Championship Round Injury Analysis

With two of the biggest games of the year slated this Sunday, injuries could play a major role in the outcome of the AFC and NFC Championship Games in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia this weekend.<br><br> Could one of the leagues stars potentially inching closer to a return to the field?

Championship Round Injury Analysis


Injuries: Wide Receiver Terrell Owens (ankle), Offensive Tackle Jon Runyan (sprained knee), Linebacker Mark Simoneau (ankle)

Analysis: A league source has told Owens had a good checkup on Tuesday from Baltimore based foot and ankle specialist Dr. Mark Myerson. According to the source, Owens will attempt to run and cut on his surgically repaired
right leg next week. If all goes well and if the Eagles win this week against Atlanta, the belief is that Owens would be able to play in an undetermined role in the Super Bowl.

Runyan suffered a sprained knee during last week's win over Minnesota. The injury is considered to be a minor sprain (likely a grade-one MCL sprain) and he's expected to play against Atlanta on Sunday.

Simoneau will try to test his injured ankle in Wednesday's practice which was injured in their final regular season game against the Bengals. He's still considered questionable to play on Sunday against Atlanta. Reserve linebacker Keith Adams started last week's game for Simoneau. Adams is a decent backup but isn't quite the player that Simoneau is especially against the run so they take a little downgrade at the position without Simoneau in the lineup.


Injuries: Wide Receiver Brian Finneran (thumb), Offensive Tackle Todd Weiner (foot), Cornerback Kevin Mathis (ankle)

Analysis: Finneran, the team's no.3 receiver, suffered a sprained thumb during last Saturday's win over the Rams. He may have to wear a splint or have it taped up but Finneran is expected to play in Sunday's game at Philadelphia.

Weiner suffered a sprained foot in the Ram game and while he may be limited in practice this week, he's not expected to miss this week's game either.

Mathis suffered what's believed to be a high ankle sprain during the Ram game and his status for Sunday's game is considered questionable at best. Mathis has started 12 of the team's 16 regular season games. If he can't play, veteran cornerback Jason Webster would start and fellow veteran cornerback Aaron Beasley would serve in the nickel role. Webster has been limited by knee and groin injuries this season and has missed five games and parts of others.

Injury: Defensive End Richard Seymour (knee)

Analysis: Seymour suffered a sprained knee during their game on December 26 at the Jets and hasn't played or practiced fully since then. Third-year end Jarvis Green has been starting in his place.

The team certainly misses Seymour's pass rush ability and his ability to be very disruptive against opposing offenses. While Seymour has been making a little progress he's still considered questionable at best to play at Pittsburgh this Sunday.

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