Some big-name players are returning from their four-game suspensions this week, and it's not soon enough for the Cowboys. Six teams are still undefeated and extra points are starting to mess with kickers' heads.
Pete Carroll said Seahawks running back Fred Jackson (ankle) will likely play in the Sunday game against the Bengals, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
His high-ankle sprain apparently isn't too serious, as he's expected to take the field just six days after sustaining the injury. This situation would normally bring about skepticism, but if the Seahawks wanted to be deceptive about their Week 5 backfield plans, they wouldn't have ruled out Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) on Friday.
Seattle Seahawkscoach Pete Carroll said he expects running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) to return for Week 6 against the Panthers, the Seattle Times reports.
Carroll said Lynch might be physically capable of playing in Sunday's game against the Bengals, adding that the team ruled out its star running back because it was worried that a re-injury could lead to an extended absence. Thomas Rawls is thus in line to lead the Seattle backfield in a tough road matchup against the Bengals, with Fred Jackson (questionable-ankle) potentially available as a complement. If Jackson sits, the Seahawks will likely sign another player and/or use fullback Derrick Coleman as the top backup. Despite the internal optimism, Lynch can still be considered questionable for Week 6.
The Seahawks announced a several of roster moves on Tuesday, according to the Everett Herald. The team placed defensive tackle Jordan Hill on injured reserve with a calf injury. In a corresponding move, Seattle signed defensive back Steven Terrell off the practice squad to fill Hill's roster spot. Defensive tackle Jimmy Staten was also signed to the practice squad.
Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Colts, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Meanwhile, fellow running back Chris Polk is listed as questionable for the contest, which leaves the Texans' top two backs, Arian Foster and Alfred Blue, as the healthiest components of the Week 5 backfield.
Per coach Bill O'Brien, there is a better chance that Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts (shoulder) will return to action next week than fellow wideout Nate Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Shorts, who is bouncing back from a dislocated left shoulder that didn't require surgery, is out of the sling that he was sporting earlier this week, thus opening the door for a possible return to action as soon as Week 6 against the Jaguars.
Per coach Bill O'Brien, there is a better chance that fellow wideout Cecil Shorts will return to action next week than Washington. Though we suppose that Washington's Week 6 outlook could look up in the coming days once the Texans resume practice, Friday's report makes such an outcome seem iffy.