It’s late Friday afternoon and that can mean only one thing.
The weekly look at the injury reports submitted by all of the teams playing on Sunday. If I said it was something like waking up on Christmas morning to see what was under the tree, I’d be lying. It’s important business for this week’s games, though, and now you’ve got it all in one handy place for your perusal.
Just one more thing to say thanks for next Thursday when you aren’t shoveling stuffing in your mouth between plays.
Cardinals at Falcons
Defensive end Calais Campbell’s a 50/50 shot for the Cardinals, who are making non-injury related changes to the lineup as well. Cornerbacks Jamell Fleming and Greg Toler are also questionable. The Falcons won’t know until Sunday whether they’ll have wide receiver Julio Jones or linebacker Sean Weatherspoon in the lineup. Both are questionable, as are running back Michael Turner and defensive end John Abraham.
Buccaneers at Panthers
The Bucs have a slim injury report with guard Jamon Meredith as the only player listed as anything more than probable. He’s questionable for the NFC South tilt. Defensive end Antwan Applewhite is out for the Panthers, who also have eight players listed as probable. Wide receiver Steve Smith and left tackle Jordan Gross are both on that list.
Browns at Cowboys
Browns cornerback Joe Haden will be a game-time decision after injuring his oblique muscle in practice on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, who has missed three of the last four games, is also questionable. If both are out, it won’t look good for the Browns defense. Running back DeMarco Murray is doubtful, so the Cowboys will likely be without him again this week. Defensive end Sean Lissemore, safety Matt Johnson and center Phil Costa are all out and cornerback Mike Jenkins is doubtful.
Jets at Rams
Wide receiver Jeremy Kelley didn’t practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for the game in St. Louis. Running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, defensive tackle Sione Po’uha and linebacker Bart Scott are also questionable. Coach Rex Ryan said he expects all of them to play. The Rams are looking pretty healthy, with wide receiver Austin Pettis standing as the biggest name among four questionable players.
Eagles at Redskins
You’ve likely heard that quarterback Michael Vick is out for this one. Wide receiver Jason Avant has also been ruled out, which means the Eagles’ emergency quarterback for Sunday is reportedly DeSean Jackson. Wide receiver Pierre Garçon and safety Brandon Meriweather are both likely to play for the otherwise healthy Redskins.
Packers at Lions
The Packers have known for some time that they are going to be without linebacker Clay Matthews, cornerback Charles Woodson and wide receiver Greg Jennings. Cornerback Sam Shields and linebacker Terrell Manning are both questionable for Green Bay. The Lions have ruled out defensive tackle Corey Williams and safety Amari Spievey. Louis Delmas is also doubtful, which would leave the Lions short in the secondary against a team that you’d rather not face when you’re short in the secondary. Cornerback Chris Houston and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are both questionable after practicing on Thursday and Friday.
Jaguars at Texans
The Jaguars started off the week by ruling out running back Maurice Jones-Drew and ended it by doing the same with cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive back Dwight Lowery and linebacker Greg Jones. Tight end Owen Daniels will be a game-time decision again this week after not being able to play in the win over the Bears. Running back Ben Tate’s been ruled out, while linebacker Tim Dobbins and defensive tackle Shaun Cody are both questionable.
Bengals at Chiefs
It doesn’t look like Bengals will have wide receiver Marvin Jones or safety Reggie Nelson as both are doubtful, but there’s still a chance for center Jeff Faine and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. Guard Jon Asamoah and wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin are both out for this week’s game. Center Ryan Lilja and quarterback Brady Quinn are both questionable, although it looks like Matt Cassel will start again this week.
Saints at Raiders
The Saints have a chance at getting running back Darren Sproles back in the lineup, but they won’t have tackle Zach Strief again this week. The Raiders will be without defensive tackle Richard Seymour and running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson again this week. They’ll make a determination about safety Tyvon Branch and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey before the start of the game.
Chargers at Broncos
Chargers tackle Jared Gaither hasn’t been ruled out, he’s doubtful to play, but defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin won’t play. Running back Ryan Mathews returned to practice Friday after missing two days with a neck injury and is listed as questionable. Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil is also questionable while cornerback Tracy Porter is out and guard Chris Kuper probably will be.
Colts at Patriots
The Colts ruled out cornerback Vontae Davis and tight end Coby Fleener were ruled out earlier in the week and the rest of the players on their injury report are probable. The Patriots’ injury report is, as always, filled with questionable players everywhere you look. Tight end Aaron Hernandez is one of them, although reports are that he will not play, and guard Logan Mankins breaks the mold by earning a doubtful designation.
Ravens at Steelers
Cornerback Jimmy Smith’s been knocked out by sports hernia surgery and the Ravens could also be without a pair of defensive linemen. Defensive end Pernell McPhee is doubtful and defensive tackle Terrance Cody is questionable. The Steelers will be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown, tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Troy Polamalu. Safety Ryan Clark is probable after suffering a concussion on Monday night, as is running back Rashard Mendenhall.