Last-minute injury report: Week 8

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UPDATE: Good news for the Ravens: Tackle Jared Gaither is active and will start today. Upgrade quarterback Joe Flacco.


Broncos safety Brian Dawkins, who pulled his left hamstring two weeks ago in a win over the Chargers, will return to the lineup this week. Also probable for the Broncos are defensive lineman Ronald Fields and linebacker/fullback Spencer Larsen.

Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaitheris listed as questionable; Gaither answered "no comment" to any question asked about the injury. Tavares Gooden is listed as probable after suffering a concussion in practice Wednesday. Quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Ed Reed are also probable and will play.

UPDATE: As expected, Trent Edwards is inactive today; Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for the Bills. He's not a strong fantasy play unless you're in a huge league, or one with two quarterbacks.

UPDATE:Andre Johnsonis good to go today despite suffering a bruised lung in the Texans' win over the 49ers last week. He'll be active and will start.


Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who didn't practice Wednesday and was limited on Thursday with bruised lung suffered Sunday, fully participated in practice Friday and will play. Defensive end Mario Williams is also probable. Safety Eugene Wilson is listed as questionable for the Texans.

Bills quarterback Trent Edwardswill miss another game this week. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in his place. The Bills have a large group of players out this week, including tight end Shawn Nelson (illness), tackle Jonathan Scott (ankle), safety Donte Whitner (ankle) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (sprained knee). Spencer Johnson will play in place of Williams. Safety Bryan Scott is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

UPDATE: Browns tight end Steve Heiden is active today, with fellow tight end Robert Royal inactive.

UPDATE: Browns running back Jerome Harrison is inactive today; he won't be stealing any carries from Jamal Lewis this week.

UPDATE: Kicker Phil Dawson is finally back for the Cleveland Browns and will start today.


The Browns' starting and backup tight ends, Steve Heiden and Robert Royal, were both limited in practice this week and are listed as questionable. Another tight end, Greg Estandia, is also questionable. The Browns are so thin at the position center Hank Fraley has taken reps. (Just in case you're wondering, Fraley is not a viable fantasy option.) Defensive end Kenyon Coleman and cornerback Anthony Madison are also listed as questionable. Running back Jamal Lewis and quarterback Derek Anderson are listed as probable, and will play.

Though Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoahasn't been put on injured reserve yet, he's done for the season. Defensive tackle Matt Toeania is listed as doubtful with a calf injury. Everyone else on the Bears is expected to play.

Lofa Tatupuhas been placed on injured reserve and is out for the season. Second-year linebacker David Hawthorne will start in his place; he had 16 tackles in his first start against Chicago in Week 3. Safety C.J. Wallace is out with a hamstring injury and tackle Sean Locklear is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury.

Cowboys cornerback and return man Allen Rossum is out with a hamstring injury. Patrick Crayton will return punts and Felix Jones will return kicks in his place. Nose tackle Jay Ratliffsprained his knee in practice Thursday and is listed as questionable.

UPDATE: Wide receiver Jerricho Cotcheryis expected to play for the Jets in today's game, as is fellow wideout David Clowney. The Jets will have a full wideout corps for the first time since acquiring Braylon Edwards; upgrade Mark Sanchez as a result. Also playing for the Jets today: DE Shaun Ellis and LB Bart Scott.


The Dolphins only have three players listed on their injury report: Linebacker Channing Crowder, who's doubtful with a shoulder injury, defensive tackle Jason Ferguson and running back Ricky Williams, who are both listed as probable.

Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery is listed as questionable on the injury report, but he's likely to return to action against the Dolphins. Cornerback Lito Sheppard is listed as doubtful. ""I expect everybody to play with the exception of probably Lito," Jets coach Rex Ryan said.

UPDATE: Kicker Adam Vinatieri is out again for the Colts today; Matt Stover will kick. He's a good pick-up if you're looking for a kicker for this week. Also for the Colts, wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez is still out. Pierre Garcon is available in many leagues if you need a player for this week.

UPDATE: Donald Brown is inactive for the Colts; Joseph Addai will start and get the bulk of the workload today.

UPDATE: For the Colts defense, both safety Bob Sanders and end Dwight Freeney are active.

UPDATE: As expected, Reggie Waynewill play this week after being injured in last week's win over the Rams. He's a must-start.


