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Earlier today we took a look at the injury report for the AFC Championship game. Now, we take a look at the other half of the postseason bracket with a look at the NFC Championship game's injury report. In the NFC semifinal, the second seeded Arizona Cardinals head across the country to face the top seeded Carolina Panthers.
Both sides come into this game fairly healthy, though the Panthers will be without defensive end Jared Allen, who sustained a broken foot against the Seattle Seahawks last week. Allen told reporters that he was "ready to rock" and that he was "100%" able to play in this game, despite missing practice on Friday and being limited in Thursday's workout. He, instead, will have to watch to see if he is heading to the Super Bowl in two weeks.
The main concern for the Cardinals will continue to be the right index finger for quarterback Carson Palmer, which was dislocated during a game in December. Palmer has not looked like the same quarterback since the injury, trying to play with a taped and stiff index finger on his right hand. With another week of recovery time between the injury and now, will Palmer look more comfortable this week than he did in the Divisional round?
The full injury reports for both teams are below:
Justin Bethel, cornerback (ankle)
John Brown, wide receiver (shoulder)
Markus Golden, linebacker (knee)
David Johnson, running back (toe)
Josh Mauro, defensive tackle (calf)
Carson Palmer, quarterback (right finger)
Frostee Rucker, defensive tackle (ankle)
Jared Allen, defensive end (foot)
Dwan Edwards, defensive tackle (foot)
Charles Johnson, defensive end (not injury related)
Jonathan Stewart, running back (ankle)
Fozzy Whittaker, running back (ankle)