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Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 7:55 pm

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers at Browns

Both sides have big quarterback questions this week. The Panthers have three of their signal-callers on the injury report – including Tony Pike, probable with a right shoulder, and Brian St. Pierre, probable with a right shoulder – but Jimmy Clausen, who has shaken off the effects of a concussion, is the one who will get the starting nod.

You might think the probable status of RB Jonathan Williams would be good news for Carolina, but you’d be wrong (I’m not saying it’s bad news, but it’s kind of meh news). He’s been extremely ineffective this year, and in his absence, Mike Goodson has been very impressive.

Meanwhile, Cleveland QB Colt McCoy is doubtful with an ankle injury, meaning Jake Delhomme, who hasn’t started a game since the season-opener, will face off against his old team. WR Joshua Cribbs, who broke four of his toes two weeks ago, is questionable. He might be on the active roster, but don’t look for him to get too involved with the offense.

Chiefs at Seahawks

Kansas City would feel much better about its prospects to beat Seattle on the road if WR Dexter McCluster and TE Tony Moeaki – both of whom are questionable – can play. McCluster has missed the past four games with a high ankle sprain, but it seems likely he’ll return this week. Moeaki, coming off a concussion two weeks ago, also should play.

The big question for the Seahawks is whether WR Mike Williams (questionable, foot) will play. All week, Seattle has prepared like he wouldn’t play, and as of Friday, he was still in a walking boot. But he’ll also be a gametime decision, so if Williams can look OK in pregame warmups, there’s a chance he might be out there when the game starts.

Dolphins at Raiders

No matter who’s quarterbacking Miami – and indications are pointing toward Chad Henne – the Dolphins will suffer without standout WR Brandon Marshall, who was downgraded today from doubtful to out with a hamstring. Henne, thought to be lost for the season two short weeks ago, likely will get the start in place of former third-stringer Tyler Thigpen.

For Oakland, TE Zach Miller is questionable but probably will play. As will CB Nnamdi Asomugha, G Robert Gallery and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey – all of whom are listed as probable.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 6:29 pm

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings at Redskins

Two of Minnesota’s top receivers, Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian, are questionable. It looks like Rice will play, while Berrian will be a gametime decision. Rice returned last week to play in his first game this season, and he didn’t appear to have any complications with his hip. Meanwhile, Berrian has missed the past two weeks with a bad groin, and he missed practice Thursday (he was limited Wednesday and Friday).

Washington will be without RBs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis – the former is out this week, and the latter was placed on IR this week – so Keiland Williams will get the start and will be backed up by James Davis.

Making matters (potentially) worse, No. 1 WR Santana Moss is questionable with a knee injury. Coach Mike Shanahan held him out of practice Thursday and then said he felt better Friday. He’ll still be a game-time decision, though.

Eagles at Bears

The big loss to Philadelphia is that CB Asante Samuel, who originally was listed as questionable, has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. Samuel was trying to shake off a sprained MCL, and earlier in the week, he talked about trying to play. But he missed all three practices this week and was ruled out today. Look for Joselio Hanson to take his place in the starting lineup.

The Bears have nobody listed on their injury report. Which seems kind of amazing. But true.

Packers at Falcons

Atlanta DE John Abraham, after missing last week with a groin injury, is questionable this week. If he doesn’t play, the Falcons should be OK in the run defense game (Atlanta ranks sixth in the NFL, while Green Bay’s running game is No. 21), but Abraham’s pass-rushing ability surely would help against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Abraham, in his 11th season, is having a solid year, recording eight sacks.

Of the nine Packers on the injury, seven – including WR Donald Driver, LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson – are probable. Green Bay is a little beat up, though, in the secondary. Atari Bigby is out, and S Anthony Smith is doubtful with an ankle.

Buccaneers at Ravens

G Chris Chester, who missed last week with a bad case of cellulitis, is questionable and still could play. One reason Baltimore might not need to rush him back: Tony Moll was adequate while replacing Chester at right guard last week. Although Chester didn’t practice at all this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude him from playing if he’s healthy enough.

Backup S Tom Zbikowski is listed as questionable with a heel, but with Ed Reed healthy, his absence isn’t as big a deal.

Tampa Bay should be relatively healthy. Four of the five players listed on the injury are probable (DE Kyle Moore is definitely out).

