Week 8: Injury updates
Here is the latest news on key injuries for Week 8:
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin should be able to return to the lineup, but don't expect him to play the entire game Sunday against Carolina. Boldin, who suffered a fractured sinus membrane against the Jets in Week 4, practiced all week. The Cardinals will be short at tight end. Leonard Pope hasn't practiced recently and his foot remains in a boot. He's listed as questionable. Backup Ben Patrick did a little bit on his sore knee Friday. He's questionable. Defensive end Travis LaBoy is also questionable. He has a groin injury and was able to do only limited work Friday.
Four Falcons are listed as questionable, but they all have chances of playing against Philadelphia. The biggest question is rookie left tackle Sam Baker (hip). He was able to do limited work Friday, enhancing his chances of playing. Cornerback Brent Grimes is questionable (knee). He grew up in the Philadelphia area and is angling to play. Cornerback David Irons is questionable with an Achilles injury, but there is a good chance he will be deactivated. Defensive tackle Grady Jackson is questionable with a knee injury but is expected to play.
The Ravens added wide receiver Mark Clayton to the injury report as questionable Friday because of a thigh injury. Wide receiver Demetrius Williams (ankle) is questionable and wide receiver Yamon Figurs (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against Oakland. Wide receiver Derrick Mason was sick this week, but he was fine Friday and will play. Safety Dawan Landry (neck), cornerback Samari Rolle (back) and offensive tackle Adam Terry (knee) are out. Cornerback Chris McAlister (knee) didn't practice Friday and is questionable. Safety Ed Reed (hamstring) is questionable, but he practiced Friday.
The defense is expected to be without two key players, defensive end Aaron Schobel (foot) and cornerback Ashton Youboty (foot), who haven't practiced all week. Youboty is listed as questionable, but don't expect him to play. Cornerback Terrence McGee returns to the lineup after missing a couple of games with a knee injury. He practiced all week. Dick Jauron said it would be a game-time decision for McGee, but McGee is expected to play. The offensive line also has major questions. Offensive lineman Brad Butler missed his third consecutive day of practice because of a knee injury and was ruled out. Center Melvin Fowler was limited in Friday's practice because of an elbow injury and is questionable. Duke Preston took most of the snaps with the first team and is expected to start.
The offensive line must continue to operate without two starters: center Ryan Kalil (ankle) and right tackle Jeff Otah (ankle). They didn't practice all week and are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Arizona. Don't expect them to play. Wide receiver D.J. Hackett had a full practice Friday, but the team lists him as questionable with a knee injury. He could be available. Linebacker Thomas Davis is probable with a shoulder injury and will play.
Ruled out for Sunday's game against Houston are quarterback Carson Palmer (elbow) and wide receiver Andre Caldwell (foot). The Bengals placed fullback Reagan Maui'a (chest) on injured reserve and replaced him on the roster with linebacker-defensive end Eric Henderson, who was on the practice squad. Cornerback Jamar Fletcher (hamstring), linebacker Corey Mays (ankle), tight end Ben Utecht (chest) and wide receiver Jerome Simpson (elbow) are listed as doubtful. Tight end Nate Lawrie is questionable with a back injury, but he has a chance to play.
The Browns must wait until game time Sunday against Jacksonville to see if safety Mike Adams (hamstring) and defensive end Corey Williams (shoulder) will be able to play. Both are listed as questionable. Adams has less of a chance of playing than Williams, who has a better than 50-50 chance of playing. Defensive lineman Shaun Smith was ruled out with a broken hand. Right tackle Ryan Tucker (knee) and linebacker Shantee Orr (foot) are doubtful and didn't practice this week. They won't play. Tight end Steve Heiden is probable with a pectoral strain, but he will start because Kellen Winslow was suspended for the game by the team.
Quarterback Tony Romo won't play in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay because of his broken pinkie. Also ruled out are cornerback Terence Newman (abdomen), guard Kyle Kosier (foot), halfback Felix Jones (hamstring) and linebacker Anthony Spencer (hamstring). Linebacker Kevin Burnett will play despite his calf injury. Wade Phillips said Friday morning that safety Patrick Watkins is back and will play after being out with a sore neck.
