Clyde Edwards-Helaire is reportedly unlikely to play, which would be his third straight game missed, and would leave Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams as the top RB options for the Chiefs. The work is likely to be split fairly evenly, with Bell getting more work throughout the season, but Williams getting more work Week 16, the last game the Chiefs played their starters.
Taysom Hill and Latavius Murray are both reportedly not likely to play today for the Saints. The absence of Hill is a boost for both Drew Brees and the running backs, as Hill often vultures TDs from both. If Murray is out, the Saints have Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery as the RBs behind Alvin Kamara. Neither received consistent work throughout the season. Washington got slightly more work the first 16 weeks, while Montgomery had a 100-yard rushing game during Week 17 (when the Saints were without their top-3 RBs).
Tre’Quan Smith was activated Saturday off of IR, making him eligible to play on Sunday. The Saints are finally getting healthy at WR after a season full of injuries at the position. It will be worth confirming tomorrow that Smith is actually active for the game, but that seems like the plan, barring a setback.
Cooper Kupp is officially inactive today, which clearly boosts WRs Van Jefferson and Josh Reynolds significantly. Robert Woods could see an increased target share as the clear number 1 option, but he will also face increased focus from the defense. TEs Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett should also see increased roles, although all the passing game options are dependent on Jared Goff and his injured thumb playing effectively.
Mark Ingram will reportedly be a healthy inactive tonight for the Ravens, meaning Justice Hill will work as the third RB. Ingram was also inactive last week, so this news is not surprising at all. It appears that Ingram will be a healthy inactive the rest of the season, barring an injury to a RB ahead of him on the depth chart.
Donovan Peoples-Jones is officially active tonight, and he should continue to be the third WR option for the Browns, with Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins the only other consistently used options at the position.
Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris are all active Sunday, meaning the Saints’ offense is in great health for their game against the Bears. Austin Carr and Juwan Johnson both inactive, although their roles would have been very limited even if active.
Willie Snead is active today after being questionable this week, while Mark Ingram and Chris Moore are both inactive. Chris Moore was not expected to have a real role in the offense anyways, while Justice Hill will work as the third RB in place of Mark Ingram.
Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson are both active tonight, giving the Football Team their top offensive weapons. Alex Smith is inactive, as expected, and Taylor Heinicke will start at QB instead. Washington has been winning with Smith at QB, but the offense has not been good, so the change to Heinicke may not actually be a hit to the offense.
Mike Evans is officially active tonight, as expected. He suffered what looked like a scary knee injury last week, but clearly progressed enough to be active. He should be an elite option as usual.
The Saints got a big boost on Saturday, with Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Deonte Harris all activated from reserve lists for tomorrow. Kamara and Thomas are obviously the top weapons in this offense, and the Saints appear to have both healthy for Wild Card weekend.