Percy Harvin injures his left ankle (Getty Images)
The Minnesota Vikings listed wide receiver Percy Harvin as "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. Harvin sprained his left ankle in a Nov. 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, causing the versatile weapon on offense and special teams to miss the last two games. With Harvin not expected to play on Sunday, fourth round receiver Jarius Wright will see an increased role in the offense. Inactive for most of the season, Wright has logged 72 snaps in Harvin's absence, catching 10 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Six Packers were ruled out on Friday, including linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) and safety Charles Woodson (collarbone). Wide receiver Greg Jennings is "probable" with a groin injury that has cost him eight games and over $200,000 in "per game active" roster bonuses in 2012, the final season of his current contract.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip), left guard Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) and first round defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) were ruled out by the New England Patriots, who also listed 15 players, 30 percent of the remaining roster, as "questionable". Among those who have "50-50" shots of playing against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday are wide receivers Julian Edelman (concussion), Brandon Lloyd (knee) and Wes Welker (ankle), tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), guard Dan Connolly (back), right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee), and linebackers Dont'a Hightower (hamstring) and Brandon Spikes (knee). The Dolphins listed rookie fullback Jorvorskie Lane as "questionable" with a knee injury that had limited or out of this week's practices.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) and Byron Leftwich (ribs) were officially ruled out on Friday, as was outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (ankle) and second round right tackle Mike Adams, who will be replacing in the starting lineup by undrafted rookie Kelvin Beachum. 37-year-old Charlie Batch will start for the Steelers, who do get wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) back and should have safety Troy Polamalu (calf) in the lineup as they attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive against the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens. On the Ravens' side, cornerback Jimmy Smith is out after undergoing surgery recently to repair a sports hernia. No. 2 tight end Ed Dickson, who has 14 receptions for 152 yards while playing in over 56 percent of the Ravens' offensive snaps, is "doubtful" with a knee injury.
Five Houston Texans were ruled out on Friday, including cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hamstring/groin), inside linebacker Bradie James (hamstring) and starting right tackle Derek Newton, who has a knee injury and will be replaced by Ryan Harris. The Texans can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Tennessee Titans, who ruled starting middle linebacker Colin McCarthy out with a concussion and listed defensive end Derrick Morgan as "questionable" with a knee injury. Morgan may only have 2.5 sacks this season, but he has a team-high seven tackles for loss, 11 hits on opposing quarterbacks and his six passes defensed are tied for second on the team.
While the focus on the Seattle Seahawks cornerback position this week has been the eligibility statuses of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, both of whom are facing four-game suspensions for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy, they could be without veteran nickel corner Marcus Trufant, who is "doubtful" with a hamstring injury. Trufant's iffy status means Walter Thurmond will be active for the first time this season after beginning the year on the physically unable to perform list. The Seahawks also listed run-stuffing defensive end Red Bryant (foot), linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (calf) as "questionable" for Sunday's must-win game against the Chicago Bears.
For the banged up Bears, wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester (concussion) and left guard Chris Spencer (knee) were ruled out early in the week, while rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery is "doubtful" with a knee injury. The good news for the Bears is running back Matt Forte, linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Charles Tillman are "probable" after suffering ankle injuries in last Sunday's 28-10 win over the Vikings.
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola is "doubtful" with a foot injury that has had him in a walking boot during the last two weeks. Amendola was also doubtful to play in last Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but was active and caught a 38-yard pass. In Amendola's last three games against the San Francisco 49ers, he has 26 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown, including 11 catches for 102 yards in last months' 24-24 tie at Candlestick Park. 49ers defensive end DeMarcus Dobbs is out after being arrested on Friday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Dobbs' absence will be felt on special teams, where he's logged 92.95 percent of the 49ers' special teams plays this season.
The Indianapolis Colts will get Vontae Davis back after the starting cornerback missed the last four games with a knee injury. On the downside, starting safety Tom Zbikowski, who has played in over 95 percent of the team's defensive snaps this season, was ruled out with a knee injury. The Detroit Lions, the Colts' opponent this week, will have little sympathy as injuries have plagued the back-end of their secondary throughout this season. Safety Louis Delmas (knee) and cornerback Jacob Lacy (foot/knee) are "questionable" along with left tackle Jeff Backus (hamstring), defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck) and defensive tackle Cory Williams (knee).