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:43 am

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jaguars at Giants

Two of Jacksonville’s most important offensive players, WR Mike Sims-Walker and RB Maurice Jones-Drew, are questionable because of an ankle and an abdomen, respectively. Sims-Walker didn’t play last week because of his high ankle sprain, so it’s a bit surprising that he practiced at all this week (high ankle sprains tend to keep players out at least three to four weeks). Sims-Walker was limited Thursday and Friday, which tells us one of two things – either he’s an unbelievably fast healer or coach Jack Del Rio is using a bit of gamesmanship to keep New York guessing.

Jones-Drew has been on fire recently – he’s accumulated 368 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games (he’s also added 123 receiving yards) – and he’s more likely to play than not. If not, look for Rashad Jennings to get more opportunities.

Though he’s been awfully entertaining on his Twitter account since he was admitted to the hospital with back pain (he was released from the hospital Saturday morning), New York G Shawn Andrews is doubtful (Will Beatty will take his place). CB Will Blackmon is questionable with a chest injury.

Steelers at Bills

Once again, LB Shawne Merriman (who still hasn’t played a game since signing with Buffalo) is out with an Achilles tendon injury. RB C.J. Spiller is questionable, but considering Fred Jackson (249 yards, three touchdowns) has been so good the past two games, Spiller’s absence shouldn’t have a huge impact on the offense (special teams might be a different story, though). The team doesn’t want to play Spiller until he’s 100 percent healthy, which he almost surely is not.

Pittsburgh only has four players on the injury report – WR Antonio Brown and DE Aaron Smith are out, TE Matt Spaeth (concussion) is doubtful and S Troy Polamalu (ankle) is questionable. Polamalu most likely will play. He played last week despite the injury, and the Steelers plan was to rest him early in the week and let him play Sunday (he was limited Wednesday and Thursday but had full participation in practice Friday).

Titans at Texans

If you formed a flag football team just out of the players that are listed as probable on Houston’s injury report, you’d have a pretty good chance to win an intramural title. Those players include QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson, LB Brian Cushing and DE Mario Williams. Unfortunately for your beer-league dream team, all will be playing NFL football Sunday.

For Tennessee, Randy Moss still isn’t listed on the injury report, which confuses me. If he’s active and playing, how come nobody is throwing him the ball? If he was hurt, then it would make sense. Speaking of players who don’t throw the ball to Moss, backup QB Kerry Collins – who will be the starter once again at some point – is questionable. But rookie Rusty Smith still is slated to the start at QB.

Also for the Titans, DT Jason Jones is questionable with a knee injury. DT Tony Brown (knee) also is questionable, but he’s more likely to play.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 8:40 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots at Steelers

It was big news Friday when Tom Brady was listed as probable with a right shoulder on New England’s injury report (everybody in the Northeast let out a HUGE exhale). But he also was spotted limping Friday, and he declined to comment to the media about why. This obviously would be a problem if he’s called upon to move around in the pocket or to scramble.

In other New England injury news, RB Fred Taylor is listed as questionable with his turf toe injury. He was limited in practice all week, but the team also might want to hold off inserting him into a game before he’s completely healthy. He hasn’t played since Week 3.

UPDATE (8:38 p.m.): New England has downgraded three players to "out." That includes OG Stephen Neal, RB Fred Taylor and DE Myron Taylor. None of them will play Sunday.

Steelers DE Brett Keisel has missed three straight games because of a hamstring injury, and he’s doubtful again this week. He was supposed to start last Monday vs. the Bengals, but he re-aggravated the injury in warmups. OG Chris Kemoeatu also is doubtful after spraining his knee in Cincinnati. It sounds like Ramon Foster will take his place in the starting lineup.

LB James Harrison was a late addition to the injury report with back spasms. He’s listed as questionable.

Titans at Dolphins

The big question mark for Tennessee obviously is QB Vince Young. I wrote earlier today that it doesn’t sound like he will play , and that means Kerry Collins would get the starting nod.

WR Kenny Britt is out with a hamstring – potentially for the rest of the regular season – but that’s where Randy Moss is supposed to come in and perform.

For Miami, a couple backups (CB Tyrone Culver and WR Roberto Wallace) are questionable, and although some of the team’s most important players (T Jake Long, LB Karlos Dansby, S Chris Clemons and TE Anthony Fasano) are on the injury list, all of them are probable and should play.

