AFC East: NFL injury wire

Injury report: Bryan Stork out for Colts game

January, 16, 2015
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Pats injury report: All on board for Saturday

January, 9, 2015
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots made full use of their first-round bye as the remaining four players on the team's injury report are all expected to play in Saturday's AFC Divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Wide receivers Julian Edelman (concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder/toe) were two of the bigger question marks for the Patriots heading into the week. Since both are listed as probable, they are expected to play on Saturday,

Patriots running back Jonas Gray (ankle), who was held out of the season finale against the Bills, is also expected to play.

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) continues to be listed on the injury report, but his game status was never in question.



Dont'a Hightower happy for time to heal

December, 30, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When the New England Patriots play their next game in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs, linebacker Dont'a Hightower will have gone three weeks without playing a game.

Hightower
“When you’ve been playing football this long, if you take three weeks off or a month off, it’s still football at the end of the day,” Hightower said.

Hightower has been battling a right shoulder injury throughout December that held him out of the season finale against the Bills.

“It’s football,” Hightower said. “Everybody gets injured. I’m injured. But, it’s football. I’m going to play through it. It is what it is.”

Hightower said the Patriots will take advantage of every aspect of the bye week -- getting healthy and working on execution.

“I’m one of the first ones to admit [it’s nice to heal up],” Hightower said. “It’s good that we have a slower pace and understand some things and let some guys get healed up. We are definitely taking advantage of it all the way around.”

A few sound bites from Hightower:

On Jamie Collins emergence. “I’m definitely not surprised. [Jamie] is definitely a gifted athlete and I definitely like the experience he had coming in as a rookie, playing as a rookie, he only set the bar high for himself. Jamie is not one to gloat about himself. He’s a quiet type of dude. But, when it comes to work and practice every day, he does the same thing in practice. That’s definitely an example of practice how you play."

On feeling more comfortable this season. “I think so. I have lot of guys around me that help to make me feel a lot more comfortable. So it’s a lot easier this year.”

Labeling LB coach Pat Graham as a “nerd”. Well, he’s definitely a nerd. When I say a nerd, he went to Yale, so a big nerd. It’s great. He learns from us and we’ve learned from him.”

Hightower called himself a nerd, too. “I was always one to talk, trying to be a nerd about things. Pat Graham has done a better job than what we did last year as far as talking about situational things.”

Being a nerd isn’t a bad thing. “It definitely is not [bad]. But, you don’t want to throw that nerd bomb around here too much.”

Alabama vs. Ohio State playoff game. “I’m definitely going to catch that one. Me and Nate [Ebner] have talked. We haven’t set it yet. But I’m sure we will come up with something good.”

Injury report: Jonas Gray, Alfonzo Dennard ruled out

December, 26, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Gray missed Friday’s practice as he has been dealing with the ankle injury all week. He was a limited participant on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dennard was a new addition to the injury report on Friday.

The other new addition to the report is starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back). Vollmer is listed as questionable for the game.

The Patriots also have 14 other players listed as questionable.

Long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerbacks Kyle Arrington (hamstring) and Brandon Browner (groin), running backs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle), linebackers Jamie Collins (hip), Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) and Chris White (ankle), starting left guard Dan Connolly (knee), wide receivers Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder), rookie offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), and defensive ends Chandler Jones (hip) and Rob Ninkovich (heel) were all limited on Friday.

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participant all week and is probable.

The Miami Dolphins (8-7) will host to the New York Jets (3-12) in the final game this season for both teams.

Here is a look at the final injury report for Miami:

Questionable: LB Jelani Jenkins (foot), DE Derrick Shelby (ankle), RT Dallas Thomas (foot)

Probable: TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle, knee), LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), S Don Jones (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (hamstring, knee), DT Earl Mitchell (back), DT Jared Odrick (ankle), RB Daniel Thomas (knee), WR Mike Wallace (back)

Analysis: The Dolphins are as healthy as they’ve been in weeks. Shelby was the only major injury concern, and he practiced for the second consecutive day on Friday. Thomas also practiced every day this week after missing last week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. For the Jets, receiver Percy Harvin (ankle, ribs), center Nick Mangold (finger, ankle) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (toe, illness) are all questionable.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams (hip) was limited in practice on Wednesday.

Williams finished Sunday's game in Oakland, playing 66 of 72 snaps.

The Bills were without cornerback Stephon Gilmore and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus in practice on Wednesday, but injured reserve isn't an option for either player since their injuries aren't "major" and thus wouldn't qualify for the designation.

