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Robert Griffin, Roddy White, Justin Smith headline Week 16′s injury reports

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Robert Griffin is expected to start on Sunday (Getty Image)

Six Atlanta Falcons were listed as "questionable" for Saturday night's game against the Detroit Lions, including wide receiver Roddy White (knee), who has yet to miss a game during his NFL career. White's consecutive games streak currently stands at 126, the second-longest active streak among NFL receivers. In addition to White, right tackle Tyson Clabo (thigh), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (ribs) and safety William Moore (hamstring) are "questionable" for the Falcons. The Lions are unlikely to have tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who is "doubtful" with an ankle injury. Lions safety Louis Delmas has been limited all season by a knee injury that has him "questionable" for Saturday night.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin practiced fully all week and, barring a setback over the weekend, will start Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Two key Redskins are "questionable" – right tackle Tyler Polumbus, who is coming off a concussion, and defensive end Stephen Bowen, who has a biceps injury. For the Eagles, fullback Stanley Havili (hamstring) is out and backup fullback Chris Polk is "doubtful" with a toe injury. Michael Vick is "probable" after missing the last five games with a concussion but is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Nick Foles and backup Trent Edwards.

After initially listing defensive tackle Justin Smith (left elbow) as "doubtful" on Friday's injury report, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh upgraded Smith to "questionable," which is a good sign that the All-Pro will try and give it a go in Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers also listed linebacker Clark Haggans (shoulder) as "doubtful" and wide receiver Mario Manning ham (shoulder) is "questionable." For the Seahawks, wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) is "questionable," as is cornerbacks Walter Thurmond (hamstring) and Marcus Trufant (hamstring). Cornerback Richard Sherman is "probable" after missing Friday's practice for non-injury reasons, which was presumably for his hearing for his appeal of a four-game PEDs-related suspension. Given the late stage of the hearing, a ruling probably will not be handed down this weekend, clearing Sherman to play in a game where the Seahawks have an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), right guard Chris Snee (hip) and defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder) headline a group of eight New York Giants who are "questionable" for Sunday afternoon's must-win showdown with the Baltimore Ravens. Bradshaw and Snee were limited in Friday's practice, an indicator that they'll play, while Tuck did not participate in the session. Wide Hakeem Nicks (knee), defensive tackle Chris Canty (neck) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) were listed as "probable." The Baltimore Ravens declared inside linebacker Jameel McClain "out" with a neck injury and listed safety Bernard Pollard (chest) as "doubtful." Among the seven Ravens listed as "questionable" are guard Marshal Yanda (ankle), wide receiver Torrey Smith (head), fullback Vonta Leach (ankle), and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle). Smith has yet to clear a concussion protocol test, head coach John Harbaugh confirmed on Friday. No final decision has been made, but linebacker Ray Lewis, who has been on the shelf since Week 7 with a triceps tear, could return on Sunday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), running back James Starks (knee), safety Charles Woodson (collarbone), defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee) and tight end Tom Crabtree (hamstring) have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. Veteran center Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder) is "probable," but head coach Mike McCarthy will "probably" start Evan Dietrich-Smith moving forward. Speaking of the center position, the Titans have ruled out Kevin Matthews due to an ankle injury. First round wide receiver Kendall Wright (ribs) is "questionable," but is not expected to play. The Titans listed middle linebacker Colin McCarthy (concussion) as "questionable," but he is expected to suit up and play against the Packers.

Defensive end Brian Robison is the only question mark on the Minnesota Vikings' injury report, listed as "questionable" for this Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Robison tested his right shoulder out on Friday and will be a game-time decision. The Vikings are also expected to activate cornerback Chris Cook (wrist) from the "Injured Reserve-Designated to Return) list. The only injury of note on the Texans is cornerback Alan Ball, who will miss a fourth straight game due to a foot injury.

Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper is expected to miss a third consecutive game with an ankle injury. The rest of the Broncos injury report is fairly clean for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, who ruled out wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (knee), tight end Jordan Cameron (head) and safety Tashaun Gipson (foot). Gipson was slated to start at free safety and will be replaced by Eric Hagg. Massaquoi's injury means rookie wide receiver Josh Cooper will be active on Sunday.

The Indianapolis Colts have scratched running back Delone Carter (ankle), center Samson Satele (ankle), linebacker Kavell Conner (hamstring) and safety Tom Zbikowski (knee) for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Right tackle Winston Justice (biceps), center A.Q. Shipley (knee) and nose tackle Antonio Johnson (ankle) are "questionable" and considered by interim head coach Bruce Arians to be game-time decisions. The biggest injury concerns for the Chiefs are tight end Tony Moeaki, who is "doubtful" with a head injury, and left tackle Branden Albert who is "questionable" with a back injury.

