Injury designations have been announced for all eight teams playing on wild-card weekend. Here’s the final report of the week, along with our spin.
Bengals at Texans
Doubtful: S Taylor Mays (hamstring), LB Dontay Moch (illness)
Probable: DT Geno Atkins (achilles), RB Cedric Benson (foot), C Kyle Cook (foot), S Chris Crocker (knee), QB Andy Dalton (illness), DE Jonathan Fanene (not injury related), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder)
GLS ANALYSIS: Everyone that matters practiced on Thursday and Friday, so they’re in very good shape.
Questionable: CB Jason Allen (back), LB Bryan Braman (neck), S Troy Nolan (ankle)
Probable: G Mike Brisiel (ankle), G Antoine Caldwell (ankle), RB James Casey (knee), DT Shaun Cody (knee), TE Owen Daniels (knee), TE Joel Dreessen (knee), RB Arian Foster (knee), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), WR Bryant Johnson (thigh), CB Johnathan Joseph (achilles), CB Sherrick McManis (ankle), C Chris Myers (knee), T Derek Newton (hip), S Glover Quin (ankle, elbow), T Eric Winston (calf), QB T.J. Yates (left shoulder)
GLS ANALYSIS: T.J. Yates, Andre Johnson and Johnathan Joseph practiced fully despite being less than 100 percent. Injuries won’t be a factor in the first game of wild-card weekend.
Lions at Saints
Doubtful: S Chris Harris (back)
Probable: DE Cliff Avril (back), CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Nick Fairley (foot), CB Chris Houston (hand, knee), WR Calvin Johnson (achilles), CB Alphonso Smith (foot), RB Kevin Smith (ankle, knee), DT Corey Williams (hip), DE Willie Young (ankle)
GLS ANALYSIS: Detroit’s also getting healthier at a good time, but Berry, Delmas, Fairley, Houston, Johnson and both Smiths were limited in practice the last few days, and it’s a short week for the Lions.
Out: LB Jonathan Casillas (knee), TE John Gilmore (toe), WR Lance Moore (hamstring)
Probable: S Jonathon Amaya (shoulder), S Malcolm Jenkins (neck), WR Robert Meachem (knee), LB Jonathan Vilma (knee)
GLS ANALYSIS: The Saints would obviously like to have Moore, but they’re deep enough that his absence shouldn’t play a role. Vilma and Jenkins practiced fully on Friday, while Meachem remains limited. Drew Brees might rely heavily on the healthy trio of Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Darren Sproles.
Falcons at Giants
Doubtful: LB Stephen Nicholas (toe)
Questionable: CB Brent Grimes (knee)
Probable: DE John Abraham (not injury related), DT Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), RB Mike Cox (finger), WR Harry Douglas (groin), TE Tony Gonzalez (not injury related), DT Peria Jerry (calf), WR Julio Jones (thumb), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (not injury related), WR Kerry Meier (groin), S William Moore (groin), CB Christopher Owens (hand), TE Michael Palmer (knee), RB Jason Snelling (knee), RB Michael Turner (groin), LB Sean Weatherspoon (head), WR Roddy White (hip)
GLS ANALYSIS: Weatherspoon not being 100 percent is a bit scary with Nicholas unlikely to play and Mike Peterson out for the year, but he practiced fully on Friday. Keep a close eye on Grimes, who is arguably the most important player on the Atlanta defense but appears to be laboring quite a lot. I’m not sure they can stop the Giants without him healthy.
Out: LB Mark Herzlich (ankle)
Probable: TE Jake Ballard (knee), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), RB Da’Rel Scott (knee), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), T Tony Ugoh (ankle), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring)
GLS ANALYSIS: Tuck took today’s practice off, which worries bit a little because he had been fine all week and Umenyiora is already hurt on that line. Bradshaw appears to be getting better, which is big.
Steelers at Broncos
Out: CB Cortez Allen (shoulder), RB Mewelde Moore (knee)
Questionable: C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle)
Probable: LB James Harrison (toe), DE Brett Keisel (groin), G Doug Legursky (shoulder), S Troy Polamalu (calf), QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle), T Jonathan Scott (back), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)
GLS ANALYSIS: Pouncey didn’t practice all week, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has already ruled him out, which is quite worrisome considering that Roethlisberger is banged up and prefers taking shotgun snaps at this point. Everyone else that matters is practicing without limitations.
Out: S Brian Dawkins (neck)
Doubtful: RB Spencer Larsen (knee)
Questionable: S David Bruton (achilles), CB Jonathan Wilhite (illness)
Probable: LB Von Miller (thumb), WR Eddie Royal (toe)
GLS ANALYSIS: Miller is still in a cast, which hurts. And in addition to Dawkins, Denver won’t have regular starting guard Chris Kuper. Injuries could be a factor on both sides of the ball in this game.