Week 17: Injury updates
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season.
Here is the latest news on key injuries for Week 17:
Ken Whisenhunt will see how wide receiver Anquan Boldin (shoulder) and defensive end Travis LaBoy (ankle) work out Sunday to see whether they will be able to play against Seattle. Both are listed as questionable. Cornerback Matt Ware is questionable with a calf injury and also might sit out. Defensive tackle Gabe Watson sat out Friday's practice to rest his knee, but he should be able to go. Tight end Stephen Spach (ankle), running back J.J. Arrington (knee), safety Aaron Francisco (ribs), defensive end Kenny Iwebema (concussion) and safety Adrian Wilson (toe) missed practice time this week, but they also should be able to play.
Ten Falcons are questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, but the only one in real question is defensive end Jamaal Anderson. He has missed practice all week because of an ankle injury. The other nine should be available. They are defensive end John Abraham (non-football related), wide receiver Harry Douglas (toe and shoulder), wide receiver Michael Jenkins (shoulder), safety Lawyer Milloy (back), tackle Todd Weiner (knee), wide receiver Brian Finneran (calf), defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee), linebacker Coy Wire (knee) and tackle Sam Baker (hip)
Scratched from Sunday's game against Jacksonville are wide receiver Marcus Maxwell (hip) and linebacker Antwan Barnes (chest). Of the eight players listed as questionable, the most questionable is halfback Ray Rice (calf). The others have a good chance of playing. That list comprises wide receiver Derrick Mason (shoulder), linebacker Jarret Johnson (calf), tackle Willie Anderson (ankle), safety Ed Reed (thigh), tackle Adam Terry (knee), cornerback Samari Rolle (ankle) and cornerback Fabian Washington (thigh). Mason has been playing with a dislocated shoulder. Defensive end Trevor Pryce is probable after being sick this week.
Halfback Marshawn Lynch missed Friday's practice after doing a little bit Thursday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Coach Dick Jauron is optimistic about Lynch's chances of playing. Left tackle Jason Peters (knee), wide receiver Roscoe Parrish (knee) and linebacker Teddy Lehman (knee) are doubtful and not expected to play. Linebacker Kawika Mitchell practiced the past two days and should be able to go despite a knee injury. He's listed as questionable. Wide receiver James Hardy is out because of a knee injury. Cornerback Jabari Greer was limited in practice all week and is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game. He has a knee injury.
Defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu (ankle) continues to give John Fox hope he will be able to play Sunday against the Saints. He had a second day of limited practice on the ankle injury that sidelined him this past week against the Giants. Fox lists him as questionable. It's important that Kemoeatu play because defensive tackle Damione Lewis is doubtful with a shoulder injury. He hasn't practiced all week. Listed as probable and expected to play are tight end Jeff King (knee), wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad (foot), tight end Dante Rosario (illness) and defensive end Hilee Taylor (thigh).
The Bears placed safety Mike Brown (calf) on the injured reserve list and signed safety Cameron Worrell to help out on special teams. Coach Lovie Smith listed cornerback Marcus Hamilton (ankle), linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer (ankle) and halfback Kevin Jones (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday's game against Houston. Fullback Jason McKie is questionable with a quad problem.
Wide receiver Chad Johnson (hamstring) is listed as questionable, but he isn't expected to play in the season finale against the Chiefs. Quarterback Carson Palmer (elbow) and tackle Stacy Andrews (knee) are out. Left tackle Levi Jones (knee) is doubtful. Defensive tackle Pat Sims (biceps), halfback Cedric Benson (ankle), cornerback Jamar Fletcher (back) and running back Kenny Watson (hamstring) are probable and expected to play.
Tight end Kellen Winslow is listed as doubtful and is expected to miss the season finale against the Steelers. Tight end Darnell Dinkins (ribs) and linebacker Leon Williams (knee) are questionable and probably will miss the game. The Browns aren't sure punter David Zastudil (knee) will be able to play. They signed punter Mike Dragosavich to the practice squad just in case. Guard Eric Steinbach (back), wide receiver Joshua Cribbs (ankle), defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (ankle) and running back Lawrence Vickers (back) are probable and should be able to play.
The Cowboys won't have guard Montrae Holland for Sunday's game against the Eagles because of a knee injury. He has been scratched. Cory Procter will start for him. Tight end Jason Witten (ankle) practiced Friday and moved well. He should be able to play and is officially listed as probable. Halfback Marion Barber practiced Friday despite his dislocated pinkie toe and has a chance to play. He split reps with Tashard Choice. Barber is listed as questionable. If he plays, it probably will be as a role player. Quarterback Tony Romo has bounced back from being sick earlier in the week. Linebacker Bobby Carpenter should be able to play despite a sore knee and calf. Safeties Ken Hamlin (foot) and Keith Davis (knee and neck) should be able to play. Wide receiver Isaiah Stanback (shoulder) went on the injured reserve list. His spot was taken by Rodney Hannah, who came off the practice squad.
