- John Clayton, NFL senior writer
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Here is the latest news on key injuries for Week 6:
The Cardinals ruled out wide receiver Anquan Boldin because of his fractured sinus. It will be the second game he will miss from the hit that caused Jets safety Eric Smith to be suspended. Tight end Ben Patrick is doubtful after missing practice all week with a knee injury. Arizona has a chance to get Bertrand Berry back at defensive end. He practiced a little this week after being sidelined with a groin injury. Cornerbacks Eric Green (groin) and Roderick Hood (groin) practiced Friday, and they hope to play. Safety Adrian Wilson did a little more than expected in Friday's practice despite a hamstring injury. He is hoping to play.
Wide receiver Roddy White (concussion) won't know until game time Sunday whether he will be able to play. The team lists him as questionable and will wait to see whether he can play. Defensive tackle Jason Jefferson (ankle) and wide receiver Laurent Robinson (knee) are doubtful. Don't expect them to play. Center Todd McClure (calf), defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee) and tight end Justin Peelle (knee) are questionable, but they are expected to play. Tackle Todd Weiner (knee) and center Ben Wilkerson (chest) are probable.
Linebacker Ray Lewis is listed as questionable with a sore knee, but he plans to play. The secondary will be down three players. Cornerbacks Samari Rolle (shoulder and back) and Fabian Washington (neck) and safety Dawan Landry (neck) have been ruled out. Right tackle Adam Terry is doubtful because of the knee injury suffered in Week 5 against Tennessee. Left tackle Jared Gaither is questionable with a knee injury, but he practiced Friday and should be able to go. Linebackers Antwan Barnes (knee) and Tavares Gooden (hip) and safety Tom Zbikowski (shoulder) are probable and should be able to play.
Left tackle Jordan Gross had a full practice Friday, but John Fox lists him as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Gross missed Sunday's game with a concussion, and the team wants to be cautious about using him. Fox said it would be a game-time decision whether he will play. Right tackle Jeff Otah is also listed as questionable with his sprained ankle. He missed Sunday's game but returned to practice Thursday for limited duty. Friday was a full practice for Otah, giving him a decent chance of playing. Although the Panthers could have the return of their two starting tackles, they probably will be without their starting center. Ryan Kalil is doubtful after missing three days of practice with an ankle injury. Wide receiver D.J. Hackett missed Friday's practice with the knee injury that sidelined him all week. He's listed as doubtful. Safety Quinton Teal (ankle) and defensive tackle Darwin Walker (thigh) had full practices Friday but are listed as questionable. Quarterback Matt Moore, coming off a fractured leg, is ready to return to backup duty after practicing all week.
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons because of the knee injury that sidelined him in Week 5. Defensive tackle Anthony Adams (ankle) and linebacker Nick Roach (shoulder) had limited practice time Friday and are questionable. The team lists cornerback Nathan Vasher as questionable with a wrist injury, but he had a full practice Friday.
Marvin Lewis said that Carson Palmer won't start Sunday because of his inflamed right elbow. Palmer could be available for backup duty, but that won't be determined until Sunday morning. Palmer is officially listed as doubtful. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start. Linebacker Corey Mays will make the game with an ankle injury. The Bengals might have to sign a kicker because Shayne Graham didn't practice because of a groin injury and is questionable. Safety Dexter Jackson (thumb), left tackle Levi Jones (knee) and defensive tackle John Thornton (ankle) were limited in practice and were listed as questionable.
Browns coach Romeo Crennel plans to list tight end Kellen Winslow as questionable for the Monday night game against the Giants. Winslow spent Thursday night in the hospital recovering from an undisclosed illness. Doctors decided to keep Winslow in the hospital Friday. The team is still planning on his playing in the game. Also out of practice were defensive end Shaun Smith (hand) and right tackle Kevin Shaffer (concussion). Smith visited a hand specialist to see whether there is a chance he can play. He is questionable. Safety Mike Adams, who backs up Sean Jones (knee), is questionable with a foot injury. A teammate stepped on the foot in practice this week. Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth continues to work toward making his Browns debut. He has missed four games with a quad injury. Crennel said that Stallworth looks halfway decent in practice and should be able to play.
The Cowboys scratched guard Kyle Kosier (foot), cornerback Terence Newman (groin) and safety Roy Williams (forearm) for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Williams returns to practice on a limited basis this week, but it's still too early for him to return to the action. Safety Keith Davis is expected to start for Williams, and his replacement, Pat Watkins, was the fourth Cowboy ruled out. He has a neck injury. Defensive tackle Tank Johnson should be able to play despite a sore ankle. Newman was in Philadelphia on Friday visiting one of the top groin specialists in the country. He won't know until later Friday night or early Saturday morning whether he will need sports hernia surgery. If he does, he will need six to eight weeks to recover.
