Maurice Jones-Drew, Fred Davis, London Fletcher headline Week 7′s injury roundup

21 Oct

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (left shoulder) and running back Maurice Jones-Drew (left foot) were injured in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders. Jones-Drew, a Bay Area native, was injured on just his second carry of the game and took a cart ride from the sidelines to the locker room. Jones-Drew was on crutches on the sidelines during the second half. Also, cornerback Rashean Mathis tweaked his groin on Sunday.

"I don't know to what extent is, but obviously it was not well enough to play. We re-taped it numerous times and it was just too painful," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said of Jones-Drew's injury according to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

The severity of Jones-Drew and Gabbert's injuries will be determined this week.

The most costly injury, both to the team and the player, was Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis suffering a torn Achilles, which will end his 2012 season. Playing under the one-year franchise tag worth $5.446 million in base salary, Davis leads the Redskins with 24 receptions for 325 yards and was hoping to parlay a productive season into a long-term commitment from the Redskins. With Davis suffering a season-ending injury less than a calendar year removed from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, it's hard to see the Redskins committing big-time money to Davis next offseason.

According to Mark Maske, the Redskins have reached an agreement with veteran free agent Chris Cooley, who was released on Aug. 28 and will sign after passing a physical on Monday.

Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher suffered a right hamstring that will likely require an MRI on Monday, reports Chris Russell of 980 ESPN, the Redskins' flagship station. Fletcher, 37, has played in 231 consecutive games and made 186 consecutive starts.

Cleveland Browns first round running back Trent Richardson was "questionable" for Sunday's game with chest and rib injuries. After gaining eight yards on eight carries in the first half, Richardson did not play in the second half after taking a hard hit when he stuffed for no gain on a 3rd-and-1 play with 4:53 to play in the second quarter. At less than 100 percent, Richardson did not look like the player selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft, but he said that he was willing to play, but head coach Pat Shurmur held him out.

"It hurt me inside not being out there," Richardson said according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "I didn't want to come out. [Coach Pat Shurmur] knows what's best, he made his decision."

Running back Ben Tate is the biggest injury concern for the Houston Texans coming out of their 43-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Tate suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. For the Ravens, safety Ed Reed appeared to get hurt late in the game, but afterward said that he'll be fine with the additional time off. The Ravens are heading into their bye week.

A pair of Dallas Cowboys went down with injuries during their 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Center Phil Costa was carted off the field with a right ankle injury and appeared ticketed towards missing significant time. Head coach Jason Garrett said that Costa suffered a sprained ankle and could play next Sunday against the Giants. On defense, inside linebacker Sean Lee, the team's leading tackler, sprained the big toe on his right foot, but expects to play next week against the Giants.

"I don't think it is anything too serious," Lee said via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. "I'll have to talk to the doctors and figure it out and we'll go from there."

The Minnesota Vikings have a short week to prepare for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who they'll face on Thursday Night Football. The Vikings will likely be without No. 2 tight end John Carlson, who left Sunday's game with a possible concussion. Carlson has some history with concussions — he sustained a concussion in a 2010 playoff game against the Chicago Bears while with the Seattle Seahawks — and will have to go through the league's concussion protocol before he's cleared to play.

In the fourth quarter of the New York Jets' 29-26 loss to the New England Patriots, running back Shonn Greene appeared to suffer a head or neck injury, but returned to the game in overtime. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez jammed a finger on his left (non-throwing hand) and had the digit wrapped after the game. Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland left the game after injuring his right hand that was placed in a cast. Cumberland is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday. The Patriots lost starting right guard Dan Connolly to an illness early in the game, and while they did not leave the game, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are clearly not 100 percent, limping their way through the last two games.

Cincinnati Bengals center Jeff Faine exited Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter with a hamstring injury, pressing undrafted rookie Trevor Robinson into service. Faine is playing for Kyle Cook, who was placed on injured reserve (designated for return) in Week 1. Bengals rookie wide receiver Marvin Jones left with a knee injury while blocking on a kick return. In what could be interpreted as a bad sign, the club almost immediately ruled him out for the remainder of the game. Steelers safety Will Allen, starting in place of an injured Troy Polamalu, suffered an ankle injury in the second half and was replaced by Ryan Mundy.

