NFL Injury Report: Reggie says he's ready

Scott Pianowski

The key practice day is Friday, but the midweek sessions also have meaning to them. Let's see who's in, who's out, and who's on the fence as we prepare for Week 13; everything below took place on Wednesday unless otherwise noted.

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It's generally a mistake to trust the player when it comes to injury status, but in any event Reggie Bush says he'll be back for Tampa this week. He had a limited practice as the Saints returned to work. "Oh yeah, I'm definitely a go this week," Bush told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I know I said that last week, but it's definitely a go this week. I felt good (Wednesday). I felt great. It's the best it's felt."

Steven Jackson (quad) returned to practice on a limited basis and might be able to get back on the field this week. The team wants to see a full workout before Jackson will play again. "He took more than he has taken the last five weeks,'' Jim Haslett told the Belleville News-Democrat. "We kind of scripted out the reps that he needed to see. He'll get a little more (Thursday) based on how he feels. We'll see how he is tomorrow."

Brian Westbrook (knee, ankle) participated in the Wednesday walkthrough after sitting out the previous day. He's expected to play Thursday night, but this will likely come down to a pregame decision; officially, he's listed as questionable. Correll Buckhalter (knee) is listed as doubtful.

Willie Parker (knee) was held out completely and is very questionable for New England on Sunday. Stay warm, Mewelde Moore.

Brandon Jacobs (knee) sat out and looks questionable for the upcoming week. The same goes for Plaxico Burress (hamstring), who also missed the session.

Clinton Portis (knee, rib) didn't practice but the Redskins don't seem worried about him not playing against the Giants. Based on recent history, I don't see how you can bet against this dude. Ladell Betts (knee) is doing well in practice and his recovery probably had a lot to do with the release of Shaun Alexander.

Tony Romo (finger) and Jason Witten (ribs) are both set to start against the Seahawks, so go ahead and dial them up.

Greg Jennings (ribs) is expected to play against the Panthers, though he missed some of the session.

David Garrard (back) sat out some reps but he's going to play Monday against the Texans.

Eddie Royal (toe) didn't practice at all and needs to be watched as the week goes along.

Zach Miller (groin) had a limited workout but should be able to go against the Chiefs. JaMarcus Russell has been playing better of late, so Miller has some sleeper value.

Kellen Winslow (shoulder) missed some work but he's expected to go against the Colts.

Jonathan Stewart (heel) did everything asked and should go at Green Bay.

Jim Haslett says that Marc Bulger (post concussion) will start against Miami. Let's hope the Rams can protect Bulger for once.

Kevin Smith (shoulder) is considered probable for Thursday's game with the Titans.

Brady Quinn (broken finger) officially went on injured reserve, so that's that. Derek Anderson won't get anything easy against the Colts.

Le'Ron McClain (thigh) missed some work but there's no indication he won't be able to play against the Bengals.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back) skipped some of the session but look for him to play against Baltimore. He's been dealing with this issue for a while.

Steve Slaton (chest) saw limited reps, which has become standard operating procedure in recent practice weeks. He'll figures to be used early and often against the Jags.

Domenik Hixon (groin) took it easy but should dress against the Redskins.

Laveranues Coles (thigh) had his usual limited day but he should dress for the Broncos.

Jerious Norwood (ribs) had a limited day and it's hard to dial him up now that the bye weeks are over.

Davone Bess is officially a starter in Miami, if you wanted to know, with Greg Camarillo hitting injured reserve.

Jerome Harrison (hamstring) missed some reps but should play against the Colts. He's an exciting player, but until the Browns find 10 touches or more for him, it's hard to get too invested.

Derrick Mason (shoulder) did some work and should go against Cincinnati. He's been playing through this issue for a while.

Mark Bradley (calf) sat out the entire session and needs to be monitored closely as the practice week goes along.

Matt Schaub (knee) did some work and is still aiming for a return in December at some point. Week 16 is the current timetable bandied about.

Mike Nugent (thigh) had a limited day according to the league's injury report. The Jets aren't in the information-dispersal business, so we'll probably have to wait until Sunday before we get a call on Nugent versus the surging Jay Feely (51 points in four weeks).

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