Safety Dwight Smith will miss the Redskins game Sunday because of a foot injury. Linebacker Jordon Dizon (hamstring) and tight end Michael Gaines (knee) haven't practiced recently and may not be able to play. The Lions have three defensive tackles on the injury report, but they all practiced Friday. Shaun Cody (elbow), Chuck Darby (calf) and Cory Redding (knee) are banged up. Of the three, Darby might be the one who plays the least.
The Texans ruled out wide receiver Andre Davis (finger surgery) and safety Dominique Barber (hamstring) for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Defensive end Mario Williams (shoulder) is probable and will start.
The Colts are expected to be down four players for the Monday night game against the Titans. Safety Bob Sanders (knee), cornerback Kelvin Hayden (knee), wide receiver Roy Hall (knee) and halfback Joseph Addai (hamstring) are expected to miss the game. Addai has been practicing on a limited basis but the team doesn't want to rush his comeback from the slight hamstring tear. Cornerback Marlin Jackson (shoulder) and defensive tackle Daniel Muir (illness) are expected to be available. Tight end Jacob Tamme was added to the injury list as questionable Friday with a sore knee. Officially, the only Colt ruled out Friday was Hall, but Sanders, Hayden and Addai aren't expected to play.
The Jaguars have a simple injury list. Wide receiver Mike Walker is out with a knee injury. Defensive tackles John Henderson (hamstring) and Rob Meier (knee) and guard Tutan Reyes (knee) are probable and will play.
The Chiefs listed punter Dustin Colquitt as questionable because of a groin injury. He didn't practice Friday, so there is a good chance Steve Weatherford, who was claimed on waivers Wednesday, will handle the punting. He's the only player on the injury list. Running back Larry Johnson will be inactive.
The already thin Patriots backfield should be even thinner with the growing expectation halfbacks Sammy Morris (knee) and LaMont Jordan (foot) aren't going to play. Both players missed most of the practices this week. Right tackle Nick Kaczur (ankle), defensive end Jarvis Green (ankle) and linebacker Eric Alexander (calf) returned to practice Friday and have a chance to play. All three were doubtful last week. Linebacker Shawn Crable (shin) and cornerback Lewis Sanders (hamstring) missed practice all week, and their statuses are in question.Morris, Jordan, Sanders, Alexander and Crable are listed as doubtful. Kaczur and Green are listed as questionable.
Tight end Jeremy Shockey apparently survived the scar tissue tears that he endured during last Sunday's game against the Panthers. He's practiced most of the week and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Chargers in London. Center Jonathan Goodwin is doubtful with a knee injury and will probably miss the game. Defensive tackle Brian Young is questionable with a sore knee, but the fact he didn't practice Friday could indicate he's not playing. Young is also bothered by a sore foot. Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis will return to the starting lineup after missing three games because of a knee surgery. Running back Reggie Bush is out because of knee surgery.
The only Giant who won't play Sunday against the Steelers is linebacker Gerris Wilkinson, who was ruled out for his second consecutive game because of a knee injury. Middle linebacker Antonio Pierce will start at middle linebacker. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress practiced Friday despite a sore shoulder and neck. He's probable and will start against his former Steelers teammates. Left tackle David Diehl is also probable and will play despite a sore back.Laveranues Coles, who has to be cleared to play for Sunday's game against the Chiefs despite a concussion. The Jets are usually conservative in regard to concussions. For example, there is a good chance safety Eric Smith won't play. He has a concussion and is questionable. Coles wants to play so the team will have to wait until game time see if he can go. The Jets list Coles as probable. Tight end Bubba Franks is expected to join kicker Mike Nugent (thigh) on the sideline and not play. Franks is listed as doubtful. Right tackle Damien Woody is expected to play despite a calf injury. He's questionable. Tight end Chris Baker (back), guard Brandon Moore (foot) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) are all expected to play. Woody is listed as questionable.
The biggest questions are defensive end Derrick Burgess (triceps) and linebacker Jon Alston (foot), who aren't expected to play. They haven't practiced all week. Of the two, Burgess is the least likely to play. Both players are listed as doubtful. Nose tackle Gerard Warren missed practice early in the week because of an ankle injury, but he has been fine the past couple of days. Running back Darren McFadden is on the injury report because of a toe injury but he's fine. Warren and McFadden are officially listed as questionable. The Raiders added quarterback Andrew Walter as questionable with a calf injury.
