- John Clayton, NFL senior writer
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Here is the latest news on key injuries for Week 5:
Anquan Boldin had a surgical procedure on his fractured sinus Thursday night and has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Bills. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said there is an outside chance he might be available for next Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Linebacker Bertrand Berry is out even though he's listed as questionable with a groin injury. Safety Adrian Wilson is questionable and the team will wait until game time to see if he can play. He missed Friday's practice. There's a better than 50-50 chance, though, that he will miss the game. Tight end Jerame Tuman (hamstring) is also expected to miss the game. Tight end Leonard Pope returned to practice on his sore ankle and should be able to play. Guard Elton Brown had a good practice Friday despite a sore shoulder. He'll be available.
The Falcons may not have left tackle Sam Baker (illness) for a second consecutive game. He is questionable and didn't do much Friday. Defensive tackle Jason Jefferson (ankle) and wide receiver Laurent Robinson (knee) missed practice Friday and are doubtful against Green Bay. The Falcons list defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee) and safety Lawyer Milloy (ribs) as questionable. They are expected to play. Todd Weiner is probable with a knee injury and is expected to start at left tackle.
The Ravens won't know until game time whether halfback Willis McGahee will be able to play against Tennessee; he's banged up with a chest injury and is listed as questionable for the game against the Titans. Ruled out are cornerback Samari Rolle (shoulder and back), defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (knee) and safety Dawan Landry (shoulder). Rolle had surgery on his neck Friday and is expected to miss about a month. Cornerback Derrick Martin is doubtful with a shoulder injury and will also probably miss the game. Linebacker Antwan Barnes is questionable with a shoulder injury. Listed as probable are wide receiver Yamon Figurs (hamstring) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (hip)
Cornerback Terrence McGee didn't practice Friday on his sore knee and is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Dick Jauron lists him as doubtful and is deciding between Leodis McKelvin and Ashton Youboty to see who would start in his place. McGee is expected to join wide receiver Roscoe Parrish (thumb) and tight end Derek Fine (thumb) on the sidelines. Defensive tackle Marcus Stroud (shoulder) and defensive end Aaron Schobel (foot) practiced for the second consecutive day and should be fine even though they are listed as questionable.
Jordan Gross' streak of 77 consecutive regular-season games started will end Sunday because Panthers coach John Fox ruled him out for the game against the Chiefs because of a concussion. If that wasn't bad enough, starting right tackle Jeff Otah is doubtful because of an ankle injury. Fox will reshuffle his offensive line by moving guard Travelle Wharton to left tackle, Geoff Hangartner to left guard and Jeremy Bridges to right tackle. Cornerback Ken Lucas (ankle) and wide receiver Ryne Robinson (knee) practiced Friday but are listed as questionable. They should be able to play, although Robinson might be a little more questionable. Linebacker Na'il Diggs (illness) and safety Quinton Teal (ankle) are probable and will be available. Quarterback Matt Moore remains out with his fractured leg.
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Lions because of a hip injury. This will be his first missed start since joining the team. The Bears may not make a roster move after suspending Tommie Harris for the game, so they are expected to have a 52-man roster. Cornerbacks Charles Tillman (shoulder) and Nathan Vasher (shoulder) were limited in Friday's practice. Both were listed as questionable. It will be a game-time decision to see if they play. Wide receiver Marty Booker is questionable with a knee injury, but he should be able to play and possibly start. Left tackle Chris Williams had a full practice Friday despite back problems.
Carson Palmer had a full practice Friday, giving him hope for playing against the Cowboys on Sunday. Palmer missed last week's game against the Browns because of a sore elbow. He hasn't done much in practice until Friday. The team lists him as questionable but now expects him to play. Safety Dexter Jackson is out with a thumb injury. Linebacker Corey Mays is doubtful with an ankle problem. Halfback Kenny Watson (hamstring) is questionable and probably won't play. The team lists cornerback Johnathan Joseph as questionable with an ankle injury, but he had a full practice Friday so he should be fine. Linebacker Dhani Jones (foot), halfback Chris Perry (hamstring) and defensive tackle Domata Peko (hand) are probable and should be able to play.
The Cowboys added cornerback Terence Newman to the injury report Friday because of a groin injury. Center Andre Gurode tried to work on a limited basis Friday to see if he can play Sunday against Cincinnati despite a sprained ankle. He's listed as questionable. The Cowboys think he will be able to play, although this could go to game time. Gurode has played with a sore ankle before. If he can't start, the Cowboys will move Cory Procter to center and Montrae Holland would start at left guard. Wade Phillips didn't think Pat Watkins will be able to play because of his sore neck so the Cowboys will be down two safeties. Watkins is doubtful. Roy Williams remains out with a broken forearm that is expected to sideline him for a month. Keith Davis could end up starting at safety next to Watkins. Guard Kyle Kosier remains out with a foot injury. Defensive end Stephen Bowen (hamstring) and defensive tackle Tank Johnson (ankle) will be able to play despite injuries that kept them out of some practice this week. Bowen and Johnson are listed as questionable.
