It’s Friday and that means NFL teams are announcing who’s in and who’s out for Sunday’s/Monday’s games.
After incurring brutal concussions, quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Michael Vick are out for Sunday and whether they’ll return for the following week’s games will be determined later. Neither Cutler nor Vick have met with the media this week.
Not a good sign.
For Cutler, former NFL starter Jason Campbell will take over the reins. He joined the Bears this season and jumped in last Sunday after Cutler exited the game at the start of the second half. Campbell looked tentative but Bears fans were happy it wasn’t former backup quarterback Caleb Hanie.
Campbell hasn’t been a starter since Oct. 16, 2011 as an Oakland Raider. He exited the game with a broken collarbone.
He said of the opportunity to ESPN, “It feels good to get back in there and play, but you never want to have the opportunity to play because of someone’s injury. But we understand the position we play, those things occur sometimes. It’s a tough opponent we have Monday night. No one said it’s going to be easy, but we have to go there and fight together and we have to play as a unit. You have to let it hang out in a game like this. We have all the respect in the world for the 49ers and what they do, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”
As for the Eagles, rookie backup Nick Foles will take the reins. He also went in for the injured Vick last week.
What’s different about Foles besides his inexperience is that he’s likely doing a test run to replace Vick, who’s had a horrible season. Many had called for his benching prior to his injury and as fate would have it, Foles is getting an opportunity.
Sunday will represent Foles first NFL start.
In a different scenario, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been at team practice the last two days but NFL.com’s Albert Breer tweeted, “Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is expected to sit out Sunday’s game vs. the Colts, I’m told. Been out since mid-October after re-injuring ankle.”
Hernandez injured the ankle back in Week 2. He sat out for three games and returned on Oct. 14. While he played in the Oct. 21 game, he hasn’t played since after tweaking the injury.
When he “officially” returns remains to be seen.
On Friday’s final news, Dallas Cowboys running back De’Marco Murray has been ruled as doubtful but not out. He sprained his left foot on Oct. 14 and missed the team’s last four games.
He did not practice this week but said his foot felt its best since injuring it. Dallas coach Jason Garrett has said Murray won’t undergo a lot of practice before playing but the team has a short week by playing the Cleveland Browns on Sunday; they have a quick turnaround to Thursday’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Felix Jones will start again in Murray’s place.