As NFL teams battle for their playoff lives with Week 17 on the horizon, the squads are also fighting the dreaded injury bug and the Omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeping across the entire NFL. The Washington Football team has taken a major hit with that, as starting running back Antonio Gibson has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He’s out for Sunday. The 49ers may not have Jimmy Garoppolo for Sunday’s critical game against the Texans, as Garoppolo has been listed as doubtful with a thumb injury. The Ravens are hoping that Lamar Jackson can suit up against the Rams after missing Baltimore’s last two games. 

Only one team has clinched a playoff berth in the AFC (Kansas City Chiefs), so six playoff spots are up for grabs with two weeks to play. Two playoff spots remain in the NFC, but the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles can lock them up this weekend. Injuries will play a role for any of the 24 teams remaining in Super Bowl contention over the final two weeks (all teams not eliminated from the playoffs), making Week 17 all the more interesting. 

Here is the final injury report for all the Sunday games heading into Week 17 (remember there are no Saturday games this week): 

All NFL odds come via Caesars Sportsbook. 

Washington placed starting running back Antonio Gibson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, so he’s out for Sunday. Jaret Patterson is expected to start at running back. With Jackson out and Daryl Roberts on the COVID list, Washington will be thin at cornerback heading into this week. 

Sanders was unlikely to play with a broken bone in his hand, but there’s good news that Howard was given a questionable designation. Howard was limited in practice Friday, so there’s a chance he plays. Expect to see a healthy dose of Boston Scott for the Eagles with two of their top three running backs battling injuries. 

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