Friday, November 30, 2012
AFC East Week 13 injury analysis
By James Walker
The final injury reports are out for Week 13 in the AFC East.
Let’s take a look at who is expected to play and sit this weekend.
New England Patriots (8-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-6), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Patriots: The Patriots have masterfully overcome injuries this year. In this game alone, Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski (arm), Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins (ankle) and starting defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) are out against Miami. The Patriots, as usual, have a ton of players questionable. This is head coach Bill Belichick’s way of keeping everyone guessing. Among the 15 questionable players this week are tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), receiver Wes Welker (ankle), right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and receiver Brandon Lloyd (knee). Most, if not all, are expected to play.
Dolphins: The Dolphins are a healthy team entering this game. Fullback Jorvorskie Lane (knee) is the only player listed as questionable. There are eight players listed probable, including starting receiver Davone Bess (wrist), linebacker Karlos Dansby (bicep) and safety Reshad Jones (thumb).
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Jaguars: As expected, star tailback Maurice Jones-Drew remains out with a foot injury. He’s the only big name on Jacksonville’s injury report who won’t play. Rookie receiver Justin Blackmon (groin), defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (calf), receiver Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and cornerback Rashean Mathis (foot) are all probable.
Bills: Cornerbacks Aaron Williams (knee) and Justin Rogers (foot) are both questionable. Both players provide needed depth in the secondary. Buffalo also could have a depth issue at wide receiver if starting receiver Donald Jones (calf) is a scratch. Jones is listed as questionable.
Arizona Cardinals (4-7) at New York Jets (4-7), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Cardinals: Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (ribs) is questionable, although Arizona is expected to start Ryan Lindley. Defensive end Calais Campbell (calf) and tailback Chris Wells (knee) are also questionable. Former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes (back), who should be motivated to return to New York, is listed probable.
Jets: Receiver Clyde Gates (concussion) is listed doubtful and not expected to play. The Jets also have four players listed questionable, which include defensive tackle Sione Pouha (back), corner Aaron Berry (quad), linebacker Ricky Sapp (ankle) and quarterback Tim Tebow (ribs). Jets head coach Rex Ryan says Tebow will be a game-time decision. However, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Tebow will sit this weekend.