Week 10: Injury updates
Here is the latest news on key injuries for Week 10:
The only true question mark for the Cardinals heading into their Monday night game against the 49ers is cornerback Eric Green (knee), who is questionable. Green was in the process of losing his starting job before hurting his knee. He was the only Cardinal who didn't practice Friday. The Cardinals hope to have tight end Leonard Pope back after missing three games with an ankle injury. Backup tight end Ben Patrick is questionable with a knee injury, but he also should be fine. Despite being listed as questionable with a groin injury, defensive end Travis LaBoy is doing enough that coach Ken Whisenhunt hopes he will play Monday night. Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald (thumb) and Sean Morey (hamstring), tackle Mike Gandy (ankle), and tight end Jerame Tuman (ankle) are expected to play.
The only Falcon ruled out of Sunday's game against the Saints is left tackle Sam Baker, who is recovering from back surgery. The Falcons have four players who are questionable, but all four are expected to be able to play. The most questionable of the group is center Todd McClure, who has been limited this week because of a bad back. Cornerback Brent Grimes, who lost his starting job, is expected to play despite a knee injury. Left tackle Todd Weiner and defensive tackle Grady Jackson are expected to start despite their lingering knee injuries.
Dawan Landry (neck) and cornerback Chris McAlister (knee) for Sunday's game against the Texans. They also probably won't have tight end Daniel Wilcox, who is sick and has a thigh injury. Wilcox is listed as doubtful. Cornerback Samari Rolle is questionable with a neck injury, and linebacker Bart Scott is questionable with a chest injury. Both will be game-time decisions. The rest of the injury report is positive. Running back Willis McGahee (ankle), tackle Jared Gaither (neck/knee), running back Ray Rice (chest), tackle Adam Terry (knee) and defensive lineman Brandon McKinney (shoulder) are probable and will play.
Brad Butler (knee), wide receiver Josh Reed (Achilles), defensive end Aaron Schobel (foot), safety Donte Whitner (shoulder) and cornerback Ashton Youboty (foot). Youboty's season ended Friday when the Bills put him on injured reserve so they could sign linebacker Teddy Lehman. The Bills won't know until Sunday whether guard Jason Whittle (back) and linebacker Kawika Mitchell (ankle) will be able to play. They are listed as questionable. Whittle has been filling in for Butler, but his back was sore enough Friday that Kirk Chambers was running with the first team at right guard.
The Panthers left early for Oakland and planned to hold a Friday afternoon practice in the Bay Area. The biggest question mark for the trip is halfback Jonathan Stewart, who is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Stewart has missed practices all week because of a heel injury. Defensive tackle Darwin Walker is expected to miss the game because of a neck injury he suffered Oct. 25 in a car accident. That accident forced him to miss the team's only game since then (Carolina had a bye in Week 9).
Quarterback Kyle Orton did some limited work in Friday's practice, but the team lists him as doubtful. Rex Grossman is expected to be the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Titans. The Bears added cornerback Charles Tillman to the injury report as questionable with a shoulder injury. Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer (thumb) practiced Friday and is probable. Brian Urlacher had his usual Friday rest and is expected to start.
Quarterback Dan Orlovsky was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars after it was revealed he has two fractures and a torn ligament in his right thumb. He will visit another specialist next week to determine when he could return. The team won't decide until next week whether he will have to go on injured reserve or how long he will be out. Rod Marinelli didn't name a starter, but it is expected to be Daunte Culpepper, who signed with the team Monday. Culpepper has been taking about 80 percent of the snaps with the first team. Last week, the team indicated that backup Drew Stanton wasn't ready to be a starter, then went out and signed Culpepper. Center Dominic Raiola is out with a broken thumb. It also appears likely fullback Jerome Felton (ankle), tight end Casey FitzSimmons (ribs) and safety Dwight Smith (foot) will miss the game. They haven't practiced all week. Defensive tackle Cory Redding (knee), tight end John Owens (hamstring) and linebacker Ernie Sims (shoulder) are expected to play.
The Packers are the healthiest they've been all season heading into Sunday's NFC North showdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Rodgers continues to improve week by week with his sore shoulder. Doctors kept him from throwing Friday, but this week he threw the most he has since spraining his right shoulder. He had good throwing days Wednesday and Thursday, so the doctors wanted him to rest Friday. He will start against the Vikings on Sunday as expected. Cornerback Charles Woodson continues to play despite a broken toe. He had a full practice Friday and was listed as probable.
Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Ravens because of an ankle injury. He hasn't practiced the past two days. Okoye is expected to join wide receiver Andre Davis (finger) and quarterback Matt Schaub (knee) on the sideline. Both have been ruled out. Earlier this week, the Texans lost linebacker Zac Diles for the season when he broke a leg in practice.
Kelvin Hayden for Sunday's game against the Steelers because of a hamstring injury, but they aren't in bad shape heading into this game. Safety Bob Sanders will be back for a second consecutive game even though the team rested him in practices this week. Right tackle Ryan Diem practiced Friday, so he should be able to play despite an ankle injury. He's probable. The only other player who might miss the game is wide receiver Roy Hall (knee). He's listed as probable. Defensive tackle Daniel Muir missed practice Friday with a hamstring injury. He's also questionable. Tight end Tom Santi (shoulder) practiced Friday and is probable.
Defensive tackle John Henderson was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Lions because of a sore knee. He hasn't practiced all week. Linebacker Mike Peterson reported to the Jaguars' facility Friday, met with coach Jack Del Rio and practiced with the team. Del Rio was vague about what will happen with Peterson. On Wednesday, Del Rio sent him home after Peterson spoke up in a meeting in which Del Rio was talking. Del Rio called Peterson's action insubordinate. All Del Rio said Friday is that he will determine Peterson's status Sunday. He's not saying whether Peterson will remain the starter, whether he will be active or whether he will be suspended. Peterson spoke to the Jacksonville media Friday and said, "I'm 100 percent behind my coach and my teammates, ready to do what I need to do to win a game." Peterson will travel with the team to Detroit. Linebacker Justin Durant (ribs) is probable.
Herman Edwards list six players as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, and most of the problem is on defense. Of the six, linebacker Derrick Johnson (thigh) and cornerback Patrick Surtain (quad) have the best chances of missing the Chargers game. They didn't practice Friday. There is a decent chance defensive end Turk McBride (shoulder) could miss the game, too. He didn't practice Friday. The Chiefs added cornerback Brandon Flowers back to the injury report Friday as questionable. He's bothered by a bad back. Safeties Jarrad Page (groin) and DaJuan Morgan (thigh) are questionable, but they practiced and should be able to go.
The only player on the Dolphins' injury report is guard Justin Smiley, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury. Smiley has improved during the week and is probable. He will play.
Defensive end Jared Allen is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Packers. He tried to do a little work at Friday's practice. It will be a game-time decision whether he plays, but the odds aren't favoring his getting into uniform. He has a third-degree shoulder separation. Linebacker David Herron (hip) and tight end Garrett Mills (ankle) also are expected to miss the game after missing a lot of practice time this week. Mills and Herron are listed as questionable. Safety Husain Abdullah is probable with a neck injury and should be able to play.
The four Patriots who are expected to miss the Bills game Sunday are cornerbacks Lewis Sanders (knee) and Terrence Wheatley (wrist), running backs LaMont Jordan (foot), and Sammy Morris (knee). Morris' absence wasn't a surprise because the knee injury was expected to sideline him for a month. Jordan tried to practice on his injured foot, but apparently the foot didn't hold up and he didn't do much late in the week. Linebacker Eric Alexander (hamstring), cornerback Ellis Hobbs (shoulder), wide receiver Matthew Slater (ankle) and nose tackle Vince Wilfork (toe) did enough in practice this week that they should be available.Reggie Bush (knee) and center Jonathan Goodwin (knee), Bush anticipated he was going to miss this game but plans to play next week. The rest of the team, including tight end Jeremy Shockey, is healthy enough to be able to play.
Tom Coughlin ruled out three key defensive players for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Linebacker Gerris Wilkinson remains out with a knee injury. Cornerback Kevin Dockery will miss another game because of a back injury. Safety James Butler was ruled out of the Eagles game because he hasn't practiced all week because of a knee injury. It is expected that the Giants could use rookie Kenny Phillips and Michael Johnson as the starting safeties. Linebacker Zak DeOssie will be able to play despite having a sore back and feeling sick.
The Jets ruled out three players for Sunday's game against the Rams -- tight end Bubba Franks (hip), linebacker David Harris (groin) and safety Eric Smith (head). Kicker Mike Nugent is questionable with his thigh injury; Jay Feely handled most of the kicking in practice this week and probably will be the kicker, leaving Nugent inactive. Tight end Chris Baker (hip), wide receivers Laveranues Coles (thigh) and Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), and linebacker Cody Spencer (shoulder) are expected to play. They are all probable.
