Week 17 of the NFL has arrived with a number of playoff spots still open. Injuries have played a role each week in the NFL and this final week of the regular season is no exception.
There is no shortage of top name players on this week’s injury report. An elite defender, one of the league’s top quarterbacks and arguably the best wide receiver and running back will unlikely play for their respective teams in the final week of the regular season.
Some important players could see action, but limited or none at all. The biggest news on the injury report this week is over two quarterbacks whose teams are in winner take all matchups this week.
Tony Romo will miss the rest of the season for Dallas including the team’s winner takes all game on Sunday against Philadelphia. Romo underwent back surgery on Friday and that has now made Dallas a considerable underdog for Sunday’s game.
Romo has been criticized for some blunders he made late in games, but is one of the league’s top quarterbacks and will be greatly missed by the Cowboys offense. Kyle Orton will take his place and Jon Kitna, at 41 was re-signed as insurance.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson for Detroit will likely sit out his team’s last game of the regular season. Megatron is easily the league’s best wide receiver and his loss make things very difficult for the Lions offense.
Dallas not only has its best offensive player out injured, but its best defender as well. Sean Lee, the team’s middle linebacker will sit out Sunday’s game thanks to a sore neck. His loss will be greatly felt by the Dallas defense against both the run and the pass. Dallas’ defense is one of the league’s worst and without Lee, the Cowboys will have difficulty stopping the Eagles.
Green Bay also plays in a do or die game on Sunday versus Chicago and will be without the services of Clay Matthews their talented linebacker. He re-fractured a thumb and will not play making the Packers defense even worse than it is against the run and pass.
Adrian Peterson was injured back in Week 15, but his team scored 47 points that week against Philadelphia. His value is high for the Vikings, but the running back position is an easy position to find a quality backup for injured players.
The Vikings take on the Lions this week and Peterson’s injury does not drastically change the chances the Vikings have against Detroit, nor does it affect the point spread with odds makers like Bovada, sportsbook.com, topbet or betonline.
The return to action of Aaron Rodgers is huge for Green Bay. Rodgers broke his collarbone in early November and his team was 2-5-1 without him under center. In the seven games he played prior to his injury, the Packers were 5-2. Green Bay plays in a winner take all NFC North matchup on Sunday and Rodgers’ return makes them the favorite to win and enter the playoffs.