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ProFootballDoc: Early look at How Saturday Wild Card injuries May Affect Divisional Round

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The Bills, Rams and Buccaneers move on to the divisional round and here is the first preview of injuries from Saturday WildCard games.

Buffalo Bills
Our thought that Cole Beasley would play came true and he played well with 7 catches for 57 yards. He left limping late in the game but he should be good to go for next week. Zach Moss will not be so lucky. He was carted off late with a left high ankle sprain and will undoubtedly miss next week. The Bills would need to get to the Super Bowl to have a chance for him to return.

Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff didn’t start but he made no excuses with the thumb and came in to lead the Rams to a convincing win and has the be the starter next week. John Wolford left with a scary neck compression injury and even was sent to the hospital but was cleared from any long term injury. He likely will be too stiff to practice and play this week. Blake Bortles may need to be the back up.

Cooper Kupp left with a left knee injury. This was the same knee as his recent ACL tear but this was not an ACL tear and by video is thought to be mild and Mike Garafolo has confirmed our thoughts. 

Andrew Whitworth played well at left tackle coming off IR and will be a will continue to be an good add for the Rams.

Defensively, Aaron Donald left the game with an announced rib injury. By video, it is a rib cartilage injury and could have returned after several visits to the locker room for likely rib block injection. He is likely to miss practice this week but I would be surprised if he doesn’t play next week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronald Jones didn’t play due to a pregame aggravation of a quad injury. It remains to be seen what the severity is and whether he can play but be prepared for Leonard Fournette to continue to step in. Mike Evans made more plays late in the victory and seems poised to be healthier next week. Devin White and Steve McLendon should return off the COVID list. Bucs guard Alex Cappa broke his ankle and is done for the season even if his team makes it to the Super Bowl.

Our injury matchup analysis with Field View and Injury Index will be published at www.profootballdoc.com as soon as the opponents for the divisional round are determined.

Written by Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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