Tag:Injury report
Posted on: October 9, 2010 9:34 pm
 

Week 5 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles at 49ers

Philadelphia will be without CB Asante Samuel, who couldn’t pass his concussions tests this week. That’s probably good news for 49ers WR Michael Crabtree, who ranks just fourth on the team in receptions. Samuel has no concussion symptoms. WR Riley Cooper, meanwhile, has developed concussion symptoms, though he passed his baseline test. He also won’t play.

RB LeSean McCoy is listed as questionable with a cracked rib, but he likely will play while wearing a flak jacket. QB Michael Vick and his cracked rib didn’t make the trip to San Francisco, meaning Kevin Kolb and Mike Kafka are the only signal-callers available. G Nick Cole didn’t practice Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday. He’s also questionable to play.

49ers TE Delanie Walker is out with a sprained ankle. That’s unfortunate for San Francisco, because he makes even more of an impact on the squad than his seven catches this season would attest. OG Chilo Rachal, who suffered a shoulder stinger in the season opener, is probable to play.

Vikings at Jets

Of the nine New York players who are on the list, only one is not probable. That’d be LB Jamaal Westerman (ankle).

But the big news today is that CB Darrelle Revis is probable. Just in time for Minnesota’s Randy Moss, who was with New England in Week 2 when he beat Revis for a spectacular one-handed TD catch (Revis hadn’t been seen since because of a hamstring). Antonio Cromartie has done a decent job replacing Revis at No. 1 CB, but having Revis back is big news for the Jets.

Minnesota second-round pick CB Chris Cook can’t seem to stay on the field. After making his career debut in Week 3, recording four tackles, he missed last week – and is out this week – after surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. Starting C John Sullivan is questionable with a calf injury and isn’t likely to play.

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Week 5 injury news and analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Giants at Texans

Though he’s listed as questionable, expect starting RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) to play. But he’s not going to have an easy time against Houston’s No. 2 ranked run defense. FB Madison Hedgecock and C Shaun O’Hara are listed as out. O’Hara’s backup, Adam Koets, is probable, but he’s also been battling knee problems. Bradshaw will have to work to get his yards.

Remember last week when Osi Umenyiora was listed as questionable with a knee injury but then he ended up recording three sacks against the Bears? Yeah, Houston QB Matt Schaub probably knows about that as well. Anyway, Umenyiora is probable for this week.

Houston WR Andre Johnson is listed as questionable a week after he missed the Raiders game with an ankle injury, but he said this week that he feels great running around on the practice field. Expect him back on the field. WR Jacoby Jones, though, is doubtful with a calf injury. DE Mario Williams is questionable with a groin, but he also said that he feels like he’s got to play with his injury.

Saints at Cardinals


Our ridiculous injury report of the week goes to New Orleans, which is listing 19 players. Thirteen of those names are listed as probable (it’s almost like, “What’s the point?”). S Roman Harper (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and DE Will Smith (groin) only practiced Friday. Both are questionable. Not that it should matter facing an Arizona squad starting a rookie free agent quarterback.

For the Cardinals, WR Steve Breaston (knee) and WR Early Doucet (sports hernia) are still out. In Breaston’s place, look for undrafted rookie Stephen Williams (three catches, 32 yards last week) to get his second-straight start. Breaston and Doucet will try to return in Week 7 after the Cardinals have a bye next week.

Titans at Cowboys

The Cowboys shouldn’t have too many problems with their injuries this week. RB Chris Gronkowski (groin) is listed as questionable, but he said this week that he expects to play. He had a similar injury last year, and he didn’t miss a game. TE Jason Witten (knee), G Kyle Kosier (knee) and WR Dez Bryant (ribs) are probable.

Titans starting OG Leroy Harris didn’t practice all week, and he’s listed as questionable. Though Harris is in his first year as a starter, coach Jeff Fisher said Harris is experienced enough where he could play Sunday without practicing all week.

