09-15-2012, 10:14 PM
The big injury story of the week was the New York Jets ruling All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis and tight end Dustin Keller out for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who may be without both James Harrison and Troy Polamalu on Sunday. All of the final injury reports of the week are in, so now it's time to take a look at the injury situations worth keeping a close eye on this weekend. Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwell declared Kevin Kolb the starting quarterback for this week, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn't ready to rule John Skelton (ankle) out of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, listing the Fordham product as "doubtful" on Friday's report. With Skelton missing all of this week's practices, it would be a major surprise if he even suited up on Sunday, which means Kevin Kolb gets yet another bite at the apple. For the Patriots, right guard Dan Connolly is listed as "questionable" with a concussion. The Cardinals arguably have the best 3-4 defensive line in football and defensive coordinator Ray Horton is very creative when it comes to sending pressure at opposing quarterbacks. Marcus Cannon, Donald Thomas or Nick McDonald would start in Connolly's place and draw the unenviable task of dealing with Darnell Dockett all afternoon. (Either way, Gisele may want to stock up on ice.) Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jeremy Maclin (hip) missed practice during the week and are listed as "questionable" after returning on a limited basis on Friday. Both receivers are expected to play against the Baltimore Ravens, who will once again be without right tackle Jah Reid, but are expected to have Matt Birk and Ed Reed, who are listed as "probable" with thigh injuries. Linebacker Scott Fujita (knee) was one of nine Cleveland Browns listed as "probable" on the injury report. Fujita had his bounty suspension overturned last Friday and likely would have played had he not missed practice while serving the first of a three-week suspension. Fujita could make his 2012 debut against the Cincinnati Bengals, who may add some depth in the backfield as running back Bernard Scott is "questionable" with a hand injury that kept him out of the opener. The Dallas Cowboys will once again be without nose tackle Jay Ratliff, but with the additional time off after opening the season on Sept. 5, they are a fairly healthy team heading into Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Ten players, including Miles Austin, DeMarco Murray, DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten were listed as "probable". Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (foot) and left tackle Russell Okung (knee) are questionable. Okung struggled with Cardinals linebacker Sam Acho in the opener and committed three false start penalties. If Okung plays, how he deals with Ware and Anthony Spencer could be determining factor in the game. Five Jacksonville Jaguars, including outside linebacker Daryl Smith, will miss Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. The Jaguars will also be without starting right tackle Cameron Bradfield (ankle) and Eben Britton is listed as "questionable" (also with an ankle injury), prompting the Jaguars to elevate offensive lineman Daniel Baldridge from their practice squad on Saturday. The Kansas City Chiefs will once again be without safety Kendrick Lewis, but the secondary is expected to receive a boost with the return of cornerback Brandon Flowers, who missed the season-opener with a foot injury. Flowers is officially listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, who will be without running back Fred Jackson (knee) for the next few weeks. The Indianapolis Colts' pass rush took a hit as an ankle injury prevented Dwight Freeney from practicing all week and will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. With Freeney out, 2010 first round pick Jerry Hughes and first-year player Mario Addison are expected to play opposite Robert Mathis. Hughes and Addison tied for the Colts' lead with three sacks during the preseason. The Colts listed wide receiver Austin Collie (head) as "doubtful" and, like last week, he'll be a player they won't make a final determination on until inactive lists are due 90 minutes before kickoff.