Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and Philadelphia Eagles rookie ballcarrier Miles Sanders are expected to suit up this weekend, while plenty of others won’t be able to go.
Others remain a question mark, likely until game time.
Among them are a Super Bowl MVP — Patriots WR Julian Edelman — an All-Pro (Eagles OT Lane Johnson), and one of the NFL’s best deep threats (Texans WR Will Fuller).
Here is a game-by-game look at the wildcard weekend injury toll:
Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans
Questionable: CB Levi Wallace (ankle), DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle), WR Andre Roberts (WR)
Questionable: S Jahleel Addae (Achilles), WR Will Fuller V (groin), CB Jonathan Joseph (hamstring), CB Bradley Roby (hamstring), TE Jordan Akins (hamstring)
The biggest name up in the air is Fuller, who is reportedly unlikely to be able to play when the Bills and Texans kick off the 2019-20 NFL postseason. When the speedster receiver is out, the Texans’ numbers on deep balls are down across the board. The No. 2 receiver could be a particularly important role this week with star WR DeAndre Hopkins potentially drawing All-Pro Bills CB Tre’Davious White much of the day. The Bills’ other starting corner, Wallace, is among four Buffalo players who were able to get limited practice in Thursday. The biggest name to keep an eye on for the Bills is Lawson, who had a career-high 6.5 sacks in the regular season.
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots
Out: WR Adam Humphries (ankle)
Doubtful: WR Kalif Raymond (concussion)
Questionable: WR Cody Hollister (ankle), Dane Cruikshank (illness)
Questionable: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), DB Terrence Books (groin), LB Jamie Collins Sr. (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder), DB Jonathan Jones (groin), CB Jason McCourty (groin)
The biggest question marks in this game come at wide receiver, and the biggest name among those is Edelman. The Super Bowl LIII MVP has made clear, however, that he plans to play Saturday night. The same cannot be said across the field, as the Titans have already ruled Humphries out and on Friday downgraded Raymond to doubtful. Humphries is the team’s third-leading receiver with 37 catches, adding 374 yards and a pair of scores. The Pats also removed starting T Marcus Cannon (ankle) from the injury report altogether.
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Out: CB Mike Hughes (neck — injured reserve); CB Mackensie Alexander (knee)
Questionable: DE Ifeadi Odenigbo (hamstring)
Out: CB Eli Apple (ankle); FB Zach Line (knee)
The Vikings welcome the return of RBs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, as well as LB Eric Kendricks, when they take the field in New Orleans as the biggest underdog of the weekend. But missing not one but two cornerbacks against a Drew Brees-led offense is never a good thing. Fellow CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) is expected to play, and the club brought back Marcus Sherels to take Hughes’ spot on the roster. The Saints, on the other hand, upgraded four players to full participants on Thursday (including WR Michael Thomas), though Line’s absence could be felt some in terms of blocking.
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
Out: T Duane Brown (knee/biceps); WR Malik Turner (concussion); LB Mychal Kendricks (knee)
Questionable: WR Jaron Brown (knee/personal); G Mike Iupati (neck)
Out: WR Nelson Agholor (knee)
Questionable: T Lane Johnson (ankle); TE Zach Ertz (ribs/back)
No game this weekend will be impacted by injuries more than Sunday’s finale. Seattle’s top three RBs and the Eagles’ top two WRs are out. Now add their No. 3 receiver — Agholor — to the list of Eagles not suiting up. Along with the names above, the Eagles had six more listed on the Friday injury report, but those players practiced in full and are expected to play. That includes RB Miles Sanders, who sustained an ankle injury in Week 17 and was a question mark all week. The team also reportedly expects Ertz to play, though Johnson remains iffy. While the Seahawks saw their hopes of Brown being able to play dashed, they did see DE Jadeveon Clowney’s injury designation removed, meaning he should be a go.