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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