With the regular season officially finished, it’s time to turn our attention fully to the playoffs. During Week 17’s match-ups, there were several notable injuries that will impact teams’ runs to San Francisco for Super Bowl 50. The top five you should be keeping an eye on are detailed below.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams, who has more than stepped-up after LeVeon Bell’s horrific knee injury earlier this year, suffered an ankle injury during Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. Williams was seen wearing a protective boot when he exited the locker room post game. The team has announced that there’s no structural damage in Williams’s ankle and he is currently questionable for the Wild Card round.
2. Carolina Panthers CB Charles Tillman suffered a right knee injury in Sunday’s rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tillman, who already missed Weeks 11-14 with a knee issue, has been placed on IR with a torn ACL and will not see any action during the postseason.
3. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady suffered a high right ankle sprain during Sunday’s somewhat surprising loss to the Miami Dolphins. Brady also sustained bruised ribs. Though #12 is not expected to miss any time during the playoffs, Pats fans should be grateful that their beat-up team has a first-round bye this year.
4. After intercepting Carson Palmer in the first quarter, Seattle Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane found himself dealing with a rib injury during Sunday’s blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals. Lane’s status for this weekend’s game against the Vikings is not yet known, but he’s certainly be an asset to a surging Seattle team. I wouldn’t want to play without him if I were a Seahawks fan.
5. Houston Texans WR Nate Washington exited Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with a hip injury. Washington is the team’s second-leading receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins. If he’s out for this weekend’s contest, it could hinder the Texans’ passing game should Hopkins find himself double-covered by the Chiefs on most downs.