Jets at Browns

One of the stranger stories of the week was Browns LB Marcus Benard who collapsed in the locker room Thursday and was sent to the hospital for tests. He didn’t practice Friday and is questionable to play. But Benard, who leads the team with 4 ½ sacks, wants to be out there, and it’s certainly possible Cleveland could allow him to do so.

Meanwhile, Cleveland QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are both questionable, but at this point, it’s hard to see how coach Eric Mangini could insert either given the way Colt McCoy has played the past three games.

The Jets are pretty healthy. CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot) G Matt Slauson (knee) and T Damien Woody (knee) are on the injury list, but all are listed as probable.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:40 am

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chiefs at Broncos

Right now, it’s unclear what will happen with Denver LB D.J. Williams, who was charged early Friday morning with a DUI – his second alcohol-related charge since 2005. He didn’t practice Friday, and coach Josh McDaniels expressed disappointment with Williams – who’s been one of the best defenders on the squad this season.

He could play this Sunday, but he’s looking at discipline from the NFL at some point and probably from the Broncos as well. That said, he very well could be out there this weekend. You’ll remember that when Braylon Edwards was charged with DWI in September, he played the very next week.

Kansas City rookie WR Dexter McCluster – who’s missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain – is listed as questionable and will be a gametime decision. He was limited at practice all week, and if he could play Sunday, he’d be a big boon to the Chiefs. Aside from McCluster, OG Brian Waters, S Kendrick Lewis and S Jon McGraw are questionable.

Cowboys at Giants

The big blow for the Giants will be that WR Steve Smith won’t play because of a partially torn pectoral muscle he suffered in Thursday’s practice (luckily for him and his team, it doesn’t appear to be a season-ending injury). His team will miss his production, and Hakeem Nicks will miss Smith’s ability to take some of the opposing secondary’s attention off him. Mario Manningham should get more playing time in place of Smith.

We also could see the return of T Will Beatty, who’s been out since mid-September with a broken foot. This week, he started doing agility and footwork drills for the first time since his surgery, and he’s listed as questionable on the injury report. RB Brandon Jacobs, who missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, is probable.

For Dallas, CB Terence Newman hasn’t been himself since he hurt his ribs three weeks ago, and he’s been burned for big gains and big touchdowns because he’s having a tough time accelerating. Considering the Cowboys are thin in the secondary, Newman likely will continue to play. He had full participation in practice all week and is probable.

Seahawks at Cardinals

Arizona RB Beanie Wells just cannot seem to get healthy. Once again, he’s listed as questionable this week after missing practices Wednesday and Thursday (he was limited Friday) with continued swelling in his knee. It’s not just the fact he’s hurt. He’s also missing valuable practice time, and that combination does not bode well for him. He played last week, but carried just once for minus-two yards. Until he’s healthy, Tim Hightower will get the bulk of the carries.

DL Darnell Dockett, one of the Cardinals most important defenders, suffered a shoulder stinger in last week’s loss to Minnesota, and he’s questionable. He practiced all week (albeit in a limited fashion), but he seems likely to play. LB Paris Lenon, who aggravated an ankle injury last week, also is questionable to play. But he progressed well this week, and he very well could play as well.

Seattle, once again, could miss first-round pick LT Russell Okung, who’s been battling injuries all season. Now, he’s dealing with an ankle injury, and the Seahawks listed him as questionable to play. Without him, the Seahawks likely will start G Chester Pitts in his place.

Rams at 49ers

Obviously, the big absence for San Francisco is starting QB Alex Smith, who is out with a left shoulder injury. Troy Smith will get the start in his place. Considering he helped lead San Francisco to a big win against the Broncos two weeks ago in London, Troy Smith deserves another shot this week against San Francisco. Plus, as LB Takeo Spikes told me recently in Five Questions (or More), Smith’s presence in the pocket was a comfort to the team.

Of the 11 Rams who are on this week’s injury report, two (WR Danario Alexander and S James Butler) are out, one (TE Fendi Onobun) is doubtful and everybody else is probable.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 8:55 pm

Week 6 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts at Redskins

Although Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle), RB Donald Brown (hamstring) and CB Jacob Lacey (foot) are listed as questionable, they did not travel with the team to Washington today. So, unless they find an extra transporter lying around Sunday morning, that trio won’t play.

