Injury Reports:
TeamPlayerPOSStatusDate ReportedNotes
Kansas City ChiefsL Jarius SneedCBProb Sun – ConcussionFri, Feb 10Sneed is going through the concussion protocol, but it is likely that he will be available for Super Bowl 57 versus the Eagles.
Kansas City ChiefsJoshua KaindohDEOut Indefinitely – IllnessTue, Nov 8Kaindoh out of commission with an illness, and it is uncertain when he will return to the field.
Kansas City ChiefsPatrick MahomesQBProb Sun – AnkleMon, Feb 6Mahomes is nursing a high sprain on his right ankle, but it is anticipated that he will take on the Eagles in Super Bowl 57.
Kansas City ChiefsTrey SmithOLProb Sun – AnkleMon, Feb 6Smith has an ankle injury, but it is expected that he will line up against the Eagles in Super Bowl 57.
Kansas City ChiefsJerick MckinnonRBProb Sun – AnkleMon, Feb 6McKinnon is nursing an ankle ailment, but he is expected to partake in Super Bowl 57 against the Eagles.
Kansas City ChiefsIsiah PachecoRBProb Sun – WristMon, Feb 6Pacheco is hampered by a wrist issue, but it is anticipated that he will be active against the Eagles for Super Bowl 57.
Kansas City ChiefsJustin WatsonWRProb Sun – IllnessMon, Feb 6Watson is ailing from an illness, but it is likely that he will participate in the Super Bowl 57 versus the Eagles.
Kansas City ChiefsJody FortsonTEQues Sun – ElbowMon, Feb 6Fortson has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with an elbow injury, and it is uncertain if he will return for Super Bowl 57 versus the Eagles.
Kansas City ChiefsClyde Edwards HelaireRBQues Sun – AnkleMon, Feb 6Edwards-Helaire has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from a high-ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will be in the lineup for Super Bowl 57 against the Eagles.
Kansas City ChiefsKadarius ToneyWRProb Sun – AnkleTue, Feb 7Toney is hampered by an ankle injury, but he is anticipated to be available against the Eagles in Super Bowl 57.
Kansas City ChiefsMecole HardmanWRI-R – PelvisTue, Feb 7Hardman has been designated to the injured reserve with a pelvic injury.
Kansas City ChiefsWillie GayLBProb Sun – ShoulderWed, Feb 8Gay is battling a shoulder injury, but it is anticipated that he will be ready for Super Bowl 57 against the Eagles.
Kansas City ChiefsJuju Smith SchusterWRProb Sun – KneeWed, Feb 8Smith-Schuster is dealing with a knee injury, but it is projected that he will be active against the Eagles for Super Bowl 57.
Kansas City ChiefsJustyn RossWRI-R – FootSun, Jul 31Ross has been shifted to the injured reserve list due to a foot injury.
Kansas City ChiefsTershawn WhartonDTI-R – KneeWed, Nov 2Wharton has been placed on injured reserve due to a torn ACL.
Philadelphia EaglesDerek BarnettDEI-R – RibsWed, Sep 14Barnett sustained a torn ACL, and he has landed on the injured reserve list.
Philadelphia EaglesTyree JacksonTEOut Indefinitely – KneeFri, Dec 23Jackson has hit the injured reserve list with a knee issue, and he will miss an extended period.
Philadelphia EaglesShaun BradleyLBOut Indefinitely – WristSat, Jan 7Bradley has been moved to the injured reserve list with a wrist injury, and it is uncertain when he will return to the lineup.
Philadelphia EaglesJanarius RobinsonDEI-R – AnkleSat, Jan 7Robinson has been shifted to the injured reserve list with an ankle injury.
Philadelphia EaglesMarlon TuipulotuDTOut Indefinitely – KneeMon, Jan 9Tuipulotu has wound up on the injured reserve list with a knee injury, and there is no timetable for his return.
Philadelphia EaglesBrett TothTI-R – KneeWed, Jan 25Toth has been moved to the IR/PUP list after recovering from a torn ACL.
Philadelphia EaglesJosh SillsGOut Indefinitely – SuspensionWed, Feb 1Sills has been placed on the Commissioner Exempt List for an off-field incident, and there is no timetable for return.
Philadelphia EaglesLandon DickersonGProb Sun – ElbowMon, Feb 6Dickerson is managing a hyperextended elbow, but it is likely that he will be available for Super Bowl 57 versus the Chiefs.
Philadelphia EaglesRobert QuinnDEProb Sun – FootWed, Feb 8Quinn is projected to dress for Super Bowl 57 against the Chiefs despite a foot injury.
Philadelphia EaglesAvonte MaddoxCBProb Sun – ToeFri, Feb 10Maddox is expected to take the field for Super Bowl 57 versus the Chiefs despite a toe injury.
Philadelphia EaglesLane JohnsonTProb Sun – GroinFri, Feb 10Johnson is bothered by a groin ailment, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Chiefs for Super Bowl 57.
Philadelphia EaglesCam JurgensCProb Sun – HipFri, Feb 10Jurgens has a hip ailment, but it is anticipated that he will take part in Super Bowl 57 versus the Chiefs.
Philadelphia EaglesArryn SipossPQues Sun – AnkleSat, Feb 11Siposs has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for return list after recuperating from an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will partake in Super Bowl 57 versus the Chiefs.