Wide receiver Eddie Royal is questionable because of a bad bone bruise on his ankle, and the team won't know until Sunday whether he will be able to play. Not expected to play against the Jaguars on Sunday are halfback Ryan Torain (elbow), tight end Tony Scheffler (groin) and running back Selvin Young (groin). Defensive tackle Josh Shaw is questionable with a groin injury. It will be a game-time decision whether he will play.
Quarterback Jon Kitna didn't practice again Friday because of his back injury and remains doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He visited a back specialist. Although Kitna hasn't been ruled out, it appears Dan Orlovsky will get the start. Guard Stephen Peterman is out with a broken hand. Cornerback Travis Fisher says he will play despite a knee injury that kept him out of most practices this week. Fullback Casey Fitzsimmons (elbow) should be able to play.
Doctors prevented quarterback Aaron Rodgers from throwing Friday, but that won't stop him from playing Sunday against the Seahawks. Rodgers is listed as probable with his right shoulder sprain. Defensive lineman Mike Montgomery didn't practice Friday and is doubtful for the game. Also doubtful are safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) and defensive lineman Jason Hunter (hamstring). Wide receiver James Jones didn't practice Friday with his sore knee and is questionable. Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett was limited Friday because of tendinitis in a knee. He's questionable, but coach Mike McCarthy is hopeful he will play. Cornerback Al Harris remains out with a spleen laceration. The Packers added cornerback Pat Lee as questionable because of a tight back. Linebacker A.J. Hawk is probable and expected to play despite a groin injury. Left tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring) is probable and will start. Safety Aaron Rouse has recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him in Week 5 and is probable.
The Texans have a simple injury report. Safety Dominique Barber (hamstring), tight end Mark Bruener (hamstring) and halfback Chris Taylor (quad) are out. A flu bug is going through the locker room and caused the team to add punter Matt Turk, safety Nick Ferguson and Xavier Adibi to the injury report. But they will all play. Will Demps returns as a starting safety after missing Week 5.
The Colts will be down half of their secondary for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Safety Bob Sanders (knee) and cornerback Kelvin Hayden (knee) are out. Wide receiver Roy Hall is out with a knee injury. Defensive end Dwight Freeney (hamstring), wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (concussion) and cornerback Marlin Jackson (ankle) are questionable, but all three have a decent chance of playing. Linebacker Clint Session (ankle) and guard Jamey Richard (shoulder) are among five players listed as probable.
Jack Del Rio officially ruled out center Brad Meester (biceps), safety Reggie Nelson (knee) and wide receiver Mike Walker (knee). Defensive tackle Rob Meier (knee) and guard Chris Naeole (knee) are doubtful. Cornerback Drayton Florence is back after missing a game with a groin injury.
The Dolphins report only one injury. Linebacker Reggie Torbor is questionable with a hip injury. He didn't practice Friday.
Wide receiver Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice were able to practice Friday with their sore knees, and both should be able to play Sunday against the Lions. Rice is the biggest question mark. Berrian should be fine. Linebacker Erin Henderson (concussion) returned to practice and might be able to play. Linebacker Vinny Ciurciu (concussion), defensive end Ray Edwards (shoulder), tight end Jimmy Kleinsasser (foot), cornerback Benny Sapp (hamstring) and center John Sullivan (knee) practiced Friday and also should be available. Safety Madieu Williams (neck) is practicing, but the team is expected to keep him out of the game. Williams is listed as doubtful. Rice, Berrian, Henderson and Sapp are listed as questionable. The rest are probable.
The three biggest question marks for the Patriots are running back LaMont Jordan (foot), wide receiver Kelley Washington (ankle) and linebacker Eric Alexander (calf). This trio hasn't practiced all week and should miss the game. Tight end David Thomas came down with the flu Thursday, but he has time before Sunday to get healthy enough to play. Thomas returned to practice Friday, so he should be fine. Cornerback Lewis Sanders (hamstring) and halfback Laurence Maroney (hamstring) are questionable. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski came down with a thigh injury in practice this week. That injury will have to be watched.
The Saints list wide receiver Marques Colston as questionable after he returned to practice for limited work this week, but don't count him in for Sunday's game against the Raiders. The Saints haven't had good luck with injuries and probably don't want to risk rushing him back. Still, Colston has a chance to play. Tight end Jeremy Shockey (hernia) and wide receiver David Patten (groin) are doubtful. Don't expect them to play. The defensive line took another hit because defensive tackle Antwan Lake was ruled out with a groin injury. He's filling in for starter Sedrick Ellis, who is out two to four weeks after Oct. 3 knee surgery. Cornerback Aaron Glenn is out with an ankle injury. Safety Kevin Kaesviharn is doubtful with a back injury. Cornerback Mike McKenzie (knee), center Jonathan Goodwin (hamstring) and tackle Jonathan Stinchcomb (back) are probable and will play.
