NFL Injury Report: Cowboys and Redskins

The key practice day is Friday, but the midweek sessions also have meaning to them. Let's see who's in, who's out, and who's on the fence as we prepare for Week 11; everything below took place on Wednesday unless otherwise noted.

Tony Romo (finger) had a full practice and looked good, throwing the ball with plenty of zip. He looks set to play at Washington, wearing a splint on his pinky finger.

Jason Witten (broken ribs) did some work and should go at Washington, but he's not close to 100 percent. We'll see if he feels any better later in the week. Terence Newman (hernia) had a full day, but Felix Jones (hamstring) was limited to rehab work and didn't practice.

Clinton Portis (MCL sprain) didn't practice, as expected, and he's unlikely to see the field until Friday at the earliest according to the Washington Post. Jim Zorn says he won't know if Portis can play Sunday night until the pre-game warm up, so there's a lot of fantasy risk to this situation. The Redskins would love to plug Ladell Betts into a big role in this game, but he's coming back from a knee injury of his own and isn't a sure thing to play. If everything craps out and neither Portis or Betts can play against Dallas, the backfield will fall to Rock Cartwright and Shaun Alexander.

Santana Moss (hamstring) only had a limited day but Zorn gave him the thumbs up, calling him "very impressive."

Steven Jackson (quad) did some work at three-quarters speed, splitting reps with Antonio Pittman. Jim Haslett says Jackson won't play until he's able to have a full practice at full speed. "Steven worked better today," Haslett told the Belleville News-Democrat. "That's all I can tell you. We'll see how he is tomorrow. We'll work him tomorrow, and then hopefully make a decision. I knew it's a lot better, but is it good enough? I don't know that yet."

Kyle Orton (ankle) did some work and has a shot to start against the Packers. "I'm preparing like I am (playing)," Orton told the Chicago Tribune. "Just going to go from there, day in and day out." Rex Grossman's relief work has been spotty, as expected; he's carrying around a 59.0 quarterback rating.

Reggie Wayne (ankle) got a day off but it shouldn't be anything that keeps him off the field against Houston. Track him the next two days, but for now, no major concern here. "Hopefully, by Friday, we can get him going," Tony Dungy told the team's official site. "I think he will be able to play and do fine." Teammate Anthony Gonzalez (hamstring) also sat out and looks more iffy for Week 11.

Tony Scheffler (groin) had a full session, a very encouraging sign given how hobbled he looked during his very game 92-yard effort at Cleveland a week ago.

Willie Parker (shoulder) got back on the practice field and is expected to get the start against San Diego. It would be nice to see two more days without a hiccup, however. Ben Roethisberger (shoulder) also practiced with the club.

Frank Gore (neck) didn't practice but off the Monday game, it might not be a big deal. Let's see what he's able to do Thursday and Friday.

Josh Morgan (groin) and Arnaz Battle (foot) aren't going to play at Seattle, which makes Jason Hill an intriguing free-agent option in deeper leagues.

Reggie Bush (knee) and Marques Colston (knee) were limited Wednesday, per the team designation. Both are expected to play in Sunday's critical game at Kansas City, but follow the next two days closely.

Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) took just about all of the reps and is good to go against Chicago.

Matt Hasselbeck (back, knee) returned to practice and is fully expected to start against the Cardinals, so the Seahawks might actually have a professional passing game again soon. The club also hopes to get Deion Branch (heel) back on the field; he did some work with the team. The release of Keary Colbert might be a sign that Branch is close to being a factor.

Matt Jones (thigh) didn't practice, but it's too early to say that he's in danger of missing the showdown with the Titans. The NFL remains mum on the Jones suspension appeal, so that probably won't come into play this week. Good luck getting open against the Tennessee corners, however.

Selvin Young (groin) didn't practice and looks like a longshot to play against the Falcons. And don't expect Tatum Bell to do much right away; Mike Shanahan concedes that Bell "isn't in great football shape yet."

Matt Schaub (torn MCL) remains out indefinitely and won't be ready for the Colts. I'm guessing he won't be back on the field until December, but the Texans haven't said anything specific yet; he'll have another batch of tests on his knee next week. Sage Rosenfels, the gift and the curse, will continue to start in the meantime.

Carnell Williams (knee) came off the PUP list and is running with the scout team, at least for now. Teams love to play coy with their backfield plans, but it would be a shocker if the Bucs decided Caddy was ready to come right out of the garage and get a bunch of reps in an actual game. Sticking with the Tampa backfield, Warrick Dunn (neck) had a full day Wednesday, while Earnest Graham (groin) was limited. It's hard to imagine any of these guys running through and around the Vikings front seven, but right now Dunn looks like the most viable of the Week 11 options.

Jeremy Shockey (ankle) isn't on the injury report, but how healthy is his relationship with the Saints right now? I'd look for a safer Week 11 option.

Jamarcus Russell (knee) and Andrew Walter (ankle) are both dinged up, though Tom Cable thinks Russell will be able to start at Miami. Darren McFadden (turf toe, both feet) is iffy for another week, and Javon Walker (ankle) is considered doubtful for Week 11.

Derrick Mason (shoulder) is considered a game-time decision and isn't practicing with the Ravens yet. Baltimore has an early start Sunday against the Giants, so his status will be squared away in time for your lineup decision. Mason says he expects to play, for what that's worth.

Brandon Lloyd (knee) isn't on the injury report but that doesn't mean the Bears will necessarily use him against the Packers. And against those excellent Green Bay corners, all bets are off.

Daunte Culpepper will start for the Lions at Carolina, if you wanted to know. It wouldn't be a shock if Drew Stanton also saw some time, however.

Jonathan Stewart (heel) isn't on the injury report, but the surging DeAngelo Williams won't give up the ball easily.

James Hardy (hip) was held out and while he has until Monday to get right, he's too risky to use now that bye-week season is over.

Fred Taylor (neck) didn't practice and I can't imagine why you'd want to use him against Tennessee. That established, it's not thought to be a major injury.