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NFL Super Wild Card Weekend Injury Report: Lamar Jackson Misses Practice Again; Tua Tagovailoa of the Dolphins eliminated

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The NFL is gearing up for the opening weekend of the 2023 playoffs. Starting Saturday, there will be three straight days of postseason football for us to enjoy as 12 clubs try to survive and make it to the divisional round.

As has been the case throughout the season, injuries will be one of the main stories on this postseason opening roster, particularly at the quarterback position. One team has already scrapped its initial caller for this weekend, and another looks like it might as well be on the sidelines, watching the playoff action. As these clubs start their training week, let’s take stock of where each of them are in terms of injuries.

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After participating fully in Tuesday’s practice, Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Along with Walker, guard Phil Haynes (ankle), running back DeeJay Dallas (ankle, quads), cornerback Xavier Crawford (thigh) and defensive end Shelby Harris (knee) were out of practice. Guard Gabe Jackson and nose tackle Al Woods were given rest days, while tight end Noah Fant (knee) and safety Ryan Neal (knee) were limited.

San Francisco did not have quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) and corner Ambry Thomas (ankle) in practice as they continue to prepare for the Seahawks. However, the team is largely healthy. They listed forward Arik Armstead (foot, ankle), forward Aaron Banks (ankle, knee), linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (neck), linebacker Dre Greenlaw (back), defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (knee) and running back Christian McCaffrey (knee) as limited entrants.

Los Angeles listed wide receiver Mike Williams (back) as a non-runner for the second consecutive day, putting his status for Saturday’s matchup in doubt. Meanwhile, the injury report was largely the same as Tuesday, with everyone listed participating fully in practice, including pass rusher Joey Bosa (groin). It is noteworthy, however, that safety Raheem Layne (thumb) was added to the injury report, but trained full time.

Jacksonville saw the return of kicker Riley Patterson after he missed Tuesday’s session with a right knee injury. He was a full participant on Wednesday. Meanwhile, long snapper Ross Matiscik (back) remained out. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence (toe), receiver Kendric Pryor (shoulder), receiver Jamal Agnew (shoulder) and forward Brandon Scherff (abs) were limited.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel told reporters Wednesday that Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) has yet to be cleared by doctors and not going to play this weekend. Naturally, he did not participate in Wednesday’s practice, nor did he tackle Terron Armstead (toe, pectoral, knee, hip), linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle, hand), forward Liam Eichenberg (hand), tackle Kendall Lamm ( ankle), running back Raheem Mostert (thumb) and tackle Brandon Shell (knee, ankle). Linebacker Melvin Ingram also missed practice, but was given just one day of rest. Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater (knee, toe) was limited. He backed up Skylar Thompson in Week 18, but the rookie should start with Tagovailoa still out. Fullback Alec Ingold (thumb), linebacker Jaelan Phillips (toe, wrist), receiver Jaylen Waddle (ankle), receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. (hip, groin) and running back Jeff Wilson Jr.

Jordan Phillips was the only Bills player to miss practice due to injury, as the defensive tackle deals with a shoulder ailment. Safety Jordan Poyer and guard Rodger Saffold were given rest days. Wideout Isaiah McKenzie (elbow) was limited, while quarterback Josh Allen (ankle, right elbow) and corner Cam Lewis (forearm) were listed on the injury report but were full participants.

New York had a perfect presence at practice on Wednesday, which included fullback Xavier McKinney, who participated fully. Meanwhile, forward Jon Feliciano (back), defender Adoree’ Jackson (knee), defender Azeez Ojulari (ankle), defender Jason Pinnock (shoulder) and defender Leonard Williams (neck) were all limited.

Cornerback Cam Dantzler (ankle, personal) did not practice Wednesday. He was the Vikings lineman missing from the session, while linebacker Brian Asamoah II (knee), center Garrett Bradbury (back) and safety Harrison Smith (knee) were limited.

Lamar Jackson (knee) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday as Baltimore begins its on-field preparations for the start of the postseason. Jackson has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in Week 13 against Denver. Running back Gus Edwards (concussion), long snapper Nick Moore (illness) and corner Brandon Stephen (illness) also missed practice due to injury. Corner Marlon Humphrey (shoulder), quarterback Tyler Huntley (right shoulder, wrist) and corner Marcus Peters (calf) were all limited. Meanwhile, defensive end Calais Campbell, linebacker Justin Houston, linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, guard Ben Powers and tackle Ronnie Stanley were given rest days.

Cincinnati missed wideout Tee Higgins (illness) and guard Alex Cappa (ankle) from practice earlier in the week. Meanwhile, the Cam Taylor-Britt (groin) corner was limited.

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