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18 things to know about the Week 5 injury report

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1. All questionables are not created equal. The Cardinals list tight end Todd Heap (hamstring) and running back Beanie Wells (hamstring) the same, but Wells should play. Heap missed practice all week and should be out.

2. Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield has quietly been playing at a Pro Bowl level. He’s listed as doubtful with a neck injury, which is great news for Larry Fitzgerald.

3. Jaguars defensive lineman Aaron Kampman (knee) could make his 2011 debut. He practiced early in the week, but sat out Friday. He’s officially questionable.

4. It looks like Chiefs first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin (thumb) will make his NFL debut. The wide receiver is expected to be limited mostly to special teams.

5. The Colts list T Anthony Castonzo (ankle), G Ryan Diem (ankle), and DT Drake Nevis (back) as questionable, but none of them are expected to play. Indy’s offensive line is a mess.

6. The Panthers should have their entire active roster available. Cornerback Chris Gamble (head) and tackle Jeff Otah (back) will return. Jeremy Shockey is probable despite suffering a concussion last week.

7. The Patriots will likely be without the following doubtful players: WR Julian Edelman (ankle), LB Jerod Mayo (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (back), and RB Danny Woodhead (ankle).  Stevan Ridley will continue to pick up snaps at running back.

8. New England may get back a host of players: CB Leigh Bodden (groin), CB Ras-I Dowling (hip), DT Albert Haynesworth (back), TE Aaron Hernandez (knee), and DE Mike Wright (concussion) were all limited in practice this week.

Hernandez is probably the iffiest of that group to play.

9.  The Raiders should get safety Michael Huff (ankle) back in the mix.  He’s questionable.  Wideout Louis Murphy (groin) is also questionable, but is expected to sit out another week.

10.  Houston has a number of key players questionable. CB Kareem Jackson (knee), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow, hamstring), RB Ben Tate (groin), and RB Derrick Ward (ankle, shoulder) all practiced in a limited fashion Friday.  Look for the Texans to activate Tate or Ward, but probably not both.

11. Eagles Pro Bowlers Trent Cole (calf) and Jason Peters (hamstring) are out as expected. Defensive lineman Juqua Parker (ankle) may return. He’s questionable.

12. We knew this early in the week, but it’s worth noting the Bills are without starting left tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder). The talent behind Bell is shaky.

13. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (foot) didn’t practice all week and is doubtful.  Vincent Jackson returned for a full practice on Friday and will start. He’s probable.

14. The Broncos will finally get Champ Bailey back. He’s probable despite his nagging hamstring injury.

15. Seattle will be without guard Robert Gallery (groin) and wideout Mike Williams (concussion). Safety Kam Chancellor (quad) may return.

16. The 49ers are still without Braylon Edwards (knee).  With cornerback Shawntae Spencer (toe) questionable, the team may turn to rookie Chris Culliver at nickel back.

17. Clay Matthews (quad) and Charles Woodson (foot, knee) both sat out practice early in the week, but they will start. The Packers will be without tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and linebacker Frank Zombo (shoulder) once again.

18. Atlanta’s pass rush better hope that John Abraham (hip) and Jonathan Babineaux (knee) both play. They are listed as questionable after being limited in practice.

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14 Responses to “18 things to know about the Week 5 injury report”
  1. raider23mike says: Oct 7, 2011 7:15 PM

    Why are all teams(picture?) wearing Black Jerseys?

  2. tigeralum2010 says: Oct 7, 2011 7:28 PM

    “Why are all teams(picture?) wearing Black Jerseys?”

    who cares

  3. iambadkid says: Oct 7, 2011 7:38 PM

    why? jonny get out of there, why?

  4. scudbot says: Oct 7, 2011 7:51 PM

    Michael Vick didn’t sprain his tongue this week.

  5. tampajoey says: Oct 7, 2011 8:36 PM

    19. Brandon Jacobs?

  6. grogansneck says: Oct 7, 2011 8:36 PM

    Hank Jr. removed the foot from his mouth but is out.

  7. drew05 says: Oct 7, 2011 8:42 PM

    4 posts in and a Vick basher…

    In a blog that has nothing to do with Vick!

    All Iggles…All the time!

    Go Eagles.

  8. asublimeday says: Oct 7, 2011 8:46 PM

    What’s up with Chris Harris of the bears??

  9. souldogdave says: Oct 7, 2011 9:58 PM

    Looks like the Raiders were smart to dump Gallery.

  10. nuclearwarfare says: Oct 7, 2011 10:29 PM

    raider23mike says:
    Oct 7, 2011 7:15 PM
    Why are all teams(picture?) wearing Black Jerseys?

    -As a fellow Raiders fan, I have to say that there is no rule/law against teams wearing black jerseys. Not every one is trying to copy the Raiders.

  11. sikoix says: Oct 7, 2011 10:54 PM

    I might be slightly biased, but Winfield has looked as good and productive as any other corner this season. That’s a huge injury for the Vikings D — the whole defends seems to tackle better when he’s present.

    That said I hope he’s OK in general with the vague neck injury.

  12. cusoman says: Oct 8, 2011 12:07 AM

    I doubt Winfield would be covering Fitz anyway, Antoine is 5ft 9 and Larry is 6ft 3 with a killer vertical – bad matchup.

  13. damayan5 says: Oct 8, 2011 6:32 AM

    Why not go full 32 instead of a random 18?
    I’m sure your missing some teams here not covered on other articles.

  14. kappy32 says: Oct 8, 2011 7:22 AM


    Back when the Raiders took Gallery, there was a lot of talk in NY that the Giants should pass on the QBs (Manning, Rivers, Roethlisburger) and draft Gallery. Many of these media “experts” thought Kerry Collins had plenty left & bringing in Kurt Warner as his replacement would suffice. Boy, am I glad Ernie Acorsi didn’t have any of these idiots making decisions for him. Gallery has been a bust given his draft position.

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