Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (US Presswire)
Washington Redskins first-round quarterback Robert Griffin practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Griffin suffered a concussion in last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) was limited in practice and is "questionable," as is cornerback (and former Viking) Cedric Griffin (hamstring). Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will play on Sunday despite the tragic and sudden loss of his mother this week.
"My mom, she would have wanted me to come back," Griffen said via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. "Becoming a man, I've got a family on the way, just got engaged, so it's not about me no more. It's about my family soon to be and my family I've got right now -- my brother, my dad, my stepdad -- just keeping them strong and keeping them going. That's why my mom made me so strong, to help the rest of the family out."
The Vikings will be without safety Mistral Raymond, who is "out" with an ankle injury. Linebacker Marvin Mitchell is "doubtful" with a calf.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is among 14 members of the New England Patriots who are listed as "questionable" on the final injury report of the week. Hernandez has missed the last three weeks with a right ankle injury that was projected to keep him out for around six weeks. Hernandez has been practicing on a limited basis, but did not do so on Friday. Reports out of the Patriots locker room had Hernandez's gear packed for the long flight to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks, but it would be a surprise if he actually suited up on Sunday. Other Patriots listed as "questionable" this week are tight end Rob Gronkowski (hip), Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins (hip), right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, knee), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (hamstring), running back Brandon Bolden (knee) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand). The Patriots have ruled safety Steve Gregory and former Seahawks linebacker Tracy White (foot) out for the game.
For the Seahawks, starting center Max Unger (hip) returned to practice on Friday and is listed as "probable" on the injury report. With the Seahawks playing two games in a span of five days (they travel to the San Francisco 49ers next Thursday night) they may have wanted to limit Unger's workload this week. Running back Marshawn Lynch is also listed as "probable" with a back injury that limited him during Wednesday's practice.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan finally reached the inevitable conclusion that no matter how deep into the 2012 NFL playoffs his team gets, All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis' season is done. Revis will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL next Thursday and will be placed on injured reserve. The injury news doesn't get much better as fullback John Conner (hamstring), nose tackles Sione Po'uha (back) and Kenrick Ellis (knee), wide receiver Clyde Gates (shoulder) and safety Eric Smith (knee) are "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold (ankle) is "questionable." The Colts will be without running back Donald Brown, who is expected to miss a few games after undergoing knee surgery this week. Brown, linebackers Pat Angerer (foot) and Robert Mathis (knee) are three of six Colts players ruled "out" for Sunday's game, with cornerback Vontae Davis listed as "doubtful" on the injury report.
Another unsurprising injury situation is the Green Bay Packers ruling wide receiver Greg Jennings "out" for Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans. Jennings aggravated the injury in a Week 4 win over the New Orleans Saints, forcing him to miss last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. By missing a third game, Jennings has now lost $75,000 in "per game active" roster bonuses in his contract. The Packers could also be without tight end Jermichael Finley, who is "questionable" with a shoulder injury. Of course the Texans will be without inside linebacker Brian Cushing, who was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in last week's win over the New York Jets. The only injury of note on the Texans' current 53-man roster is safety Quintin Demps, who is "out" with thumb and forearm injuries.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams will miss another week with a knee injury, which means Nick Fairley and Sammie Lee Hill, the latter of whom is "questionable" with a toe injury, should see more time against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) are also "questionable." Aside from the pair of offensive linemen -- Jason Peters, Jason Kelce -- who were pegged to start this season, the Eagles are healthy entering Sunday's game as all injured players are listed as "probable" to play.
Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (groin) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (ankle) practiced on a limited basis late in the week and are "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. For the third consecutive week, the Raiders will be without right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot), both of whom have been ruled "out." Starting defensive tackle Tommy Kelly is "questionable" with a foot injury. Not an injury-related note, but the Raiders are expected to dress veteran defensive end Andre Carter on Sunday. The 33-year-old joined the team in September, but was inactive for their 37-6 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 4.
