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Injury Wrap: Hobbling Colts, power-sapped Chargers

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In what might be the Injury Bowl of 2010, we have the always-hurt Chargers up against the forever-nicked Colts in a Sunday night game of all things. It's nice to know Peyton Manning(notes) and Philip Rivers(notes) are healthy, but they'll both be without major weapons, as we'll discuss below.

Here's a look at what we saw in the last 24 hours of injury news.

Quarterbacks

Chad Henne(notes) (knee) has healed up quickly and is in line to start at Oakland.

Brett Favre(notes) (shoulder) is listed as probable. Ever the hero, he's expected to start at Washington.

Jimmy Clausen(notes) (post concussion) has been named Carolina's Week 12 starter.

Colt McCoy(notes) (ankle) won't go against the Panthers, so welcome Jake Delhomme(notes) back into your life.

With Vince Young(notes) on IR and Kerry Collins(notes) (calf) still hurt, the Titans have no choice but to use rookie Rusty Smith(notes) at Houston.

Running Backs

Mike Hart(notes) (ankle) sat out Friday's practice and although he's listed as questionable, it doesn't look like he'll go against San Diego. Joseph Addai(notes) (neck) is listed as doubtful, so we're back to the Donald Brown(notes) and Javarris James(notes) show in the Colts backfield.

Ryan Mathews(notes) (ankle) is listed as doubtful, which means he's as good as out for Week 12. Mike Tolbert(notes) will get plenty of touches against the Colts, and look out for Darren Sproles(notes) in the passing game.

The Jags expect Maurice Jones-Drew(notes) (abdomen) to play against the Giants, though he was limited in Friday's practice. MJD's production has spiked nicely during Jacksonville's recent winning streak.

Jonathan Stewart(notes) (post concussion) had a good week of practice and is listed as probable for the match at Cleveland. So much for our Mike Goodson(notes) fun – it's looking like a time-share again.

C.J. Spiller(notes) (hamstring) did some work Friday and is listed as questionable, not that you want to roll with a questionable running back up against Pittsburgh's rushing defense (2.9 YPC, 63.0 YPG).

James Davis might get some work for the Redskins on Sunday, though Keiland Williams(notes) is set as the featured back. Clinton Portis(notes) went on IR this week and Ryan Torain(notes) isn't ready to play.

Wide Receivers

Reggie Wayne(notes) (knee) was back at work Friday and should be fine for the Chargers on Sunday night. Austin Collie(notes) (post concussion) has already been ruled out, which makes Blair White(notes) worth adding in some groups.

Malcom Floyd(notes) (hamstring) did some work Friday after missing the two previous days. He's listed as questionable, and he's got the added problem of the Sunday night game. I'd look for a safer play. Things look better for Legedu Naanee(notes) (hamstring) who had a full Friday and is listed as probable. Forget Patrick Crayton(notes) – he had wrist surgery earlier in the week.

Seattle's Mike Williams (foot) is a game-day call after a week off the practice field. Unless you're absolutely stuck for alternatives, I'd rest him in Week 12, especially given that he's in a late start against the Chiefs. Ben Obomanu(notes) offers some deep-league juice if Williams doesn't play.

Roddy White(notes) (knee) took all the Friday reps and is probable for Sunday's showdown against Green Bay.

Sidney Rice(notes) (hip) remains questionable on the injury report, though he says he's ready for a starter's workload at Washington.

Santana Moss(notes) (hamstring) is a game-day call for the Redskins. He took some Friday reps after sitting the previous day. At least it's an early start.

Brandon Marshall(notes) (hamstring) isn't expected to go against Oakland; he's officially listed as doubtful. Davone Bess(notes) and Brian Hartline(notes) get some extra value with Marshall out.

Donald Driver(notes) (quad) is listed as probable and should be close to his normal role at Atlanta.

Mike Sims-Walker(notes) (ankle) did some work Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. Now that the byes are done, you need better (and safer) receiving options.

Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) (hamstring) is in line to start for the Raiders, if that does it for you. I'm sure the Heywards and the Beys are excited.

Demaryius Thomas(notes) (ankle) won't play this week, which means Eddie Royal(notes) might get some work on punt returns.

Joshua Cribbs(notes) (foot) didn't practice all week and can't be trusted to play against Carolina, though he's listed as questionable.

Tight Ends

Antonio Gates(notes) (foot) had a limited day Thursday and then rested Friday. He's still very iffy for Week 12, and given that it's a night game in Indianapolis, I'd look for a safer, earlier option. Randy McMichael(notes) (hamstring) is listed as probable and will start if Gates can't go.

Vernon Davis(notes) (ankle) had a full day Friday and will be ready to do damage against that spotty Arizona pass defense Monday night.

Zach Miller (foot) took some reps Friday and remains questionable for Week 12. He's been invisible of late.

Benjamin Watson(notes) (ankle) remains questionable and had two limited days of practice to end the week. It's a shame he's not in better shape, with Carolina's weak pass coverage on the other side.

Kellen Winslow(notes) (knee) is probable for the matchup at Baltimore. I'm not optimistic he'll do much there.

Tony Moeaki(notes) (post concussion) has been taking full reps and should play against the Seahawks.

Owen Daniels(notes) (hamstring) won't play against Tennessee, which makes Joel Dreessen(notes) a deep-league sleeper.

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