After practicing on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday, Pittsburgh Steelers second round right tackle Mike Adams (ankle) did not practice on Friday and is "doubtful" on the team's final injury report of the week. The Steelers also ruled out cornerback Ike Taylor (ankle), but should have Keenan Lewis (probable with a hip injury) and Cortez Allen (probable with groin injury) against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. For the Bengals, kicker Mike Nugent (calf), first round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (head) did not participate in practice on Thursday and Friday and are "questionable" on the injury report. The Bengals also list cornerback Adam Jones (hamstring) and running back Cedric Peerman (ankle) as "questionable."

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) has been ruled out and defensive tackle Henry Melton is "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) and cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) are "questionable," but have a fairly good chance of playing in the must-win game. The Bears could be without linebacker and special teams standout Blake Costanzo, who suffered a calf injury during Thursday's practice and is "questionable" for Sunday. The Cardinals ruled wide receiver Early Doucet (concussion) and guard/center Mike Gibson (calf) out and have a few key players listed as "questionable," including nose tackle Dan Williams (hamstring), tight end Rob Housler (knee), left tackle Nate Potter (knee) and safeties James Sanders (calf) and Rashad Johnson (hamstring). Defensive end Calais Campbell was limited earlier in the week by a nagging calf injury, but is "probable" for Sunday.

The New England Patriots listed 19 players as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, including tight end Rob Gronkowski, who despite practicing on a limited basis this week, will not play on Sunday due to foreram and hip injuries, according to Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe. Other "questionable" Patriots include tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), wide receivers Brandon Lloyd (knee) and Wes Welker (ankle), starting offensive linemen Dan Connolly (back), Logan Mankins (ankle/calf), Nate Solder (abdomen) and Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee), first round defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (hamstring/shoulder), linebackers Jerod Mayo (elbow) and Brandon Spikes (knee/ankle) and cornerbacks Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring/knee) and Aqib Talib (hip). For the Jaguars, running backs Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Rashad Jennings (concussion) were ruled out and defensive backs Dwight Lowery (foot) and Aaron Ross (calf) were listed as "questionable" on the team's final injury report of the week.

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff is out for the remainder of the regular season due to a groin injury, but most of the remaining members of the 53-man roster should be available to head coach Jason Garrett on Sunday. Backup wide receiver Kevin Ogletree is "questionable" after coming down with an illness, but players such as Dez Bryant (finger), Morris Claiborne (concussion), DeMarco Murray (foot) and DeMarcus Ware (elbow) were listed as "probable." Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints will be without fullback Jed Collins (knee/toe) and running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (groin) are "questionable."

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was limited on Friday and is "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders with an ankle injury that could keep him out of a fourth straight game. The Panthers could also be without center Geoff Hangartner, who is "doubtful" with a foot injury, and right guard Garry Williams, who came down with an illness on Friday and is "questionable." The Raiders have once again ruled defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring) out and may not have starting safety Tyvon Branch, who is "questionable" with neck and ankle injuries.

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson has been ruled out with a knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines since Week 5. Bills center Eric Wood is "questionable" with a knee injury, but is expected to play against the Miami Dolphins, who placed kicker Dan Carpenter on injured reserve and signed veteran Nate Kaeding on Friday. Miami ruled out wide receiver Davone Bess (back) and linebacker Koa Misi (ankle), while listing starting wide receiver Brian Hartline (back) as "questionable."

St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan missed a third straight day of practice and is listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a thigh injury. Finnegan missed two days of practice last week, but was able to play in Sunday's 36-22 loss to the Vikings. To guard against a possible absence, the Rams promoted cornerback Quinton Pointer from the practice squad, filling the open spot vacated when the club placed Harvey Dahl (biceps) on injured reserve. Rams running back Steven Jackson (foot/illness) is also listed as "questionable." The only injury of note for the Buccaneers is defensive end Aaron Morgan, who is "doubtful" with a shoulder injury.

San Diego Chargers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin is likely to miss Sunday's game against the New York Jets due to a knee injury that has him listed as "doubtful." Jets tight end Dustin Keller (ankle) and cornerback Aaron Berry (hamstring) are listed as "doubtful" and not expected to play against the Chargers. Wide receivers Braylon Edwards (hamstring), Mardy Gilyard (illness) and Chaz Schilens (calf/knee) and nose tackle Sione Po'uha (back) are "questionable." Jets head coach Rex Ryan also declined to name a No. 2 quarterback for Sunday's game, a tactical move that reminds us of Clark Griswold's response to Cousin Eddie's concern about sledding down a hill with nothing between the ground and his brain except for a piece of government plastic:

"Do you really think it matters, Eddie?"

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