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.
Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was a full participant for practice Friday.
Allen is on track to make his first appearance since Week 1 after going down with a knee injury. The Steelers will likely need all the help they can get in the secondary with Phillip Rivers and the rest of the Chargers set to face off Monday night.
Roethlisberger has a timetable of 4-6 weeks, which is typical for a sprained MCL. The concern is that he's also dealing with a nasty bone bruise that might actually take longer to heal than the sprain. However, recovery from the bone bruise is largely about pain management, and Roethlisberger's on-field toughness is beyond reproach.
Shazier missed the previous two games with a shoulder injury, prompting some frustration from the 23 year old, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While his status for Monday will likely be decided by head coach Mike Tomlin, early indications seem to suggest Shazier should be able to suit up against the Chargers.
Wheaton should be fine for Monday night's game against the Chargers, though the impending return of Martavis Bryant caps Wheaton's Week 5 fantasy upside in the Steelers' Mike Vick-helmed passing offense.
With Ayers out for a second straight week, George Selvie will likely slide over to left defensive end again, allowing Kerry Wynn to join the starting lineup as the right defensive end. Even against a run-heavy Bills team, the Giants defense will sorely miss its most effective pass-rusher.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) won't play Sunday against the 49ers, but he is aiming to return Week 6 against the Eagles, the New York Daily News reports.
Cruz is slated for an examination with team doctors Monday, which is 10 days removed from receiving a PRP injection in his left calf. After he meets with the doctors, he'll adjust his timetable for a return to running, according to The Record.
With a Monday night contest in Week 6, Cruz will have an extra day to prove the health of the calf. However, next Thursday's practice will ultimately set the groundwork for the potential to make his season debut.
Giants linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) has been ruled out for the game Sunday against the 49ers.
Kennard is off to an impressive start, with 25 tackles (15 solo) and an interception in four games. The Giants still don't have an every-down linebacker, but Kennard leads the group in snaps. In his absence, Mark Herzlich could get the start, though a bunch of players may benefit from added snaps.
George Selvie will be reunited with former University of South Florida teammate Jason Pierre-Paul in New York. The defensive lineman signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants that includes a $200,000 signing bonus, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.