Here is the Bills' full injury report Wednesday:

Did not participate:
DT Marcell Dareus (knee)
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion protocol)

Limited participation:
S Aaron Williams (hip)
K Dan Carpenter (groin)

Dominique Easley (knee) out again

December, 12, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley missed practice on Friday, marking the third day in a row that he has been absent.

Easley, the Patriots' 2014 first-round pick, is battling a knee injury that the Boston Herald is reporting could land him on injured reserve. Easley tore both of his ACLs (left knee in 2011, right knee in 2013) during his college career at Florida.

Easley has recorded 10 tackles, one interception and one sack in 11 games this season.

While he has regularly been held out of practices this season, it is unlikely we will see Easley on Sunday after this extended absence. The Patriots could opt to play it safe with Easley to let him heal and prepare for next season.

The only other player missing was practice squad defensive lineman Joe Vellano.

The Patriots were practicing in sweats and shells on a cold but sunny day.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.

Searcy left in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos with cramps and did not return. He was replaced by Duke Williams.

Meanwhile, defensive end Mario Williams and offensive tackle Chris Hairston both missed practice with illnesses. Coach Doug Marrone said both have experienced similar symptoms as defensive tackle Kyle Williams and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, who both missed practice last Wednesday but returned Thursday, which could put Mario Williams and Hairston on track to return Thursday.

Here is the Bills' full injury report:

Did not participate:
TE Chris Gragg (knee)
S Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring)
DE Mario Williams (illness)
OT Chris Hairston (illness)

Limited participation:
K Dan Carpenter (groin)
DT Stefan Charles (quad)
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets made it official, declaring defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (turf toe) and tight end Jace Amaro (concussion) out Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

But there was a glimmer of hope that Wilkerson could return next week. He said he started light jogging.

"He's progressing well," Rex Ryan said. "I don't know if he'll definitely go next week, but it looks pretty good."

Amaro, too, began doing light work.

As for Sunday's game, placekicker Nick Folk (hip flexor) is listed as probable on the injury report. He "feels pretty good," according to Ryan, noting that Folk took a couple of kickoffs in practice. Folk, who suffered the injury in the third quarter of Monday night's loss to the Miami Dolphins, scaled back his kicking significantly in practice. It'll be interesting to see how the injury affects him at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where the game-time temperature is expected to be about 32 degrees.

The official injury report:

New York Jets

Out: Amaro (concussion), Wilkerson (toe).

Probable: TE Jeff Cumberland (illness), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), Folk (right hip), OL Willie Colon (shoulder/knee), RB Chris Johnson (knee), DB Josh Thomas (illness).

Minnesota Vikings

Out: RB Jerick McKinnon (back).

Doubtful: LB Anthony Barr (knee), CB Jabari Price (hamstring).

Probable: TE Rhett Ellison (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), TE Chase Ford (hamstring/foot), TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin).
The Miami Dolphins (7-5) will have their biggest game to date Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (7-5).

Here is the final injury report for Miami:

Out: CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder), LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring)

Doubtful: G Nate Garner (illness), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LB Chris McCain (ankle)

Questionable: TE Charles Clay (hamstring)

Probable: WR Brian Hartline (knee), LT Ja'Wuan James (neck), LB Jelani Jenkins (shoulder), C Samson Satele (ribs), WR Mike Wallace (chest), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

Analysis: Finnegan’s status was the biggest question mark entering the week and now we have an answer. He is not expected to play Sunday against Baltimore. That means Miami is very thin at corner with Finnegan and Taylor out. Look for the Ravens to exploit Miami's weakened secondary with solid receivers Steve Smith and Torrey Smith. Clay is questionable but he has practiced all week and is making progress. The Dolphins can use the extra weapon for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. For the Ravens, running back Justin Forsett (knee) is questionable but reports out of Baltimore indicate he is expected to play. Baltimore already will be without five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson underwent an MRI exam Tuesday for a toe injury that could cause him to miss a game for the first time in his career.

Wilkerson
Results of the MRI weren't immediately available. The New York Jets didn't provide an update on Wilkerson, who started receiving treatment, but Rex Ryan sounded concerned.

"He doesn’t look great," Ryan said. "But, hopefully, in a couple of days he’ll bounce back from it."

Wilkerson, the team's sack leader, suffered the injury in the second quarter of the 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills and never returned to the game. He was replaced by Leger Douzable. After Monday night's game, Wilkerson provided no details, refusing to say how it happened. The fact that he wasn't able to return is significant. Wilkerson is one of the most durable players on the team, having played in all 59 games in his career.

The Jets don't play until Monday night against the Dolphins, so Wilkerson will have the benefit of an extra day. The Jets (2-9) have a light practice Wednesday and an off day for Thanksgiving before stepping up the game prep Friday and Saturday.

