Injury Status: Championship Games

Thu Jan 27 10:11am ET
Sr Fantasy Writer

There are just a handful of players on the injury list this week, which is great news for the four teams involved. These teams should be at pretty full strength for their big games this weekend. Hopefully, this makes for some good games once again.

Here is the latest. . . . .

Van Jefferson, WR, Rams. Jefferson is out of practice to start the week because of a knee injury. This is a new injury and he is being called day-to-day. His status is up in the air right now. He is no sure thing to play. He might need to get in some practice before the weeks out if he hopes to suit up this week.

Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers. Samuel took a helmet to the knee during last week’s game and was a little hobbled during the game. He is not even listed on the Injury Report this week, though. This injury doesn’t seem to be an issue for Samuel. He should be fine to use and get his usual workload. 

Tyrann Mathieu, DB, Chiefs. Mathieu suffered a concussion last week and was forced from the game. He is not being ruled out for this week, though. The Chiefs hope to have him available, but he will need to pass the concussion protocols before the week is out. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. The loss of Mathieu would be huge for the Chiefs defense.

Jeff Wilson, RB, 49ers. Wilson is dealing with an ankle sprain. He is out of practice right now and is questionable for the game. Wilson is getting next to no work even when active, but he is the No. 2 back behind Elijah Mitchell. At this point, we don’t expect him to play.

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