Week 7: Injury updates
Here is the latest news on key injuries for Week 7:
The Ravens won't have four players for Sunday's game against the Dolphins: Safety Dawan Landry (neck), cornerback Samari Rolle (shoulder and back), wide receiver Yamon Figurs (knee) and tackle Adam Terry (knee) have been scratched. Safety Ed Reed (hamstring) is questionable, but he had a full practice Friday. Tackle Jared Gaither (neck), cornerback Fabian Washington (shoulder) and safety Tom Zbikowski (shoulder) are probable and should be available.
The Bills' defense will be a little short for Sunday's game against the Chargers, as cornerback Terrence McGee was ruled out for a second straight week, and his replacement, Ashton Youboty (foot), is questionable. In addition, defensive end Aaron Schobel is questionable with a foot injury, and there is a better than 50-50 chance he could miss the game. Tight end Derek Fine is doubtful with a hand injury. Center Melvin Fowler didn't practice Friday because of an elbow injury, and will be a game-time decision.
Carolina will probably be missing 40 percent of its starting offensive line Sunday in a key NFC South game against the Saints. Right tackle Jeff Otah and center Ryan Kalil both missed a second consecutive day of practice and are listed as doubtful for the game against New Orleans, after missing last week's loss to the Bucs. Both Otah and Kalil tried to practice Wednesday but apparently each had setbacks. Jeremy Bridges will play right tackle, and Geoff Hangartner will be at center. John Fox scratched wide receiver D.J. Hackett because of a strained knee. Halfback Jonathan Stewart was added to the injury report Friday because he was sick; He's listed as questionable but is expected to play. Linebacker Adam Seward is questionable with a thigh injury.
Safety Danieal Manning (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against Minnesota. Cornerbacks Nathan Vasher (wrist), Charles Tillman (shoulder) and Trumaine McBride (shoulder) are questionable, and Lovie Smith might not know until pre-game warmups if they will play. Linebacker Nick Roach (shoulder) is questionable and will be a game-time decision. Wide receivers Marty Booker (back) and Rashied Davis (knee) and defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) are probable and will play. Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (knee) is out.
Quarterback Carson Palmer (elbow) and cornerback Jamar Fletcher (back) are out for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. The Bengals probably won't have kicker Shayne Graham (groin) or tight end Ben Utecht (chest), either. Graham and Utecht are listed as doubtful. The Bengals list wide receivers Glenn Holt (ankle) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (ankle) as questionable, but they had full practices Friday and should be able to play. Cincinnati placed center Kyle Cook and safety Herana-Daze Jones on the injured reserve list, signed cornerback Geoffrey Pope and tight end Nate Lawrie off the practice squad and added quarterback Jeff Rowe to the practice squad.
Tight end Kellen Winslow returned to practice after missing more than a week, but he is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. The team has not said why he had to be hospitalized and miss the Week 6 game against the Giants. Right tackle Ryan Tucker (sore knee) is questionable and didn't practice Friday. Right tackle Kevin Shaffer, who missed the Giants' game with a concussion, is probable and is expected to return as the starter. The Browns added safety Mike Adams to the injury report Friday as questionable, after he suffered a hamstring injury in practice this week. Defensive end Shaun Smith is out with a hand injury.
Wade Phillips continues to prepare for the Rams game with Brad Johnson as his starting quarterback. Tony Romo campaigned for the chance to play despite his broken right pinkie, but he may be either the backup or third quarterback. Phillips said he looks at Romo's possible availability as a bonus. Linebacker Kevin Burnett (calf), who hasn't practiced this week, will be a game-day decision. He's listed as questionable. Out for the game are guard Kyle Kosier (calf), safety Pat Watkins (neck), cornerback Terence Newman (sports hernia), linebacker Anthony Spencer (hamstring) and running back Felix Jones (hamstring). Cory Procter will continue to fill in at guard for Kosier. Mike Jenkins will start at cornerback in place of Newman.
Mike Shanahan is going to use the extra day to see if he can get wide receiver Brandon Stokley (concussion), tight end Tony Scheffler (groin) and running back Selvin Young (groin) ready to play Monday night against New England. They are questionable and if the game were Sunday, they probably wouldn't be ready. Linebacker Boss Bailey is also questionable with an ankle injury.
