Let’s do a good ol’ fashioned lighting round through the rest of the big Week 8 injuries to help you set your lineups on Sunday morning. All of the featured injury updates can be found below:
Let the lightning round begin:
Roddy White (hamstring/ankle, Out): White is getting another week off to rest, which means that Harry Douglas is the top WR going into Week 8. White appears to be on the right track, but they’re finally doing the right thing and letting White finally enter his next game as close to 100% as possible. Check back next week for updates on his Week 9 availability
Miles Austin (hamstring, Questionable): Austin will be a game time decision with a hamstring strain. But it appears that Terrance Williams has passed him on the depth chart anyways. Austin will need to get healthy quick to re-assumed his starting spot, but he just can’t seem to fully shake this recurrent hamstring strain. I say sit Austin regardless of whether he plays or not.
Dwayne Bowe (groin strain, Questionable): Bowe missed practice on Friday as he’s been dealing with a groin strain. Bowe was not able to participate at all, which is never a great sign for Friday practice participation. Add in the fact that he didn’t pop up on the injury report until Thursday and all signs point to him missing Sunday’s game. However, he will be a game time decision, so check out the inactive report on Sunday morning.
Julian Edelman (thigh, Questionable): He plays for the Patriots. He hasn’t missed any games. I think you can do the math. He’s playing.
Brandon Jacobs (hamstring strain, Doubtful): Jacobs missed the Monday-nighter after suffering a strained hamstring. The fact that he hasn’t practiced in over 10 days leads me to believe that he’s dealing with a grade 2 hamstring strain, as a grade 1 shouldn’t keep him out this long. Again, that’s all speculation as no details about his injury have been released, but expect Jacobs to miss another game as they attempt to get that hamstring right. Peyton Hillis should be getting the majority of carries.
Michael Vick (hamstring strain, Probable): It’s already been announced that Vick will get the start, so you can rest assured that he’ll be out there on Sunday. To me, Vick is an injury ticking time bomb waiting to happen, so who knows exactly how long he’ll hold up for. But Vick is a dynamic talent who got more than enough time to rehab and rest his bum hamstring and should be healthy enough to get out there and compete. Enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts, but this is a juicy matchup for Vick and should be another breakout performance for him.
Rashard Mendenhall (toe, Doubtful): Again, we’re talking about another guy missing practice on Friday with a toe injury. No word on the specific injury he’s dealing with, but the fact that he was not able to do anything on the field Friday is not a good sign for his Sunday availability. Expect Andre Ellington to finally get a chance to shine, which, in my mind, may lead to a total changing of the guard in the backfield for Arizona. Regardless, check the inactive list prior to kickoff, but I have to say that you’re probably better off looking elsewhere.
Josh Freeman (concussion, Out): Freeman has already been listed as out with a concussion. That’s probably a good thing (him missing the game, not the concussion) for the Vikings and lovers of football everywhere as Freeman is absolutely horrible right now. Freeman should pass all of his league-mandated ImPACT testing by the end of next week, but that’s no guarantee of his return as QB1. Follow this story next week.