After suffering their first defeat, the Green Bay Packers find the right time to face the winless Detroit Lions. And their job may have gotten even easier as injuries pile up for the Lions. The Lions will be without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, but might also be without running back Jahvid Best. He suffered a toe injury and is questionable for Sunday. For the Packers, cornerback Charles Woodson was limited in practice. If Best cannot start, the bulk of the work will fall on Kevin Smith and Maurice Morris.
New York Jets at Buffalo: Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Jason Taylor was limited in practice. For the Bills, defensive lineman Marcus Stroud (ankle) and linebacker Andra Davis (shoulder) did not participate in practice. Linebacker Paul Poslusnzny returned to practice is and expected to play.
Cincinnati at Cleveland: Bengals running back Cedric Benson (knee) did not practice. Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme returned to practice Thursday and may start Sunday. Browns receiver Joshua Dribbs (ankle) was limited in practice, but is expected to play.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh: Ravens running back Ray Rice (knee) did not practice Wednesday, but he told reporters he expects to play. Tight end Todd Heap (shoulder) is probable for Sunday. The Steeles will have both Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch available to quarterback with Batch expected to get the start.
Denver at Tennessee: Broncos safety Brian Dawkins (ankle) did not practice.
San Francisco at Atlanta: Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins (shoulder) was limited in practice, but coach Mike Smith said he was hopeful he will be available. Niners linebacker Takeo Spikes did not practice.
Carolina at New Orleans: The Saints got good news when an MRI on Drew Brees left knee came back fine. He is dealing with soreness. Running back Pierre Thomas (ankle) did not practice and is questionable. Panthers offensive tackle Jeff Otah is out.
Seattle at St. Louis: Seahawks Mike Williams (shoulder) is limited in practice, but is expected to play. Rams running back Steven Jackson (groin) had an MRI done and the injury is just a sprain. He has not practiced and is questionable for Sunday.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville: Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez (high ankle sprain) is out this week, while receiver Pierre Garcon (hamstring) did not practice and is questionable for Sunday.
Houston at Oakland: Texans receiver Andre Johnson did not practice, but did do some running and he said he is going to prepare as if he is going to play. Texans coach Gary Kubiak was reported as saying he will be a game-time decision. Safety Eugene Wilson is out for this week. Raiders guard Robert Gallery did not practice. Running back Michael Bush (thumb) returned to practice.
Washington at Philadelphia: Washington running back Clinton Portis (wrist) returned to full practice. Albert Haynesworth (thumb) also practiced. Eagles tight end Brent Celek suffered a wrist injury, but coach Andy Reid said in a report he expects him to play.
Arizona at San Diego: Cardinals’ receiver Steve Breaston has been reported as out this week, but Coach Ken Whisenhunt told the Arizona Republic he would not rule him out. Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman (calf) left last week’s game, but did not practice. He told the San Diego Union-Tribune he is optimistic ehe will play this week.
Chicago at New York Giants: Bears safety Chris Harris (neck) was limited in practice, Giants receiver Mario Manningham is questionable for this week after suffering a concussion last week.
New England at Miami: Patriots running back Fred Taylor suffered a toe injury and did not practice Wednesday. Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder has been out with a groin injury, but may test it this week the Palm Beach Post reports, to see if he can play.