Injury Status: Divisional Round

2018-01-11 09:34:03
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

This is the shortest injury list of the season, which isn't a bad thing by any means. All the remaining playoff teams will be relatively healthy heading into their big games. This is great news for both NFL and fantasy teams. You never want to see playoff teams at less than full strength or without key players. Sure, there are a few teams without some top starters because of early-season injuries, but most of the late-season injuries won't impact the games this week. Hopefully, this makes for some good games this weekend.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans. Murray has already been ruled out for this week's game. He will miss another week of action, giving Derrick Henry the start at running back for the Titans. Murray has been out because of a sprained knee.

Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers. Brown is right on track to play this week, returning from a calf injury. Brown is already practicing in full and seems nearly 100 percent for the game. There was concern he was going to miss the game or be less than 100 percent, but that doesn't seem to be the case at all. Brown will be good to go.

Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots. Burkhead missed the last two games of the season because of a knee injury. He is back practicing, though, and should return to the lineup this week, barring a late-week setback. He should return to a reserve role at running back for the Patriots.

James White, RB, Patriots. White has missed the last two games because of a sprained ankle. He is practicing on a limited basis this week, though, and seems to have a good chance to play this week. The Patriots will have a crowded backfield once again this week with Dion Lewis, Burkhead and White expected to split work.

Chris Hogan, WR, Patriots. Hogan has missed pretty much the second half of the season because of a shoulder injury. Hogan is practicing on a limited basis this week, though, and has a chance to return. Consider him a game-time decision, but we think the chances are pretty good Hogan plays.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots. Gillislee missed the last week of the season because of a knee injury. He is yet to practice this week and expected to miss another week of action. The Patriots will go with Lewis, Burkhead and White as their backs this week.

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