The NFL injury questions ahead of Week 14
For those teams who have no chance of making it into the playoffs, these last games of the regular season are merely a disappointing procession and a reminder of what could have been – as well as what they need to fix in the offseason.
For those who are gunning for Super Bowl glory, getting a fit side firing throughout winter means managing the load of some of their best players and hoping that they can keep everyone in the best condition.
Here, we take a look at the biggest injury news and concerns ahead of Week 14.
The Buffalo Bills are 9-3, and they will no doubt be counting on a speedy recovery from their right tackle Ty Nsekhe, who injured his ankle in Week 11.
If they can get him back and running, it gives Cody Ford a chance to continue as they face the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore are a strong side but are one of the worst in the league when it comes to sacks – Ford will hope to keep it that way.
When the New England Patriots face the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, they need to stop a vague slide that has seen them concede the first spot to the Ravens, with their two losses coming against two of the teams they did not expect to lose against
They will want all of their players fit and ready to step into the breach, and it could be significant to see Jason McCourty, one of their best cornerbacks, back in action this weekend.
The Ravens only have one fitness worry, and it concerns a player who has not missed starting action since way back in 2017.
Nick Boyle has succumbed to illness this week and missed Wednesday practice, but they will be hoping to welcome him back into the fold by Week 14 considering that he is one of the best tight ends at blocking in all of the NFL.
The Pittsburgh Steelers know that they have every chance to reach the playoffs if they can keep on improving a 7-5 record, with some winnable games on the horizon.
They kick off Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals knowing that their chances will be boosted by James Conner, their running back, being in contention once again.
With JuJu Smith-Schuster missing another week of play, they need all the help they can get.
The Green Bay Packers are hoping to set up their first position in the NFC North and move to 10-3, and they expect to have a mostly full roster to choose from.
Words: Luke Donovan