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It’s not often that the biggest injury situations of the week are at the tight end position, but I would take it as a good thing. Of course, I say that gritting my teeth as a few well-intentioned parlays did end up on the cutting room floor after C.J. Uzomah was forced out of the game with a knee injury, but I know I’m not the only one.

After four great games, our luck really got pushed with two more games that were decided by field goals and went right down to the wire. Now as we hope for Super Bowl up to the level of what we have seen over the last two weeks, and figure out what to do without ourselves next Sunday, let’s take a look at the injury situations of note.



It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Jimmy Garoppolo is headed for thumb surgery after San Francisco’s season ended. This doesn’t appear to be an issue that will linger for Garoppolo next season, but the bigger question is going to be what uniform he will be wearing in September. At this point, we have to be looking at Garoppolo as a lower end QB2 from a fantasy perspective.


Running Back

Cam Akers started off strong on Sunday, then he temporarily left the field with a shoulder injury and cooled down quickly. Overall, Akers carried the ball 13 times for 48 yards, and it is clear that he is the lead back for Los Angeles heading into the Super Bowl. Sony Michel came close to Akers in carries with 10, but the efficiency wasn’t there as he gained just 16 yards. The fact that Akers was able to return to the field for the second half was a plus, but now he also has two weeks to make sure he is fully healthy as the pecking order for the Rams is clear.


Wide Receiver

One of the challenging things of this season has been to find enough superlatives to describe Deebo Samuel’s performance. He has emerged as a dual threat from both a running and receiving perspective, and Samuel gained a combined 98 yards on 11 touches. There was a scare as Samuel took a big hit over the middle, but it didn’t look any more serious than the wind being squarely knocked out of him. Samuel will need the off-season to rest and to prepare for an encore.

Heading into last week, there was some concern around Van Jefferson and his knee injury, and it ultimately was a mixed bag. The fact that Jefferson was able to take the field is a plus, but his performance was lacking as he caught just two of his five passes for nine yards. Jefferson was forced off the field for a time, but the it’s a good sign that he was able to return and now has two weeks to get healthy. To this point, Jefferson has yet to make much of an impression in the playoffs, but he could have sneaky value as a flier in the Super Bowl.


Tight End

The Rams lost a solid part of their offense as Tyler Higbee exited after 14 snaps on Sunday with a knee injury. This is a situation where the two-week break heading into the Super Bowl is a plus as it gives Higbee the best chance to rest, rehab, and take the field. At this point, Higbee’s status is unclear so it will be one of the bigger injury situations to watch but Kendall Blanton didn’t exactly leave the Rams hanging. The rookie caught five passes for 57 yards on Sunday and figures to have a similar role in the Super Bowl if Higbee’s knee injury keeps him sidelined.

Cincinnati lost C.J. Uzomah early on with a sprained MCL on Sunday and while it’s a good thing that he avoided serious injury; we do have to keep an eye on his status heading into the Super Bowl. The early news reports do appear to be encouraging, but we should get a clearer picture of things the closer it gets to game time. Drew Sample seems to be the biggest beneficiary from a playing time perspective, but there isn’t much to see from a fantasy perspective.

Fans celebrate the Cincinnati Bengals victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati. The Bengals will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI.
Moroski said the district typically has Super Bowl Monday off for students, but when the NFL changed its schedule this year, the district’s off days did not align with Super Bowl weekend.

But his request became reality Monday afternoon when CPS administrators sent out a districtwide message to families and staff, complete with the Bengals “Who Dey” chant: “”Who Dey! Who Dey! Who Dey Think Gonna Beat Dem Bengals? Nooooobody!”

“We hope that you enjoy Roaring the Bengals to a win on Sunday and take this time to take pride in our incredible city and amazing football team,” the message reads.

Roger Bacon High School pulled the trigger Sunday night, within an hour of the Bengals’ win against the Kansas City Chiefs that set them on the road to the Super Bowl: no school on Super Bowl Monday.

Principal Steven Schad wrote a note to families and the St. Bernard-based school posted the announcement to Twitter. Soon after, other teachers, parents and students from neighboring school districts started asking if they’d get the same celebratory day off.

Ross Local School District Superintendent Chad Konkle also tweeted Monday that his district will use a calamity day on Feb. 14 “in celebration of the Cincinnati Bengals advancing to the Super Bowl.”

Monroe Superintendent Robert Buskirk was tagged in a similar request Sunday night, and responded with: “Hmmmm…”

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