Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Lions at Packers
Good news for Lions fans. RB Jahvid Best (turf toe) practiced Friday and is expected to start.
Detroit WR Nate Burleson, meanwhile, planned to make the flight to Green Bay, but he’s listed as doubtful. That means the Packers can focus even more of their attention on Calvin Johnson. MLB DeAndre Levy finally made his season debut last week, but then he injured his ankle. He’s questionable.
QB Matthew Stafford is out, but it’s looking like he could return for Week 5.
Most of the Packers questionable and doubtful players are backups, so that shouldn’t affect Green Bay all that much. And while DE Cullen Jenkins, who has been making noise about a new contract this week, is probable, there’s a slight chance he won’t play with a broken hand. If that happens, the Packers might have a problem on the right side of their defensive line (Backup Mike Neal is also questionable).
49ers at Falcons
Three important keys for Atlanta are questionable. Rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon had to leave last Sunday’s game because he was cramping. But he’s also been nursing an ankle injury, and he didn’t practice at all this week. Meanwhile, S Erik Coleman, who’s missed the past two weeks with a strained MCL, has improved and could play.
WR Michael Jenkins has begun taking more reps in practice, and if he can play, that likely will help the team’s running game because of Jenkins’ blocking abilities. Considering he’s been out since early training camp, the team likely won’t rush him back.
San Francisco WR Ted Ginn Jr. hasn’t played since spraining his MCL in Week 2, and it doesn’t look like he’ll participate this week either, considering he’s listed as doubtful. Assuming he doesn’t play, Dominique Zeigler will see even more reps. The good news about that – according to reports, QB Alex Smith trusts Zeigler more than he does Michael Crabtree.
Panthers at Saints
One of the key cogs of the Saints defense, Roman Harper, is questionable with a hamstring injury. But after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday, Harper was limited Friday. Pierre Thomas is also questionable, and perhaps in a clue of what his availability is for Sunday, the team added DeShawn Wynn to the active roster today. Without Reggie Bush, though, the Saints would seem to be in desperate need of Thomas – especially since the team is ranked last in the league in rushing.
And of course, notice who isn’t on the injury report. QB Drew Brees, who apparently is battling knee problems, will play Sunday and was not included on the report.
Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen has to be somewhat relieved that two of his starting offensive guards, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Travelle Wharton, are probable. RT Jeff Otah, though, still is out with a knee injury.
Seahawks at Rams
The second-most important player on the Rams squad, RB Steven Jackson, is questionable because of a groin injury. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and was very limited Friday. One of the Rams most important players on defense, S O.J. Atogwe, also is questionable after missing the second half of last week’s game with a thigh injury. He’ll be a gametime decision.
If both of those guys can’t play – and that is a real possibility – the Rams, it goes without saying, could be in big, big trouble.
The big news for Seattle is that rookie LT Russell Okung – who hasn’t played since the preseason because of a high ankle sprain – is probable to play. Assuming Okung plays (coach Pete Carroll downplayed that possibility a bit this week, but come on, he’s got to play, right?), QB Matt Hasselbeck should feel a little more comfortable. After all, Tyler Polumbus had been manning the LT spot in Okung’s absence.
After missing all of the second half last Sunday, because of a shoulder injury, WR Mike Williams is probable. CB Marcus Trufant, whose absence was sorely missed in the second half of last week’s game when San Diego QB Philip Rivers ripped apart the secondary when Trufant had to leave with an ankle injury, is questionable.
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