Injury Wrap: Waiting for Godot, Guffman and Anthony Gonzalez

Scott Pianowski
November 5, 2009

Time for a lap around the circuit to see who's hurting and who's healing as we get ready for Week 9.

The waiting game continues with Anthony Gonzalez(notes) – the Indy receiver not only missed Wednesday's practice but he's apparently headed for a second opinion on his knee injury. Austin Collie(notes) and Pierre Garcon(notes) have been solid in Gonzalez's absence and it's clear that Peyton Manning(notes) trusts his young receivers. Donald Brown(notes) (shoulder) had a full day Wednesday and barring a setback it looks like he'll be ready to go against Houston Sunday.

Is this finally the week for Calvin Johnson(notes)? The limping Lion was able to work with Detroit's first-team offense Wednesday, a step forward from what he was able to do last week. Detroit didn't have Kevin Smith(notes) (shoulder) on Wednesday, but he's shown a willingness to play through injuries in the past.

Jermichael Finley(notes) (knee) sat out Wednesday and looks questionable at best for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Given the opponent here, there's no reason for the Packers to rush Finley back on the field. Aaron Rodgers(notes) (foot/toe) and Donald Driver(notes) (neck) also took the day off, though they're more likely to be ready come the weekend.

Anquan Boldin(notes) (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday and looks very questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago. "We'll do what's in the best interest of the team," offered Ken Whisenhunt (thanks for that, coach). The Cardinals also limited Steve Breaston's(notes) work – he's been dealing with a sore knee most of the season – but Breaston is expected to play Sunday.

Brian Westbrook(notes) (post-concussion) was back at work with the Eagles and he fully expects to play against Dallas this weekend. "He's good to go," confirms Andy Reid.

Roddy White(notes) (knee) was held out of Wednesday's practice, which might not be a big deal since the Falcons had a Monday night game. We'll track him closely during the week. And as you'd expect, Jason Snelling(notes) (hamstring) and Jerious Norwood(notes) (hip) both sat out; neither back played against the Saints.

A sore ankle kept Devin Hester(notes) off the field Wednesday but he insists it's not going to keep him from dressing against Arizona. "I'm alright," Hester told beat writer Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'm going to play." Greg Olsen(notes) (ankle) had a limited day Wednesday.

The Cowboys can't be too concerned about Marion Barber's(notes) thumb issue right now, as they gave him a full set of reps Wednesday.

Mario Manningham(notes) (shoulder) is back practicing with the Giants, but let's hope the team has the good sense to keep Hakeem Nicks(notes) in the starting lineup anyway. New York has a critical game with the Chargers Sunday.

DeSean Jackson(notes) (foot) and Jeremy Maclin(notes) (foot) both took a full workload Wednesday and look good to go against the Pokes.

Jake Delhomme(notes) (chest) took all the reps and is fully expected to start against the Saints. He'll get a major test from a surging defense that's creating multiple sacks and takeaways every week.

The Raiders aren't around to muck up our Week 9 fantasy plans (bye week), but you might want to know that Darren McFadden(notes) (knee) and Chaz Schilens(notes)(foot) were able to practice Wednesday.

Chris Cooley(notes) will have his surgically-repaired ankle looked at Monday; it's too early to say for sure that he'll be back this year. "Right now, it's still really sore," Cooley told the Washington Post. "I really can't move it or set it down. I think that's what it's supposed to be, but I'll have someone who knows tell me on Monday." Keep in mind the Redskins are 2-5 and their schedule is murderous down the stretch; the club might not want to expose Cooley in December if the season is shot. Fred Davis(notes) makes for a solid tight-end rental in the meantime; Jason Campbell(notes) sure loves his checkdowns.