Friday, November 9, 2012
Catching up on AFC East injuries
By James Walker
Let’s take a final look at the injury reports in the AFC East and what it means for Sunday’s games:
Miami Dolphins (4-4)
The Dolphins are looking healthy heading into Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. The only real question entering the week was the status of starting cornerback Richard Marshall, who has been out with a back injury. But Miami decided to shut Marshall down and put him on injured reserve. Backup defensive lineman Tony McDaniel (knee) missed practice on Thursday and is listed as questionable. He missed last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Players like defensive tackle Paul Soliai (ankle), center Mike Pouncey (knee) and linebacker Karlos Dansby (bicep) are all expected to play. The Dolphins must be careful with injuries on Sunday because they have a quick turnaround to face the Bills on Thursday.
Buffalo Bills (3-5)
Starting defensive tackle Chris Kelsay hurt his neck in practice this week and is listed as questionable. He joins guard Kraig Urbik (foot), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (foot) and receiver Steve Johnson (thigh) among the questionable players. Johnson did tell reporters this week he would play Sunday against the Patriots. Starting Buffalo corner Aaron Williams (knee) will not play and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Similar to Miami, the Bills must be careful with injuries because they play on a short week.
New England Patriots (5-3)
The Patriots had two weeks to rest and prepare for the Bills. Still, New England kept up with its trend of making a lot of players "questionable," when there is a good chance most will play. Among the 14 questionable players are receiver Wes Welker (ankle), guard Logan Mankins (hip) and tight ends Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Aaron Hernandez (ankle). It would be a surprise if any of these star players aren't ready for Buffalo coming off the bye.
New York Jets (3-5)
The Jets will be without running back Joe McKnight (ankle) and defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis (knee) against the Seattle Seahawks. New York head coach Rex Ryan said both players are not quite ready but could return next week. Linebacker Bart Scott (toe), guard Brandon Moore, center Nick Mangold and linebacker Sione Pouha are among the starters who are questionable. Scott would be the biggest question mark of the group.