The two quarterbacks we’ve watched all week are progressing at much different speeds in their recoveries. The Eagles are still getting good news regarding Michael Vick’s playing status after his concussion, but the Cowboys could give us another Jon Kitna sighting Monday night.
Earlier today Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reported that one of the battle wounds Romo left San Francisco with last Sunday–his punctured lung–was healed according to the results of a CT scan. Any time an injury threatens a player’s ability to do a basic human function like, say, breathe, going through the physical grind of a football game seems not only impossible, but also wrong and a little stupid.
So sure, getting that business of having a hole in his lung cleared up is obviously good news for Romo, but the pain persists because of his fractured rib and still healing lung. ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that the Cowboys are hesitant to inject Romo with a painkiller because “it comes perilously close to the lung.” Romo was held out of practice for the third straight day. The Cowboys still have a practice tomorrow and a walk-through on Sunday, giving Romo two more opportunities to test out his ribs and prove that he’s healthy enough to play.
If Romo is inactive Monday night then Kitna will once again be under center, although Kitna seems pretty confident Romo will play. With Romo sidelined due to a broken collarbone last year Kitna threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns during a 33-30 Week 15 win against the Redskins. But that was before Washington drafted Ryan Kerrigan, the rookie linebacker who’s been the ideal pass rushing complement to Brian Orakpo, and has a sack, an interception returned for a touchdown, and eight tackles over two games.
Life could become miserable quickly for the far less mobile Kitna, and a Cowboys offense that will be playing its first game this year without Miles Austin.
Here are the other injury notes for what’s becoming a regular Wednesday to Friday post to appease your betting and fantasy needs:
- The official injury report coming out of Philadelphia says that Michael Vick is questionable, but don’t believe it. Vick performed well on impact tests, and told reporters that there’s no reason to think he won’t play against the Giants.
- While the Cowboys will likely wait until Monday night for the final word on Romo, they’ve received good news elsewhere, although the extent of that good news remains to be seen. Dez Bryant practiced for the first time in two weeks, but his status for Monday is still in question. Running back Felix Jones also returned to the field.
- The Dolphins will be playing without Vontae Davis. If eyes could make audible sounds, you’d hear Colt McCoy’s eyes widening.
- Nick Mangold has been officially ruled out by the Jets. Head coach Rex Ryan says he might be ready for next week’s game against Baltimore.
- Peyton Hillis is sick and was sent home from practice, but Browns coach Pat Shurmur isn’t worried about his availability for Cleveland’s game Sunday against Miami. He’s curiously listed as questionable though, which hints at more than a minor illness. Damn you Madden curse!
- Please remove the brown bag from around your mouth, Vikings fans. Percy Harvin returned to practice today.
- Arian Foster will be a game-time decision after aggravating his hamstring injury last week. That early first-round fantasy investment is now becoming painful, especially with Ben Tate excelling in Foster’s absence and likely forcing a time share throughout the season.
- Both Kenny Britt and Chris Johnson were full participants for the Titans, but safety Chris Hope will likely miss his second straight start.
- Eli Manning will likely be without another primary target since Mario Manningham still hasn’t been cleared to practice because of his concussion, and is listed as doubtful.
- Lions first-round pick Nick Fairley returned to practice today on a limited basis for the first time since fracturing his foot on Aug. 1. He’s been doing light running for two weeks and still had a slight limp as he walked off the field.
- The banged up Broncos made it official with Elvis Dumervil stating in their injury report that the pass rusher won’t play this weekend. All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey also remains questionable after not practicing all week.
- It’s “very likely” that Michael Crabtree will play after missing Week 2 with a foot injury.
- Redskins safety LaRon Landry is still restricted by his hamstring injury and can’t run at full speed. He was a limited participant in Friday’s practice, and will once again be a game-time decision this week after missing Washington’s first two games.
- Barring a last minute setback, Sidney Rice will make his Seahawks debut Sunday.
- The notoriously secretive Patriots have listed safety Patrick Chung as questionable, but Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports that he’ll miss New England’s game against Buffalo after undergoing thumb surgery earlier this week.
- Aaron Hernandez is also officially out for the Pats.