The NFL teams, if anything, are secretive. Especially in terms of keeping their list of walking wounded a secret. Nevertheless readers, NFL Gridiron Gab has for your perusal the most up-to-date injury report for the teams as of Saturday morning. If you’re a fantasy football owner like I am, then this may come in handy for the round of games taking place on Sunday and Monday.
Arizona – QB John Skelton is out and Kevin Kolb is taking his place as the Cardinals
lose to take on the New England Patriots. For whatever reason, head coach Ken Whisenhunt is hoping Skelton will find a way to start Sunday. meanwhile, Patrick Peterson and Adrian Wilson are expected to play, despite being listed as questionable.
Philadelphia – If you have wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and/or DeSean Jackson on your fantasy team, there is good and sort of bad news for you as the Eagles host the Baltimore Ravens. The good news is that both are expected to play Sunday. The “sort of” bad news is that Maclin is day-to-day.
Cincinnati – Running back Bernard Scott, hurt hand and all, appears to be good to go as the Bengals host the Cleveland Browns. Despite that bit of good news, BenJarvus Green-Ellis will get the bulk of the carries.
Dallas – Nose tackle Jay Ratliff remains out. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the reserve D-linemen have acquitted themselves well thus far.
Seattle – OT Russell Okung is still listed as questionable, yet put in a full practice on Friday. Sounds like a game-time decision to me. Meanwhile, WR Sidney Rice didn’t practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but is listed as probable. Like Okung, a likely game-time decision.
Jacksonville – It looks like four players will not be suiting up Sunday afternoon against the Houston Texans – RB Rashard Jennings, DE Austen Lane, LB Daryl Smith and likely CB Derek Cox, with his problematic hamstring, probably will not play.
Kansas City – They’re relatively healthy as CB Brandon Flowers returns from a foot injury and Tamba Hali is back from a league-issued suspension.
Indianapolis – The Colts will be missing a pair of players going into their game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings: WR Austin Collie (concussion) and DE Dwight Freeney (ankle).
New Orleans – It looks like CB Jabari Greer is back for the Saints. That’s news that the Carolina Panthers probably didn’t want to hear.
New York Jets – It’s bad enough that the Jets’ opponent is the Pittsburgh Steelers. What compounds the misery is that a trio of players will be out of action for Sunday’s
loss battle: Darrelle Revis, Bryan Thomas and Dustin Keller.
Pittsburgh – Speaking of the Steelers, look for Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu to be game-time decisions. Mendenhall has practiced all week, yet is listed as doubtful. Harrison and Polamalu, on the other hand, are truly a last-minute decision.
Oakland – Remember long snapper Jon Condo? Yeah, the competent one. Anyways, he is listed as questionable. The Raiders, as a protective measure, signed someone who can hopefully get the ball to Shane Lechler without incident. WR Denarius Moore is listed as probable, which has to be good news for Carson Palmer. On the other hand, LB Rolando McClain, even at this late juncture, is still listed as questionable with an ankle injury.
Miami – As if the Dolphins needed any more bad news, they got some anyways. RB Daniel Thomas and newly-signed WR Anthony Armstrong are both out for Sunday’s
loss game agaisnt the Oakland Raiders. Even when healthy, Miami is arguably the worst team in the AFC, if not the NFL.
Tampa Bay – The Buccaneers will get a pair of offensive players back for their game Sunday against the New York Giants: WR Arrelious Benn and RB LeGarrette Blount. Don’t expect Blount to contribute much this weekend, offensively.
Tennessee – Look for QB Jake Locker and WR Kenny Britt to suit up for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. The prognosis isn’t nearly as good for WR Nate Washington as his calf issue isn’t improving.
Washington – Only one casualty of note here. WR Pierre Garcon is a game-time decision. In this instance, Robert Griffin III better hope that Garcon is available as the Skins are playing the St. Louis Rams.
Detroit – The Lions will be truly hurting in the secondary as safety Louis Delmas and CB Chris Houston are listed as doubtful (In this case, doubtful is codespeak for “no chance of playing”). Dwight Bentley is out, as well. their secondary going into Sunday action is as thin as Waffle House oatmeal.
San Francisco – Neither RB Brandon Jacobs or WR Ted Ginn practiced Wednesday or Thursday, hence their questionable status going into Saturday morning. Will they be missed on Sunday? Well consider this: They’re playing the Detroit Lions, thin secondary and all. Their absence shouldn’t cripple the 49ers.