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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 26, 2010 7:55 pm
 

Shawn Andrews to be released from hospital

S. Andrews is scheduled to be released from a New York hospital Saturday morning (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like Giants OL Shawn Andrews won’t have to spend too much more time at the hospital for his back problems. As Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin writes, Andrews is expected to be released from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Saturday morning.

Andrews was hospitalized Thursday with a lingering back problem that prevented him from practicing on Thanksgiving (Will Beatty will take his place on New York’s offensive line).

Apparently, Andrews doesn’t love staying in the hospital. A sampling of passages from his Twitter account in which he laments the hospital food and his extraordinarily long wait for his loved ones to bring him some grub from the outside.

*Lady came in @ 4:55 a.m. To take my vitals.... SMH can't get no rest round here.. She said good morning all I could say was Baaaaaaaaaaa

*Just got a couple calls from some co-workers. I have to save those guys are really awesome. I can't stress that enough..

*I do have some good grub on the way & I hope the ER is open cause this Turkey is DOA!!!!! #ImExcited

*Meds got me dozing off which makes it better cause the longer I nap the quicker the Food gets here.

*Ok now is not the time for this Nauseoustivityness(my word) I'm still gonna eat. Might be over the toilet but I'm gonna eat... SMH

*These River Gulls Flying outside my window are so lucky my window can't open or I'da been done have my Feast. All I need is Pam & a Lighter

*That's a verrrry uncomfortable feeling having needles stuck 7 inches deep into your back! Not as bad as being cut open, but still rough.

*I wanna call & see where my family is w/ the grub, but I don't wanna be disappointed when they say 45 Min. Til we get thru the tunnel...

*They HERE THEY ARE HERE

Well, at least Andrews is keeping himself busy while he’s laid up in the hospital. And he’s keeping his sense of humor. And it's nice to see a happy ending to the story (Andrews finally getting his food after a torturous wait).

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 9:11 am
Edited on: November 26, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Shawn Andrews hospitalized with back injury

Posted by Will Brinson



Injuries have rattled the New York Giants near the midpoint of the season, and things might not be getting any better -- Shawn Andrews was reportedly hospitalized on Thursday with a lingering back injury that kept him from practicing on Thanksgiving.

That's according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Post, who cites a source who indicates Andrews was taken there, but unsure if he was immediately admitted.

Andrews played the entire game against the Eagles on Sunday, despite not practicing, and provided a much needed body on the line with starter David Diehl already injured.

Will Beatty is expected to get the starting nod if Andrews can't go, and while the Jaguars are a decent matchup for a banged up offensive line (they're tied for 16th in the NFL with 20 sacks on the season), the G-men need some of their bigger bodies to get healthy quickly if they hope to stay afloat in the NFC East race.

Update (2:19): Looks like Andrews is definitely in the hospital, because he's complaining on Twitter about someone waking him up at 4:55 AM to check his vitals and how he "can't get no rest round here."

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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: November 6, 2010 6:57 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bucs @ Falcons

The Bucs will once again be without starting offensive linemen Jeff Faine (quad) and Jeremy Trueblood (knee). Also missing is fullback Earnest Graham, which is noteworthy because his lead-blocking abilities fit perfectly in what has become a strict power run approach for this offense. Wideout Sammie Stroughter did not practice all week due to a foot injury. Thus, rookie Arrelious Benn has a chance to start carving out a true niche in this offense (Benn caught a 53-yard touchdown pass last week, but that’s basically been the extent of his contributions).

The Falcons likely will not have OLB Sean Weatherspoon; the first-round rookie has been out since Week 5 with a knee injury. Fullback Ovie Mughelli is questionable with a hamstring. That’s crucial because Atlanta’s best approach against this Tampa Bay D is to pound them between the tackles on the ground.

Saints @ Panthers

Does Drew Brees have a fractured knee and torn meniscus or not? The Saints are saying no – in fact, Brees is not even listed on the injury report. Running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are both still out (Bush is technically listed as doubtful this week). Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is out with an ankle, though the Panthers do not have the aerial firepower to take advantage anyway. Besides, both Saints starting corners, Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, who missed the Steeler game, are probable after practicing all week.

Carolina’s 28th-ranked rushing attack will once again be missing RT Jeff Otah (knee) and RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Giants @ Seahawks

No Shaun O’Hara for New York. Thus, Adam Koets, who has decent movement skills but lacks O’Hara’s nastiness and veteran shrewdness at the second level in the run game, will be the fulcrum of the offensive line. The Giants are coming off a bye, which explains why basically everyone else (save for OT Will Beatty and FB Madison Hedgecock) is healthy.

The Seahawks are starting Charlie Whitehurst in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck (concussion). Rookie receiver Golden Tate (ankle) is also out for Seattle. And, likely, so is rookie LT Russell Okung (ankle). Because Tyler Polumbus is questionable with a knee injury – and, frankly, because he does not begin to have quick enough feet to handle Osi Umenyiora – the Seahawks will likely turn to veteran Chester Pitts.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:17 pm
 

Giants ailing a bit in run game

Posted by Andy Benoit

There’s reason to believe the New York Giants could struggle to run the ball against the Houston Texans this Sunday. For starters, the Texans defense is allowing 70.2 yards per game on the ground, second fewest in the NFL. (Granted, that has a lot to do with the fact that opponents can’t wait to throw against Houston’s 32nd-ranked pass defense. But still, DeMeco Ryans and, as of this week, Brian Cushing, pose a formidable challenge to a run game.)

What’s more, the Giants are more banged up than a Bing Crosby stepchild. (That little joke isn’t completely distasteful because everyone knows Crosby is now dead, plus he comes from an era in which step-children were not yet invented.) Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is nursing an ankle injury. Tom Coughlin told reporters before Wednesday’s practice, "Bradshaw is sore. We’re going to see what he looks like -- he’s taped and he went to the jog-through here. He seems to feel a little bit better under that circumstance, but we’ll see.” Bradshaw wound up practicing and should be available all week.

But running with a sore ankle isn’t preferable, particularly when you’re running behind an offensive line in which center Shaun O’Hara is out (ankle), backup Adam Koets is dealing with an MCL issue and offensive tackle Will Beatty is hobbled by a bad foot. (By the way, when Beatty does get healthy, he may have to compete with Shawn Andrews for playing time. The ex-Eagles guard got reps at left tackle on Wednesday. It looks like the Giants are trying to make Andrews their utility backup.)

It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that everyone but O’Hara will take the field for the Giants Sunday. But that doesn’t mean it won’t have been a somewhat trying week at practice. 

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