Friday, September 14, 2012
AFC North injury report
By Jamison Hensley
Here are the updates on the injuries that matter the most:
BROWNS AT BENGALS
Browns: Rookie LB James-Michael Johnson (ribs/oblique) is out and TE Ben Watson (thigh) is questionable. Watson played last game with the same injury, but Jordan Cameron seems to be slowly taking over the tight end spot. RB Trent Richardson (knee) is among the six starters listed as probable.
Bengals: LB Thomas Howard (knee) and first-round CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) are out. Howard will likely be replaced by Vontaze Burfict, Vincent Rey or Dan Skuta. DE Carlos Dunlap (knee) and backup RB Bernard Scott (hand) are both questionable. Dunlap appears to be ahead of Scott at this point and could go about 10 plays in pass-rushing situations, according to the team's official website.
RAVENS AT EAGLES
Ravens: OLB Paul Kruger (back) practiced for the first time Friday and is considered questionable. Although he's optimistic, rookie second-round pick Courtney Upshaw is ready to replace Kruger in the starting lineup. S Ed Reed (hamstring) had a full practice Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday. He is probable and will start.
Eagles: Starting WRs DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jeremy Maclin (hip) are both listed as questionable. They were limited in practice Friday after sitting out Thursday.
JETS AT STEELERS
Steelers: LB James Harrison (knee) and S Troy Polamalu (calf) both won't play, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac. Chris Carter is expected to start for Harrison, and Ryan Mundy will take over for Polamalu. RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) is doubtful despite full participation in every practice this week.
Jets: CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) is out after not being cleared for contact. Kyle Wilson will start opposite Antonio Cromartie. TE Dustin Keller (hamstring) has also been ruled out. His snaps will be divided up between Jeff Cumberland and Konrad Reuland. OLB Bryan Thomas (hamstring) won't play and will be replaced by Garrett McIntyre.