On wild-card weekend, four teams advanced to the second round of the playoffs. All of those winners will take on teams who had byes in round one, allowing them to get healthy for their first postseason game.
Below are the biggest names on the injury report for the divisional round of the playoffs.
The wide receiver hasn’t played since Dec. 22 when he sprained his PCL. After sitting out the regular season finale and watching the first round of the playoffs because the Carolina Panthers had a bye, Smith says he’ll be good to go against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
"It's not about, 'Can I go?'" Smith said according to espn.com. "It's how confident do I feel when I am going? I will play Sunday. It's about how much of that do I don't worry about the knee. That's when the confidence increases."
Lewis led the New Orleans Saints with four interceptions in the 2013 regular season, but was forced to leave the team’s playoff game with the Philadelphia Eagles early because of a concussion. Rod Sweeting played in the starter’s absence, but it appears that Lewis will be ready to take on the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. He told the Baton Rouge Advocate, “I’ll definitely be out there. I’ll be ready to go.” Lewis has been cleared to play, though head coach Sean Payton would not commit to the cornerback suiting up.
The linebacker hasn’t played since the Seahawks lost to the 49ers on Dec. 8. He suffered a broken bone in his foot, and even with a week to rest between the first and second round, won't be ready to play this weekend. Head coach Pete Carroll ruled Wright out on Tuesday, and Malcolm Smith will continue to fill in. Carroll believes there’s a good chance Wright will be available for the NFC Championship Game if Seattle wins on Saturday.
It’s been over six weeks since the defensive end last stepped on the field. Wolfe has been working towards being ready for the Denver Broncos’ divisional round game against the San Diego Chargers, and was expected to practice on Monday. However, the medical staff is still working on him, as Wolfe was forced to sit out, once again. Wolfe isn’t expected to play on Sunday, according to ESPN. Denver officials say Wolfe didn’t suffer a setback, and he has a chance to play in the AFC Championship Game.
The New England Patriots tight end was lost for the season in Week 14 when he tore both his ACL and MCL. On Thursday, he’ll undergo surgery on his ACL, which will be performed by Dr. James Andrews.