The NFL injury report heading into the playoffs has updates for players like DeAngelo Williams, Andy Dalton, Marshawn Lynch, Julian Edelman, Tom Brady and Duane Brown. Brown is out for the season with an injury, while Williams is considered day-to-day with an ankle issue.
Tom Brady is coming into the playoffs after suffering an ankle injury in Week 17, but the quarterback is expected to be able to play for the Patriots in the postseason. The Patriots have a first round bye in the playoffs, which gives Brady more time to heal from his injury. Brady was hit by Ndamukong Suh in Week 17 against the Dolphins and was diagnosed with a sprained ankle. According to NFL.com, Brady said to WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show that he is doing fine and that he has had "plenty of worse injuries than this one."
The week off for the Patriots gives Brady the chance to get treatment and NFL.com reports that as of now he is not in danger of missing any time for the team. Julian Edelman is another player that is expected to be ready for the Patriots, as the wide receiver has been out since Week 10 after suffering a foot injury against the Giants. Adam Schefter at ESPN reports that Edelman is "on track" to return for the divisional playoffs round and that he should have no limitations after rehabbing from his foot injury.
DeAngelo Williams suffered an ankle injury for the Steelers in Week 17 of the season and head coach Mike Tomlin said that the running back is "day to day" with the injury, according to NFL.com. If Williams is out or is limited for the Steelers when they play the Bengals in the wild card round, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman likely will get the majority of the carries. Williams has stepped in for the Steelers with Le'Veon Bell out for the season and now there is a chance that Williams could miss time for the Steelers heading into the playoffs.
Andy Dalton has been rehabbing from a fractured finger injury and while he has been making progress, the Bengals are preparing as if he will not be able to play against the Steelers in the wild card round. According to ESPN.com, Dalton has been able to remove the cast from his hand for his thumb injury, but his status for the game against the Steelers remains "uncertain." The Bengals are preparing as if AJ McCarron will start.
Marshawn Lynch has returned to the Seahawks after abdominal surgery and is expected to start against the Vikings. The Texans will be without Duane Brown for the playoffs, as the team announced that Brown will have surgery after suffering a quad injury in Week 17.