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Friday Injury Wrap: Grounding Arizona

Scott Pianowski
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Friday is the big practice day around the league and Week 16 is Business Time for Fantasy Football, so let's make sure we take a good lap around.

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Anquan Boldin (shoulder) hardly practiced all week and it's very possible he won't play at New England. The Cardinals already have the NFC West locked up and can't be one of the NFC's top two seeds, so they have little incentive to expose Boldin here. J.J. Arrington (knee) is also very questionable for Week 16.

Tony Romo has a sore back but he's probable for Saturday night against the Ravens. He'll play. The same goes for his buddy Jason Witten (ankle). Marion Barber (toe) is listed as questionable and the call on him probably won't be made until the pre-game warm up.

Brandon Jacobs (knee) increased his work Friday though he's still listed as questionable. The context clues point to No. 27 being on the field, but it's no sure thing. Derrick Ward has a sore ankle, but he's listed as probable.

Clinton Portis (back) missed Friday's session and was added to the injury report as questionable. Here's another frustrating game-day decision we have to track on Sunday. Portis is also running against a strong Philadelphia rushing defense, and the Washington line is beaten up, so the stars seem to be aligning against him down the stretch.

Frank Gore (ankle) missed another day Friday and he'll be the dreaded game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Rams. DeShaun Foster offers sleeper value if Gore can't play.

Jeff Garcia (calf) took some of the reps Friday and probably will go against the Chargers, though he's listed as questionable and we won't know for sure until game day.

Brandon Marshall (hip) did well this week and he's considered probable for the Buffalo game Sunday.

Although Kevin Smith (ankle) is listed as questionable and missed some of the reps in each of the last three days, he's expected to start and take his normal workload against the Saints. Keep in mind he was questionable last week as well, then touched the ball 26 times (20 runs, six catches) at Indianapolis.

Matt Forte (toe) had been seeing limited reps this week but he's still expected to be involved plenty on Monday night. The Bears have another practice Saturday, worth keeping an eye on.

Brian Westbrook (knee) got a day off Friday but he's listed as probable and the Eagles don't have any room for error here. Look for him to get plenty of work against the Redskins.

Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) did increased work on Friday, though his official tag is still questionable for Sunday's game at Denver. He's expected to start, but look for Fred Jackson to also be used liberally.

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The Vikings are listing Adrian Peterson (ankle) as probable, but it's not thought to be a big deal. Use him. He'll take his handoffs from Tarvaris Jackson, as Gus Frerotte is still dealing with a cranky back.

Laveranues Coles (thigh) is listed as questionable, as usual, and missed some reps all week. He's still fully expected to play at Seattle.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hand) worked again Friday and is probable. Chad Johnson (hamstring) rested Friday but he's probable, too.

Vincent Jackson (post concussion) didn't miss any work the last three days and should start at Tampa Bay. He's probable. Malcom Floyd (lung) will not play.

Trent Edwards (groin) had a strong day Friday and looks set to start at Denver. Don't worry about the J.P. Losman effect, he's been demoted to third string (behind Gibran Hamdan).

Roy Williams (foot) got stronger as the week went along and he's considered probable for Saturday's game against Baltimore.

Seneca Wallace will once again start for Matt Hasselbeck (back), who is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback on game day.

Donnie Avery still has a nagging hip problem, but he's considered probable for the Niners Sunday.

Zach Miller (shoulder) had a full day Friday and is probable for the Texans. He'll be needed, because the Raiders are listing Ashlie Lelie (calf) and Ronald Curry (toe) as doubtful.

Brandon Jackson (wrist) is considered questionable for Monday, and while he should go, perhaps this will steer some extra touches to Ryan Grant.

Santana Moss (post concussion) worked all week and is fully expected to go against the Eagles.

Hank Baskett (knee) won't play at Washington, which potentially sets up Jason Avant to be a surprise player again for the second straight week. Reggie Brown, out for the last two weeks, is another possibility.

Deuce McAllister (knee) is considered probable for the dream matchup at Detroit, but he figures to be the No. 2 option behind the surging Pierre Thomas. And as you probably heard earlier in the week Reggie Bush (knee) is out for the year.

Kellen Winslow (ankle) won't play against Cincinnati.

Ray Rice (calf) is listed as questionable and seems far too risky to gamble on at Dallas.

Koren Robinson (knee) got back on the practice field in full Friday, but he's listed as questionable. Hopefully your title dreams don't rest on this guy.

Mark Bradley (ankle) isn't on the injury report this week but it's hard to use him given what's happened (or not happened in this case) the last few games.

Matt Stover (ankle) and Josh Brown (groin) are both probable this week, if you want to start a kicker from a team not favored to win. That's not how I roll.

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