It’s Friday, and you’re hungry for another Sunday of doing nothing but eating deep-fried pickles while watching your betting wagers prosper.
But before you throw those pickles in the deep fryer, you should probably know something about a few key Falcons who may or may not play.
1. And I wish that I could definitively tell you exactly what that something is, and whether or not Julio Jones and Michael Turner will play. But I can’t, because no one can. They were both limited participants in practice today, marking the first time this week they’ve been on the practice field. They’re listed as questionable, but their return today hints at Wednesday and Thursday being just mid-week maintenance days.
2. If I have surgery of any kind, three days later I’m still in bed and asking for ice cream. Von Miller had thumb surgery three days ago, and now he’s back at practice. He was a limited participant while wearing a blue cast and a glove for added protection around his right hand, and he’ll be evaluated prior to game-time Sunday against Minnesota.
3. Ahmad Bradshaw has missed a month with his foot injury, and he’s pretty anxious to make his return. So anxious that he’s offered to cut his troublesome foot off, but it likely won’t come to that. Bradshaw practiced for the first time since early November today, and he didn’t experience any soreness. He’s officially questionable, and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said the team will monitor him over the next two days prior to hosting Green Bay.
4. Whenever there’s “stuff floating” anywhere in your body, that’s bad. Just ask Mario Manningham, who said yesterday that he may need season-ending surgery, and he was on a stationary bike at practice today. The news was better for another Giants wide receiver, though, with Hakeem Nicks returning to practice after having his head injury treated cautiously by New York’s training staff.
5. The Raiders remain depleted at wide receiver, with Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford missing another practice. They’ve both been ruled out for Sunday.
6. Miles Austin‘s right hamstring is feeling much better, and he’s now running routes in practice. But the performance of Laurent Robinson has allowed the Cowboys to remain cautious, and that’s what they’ll do again this week, with Austin sitting out and looking to make his return in Week 14.
7. Adrian Peterson will miss his second straight game, but he’s started to jog, and he’s also targeting next week.
8. Lions running back Kevin Smith has recovered quickly from a high ankle sprain, and he didn’t have any problems cutting today in practice. He’s optimistic that he’ll play when Detroit visits New Orleans.
9. When a player misses practice because of an illness, it’s assumed that even finely-tuned athletic machines can be brought down by the common cold, and he’ll be back tomorrow. When Percy Harvin has an illness, it’s assumed he has a raging, possibly career-threatening migraine. That’s evidently not the case this time with Harvin, and he’ll play Sunday.
10. A decision on Josh Freeman‘s playing status will “go all the way to Sunday,” with the sophomore’s injured shoulder showing steady but slow progress all week. Josh Johnson could make his first start since 2009.