Dez Bryant, Jimmy Graham headline Week 7′s injury reports

Brian McIntyre
October 20, 2012

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was officially ruled out with a foot injury, which does not come as a surprise. What is a surprise is that wide receiver Dez Bryant did not practice on Friday due to a groin injury that has him listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Bryant will test his leg during pregame warm-ups, but reports out of Dallas on Saturday are that the team expects him to be able to play. Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is also "questionable" with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the last two weeks. The Panthers will be without cornerback Chris Gamble, who could wind up on injured reserve after re-injuring his shoulder on Wednesday. Middle linebacker Jon Beason missed practice all week and is "doubtful" to play against the Cowboys.

Four Green Bay Packers were ruled "out" for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, including wide receiver Greg Jennings, who will miss a third straight game with a groin injury. This is will be the fourth game Jennings will miss this season, costing him $100,000 in "per game active" roster bonuses. In addition to Jennings, nose tackle B.J. Raji (ankle) and first round outside linebacker Nick Perry (knee) were ruled "out". Aaron Rodgers, whose calf landed him on the injury, practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is "probable" along with Jermichael Finley (shoulder). As expected, the Rams will be without wide receiver Danny Amendola (shoulder) and left tackle Rodger Saffold (knee). Wayne Hunter, Saffold's replacement, is "questionable" with a back injury.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is "questionable" with an ankle injury that he sustained in an Oct. 7 win over the San Diego Chargers. Graham was limited on Thursday and Friday and is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a brief window to play before his appeal of a season-long suspension is heard by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Oct. 30, middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) could be added to the 53-man — deadline is 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday — and play in a small role in Sunday's role.

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) will miss Sunday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, leaving the backfield duties to Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and Chris Rainey. As expected, the Steelers also ruled out right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and center Maurkice Pouncey is "questionable" with a knee injury. For the Bengals, running back Brian Leonard is "doubtful" with a rib injury. First round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick could make his NFL debut after missing the preseason and first six weeks of the regular season with a knee injury.

In addition to quarterback Kevin Kolb, who will miss the next few weeks after having multiple ribs detach during a Week 6 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Arizona Cardinals may be without 50 percent of their starting secondary when they visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Kerry Rhodes (back) has already been ruled "out" with a back injury and cornerback Greg Toler is "doubtful" and could miss a second consecutive game with a hamstring. The Vikings are in fairly good shape, with Mistral Raymond (ankle) ruled out and seven players, including Jared Allen (groin), Adrian Peterson (ankle), Christian Ponder (knee), Jerome Simpson (back) and Antoine Winfield (knee) listed as "probable".

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Ngata is officially listed as "questionable". The primary injury of note for the Texans is starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who is "questionable" with a groin injury.

The New York Jets will be without nose tackle Sione Po'uha (back), defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis (knee), running back Bilal Powell (shoulder) and safety Eric Smith (knee), each of whom was ruled "out". Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold is "questionable" with an ankle injury, but is expected to play against the New England Patriots, who ruled rookie running back Brandon Bolden (knee), safety Steve Gregory (hip) and linebacker Tracy White (foot) "out" for Sunday's game. Eleven members of the Patriots are "questionable", most notably tight ends Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Aaron Hernandez (ankle), safety Patrick Chung (shoulder), linebacker Don't'a Hightower (hamstring), Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins (calf, hip) and wide receivers Julian Edelman (hand) and Wes Welker (ankle).

Matt Hasselbeck will make another start for the Tennessee Titans, who have ruled Jake Locker out with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Locker will be reevaluated on Monday and could start against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 28. Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy is expected to be a game-time decision with an ankle injury that had him in a walking boot and a spectator at this week's practices. The Buffalo Bills have once again ruled out rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik, 40 percent of their starting offensive line. Defensive end Mark Anderson will also miss Sunday's game against the Titans with a knee injury, while defensive tackles Kyle Williams (ankle) and Spencer Johnson (ankle) are "questionable".

The Cleveland Browns ruled out cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), linebacker Scott Fujita (shoulder, neck) and left guard Jason Pinkston for Sunday's game against the Colts. Pinkston is expected to miss some time after being hospitalized with a blood clot in his lung, with John Greco scheduled to replace Pinkston in the starting lineup. The Browns' injury woes don't end there. Wide receivers Travis Benjamin (hamstring) and Mohamed Massaqoui (hamstring), running back Trent Richardson (chest, rib) and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf) are "questionable". Six Colts have been ruled out, including running back Donald Brown (knee), linebacker Robert Mathis (knee) and defensive linemen Fili Moala (knee) and Cory Redding (knee).

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather remains sidelined by a knee injury, while wide receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) is "doubtful". Signed to a five-year, $42.5 million contract in March, Garcon has just eight receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown in 96 over three games, missing out on $46,875 in "per game active" roster bonuses. The Redskins may also be without punter Sav Rocca, who missed Friday's practice with a right knee injury. The club may need to make a roster move before Sunday's game with the New York Giants, with punters Daniel Sepulveda and Chas Henry options. The Giants ruled "out" defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps) and safety Kenny Phillips (knee) and may be without Ahmad Bradshaw, who is "questionable" with a foot injury. Linebacker Michael Boley (hip) is also "questionable".

No surprises on the injury reports for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. Safety Dawan Landry (ankle), wide receiver Laurent Robinson (concussion) and linebacker Daryl Smith (groin) are out for the Jaguars, right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) are out for the Raiders.