The 2020 NFL Playoffs are shaping up to be something we’ve never seen before. Not only do we have the Cleveland Browns breaking their postseason drought in a record-breaking, 14-team field, but two teams are unsure who will be their starting quarterback and one team will have to make it through the week without their head coach.

Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of all the major injury storylines for this weekend’s action:

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills, (Sat.) 1:05 PM


Player Position Injury Tue Wed Thu Game Status
DeForest Buckner
DT Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable
Will Holden
Philip Rivers
QB Toe DNP FP FP (-)
Rock Ya-Sin
CB Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
T.J. Carrie
CB Ankle/Shoulder LP FP FP (-)
Jonathan Taylor
RB Shoulder LP LP LP (-)
Khari Willis
S Concussion FP FP FP (-)
Tavon Wilson
S Not Injury Related (-) (-) DNP (-)

Injured Reserve: T Anthony Castonzo, ankle; T La’Raven Clark, Achilles; S Malik Hooker, Achilles; WR Parris Campbell, knee; RB Marlon Mack, Achilles.

  • Starting CB Rock Ya-Sin will miss his second-straight game with a concussion. The Temple product has struggled in his second year; his coverage grade on Pro Football Focus has dropped nearly 15 points from his rookie season. TJ Carrie filled in for Ya-Sin in Week 17 and really struggled, allowing five completions for 60 yards and a touchdown on eight targets.
  • Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is listed as questionable, but will play on Saturday. Buckner has been dealing with an ankle injury for some time and has been held out of practice recently for rest purposes.
  • With Will Holden out, Jared Veldheer will start at left tackle for the second-straight week. The 11-year vet came out of retirement last week to join the Colts practice squad, but was thrust into the starting lineup after just two practices. Veldheer allowed two quarterback pressures in 29 pass-blocking snaps.


Player Position Injury Tue Wed Thu Game Status
Cole Beasley
WR Knee DNP DNP LP Questionable
Stefon Diggs
WR Oblique LP DNP LP Questionable
Jon Feliciano
G Knee FP FP FP (-)
Reggie Gilliam
TE Knee/Hamstring FP FP FP (-)
Isaiah McKenzie
WR Ankle LP LP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: T Cody Ford, knee; LB Del’Shawn Phillips, quadriceps.

  • Cole Beasley was inactive in Week 17 and remains “week-to-week,” according to Sean McDermott. Beasley was the NFL’s top slot receiver in 2020, but will be replaced by Isaiah McKenzie if inactive. McKenzie had three total touchdowns in and led the team in targets (9) Week 17.
  • As for Stefon Diggs, he was pretty adamant he will be ready to go on Saturday despite the questionable designation. Diggs led the NFL with 127 catches and 1535 receiving yards in the regular season, but played a season-low 31 snaps in Week 17. Gabriel Davis and John Brown would be the Bills two outside receivers if Diggs is inactive.

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks, (Sat.) 4:40 PM


Player Position Injury Tue Wed Thu Game Status
David Edwards
OL Ankle DNP LP LP Questionable
Joe Noteboom
OL Back LP FP FP (-)
Micah Kiser
ILB Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Jared Goff
QB Right Thumb LP LP LP Questionable
Cam Akers
RB Ankle LP FP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: RB Darrell Henderson, ankle; DB Taylor Rapp, knee; DB Terrell Burgess, ankle; LB Travin Howard, knee.

  • The biggest question facing the Rams is the health of Jared Goff. The quarterback missed Week 17 after undergoing thumb surgery on his right hand following a Week 16 injury. Despite it being his NFL debut, John Wolford didn’t get gun shy in Week 17, attempting 38 passes, eight of which travelled over 20 yards downfield. PFF graded Wolford as the 19th-best quarterback of Week 17.


Player Position Injury Tue Wed Thu Game Status
Jarran Reed
DT Oblique DNP LP LP Questionable
Chris Carson
RB Foot/Load Management DNP LP LP (-)
Duane Brown
T Knee/Resting Vet DNP LP LP (-)
Jayson Stanley
CB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP (-)
Jamal Adams
SS Shoulder/Hand DNP LP LP (-)
Mike Iupati
G Neck LP FP FP (-)
DeeJay Dallas
RB Ankle LP FP FP (-)
Bryan Mone
DT Ankle FP DNP FP (-)
Shaquill Griffin
CB Hamstring DNP Questionable

Injured Reserve: T Jamarco Jones, groin; G Phil Haynes, groin; DB Quinton Dunbar, knee; DB Neiko Thorpe, hip; S Marquise Blair, knee; LB Bruce Irvin, knee; WR Phillip Dorsett, foot.

