NFL Playoff Injury Report: Team-by-Team Health Heading into the Playoffs

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NFL Playoff Injury Report: Team-by-Team Health Heading into the Playoffs
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By definition, playoff teams should be healthier; they made it this far more on talent than luck, even the wild-card teams that sneaked in over the last couple weeks. However, it's not always the case, as some teams fight through injuries. They adjust or have an alternate step up and create something special out of the opportunity. 

As eight teams get ready for the opening weekend of the playoffs, health will play a huge part. There are players who haven't seen the field in months, lost to preseason or early-season injuries. There are players who hobbled through the season or have fought to come back, hoping to be this year's version of Ray Lewis. 

Big names such as Aaron Rodgers, Justin Houston and Dwayne Bowe are dinged up as the playoffs start, with Wes Welker, Percy Harvin and several others making use of the bye week to see if they can get ready once their teams go. 

Let's take a team-by-team look around the league at what health concerns could change the way the game on the field unfolds as the playoffs start.

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