Answering the biggest injury questions for divisional playoff teams

The Cleveland Browns Get their head coach Kevin Stefanski, who missed the wildcard game due to COVID-19, back for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterbacks continue to deal with injuries, particularly in Los Angeles, where Jared Goff is recovering from an operation on his throwing hand thumb and John Wolford recovering from a sting. Rams defensive device Aaron Donald also deals with a rib injury that was sustained in the wildcard round but is expected to play.

Our NFL Nation reporters update the top injury question for every team they join Division weekend::


No. 6 Los Angeles Rams number 1 Green Bay Packers4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

Aries: Before the playoff playoff against the Packers on Saturday, the Rams are not lacking in injury concerns. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has a rib injury but is expected to play, according to Rams manager Sean McVay. “Unless something unforeseen happens,” said McVay, “the Terminator will be ready.” receiver Cooper Coup has bursitis in his knee and it’s commonplace, and then there’s the quarterback situation. Jared Goff is another week away from surgery on December 28th and John Wolford is recovering from a sting, but McVay doesn’t say which QB is on track to start against the Packers. – Lindsey Thiry

Packer: The Packers are now on COVID watch after recently signing Jared Veldheer’s positive test. A contact tracing investigation found no close contacts were made, but the Packers will be holding their breath and waiting for the daily testing until Saturday’s playoff game against the Rams. They’re otherwise healthy as far as football injuries go – aside from the obvious fact that all pro David Bakhtiari isn’t getting back from his torn ACL. Davante Adams, who missed both bye-week exercises last week, wasn’t even listed in the injury report. – Rob Demovsky

No. 5 Baltimore Ravens No. 2 Buffalo Bills8:15 p.m. ET, NBC

Ravens: Three Pro Bowl corners Marcus Peters looked sane as he intercepted the game and hopped on the Titans logo in the final two minutes of Sunday’s wildcard win in Tennessee. But Peters, one of the league’s longest-serving cornerbacks, missed Tuesday’s round and Wednesday’s training with a back injury. Peter’s availability plays a big role in this matchup against the Bills. Josh Allen has completed an NFL-high 302 passes to wide receivers – 22 more than any other quarterback. If the Ravens were # 2 without their cornerback, they’d be counting on it Jimmy Smith and Anthony Averett fill the void. – Jamison Hensley

Bills: Can wider receiver Cole BeasleyThe knee will last at least a week? The Bills slot recipient made it through the wildcard round without setbacks after missing week 17 with a knee injury, and Buffalo says he should be available for Saturday’s game against the Ravens. The bills need their secondary recipient as a safety valve against Baltimore’s aggressive lightning scheme. – Marcel Louis-Jacques


No. 6 Cleveland Browns v No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Browns: Approach all-pro properly Jack Conklin Wednesday’s training was suspended due to a hamstring injury that pulled him out of Sunday’s playoff win against Pittsburgh. Coach Kevin Stefanski has called Conklin “day in and day out” but the Browns are confident he will be ready in time for Cleveland’s road trip to Kansas City. – Jake Trotter

Bosses: Back race Clyde Edwards-Helaire has the chance to play the Browns on Sunday. He practiced for the first time since his ankle and hip injury in a week 15 game against the Saints. Edwards-Helaire was a limited participant on Wednesday. The Chiefs could use a healthy Edwards-Helaire with more big-play skills than any of their other top-backs. Darrel Williams and Le’Veon Bell.– Adam Teicher

No. 5 Tampa Bay privateers No. 2 New Orleans Saints6:40 p.m. ET, Fox

Buccaneers: Inside linebacker Devin White and defense attorney Steve McLendon Both returned from the reserve / COVID-19 list after missing the last two games, but Ronald Jones, who ran back, did not train on Wednesday as he played the last wild card game due to a quad injury Week to miss. “I expect and hope that he can leave tomorrow,” said coach Bruce Arians of Jones. Right guard Alex Cappawho sustained a broken ankle against Washington is replaced by Aaron Stinnie in this week. – Jenna Laine

Saints: Defensive ending Trey Hendrickson Trained on a limited basis Wednesday after missing last week’s game with a lingering stinger. Hendrickson not only led the Saints this season with 13.5 in sacks, but was particularly big in the two wins against Tampa Bay with three combined sacks (plus a sack fumble that was negated by a penalty). Versatile offensive chess piece Taysom Hill didn’t train on Wednesday after temporarily bothering him with a knee injury last Sunday, but it’s too early in the week to predict his status. – Mike Triplet

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