Chargers at Raiders

Though he’s listed as questionable, San Diego LB Shawne Merriman will play, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. RB Ryan Mathews is listed as probable, but San Diego isn’t going to rush him back from his ankle injury too soon. The Chargers have Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles waiting in the wings if Mathews is limited or can’t play.

With S Darrell Stuckey doubtful to play, the person who will replace Steve Gregory – who was suspended four games this week for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs – likely will be Paul Oliver.

The Raiders LB corps has been hit hard – Travis Goethel and Thomas Howard are out, while Ricky Brown and Quentin Groves are questionable. RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bennett are out, along with DT John Henderson and LG Robert Gallery.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 8:43 pm
 

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bears at Giants

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora is questionable because of a knee, but as Andy points out here, Umenyiora probably won’t play. This could be a big problem on the right side of the defensive line because Mathias Kiwanuka – who has a bulging disc in his neck – won’t play either (in fact, he might be done for the season). If Umenyiora can’t play, look for rookie Jason Pierre-Paul to move to that side of the line and start.

New York LB Keith Bulluck is struggling with a turf toe, and he’s doubtful to play. It’d only be the fourth time in his 11-year career that Bulluck would miss a game, and without him in the lineup, the Giants run defense would suffer.
 
On the Bears injury list, there shouldn’t be any surprises for Sunday. T Chris Williams and S Major Wright are definitely out, and S Chris Harris, DE Israel Idonije and G Roberto Garza are probable.

Patriots at Dolphins


Despite what we told you about earlier today about LB Channing Crowder returning to practice – albeit in a limited fashion – he’s doubtful to play Sunday. OT Jake Long, who has a bothersome knee, is probable to play.

The big news today for the Patriots is that RB Fred Taylor is out. That means BenJarvus Green-Ellis (16 carries, 98 yards and a TD last week) should get the start with Sammy Morris and Danny Woodhead in support. OT Nick Kaczur and CB Terrence Wheatley also are out.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts at Jaguars

For the Colts, it seems like the entire offense is questionable. But that’s what happens when RB Joseph Addai, RB Donald Brown, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Austin Collie and LT Charlie Johnson are listed at 50-50. Between the five of them, they combined to participate in six practices this week.

If I had to guess, I’d say Garcon won’t play, Collie will, Johnson won’t, Brown won’t and Addai will. Regardless, Indianapolis should have enough to wallop Jacksonville’s 29th-ranked defense.

Jaguars LB Justin Durant (ankle) is out for the second-straight game, and that’s not good news for Jacksonville. S Sean Considine is doubtful, and that means the Colts running game could have a nice day – assuming Addai plays.

UPDATE (9:09 p.m.):
Garcon and Brown have been ruled out.

Texans at Raiders

WR Andre Johnson remains questionable. He didn’t practice at all this week after reaggravating an ankle injury in Week 3 that he originally sustained in Week 2. Johnson is scheduled to take the field for warmups on Sunday, and that’s when his availability will be determined. Without him, the Texans will have a big void in their WR corps.

TE Owen Daniels also is questionable. He practiced Wednesday, but he suffered from a tight hamstring and didn’t work out Thursday or Friday. If he and Johnson don’t play, and assuming Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha takes out either Kevin Walter of Jacoby Jones, who in the heck will Matt Schaub target?

The Raiders have a ridiculous 19 players on their injury report. WRs Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey are questionable, and that’s pretty bad news. Both are starters, and the only other WRs to catch a pass for Oakland this year are Johnnie Lee Higgins and Yamon Figurs. They’ve combined for an impressive three receptions on the season.

The defensive line is also a question mark. DT Richard Seymour and DT John Henderson are 50-50 to play as well.

Redskins at Eagles


It’s hard to analyze the Redskins injury list, because, as coach Mike Shanahan says, he’s not exactly honest about it (there’s a good lesson in fair play there, by the way. You just have to search really, really, really hard for it.). Among those who are listed a questionable are DT Albert Haynesworth, LT Trent Williams, CB DeAngelo Hall and RB Clinton Portis.