Everything is a go for the Broncos as they head to San Diego for Sunday's game against the Chargers for the AFC West title. Although Denver has had nine players on the injury list this week, everyone is listed as probable. That list comprises left tackle Ryan Clady (ankle), tight end Daniel Graham (ankle), cornerback Josh Bell (knee), linebacker Niko Koutouvides (back), guard Chris Kuper (hand), cornerback Karl Paymah (groin), wide receiver Eddie Royal (thumb), linebacker D.J. Williams (knee and shoulder) and linebacker Spencer Larsen (groin).
Travis Fisher, who had experienced some lingering problems with a concussion as late as Wednesday, said he will be able to play Sunday against the Packers. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson proclaimed himself healthy Friday despite a sore knee. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper will sit out with a shoulder injury. Dan Orlovsky will start at quarterback. On the injury report but expected to play are defensive tackle Chuck Darby (calf), defensive end Corey Smith (hamstring), defensive end Dewayne White (calf), tight end Casey FitzSimmons (illness), cornerback Leigh Bodden (groin), running back Kevin Smith (ankle) and linebacker Ernie Sims (knee). Fisher, Sims, Corey Smith, Kevin Smith and White are questionable; Darby and Johnson are listed as probable.Breno Giacomini (ankle) and listed running back Brandon Jackson as doubtful. Jackson has a wrist problem. The Packers removed cornerback Al Harris and wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver from the injury report. They are healthy. Defensive tackle Justin Harrell is out with a hip injury. Fullback Korey Hall is questionable with a knee problem, but he practiced on a limited basis Friday and has a chance. Guard Jason Spitz (knee), cornerback Charles Woodson (toe) and cornerback Joe Porter (concussion) are probable and will be available.Nick Ferguson (knee) and linebacker Xavier Adibi (groin) are questionable and have a good chance of missing Sunday's game against the Bears. They were limited in Friday's practice. Defensive end Anthony Weaver is probable with a knee injury but will play.Dominic Rhodes (chest), safety Bob Sanders (knee), or linebackers Freddy Keiaho (hamstring) and Gary Brackett (fibula). Officially, Brackett and Rhodes are listed as out and Sanders and Keiaho as questionable, but Dungy said Sanders and Keiaho won't play. Cornerback Melvin Bullitt is questionable with a shoulder injury and also could sit out. Defensive tackle Keyunta Dawson is questionable with a hip problem. Halfback Chad Simpson is questionable with an ankle injury. Dungy plans to start to replace starters in the first half of the game to save them for next week's playoff game. Maurice Jones-Drew had a full practice Friday despite a sore knee and is probable. He will start Sunday against the Ravens.Maurice Leggett, on injured reserve. He has had a shoulder injury. With that spot on the roster, the Chiefs signed linebacker Wes Dacus from the practice squad. Defensive end Alfonso Boone is probable with a thigh injury.
Channing Crowder (knee) and cornerback Will Allen (groin) had full practices Friday and are expected to play against the Jets. They are listed as questionable, but they have done enough this week that they should be able to go. Safety Jason Allen is on the injury report with a hand injury, but he also will play.
Wide receiver Bernard Berrian was limited in Friday's practice and is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. It will be a game-time decision, but most people believe he should go. Right tackle Artis Hicks (triceps) is questionable, but if he doesn't play, Kyle Cook will start. Nose tackle Pat Williams (shoulder) is out. Wide receiver Darius Reynaud is questionable with a foot problem and is expected to miss the game. Cornerback Cedric Griffin came down with the flu and is questionable, but he is expected to play. Running back Maurice Hicks (back), safety Darren Sharper (knee) and quarterback Gus Frerotte (back) are probable and will be available.Richard Seymour (back) missed Friday's practice and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. He missed his third consecutive day of practice. It's 50-50 whether he will play. Bill Belichick will make a game-time decision. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi (knee), guard Billy Yates (hand) and safety Raymond Ventrone (jaw) missed Friday's practice and were ruled out against Buffalo.Jeremy Shockey ended with another disappointment. He was ruled out with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice this week. The Saints also don't know whether halfback Pierre Thomas (wrist and back) and defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy (hamstring) will be able to play. They didn't practice Friday and are listed as questionable. Left tackle Jammal Brown had a full practice Friday and will be able to start. He's probable with an ankle injury.Gerris Wilkinson (knee) and cornerback Aaron Ross (concussion) were ruled out. Defensive tackle Barry Cofield is questionable with a shoulder injury. If this were a normal game, Cofield probably would play, but this isn't a normal game because the Giants have clinched home-field advantage. In fact, Tom Coughlin has to decide whether he wants to play Cofield, halfback Brandon Jacobs (knee) and right tackle Kareem McKenzie (back). All three are questionable, and it's debatable whether Coughlin will risk further injury to them, although it's possible he could start them but pull them early. Tight end Kevin Boss (ankle and concussion) is doubtful and will sit out. Defensive tackle Fred Robbins (shoulder) and defensive end Justin Tuck (lower leg) are probable and are expected to play.
