NFL Injury Report: Friday Finish

It's the most important practice day of the week and the most important week of the season, so let's take a good look around.

Marion Barber (toe, calf) got back on the field for a partial day of work Friday and is the dreaded game-time decision for Sunday night's showdown against the Giants. Unless you're up the creek without a paddle, you can't wait on Barber in this spot. Tashard Choice is the fill-in, and looked pretty snappy at Pittsburgh last week.

Frank Gore (ankle) remains very questionable and reading between the lines, it doesn't look like he'll be in uniform Sunday at Miami. Let's see if he travels with the team tomorrow. DeShaun Foster and Michael Robinson are the fallback options.

Brandon Jacobs (knee) has been officially ruled out for Sunday night. Derrick Ward starts in his place, and Ahmad Bradshaw (neck, probable) figures to see more work than usual.

Joseph Addai (shoulder) missed another day of work and it looks clear that Dominic Rhodes will be the bell cow against the hapless Lions. Mr. Rhodes, your Volek Opportunity awaits.

Jeff Garcia (calf) was limited all week and while Jon Gruden expects him to play, we can't say it's a sure thing. The Bucs have an early game Sunday, so you're working with a net here. Brian Griese is also nicked up, so Luke McCown would probably get the call if Garcia can't go.

Calvin Johnson (hand) had another limited day and his official status is questionable, though context clues point to him starting at Indy. It's an early start, so there's nothing to fear on this one, just check in Sunday. John Standeford and Keary Colbert will be on the other flank for the Lions (Shaun McDonald has already been ruled out), while Dan Orlovsky (thumb) will be the quarterback.

Kevin Smith (ankle) missed work all week but he's still expected to go against the Colts, no matter that he's listed as questionable. Check one last time on Sunday, just to be sure.

Brian Westbrook (knee) had a limited day and is probable for Monday's game with Cleveland. Go ahead and dial him up.

Clinton Portis (various) is not on the injury report so go ahead and push play at Cincinnati.

Matt Cassel (personal) has practiced the last two days and although Bill Belichick has yet to confirm, it sure looks like Cassel will start at Oakland.

Joshua Cribbs (shoulder) had a limited day but he's still expected to be a major part of Cleveland's game plan at Philadelphia Monday. Hey, when Ken Dorsey is your quarterback, you do what you have to do.

Kellen Winslow (ankle) has been scratched for Monday, and there's no guarantee he'll play again this year.

Terrell Owens (possible jealousy) will start against the Giants, but he might get pouty here and there. Maybe Owens should be reading this book instead of the playbook.

Kevin Curtis (post-concussion) got back to a full session and should be able to start Monday night, if you're in a pinch.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hand) took full reps and will start against the Redskins.

Mark Bradley (calf) had a limited day and looks too risky to gamble on this week, even with San Diego headed to town.

Domenik Hixon (ankle) was limited again on Friday and looks like a game-time decision. He's a quality player, but I wouldn't risk a thing on him here, especially with the game slated for Sunday night.

Laveranues Coles (thigh) was limited all week, as usual, but he's expected to go against the Bills. That said, this looks like a back-to-basics week for the Jets (run, run, run some more), and I'm not confident Brett Favre will be winging it a lot.

Derrick Mason (shoulder) and Mark Clayton (knee) both had full days and are probable for the showdown with Pittsburgh.

Steve Breaston (ribs) had a complete day and although he's listed as questionable, he should get his normal work on Sunday.

LenDale White (knee) had a limited day and he's listed as questionable, Jeff Fisher's default designation. The Titans have an early kickoff, so give White one last look around noon eastern if you can.

Matt Hasselbeck (back) is out for another week and Walter Jones (knee surgery) won't play again this year. Seneca Wallace, who played pretty well against New England last week, starts at St. Louis.

Selvin Young (groin) had a full day and figures to back up Tatum Bell at Carolina (though you never really know with Mike Shanahan). Get ready to chuck it, Jay Cutler.

JaMarcus Russell (ankle) took full reps and is probable for New England.

Roy Williams (foot) didn't go Friday but he's still considered probable for the weekend. I assume you have better options.

Arnaz Battle (foot) is out for another week, which means an extra target or two for Isaac Bruce, Jason Hill and Bryant Johnson.

Ray Rice (calf) didn't work all week, so Le'Ron McCain and Willis McGahee figure to handle the work against Pittsburgh.

Josh Reed (back) had another limited day and can't be used against the Jets.

Fred Taylor (thumb) is out for the year, and might be done in Jacksonville, period.

L.J. Smith was limited in practice Friday, ostensibly by a knee injury. He's probable.

Gus Frerotte (back) did a little bit at practice Friday but he's not going to play Sunday, and there's no guarantee he'll be ready in a week. Tarvaris Jackson starts at Arizona.

Trent Edwards (groin) is listed as doubtful but it might as well be "out." J.P. Losman will start at the Meadowlands against the Jets.