The New England Patriots did not just exit their game against the Kansas City Chiefs as the champions of the AFC, they also exited it pretty healthy. No injuries were announced during the overtime contest and a look at the first practice report of the week further confirms that New England is at full strength heading towards the Super Bowl: the team did not list a single player on its first injury report leading up to the title game.
Of course, neither the Patriots nor the Los Angeles Rams did practice today so the two lists are more hypothetical in nature. Still, when it comes to the AFC champs and their long-term outlook it can be interpreted as a good sign:
Did not participate
Rams: S Blake Countess (foot), K Greg Zuerlein (left foot)
While the Patriots would have had full participation if they had practiced today, the Rams would have missed two players — both core special teamers: safety Blake Countess and kicker Greg Zuerlein are apparently both dealing with foot injuries. Zuerlein, who kicked the game winner against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC title game, was spotted wearing a boot on Monday and will be worth keeping an eye on over the next two weeks.
Other than that, no players were listed on the report.