Linebacker Antonio Pierce was the only Giant who didn't have a full practice Friday. He's probable for Monday night's game against the Browns. Right tackle Kareem McKenzie had a limited practice with his concussion but did well enough that the team listed him as probable. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion) and defensive end Jerome McDougle (knee) are probable.
There is very little new in the Jets injury report. The biggest question mark is right tackle Damien Woody, who missed practice most of this week with a bad cold. The team lists him as probable. Wide receiver David Clowney (shoulder) and kicker Mike Nugent (thigh) remain out. Wide receiver Laveranues Coles (thigh), cornerback Justin Miller (foot) and defensive tackle Kris Jenkins (back) should all be available.
The only concern for interim coach Tom Cable coming out of the bye week is defensive end Derrick Burgess, who has missed practice all week because of a triceps injury. Justin Fargas returns as the starting running back after recovering from a groin injury. Darren McFadden will play despite a turf toe problem. Safety Gibril Wilson missed Thursday's practice because of the flu, but he should be able to play. Linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder) and tight end Ben Troupe (foot) could be available after being limited in practice all week.
Andy Reid ruled three starting offensive players out for Sunday's game against the 49ers: halfback Brian Westbrook (ribs), guard Shawn Andrews (back) and wide receiver Reggie Brown (groin). Also ruled out was backup safety J.R. Reed. If that weren't bad enough, Reid still has questions about the availability of wide receiver Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) and defensive end Juqua Parker (knee). They were listed as questionable. Curtis has a remote chance of playing. He had a full practice Friday. Parker sat out Friday's practice and is very questionable. Tight end L.J. Smith will be available as a starter despite a sore back. Reid said he scratched Westbrook because he thought he needed this week and the bye week to help him recover from his two cracked ribs. He thought that if Westbrook were to get hit this week, it would slow down the healing process. Curtis made the trip to San Francisco, and Reid believes he is prepared to play. Still, he has missed enough time that there's no guarantee he will play.
Wide receiver Chris Chambers (ankle) and linebacker Jyles Tucker (hamstring) didn't practice Friday and have been ruled doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Patriots. Norv Turner didn't rule out Chambers, but it seems unlikely Tucker will play. He missed Week 5. Chambers wasn't overly optimistic about his playing chances when he talked to reporters this week. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson had a full practice Friday and is set to go. He's probable with a sore knee. Fullback Mike Tolbert (ankle) and halfback LaDainian Tomlinson (toe) each had full practices Friday and will be able to play.
The 49ers won't have right tackle Jonas Jennings (shoulder), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (knee) and linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring). Lawson and Jennings are officially listed as doubtful, but they didn't practice Friday. Linebacker Roderick Green is questionable with a stomach flu, but he practiced Friday. Safety Michael Lewis is probable with an elbow injury.
Matt Hasselbeck missed Friday's practice and remains very questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Mike Holmgren will make a game-time decision, but it's looking more and more as if Charlie Frye will be the starting quarterback. In fact, Holmgren said he expects Frye to play in some capacity. Seneca Wallace is expected to miss the Packers with the calf injury he suffered in pregame warm-ups a couple of weeks ago. Wallace has a chance to be the backup, but that's still uncertain. Wide receiver Deion Branch is out with a heel injury. Halfback Maurice Morris (knee) and linebacker Leroy Hill (knee) should be available. Morris practiced Friday and plans to be in uniform.
Jim Haslett ruled out cornerback Tye Hill (knee); halfback Antonio Pittman (leg); and wide receivers Dane Looker (concussion), Keenan Burton (knee) and Drew Bennett (foot) for Sunday's game against the Redskins. The rest of the team is in good shape. Down three receivers, the Rams signed Derek Stanley from the practice squad and cut safety Brannon Condren.
Quarterback Brian Griese (elbow) missed his third day of practice Friday, opening the door for Jeff Garcia to be the likely starter for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Jon Gruden said that Garcia would be the starter. He's considering Luke McCown as the backup, but that depends on Griese's status Sunday morning. Odds favor McCown as the backup. Fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring) and wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot) didn't practice Friday and are expected to miss the game. Linebacker Barrett Ruud returned to practice after missing two days with a sore knee. He plans to play.
Cornerback Shawn Springs is back from the calf injury that sidelined him in Week 5. Defensive end Jason Taylor had his second practice of the week and should be available for pass-rush duty. Coach Jim Zorn and linebacker Marcus Washington are optimistic the linebacker will play despite the hamstring injury that kept him out in Week 5. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin is questionable with a shoulder injury. Zorn is optimistic he will play, but there is no guarantee. Right tackle Stephon Heyer (shoulder) and safety Reed Doughty (inflamed nerve in back) are expected to miss the game.
John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for Week 6 of the 2008 season.