As usual, we'll offer up a full NFL injury rundown late on Friday — or perhaps early on Saturday, depending on the social calendar/situational nocturnality of Mr. Pianowski.
This is just a sample platter, serves seven…
• Aaron Rodgers(notes) seems likely to take the field against Miami, despite suffering a concussion last week. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein, "[Rodgers] has been cleared to play Sunday barring any setbacks prior to the game." He was reportedly a bit foggy early in the week, but the haze has apparently lifted and he's passed the necessary neurological tests. Here's the word from head coach Mike McCarthy:
"I thought Aaron practiced well today," McCarthy said. "He threw the ball well. Our practice schedule was cut back, so the number of team reps and seven-on-seven reps were cut back, just more from an overall team concern, just for the health of our team. But I thought he practiced well."
McCarthy was reluctant to declare Rodgers cleared to play because he said the recovery process included seeing how he does the day after practice. Immediately after the workout, Rodgers was seen by associate team physician John Gray to assess how he handled the physical exertion of practice.
• For a guy who's supposedly a game-time decision, Calvin Johnson(notes) (shoulder) sure practices a lot. He's not a sure thing in the Week 6 match-up with the Giants, but he's put in time on the practice field pretty much every day this week. Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports that "[Johnson] was able to stretch his arms to catch passes" on Friday, which is clearly a good sign. Megatron reportedly wore pads to an otherwise no-pads practice.
"We want to push it and get him as many carries as we can," head coach Norv Turner said. "He worked last Thursday and obviously was real sore on Friday and wasn’t able to do as much as we would like. I think from watching him today, and hopefully everything goes smooth tonight and he feels good in the morning, that we will be able to up his load a little bit."
Be a load-upper, Norv. Do it. Mathews and Mike Tolbert(notes) operated at very different speeds in Week 5. It seems clear that the Chargers should maximize the rookie's touches, even if they consider Tolbert the better goal-to-go option.
Addai saw limited work Wednesday but did not practice Thursday. General manager Chris Polian said Addai suffered no skeletal damage to his right shoulder when he was slammed to the ground by Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey(notes).
"It's just a little sore," Addai said. "I practiced (Wednesday) and felt good. Sunday's a long time from now, so I should be good."
• Knowshon Moreno(notes) (hamstring) is expected to practice on Friday, and he clearly has a chance to return in Week 6, though the match-up is terrible (vs. NYJ) and his team has demonstrated no ability to run the football (51.8 rushing YPG). He's not a recommended play until Week 7 (vs. OAK).
• OK, this isn't injury-related, but it has all sorts of fantasy utility: Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders takes a look at the performance of ordinary passing offenses versus poor defenses, going back several years. He's working hard to give you an excuse to add, and perhaps even start, Matt Cassel(notes).
• This last link isn't injury-related and it has no fantasy utility whatsoever. But you can't miss Joe Posnanski's review of the 32 all-time greatest calls. Take your time. Enjoy the clips. That's a perfect Friday time-killer right there. (Hard to believe Santo didn't make the list for the Brant Brown game, Joe, but that's just minor criticism).
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