Defensive end John Engelberger, who missed Wednesday's practice because of a knee injury, should be fine heading into Sunday's game against the Bucs. Halfback Ryan Torain (elbow) and defensive tackle Josh Shaw (groin) have been ruled out. Wide receiver Darrell Jackson had limited practice Friday and might be available.
Cornerback Leigh Bodden missed Friday's practice with a calf injury and is a question mark because of a lower leg injury. He was added to the injury report Friday. Out are right tackle George Foster (knee) and guard Stephen Peterman (hand). Manny Ramirez will get his first start in place of Peterman at right guard. Roy Williams will be able to play despite a sore knee. Cornerback Travis Fisher should also be able to play despite a groin injury. Rudi Johnson will get the start at halfback, but Kevin Smith is expected to play too.
Mike McCarthy is going to give Aaron Rodgers until 90 minutes before game time to see if he can play Sunday's game against the Falcons. Rodgers is officially listed as questionable. He did some throwing and McCarthy reports he is making progress. Matt Flynn handled the snaps with the first team, and McCarthy said he could go either way on Sunday with the starting quarterback decision. He's going to give Rodgers a chance to throw on Sunday morning to see where he is. The Packers are expected to be down two safeties. Atari Bigby (hamstring) and Aaron Rouse (knee) are doubtful so Charlie Peprah is expected to start. Listed as doubtful are running backs Korey Hall (knee) and Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring) and cornerback Jason Hunter (hamstring). Despite missing practice with his broken toe, cornerback Charles Woodson is probable and will start. Linebacker A.J. Hawk is questionable with a groin injury. He will be a game-time decision. McCarthy said Hawk is still very sore because of the injury. Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett is probable with a knee injury and will play.
The Texans are expected to be down two safeties for Sunday's game against the Colts. Safety Will Demps is doubtful because of a hamstring injury that has kept him out of practice all week. Earlier this week, the Texans lost C.C. Brown for the season. Nick Ferguson, Brandon Harrison and Eugene Wilson are expected to handle the safety responsibilities. Running back Chris Taylor was ruled out because of a quad injury. Tight end Mark Bruener will miss the game with a hamstring problem. The running backs will be Steve Slaton and Ahman Green. Linebackers Kevin Bentley (ankle) and DeMeco Ryans (ankle), tackle Ephraim Salaam (knee) and tackle Eric Winston (ankle) are all expected to play. Bentley and Xavier Adibi (illness) are technically listed as questionable.
The Colts aren't in too bad shape heading into the Texans game. Safety Bob Sanders is out with an ankle injury. Guard Daniel Federkeil will miss the game with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Roy Hall has been ruled out because of a knee injury. Tony Dungy didn't seem optimistic tight end Jacob Tamme will be able to go because of an ankle injury.
Half of the Jaguars' secondary will be out for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Safety Reggie Nelson (knee) and cornerback Drayton Florence (groin) were scratched Friday by head coach Jack Del Rio. William James will start at cornerback for Florence. Gerald Sensabaugh will replace Nelson. Cornerback Rashean Mathis will be able to play despite a shin injury. Center Brad Meester (biceps) and guard Chris Naeole (knee) were ruled out.
The Chiefs ruled out quarterback Brodie Croyle (shoulder), linebacker Donnie Edwards (ankle) and left tackle Branden Albert (elbow). The Chiefs added linebacker Erik Walden to the injury report Friday as questionable with an ankle injury. Cornerback Patrick Surtain (shoulder), cornerback Dimitri Patterson (quad) and defensive end Tamba Hali (knee) are probable and will play.
The Dolphins report no injuries.
The only player the Vikings expect to miss Monday's game against New Orleans is linebacker E.J. Henderson, who has broken toes. Defensive end Ray Edwards (shoulder) and linebacker Vinny Ciurciu (knee) both say they will be able to play. There is an outside chance safety Madieu Williams, who had missed four games with back problems, could play a little bit. Cornerback Benny Sapp (hamstring) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) are fine. They will play.
Cornerback Lewis Sanders (hamstring), wide receiver Kelley Washington (ankle) and linebacker Eric Alexander (calf) missed practice all week and are probably going to sit out Sunday's game against the 49ers. The team headed to San Francisco on Friday after an earlier-than-normal practice in Foxborough. Wide receiver Wes Welker has a sore shoulder, but he will play. Sanders, Washington and Alexander are listed as doubtful. Welker is off the injury report.
