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20 things to know about the Friday injury report

September 8, 2012

The first final injury report of the season has been issued, complete with labels regarding a player’s anticipated availability (or lack thereof) for Sunday.

It can be boring, dry, repetitive reading.  (That sums up 41.5 percent of the stories I post.)  So we have read it for you, and here are the things you need to know as the teams that have yet to play prepare to go 1-0 or 0-1 or, in theory, 0-0-1.  (Hopefully Donovan remembers that last one is possible when he starts his new TV gig.)

OK, now it’s time for the numbers.

1.  The Texans initially shrugged off a sore knee that knocked running back Arian Foster out of practice on Thursday.  He missed practice again on Friday, and he’s listed as questionable.  (He says he’ll play, but the team says he’s a game-time decision.)  Given the quality of the opponent (sorry, Miami fans), the Texans are better off resting Foster and leaning on Ben Tate.

2.  Listed as questionable, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play, despite a torn ACL suffered on December 24.  The team is expected to make a final decision by Saturday morning.

3.  Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, listed as probable with a lingering knee problem, continues to insist that he’ll play — even though he admits he’s not up to speed.  He fully participated in practice on Friday after sitting out on Thursday.

4.  Julio Jones and/or Roddy White could have a big day at Arrowhead.  Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers is questionable with a foot injury; he’s been limited in practice all week.  Also questionable is Flowers’ backup, Jalil Brown, who has a groin injury.  And starting safety Kendrick Lewis is doubtful with a shoulder injury.

5.  Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has said he’s 90 percent with a groin injury, but he’s officially questionable.  Which will make it harder for him to get separation from Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

6.  An ankle injury won’t keep Jaguars rookie receiver Justin Blackmon from making his NFL debut.  He’s listed as probable.

7.  Jets tight end Dustin Keller is questionable with a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason.  Running back Joe McKnight is probable with the same injury, but he reportedly has lost his third-down job to Bilal Powell.

8.  Panthers receiver Steve Smith will play, not long after being on crutches due to a foot infection.  Running back Jonathan Stewart is questionable with an ankle injury that has kept him out of practice all week.

9.  Despite being listed as questionable with a knee injury, Bucs receiver Arrelious Benn fully participated in practice all week.


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