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Friday Injury Wrap: Brian Westbrook and the waiting game

Scott Pianowski
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Friday practices are the ones that matter most in the NFL, so let's take a good look around.

Brian Westbrook (knee, ankle) didn't practice all week and looks like a game-time decision for Sunday's critical game at Baltimore. Andy Reid said Friday that Correll Buckhalter should see more involvement this week, regardless of Westbrook's status. "Correll will have an opportunity to play," Reid told the team's official site. "We probably could have played him more last week and probably should have. That's my responsibility and he'll get a few more opportunities this week." It's hard to envision either of these backs running for a lot of production against Baltimore's front seven, no matter that the Giants did have success last week with their elite rushing attack.

Brandon Jacobs (knee) took a full day and is considered probable for Sunday's game at Arizona. Assuming nothing goes wrong the day of the game in warm-ups it's expected that Jacob will start, but nothing is guaranteed and it's hard to say if he'll be able to finish. We'll see if we learn anything more on Jacobs between now and Sunday morning. Derrick Ward's flex value gets a boost with Jacobs nicked up.

Plaxico Burress (hamstring) sat out the final practice day and is another dreaded game-time decision for Week 12. Domenik Hixon would start if Plaxico can't make it. If you have a reasonable alternative to Burress, I'd use it.

Clinton Portis (knee) had a light day and is very questionable for Sunday's game at Washington. The fact that he played through the Grade 2 MCL sprain last week makes you suspect he'll go here, but it's also a late game and we're not going to know for sure until game day.

Reggie Bush (knee) isn't back at practice yet and probably will be a game-time decision. That's a killer with the Saints scheduled for Monday. Deuce McAllister (knee, probable) is also dinged up, so Pierre Thomas might be called upon again to lug the mail against Green Bay's spotty run defense.

Kellen Winslow (shoulder) did some work and looks like a game-time decision for Sunday. Steve Heiden (elbow) is also questionable for Week 12, and he didn't work Friday.

Calvin Johnson (quad) and Kevin Smith (groin) both had a full session and are fully expected to start against the Bucs. They're listed as probable.

Marques Colston (knee) did light work all week but he's fully expected to play Monday.

Jason Witten (ribs) had a full day and will start against San Francisco.

Brady Quinn has a small fracture in his right index finger but it didn't keep him from taking reps this week. He's fine to start against Houston.

Peyton Hillis (shoulder) finished strong this week and is considered probable for Sunday's game with the Raiders. He's not a bad flex option. Selvin Young (groin) is unlikely to play.

Tony Scheffler (groin) had a full week and looks like a solid play against Oakland. Brandon Marshall (hip) is also expected to go.

Steve Slaton (chest) missed some reps but the Texans still expect him to take his normal load against Cleveland.

Jason Elam is battling a sore hip but the Falcons expect him to kick against Carolina. If the club doesn't add another kicker on Saturday, Elam should be in the clear.

Laveranues Coles (thigh) had another limited day but he's expected to play against the Titans. He did look compromised in the New England game, but that was over a week ago.

Jerious Norwood (rib) got his reps in and should play against Carolina.

Roddy White (back) returned to full practice and will start.

Mark Bradley (calf) took a full day and will start against Buffalo.

Matt Hasselbeck (back) worked the last two days and will start against the Redskins. He's expected to have Koren Robinson (knee) and Deion Branch (heel) at his disposal; both wideouts are listed as probable.

Warrick Dunn (back) had a full day so go ahead and give him some run against that terrible Detroit front seven. Carnell Williams (hamstring) is questionable for another week.

JaMarcus Russell (knee) took all the reps and is in line to start against Denver. He actually didn't look that bad at Miami last week.

Darren McFadden (toe) had a full week and looks ready for some sort of role against Denver, but now that bye week season is over, I wouldn't use him in any standard-sized league.

Derrick Mason (shoulder) was limited all week and is once again a game-time decision for Week 12. I don't like him much against the Eagles.

LenDale White (calf) did everything asked and is considered probable for Sunday's game with the Jets.

Fred Taylor (neck) had a full session and is considered probable, but why would you want to use him against Minnesota?

Mike Nugent (thigh) is looking pretty healthy this week, but it's not clear if the team wants to make a switch away from Jay Feely, who's been hot of late. It's likely both kickers will travel to Tennessee.

Antwaan Randle El (ankle) did some work and is considered questionable for Sunday. Hopefully you're better off at receiver than the Redskins are.

Matt Jones (thigh) had a full session and is in line to start against the Vikings.

Sammy Morris is completely free of the injury report and probably will see double-digit touches at Miami, but you know the Pats, they're not going to tell us. Still, if I had to start one back here, Morris is the guy I'd use.

Jerome Harrison (hamstring) did some work but is questionable for Houston. As much as I like his potential, he's not flex-worthy with the injury hanging over him.

Arnaz Battle (foot) and Josh Morgan (groin) won't play at Dallas, which frees up reps for Jason Hill.

Felix Jones went on injured reserve this week, if you missed it. Thanks for the memories, rookie.

Bob Sanders (knee) is a game-time call for Sunday night's game at San Diego.

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