NFL Playoff Injuries: Latest News on Cooper Kupp, Ronald Jones, More Heading Into Divisional Round
G Fiume/Getty Images. Pictured: Cooper Kupp.
In the Wild Card Round, all eyes were on the quarterback positions in Washington and Los Angeles where Alex Smith and Jared Goff gave way to backups Taylor Heinicke and John Wolford while the starters worked their way back from injuries.
Goff was forced into action when Wolford left the game early in the first quarter after sustaining a stinger, subsequently leading the Rams to victory. Heading into the Divisional Round, Goff appears to be on track to start against Green Bay, but this will continue to be a situation to monitor.
As always, we’ll be updating the table below — which now includes Sean Koerner’s player ratings — each day as teams release their practice reports, so be sure to check back throughout the week!
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Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee): Despite not practicing at all this week, Kupp is officially listed as “questionable” to play against the Packers on Saturday. Rams head coach Sean McVay did say earlier in the week that Kupp could play in the Divisional Round even if he’s unable to practice throughout the week, so don’t count him out quite yet.
Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (quad/finger): Head coach Bruce Arians said today that Jones will be a “game-time decision” ahead of the Bucs’ Divisional Round showdown with the Saints, adding that Leonard Fournette will start at running back regardless of Jones’ status. Fournette filled in admirably for Jones in the Wild Card Round, rushing 19 times for 93 yards while adding four receptions for 39 yards through the air.
Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip): Coming off the Chiefs’ first-round bye, Edwards-Helaire is also considered a “game-time decision” against the Browns after missing practice on Thursday and Friday. While the practice trend is concerning, head coach Andy Reid said the team was trying to give CEH “as much time and rest as possible” ahead of Kansas City’s matchup against Cleveland.
When CEH missed Week 17, Darwin Thompson set the pace at the running back position, totaling 109 scrimmage yards with two touchdowns. However, the Chiefs had little incentive to win in Week 17 as they already had the No. 1 seed in the AFC wrapped up. With that in mind, it’s hard to predict how Thompson, Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams might split the work this weekend if CEH is unable to go.
Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (quad/finger): A pregame quad injury held Jones out of the Wild Card Round even though he was officially active for the game, and the same injury held him out of Wednesday’s practice. The good news for the Bucs is that Jones was back at practice on Thursday, albeit as a limited participant. Jones still feels questionable to play in the Divisional Round, but he is trending in the right direction.
Rams QBs: John Wolford was knocked out of the Rams’ wild-card victory over the Seahawks with a stinger, and the same injury will keep him out of the Divisional Round, head coach Sean McVay confirmed on Thursday. Jared Goff was already likely to get the start for L.A. this weekend, but this news removes any doubt. Blake Bortles should handle backup duties for the Rams this weekend.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee): Kupp was held out of the Rams’ Week 17 season finale after testing positive for COVID-19, and he returned to action in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs to post a 4-78-0 receiving line on nine targets.
Unfortunately, he didn’t emerge from the game unscathed. Head coach Sean McVay said Monday that Kupp is dealing with bursitis in his knee, though McVay did add that he expects Kupp to play against the Packers in the Divisional Round. For now, consider Kupp probable to play.
Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (quad): Despite being active in the Wild Card Round, Jones did not log a single carry against Washington. It was revealed after the game that Jones had suffered a quad injury during warmups, an injury that also jeopardizes Jones’ availability for the Divisional Round. Updating his running back’s status on Tuesday, head coach Bruce Arians said, “We’ll wait and see” if Jones will be able to play.
Bills RB Zack Moss (ankle): Moss suffered an ankle injury that knocked him out of Buffalo’s Wild Card Round victory over the Colts after the rookie had logged 47 scrimmage yards on 11 total touches. Unfortunately, the ankle injury will keep Moss out for the remainder of the playoffs, ending a promising rookie season.
The team signed free agent RB Devonta Freeman to its practice squad today, adding depth behind Devin Singletary and T.J. Yeldon at the position.
Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb): Goff’s thumb had not yet healed to the point where the Rams felt comfortable starting him against the Seahawks last weekend, but he was forced into action when fill-in starter John Wolford left the game after sustaining a stinger. Though clearly not 100% healthy, Goff was able to lead the team to victory, completing 9 of 19 passes for 155 yards with one touchdown. Goff kicked off this week with a full practice session on Tuesday, putting him in line to start against Green Bay, while John Wolford was listed as a DNP (did not participate) on the practice report.