Mike Florio, Gregg Rosenthal, and Michael David Smith are all off for the next few hours, so I’ll be rattling off as many posts as possible in the meantime. We’ll start with an in-depth look at the Week Seven injury report, in its finality.
1. Cardinals wide receivers Steve Breaston (knee) and Early Doucet (sports hernia) are on the way back from in-season surgeries, but are listed as questionable to play against the Seahawks. Breaston is considered the surer bet to play
. If one of them is inactive, fourth receiver Stephen Williams (back) is probable and would be available for an expanded role.
2. For the same game, Seahawks cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable. Promising rookie Walter Thurmond III is expected to make his first career start
against Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald-led receiver corps.
3. For what appears to be a severe mismatch in Baltimore, the Bills will be without top cornerback Terrence McGee (knee). Buffalo ranks 32nd against the run and the Ravens are second in the league in rushing attempts, so a run-heavy game plan from Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is likely regardless of McGee’s status. McGee’s absence will make life easier
for Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin, though.
4. The Ravens have ruled out wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth (foot), but he did put in some practice time
this week, indicating a return after Baltimore’s Week Eight bye is possible. Ravens tight end Todd Heap (neck) is listed as questionable, but promises to play
against the Bills. The Ravens will be without safety Tom Zbikowski (foot), so Ed Reed will probably start in his 2010 debut.
5. Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene (hamstring), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), and defensive tackle Pat Sims (knee) are all listed as questionable for Week Seven. Third-down back Brian Leonard (thigh) has been ruled out. Joseph’s absence would have the biggest impact on Sunday’s game against the Falcons, though the Bengals could consider shadowing red-hot Atlanta wideout Roddy White with Leon Hall.
6. Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson (concussion) is questionable, but is not expected to play against the Bengals. Robinson has not been medically cleared
and didn’t take a single practice rep this week.
7. The Jaguars have formally ruled out quarterback David Garrard (concussion). Backup Trent Edwards (thumb) is listed as questionable, so Jags coach Jack Del Rio will make a game-time decision
at the position based on how Edwards feels in pre-game. Todd Bouman, who hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2005, remains likely to get the nod. (Fantasy footballers should strongly consider starting Kansas City’s defense this week.)
8. In Kansas City, wide receiver Chris Chambers has been removed from the injury report after putting in a full week of practice. Chambers, who’s been all but invisible early this season, missed Week Six with a finger injury.
9. The Patriots have ruled out running back Fred Taylor (turf toe) again, so BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead will continue to share time in the backfield. Taylor has no set timetable to return.
10. Rosenthal broke down the Chargers’ Week Seven injury report in a prior post
, but failed to mention that running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) is listed as probable. It’s not a surprise listing, but Mathews could be in store for a heavy workload against the Pats with wide receivers Legedu Naanee (hamstring) and Malcom Floyd (hamstring) both doubtful. Tight end Antonio Gates (toe, questionable) didn’t take a single practice rep this week. Behind quarterback Philip Rivers, Mathews is San Diego’s healthiest skill player.
11. Rosenthal also mentioned the Raiders’ injury report
, which includes two quarterbacks and two running backs. Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder) and Jason Campbell (knee) are questionable. Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Michael Bennett (hamstring) are questionable as well. The lowly Raiders are tied for last in the AFC West, and are expected to start either an injured Campbell or journeyman Kyle Boller in Sunday’s bout with division rival Denver.
12. Questionable on the Broncos’ side are cornerback Champ Bailey (ribs), slot receiver Eddie Royal (groin), and starting defensive end Kevin Vickerson (groin). They all participated in Friday’s practice, however, and should be available for the game.
13. 49ers tight end Vernon Davis underwent an MRI on his knee earlier in the week, but the exam was apparently a mere precaution. He’s listed as probable after participating in full practices Thursday and Friday.
14. Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith’s faster-than-expected return from a high ankle sprain is complete. He practiced without restrictions for a third straight day Friday and is listed as probable for Week Seven. Matt Moore is back under center for Carolina. Smith is averaging five catches for 89 yards per game with five touchdowns during the last five games in which Moore has played all four quarters.
15. The Rams are suddenly one of the healthier teams in the league, though Week Six starting wide receiver Mardy Gilyard (hamstring) is listed as doubtful. If Gilyard can’t play — and it certainly doesn’t look like he will — impressive rookie Danario Alexander will see increased snaps against the Buccaneers.
16. The Bucs have ruled out defensive tackle Brian Price (pelvis) and center Jeff Faine (torn quad). Questionable are running back Earnest Graham (hamstring), guard Davin Joseph (knee), linebacker Barrett Ruud (toe), and guard Keydrick Vincent (back). Probable is tight end Kellen Winslow (knee).
17. The Redskins are back at it with their extensive usage of the “questionable” tag. Listed as so are tight end Chris Cooley (concussion), linebacker Rocky McIntosh (concussion), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (back), safety LaRon Landry (Achilles), cornerback Carlos Rogers (shoulder), fullback Mike Sellers (heel), and offensive tackle Trent Williams (knee, toe). All of the above are expected to play at Soldier Field Sunday.
18. The Bears, meanwhile, have listed cornerback Zackary Bowman (foot) and guard Roberto Garza (foot) as doubtful. The best news for Chicago is that linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle) practiced on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday, and is expected to face the Redskins despite being listed as questionable.
19. For Sunday Night Football on NBC, Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (hamstri
ng) is probable, along with
quarterback Brett Favre (ankle, elbow). Both will start at Green Bay. The Vikings will be down starting strong safety Husain Abdullah (concussion), however, moving Tyrell Johnson into the lineup.
20. The Packers have listed linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), linebacker Brandon Chillar (shoulder), defensive end Ryan Pickett (ankle), and offensive tackle Mark Tauscher (shoulder) as questionable. Wide receiver Donald Driver (quadricep) is the most notable wearer of a “probable” tag after practicing on a limited basis Friday.
21. The Giants are gearing up for Monday Night Football, and didn’t have key starters Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) and Justin Tuck (ankle) for Friday’s practice. Teams that play Monday night release their final injury reports on Saturday. Look for Nicks and Tuck to be listed as probable if they’re able to practice tomorrow. Kicker Lawrence Tynes (ankle) practiced fully Friday and is back after missing Week Six.
22. Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (ankle) returned to practice Friday, albeit on a limited basis. Center Andre Gurode (knee) and linebacker Bradie James (knee) were full participants.