Thursday is here, and that means football is here already this week too. It also means that we get to learn more about the injury statuses of our favorite and/or most hated NFL players.
1. We begin with a bummer in Philadelphia this weekend, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting that Kevin Kolb isn’t expected to start against his former team.
2. Hakeem Nicks was a limited participant again today in New York, and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he “warmed up well and took a few plays“. Nicks seems to be progressing smoothly and he’ll likely start Sunday after sitting out last week. Meanwhile, there’s still hope that Ahmad Bradshaw could practice tomorrow, but that’s beginning to look pretty pipe dreamy.
3. Normally James Anderson rolling an ankle would be a passing footnote. But since his injury could leave the Panthers with just four healthy linebackers, it’s kind of a big deal. If Chris Johnson can’t post Chris Johnson-type numbers this week, he needs to be stripped of his Pro Bowl appearances. Harsh? Yes. Do I own Chris Johnson in a fantasy league? Yes.
4. The odds of an Andre Johnson sighting this weekend are still pretty slim. Even though he had his best day of rehab today, he was working out independently with a trainer while his teammates prepared for Tampa Bay on a separate field.
5. Oh good, Julio Jones was a surprise addition to the injury report. Let’s step off that ledge though, because it’s probably just a maintenance day for his hamstring after the rookie wideout missed two games earlier this year. Still, surprise Thursday injury report appearances are always troubling.
6. Don’t worry, Jason Hanson is fine.
7. Frank Gore‘s left ankle sprain isn’t a serious injury, or at least not serious enough that his status for this week is in doubt. However, Gore is 28 years old and has missed nine games over the past three seasons, so any time he’s favoring an injury heavily in practice at midseason it’s a concern.
8. Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury in Week 2, but he participated in practice yesterday without pain, and was out there again today.
10. Darren McFadden’s absence will receive plenty of attention tonight, but the Raiders will also be playing without two cornerbacks, and Lito Sheppard will be forced to start in only his second game since joining the Raiders.