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Steelers overcome first-half mistakes, defeat Bengals 24-17

21 Oct

The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame two first-half turnovers, multiple dropped passes, and the absence of five key players, including four starters, to pull back to .500 and move into sole possession of second place in the AFC North with a 24-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh took advantage of a 41-yard return on the opening kickoff by rookie running back Chris Rainey to set up a 42-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham. The Bengals would respond with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took over eight minutes off the clock and was punctuated with a five-yard run by backup running back Cedric Peerman.

On their following possession, the Steelers were in position to put more points on the scoreboard, but quarterback Ben Roethisberger's pass towards well-covered tight end Heath Miller was intercepted in the end zone by safety Chris Crocker. On their next possesion, Roethlisberger fumbled after being sacked by Bengals defensive linemen Robert Geathers and Devon Still, with Wallace Gilberry recovering at the Steelers' eight-yard line.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton connected with Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green for an eight-yard touchdown on the following play to give Cincinnati a 14-3 lead. Green has now scored a touchdown in six consecutive games with a touchdown, but it would be the only pass he'd catch on the night as Ike Taylor blanketed him all night while the Steelers provided a safety over-the-top to keep the Bengals' top offensive weapon in check.

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Pittsburgh chipped into the Bengals' lead with a 47-yard field goal by Suisham with 3:07 to play in the first half and then with Roethlisberger hitting Miller for a nine-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds remaining in the half. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made the curious decision to go for the two-point conversion early in the game, with Roethlisberger and Miller connecting to even the score at the break.

Both teams would exchange field goals in the third quarter before Rainey squirted through the Cincinnati defense for an 11-yard touchdown run with 14:16 to play in the game. For Rainey, it was the first touchdown of his NFL career and would be the game-deciding points, lifting the Steelers to a fifth straight win over the Bengals.

Despite the dropped passes, Roethlisberger had an efficient night, completing 27-of-37 pass attempts for 278 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Wide receiver Mike Wallace had eight receptions for 52 yards and Antonio Brown added seven grabs for 96 yards. Miller, who appears back to his Pro Bowl form of 2009, had six receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown, his fifth on the season.

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The Steelers offense received a surprising jolt from their running game. Playing without top running backs Rashard Mendenall and Isaac Redman, the Steelers' ground game, which ranked 31st in the NFL entering Sunday night with a 74.8 yards per game average, pounded out 168 yards (excluding a QB kneel down) thanks largely to Jonathan Dwyer setting a career-high with 122 yards on 17 carries.

Dalton completed just 14-of-28 attempts for 105 yards and a touchdown and an interception as the Bengals mustered just 185 yards of total offense on Sunday night. One positive for the Bengals offense is that they did not allow one sack even though center Jeff Faine, who is playing in place of the injured Kyle Cook, left the game with a hamstring injury and was replaced by undrafted rookie Trevor Robinson, who had played just eight snaps on offense entering Sunday night's game.

The Steelers host the Washington Redskins at Heinz Field next Sunday afternoon, while the Bengals limp into their bye week on a three-game losing streak that has dropped them to 3-4 on the 2012 season.  The Bengals have a two-game home stand with the Manning Brothers after the bye, with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos visiting Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 4 and Eli Manning and the New York Giants coming to town on Nov. 11.

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Maurkice Pouncey, Brian Leonard headline Steelers, Bengals inactive lists

21 Oct

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pouncey had been listed as "questionable" with a knee injury that kept him out of, or limited during, this week's practices. The first sign that Pouncey might not be available came on Saturday when the club activated center/guard John Malecki to provide depth along the interior of the line, which will not start Doug Legursky at the center position.

The Steelers had already ruled out running back Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, leaving the duties in the backfield to Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and rookie Chris Rainey, who have combined for 119 yards on 47 carries this season.

Pittsburgh will also be without starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Troy Polamalu, who has played in only two games due to a calf injury.

For the Bengals, running back Brian Leonard has been deactivated after being listed as "doubtful" with a rib injury.