The 49ers are relatively healthy on the offensive side; after returning against Houston last week, Frank Gore isn't even listed on the injury report this week. On the defensive side, safety Reggie Smith is listed as doubtful with a groin injury, while end Ray McDonald and linebacker Takeo Spikes are listed as questionable. While it's not injury related, Alex Smith will replace Shaun Hill at quarterback.

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne finally practiced Friday and is listed as questionable. He strained his groin last week in the Colts' rout of the Rams last Sunday. Dwight Freeney and defensive tackle Eric Foster also returned to practice Friday and are both listed a questionable. They're all likely to play. Running back Donald Brownis listed as doubtful; expect Joseph Addai to handle the bulk of the workload.

UPDATE: Wideout Mario Manningham is inactive today for the Giants. Rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has made some big plays the last few weeks and is worth a look in deeper leagues.

Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis is inactive, as expected. Rookie Jeremy Maclin will start once again.

UPDATE: Running back Brian Westbrookwill not play in today's game. LeSean McCoy will start in his place; the Eagles will probably pass more, as well.


The Giants are hampered with injuries on the defensive side: Cornerback Aaron Ross, linebacker Michael Boley and tackle Chris Canty are all out. Running back Ahmad Bradshawhas a cracked bone in his foot but will play. Wide receiver Mario Manningham injured his shoulder in practice on Thursday but expects to play.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Brian Westbrook will be a game-time decision Sunday, but it's unlikely he'll be cleared to play after suffering a concussion against the Redskins on Monday night. A bunch of Eagles are out of Sunday's game: Wide receiver Kevin Curtis, defensive end Victor Abiamiri and linebacker Omar Gaither (done for the season). Safety Macho Harris is listed as questionable; Sean Jones is likely to start in his place.

UPDATE: Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery is active today and will start.

UPDATE: Wide receiver Calvin Johnsonis inactive for the Lions, while quarterback Matthew Staffordwill start at quarterback.


Rams guard Richie Incognitois out again today, which could be trouble for starting running back Steven Jackson, who hasn't scored all season. Defensive tackle C.J. Ah You is listed as questionable on the injury report.

Quarterback Matthew Staffordmay return to action this week; he's listed as questionable. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who also missed last week's game, is also listed as questionable. They'll both be game-time decisions. Defensive end Jason Hunter is out with an ankle injury.

Running back Darren McFaddenwill miss another week with a knee injury. Wide receiver Louis Murphy and cornerback Chris Johnson, though, are both expected to play. Wide receiver Nick Miller, tackle Cornell Green and linebacker Ricky Brown are all out for Oakland.

Good news for the San Diego offense: Center Nick Hardwickis getting closer to returning, although he's still out this week. Linebacker Kevin Burnett is listed as doubtful, while defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo is listed as questionable.

Rashean Mathisis out of Sunday's game; he has a broken index finger. Fellow corner Brian Witherspoon, also a returner, is also out with a hamstring injury.

It's not injury related, but Vince Young will start at quarterback for Tennessee. The Titans are expected to have both cornerback Cortland Finnegan and nickle back Vincent Fuller back in the lineup.

Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfieldis out with a foot injury. Two Vikings wide receivers, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian, are both listed as questionable. They'll be game-time decisions, making them tough plays, given the Vikings and Packers have a late starting time.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is out with a calf injury; tackle Clad Clifton, safety Derrick Martin and defensive end Jarius Wynn are all listed as questionable. A downgrade for the Packers offense: Center Jason Spitz is unlikely to play and is slated to be replaced by Scott Wells.

Bad news for the already-disappointing Panthers passing game: Wide receiver Mushin Muhammad is out with a knee injury, as is tight end Dante Rosario. Dwayne Jarrett will start as the No. 2 wideout, while Gary Barnidge will start at tight end. Running back Jonathan Stewart is listed as questionable, but is expected to play.

Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is listed as questionable but is expected to play. Ditto safety Antrel Rolle. Tight end Stephen Spach is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. Rounding out the Cards questionables is defensive end Kenny Iwebema.

The Falcons may be missing a pair of running backs, as Jerious Norwood and Jason Snelling missed practice all week; they're both listed as questionable. Defensive end John Abraham and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux are also both listed as questionable.

Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Elliswill be out Monday night with a knee injury. Linebacker Scott Fujita, who hasn't practiced in two weeks, is listed as questionable.