  • The Seahawks have had a good week of health as Jamal Adams, Mike Iupati and Greg Olsen will all be available against Los Angeles after not being healthy following Week 17.
  • Shaquill Griffin was a late addition to the injury report with a tight hamstring, but Pete Carroll told reporters Griffin was given a day off for rest and will be available on Saturday. Defensive end Jarran Reed will also play despite being listed as questionable. Reed leads the Seahawks in QB pressures and is second to Adams in sacks.

Tampa Buccaneers at Washington Football Team, (Sat.) 8:15 PM


Player Position Injury Tue Wed Thu Game Status
Carlton Davis
CB Groin DNP LP FP Questionable
Mike Evans
WR Knee DNP DNP LP Questionable
Ronald Jones II
RB Finger/Quad FP FP FP (-)
Jeremiah Ledbetter
LeSean McCoy
RB Not injury related/illnes DNP FP DNP Questionable
Jason Pierre-Paul

Injured Reserve: C AQ Shipley, neck; DT Vita Vea, leg; TE OJ Howard, Achilles.

  • Linebacker Devin White will miss Saturday’s game after testing positive for COVID-19 prior to Week 17. However, LB Shaq Barrett has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list after missing last week. With White out, expect Lavonte David, who finished the season as the Bucs’ third-best defender per PFF, and Kevin Minter to be the main linebackers against Washington.
  • Jeremiah Ledbetter has been a steady presence in the Buccaneers’ defensive line rotation the last two weeks, but will be out on Saturday.
  • Carlton Davis will be a game-time decision after missing the final two weeks of the season with a groin injury. Sean Murphy-Bunting has slid out from the slot to replace Davis and has played well, allowing just 65 yards on 13 targets.


Player Position Injury Tue Wed Thu Game Status
Thomas Davis Sr. 
Antonio Gibson
RB Toe DNP LP LP Questionable
Terry McLaurin
WR Ankle DNP LP LP Questionable
Alex Smith
QB Calf DNP LP LP Questionable
Kevin Pierre-Louis
LB Ankle LP LP LP Questionable
Brandon Scherff
G Shoulder LP LP FP (-)
Kendall Fuller
CB Knee LP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: DB Deshazor Everett, chest; QB Kyle Allen, ankle; S Landon Collins, Achilles; RB Bryce Love, knee; DT Matt Ioannidis, biceps.

  • Despite playing in Week 17, Alex Smith is questionable with his calf injury again. Smith’s calf is “sore” and it looks like Taylor Heinicke, who has just one career start (in 2018 for the Panthers) could find himself thrust into action if Smith doesn’t feel better in warmups.
  • Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin are also questionable, despite both playing in Philadelphia last week. While neither were particularly effective (3.95 yards per carry for Gibson, 5.7 yards per catch for McLaurin), they should both be available on Saturday night.

Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans, 1:05 PM


Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
D.J. Fluker
T Knee DNP DNP LP Questionable
Marlon Humphrey
CB Shoulder DNP LP FP Questionable
Willie Snead IV
WR/RS Ankle DNP LP LP Questionable
Patrick Mekari
G/C Back LP LP FP (-)
Yannick Ngakoue
DE Thigh LP LP FP Questionable
Jimmy Smith
CB Ribs/Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
Ben Bredeson
G Knee (-) (-) LP Questionable

Injured Reserve: QB Robert Griffin III, hamstring; TE Nick Boyle, knee; T Ronnie Stanley, ankle; CB Tavon Young, knee.

  • Slot cornerback Jimmy Smith has missed the last three games and Marlon Humphrey was limited to 32 snaps in Week 17. Humphrey played 24 of those snaps in the slot so he could be an option there for Baltimore this week if healthy. Anthony Averett and the recently-acquired Nate Brooks are the other two cornerbacks on the Ravens’ roster.
  • Patrick Mekari was absent in Week 17, but will start at center on Sunday. DJ Fluker is questionable, but split time with Tyre Phillips last week. Phillips has struggled mightily this season, but had his best performance in Week 17, earning a 79.5 pass-blocking grade from PFF.


Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Aaron Brewer
C Not Injury Related DNP DNP (-) (-)
Dennis Kelly
T Knee DNP DNP LP (-)
Rodger Saffold III
G Ankle DNP DNP LP (-)
Daren Bates
LB Hip LP FP FP (-)
A.J. Brown
WR Knee/Hand LP DNP DNP (-)
Darrynton Evans
RB Shoulder LP LP FP (-)
Adoree’ Jackson
CB Knee LP DNP FP (-)
Ben Jones
C Hamstring LP FP LP (-)
Geoff Swaim
TE Wrist LP FP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: WR Adam Humphries, concussion; DE Jadeveon Clowney, knee; LB Jayon Brown, elbow; T Taylor Lewan, knee.