Franchised Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is "questionable" with a shoulder injury that kept him out of Week 4's win over the Chicago Bears. Spencer is regarded as a "game-time decision," but the overall injury situation for the Cowboys is looking up. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff, defensive end Kenyon Coleman and center Phil Costa are expected to play, which should bolster the trenches. One situation to monitor this weekend is the Cowboys' punter position. Chris Jones is "questionable" with a left knee injury, while veteran Brian Moorman, who was signed as an injury replacement, is "out" with a right groin injury. The Cowboys hosted several punters on Friday and a roster move could take place before they take on the Baltimore Ravens, who listed two players — defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and offensive tackle Jah Reid — as "probable."
Five Buffalo Bills will miss their Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals, including two starting offensive lineman and one of the two major free-agent acquisitions on defense. Rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik will miss a second consecutive game with ankle injuries, while Mark Anderson is out indefinitely after undergoing knee surgery this week. The Bills will also be without reserve offensive lineman Colin Brown (hamstring) and defensive lineman Spencer Johnson (ankle), and safety Jairus Byrd (chest), guard Chad Rinehart (calf), center Eric Wood (foot) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (ankle) are listed as "questionable." The Cardinals listed four players as "doubtful," including cornerbacks Michael Adams and Gregory Toler, linebacker Reggie Walker and fullback Anthony Sherman. Six other Cardinals, most notably Darnell Dockett (hamstring), linebackers Paris Lenon (knee) and O'Brien Schofield (knee), were listed as "questionable."
Cornerbacks continue to dominate the Cincinnati Bengals' injury report. Jason Allen (quadriceps) and 2012 first round pick Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) have improved to "questionable," while starters Nate Clements and Leon Hall are off the report entirely, replaced by Adam Jones (back) and Terence Newman (groin). Left tackle Andrew Whitworth was limited by a knee injury for most of the week, but practiced on Friday and is "probable" for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. The veteran has missed only four snaps over the last two-plus seasons. The Browns will be without wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) and Jordan Norwood (foot), and could be without rookie Travis Benjamin, who is "doubtful" with a hamstring injury. Norwood was placed on injured reserve ("Designated to Return") and the Browns signed undrafted rookie Josh Cooper, Brandon Weeden's teammate at Oklahoma State, off their own practice squad. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson has also been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which means Brady Quinn will make his first NFL start since Dec. 20, 2009, when he was a member of the Browns and passed for 66 yards with a pair of interceptions in a win over the Chiefs. Also out for Kansas City are defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) and running back Peyton Hillis (ankle). Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin (hamstring) and defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (elbow) are listed as "questionable." The most notable injury for the Buccaneers is defensive tackle Roy Miller (back), who is "questionable" and considered a game-time decision on Sunday.
In the rematch of the 2011 NFC Championship Game, the New York Giants will head into San Francisco without the services of defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps), running back Andre Brown (concussion) and safety Kenny Phillips (knee), who were ruled "out" on Friday. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot, knee), right tackle David Diehl (knee) and cornerback Corey Webster (hand, hamstring) are "questionable" and could play against the 49ers, who listed former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs as "questionable" with a knee injury. Jacobs has yet to suit up for the 49ers and may be inactive again on Sunday.
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford made a late appearance on the team's injury report, officially listed as "probable" with a knee injury. The third-year quarterback is expected to start against the Miami Dolphins, who will be without cornerback Richard Marshall (back) and second-year running back Daniel Thomas, who suffered his second concussion in a five-week span in last week's win over the Bengals. Dolphins inside linebacker Kevin Burnett is "questionable" with an ankle injury.
A pair of starting left tackles are missing practice time ahead of Monday night's Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game. Ryan Clady (hamstring) had been limited on Thursday before missing Friday's session, while Jared Gaither has not practiced this week due to a groin injury he sustained in his 2012 debut last Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints. The official injury reports for the Chargers and Broncos game will be released on Saturday.
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