Wednesday Injury Report: Runners on Empty

Scott Pianowski

Friday is the critical day in any practice week, but we still need to give a good audit to the Wednesday and Thursday sessions. With that in mind, let's take a good look around as most teams got back to work today.

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Joseph Addai (shoulder) missed the full day and looks iffy for Sunday's cushy matchup against the Lions. Dominic Rhodes should be owned in all leagues, on the possibility that he's the man here on game day (it's an early start, too).

Marion Barber (toe, calf) probably won't practice until Friday at the earliest, and he's no sure thing to play against the Giants Sunday night, no matter that it's a critical contest to the Cowboys. Tashard Choice is ready if needed. Jason Witten (ankle, ribs) rested Wednesday but he's been playing hurt for a while and likely will again.

Brandon Jacobs (knee) sat out as expected and is very iffy for the Cowboys Sunday night. Derrick Ward becomes an interesting play if Jacobs is scratched.

Clinton Portis (various) isn't on the injury report, and you get the idea he'll be used early and often at Cincinnati. He's also made peace with Jim Zorn, if you missed it.

Frank Gore (ankle) sat out as expected and Mike Singletary considers him a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt at Miami. DeShaun Foster is the first option past Gore, but Michael Robinson would probably steal some carries too.

Steve Breaston is dealing with sore ribs and missed some of the work, but he's expected to play his normal amount against Minnesota.

Matt Cassel's father passed away this week and he's currently away from the team. His status for Sunday isn't clear yet.

Gus Frerotte (back) hasn't returned to practice yet and it's likely Tarvaris Jackson will start at Arizona.

Kevin Smith (ankle) missed some reps but still is on schedule to start against the Colts, and the same goes for teammate Calvin Johnson (hand).

Kellen Winslow (ankle) is very questionable for another week, even with the Browns slated to play on Monday night.

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Matt Hasselbeck (back) didn't work and it doesn't look like we'll see him on Sunday. Seneca Wallace looked pretty good against New England.

Roy Williams is dealing with a sore foot, and you probably have better options anyway.

A host of key Ravens didn't practice Wednesday: Derrick Mason (shoulder), Mark Clayton (knee), Ray Rice (calf), and Willis McGahee (shoulder/personal). The wideouts figure to play against Pittsburgh; as for the backs, the only guy I'd even remotely consider right now is Le'Ron McClain.

Trent Edwards (groin) isn't back at practice yet so the J.P. Losman experience may last another week. Losman will probably try to hit Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish deep, but we can't guarantee than anything will come of it.

LenDale White (knee) got the day off but it's too early to worry about him not playing at Houston.

JaMarcus Russell (ankle) had a limited day and is questionable for Sunday's match against New England.

Maurice Morris has been confirmed to start for another week, and he's taking aim at the St. Louis rushing defense, so there's some sleeper value there.

Selvin Young (groin) had a limited day, which makes the path a little clearer for Tatum Bell, in theory anyway. Peyton Hillis went on injured reserve this week.

Mark Bradley (calf) did some work and might be able to go against the Chargers, though his history makes you nervous.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hand) got his midweek day off as usual, but should play against the Redskins.

The Lions starting quarterback for this week remains up in the air: Daunte Culpepper (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday and Dan Orlovsky (hand) was limited. The fallback option is Drew Henson, the guy Lloyd Carr used to platoon with Tom Brady back at Michigan.

Jeff Garcia (calf) missed some of the reps but he'll start on Sunday.

Domenik Hixon (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday but this shouldn't keep him out in Week 15.

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Fred Taylor (thumb) missed the session and is no sure thing to go against the Packers. It's looking like he won't be on the team next year, and he might end this season on injured reserve.

Jerry Porter (groin) missed practice and Matt Jones (upheld suspension) is done for the year, so you might want to consider Reggie Williams in a very deep league this week.

Laveranues Coles (thigh) was limited Wednesday, that's his thing. He'll play against the Bills, as will Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder).

Kevin Curtis (post concussion) is iffy for Week 15 and probably shouldn't be in your playoff plans.

Champ Bailey (groin) did a little work but his status for the game at Carolina remains up in the air.

Bob Sanders (ankle) didn't practice and will be touch-and-go up to Sunday.