The 2021 NFL regular season will come to a close this weekend as we go through the first-ever Week 18 slate. While some teams will simply be playing out the string and begin looking toward next year, there are also a number of upcoming games that will have implications for the looming playoffs. Two division titles are still up for grabs and the No. 1 seed in the AFC has yet to be clinched, which makes this final run of games that much more exciting.
As they always do, injuries will play a role this weekend and that’s what we’ll focus on in this space. Below, you’ll find the final injury reports for all of the Week 18 games on the schedule and see who is in and who is out for their respective teams, beginning with our Saturday doubleheader.
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Kansas City will once again be without starter Edwards-Helaire on Saturday, meaning Darrel Williams will again jump up on the depth chart. While the Chiefs won’t have Niang, they will have left tackle Orlando Brown, who practiced fully the past two games and carries no injury designation after missing last week due to a calf injury he suffered pregame.
Denver will be down two starting cornerbacks on Saturday in Surtain and Darby, and will also not have starting safety Kareem Jackson, who was placed on IR earlier this week. On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Drew Lock does not carry an injury designation after being a full participant on Thursday and will start under center.
The Cowboys added both Diggs and Wilson to the injury report on Thursday due to an illness. On Friday, the team downgraded Kearse, Diggs and Pollard to out after they did not travel with the team. Dallas did not add any more players on the reserve/COVID-19 list other than Tyron Smith and Anthony Brown, so those two may be dealing with a non-COVID illness. Meanwhile, linebacker Micah Parsons will not play due to…