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Ankle Injury Will Limit Bills’ LeSean McCoy in Playoffs

Inside Injuries January 2, 2018 3:21PM EDT

LeSean McCoy RB, Bills: ankle sprain

McCoy suffered an ugly looking ankle injury in the Bills’ playoff-clinching win Sunday. X-rays were negative, but there could still be ligament damage that would require an MRI to diagnose. McCoy still hopes to play in the Wild Card round, but this is going to be a very tough injury for him to play through so quickly. If he is somehow active, he will be far from 100 percent. Right now, our algorithm has given him a “Poor” HPF (Health Performance Factor), an indication that playing through the ankle sprain will be very difficult. The Optimal Recovery Time is three weeks for a minor ankle sprain and up to eight weeks for a more serious sprain.

Samaje Perine RB, Redskins: ankle injury

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy’s ankle injury will likely interfere with his production in the playoffs. AP Photo/Michael Perez

Perine should never have played on Sunday. In the 10 days leading up to the game, he suffered a groin strain, an ankle/Achilles injury and a shoulder injury. He was a High Injury Risk according to our algorithm, so it was no surprise that he didn’t even make it through the first quarter. Perine aggravated his ankle injury and did not return. He was unable to put much weight on his right leg. The Redskins had horrible injury luck with their running backs this year, opening the door for Perine to see a heavy workload in his rookie season. He rushed for 602 yards and a touchdown while adding 182 receiving yards and another touchdown.

Kyle Rudolph TE, Vikings: ankle injury

While playing through an ankle injury over the last three weeks, Rudolph has struggled mightily. He has just four receptions for 26 yards since going down in Week 14. Rudolph should not have been playing, and our algorithm has had him as a High Injury Risk with a Below Average HPF. Our projections were right. With a bye in the first round, he can now finally take time off for his ankle to heal. Rudolph was seen in a walking boot following Sunday’s game, and he could wear it throughout the week to protect his ankle. While he is likely to remain High Risk, his numbers will improve over the next two weeks as he approaches his Optimal Recovery Time. He should be healthy enough to contribute during the playoffs.

Marquise Goodwin WR, 49ers: concussion

Goodwin took a scary hit to the head while trying to make a catch on Sunday. He had to be stretchered off of the field and was taken to the hospital. He is now in concussion protocol, ending his season. Following the game, Goodwin tweeted that he had no memory loss, no headache and no other symptoms. It’s great news considering how bad it looked. Goodwin has been diagnosed with four concussions in the last 14 months, which is incredibly scary. His most recent concussion was in October. It’s time for Goodwin to consider retirement.

Will Fuller  WR, Texans: knee injury

Will Fuller injured his knee on Sunday and was unable to return. He remained on the sideline in uniform and was walking without much of a limp. With nothing to play for, there was no reason to risk running him back out there. This isn’t an injury that should affect Fuller going into the offseason. Fuller missed time earlier in the season with cracked ribs and a collarbone fracture, but he was a favorite target of Deshaun Watson before his season-ending ACL tear.

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