This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 11 AM ET on Saturday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
The ribbon is cut on the postseason beginning with the Bills-Texans kickoff Saturday afternoon, and all four teams in action during Wild Card Weekend are in decent health overall when factoring out longer-term injuries. The receiver position is where the most prominent walking wounded reside, with one confirmed absence (Nelson Agholor) and another likely one (Will Fuller V) thinning out the position to an extent. The status of tight end Zach Ertz may also come down to a game-time decision. However, those issues are offset by some big names getting back into action after multi-week stints on the sideline. Without further ado, let's plug into the latest as of Saturday morning:
The Texans' Deshaun Watson (back) does not carry an injury designation into Saturday afternoon's Wild Card matchup versus the Bills. Watson was reportedly dealing with some back discomfort heading into Week 17, and he ultimately dressed but didn't play in the season finale. The third-year quarterback practiced in full all week and will face a Bills defense that allowed the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks (12.9) in standard scoring formats this past regular season.
The Vikings' Dalvin Cook (chest) does not carry an injury designation into Sunday afternoon's Wild Card matchup versus the Saints.