This week's Thursday night game features the Arizona Cardinals visiting the St. Louis Rams. The Cardinals remain without running back Beanie Wells who was placed on injured reserve (designated for return) because of turf toe and is out until at least Nov. 25. Ryan Williams is expected to start, as he did in Week 4.
The Cardinals' defense has been impressive early this season, but they are dealing with a number of injuries, including to two key players. Defensive end Darnell Dockett did not play last Sunday because of a right hamstring strain suffered late in Week 3 against the Eagles. He is listed as questionable for Thursday after being limited in practice early in the week, but there is hope that the extra days of rest will allow him to play. Safety Adrian Wilson is listed as probable and is expected to play, despite the presence of two injuries. Wilson missed Week 3 because of a sore ankle and groin but returned with a strong outing last Sunday. Wilson is certainly tough, having played all of last season with a biceps tear, and it appears he'll be out there again Thursday.
Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams (groin, Q): Although Jackson is listed as questionable, it appears he is on track to play. Jackson, who has been playing through a groin injury, had a better outing in Week 4 than he did the previous week, where he appeared to be laboring. After Week 3, Jackson acknowledged the groin was limiting him -- he totaled fewer than 30 yards rushing -- but reported no setbacks. Last week, Jackson carried the ball for 55 yards, his second-best rushing total this season. He looked to be moving better, despite facing a tough Seattle Seahawks run defense. Still, Jackson has yet to score a touchdown in 2012.
Maybe that will change Thursday, but first Jackson has to take the field. Despite the short week, Jackson did put in a limited practice Tuesday, the most significant work day in advance of a Thursday night game. The expectation is that he will play, barring a setback.
Danny Amendola, WR St. Louis Rams (ankle P): Amendola was added to the Rams' injury report this week because of his ankle, but there is no indication this is anything major. Amendola practiced in full both Tuesday and Wednesday and is expected to play.
John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals (ankle, Q): Skelton continues to work his way back from an ankle sprain suffered in the season opener. He put in a full practice Tuesday, the first time he has done so since the injury. He is listed as questionable, but Kevin Kolb will remain the starter for now. However, it looks as if Skelton could be available soon, should that become necessary.