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Tyler Higbee to go on I.R. and miss Super Bowl 56

We break down the news that Higbee will not play in Super Bowl 56.

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tyler Higbee of the Los Angeles Rams reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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Friday 2/11 update: Head coach Sean McVay told reporters that Higbee will go on I.R. and miss the Super Bowl, per Ian Rapoport. This move will give Kendall Blanton the start in the big game.

Thursday 2/10 update — Higbee didn’t practice Thursday and is seriously in doubt of missing the Super Bowl at this point. He’ll have to log at least a limited session to have a chance at playing but he’ll have an injury designation no matter what.

Wednesday 2/9 update — Higbee received a DNP on Wednesday’s walkthrough practice estimation, which means his status for Super Bowl 56 is definitely in doubt.

Friday 2/4 update — Higbee missed Friday’s practice with is knee injury and was listed as “doubtful” for the Super Bowl. That could change, as they have another week of practice before the big game, but it isn’t a great sign for his status.

The Los Angeles Rams could be without tight end Tyler Higbee, who failed to practice Wednesday or Thursday the week prior to Super Bowl preparations. Higbee has emerged as a top underneath target for Matthew Stafford, but he’s also been banged up late in the season. This knee injury could be a problem for the Rams, although Kendall Blanton has filled in well when he’s needed to.

Fantasy football implications

Blanton caught a touchdown pass against the Buccaneers, and had several key plays against the 49ers in the NFC title game. He can fill in for Higbee adequately and might carry some DFS value for the Super Bowl. Higbee returning would obviously eliminate Blanton’s role aside from some short-yardage or goal-line situations. If Higbee does play, he’s likely the tight end with higher upside of the two teams. We’ll see if he can progress next week ahead of the big game.