10 Injuries That Could Have An Effect On 2014 NFL Divisional Playoffs

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10 Injuries That Could Have An Effect On 2014 NFL Divisional Playoffs

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With the 2014 NFL Divisional playoffs set to begin, it is important to go through any last rundowns before the first game gets underway. One of those rundowns is the list of injuries that each team is dealing with. More specifically, the focus needs to be on 10 players whose injuries could have an effect on the games.

Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game of football. They are something players, coaches and fans don’t like to see. However, it is simply something that we must all accept. Obviously, in a perfect world, the eight remaining teams would be at full strength and injuries would not play a role. That way we could truly see which team is the best in the NFL.

It appears the several players that are injured will be questionable for the weekend. Teams don’t like to give too much away until kickoff. It really comes down to how much of an impact an injured player has on a team. For instance, wide receiver Steve Smith is someone that will be a game-time decision. Like other coaches around the league, Ron Rivera tries to sound optimistic in the media.

"My gut is he will play," Rivera said, according to CBS Sports. "Until we shut him down with the rain, he was moving around well."

Make sure to click through the slideshow to see the 10 injuries that could have an effect on Divisional weekend. Also, make sure to comment below on which injuries you believe will or will not be a factor in the four games.

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10. Percy Harvin

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The reason Percy Harvin comes in at No. 10 on the countdown is because I don’t believe his injury will be an issue. Several Seattle Seahawks players have stated that Harvin looked great in practice. His speed has returned and he hauled in everything that came his way. With that being said, if his hip does act up or he takes a wrong hit then there’s no question his injury will have a huge effect on the team.

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9. Pierre Thomas

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Pierre Thomas will be a game-time decision on Saturday. The reason why he’s at No. 9 and not closer to No. 1 is because Mark Ingram proved last weekend that he could handle the load. In fact, Ingram getting a majority of the first-team reps might just be the best thing that happens to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.

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8. LaRon Landry

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The Indianapolis Colts have a banged up secondary that is most definitely the weak link on the football team right now. That area could get a lot worse if safety LaRon Landry isn’t able to go 100 percent. He’s questionable right now after suffering a concussion last weekend. There’s no question the Colts will need him to play, especially with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots capable of airing it out on a consistent basis.

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7. Jonathan Stewart

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Believe it or not, running back Jonathan Stewart has a shot at suiting up on Sunday. Even though he has struggled to produce this season, mostly because of injuries, the Carolina Panthers need all the weapons they can get in order to defeat the San Francisco 49ers. Obviously, having the option of to play Stewart is far better than not. One way or the other, it appears his injury will have an effect on the contest.

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6. Ryan Mathews

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Ryan Mathews is questionable with an ankle injury. The fact that he was unable to practice on Friday certainly isn’t a good sign, but the good news is the San Diego Chargers might be able to get by without him. Mathews is a huge part of the offense, there’s no doubt about that. However, Ronnie Brown really stepped up in the Wild Card round. On the other hand, Mathews is someone the Chargers would definitely prefer taking the starting reps.

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5. Logan Mankins

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The Patriots have a banged up line that got worst when Logan Mankins went down two weeks ago with an ankle injury. The team is saying that is isn’t to be a concern, but the reality is one bad hit could have a nasty effect on the game Saturday night. The guard is a huge part of the offensive line. If the Colts spot any weakness with him, it could cause all sorts of issues for the Patriots.

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4. Carlos Rogers

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Carlos Rogers missed the Wild Card game and it appears the same will happen this weekend. His hamstring appears to be too much for him to handle. Obviously, this could pose to be a big problem for the 49ers, which was a team that needed a last second field goal to defeat the Green Bay Packers. Even though Cam Newton isn’t known as an elite passer, not having Rogers will certainly affect the game.

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3. Aaron Dobson

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Wide receiver Aaron Dobson has been ruled out for Saturday night’s game. There could have been bigger losses for the Patriots. In fact, there could have been bigger losses to the receiving corps. However, not having Dobson will certainly affect how Brady is able to move the ball down the field.

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2. K.J. Wright

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K.J. Wright will not play Saturday night against the Saints. Seattle’s fourth best tackler on the team has played a big role for them this season. Not having his presence at strongside linebacker could certainly turn into a major issue, especially since Drew Brees is a master at exploiting the weak areas on defenses.

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1. Steve Smith

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Steve Smith’s knee injury takes the top spot of the slideshow because of the fact that he’s simply irreplaceable on Carolina’s offense. Everyone knows that Smith is a huge asset for the Panthers. The man is the heart and soul of the team. However, it became evidently clear in Week 17 how much trouble Carolina could be in without Smith in the lineup. The Panthers are optimistic he will play but he’s still a game-time decision.