A plethora of other Indianapolis skill position players also are listed as questionable – WR Austin Collie, RB Joseph Addai, WR Pierre Garcon and RB Mike Hart. Yet all practiced fully Friday, so the guess here is that all four will play. One loss that could be felt, though, is MLB Gary Brackett, who’s questionable with a groin injury. Brackett didn’t practice at all this week, so assuming he doesn’t play, rookie second-round pick Pat Angerer likely would get the start.

We already told you about DT Albert Haynesworth (he’s likely to be deactivated), but what about QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring), S LaRon Landry (wrist) and LT Trent Williams (toe) – all listed as questionable? All should be ready to play.

Titans at Jaguars

Tennessee C Eugene Amano, injured late last week vs. the Cowboys, couldn’t finish practice Saturday, and though he’s questionable for Monday’s game, he said he’s ready to fight through his ankle injury and play. S Jason McCourty is supposedly close to returning from his arm injury, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. But he remains questionable, and even if he does play, he might have to sit behind Alterraun Verner for a while.

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is probable after spraining his wrist last week and despite the fact his hand and wrist were still swollen Thursday, causing him to miss practice. He almost certainly will play.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 2:33 pm

Week 6 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chiefs at Texans

Houston has a huge injury report (a cool 18 players are on it today), though exactly half of them are listed as questionable. After missing last week’s game, WR Jacoby Jones (calf) practiced Friday on a limited basis, and it’s expected that he’ll play. DE Mario Williams missed Wednesday and Thursday as well, and he’s also listed as questionable with a shoulder.

Kansas City WR Chris Chambers (finger) was added to the list Friday, and he’s questionable to play. S Kendrick Lewis (hamstring), OT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) and DE Tyson Jackson (knee) also are questionable, though all had full participation in Friday’s practice.

Lions at Giants

Two big question marks in this game. The first is whether Detroit WR Calvin Johnson will play. You’ll recall that Johnson hurt himself late in the Lions blowout last week of the Rams, and coach Jim Schwartz has taken some criticism this week about why Johnson was even in the game at the time.

Johnson practiced Friday and he appears to be getting close to health. He’s a gametime decision, but it seems likely that he’ll play.

The second big question mark is whether starting QB Matthew Stafford will return from his right shoulder injury and play for the first time since Week 1. He’s listed as questionable, but it sounds like Schwartz will continue to use backup Shaun Hill for at least another week.

For the Giants, C Shaun O’Hara (ankle), LB Keith Bulluck (toe) and K Lawrence Tynes (ankle) are questionable. But the Giants signed free agent K Shayne Graham today, so it doesn’t sound like Tynes will play, especially after a fruitless Saturday morning at practice.

Falcons at Eagles

Two of Atlanta’s more important defensive players are questionable for Sunday. DE John Abraham, who has been having a standout year thus far, is 50-50 to play with a back injury. He was limited in practice all week. Meanwhile, rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon didn’t practice all week with a sprained right knee.

LT Jason Peters will be out this week after his left knee sprain. Which is unfortunate for Philadelphia, because, as the 49ers showed last week, Peters’ backup, King Dunlap, is easily overwhelmed. Dunlap looked absolutely terrible, and the Eagles have to hope they can get something out of Peters.

Eagles WR Riley Cooper missed last week’s game after suffering a concussion, but he was cleared to practice last Wednesday. He was limited Wednesday, sat out Thursday and was a full participant Friday. He’s questionable, as is QB Michael Vick. But Kevin Kolb will start at QB, so unless he’s injured, don’t expect to see Vick. 

Seahawks at Bears

The biggest loss for the Bears would be LB Lance Briggs – who’s questionable because of an ankle injury. He didn’t practice all week, and coach Lovie Smith, during his Friday news conference, didn’t sound optimistic that Briggs could play.

LG Roberto Garza is out because of a knee injury, and because of that, Chicago will shift T Chris Williams to his spot. S Major Wright is also out with a hamstring injury.

Seattle G Chester Pitts is listed as questionable, but he won’t play. He’s still recovering from microfracture surgery. Obviously, the Seahawks still think Pitts will help them; otherwise they wouldn’t have kept him on their 53-man roster for this long.

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

Week 6 injury news and analysis, part I

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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