With a few hours until kickoff, here’s the latest injury news.
The Dolphins play the Colts on Sunday and their rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is expected to start. Last week he suffered a hyperextended left knee and deep thigh bruise but he has no structural damage. Backup quarterback Matt Moore is impatiently waiting in the wings to pinch hit if called upon.
Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline is also expected to play against the Colts. He has a groin injury and NFL.com reported that if it didn’t bother him during warm ups, it’s go time.
Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (knee) said that he will play in Sunday’s game but running back Donald Brown had been downgraded to questionable due also from knee problems; he is not expected to play.
In other Colts news, coach Chuck Pagano is expected to be in the house for Sunday’s game. He has been away from the team since Week 3 when he had been diagnosed with leukemia. He was released by the hospital on Monday and was at the team’s facilities this week.
On Friday, Colts owner Jim Irsay suggested this coach may attend the game, reported NFL.com.
This should further inspire the team.
Seahawks guard James Carpenter is out for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. On Friday he had been listed as questionable on the injury report thanks to an illness but it was later disclosed as a concussion, reported The Seattle Times.
Earlier this season, Carpenter had been recovering from a knee injury that had kept him sidelined.
Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Last week against the New York Giants, Bryant injured his hip while trying to make a catch. He had been limited this week in practice and on Friday, he fell down when attempting to catch a pass.
Determined to return against his former team, the Houston Texans, on Sunday, Bills defensive end Mario Williams had been playing with a torn ligament in his wrist, reported ESPN but underwent surgery for it during the team’s recent bye week.
While many players would take longer to recover, Williams could buck this trend on Sunday.
It’s also not his first surgery. During his rookie season in 2006, he had a toe injury that he didn’t talk about but after undergoing surgery, his play improved a lot.
Will this happen a second time?
In other Buffalo news, running back C.J. Spiller will also play this week as he recovers from a shoulder injury.