The Raiders have a lot of injury concerns heading into Sunday's game against the Panthers. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell sat out Friday's practice because of right knee tendinitis from a college injury. He is officially listed as questionable, and there is a chance the Raiders might have to go with a backup quarterback. Russell missed the final eight snaps of Thursday's practice and all of Friday. Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo handled more of the work. Halfback Darren McFadden is wearing new, specially designed shoes to help his turf toe problems, but he didn't practice Friday. One of the toes is still bothering him, and he's listed as questionable. Defensive end Derrick Burgess (triceps) and linebacker Ricky Brown (groin) haven't practiced all week and are expected to miss the game. Safety Gibril Wilson is questionable with a groin injury, but he should be able to play. Tight end Tony Stewart is bothered by a sore knee but should be available. Safety Michael Huff (hip) and linebacker Jon Alston (ill) practiced Friday and should be good to go.
The Eagles have a few question marks in the secondary, but the injury report is encouraging for coach Andy Reid. Cornerbacks Joselio Hanson (hamstring) and Lito Sheppard (groin) are questionable, but they had full practices Friday, so they should be fine. Safety Brian Dawkins is probable with a hamstring injury that kept him out of some practice this week. He appears to be fine. Running back Brian Westbrook will start despite a knee injury. Guard Shawn Andrews is the only Eagle who won't be able to play.
Even though he was somewhat restricted in his throwing because of a slight shoulder separation, Ben Roethlisberger practiced Friday, raising his chances of playing Sunday. Although it will be a game-time decision, the fact he was out there Friday is an indication he's going to play. Roethlisberger also has a right thumb injury, but that isn't expected to prevent him from playing. Although there was no official announcement, expect Roethlisberger to play. The team lists him as probable. Running back Willie Parker was ruled out with a shoulder injury. Left tackle Marvel Smith will miss the game with a back injury. Tight end Heath Miller is out with an ankle injury. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley didn't practice Friday, and it will be a game-time decision whether he can play. He suffered a calf injury that has kept him out of practice all week. He's very questionable. Cornerback Bryant McFadden remains out with a broken forearm. Halfback Najeh Davenport has a hamstring injury, but he should be able to help out on returns. Linebacker Keyaron Fox should be available to help the team out on special teams. He has been out with a hamstring injury.
The Chargers are in good shape for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip) and wide receiver Chris Chambers (ankle) practiced Friday and are probable. Center Jeremy Newberry and defensive tackle Jamal Williams were bothered by a flu bug, but they are probable and will play.
The 49ers will be without wide receiver Arnaz Battle (foot), safety Dashon Goldson (knee) and tackle Barry Sims (ankle). They might have tackle Jonas Jennings (shoulder) and defensive end Ray McDonald (knee). Both have been upgraded to probable. Tight end Delanie Walker (elbow) also is probable. Linebacker Roderick Green was sick Friday and is listed as questionable.
The Seahawks have a long list of injuries for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Not expected to play are quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (knee), tight end Will Heller (knee), wide receiver Deion Branch (heel), linebacker David Hawthorne (calf), defensive end Patrick Kerney (shoulder) and defensive tackle Red Bryant (high ankle sprain). Hasselbeck didn't travel with the team to Miami. Branch made the trip to Miami and practiced Friday. He is trying to persuade coaches to put him on the active roster. Odds aren't favoring that, though. Right guard Floyd Womack is expected to play despite a foot injury. Officially, Hasselbeck, Kerney, Bryant and Hawthorne are out. Branch, Heller and Womack are questionable.
Steven Jackson officially is ruled as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets, but he didn't practice Friday and isn't expected to play. Coach Jim Haslett has been pessimistic all week about Jackson's playing after he couldn't finish last week's game because of his calf injury. Haslett said that Jackson won't play because he didn't practice Friday. Antonio Pittman is expected to share the position with Samkon Gado and Kenneth Darby. Darby is expected to start. Pittman has a hamstring injury, but he practiced Friday and has been cleared to play. Ruled out for Sunday's game are linebacker Chris Draft (foot) and cornerback Tye Hill (knee). Running back Travis Minor (concussion) and defensive end Eric Moore (spine) are questionable, but neither is expected to play. Defensive tackle Adam Carriker (ankle) is probable and will play.
The Titans list defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) and linebacker Keith Bulluck (chest) as questionable. Of the two, Bulluck has the best chance of playing. He did some running on the side Friday, giving him some hope of being active. Trainers are trying to do different things with Vanden Bosch to try to get him healthy. This week, the trainers tried to minimize his work during the week to help his groin heal. It will be a game-time decision whether either will be able to play. Cornerback Chris Carr is probable with a shoulder injury. Linebacker Colin Allred is questionable with a groin injury, but he is expected to play. He practiced Friday.
John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.