2014 NFL Playoffs injury roundup: Ryan Mathews questionable; Aaron Dobson out

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Wild Card weekend left a few teams limping into the Divisional round.

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The eight teams remaining in the 2014 NFL playoffs have released their official Friday afternoon injury reports, and some notable names are included. Among the most prominent is San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, whose availability against the Denver Broncos is in question after he missed practice yet again.

Chargers vs. Broncos

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said earlier this week that Mathews would be on his usual practice schedule, one in which he's been resting his injured ankle early in the week and returning by Friday. However, Mathews missed practice on Friday, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, a move that raises a red flag for his chances of playing on Sunday.

Mathews managed to play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the opening round but logged just 13 carries -- his lowest workload in more than two months -- for 52 yards.

The Chargers have gotten better news on center Nick Hardwick, who passed initial concussion tests and was back at practice Friday. He'll need to pass another test before being cleared to play.

A week off did the Broncos some good. While defensive end Derek Wolfe has missed practice all week and won't play Sunday due to an illness, Denver is reasonably healthy heading into the Divisional round of the playoffs. Outside of Wolfe, no other Broncos were so much as limited in practice this week, and the only injured players are all listed as probable. That means Wes Welker and Champ Bailey are likely to be on the field Sunday.

Saints vs. Seahawks

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas practiced for a second consecutive day after returning for the first time since injuring his chest in Week 17. His status for Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks is unclear. He's listed as questionable.

Thomas missed the team's first-round game against the Eagles, forcing them to go with a platoon rushing attack comprised of Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Khiry Robinson. Ingram had a good day -- 97 yards and a touchdown -- but will face a much sturdier run defense in Seattle.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Thursday that wideout Percy Harvin will make his return to the field on Saturday. Harvin missed the first 10 weeks of the season before making a brief appearance against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, in mid-November. He then suffered a setback with his surgically repaired hip that threatened to end his season permanently. He's worked his way back and says he feels better now than he did before his initial return two months ago.

49ers vs. Panthers

Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith is officially listed as questionable for Carolina's game on Sunday. Smith told the media Thursday that he had suffered a setback with his knee injury and that he had dropped from "71 percent to 57 percent." He was limited in practice again on Friday.

Smith suffered a sprained PCL in Week 16 and hasn't played since. The Panthers' passing attack suffered without him the next week against Atlanta, gaining just 149 yards through the air.

Fortunately for Carolina, the man who could end up covering Smith is dealing with his own injury concerns. 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers is listed as questionable for the game. Rogers strained his hamstring in the final week of the regular season and was held out of the opening round of the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers. He hasn't practiced all week.

Colts vs. Patriots

Both the Colts and Patriots will be short a wide receiver on Saturday.

Patriots rookie wideout Aaron Dobson is dealing with a foot injury. He missed practice all week and won't play. To make matters worse for New England, Kenbrell Thompkins is questionable for Saturday. He was limited in practice for a third straight day on Friday with a hip injury.

Darrius Heyward-Bey has been ruled out for the Colts after missing three straight days of practice with a hamstring injury. The only other injured Colts are listed as probable, even LaRon Landry, who has been dealing with a concussion.

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