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Week 6 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 7:38 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Dolphins at Packers

The most-important player on either team’s injury report is Packers LB Clay Matthews and his bum hamstring. He’s listed as doubtful, which is pretty terrible news for Green Bay. After he missed much of the second half of last week’s game against the Redskins, the Packers defense was nowhere near the same (it’s actually pretty amazing how much worse the defense looked without Matthews). As a result, Washington completed its come-from-behind victory in overtime. Matthews will work out before the game, but he’s not likely to play.

The Packers defensive line also might not be as strong. DE Ryan Pickett (ankle) and DE Mike Neal (shoulder) are questionable. Also, OT Mark Tauscher, who didn’t practice all week, is doubtful. If he can’t play, his spot, once again, will be filled by rookie Bryan Bulaga – who had a couple false-start penalties and allowed a sack in his debut last week but did an OK job otherwise.

Oh yeah, QB Aaron Rodgers, coming off a concussion, is probable.

For the Dolphins, rookie Jared Odrick (questionable) has been out since Week 1 with an ankle injury.  Miami hopes it can play him on at least a part-time basis this weekend. LB Channing Crowder (groin) and OT Jake Long (knee) are probable.

Chargers at Rams

San Diego RB Ryan Mathews played last week, racking up 59 yards on nine carries (a week after carrying nine times for 55 yards), but he wasn’t the lead RB. That honor went to Mike Tolbert, as Mathews continued to recover from an ankle injury suffered in Week 2. And although he’s still on the injury report – he’s probable – reports out of San Diego say Mathews could reclaim his No. 1 RB role.

Chargers rookie LB Brandon Siler has been out since Week 1 with a knee injury. But for those looking for a comeback this week, keep on looking. He is doubtful to play, along with WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring).

The Rams should be relatively healthy. Although they feature 13 players on their injury report, all but four of them are probable. LB David Vobora is questionable with a hamstring, and LB Chris Chamberlain (toe) is out.

Ravens at Patriots

New England RB Fred Taylor, for the second-straight game, is out with a toe injury. That means BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be the feature back with Sammy Morris and Danny Woodhead taking a few of the carries. Green-Ellis, it should be noted, has done pretty well in Taylor’s absence, combining for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.

Also, QB Tom Brady is probable with hurt feelings (you know, the whole Justin Bieber freelance rap thing). Just kidding. He’s actually probable with a right shoulder. CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) is probable to make his season debut.

Ravens DT Haloti Ngata is questionable with a sprained MCL. It’s doubly unfortunate for Baltimore, because he hurt himself in a fourth-and-goal situation when he was playing offense. Entering this week, he has 29 tackles and two sacks and is having one heck of a season. DE Paul Kruger (knee) is doubtful, but he practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday. That’s potentially a good sign for Week 7.

Browns at Steelers

As you know, QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace – both with ankle injuries – are doubtful and most likely won’t play. That will leave rookie Colt McCoy to face the Steelers fourth-ranked defense all by himself. It’d be nice for McCoy if RB Peyton Hillis, questionable with a thigh, could play, and it sounds like Hillis wants to be in there. I imagine he probably will. DE Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip) also is questionable.

The only player on the Steelers injury report is OG Trai Essex, who’s doubtful with an ankle. RG Doug Legursky, who has played well in Essex’s absence, will take his place once again.

UPDATE (7:37 p.m.): The Browns have announced that Wallace has been downgraded to "out."

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