On the week before the start of the NFL Playoffs, it appears that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans will be affected by the injury bug more than any others. With Rashard Mendenhall out for the season with an ACL injury and the certain surgical repair that will be required there, even more of the Steeler offense will depend on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his high ankle sprain. In hindsight, with the Ravens hanging on to the number 2 seed, Big Ben would have been best suited to rest and rehabilitate the high ankle sprain that obviously has disturbed his throwing motion and movement in the pocket. TJ Yates has stated that he will be ready for the playoffs already as the backup QB for the Texans with a separated non-throwing shoulder. Pain should be the main restriction here, but he may be a little apprehensive to pressure from the Bengals front defensive line. Both Arian Foster and Andre Johnson have been nursing nagging muscle injuries all season also which may affect performance slightly, but the team did well in giving them last week off to recover and rehabilitate. Mark Ingram's toe injury will require surgery, but the Saints offense has significant depth at this position and shouldn't have the same effect of Mendenhall's absence. Let's see what the first weekend brings and look forward to a report mid week.