Thursday, September 6, 2012
Updating AFC East injuries
By James Walker
There are several AFC East players in the division already working to overcome nagging injuries.
Here are the latest updates:
Buffalo Bills: The biggest concern in No. 1 receiver Steve Johnson. He has a groin injury and sat out of practice Thursday. Bills coach Chan Gailey said Johnson could have practiced, but the team is being cautious to provide the best chance for Johnson to play on Sunday. Johnson could be listed as "questionable" for Friday's final injury report. The Bills need their best receiver to play. Fellow receiver Brad Smith (groin) practiced on a limited basis for a second day in a row.
New York Jets: Safeties Eric Smith (hip/knee) and LaRon Landry (heel) did not practice. Smith will not play Sunday, according to Jets coach Rex Ryan. Landry rested after practicing Wednesday. Starting tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) returned to practice in a limited role and appears to be gearing up to play.
New England Patriots: Backup running back Shane Vereen (foot) missed this entire week of practice and probably will not play. Offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis after missing Wednesday. Starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) has been limited all week but continues practice in a limited role.
Miami Dolphins: Starting left tackle Jake Long (knee) was limited for the second straight practice Thursday, but it would be a surprise if he doesn’t play. The Dolphins need Long to protect rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill against Houston. Receiver Brian Hartline’s status is promising. He’s returned this week and is fully participating in practice. Hartline adds some experience to the receiving corps.