Super Bowl 56 kicks off on February 13 to crown the newest NFL champion and close out the 2021 NFL season.
This year’s contest will pit the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals against each other at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The winner will hoist the Lombardi trophy and earn the right to call themselves Super Bowl 56 champions.
Below are the top Super Bowl injuries to consider when placing your best Super Bowl bet picks.
Kyle Trimble is a licensed physical therapist. His opinions are not meant to be taken as direct medical advice, but they offer an estimation as to recovery time, physical condition following an injury, and other factors meant to be used in a predictive manner.
Please note that all NFL gameday odds and lines are current as of 5 p.m. ET on Friday, February 11.
Rams Super Bowl Injuries
Tyler Higbee (Right MCL Sprain)
In the NFC championship, Higbee suffered a right MCL injury that did not appear as bad as initially feared. However, he could not practice during the two weeks between the title game and Super Bowl, which was a surprise considering the optimism following the game.
Higbee was regrettably placed on injured reserve Friday along with OT Joe Noteboom (chest), ruling them out.
- With Higbee not suiting up, TE Kendall Blanton will get extra looks which makes his target share ripe for a Super Bowl prop bet.
SUPER BOWL PROP: Kendall Blanton Anytime TD (+220)
Cam Akers (Left AC Joint Sprain)
Cam Akers managed to return from an Achilles rupture in July, in which many thought that he would miss the entire season following surgery. While he is still not 100 percent, he is also working through a left AC joint sprain suffered in the conference championship game.
Bracing and an injection will allow him to play, but fumbling concerns and lack of pass-catching ability out of the backfield may limit his full abilities.
If there are any concerns regarding Akers, the Rams have already activated RB Darrell Henderson from injured reserve Friday as he’s recovered from his MCL injury back in Week 16. Along with RB Sony Michel, this could keep everyone fresh to keep the Bengals’ defense guessing.
- Read our full Rams vs. Bengals Super Bowl Predictions.
Other injuries worth watching are WR Van Jefferson (knee), CB Jalen Ramsey (shoulder), and OT Andrew Whitworth (quadriceps), though they should not be affected snap-wise for the game.
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Bengals Super Bowl Injuries
C.J. Uzomah (Left MCL Sprain)
Uzomah suffered a brutal-looking left knee injury in the first quarter of the AFC title game, leaving him unable to return for the remainder of the contest. There was initial concern that Uzomah had suffered a more severe injury, but he was able to return to the sideline on crutches, having difficulty placing weight through his leg.
He was unable to practice all last week due to the knee injury but got in a limited practice Thursday and a full practice Friday, officially questionable for Sunday. If he plays, he will struggle with lateral movements and cutting to his right but could hypothetically play with bracing.
He expects to play, and I fully expect him as well despite the designation. I see him most valuable in certain offensive packages and in the red zone, where he can work in a small area. Uzomah may also split snaps with TE Drew Sample to limit his injury risk.
- Despite Uzomah likely playing, targets would still more logically flow toward Tyler Boyd or Tee Higgins — with increased volume and/or a better shot at a touchdown.
SUPER BOWL PROP: Tyler Boyd Over 43.5 Rec Yds (+100)
Cam Sample (Groin)
Sample’s groin injury was originally suffered in the divisional round against the Tennessee Titans, which forced him to miss the AFC Championship Game, his fourth game missed this season. However, having three weeks off could be enough time to be ready to be near full-go next Sunday.
Other injuries to note are DT Josh Tupou (knee) and WR Stanley Morgan (hamstring). Tupou has been dealing with a knee injury all postseason, missing Week 18 and the Wild Card round. Morgan has been working through a hamstring injury that has sidelined him all postseason.
Before the injury, he had been a key special-teams contributor.
The Rams are playing in their home stadium, which is a Super Bowl rarity but does assist them as they prepare for the big game with regards to familiarity. They have also been in the Super Bowl recently in 2018, which could help them not be overwhelmed by the bright lights and excitement of the festivities.
They seem like a slam dunk choice to pick, but the Bengals have brought that something special to the table this season. They were able to step up their game against top opponents in Kansas City and Tennessee, peaking at the right time.
However, the Bengals’ offensive line has failed to protect QB Joe Burrow frequently this season, and to face the Rams front seven could be trouble.
Despite the unexpected news on Higbee and Noteboom, I still believe prior experience and the defensive front will power the Rams to a win, making my betting pick 1 unit on the Rams to cover the -4.0 spread (-110) at Caesars.
Kyle’s Injury Report Betting Record: 60-45, +3.75 Units