A lot of changes could come along the offensive line. Guard Stephen Peterman is expected to return to the starting lineup now that he can wear a smaller cast on his broken hand. It appears Damion Cook could start at left guard, and the team says starting guard Edwin Mulitalo is fatigued and could move into a backup role. George Foster is now the starting right tackle. On the other side of the ball, defensive tackle Chuck Darby hasn't practiced all week and will probably miss the game, defensive end Corey Smith is questionable with a hamstring injury, and cornerback Travis Fisher (knee) should be available.
The Green Bay defense is hurting, and it appears the secondary and defensive line will be the thinnest units for Sunday's game against the Colts. Cornerback Al Harris (lacerated spleen) is out and safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) is doubtful. Defensive end Mike Montgomery (ankle) and defensive end Jason Hunter (hamstring) are doubtful after not practicing Friday. Mike McCarthy will have to make a game-time decision on defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, who is questionable with a triceps injury, after Pickett did some limited work Friday. Center Scott Wells is also questionable with shoulder and chest problems. Wide receiver James Jones is doubtful with a knee injury that has sidelined him the past couple of weeks. Cornerback Charles Woodson (toe), cornerback Pat Lee (back), quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder), linebacker A.J. Hawk (groin) and left tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring) are probable and will play.
The Texans plan to activate cornerback Dunta Robinson off the physically unable to perform list Friday and will let him play in Sunday's game against the Lions. He will be added to the 53-man roster and the team is expected to place running back Chris Taylor on the injured reserve list. Taylor was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Lions because of a quad injury. Also ruled out was safety Dominique Barber with a hamstring. Linebacker Xavier Adibi (illness), tackle Duane Brown (ankle) and tight end Mark Bruener (hamstring) are probable.
The Colts will be down four players for Sunday's game against the Packers -- halfback Joseph Addai (hamstring), safety Bob Sanders (knee), cornerback Kelvin Hayden (knee) and wide receiver Roy Hall (knee). Addai is listed as doubtful but he isn't expected to play and should be out two to four weeks. Dominic Rhodes will start at halfback. Tight end Gijon Robinson is doubtful because of an ankle injury. Linebacker Gary Brackett and cornerback Tim Jennings rested a lot during this week's practices but will play.
Larry Johnson will be deactivated Sunday because of a decision by head coach Herm Edwards. The rest of the team is pretty healthy. Tight end John Paul Foschi is questionable with a foot injury. Quarterback Brodie Croyle (shoulder), linebacker Donnie Edwards (ankle), left tackle Branden Albert (elbow) and cornerback Patrick Surtain (shoulder) all had good practices Friday and are probable
The only Viking who will definitely miss Sunday's game will be starting middle linebacker David Herron, who was ruled out with a hip injury. Even though four others were listed as questionable, they all should be able to play. That list includes wide receiver Bernard Berrian (knee), linebacker Erin Henderson (knee), wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) and safety Madieu Williams (neck). Williams was cleared to play Wednesday after missing the first six games, but the team may be cautious and keep him out another week. Cornerback Benny Sapp (hamstring) and tight end Jimmy Kleinsasser (foot) are probable.
The Patriots could have as many as six players out for the Monday night game against the Broncos. Halfbacks Laurence Maroney (shoulder) and LaMont Jordan (foot) have missed practice all week and could be out again. Linebacker Eric Alexander (calf) and wide receiver Kelley Washington (ankle) are probably going to be out. Right tackle Nick Kaczur and defensive end Jarvis Green have ankle injuries and could also miss the game. None of these players practiced Friday. Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite missed his second day of practice with the flu.
The Saints have their best injury report this season going into their game with the Panthers. Wide receiver Marques Colston (thumb), tight end Jeremy Shockey (hernia) and halfback Reggie Bush (knee) were all listed as probable. Wide receiver David Patten isn't even on the injury list. Bush had some swelling in his knee and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but returned to the field Friday and is good to go against the Panthers. Guard Jahri Evans (ankle), cornerback Mike McKenzie (knee), safety Kevin Kaesviharn (back) and guard Carl Nicks (illness) were limited in practice but were given the thumbs up to play by being listed as probable. Defensive tackle Brian Young is questionable because of swelling in his knee, but coach Sean Payton thinks he will play. Cornerback Aaron Glenn (ankle) and defensive tackle Antwan Lake (groin) are questionable and were limited Friday. Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is out with a knee injury.