The Eagles have a simple injury list. Guard Shawn Andrews is out at least six weeks after back surgery. Halfback Brian Westbrook used the bye week to recover from his fractured ribs and will start. Wide receiver Reggie Brown is questionable with a groin injury. The Eagles aren't trying to rush Brown. Coach Andy Reid said there hasn't been a setback in Brown's recovery. If he plays, he will be a backup behind DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis, who is coming back from sports hernia surgery.
The Steelers deactivated wide receiver Santonio Holmes for Sunday's game against the Giants because of the distraction caused after he was stopped Thursday and marijuana was found in his car. Coach Mike Tomlin announced the decision Friday without saying whether Holmes is being suspended or fined. He was told not to report to the sideline but to report to work Monday. Halfback Willie Parker missed Friday's practice because of a knee injury and is expected to miss the game. He's listed as doubtful. Cornerback Bryant McFadden (forearm) and linebacker Keyaron Fox (back) have been ruled out. Left tackle Marvel Smith (back) has been ruled out and will be replaced by Max Starks. Defensive end Aaron Smith is questionable because of some personal issues.
Antonio Cromartie missed a second day of practice Friday in London and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. He's bothered by a groin injury. There is a chance wide receiver Chris Chambers (ankle) and linebacker Jyles Tucker (hamstring) could be available. They have taken part in their most extensive practice work in weeks. They are listed as questionable and coach Norv Turner will make a game-time decision whether they will play. Wide receiver Craig Davis is out with a groin injury. Jonas Jennings (shoulder), safety Dashon Goldson (knee) and defensive end Ray McDonald (knee) for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Five other players who missed practice this week are probable and will be available: safety Michael Lewis (knee), wide receiver Josh Morgan (groin), safety Mark Roman (groin), kick returner Allen Rossum (groin) and cornerback Nate Clements (ribs).
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (knee and back) and tight end Will Heller (knee) haven't practiced all week and have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers. Wide receiver Koren Robinson is expected to play despite a knee injury. Wide receiver Deion Branch won't play because of a heel injury. He didn't practice Friday. Guard Floyd Womack was ill earlier this week, but he will be able to play.
Halfback Steven Jackson did his most extensive work in Friday's practice, but is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. There is a better than 50 percent chance he will play. Defensive tackle Adam Carriker (ankle) will be a game-time decision. He's bothered by a sore ankle and is questionable. Wide receiver Drew Bennett (foot) is out. Cornerback Tye Hill (knee) is questionable but he probably won't play. Safety Todd Johnson (kidney) has been ruled out. Wide receiver Derek Stanley (concussion) is questionable even though he has been practicing the past couple of days.
There is a chance wide receiver Joey Galloway could help out the banged-up wide receiving corps even though he probably won't start. Wide receiver Ike Hilliard is going to make the trip to Dallas, but he's questionable with a concussion. On Wednesday, he still had headaches. Hilliard practiced Friday so he does have a chance to play. Expect Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant to start at wide receiver. Fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring) and wide receiver Maurice Stovall (hamstring) probably won't play. They are listed as questionable. Halfback Warrick Dunn was able to have a full practice Friday despite a sore back. He should be available. Dunn and Hilliard are listed as questionable.
Justin McCareins hasn't practiced all week because of a hamstring injury. He's questionable. Wide receiver Justin Gage is questionable with a knee injury, but he has practiced all week. He should be able to play. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch did some running on the side Friday. He's questionable with a groin injury. Linebacker Colin Allred is questionable with a groin injury. Cornerback Nick Harper was added to the injury report Friday with a sore knee, but he should be able to play.
The Redskins expect to have four players miss Sunday's game against the Lions: cornerback Shawn Springs (calf), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder), wide receiver Malcolm Kelly (knee) and halfback Ladell Betts (knee). Cornerback Fred Smoot bounced back from a groin injury and is expected to play. Defensive end Jason Taylor (calf), safety Chris Horton (ankle) and halfback Clinton Portis (hip) practiced Friday and will play. Coach Jim Zorn said Taylor will have a procedure done Monday to drain fluid from Taylor's left calf.
John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.