Pittsburgh: QB Charlie Batch, RB Rashard Mendenhall, RB Isaac Redman, OT Marcus Gilbert, OC Maurkice Pouncey, LB Chris Carter, S Troy Polamalu

Cincinnati: RB Brian Leonard, WR Armon Binns, TE Richard Quinn, DT Brandon Thompson, LB Dontay Moch, CB Jason Allen, CB Dre Kirkpatrick

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Logan Mankins, Patrick Chung headline late-game NFL inactive lists

21 Oct

The New England Patriots will not have Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Listed as "questionable" with calf and hip injuries, the Patriots placed Mankins on their inactive list for Sunday's game, with Donald Thomas the most likely candidate to replace him in the starting lineup.

New England will also be without both of the starting safeties. Steve Gregory had been ruled "out" on Friday with a hip injury and Patrick Chung, who was "questionable" with a shoulder injury will also not play against Mark Sanchez and the Jets. 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson will start at one safety spot and he could be joined in the back-end of the secondary by Devin McCourty.

New York Jets at New England Patriots

NY Jets: QB Greg McElroy, RB Bilal Powell, WR Clyde Gates, G Caleb Schlauderaff, NT Sione Po'uha, NT Kenrick Ellis, S Eric Smith

New England: RB Brandon Bolden, G Logan Mankins, DT Ron Brace ,DE Jake Bequette, LB Tracy White, S Steve Gregory, S Patrick Chung

Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders

Jacksonville: WR Laurent Robinson, G Herb Taylor, DT Jeris Pendleton, DE Ryan Davis, LB Brandon Marshall, LB Daryl Smith, S Dwight Lowery

Oakland: QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Taiwan Jones, TE Richard Gordon, OT Khalif Barnes, G Lucas Nix, DE Jack Crawford, CB Shawntae Spencer

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Redskins tight end Fred Davis has torn Achilles

21 Oct

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis left Sunday's game against the New York Giants with a little over two minutes to play in the first quarter after suffering an apparent Achilles injury.

According to Mike Florio of, Davis' 2012 season is over as he has a torn Achilles tendon, a diagnosis that was confirmed after the game by head coach Mike Shanahan.

Davis was Robert Griffin's preferred target this season, entering Sunday as the Redskins' leader in targets (31), receptions (23) and receiving yards (312). Davis caught one pass for 13 yards prior to his injury. The injury is also a big blow to the Redskins' ground game as the 2008 second-round pick out of USC has worked hard to improve his blocking.

As evidenced in Week 7 by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, a torn Achilles tendon isn't necessarily a career-ending, or even career-threatening, injury. For Davis, though, this injury could not have come at a worse time. Davis is earning a fully guaranteed base salary of $5.446 million under the franchise tag, but is not guaranteed anything beyond this season.

At a cost of $6.535 million in 2013 (via a mandatory 20 percent increase), the Redskins are unlikely to use the franchise tag on Davis again next offseason and a season-ending injury less than a year after his 2011 season came to an end because of a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy will hurt Davis' value on the free agent market.

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Terrell Suggs picks up a sack in first game back from Achilles injury

21 Oct

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs defied the odds when he was added to the 53-man roster on Saturday, less than six months removed from a partially torn Achilles tendon that was surgically repaired in early May -- and just three days after returning to the practice field after spending training camp and the first six weeks of the regular season on the "Reserve/Non-Football Injury" list.

Suggs' amazing recovery continued when he not only dressed for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, but began earning his $4.9 million base salary by picking up his first sack of the season and No. 83.5 of his 10-year career, which now has him tied for 46th place with Leonard Marshall and La'Roi Glover.

Though he was expected to play a backup/situational role until he works himself back into game shape — Suggs was compared to an offensive tackle by Pete Prisco of before Sunday's game — Suggs started the game and his sack came on his seventh play of the game, and the Texans' ninth play from scrimmage.

Suggs beat Texans right tackle Derek Newton on an inside stunt and dropped Matt Schaub for a seven-yard loss on a 1st-and-10 play midway through the first quarter. Including the sack, Suggs had three tackles, including one on Arian Foster after an eight-yard run on 3rd-and-18 two plays after his sack, and got another hit on Schaub later in the first quarter.

It may be awhile before "T-Sizzle" is 100 percent and back in a full-time role, but even an out-of-shape Suggs gives the Ravens a pass-rushing presence they otherwise lacked, and his return fills an on-field leadership void created with last Sunday's season-ending to Ray Lewis.

