It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means. No, it’s not everybody gets a humpback whale day. Far less exciting.
It’s injury day, and we begin our weekly injury reports with good news for the Cowboys prior to their game against the Giants to decide the NFC East Sunday night.
1. That good news comes in the form of Tony Romo throwing a football. He wore a protective glove today in practice that he’s planning to ditch later in the week.
2. Hakeem Nicks didn’t practice due to a hamstring injury that slowed him during Sunday’s loss to the Jets. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin remains optimistic that both Nicks and fellow wide receiver Mario Manningham will be able to play.
3. But the most important news for the Giants today was the return of defensive end Osi Umenyiora, albeit in limited fashion. Umenyiora didn’t play against the Jets, and his appearance on the field today is surprising since he wasn’t expected to even test his injured ankle until later this week. His ability to play against the Cowboys is still uncertain, and it’ll obviously hinge how the injury responds to workouts throughout the week. But the New York Daily News reported that Umenyiora looked “very un-injured” while participating in individual drills today.
4. There’s good news and bad news for the Raiders ahead of their own massive game as they fight for the AFC West. Jacoby Ford practiced for the first time since spraining his foot Nov. 10, but Darren McFadden is still sitting out, and he’s now missed 66 days.
5. Instead of practicing today, Tom Brady was getting X-rays on his injured left shoulder. The injury isn’t serious, though, and he was told that he’s “all set.”
6. Andre Johnson has missed nine of Houston’s last 11 games, so even though the Texans are locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC and Week 17 is meaningless, getting him into a game is still a priority to shake off rust. Head coach Gary Kubiak said if today is was any indication, Johnson is well on his way to playing this week, and he’ll appear in 15-20 plays.
7. Christian Ponder passed his concussion tests and practiced today, putting him on schedule to start against Chicago Sunday. The Vikings should be evaluating if it’ll be Ponder’s last start for a while, but that’s another discussion for a slow offseason day.
8. Colt McCoy‘s concussion tests didn’t go as well as Ponder’s, and his season is likely over.