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After 17 weeks of the 2019 NFL regular season and two rounds of the playoffs, we’re down to the final four: the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans on the AFC side, while the San Francisco 49ers welcome the Green Bay Packers in the NFC. Will injuries play a factor in determining which teams reach Super Bowl LIV?

Our NFL Nation reporters have searched for the latest intel on all the key injuries. Read on to get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms on who’s in and who’s out this weekend.

Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries (ankle) returned to the field for the first time since Week 13, and having Humphries back would give the offense their best playmaker in the short passing game.

Humphries worked a lot during individual period on those quick-hitting routes that allow him to get open in a hurry and keep the chains moving. Linebacker Jayon Brown (shoulder) also returned after missing last week’s game against the Ravens. Both were limited participants. — Turron Davenport

Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones was nowhere close to being ready to play last week because of a sore calf, so it was no surprise he didn’t practice Wednesday. It also wouldn’t be a surprise if Jones wasn’t available on Sunday, though the Chiefs may well take that decision up to game time. But, tight end Travis Kelce did work on Wednesday despite a sore knee, and barring a setback he should be ready to go against the Titans. “He feels better this week than he did last week,” coach Andy Reid said. — Adam Teicher


The bug that has run through the Packers locker room apparently hasn’t been completely eradicated. Now, receiver Geronimo Allison has it.

He didn’t practice Wednesday, but if it’s the same thing that right tackle Bryan Bulaga had, then it should be gone by Sunday. Bulaga, who was a last-minute no go after inactives came out last week against the Seahawks, said his bout lasted 48 hours. “Anytime I ate something, it was coming back up,” Bulaga explained Wednesday. “That’s just the way it was going. Yeah, it just wasn’t good.” Nearly 10 Packers players, including three of the five offensive line starters, have had some form of illness since the end of the regular season. — Rob Demovsky

The 49ers seemed to come out of last week’s game without any serious injury issues, and appear to be about as healthy as they could hope at this point in the season. But there was one surprise on Wednesday’s participation report in the form of tight end George Kittle. Kittle did not participate in Wednesday’s practice with what the 49ers are calling ankle soreness leftover from the divisional round. Kittle was seen in the locker room walking without a limp or obvious issue, so it doesn’t seem serious. But it’s really the only new issue to pop up worth monitoring as the Niners prepare for Green Bay. — Nick Wagoner

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Green Bay Packers consider Davante Adams a game-time decision for Sunday night game

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The Green Bay Packers will give star wide receiver Davante Adams up until game time Sunday night to recover from his hamstring injury and prove that he can play against the New Orleans Saints, a team source tells ESPN.

Adams is officially listed as doubtful, and the source told ESPN that it’s “unlikely” he will play. But the source also said that if Adams can prove he can run full speed in pregame warm-ups on Sunday night, the Packers would allow him to play.

The Pro Bowl receiver did not practice Friday, marking the third straight day he worked with the rehab group. Adams tied a franchise record in Week 1 with 14 catches against the Minnesota Vikings and had three catches last Sunday against the Detroit Lions before suffering the injury.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur has stopped short of ruling out Adams completely, saying Friday that Green Bay “will give him the rest of the week to see where he’s at.”

It was during Adams’ absence last season that running back Aaron Jones emerged. In the first game without Adams, Jones had four touchdowns in a win at the Dallas Cowboys and totaled 182 total yards from scrimmage. Against the Lions last week, Jones set a personal best with 236 total yards.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.

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Las Vegas Raiders expect Darren Waller, Josh Jacobs to face New England Patriots

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While the Las Vegas Raiders have listed tight end Darren Waller (knee) and running back Josh Jacobs (hip) as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, both are expected to play, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Waller had 12 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints on Monday and drew praise from Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Waller has 18 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown on the season.

In other injury news:

  • It doesn’t sound overly encouraging but Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, is not expected to have his final status decided until about 90 minutes before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, a source tells Schefter. “It’s nip and tuck, up in the air,” one Falcons’ source said Saturday.

  • Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown is nursing a “pretty significant knee bruise” that hasn’t responded as well or as quickly as the team had hoped, a source tells Schefter. It is a painful injury, and Brown easily could wind up missing more time with the slow-healing nature of it.

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Source — New Orleans Saints’ Michael Thomas ‘moving really well’ in workouts, eyes Week 4 return

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New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas, who will miss his second straight game Sunday night with a high ankle sprain, was “moving really well” during Friday’s workout and wants to play in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions, a league source tells ESPN.

Thomas’ availability ultimately will hinge on whether he is cleared by doctors, but the record-setting receiver “looked good” this weekend, according to the source.

Thomas has not practiced since he suffered the ankle injury during the final minutes of New Orleans’ Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Saints chose not to place Thomas on injured reserve — which would have required him to miss at least three games.

New Orleans’ offense struggled without Thomas in this past Monday night’s 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, which led to scrutiny over Drew Brees‘ lack of downfield passes.

Thomas won the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award last season after setting the NFL record with 149 catches in a season.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett contributed to this report.

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