Saints coach Sean Payton said defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday for a meniscus tear in a knee. He is expected to miss two to four weeks. He's one of five players ruled out of the Monday night game against the Vikings. The others are wide receiver sMarques Colston (thumb) and David Patten (groin), tight end Jeremy Shockey (hernia) and cornerback Aaron Glenn (ankle). Safety Chris Reis is doubtful with a hamstring injury. Despite the bad news on Ellis, the Saints had good news on the injury front. Eight players who were limited in Thursday's practice were on the field for full workouts Friday and are listed as probable. Included on the list are tight end Mark Campbell (hamstring), wide receiver Terrance Copper (hamstring), running back Aaron Stecker (hamstring), cornerback Randall Gay (hamstring), center Jonathan Goodwin (hamstring) and fullback Mike Karney (ankle).
The bye week allowed the Giants to heal. Except for wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who was suspended by the team for missing a practice, the Giants will have a full roster for Sunday's game against Seattle. Wide receiver Mario Manningham returned to practice Friday after being sick Thursday. He is probable. Defensive end Jerome McDougle was limited by a knee injury during Friday's practice. He is probable.
Halfback Brian Westbrook practiced a little Friday, increasing his chances of playing Sunday against Washington. Westbrook missed Sunday night's game against the Bears with an ankle injury. He's made a little progress each day. The Eagles list tight end L.J. Smith as questionable with a back injury, but he's been able to practice the past couple of days and should be able to play. Listed as doubtful and expected to miss the game are guard Shawn Andrews (back), wide receiver Kevin Curtis (hernia) and defensive end Victor Abiamiri (wrist). Reid didn't officially rule Andrews out because he is making progress loosening up his back.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did some light throwing Friday and should be able to play in Sunday night's game against the Jaguars. His right shoulder has been bothering him. Still, the Steelers enter this game down five starters. Mewelde Moore gets the start at running back with Willie Parker (knee) out. Rashard Mendenhall went on the injured reserve list with a fractured shoulder. Running back Carey Davis is expected to miss the game with an ankle injury. Sean McHugh will get some fullback duty when needed. Defensive linemen Brett Keisel (calf), Casey Hampton (groin) and Nick Eason (groin) are out. Linebacker James Harrison will be able to play despite a sore quad muscle. Linebacker Andre Frazier has a chance to play despite a concussion. He's questionable. Linebacker Patrick Bailey (hamstring) is questionable.
Linebacker Jyles Tucker, the replacement for Shawne Merriman, is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Dolphins because of a tight hamstring. He's listed as doubtful. The injury isn't considered serious, but the team doesn't want to risk losing him long-term. Tucker is the only Charger who has missed practice all week and the only Charger expected to miss the game. Nick Hardwick is back for his second game as the starting center after missing three games with his foot injury.
The 49ers will be down three players for the game against the Patriots: right tackle Jonas Jennings (shoulder), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (knee) and linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring). All three were ruled out earlier this week by coach Mike Nolan. The rest of the injury list is encouraging. Wide receiver Bryant Johnson (hamstring) and safety Keith Lewis (knee) are fine. They practiced Friday after missing some time earlier in the week.
The bye week allowed the receiving corps to heal. Bobby Engram and Deion Branch are expected to make their 2008 debuts. Sean Locklear is back from a knee injury and expected to start at right tackle, although Ray Willis may share a little time at the position. Listed as questionable for the game at the Giants are wide receiver Koren Robinson (knee) and halfback Maurice Morris (knee). Robinson did not practice and Morris was limited. Holmgren said Friday that Branch will start at flanker and Engram will play the slot. Billy McMullen or Keary Colbert will start at split end.
The Bucs list fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring) and wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot) as doubtful, but they haven't been able to practice all week and aren't expected to play. Safety Sabby Piscitelli (elbow) only has an outside chance of playing, but he hasn't practiced all week. The team lists linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring), guard Davin Joseph (foot) and defensive tackle Ryan Sims (groin) as questionable, but they all should play. Cornerback Aqib Talib (illness) is probable.
Wide receiver Justin Gage missed practice Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Jeff Fisher also ruled out cornerback Reynaldo Hill because of a shoulder injury. Punter Craig Hentrich was only able to do limited work Friday because of a tight back. He's questionable. Quarterback Vince Young (knee) and running back LenDale White (shoulder) are probable.
The Redskins may be down three starters for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Defensive end Jason Taylor is out with a calf problem. Cornerback Shawn Springs is questionable with a calf injury, but Jim Zorn gave him an outside chance of playing. Zorn said Thursday if Springs didn't practice Friday, he wouldn't be able to play. Springs missed practice, but Zorn is going to let him test his calf in pregame warmups. Right tackle Stephon Heyer is expected to miss his second game because of a shoulder injury. Jon Jansen will get the start. Linebacker Marcus Washington is questionable, but he practiced Friday despite a hamstring injury. He's a little bit better than he was a week ago against the Cowboys when he played despite being listed as questionable with the same injury. Guard Randy Thomas has a toe injury, but he will play. Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly is healthy but is expected to be inactive.
John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com