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Friday Injury Wrap: Broken backfields

Scott Pianowski
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Friday is the key practice day in the NFL, so let's take a good look around.

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Marion Barber (toe) missed his third consecutive day and is a game-time decision for Sunday's showdown at Heinz Field. Tashard Choice is the fallback option. The Cowboys are fully expected to have DeMarcus Ware (knee), however.

Clinton Portis (various) did some work at the Friday practice but remains questionable for Sunday night's trip to Baltimore. "I saw Clinton out there running, so I expect him to play," Jim Zorn told the Associated Press. Given the opponent and the laundry list of physical issues Portis is dealing with, I'd strongly consider other options.

Brian Westbrook (knee, ankle) didn't work the last two days and is questionable for the Giants on Sunday. At least it's an early start, and context clues point to him being on the field. Correll Buckhalter (knee) is far less likely to play.

Joseph Addai (knee) was limited in Friday's practice and the Colts held Anthony Gonzalez (shoulder) out completely. Both are listed as questionable, which has turned into the default setting for Tony Dungy over the years. At least it's an early start Sunday, so fantasy owners will get the necessary info in time to make the right decision.

Reggie Bush (knee) was held out of the Friday work but is still considered probable for Sunday's critical game with Atlanta.

Steven Jackson (quad) had a full day and looks good for Sunday's trip to Arizona.

Matt Hasselbeck (back) didn't work Friday and looks unlikely to play against the Patriots. Good news for the Seneca Wallace fan club, bad news for the fantasy public.

Ryan Grant (thumb) had a strong week and is expected to play his regular amount against the Texas. Brandon Jackson (quad) is also listed as probable.

Marshawn Lynch (back) put in a full day and is probable for Miami. He'll take his handoffs from J.P. Losman, who's been confirmed to start in place of Trent Edwards (groin).

Willie Parker (knee) took full reps and should start against the Cowboys.

Matt Schaub (knee) did all the work Friday and will start at Green Bay.

Kevin Smith (ankle) is probable for the Vikings, but good luck getting around or through the reinstated Williams Wall.

Laveranues Coles (thigh) missed work this week and is questionable, but he's been playing through this issue for a while and should do the same at San Francisco.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back) put in a full session and is fully expected to start at Indy.

Anquan Boldin (back) is listed as probable, but there's no way you don't start him against St. Louis.

Willis McGahee (illness) is considered probable for Sunday night. Roll with the Baltimore backfield at your own risk.

Derrick Mason (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday night's game with Washington. Recent history suggests he'll go, but there's a modest upside here.

Roy Williams (foot) missed Friday's session, though he's still considered probable for the Pittsburgh game.

Deuce McAllister is eligible to play against Atlanta after his suspension got postponed, but there's no guarantee he'll be in the game plan on Sunday.

Donnie Avery (hip) had a good week and is probable for the Cardinals.

Selvin Young (groin) did everything asked but I can't see how he'll steal a lot of touches from Peyton Hillis.

Mark Bradley (calf) won't play in Week 14, and he's reminding us of the tease player he was in Chicago (flashes of production mixed with injury problems).

Josh Morgan (groin) and Arnaz Battle (foot) both practiced Friday but you're in the playoffs, you can do better.

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