Will any of them play? Probably. But because we know Shanahan isn’t truthful with this list, it’s pretty hard to tell.

As for the Eagles, TE Brent Celek and WR Jeremy Maclin are probable to play, so QB Michael Vick will continue to have two of his major targets. G Nick Cole is questionable, but he hasn’t been that great when he’s played, so that’s not a big deal.

Cardinals at Chargers

The Cardinals will miss leading WR Steve Breaston (knee) and WR Early Doucet (groin), both of whom are out for Sunday. Naturally, this makes life tougher for QB Derek Anderson and WR Larry Fitzgerald. After missing practice Thursday, LB Paris Lenon returned Friday, and he’s questionable. If he can play, he’d be a big help to the Arizona defense, considering he’s the squad’s leading tackler.

Chargers LB Larry English is already listed as out, and I expect LB Shawne Merriman (doubtful with a calf) to join him on the bench. The fact San Diego elevated practice squad LB Kion Wilson to the 53-man roster this week likely means Merriman won’t be on the field. After missing last week, RB Ryan Mathews practiced all week and is listed as probable to play. Obviously, that’s good news for the Chargers, who rushed for 89 yards in last week’s loss to Seattle.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 4:21 pm
 

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions at Packers


Good news for Lions fans. RB Jahvid Best (turf toe) practiced Friday and is expected to start.

Detroit WR Nate Burleson, meanwhile, planned to make the flight to Green Bay, but he’s listed as doubtful. That means the Packers can focus even more of their attention on Calvin Johnson. MLB DeAndre Levy finally made his season debut last week, but then he injured his ankle. He’s questionable.

QB Matthew Stafford is out, but it’s looking like he could return for Week 5.

Most of the Packers questionable and doubtful players are backups, so that shouldn’t affect Green Bay all that much. And while DE Cullen Jenkins, who has been making noise about a new contract this week, is probable, there’s a slight chance he won’t play with a broken hand. If that happens, the Packers might have a problem on the right side of their defensive line (Backup Mike Neal is also questionable).

49ers at Falcons

Three important keys for Atlanta are questionable. Rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon had to leave last Sunday’s game because he was cramping. But he’s also been nursing an ankle injury, and he didn’t practice at all this week. Meanwhile, S Erik Coleman, who’s missed the past two weeks with a strained MCL, has improved and could play.

WR Michael Jenkins has begun taking more reps in practice, and if he can play, that likely will help the team’s running game because of Jenkins’ blocking abilities. Considering he’s been out since early training camp, the team likely won’t rush him back.

San Francisco WR Ted Ginn Jr. hasn’t played since spraining his MCL in Week 2, and it doesn’t look like he’ll participate this week either, considering he’s listed as doubtful. Assuming he doesn’t play, Dominique Zeigler will see even more reps. The good news about that – according to reports, QB Alex Smith trusts Zeigler more than he does Michael Crabtree.

Panthers at Saints


One of the key cogs of the Saints defense, Roman Harper, is questionable with a hamstring injury. But after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday, Harper was limited Friday. Pierre Thomas is also questionable, and perhaps in a clue of what his availability is for Sunday, the team added DeShawn Wynn to the active roster today. Without Reggie Bush, though, the Saints would seem to be in desperate need of Thomas – especially since the team is ranked last in the league in rushing.

And of course, notice who isn’t on the injury report. QB Drew Brees, who apparently is battling knee problems, will play Sunday and was not included on the report.

Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen has to be somewhat relieved that two of his starting offensive guards, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Travelle Wharton, are probable. RT Jeff Otah, though, still is out with a knee injury.

Seahawks at Rams


The second-most important player on the Rams squad, RB Steven Jackson, is questionable because of a groin injury. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and was very limited Friday. One of the Rams most important players on defense, S O.J. Atogwe, also is questionable after missing the second half of last week’s game with a thigh injury. He’ll be a gametime decision.