If you are going to have success handicapping the NFL, you have to pay attention to the injury report on a consistent basis. A lot of amateurs make the mistake of focusing only on the injuries to star players and overlooking the guys who don’t receive a lot of attention from the media. ┬áPlus, they don’t know the point spread values assigned to the players that are missing.

It’s no secret that the most important position in regards to how an injury can impact a game is the quarterback, especially if we are talking about a top level signal caller. The elite NFL quarterbacks can be worth anywhere from 4-points to a touchdown on the spread. The thing to keep in mind, is that oddsmakers are almost always going to over-adjust the line in these circumstances, as few are willing to lay their hard earned money on a backup quarterback. So before you jump to fade a team that just lost their starting quarterback, keep in mind that you are betting into an inflated line.

It’s easy to pay attention to injuries to quarterbacks, as the media outlets are quick to bring these to our attention, but it’s not the only position that can have a huge impact on the outcome of a game. On the offensive side of the ball, injuries to wide receivers, tight ends and fullbacks are definitely ones that you want to focus on when it comes to the skill positions, while injuries to running backs aren’t all that important.

This is where a lot of people get in trouble, as it’s easy to over-react to a team that just lost a star running back. In reality it’s not all that important to the overall success of a team. Almost every NFL team has a capable backup running back who can quickly step in and put up similar numbers to that of the starter, but that’s not the case for wide receivers, tight ends and fullbacks.

If you think about it, it makes sense. A teams’ starting wide receivers spend countless hours forming chemistry and most importantly timing with the starting quarterback. Rarely do the backup wide outs get time with the starting unit in practice. When they get forced into action, the chemistry and timing simply isn’t there. An injury to a starting tight end can be even worse, as many times these are the guys that quarterbacks count on being open when under pressure. You might be asking why an injury to a fullback would matter all that much. The key thing to remember here is that few teams carry more than one fullback. If there’s not a capable backup, those formations that require a fullback may be thrown out of the game plan entirely.

It’s also worth noting that injuries to exterior offensive linemen (tackles) typically have a larger impact than that of interior offensive linemen (guards and center). This also makes sense, as it’s a lot easier for a quarterback to avoid pressure up the middle, than on the outside. Also, if the offensive line can’t set the edge on the outside, it will also hurt their ability to run the football.

As far as the defense is concerned, injuries on this side of the ball historically don’t have all that big of impact in the outcome of a game. In terms of importance, linebacker and safety are the two positions that you want to pay attention to, while injuries up front on the defensive line and at cornerback aren’t something you need to be overly concerned with.

While evidence suggests that some positions are more important than others, in order to take full advantage of the value that may or may not present itself when a team suffers an injury to a key player, you need to make sure to check the depth charts of the team in question. Some teams may have a more than capable backup at a key position, where an injury to a starter won’t hurt them. Others may not have adequate depth at some less important positions, where an injury could drastically reduce their chances of winning.