The biggest injury news of the week is that the Green Bay Packers will be without running back Ryan Grant. He is out for the season with an ankle injury. The news had little impact on the NFL spreads. The Packers opened a 14-point favorite and it has gone down to 13. How much this effects the Packers will remain to be seen. The Packers are a pass-first team, but Grant was the go-to guy in the backfield, especially when the weather got bad later in the season. Brandon Jackson had 63 yards on 18 carries as Grant’s replacement last week, and may be able to fill the void. Here is a look at some of the significant injuries from the NFL injury report for week 2.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are going to stick with Dennis Dixon as the starting QB this week against Tennessee. Backup QB Byron Leftwich may be able to see some time, if needed. He participated in practice on a limited basis. With Dixon at the helm, the Steelers managed only 15 points last week. The offense took another hit as left tackle Max Starks is doubtful to play due to an injured ankle.
Carolina Panthers: Quarterback Matt Moore, who suffered a concussion, returned to practice on Wednesday, on a limited basis. It is unclear if he will play this week. The game was off the board until Wednesday. If he cannot play, rookie Jimmy Clausen will likely get the start.
Washington Redskins: The good news is that quarterback Donovan McNabb (ankle) and running back Clinton Portis (wrist) both fully participated in practice. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (ankle) was limited and how available he will be against Houston is unclear.
Cleveland Browns: Jake Delhomme was wearing a protective boot and did not practice. His status for Sunday is listed as day-to-day. It’s hard to gauge how improved his injury is at the moment. “I have an ankle that’s bothering me, and I’ll just kind of leave it at that,” Delhomme said in a report. “I’m a big believer in what’s said in the training room stays in the training room.” If Delhomme cannot make the start, Seneca Wallace will start at quarterback.
Dallas Cowboys: The good news for the Cowboys is that offensive tackle Mark Colombo and guard Kyle Kosier both fully participated in practice and should be ready for Sunday. After last week’s poor offensive showing, any news is good news for the Cowboys.
Philadelphia Eagles: coach Andy Reid said quarterback Kevin Kolb is making progress. He has not passed the next phase for concussions. The NFL has strict return to play guidelines. Michael Vick is taking the snaps with the starting unit.
Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford did participate in practice, but don’t look for him this weekend. Shaun Hill has been slated to start against Philadelphia.
Seattle Seahawks: Their offensive line may have some holes as tackle Russell Okung (ankle) will not play this week and guard Chester Pitts was limited in participation.
Indianapolis Colts: Safety Bob Sanders is out indefinitely. He had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn bicep muscle in his right arm. The Colts’ defense tends to struggle when he’s out of the lineup. The Colts opened a 5 1/2 –point favorite to the New York Giants. It has moved a half-point, to five points.
New York Jets: Defensive tackle Kris Jenkins will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his surgically repaired left on Sunday.
New York Giants: Tight end Kevin Boss will be out this week after suffering a concussion last week. Maddux Sports will be releasing 5 NFL picks on this Sunday’s card. It should be another profitable week for our members so dont miss any of these winning NFL picks.