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NFL investigating Chargers for possible illegal use of Stickum-like substance

21 Oct

According to Jay Glazer of, the National Football League is investigating the San Diego Chargers for possibly using an illegal "Stick 'em"-like substance during their 35-24 loss to the Denver Broncos last Monday night.

"NFL Security has already begun investigation as SD equipment man was hiding illegal sticky substance and giving to players. Line judge saw it and had it confiscated and sent to Broncos and league", Glazer posted on Twitter.

The Chargers released a statement later on Sunday.

"We are aware of the inquiry and we are cooperating fully with the League," the Chargers announced on their official website.

The equipment manager had the substance hidden in hand towels and the line judge (Jeff Bergman) noticed it during a timeout and made the equipment manager in question empty his pockets. The NFL takes issues of competitive advantages seriously and Glazer adds that sanctions by the NFL could range from a substantial fine to the possible forfeiture of draft picks, the latter of which may depend on how many individuals were involved in using or distributing the illegal substance.

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"Stickum" has been outlawed by the National Football League since after the 1980 season. The substance is most closely associated with former Oakland Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes, who would slather the sticky substance on his arms and hands during games. Though it has been banned, players have continued to utilize similar substances, using anything at their disposal to gain a competitive advantage. Former NFL player, head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards said that, even after the ban, he would place a small amount of Stickum on the inside of his cleats to use at key moments during games.

At what point in the game the discovery was made is unknown, so it would be a stretch to assume that the Chargers blowing a 24-point halftime lead can be traced to this incident. However, it is worth noting that, according to Stats, Inc., the Chargers do not have a player anywhere near the league lead in dropped passes this season. Instead of giving the substance to the Chargers receivers, perhaps the equipment manager should have handed it to Philip Rivers, who was intercepted four times and lost a pair of fumbles against the Broncos.

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Ahmad Bradshaw, Terrell Suggs, Jonathan Vilma are active in Week 7

21 Oct

As initially reported by Kim Jones of the NFL Network and WFAN, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is active and will start today against the Washington Redskins. Bradshaw is 11th in the NFL with 449 yards entering Sunday, but has been very productive in the last two weeks, rushing for 316 yards and two touchdowns in wins over the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. Bradshaw has been hampered by foot injuries during his career and claimed to have had his foot stepped on during last Sunday's 26-3 win over the 49ers. Bradshaw missed practice on Wednesday and Friday and was listed as "questionable" on the official injury report, but will be a go against the Redskins.

Other injury situations Shutdown Corner was monitoring this weekend included New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, both of whom were forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season while dealing with injuries that landed them on reserve lists.

Graham, who was "questionable" with an ankle injury, was downgraded to "out" on Saturday.

Bryant tested his groin and will play against the Carolina Panthers, while Suggs was activated off the "Reserve/Non-Football Injury" list on Saturday and will play in a limited role against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Here are the full inactive lists for the early slate of games on Sunday.

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills

Tennessee: QB Jake Locker, RB Javon Ringer, WR Lavelle Hawkins, OT Byron Stingily, G Deuce Lutui, LB Colin McCarthy, CB Tommie Campbell

Buffalo: QB Tarvaris Jackson, OT Cordy Glenn, G Kraig Urbik, DE Mark Anderson, LB Kirk Morrison, S Delano Howell, K John Potter

Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers

Dallas: RB DeMarco Murray, WR Cole Beasley, G David Arkin, DE Sean Lissemore, LB Kyle Wilber, S Matt Johnson, P Chris Jones

Carolina: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Joe Adams, C/G Thomas Austin, DT Frank Kearse, LB Jon Beason, CB Chris Gamble, S D.J. Campbell

Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans

Baltimore: RB Bobby Rainey, WR Deonte Thompson, TE Billy Bajema, T Jah Reid, G Ramon Harewood, NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, CB Asa Jackson

Houston: OT Andrew Gardner, G Brandon Brooks, C/G Chris White, DE David Hunter, LB Barrett Ruud, CB Roc Carmichael, S Quintin Demps

Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts

Cleveland: RB Brandon Jackson, WR Mohamaed Massaquoi, TE Alex Smith, G Jason Pinkston, LB Scott Fujita, CB Dimitri Patterson, S Tashaun Gipson

Indianapolis: RB Donald Brown, G Joe Reitz, DT Fili Moala, DT Martin Tevaseu, DE Cory Redding, LB Robert Mathis, CB Darius Butler

Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings

Arizona: QB Kevin Kolb, FB Anthony Sherman, TE Todd Heap, G Senio Kelemete, LB Reggie Walker, CB Greg Toler, S Kerry Rhodes

Minnesota: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Jarius Wright, OT Mark Asper, DE D'Aundre Reed, LB Audie Cole, CB Brandon Burton, S Mistral Raymond

Washington Redskins at New York Giants

Washington: QB Rex Grossman, WR Pierre Garcon, G Adam Gettis, G Josh LeRibeus, DE Doug Worthington, CB David Jones, S Brandon Meriweather

NY Giants: WR Jerrell Jernigan, TE Adrien Robinson, OT James Brewer, DT Rocky Bernard, DE Adewale Ojomo, LB Jacquian Williams, S Kenny Phillips

Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams

Green Bay: RB Johnny White, WR Greg Jennings, C/G Greg Van Roten, DT B.J. Raji, LB Nick Perry, CB Sam Shields

- The Packers only have 52 players on their active roster, so they only need six inactives.

St. Louis: QB Austin Davis, RB Terrance Ganaway, WR Danny Amendola, OT Rodger Saffold, OT Wayne Hunter, DT Matt Conrath, LB Mario Haggan

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Orleans: RB Chris Ivory, TE Jimmy Graham, OT Bryce Harris, DE Turk McBride, DT Tyrunn Walker, LB David Hawthorne, CB Elbert Mack

Tampa Bay: RB Michael Smith, WR Chris Owusu, TE Danny Noble, C Cody Wallace, LB Jacob Cutrera, LB Najee Goode, S Keith Tandy

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UFL postpones remainder of 2012 season

20 Oct

After a rocky start to an attempted reboot, the United Football League has notified coaches and players that the remainder of the 2012 season has been postponed. The disclosure was initially made by NFL player agent David Canter, who represents three players in the UFL.

Canter adds that the players will be paid in full for the games they have played and that the league will cover the costs of return flights home, skeptically adding the hash tag "I won't hold my breath". Canter was vocal in his criticism of the league last month after the players had not been paid in a timely manner for Week 1.

According to UFL Director of Communications Larry Weisman, the UFL plans to resume the season in the spring and return for a season in the fall of 2013. The spring has always been a part of the calendar that makes more sense for a developmental league as they would not be competing with college football and the National Football League, both of whom have increased their presence with games scheduled for Thursday and Friday nights in addition to the traditional Saturday/Sunday slate of games.

"It's a shame," Las Vegas Locos head coach Jim Fassel told Peter King of Sports Illustrated. "We're 4-0, and I got guys who would have played for me with the (New York) Giants."

A developmental league would benefit both players — such as Brian Banks — and the National Football League. With the UFL continuing to struggle, perhaps this latest shutdown will open the door for the NFL to fund and operate its own developmental league, where teams would allocate players to fill rosters instead of having them attempt to turn heads in what have become scaled-down OTAs and offseason programs in the new collective bargaining agreement.

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Dez Bryant, Jimmy Graham headline Week 7′s injury reports

20 Oct

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was officially ruled out with a foot injury, which does not come as a surprise. What is a surprise is that wide receiver Dez Bryant did not practice on Friday due to a groin injury that has him listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Bryant will test his leg during pregame warm-ups, but reports out of Dallas on Saturday are that the team expects him to be able to play. Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is also "questionable" with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the last two weeks. The Panthers will be without cornerback Chris Gamble, who could wind up on injured reserve after re-injuring his shoulder on Wednesday. Middle linebacker Jon Beason missed practice all week and is "doubtful" to play against the Cowboys.

Four Green Bay Packers were ruled "out" for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, including wide receiver Greg Jennings, who will miss a third straight game with a groin injury. This is will be the fourth game Jennings will miss this season, costing him $100,000 in "per game active" roster bonuses. In addition to Jennings, nose tackle B.J. Raji (ankle) and first round outside linebacker Nick Perry (knee) were ruled "out". Aaron Rodgers, whose calf landed him on the injury, practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is "probable" along with Jermichael Finley (shoulder). As expected, the Rams will be without wide receiver Danny Amendola (shoulder) and left tackle Rodger Saffold (knee). Wayne Hunter, Saffold's replacement, is "questionable" with a back injury.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is "questionable" with an ankle injury that he sustained in an Oct. 7 win over the San Diego Chargers. Graham was limited on Thursday and Friday and is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a brief window to play before his appeal of a season-long suspension is heard by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Oct. 30, middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) could be added to the 53-man — deadline is 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday — and play in a small role in Sunday's role.

