Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Bills-Dolphins final injury report
By James Walker
The Buffalo Bills will host the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night in a nationally televised game on the NFL Network.
Here is the final injury report and what it means for both AFC East teams:
Out: CB Aaron Williams (ankle), RB Fred Jackson (concussion), DE Mark Anderson (knee), DE Chris Kelsay (neck)
Probable: DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder, hamstring), WR Marcus Easley (shoulder), OT Chris Hairston (knee), DT Spencer Johnson (ankle), G Andy Levitre (knee), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), CB Justin Rogers (knee), S Da'Norris Searcy (hand), WR Brad Smith (hamstring), RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder), DT Kyle Williams (ankle), DE Mario Williams (wrist, knee), C Eric Wood (knee)
Analysis: The Bills will miss Aaron Williams, Jackson and Anderson. All three players are starters, but that was expected. Buffalo expects to get back Williams and Jackson in the next game or two. Jackson’s absence will allow more carries for backup tailback Spiller, who leads the NFL at 7.2 yards per carry. Buffalo coach Chan Gailey has struggled to provide enough carries for Spiller, but this is the perfect opportunity to change that. Buffalo defensive tackle Chris Kelsay also will miss his second straight game after injuring his neck in practice last week. Buffalo will enter this game thin on the defensive line.
Questionable: WR Jabar Gaffney (knee), TE Jeron Mastrud (hamstring)
Probable: LB Karlos Dansby (bicep), WR Brian Hartline (knee), DT Tony McDaniel (knee), LB Koa Misi (calf), WR Marlon Moore (neck), C Mike Pouncey (knee, ankle), DT Paul Soliai (ankle, elbow), DE Olivier Vernon (knee)
Analysis: The Dolphins have been fortunate to avoid significant injuries. They are remarkably healthy considering it is Week 11 in the NFL season. Despite a quick turnaround, they expect to have most or all of their available players. Gaffney is the only concern. He’s getting an increased role with the team as a reserve receiver. But injuries won’t be an excuse if the Dolphins don’t end their two-game losing streak on Thursday.