I usually avoid this duty on Friday nights, because Florio Jr. has been banging hats under the Friday Night Lights. But the last game of the season has been moved to Saturday night, because the opposing team is still digging out from multiple feet of snow dumped on their county by Superstorm Sandy. (Good luck saying that with a lisp.)
So I’ve drawn the supershort straw for the weekly summary of the final injury report for Sunday’s games. Here goes.
Broncos at Bengals
Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter remains out. It’s listed as an illness, but he reportedly has experienced in recent weeks symptoms similar to a preseason seizure he suffered. Quarterback Peyton Manning is probable after breaking a nail on the helmet of a Saint. For the Bengals, receiver Andrew Hawkins (knee) and running back Brian Leonard (ribs) are probable.
Ravens at Browns
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh, fined by the league for not disclosing Ed Reed’s shoulder injury, crammed 16 guys into the “probable” designation. The most significant development is that defensive lineman Haloti Ngata is questionable — not because of a knee he injured against the Cowboys last month but due to a lingering shoulder problem. The 15 probable Browns include quarterback Brandon Weeden (groin, thigh), running back Trent Richardson (chest, rib), and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), who has missed the last five games.
Cardinals at Packers
Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb (ribs) and guard Adam Snyder (quadricep) remain out. Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring) is questionable, and a game-time decision. For six of his teammates, the decision has been made; receiver Greg Jennings (hernia surgery), running back John Kuhn (hamstring), linebacker Nick Perry (knee, wrist), cornerback Sam Shields (ankle), cornerback Charles Woodson (collarbone), and defensive end Jerel Worthy (concussion) are out.
Bills at Texans
Also slapped on the wrist by the league for fudging the injury report, the Bills have 14 players listed as probable. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (ankle) and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle) are questionable. The Texans have 15 guys listed as probable, but they haven’t been whacked by the league. Yet.
Dolphins at Colts
Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill is questionable with a knee injury, but he took most of the reps in practice this week. Also questionable is receiver Brian Hartline (groin). Cornerback Richard Marshall is out, with a back injury. His former teammate, Dolphins-turned-Colts cornerback Vontae Davis is out, too, with a knee injury. Colts linebacker Robert Mathis is due to return after missing three games with a knee injury.
Lions at Jaguars
The Madden-cursed man known Megatron didn’t practice all week due to a knee injury; he’s questionable for Sunday but expected to play. Cornerback Dwight Bentley (shoulder), safety Louis Delmas (knee), and safety Amari Spievey (concussion) are all out. Jags receiver Laurent Robinson is probable after missing three games with his third concussion of the year.
Bears at Titans
Receiver Alshon Jeffery remains out for the surprisingly healthy Bears (unless they’re hiding injuries). Titans quarterback Jake Locker (left shoulder) is doubtful.
Panthers at Redskins
Carolina receiver Brandon LaFell is doubtful with a head injury. Washington receiver Pierre Garςon continues to be absent with a foot injury, along with safety Brandon Meriweather (knee).
Buccaneers at Raiders
The Bucs have only a handful of players listed as probable, and no one more banged up than that. That Raiders will be missing tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot), and most likely linebacker Keenan Clayton (shoulder).
Vikings at Seahawks
Several key Vikings are probable, including Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, and Christian Ponder. Seahawks receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) and defensive end Jason Jones (ankle) are out; receiver Doug Baldwin (ankle) is ready to return after missing last week’s loss to the Lions.
Steelers at Giants
Running backs Isaac Redman (ankle) and Baron Batch (shin) are up, and Jonathawn Dwyer (quad) and Rashard Mendehall (Achilles) are down. Tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) remain out for the Steelers. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and safety Kenny Phillips (knee) are questionable for the Giants, who will also be down three linebackers — Chase Blackburn (hamstring), Jacquian Williams (knee), and Keith Rivers (calf).
Cowboys at Falcons
The Cowboys are banged up, with running back DeMarco Murray (foot), linebacker Dan Connor (neck), center Phil Costa (ankle), safety Matt Johnson (hamstring), and defensive back Sean Lissemore (ankle) all out. Receivers Dez Bryant (hip) and Kevin Ogletree (hamstring) are questionable. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) is out for the largely healthy Falcons.