Today our travels through training rooms around the NFL features a few anticipated but important confirmations, and some good news after surprise additions to the injury report yesterday.
1. If NFL games were played on Fridays, Nick Mangold would definitely be out for the Jets. Thankfully they’re played on Sundays, which gives Mangold a 50/50 shot.
2. Daniel Thomas has 202 rushing yards in just two games, prompting early discussion of Reggie Bush becoming irrelevant fast in Miami. But the hamstring injury that kept Thomas out of the lineup two weeks ago has flared up again. He was limited in practice Thursday, and didn’t make an appearance at all on Friday. Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis was also limited today, and will likely need at least one more week to recover from his own hamstring injury.
3. The wrath of the hammy has also been unleashed on Cardinals running back Beanie Wells. Even though Wells said yesterday that he’ll be fine, head coach Ken Whisenhunt gave him the game-time decision tag.
4. Typically players need to wear shoes to play football. Dez Bryant wasn’t wearing any initially when he arrived at Friday’s practice and he didn’t participate, allowing questions to linger about his status for this week. Bryant is still being restricted by the bruised thigh he suffered in Week 1.
5. No surprise here: Ryan Grant has officially been ruled out.
6. Mario Manningham was a full participant again, but the most encouraging sign for Giants fans and fantasy owners was that Hakeem Nicks also practiced at full speed.
7. Jim Harbaugh expects Frank Gore to be active on Sunday. If he can actually make it through an entire game without being heavily restricted by some sort of pull, tweak, tug or (gasp!) tear, then Gore could have a decent day against a group of highly unreliable and inexperienced Eagles linebackers.
8. The Colts haven’t given an official report on Kerry Collins and his potential concussion, leaving beat writers to speculate about what really took Collins out of Monday night’s loss. But now we have confirmation that Curtis Painter will make his first NFL start this week.
9. Figurative gray clouds hovered in the sunny San Diego skies yesterday with Ryan Mathews, Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd, and Quentin Jammer all missing practice. The skies partially parted today when Mathews and Jackson returned, and Jammer was a limited participant.
10. Although he’ll likely play in a limited role, Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is still listed as questionable as he battles back from a collarbone injury suffered two weeks ago in Green Bay. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is also still questionable with a knee injury, bringing a smile to Maurice Jones-Drew’s face.
11. Bears safety Chris Harris tweaked his injured hamstring on Wednesday at practice, and it’ll likely delay his return for another week.
12. Steven Jackson left the Rams’ opening week loss to Philadelphia after injuring his quad, an ailment that kept him out in Week 2, and resulted in a limited role last week. Now he’s ready for a larger workload, but we give Jackson about 13 carries before he’s grabbing something again while walking off the field.