If both of those guys can’t play – and that is a real possibility – the Rams, it goes without saying, could be in big, big trouble.

The big news for Seattle is that rookie LT Russell Okung – who hasn’t played since the preseason because of a high ankle sprain – is probable to play. Assuming Okung plays (coach Pete Carroll downplayed that possibility a bit this week, but come on, he’s got to play, right?), QB Matt Hasselbeck should feel a little more comfortable. After all, Tyler Polumbus had been manning the LT spot in Okung’s absence.

After missing all of the second half last Sunday, because of a shoulder injury, WR Mike Williams is probable. CB Marcus Trufant, whose absence was sorely missed in the second half of last week’s game when San Diego QB Philip Rivers ripped apart the secondary when Trufant had to leave with an ankle injury, is questionable.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jets at Bills

There’s no need to worry about Jets CB Darrelle Revis this week, because he’s out (though it looks like he could return in time for Week 5). But C Nick Mangold has been limited in practice all week and is questionable. Mangold, though, has never missed a start in his career, and considering how much the Jets need him, expect him to be on the field.

We also could see the return of LB Calvin Pace. But it sounds like coach Rex Ryan might want to rest Pace’s foot another week – in part, because the Jets most likely won’t be tested much vs. Buffalo’s offense.

Not having Bills DE Marcus Stroud, LB Andra Davis and CB Terrence McGee in the lineup will be tough for Buffalo. But the good news is LB Paul Posluszny – who’s missed the past few weeks with a knee injury – is probable to return.

UPDATE (4:47 p.m.): Calvin Pace has been downgraded to out for this game. He did not travel with the team.

Bengals at Browns


In the tepid Battle of Ohio rivalry, three important Bengals pieces are questionable to play – LB Keith Rivers (foot), DE Antwan Odom (wrist) and WR Jordan Shipley (shoulder). Rivers missed Week 2 and Odom were out last week, so their return would bolster a Bengals defense that ranks ninth in the league.

Meanwhile, Cleveland somehow has 15 players on this week’s injury report. That’s nearly 1/3 of the active roster. Considering six of those players – including RB Jerome Harrison and OT Joe Thomas – are probable, the situation isn’t quite as dire as it appears.

WR Joshua Cribbs was limited earlier this week with an ankle injury (he was also forced to wear a walking boot), but he should play. It’s still unclear if QB Jake Delhomme will make his return. He’s listed as questionable, but he’s been spotted limping around the locker room this week. It looks like Seneca Wallace should get the start again.

Ravens at Steelers


Ravens RB Ray Rice (knee) practiced Friday without wearing a no-contact jersey, and though he missed Wednesday’s practice – and was limited Thursday and Friday – he said he’ll play vs. Pittsburgh. Coach John Harbaugh is a bit more cautious and said Rice will be a gametime decision. Expect Rice to play, though.

Baltimore LB Cory Redding, who suffered a concussion last week, is questionable. As of Friday, he hadn’t passed his concussion test, and he probably won’t play. It’s unfortunate for the Ravens, because Redding, coming off the worst season of his career last year in Seattle, has played solid run defense this year.

Not much new coming from the Steelers. QB Dennis Dixon, OG Trai Essex and WR Donte Stallworth are all out for this week’s game.

Broncos at Titans


We’ve already talked about starting RB Knowshon Moreno and who will replace him against Tennessee (in case you’ve forgotten, Laurence Maroney will get the bulk of the carries with some help from Correll Buckhalter). LB Wesley Woodyard also is out with a hamstring.

OT Ryan Harris, who’s questionable with an ankle and who’s missed all season, should be back, and for the first time this season, the entire Denver’s starting offensive line will be on the field together. Yes, Denver ranks No. 2 in the NFL in offense, but the return of Harris should help.

Tennessee doesn’t have any major problems. Starting CB Jason McCourty is still out after undergoing forearm surgery, but there shouldn’t be a big dropoff with Alterraun Verner playing in his place. DE Jacob Ford and and DT Tony Brown are questionable.

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