This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 8 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
We’ve finally arrived at the finish line of a regular season that was at times in doubt during a tumultuous 2020. There are still some Fantasy championships on the line in this always eventful final week of the campaign, and the x-factor of COVID-19 has made its impact felt in particularly widespread fashion this week, with a large contingent of players sidelined for their regular-season finales as a result of positive tests or close contact with infected individuals. Those ensnared include Alvin Kamara and Cooper Kupp, while there are also a host of other key injuries and absences across multiple skill positions affecting the landscape. With a ton happening, let’s dive into the latest news as of early Sunday morning:
The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes (rest) will not play in Sunday’s finale against the Chargers, leaving the offense to veteran Chad Henne, who’ll work with a truncated group that will also be without Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip), Tyreek Hill (hamstring/rest), Sammy Watkins (calf) and a very limited Le’Veon Bell (knee). Travis Kelce is also reportedly likely to sit out the contest.
The Lions’ Matthew Stafford (ankle/thumb/ribs) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings after putting in two limited practices this week. As per early Sunday morning reports, Stafford is expected to start