Bryan Thomas (shoulder), wide receiver Laveranues Coles (thigh), tackle Wayne Hunter (shoulder), linebacker Eric Barton (knee), linebacker David Harris (groin), nose tackle Kris Jenkins (hip) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) have missed some practice time, but they all should play. Coles, Thomas and Hunter are officially listed as questionable. The other four are probable.
Ricky Brown (groin), defensive end Kalimba Edwards (wrist) and wide receiver Ronald Curry (toe). Brown and Edwards are out; Curry is doubtful. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (neck) didn't practice Friday and is questionable for the finale against the Buccaneers. Halfback Darren McFadden (ankle) and cornerback Stanford Routt (groin) had full practices Friday. Even though they are questionable, they should be able to play.
Victor Abiamiri (foot) and guard Shawn Andrews (back) are out, and tight end L.J. Smith (shoulder) is doubtful. Listed as questionable are wide receiver Hank Baskett (knee), linebacker Stewart Bradley (rib and groin) and safety Brian Dawkins (illness). Of the three, Baskett and Bradley are the most questionable. Ryan Clark has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns. He has a shoulder injury and hasn't practiced all week. Linebacker James Harrison missed Friday's practice and is questionable with a hip injury. It will be a game-time decision whether he will be used.
Fakhir Brown (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Guard Richie Incognito went home with the flu -- his third bout with stomach flu -- and is questionable. Jim Haslett said everyone else except guard Jacob Bell (hamstring) should be able to play. That includes tight end Daniel Fells (knee), defensive tackle La'Roi Glover (knee), cornerback Eric Bassey (hamstring), running back Steven Jackson (hamstring), wide receiver Dane Looker (hip), defensive end Leonard Little (hamstring) and tight end Joe Klopfenstein (knee). Incognito and Bell are listed as questionable; John Greco is going to start for Bell. Brandon Siler might miss the game because of a foot injury. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd is still recovering from a lung injury. Both are listed as doubtful. Linebacker Anthony Waters (hamstring) has been updated to probable after missing a couple of games.
Eric Heitmann (abdomen) and safety Michael Lewis (abdomen) were slated for full practices. Tackle Adam Snyder (ankle) and halfback Frank Gore (ankle) had been expected to be limited, but they are going to be listed as probable and are expected to play. Safety Mark Roman is still bothered a little by a concussion, but he is probable. So is wide receiver Josh Morgan (head).
Seneca Wallace gets to close out the season at quarterback because Matt Hasselbeck isn't ready to go because of the bulging disk problem in his back. The Seahawks also are expected to be down two strongside linebackers -- starter Leroy Hill (neck) and his backup, D.D. Lewis (shin), are expected to miss the season finale against the Cardinals. Lewis and Hill are listed as doubtful. Hasselbeck is questionable. Wide receiver Koren Robinson (knee) is probable. Kicker Brandon Coutu (groin) hasn't played all season, and he's questionable with a groin injury.Derrick Brooks should be able to play despite sore ribs and that quarterback Jeff Garcia will start despite his sore calf.Albert Haynesworth (knee), defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) and center Kevin Mawae (elbow). Cornerback Nick Harper (groin) and linebacker David Thornton (hip) are doubtful and probably will sit. Defensive end David Ball is also doubtful with a back injury. Running back LenDale White has been sick all week and hasn't practiced. He's questionable. Defensive tackle Tony Brown is questionable with an ankle injury but should be able to play.
The Redskins are at their healthiest at the end of the season. Right tackle Jon Jansen (knee) practiced Friday and should be able to go. Defensive tackle Kedric Golston should be available after missing two games with a sore ankle. If he plays, he might not start. Linebacker London Fletcher rested his sore foot Friday, but he will play. Golston and Jansen are listed as questionable. Guard Pete Kendall is probable with a knee injury and will play.
John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.