For a team that has already clinched a spot in the NFL playoffs, it is worth it to play top stars and risk injury in order to try to lock up a first-round bye or home-field advantage?
The Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers are guaranteed to be playing after Week 17 concludes. Not one of those seven teams has clinched a first-round bye or home-field advantage yet, but that could come this Sunday.
Although it may be worth it to try and not to have to play in the Wild Card playoffs, a major injury during the final weeks of the regular season could ruin an entire playoff run for a Super Bowl contender.
Even though it’s only Week 16, here are some players who should be playing minimal minutes in order to stay healthy and gear up for the postseason.