Welcome to the Super Bowl 56 injury report and fantasy football impact article. Injuries are the worst part of football, but we can’t pretend like they don’t happen and that they don’t have an impact on fantasy football decisions.
Here are the fantasy-relevant players nursing injuries. These players were either limited at practice or did not practice at all in their most recent practice report (typically Friday). Note that some other players may be playing through injuries that don’t prevent them from being limited or missing practice, so they won’t be listed here. This list is for the injuries that are serious enough to keep them off the field, even in practice.
- Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (knee) - He’s been activated from IR and will play. Head coach Sean McVay has hinted at a three-headed committee. Some LA beat writers think it’s still bound to be Cam Akers and Sony Michel on early downs and Henderson with some passing work. But Henderson was miles ahead of Michel earlier in the year, and Akers has been frustratingly ineffective despite his impressive return from injury. Long story short: This backfield is a mess, and for single-game DFS showdowns or betting lines, we’re going to see wild swings based on how this ends up playing out.
- Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (knee) - Higbee is out for the Super Bowl. This sets up Kendall Blanton for a full-time role in LA’s offense for the Super Bowl. Blanton was solid in relief during the Conference Championship round, snagging 5-of-5 targets for 57 yards. There appears to be no drop-off between starting TE and backup TE in the eyes of the Rams: Blanton will have the usual Higbee role, which is serviceable but not bankable given the mouths to feed on the outside (Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham).
- C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (knee) - Uzoma was a DNP on Wednesday, limited on Thursday, and then full in practice on Friday. The progression is a great sign for his availability, and while he’s officially questionable, he’s expected to play. He may be on a pitch count - deadening his already-low ceiling - but when he’s on the field, he’ll serve his usual role as Joe Burrow’s safety blanket.