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) will miss Sunday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, leaving the backfield duties to Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and Chris Rainey. As expected, the Steelers also ruled out right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and center Maurkice Pouncey is "questionable" with a knee injury. For the Bengals, running back Brian Leonard is "doubtful" with a rib injury. First round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick could make his NFL debut after missing the preseason and first six weeks of the regular season with a knee injury.

In addition to quarterback Kevin Kolb, who will miss the next few weeks after having multiple ribs detach during a Week 6 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Arizona Cardinals may be without 50 percent of their starting secondary when they visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Kerry Rhodes (back) has already been ruled "out" with a back injury and cornerback Greg Toler is "doubtful" and could miss a second consecutive game with a hamstring. The Vikings are in fairly good shape, with Mistral Raymond (ankle) ruled out and seven players, including Jared Allen (groin), Adrian Peterson (ankle), Christian Ponder (knee), Jerome Simpson (back) and Antoine Winfield (knee) listed as "probable".

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Ngata is officially listed as "questionable". The primary injury of note for the Texans is starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who is "questionable" with a groin injury.

The New York Jets will be without nose tackle Sione Po'uha (back), defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis (knee), running back Bilal Powell (shoulder) and safety Eric Smith (knee), each of whom was ruled "out". Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold is "questionable" with an ankle injury, but is expected to play against the New England Patriots, who ruled rookie running back Brandon Bolden (knee), safety Steve Gregory (hip) and linebacker Tracy White (foot) "out" for Sunday's game. Eleven members of the Patriots are "questionable", most notably tight ends Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Aaron Hernandez (ankle), safety Patrick Chung (shoulder), linebacker Don't'a Hightower (hamstring), Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins (calf, hip) and wide receivers Julian Edelman (hand) and Wes Welker (ankle).

Matt Hasselbeck will make another start for the Tennessee Titans, who have ruled Jake Locker out with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Locker will be reevaluated on Monday and could start against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 28. Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy is expected to be a game-time decision with an ankle injury that had him in a walking boot and a spectator at this week's practices. The Buffalo Bills have once again ruled out rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik, 40 percent of their starting offensive line. Defensive end Mark Anderson will also miss Sunday's game against the Titans with a knee injury, while defensive tackles Kyle Williams (ankle) and Spencer Johnson (ankle) are "questionable".

The Cleveland Browns ruled out cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), linebacker Scott Fujita (shoulder, neck) and left guard Jason Pinkston for Sunday's game against the Colts. Pinkston is expected to miss some time after being hospitalized with a blood clot in his lung, with John Greco scheduled to replace Pinkston in the starting lineup. The Browns' injury woes don't end there. Wide receivers Travis Benjamin (hamstring) and Mohamed Massaqoui (hamstring), running back Trent Richardson (chest, rib) and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf) are "questionable". Six Colts have been ruled out, including running back Donald Brown (knee), linebacker Robert Mathis (knee) and defensive linemen Fili Moala (knee) and Cory Redding (knee).

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather remains sidelined by a knee injury, while wide receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) is "doubtful". Signed to a five-year, $42.5 million contract in March, Garcon has just eight receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown in 96 over three games, missing out on $46,875 in "per game active" roster bonuses. The Redskins may also be without punter Sav Rocca, who missed Friday's practice with a right knee injury. The club may need to make a roster move before Sunday's game with the New York Giants, with punters Daniel Sepulveda and Chas Henry options. The Giants ruled "out" defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps) and safety Kenny Phillips (knee) and may be without Ahmad Bradshaw, who is "questionable" with a foot injury. Linebacker Michael Boley (hip) is also "questionable".

No surprises on the injury reports for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. Safety Dawan Landry (ankle), wide receiver Laurent Robinson (concussion) and linebacker Daryl Smith (groin) are out for the Jaguars, right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) are out for the Raiders.

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