Antonio Pierce is more questionable now than he was Monday night because of a quad injury that has kept him out of practice all week. Last week, he did some work in practice that allowed him to play. The team lists him as questionable and he will be a game-time decision. Linebacker Gerris Wilkinson is out with a knee injury. The Giants added defensive end Dave Tollefson to the injury report, saying he's probable with a knee injury. Center Shaun O'Hara is probable and will start.
The only real question mark is linebacker Calvin Pace, who hurt his foot Thursday and is listed as questionable. Kicker Mike Nugent is out with a thigh injury. Wide receivers David Clowney (shoulder) and Laveranues Coles (thigh), defensive tackle Kris Jenkins (back) and linebacker Bryan Thomas (calf) are expected to play.
Defensive end Derrick Burgess hasn't practiced all week and is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Jets with a triceps injury. Tight end Ben Troupe continues to have problems with a foot injury and is also expected to miss the game.
The Steelers' running game continues to take some tough hits. Running back Willie Parker (knee) and left tackle Marvel Smith (back) are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Expect both players to miss the game, and Mewelde Moore to start at halfback. Ruled out of the game are fullback Carey Davis (ankle), wide receiver Dallas Baker (shoulder) and linebacker Keyaron Fox (back). The Steelers hoped to have nose tackle Casey Hampton back but he's questionable and probably is going to miss the game with a bad back.
The Chargers will be down two wide receivers for Sunday's game against the Bills, as Chris Chambers (ankle) and Craig Davis (groin) are doubtful after missing practice this week. Linebacker Jyles Tucker is expected to miss his third consecutive game with a hamstring injury. Running back Darren Sproles (ankle) and fullback Mike Tolbert (ankle) are listed as probable and practiced -- they will play.
Manny Lawson (hamstring), safety Mark Roman (knee) and cornerback Donald Strickland (hip) all had full practices Friday and will be able to play, though they are all listed as probable. Right tackle Jonas Jennings remains out with a shoulder injury.
Seneca Wallace, despite a calf injury, had a good practice Friday and will be able to start Sunday night against the Bucs in place of Matt Hasselbeck, who is out with a bulging disk. The team probably won't have wide receiver Deion Branch (heel) or tight end Will Heller (knee). Safety Deon Grant practiced and should be able to play despite a sore knee. Wide receiver Billy McMullen might have to miss the game with a broken pinkie. Sean Locklear will start at right tackle.
Left tackle Orlando Pace is listed as questionable with a thigh injury, but he hasn't practiced all week so, most likely, he will miss the game. Ruled out are wide receiver Drew Bennett (foot), cornerback Tye Hill (knee) and running back Antonio Pittman (leg)
The big news in Tampa Bay is the possible return of Joey Galloway. Galloway has practiced over the past two days and has a chance of being active, depending on how he runs during pregame warmups. Galloway is motivated to play in the next two games because he has a chance to go against two of his former teams -- the Seahawks on Sunday night and the Cowboys next Sunday. Guard Arron Sears, one of the most durable players on the team, is questionable with a sore knee that hasn't gotten much better during the week. Ruled out for the game are fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring) and wide receiver Maurice Stovall (hamstring). Linebacker Barrett Ruud (knee) and quarterback Brian Griese (right elbow) each practiced this week and will be available. Jeff Garcia, however, remains the starting quarterback.Kyle Vanden Bosch probably has the best chance to play, as he has practiced on a limited basis the past two days after suffering a groin injury before the bye. Defensive tackle Tony Brown did limited work Friday and is questionable. Wide receivers Justin McCareins (hamstring) and Justin Gage (knee) are questionable, but Gage has the better chance of playing after he did some running along the sidelines the past couple of days. Fisher will see how all four players do in pregame warmups and make his decisions. The Titans added tight end Craig Stevens to the injury report Friday as questionable with a foot injury.
Cornerback Shawn Springs re-injured his calf during Thursday's practice and is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Browns -- Fred Smoot is expected to start in his place. Running back Ladell Betts is out with a knee injury, opening the door for Shaun Alexander to be the backup. Defensive end Jason Taylor didn't practice Friday because of a calf injury but he is probable and expected to play. Expect him to be in more of a pass-rushing mode. Running back Clinton Portis did some work on his sore hip Friday and is probable. Safety Chris Horton (ankle), cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf) and left tackle Chris Samuels (ankle) are probable.
John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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