Watching a game from the
The Steelers have been pushing through injuries for the last few weeks, and this will be no different. Besides winning against a weak team, the Steelers want to make it through the game as unscathed as possible in order to take advantage of the long week that follows a Thursday game.
Beware injury semantics. When a team says something like "no structural damage," they often mean that the knee is stable, not that there's no discernible problem. In the case of Jacobs, it appears that the Giants are playing it straight up. Jacobs has a sore knee, likely a bruise inside the knee, but no damaged ligaments and no torn meniscus. The early word this week was that he was fine, but by Thursday, Jacobs was saying he could play "if needed." That points to the Giants going with
Portis played. Not just played, which was a bit unexpected, but started and played well. Portis wasn't a sandbag job by the Skins, he simply was a game time decision based on the flexibility of his knee and his rapid progression. While the knee problem sounds serious, and most have focused on the MCL sprain, the bruising was the real problem, though one that heals much quicker than ligaments. If you think of it as a fluid buildup inside the knee, you're not far off. Once that settled down and his knee got the normal range of motion back, or at least more normal, he was quickly back to a productive physical place. He didn't have the same burst, but the thing about being hurt all the time like Portis is that a player can learn to play through it. Portis can and did. As always, the question is how long he can do it, or whether the next injury be the one that he can't play through.
The Rams sent Jackson back to the doctors to figure out why his leg isn't making any progress. The good news is that there's no further damage, but the bad news is that it's still in a tough area and that it hasn't healed up enough to let him play. The Rams have already ruled him out for Week 12's games, and there is discussion in the front office of shutting down Jackson and making sure that he heals up for next season, which they hope might go a bit better for the Rams. Injuries to
The Bucs just can't keep their RBs healthy for some reason, with
The Dolphins have been amazingly healthy this season by any measure. It has led to a lot of long looks and suspicion with their empty injury reports, and
The Cowboys got what they needed from Romo last week. He came through the game as healthy as he entered it, and more important, was effective enough to paper over some of the other simmering issues around Valley Ranch. Romo's hand showed no problems, and the changes the line made to give him a "deeper" pocket to prevent his hand from accidentally hitting a helmet worked well. Romo should continue to play at this level, but expecting big leaps in performance due to the hand healing up isn't likely. This isn't exactly binary, but Romo's performance is going to have to rely on his decision-making and his receivers, not any change in his physical status.