Denver Broncos slot receiver Brandon Stokley is "questionable" with wrist and hip injuries that limited in practice last week. Defensive end Robert Ayers was excused throughout the week and is not expected to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose current 53-man roster is fully healthy, even if they do have over $40 million in cash on injured reserve or their suspended lists.
As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles will not have quarterback Michael Vick or running back LeSean McCoy for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Both Vick and McCoy are out with concussions and have not been cleared for contact. 2012 third round pick Nick Foles will start for Vick, while seventh round pick Bryce Brown will start for McCoy. Brown ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start, but fumbled twice in the 30-22 loss to the Panthers. The Eagles listed first round defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (tailbone) and center Dallas Reynolds (ankle) as "questionable". Cox was away from the team's facility in the latter part of the week to attend to a death in his family, but he is expected to join the team in Dallas. As for Reynolds, his return to practice on Friday is a good sign that he will start on Sunday. If not, Evan Mathis would start in his place.
The Cowboys will be without center Phil Costa (ankle), nickel corner Orlando Scandrick (hand) and may be without nose tackle Jay Ratliff, who is "doubtful" with a groin injury. Running backs DeMarco Murray (foot) and Felix Jones (knee), wide receiver Miles Austin (hip) and left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) are "questionable", though Murray is expected to play for the first time since Oct. 14.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will miss a sixth consecutive game with a foot injury. The Jaguars will also be without cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring) and defensive end Austen Lane, whose foot injury will lead to immediate playing time for Jason Babin, who the club claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles this week. The Jaguars face the Buffalo Bills, who also put in a waiver claim on Babin as they will be without defensive ends Mark Anderson (knee) and Chris Kelsay (neck) on Sunday.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (calf), running back Beanie Wells (knee) and wide receivers Early Doucet (ribs), Andre Roberts (ankle) and LaRon Byrd (head) are among six players the club listed as "questionable" on Friday's injury report. Quarterback Kevin Kolb (ribs) is also "questionable", but is not expected to play as sixth-round pick Ryan Lindley is expected to make his second NFL start on Sunday against the New York Jets. For the Jets, wide receiver Edmond Gates is doubtful with a concussion, while nose tackle Sione Po'uha (back) and No. 2 quarterback Tim Tebow (ribs) are listed as "questionable".
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was listed as "doubtful" with an ankle injury. In 45 percent of the Panthers' offensive snaps this season, Stewart leads the club with 93 carries and is second behind Cam Newton with 336 rushing yards. Starting cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is "questionable" with a hamstring injury, while Newton is "probable" with a right wrist injury, but will start against the Kansas City Chiefs, who listed three key players — left tackle Branden Albert (back), center Ryan Lilja (knee) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) — as "questionable". Lilja and wide receiver Dexter McCluster (head/neck) practiced fully on Friday and should be available on Sunday.
Cleveland Browns first round quarterback Brandon Weeden practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is listed as "probable" after exiting last Sunday's 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a concussion. Weeden will start against the Oakland Raiders, who will once again be without defensive tackle Richard Seymour. The veteran defensive tackle is pulling down $15 million in total compensation this season and has missed the last three games with knee and hamstring injuries. Over that time, the Raiders have allowed an average of 150 yards on the ground. Oakland running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are both "questionable" with ankle injuries that have sidelined them for the last three weeks, as well.
Cincinnati Bengals third round wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, a key contributor to their current three-game winning streak, will miss the next six-to-eight weeks with a stress fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. After averaging just a handful of snaps over the first half of the season, Sanu is averaging 52 plays per game over the last three weeks, catching 11 passes for 98 yards with four touchdowns.
Three San Diego Chargers have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals, including linebacker Donald Butler, who leads the club with 73 tackles and two forced fumbles. Safety Eric Weddle is "probable" after sustaining a concussion on the infamous "4th-and-29" play in the fourth quarter of the Chargers' 16-13 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Prior to being knocked out of last Sunday's game, Weddle had not missed a single defensive snap during the 2012 season.
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