Injury update: Rice, Bush, Romo, Bryant

September, 20, 2013
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Quarterbacks

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (ribs): Romo played through bruised ribs last week, although he needed a pain-relieving injection prior to kickoff, as reported by ESPNDallas.com. There’s a good chance the scenario repeats itself this Sunday against the Rams. Romo is still fully participating in practice, so it is not as if he’s sitting idly during the week.

Running backs

Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (hip): Rice strained a hip flexor Sunday, and on Tuesday, we outlined how that particular injury could present a problem for a running back. Coach John Harbaugh indicated Rice will not have to practice this week to be eligible to play on Sunday, which could result in the dreaded game-time decision regarding his playing status. So far, Rice is not practicing and he might indeed sit out all week. Even if he is active, there has to be some concern about his ability to be effective.

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions (knee): Bush exited Sunday’s contest early after taking a hit to the knee from a defender’s helmet. Although an MRI reportedly turned up nothing substantial, Bush’s status for this week is still in question. He has not practiced as of Thursday but says he is making progress. When he spoke to reporters Thursday, he expressed optimism about playing on Sunday but also acknowledged the decision won’t be entirely up to him. Hearing Bush describe the injury as “very painful” and saying he was “concerned” that it might initially be serious is enough to give pause. He does plan to practice Friday, and perhaps there will be more clarity as to just what his game status will be. Either way, it could be a heavier dose of Joique Bell against the Redskins.

Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (toe): Mendenhall cropped up on the injury report Wednesday with a toe injury. His presence on the report isn’t a surprise; he’s been there for weeks because of his knee. In fact, he’s had a regular presence on the list since last season in Pittsburgh. However, the toe issue is new, and there has been virtually no information as to the specifics of when it happened or how severe it is. His status for Sunday is uncertain.

Wide receivers

Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (back): Bryant did not practice Wednesday, as he received treatment on his back. However, he did return for limited work Thursday. He might still be experiencing some soreness come Sunday, but there does not appear to be any threat of him missing the game.

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