  • The Titans are the healthiest team this week. Zero players have an injury designation, however DT Teair Tart and C Aaron Brewer are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints, 4:40 PM


Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Darnell Mooney
WR Ankle DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Cordarrelle Patterson
WR Personal DNP DNP FP (-)
Buster Skrine
CB Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
Roquan Smith
ILB Elbow DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Jaylon Johnson
CB Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
Allen Robinson II
WR Hamstring FP DNP LP (-)
Duke Shelley
CB Knee FP LP LP (-)
Kindle Vildor
CB Ankle FP FP FP (-)
Josh Woods
ILB Toe FP LP LP Questionable

Injured Reserve: WR Dwayne Harris, triceps; T Bobby Massie, knee; G James Daniels, pectoral; RB Tarik Cohen, knee; CB Artie Burns, knee.

  • Buster Skrine is the only Bear ruled out for Sunday. Skrine has been out since Week 13 due to a concussion. Duke Shelley has filled in for Skrine as the nickel back and has struggled, yielding a passer rating of 114.6 when targeted. Kindle Vildor, who has been filling in for Jaylon Johnson since Week 14 has been even worse, allowing a passer rating of 131.9 on 15 targets.
  • Roquan Smith has been the Bears top-graded linebacker on PFF this year, but is questionable after suffering an elbow injury last week. Josh Woods filled in for Smith in Week 17 and will be the Bears second inside linebacker behind Danny Trevathan, should Smith be inactive on Sunday.


Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Nick Easton
C/G Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
J.T. Gray
DB Shoulder LP LP FP (-)
Trey Hendrickson
Josh Hill
TE Hand LP LP FP (-)
Taysom Hill
QB Concussion LP FP FP (-)
Marcus Williams
S Ankle LP FP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: LB Kwon Alexander, Achilles; WR Michael Thomas, ankle; WR Tre’Quan Smith, ankle; CB Patrick Robinson, hamstring.

  • Trey Hendrickson played through his neck injury in Week 17, but will be out on Sunday night. Marcus Davenport will start in his place. Hendrickson has been one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL this year while Davenport ranks 14th among edge defenders in QB pressures since Week 13. Davenport hasn’t recorded a sack since Week 7.
  • The Saints playing on Sunday has saved them from disaster as the extra day allows Alvin Kamara to be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to kickoff. Wide receiver Michael Thomas has also been designated to return from the IR, so Drew Brees should have both of his top weapons available against Chicago.

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 PM


Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Jack Conklin
T Knee LP LP DNP Questionable
Myles Garrett
DE Shoulder FP FP LP Questionable
Donovan Peoples-Jones
WR Concussion DNP DNP LP Questionable
Sheldon Richardson
DT Neck LP LP LP Questionable
M.J. Stewart Jr.
CB Calf LP LP LP Questionable
Wyatt Teller
G Ankle LP LP LP Questionable
JC Tretter
C Knee LP LP LP (-)
Terrance Mitchell
CB Not Injury Related (-) (-) DNP Questionable

Injured Reserve: C Nick Harris, knee; DE Olivier Vernon, Achilles; T Chris Hubbard, knee; WR Odell Beckham Jr., knee; CB Greedy Williams, shoulder; WR Jojo Natson, knee; S Grant Delpit, Achilles.

  • The Browns will play their first playoff game in 17 years without head coach Kevin Stefanski, who is out due to COVID-19. The Browns are in the midst of an outbreak of COVID-19 with CB Denzel Ward, CB Kevin Johnson, G Joel Bitonio, WR KhaDarel Hodge, S Ronnie Harrison and S Jovante Moffatt all on the reserve/COVID-19 list.


Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Chris Boswell
K Groin (Right) LP FP LP (-)
Steven Nelson
CB Knee LP FP FP (-)
Tyson Alualu
DE Ankle DNP FP FP (-)
Vince Williams
LB Quadriceps DNP FP FP (-)
JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR Knee DNP FP (-)
Isaiah Buggs
DE Illness DNP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: LB Ulysees Gilbert, ankle; LB Robert Spillane, knee; LB Bud Dupree, knee; RB Trey Edmunds, hamstring; LB Devin Bush, knee; T Zach Banner, knee.

  • Robert Spillane returned to practice this week and could be activated off the IR prior to Sunday’s game. Spillane was starting at middle linebacker before getting hurt in Week 13. Neither Avery Williamson nor Vince Williams have played well recently, so Spillane should have a big role when he returns.
  • Someone who won’t be playing on Sunday night is CB Joe Haden, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Usual slot corner Cameron Sutton filled for Haden last week and should again on Sunday night. Sutton’s 73.9 coverage grade on PFF is the highest among all Steelers cornerbacks this season, barely edging out Haden’s 69.6 grade.
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