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Injury Wrap: Sunday silence for Brian Westbrook?

Scott Pianowski
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Let's take a quick lap around the Friday practice circuit as we get ready for the eighth glorious week of elegant violence.

Brian Westbrook(notes) was held out of practice for the third straight day Friday and although the Eagles are listing him as questionable, it would be a stunner if he played against the Giants. LeSean McCoy(notes) has been a dud of late but nonetheless he's a reasonable flex option assuming Westbrook is scratched on game day. No worries on DeSean Jackson(notes) (foot), he had a full session Friday.

It was another limited day for Calvin Johnson (knee) on Friday; he's a game-time decision for the Rams. At least it's an early matchup, so we'll know far in advance of the windows closing. Matthew Stafford(notes) (knee) should be able to start, though he didn't take all the reps Friday.

Anthony Gonzalez(notes) (knee) has been counted out for Week 8; there's still no specific target date for him. It's a little discouraging that he wasn't more ready for game action out of a bye week. Keep rolling with Austin Collie(notes), gamers. As for Reggie Wayne(notes) (groin), he was back to work Friday and should go on game day, but check back around noon eastern just to be sure.

Andre Johnson(notes) (lung) had a good day Friday and will play at Buffalo. "Andre looked great," Gary Kubiak said. "He's ready to go." Sounds good to us, next question.

Jonathan Stewart(notes) (Achilles) had a full day Friday and while he's officially listed as questionable, he should be fine for his normal workload at Arizona. Head up, though, the Cardinals have been excellent stopping the run.

Anquan Boldin(notes) (ankle) was limited through the entire practice week and is listed as questionable, though context clues point to him playing. Ken Whisenhunt did offer that Boldin "looks better." Barring a late setback, look for him to play against the Panthers.

Matt Hasselbeck(notes) (ribs) took a full day Friday and will go at Dallas. He'll probably spend most of the afternoon running for his life; the Dallas pass rush has woken up of late (14 sacks in four weeks), and Seattle's offensive-line play has been dreadful.

Bernard Berrian(notes) (hamstring) was limited the past two days and looks like a risky play at Green Bay. Brett Favre(notes) has several downfield options he prefers to Berrian. Percy Harvin(notes) (illness) got back to work Friday and should get his normal work on Sunday.

Mario Manningham(notes) (shoulder) didn't practice Friday and really can't be trusted this weekend against Philadelphia, though he says he'll play on Sunday. He's leaving big plays on the field just about every week and it's only a matter of time before his role is lessened; the Giants have a good thing going with Hakeem Nicks(notes) and Steve Smith.

Rashean Mathis(notes) (broken finger) won't play against the Titans, if you wanted to know. He's Jacksonville's best corner and all, but talk yourself into Tennessee's passing game at your own risk.

Coverage ace Antoine Winfield(notes) (foot) won't go for the Vikings, great news for anyone tied to the Green Bay passing game. Of course the Packers have to protect Aaron Rodgers(notes), too.

Donald Brown(notes) (shoulder) didn't practice Friday and while he's officially listed as doubtful, no one expects him to go against the Niners. More fun for Joseph Addai(notes), we suppose.

Muhsin Muhammad(notes) (knee) won't go at Arizona, so the Panthers are forced to start Dwayne Jarrett(notes) opposite Steve Smith. In other words, here's another reason to talk yourself out of No. 89.

Marion Barber(notes) (thumb) is listed as probable, and that's the same story with Ricky Williams(notes) (thumb). When a couple of backs in dreadlocks have the same injury and status tag, we're allowed to link them in the same bullet.

Jerricho Cotchery(notes) (hamstring) is still carrying the questionable tag but the Jets expect him to suit up against Miami.

Ahmad Bradshaw(notes) (foot) did some work Friday and will go against the Eagles. It's hard to say just how much pain Bradshaw is in; he's got a cracked bone in that foot, after all. Brandon Jacobs(notes), by default, should be looking at 20-plus touches in this matchup.

Larry Johnson(notes) has filed a grievance over his suspension; consider it posturing as the team and Team Johnson work on a settlement. Mercifully, no Kansas City Chiefs will be on public display in Week 8.

Chaz Schilens(notes) (foot) remains doubtful, so we'll have to keep waiting on that story.

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