Recapping the Injuries week 19 2016

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal As per usual, I will review some of the injuries and how it will impact this week. Let’s take a look below at some of the injuries affecting this round of the post season.

Jordy Nelson – Packers: Nelson suffered multiple rib fractures in the Wild Card Round and will miss Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. This is a tough block for the Packers who are looking to make a run in the post season. If Green Bay advances to the NFC title game, Nelson will be reevaluated. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb will serve as the main receivers for the Packers against Dallas.

Malcolm Mitchell – Patriots: Mitchell is dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of Week 17, but with the Patriots having a first Round bye, he was able to rest. However, reports suggest that he will be inactive this week once again as he has only been able to practice on a limited basis. There have been no official reports, but his status is trending in the wrong direction. Michael Floyd would step into Mitchell’s role if he sits.

DeAndre Hopkins – Texans: Hopkins is dealing with a minor knee injury, but is fully expected to play against the Patriots. He tweaked his knee in the Wild Card Round, but his status for this week’s game has never been in doubt.

Danny Amendola – Patriots: Amendola missed the final four games of the season with an ankle injury, but has practiced in full this week and is expected to be ready for the Divisional Round game against the Texans. If active, he will serve as the third or fourth wide receiver on this offense.

Spencer Ware – Chiefs: Ware is dealing with a rib injury and sat out the final week of the regular season, but has practice in full this week. He is fully expected to play in the Divisional Round game against Pittsburgh. The Steelers ended the season giving up a rushing touchdown in each of the last four games. Ware gained 82 rushing yards on 13 carries in Week 4 against Pittsburgh.

C.J. Prosise – Seahawks: Prosise has not played since Week 11 due to a shoulder injury and is being considered a game-time decision for the Divisional Round game against the Falcons. He has snuck in some limited practices this week and was a full participant of Thursday’s practice. At this time it appears that he has a higher chance of sitting this one out than playing, but it is something worth monitoring. The Falcons struggled all season against pass catching backs.

LeGarrette Blount – Patriots: Blount has missed practice this week with an illness, but at this point he is in no danger to miss this week’s matchup against the Texans. With the Patriots being heavy favorites, he could be in for a lot of carries as they try to burn some time off the clock. Keep an eye on his status, but there is no reason to think he sits.

Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers: Big Ben suffered a foot injury in the Wild Card game against the Dolphins, but was able to practice in full on Thursday and is fully expected to play against the Chiefs this week. The matchup is not the most favorable one, he is playing dinged up, and he has struggled immensely on the road this season, so for those considering him in DFS this weekend, temper your expectations.

Ladarius Green – Steelers: Green remains in the concussion protocol and at this time he is not expected to play in the Divisional Round game against the Chiefs. Jesse James and Xavier Grimble will continue to serve as the Steelers tight ends.