we’ll have to keep an eye on him. The defense is in okay shape, but they will have to hope that edge rusher Trey Hendrickson can return from a neck injury and slot corner Patrick Robinson from his thigh injury.