The NFL playoffs injury report has updates for players like Marshawn Lynch, Ben Roethlisberger, Jonathan Stewart, Antonio Brown, DeAngelo Williams, Peyton Manning and Ted Ginn.
The Sunday matchups have the Seattle Seahawks against the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. All four teams have some injury concerns and players like Brown and Williams have already been ruled out. Marshawn Lynch missed last week against the Vikings for the Seahawks and he is expected to play on Sunday.
Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a shoulder injury and some torn ligaments, but he is expected to play for the Steelers. Jonathan Stewart and Ted Ginn were able to practice this week and should be full go for the Panthers against the Seahawks. Peyton Manning is back in the starting lineup for the Broncos and he will get the chance to play against the Steelers after missing the game between the two teams towards the end of the season.
Lynch is coming back from abdominal surgery and he did not play last week after not feeling up to the task of getting back on the field at full strength. Lynch was able to practice this week and according to head coach Pete Carroll, there is a "really good chance" that Lynch will play on Sunday. Lynch has missed time dating back to November and this would be his first game action back for Seattle.
DeAngelo Williams has been ruled out for the Steelers for Sunday with a foot injury and that puts Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman back in as the main RBs. Williams was injured in Week 17 against the Browns and did not play last week for the Steelers against the Bengals in the wild card round. Antonio Brown has also been ruled out for the Steelers after suffering a concussion against the Bengals.
Brown remains in the concussion protocol and had been hopeful about playing Sunday, but now has been ruled out. Roethlisberger is listed as questionable for the game, but the quarterback is "likely" to play against the Broncos. The Steelers have had Landry Jones working with the first team offense to prepare for the game in case Roethlisberger can't go or needs to come off the field at all.
Stewart was able to practice through the week for the Panthers and head coach ron Rivera said that the running back would not be limited against the Seahawks. Stewart missed the last three games of the season with a foot injury and now he will be ready to play. Ginn was dealing with a knee injury that forced him to miss the final game of the regular season, but he was able to practice and also will play Sunday.