Rookie tight end Jace Amaro also is a question mark. He suffered a head injury in the game and is being evaluated as part of the NFL's concussion protocol.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Darrin Walls has been ruled out for the Jets, and coach Rex Ryan said the Jets will likely start cornerbacks Phillip Adams and rookie Marcus Williams. Both potential starters were signed just last September by the Jets.

This is the third pair of starters at the position for the Jets this season.

Williams, a starter for the first time in his short career last week, was fined $16,537 for a horse-collar tackle against Kansas City -- not an insignificant amount for an undrafted free agent.

The Minneapolis native didn’t know he was going to start last week until Saturday. After the game, he looked at the film and thinks he can improve upon it against the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger, whom Williams called a future Hall of Fame quarterback.

“I picked up on some things that we missed, hopefully come out this week and correct them,” Williams said.

Jets

Out: CB Darrin Walls (calf).

Probable: T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), T Breno Giacomini (illness), LB David Harris (shoulder), WR Percy Harvin (heel), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), WR Jeremy Kerley (not injury related), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (illness), WR Greg Salas (wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder), QB Michael Vick (foot), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (illness).

Steelers

Out: S Troy Polamalu (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), S Ross Ventrone (hamstring).

Probable: DE Cameron Heyward (not injury related), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related), LB Jason Worilds (abdomen).


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Fred Jackson are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Watkins did not practice Thursday or Friday after leaving Wednesday's practice with a groin injury.

"I think it's something to be concerned about, obviously," coach Doug Marrone said of Watkins' lack of participation in practice this week.

Watkins
Watkins, speaking Friday for the first time since the injury, said he underwent an MRI this week but was not aware of the results or if he will play Sunday.

"That's the coach's decision about whether I should play. It's a long season so I'm really clueless right now. I don't know," Watkins said. "They didn't update me or really tell me what's going on."

Running back Fred Jackson practiced on a limited basis again Friday.

"We're still not where we need to be for him to go out there," Marrone said. "We're still progressing with that."

Jackson returned to practice this week after suffering a groin injury in an Oct. 19 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Doctors initially gave him a monthlong timetable to return.

"There's always a chance. So I'm always excited about that. It would be good to get back out there," Jackson said Friday. "We still got a couple days, see how everything reacts and see what they decide."

Here is the Bills' full injury report from Friday:

Questionable:
WR Sammy Watkins (groin; did not participate)
RB Fred Jackson (groin; limited participation)
CB Ron Brooks (groin; limited participation)

Probable:
G Cyril Richardson (not injury related; did not participate)
WR Marcus Easley (knee; limited participation)
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring; limited participation)
LB Ty Powell (ankle; limited participation)
WR Robert Woods (back; full participation)
The Miami Dolphins (2-3) will play the Chicago Bears (3-3) Sunday in a big game for both teams.

Here is the final injury report for Miami:

Doubtful: S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

Questionable: C Samson Satele (hamstring)

Probable: LT Branden Albert (elbow), RB Lamar Miller (knee), QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), WR Brandon Gibson (hamstring), WR Brian Hartline (finger), LB Koa Misi (ankle), G Shelley Smith (knee), G Dallas Thomas (shoulder), LB Philip Wheeler (shoulder, thumb),

Analysis: The Dolphins are going into this game relatively healthy. Wilson is the only player not expected to play in Chicago. He has missed practice all week with a hamstring injury and will leave a void as the nickel cornerback. Young corners Will Davis and/or Jamar Taylor must step up in sub packages and could see more reps this week when the Bears use three-receiver sets. Satele will be a game-time decision, but the Dolphins have options. If Satele can’t go, Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey will go back to his natural spot after playing guard last week in his first game back. I always thought Pouncey should play center anyway, where he is most comfortable. Minor injuries to Miller, Tannehill and Albert will not impact their playing status. All three will play.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is questionable for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with an ankle injury after missing Friday's practice with an illness.

Jackson was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday after suffering a right ankle sprain in last Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions.

Jackson "should be good to go," for Sunday's game, a source said.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) is one of seven Bills who are questionable against New England.

Starting left guard Chris Williams, who missed Friday's practice, was declared out for the game.

Here is the Bills' full injury report from Friday:

Out:
WR Marcus Easley (knee; did not participate)
G Chris Williams (back; did not participate)

Questionable:
RB Fred Jackson (illness/ankle; did not participate)
CB Ron Brooks (neck; limited participation)
S Da'Norris Searcy (knee; limited participation)
LB Nigel Bradham (knee; limited participation)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs; limited participation)
DT Kyle Williams (knee; limited participation)
S Aaron Williams (wrist/neck; limited participation)

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