Week 6 injury report
Key injuries for today…
Jones is out with a hamstring injury .
Atlanta Falcons- Rookie WR Julio Jones will be out this week against Carolina with a hamstring injury. With the Panthers ranked 27th in the league against the run, look for a heavy dose of Michael Turner, Jason Snelling, Jacquizz Rodgers. John Abraham’s pass rushing presence could have helped Atlanta last week against Green Bay, though the pass rush did play well, but his nagging hip injury could keep him out on Sunday, but he still could go.
Chicago Bears- Julius Peppers’ sprained MCL, as reported by the NFP’s Brad Biggs, may be “minor” but he is doubtful for Sunday night’s game against Minnesota. With the Vikings clearly devoted to the run after Adrian Peterson’s performance last week, not having Peppers would be a substantial blow for Chicago in this crucial NFC North game.
Green Bay Packers- As expected, Green Bay put S Nick Collins on IR with an injured neck, and he will be out for the season. Charlie Peprah and second-year man Morgan Burnett will have to take on starting roles and M.D. Jennings, an undrafted rookie out of Arkansas State, could play a much larger role in nickel and dime situations than anyone in Wisconsin had ever envisioned. OT Chad Clifton is out for Sunday’s game against the Rams and St. Louis’ young defensive line could have some success against Green Bay’s understudies.
Houston Texans- Houston’s week six opponent, Baltimore, is second in the league against the run and superstar Andre Johnson will be out again on Sunday with his lingering hamstring issue. With Jacoby Jones dealing with a slight knee issue of his own, though he’ll likely play, the spotlight will be on the newest Texan, Derrick Mason. The former Raven, acquired from the Jets this week for a conditional seventh-round pick, will be used primarily in the slot for coach Gary Kubiak. Mason caught two passes for 37 yards for New York in their week four loss in Baltimore.
Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jags will get back pass rushing DE Aaron Kampman, who missed the first five games with a knee injury, for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh and his presence could be huge. With Jacksonville tied for 24th in the NFL with just eight sacks, Kampman could be a factor on Sunday against the Steelers’ porous offensive line.
Miami Dolphins- Rookie Daniel Thomas’ nagging hamstring injury causes his status for Monday’s game against the Jets to be in doubt. With Reggie Bush not playing up to his team’s expectations, Lex Hilliard could get some reps if Thomas cannot play against New York.
ICONWhat will Woodhead's role be going forward?
New England Patriots- After missing last week’s win over the Jets with an ankle injury, RB Danny Woodhead is expected to play Sunday against Dallas. The emergence of rookie Stevan Ridley has limited the versatile back to just 12 total carries over the last three games he’s played in. With New England facing the league’s top ranked run defense on Sunday, expect the Patriots to throw some different looks at the Cowboys defense. That means Woodhead could receive some more touches against a laterally quick Dallas unit.
New York Giants- After last week’s ugly loss to Seattle, the Giants will not get good news in the injury department leading up to Sunday’s home game against the surprising Bills. Justin Tuck will be out with neck and groin injuries and Big Blue’s defensive line depth will already be put to the test with DT Jimmy Kennedy suspended for four games for violating the league’s performance enhancement substance policy. Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard, Linval Joseph and Dave Tollefson will likely get extended playing time in the D-line rotation if Tuck can’t go. RB Brandon Jacobs is also out with a knee injury and Da’rel Scott would be Ahmad Bradshaw’s understudy.
Philadelphia Eagles- Already 30th in the league against the rush, the Eagles cannot afford to lose Cullen Jenkins for any amount of time. The big DT is probable for Sunday’s gigantic game at Washington with a triceps strain, but Philly needs him at 100 percent to contain the Redskins ball-carrying trio of Tim Hightower, Ryan Torain and Roy Helu.
Pittsburgh Steelers- RB Rashard Mendenhall is expected to have a larger workload than he did in last week’s win over Tennessee, but it’s still unknown how many touches he’ll get on Sunday against Jacksonville as he nurses his injured hamstring. Mewelde Moore will be out with an ankle injury and Isaac Redman, the team’s other running back, is questionable. Jonathan Dwyer could factor in at RB again after gaining over 100 yards on the ground against the Titans. Proceed with caution if you’re a Mendenhall owner in fantasy because this could go in a number of directions before game time.
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