Friday, September 16, 2011
AFC North injury report impact
By Jamison Hensley
A look at Friday's injury report and what it means:
Out: CB Chris Carr (hamstring), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle)
Doubtful: G Ben Grubbs (toe)
Probable: WR Lee Evans (ankle), FB Vonta Leach (foot)
Impact vs. Tennessee: Grubbs' absence would mean five-time Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode would start at left guard. Gurode was signed on Sept. 4 as insurance for banged-up center Matt Birk. The injuries at cornerback means Domonique Foxworth will be the nickel back behind starters Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb. Rookie fifth-round pick Chykie Brown should be active for the first time. As far as the Titans, safety Chris Hope (shoulder) is out and will likely be replaced by Jordan Babineaux.
Out: LB Dontay Moch (foot)
Doubtful: DE Robert Geathers (shoulder), G Otis Hudson (knee), S Taylor Mays (knee)
Probable: QB Andy Dalton (right wrist), CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring), DE Michael Johnson (groin), DE Frostee Rucker (illness), OT Andrew Whitworth (knee).
Impact vs. Denver: As expected, Dalton will start and try to build on a solid first-half performance in his NFL debut. Geathers is expected to be replaced by either Carlos Dunlap or Jonathan Fanene in the starting lineup. For Denver, starting weak-side linebacker D.J. Williams is out. Four other Broncos starters are questionable: CB Champ Bailey, DE Elvis Dumervil, RB Knowshon Moreno and WR Brandon Lloyd. Only Lloyd practiced this week.
Out: LB Titus Brown (ankle), S Eric Hagg (knee), OT Tony Pashos (ankle)
Probable: WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), WR Carlton Mitchell (finger), CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), S T.J. Ward (hamstring), S Usama Young (hamstring).
Impact vs. Indianapolis: It's no surprise that Pashos was ruled out, and there's a chance he could be out for an extended period. Artis Hicks, who is better suited at guard, will start at right tackle and rotate with Oniel Cousins. Hicks could catch a break with Colts pass-rusher Robert Mathis, who is questionable with a neck injury. Mathis didn't practice Friday after being limited on Thursday. Along with quarterback Peyton Manning, one other Indianapolis starter has been ruled out, middle linebacker Gary Brackett (shoulder).
Out: WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring)
Questionable: G Chris Kemoeatu (knee), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring)
Probable: CB Curtis Brown (ankle)
Impact vs. Seattle: Kemoeatu and McFadden, both starters, are questionable after being limited Thursday and Friday in practice. There's a better chance that Kemoeatu will play than McFadden. If McFadden is sidelined, Keenan Lewis would take his spot. Lewis is a 2009 third-round pick who has played in 12 career games but no starts. For the Seahawks, wide receiver Sidney Rice was ruled out. Seattle left guard Robert Gallery (knee) should play despite being questionable.