Injury - Football Wiretap
Gore Likely To Play With Reduced Workload
49ers running back Frank Gore is expected to face the Eagles on Sunday afternoon, but he will likely have a reduced workload. Gore is dealing with an ankle injury. Fewer carries for Gore would mean more carries for running backs Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon.
Nick Collins Has Neck Surgery
Packers safety Nick Collins underwent neck surgery Thursday night in New York City to have a herniated disk in his neck repaired, according to a league source. It will take about six months to determine whether he will be able to resume his NFL career.
Packers Won't Have Grant Against Broncos
Packers running back Ryan Grant has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos because of a bruised kidney. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said the medical staff didn't believe Grant's kidney passed enough tests to put him on the field.
Ryan Mathews Misses Practice
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews missed practice Thursday because of an injured left foot, a setback coming on the heels of what coach Norv Turner felt was his best game as a pro. Mathews ran 21 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and had four receptions for 51 yards in a victory over the Chiefs. A lack of practice snaps hinders the momentum built on Sunday, but Mathews is confident his foot won't impede his progress.
Romo May Need More Pain Injections
On Monday night, Tony Romo received two pain injections for his fractured rib to play against the Redskins. For the Sunday afternoon game versus the Lions, Romo said he might still need an injection. "I would say this, there's a test that just goes, come over here (lightly tap his rib area) and see how hard you can do it until I feel it," Romo said after Thursday's practice. "And if I feel it I'm going to need it."
Steven Jackson Hopes For Larger Role
The Rams are optimistic Steven Jackson will have a larger workload this weekend when they host the Redskins, according to an ESPN.com report on Thursday. Jackson has been hobbled by a strained quadriceps muscle. He was hurt on the Rams' first play of the season against the Eagles.
Mankins Returns To Practice, Haynesworth Sits Out
Logan Mankins, who missed Wednesday's practice with an illness, returned to Patriots practice on Thursday. Meanwhile, Albert Haynesworth, who missed Sunday's game in Buffalo with a back injury but was a limited participant in Wednesday's session, was not spotted for the media access portion of Thursday's practice.
Cromartie, Mangold Dress For Practice
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has returned to practice, participating in drills and returning punts four days after suffering a bruised lung and ribs. Cromartie might still be limited in the team portion of practice Thursday, but getting back on the field is a sign that he could be ready to play in New York's game at Baltimore on Sunday night. Center Nick Mangold was also in uniform for the first time since suffering a high right ankle sprain against Jacksonville two weeks ago.
Nicks, Tuck Nursing Injuries
Hakeem Nicks sat out the early portion of practice Thursday and was on a stationary bike next to defensive end Justin Tuck. Nicks' injury will be updated later when coach Tom Coughlin meets with the media, but the team's top receiver is a new addition to the team's injury front. Two weeks ago, prior to the game against the Rams, Nicks was nursing a bone bruise and hyperextended knee. Nicks played Sunday against the Eagles and practiced on Wednesday. Tuck did not practice Wednesday because of a strained groin and pain in his neck and likely will not practice Thursday. He has said that he will play on Sunday.
Colts Preparing Painter To QB Monday
The Colts are preparing as though Curtis Painter will be the starting quarterback at Tampa Bay on Monday. Kerry Collins is still recovering after suffering concussion-like symptoms Sunday against Pittsburgh and his status remains in doubt for Monday night's game.
Colston Cleared To Practice
Saints receiver Marques Colston has been medically cleared to practice and will play Sunday against the Jaguars.
Vick Insists He's '100 Percent'
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick took part in a walk-through on Wednesday.
Vick Expected To Play If Swelling Reduces
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will likely face the 49ers as long as the swelling in his right hand goes down.
Britt Done For Season With Torn ACL, MCL
Kenny Britt tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in Sunday's win over the Broncos.
Groin Injury Won't Derail Darren McFadden
After three weeks, Darren McFadden is the NFL's leading rusher with 393 yards.
Peyton Has 'Outside Chance' Of Playing In December
The Colts will keep Peyton Manning on the active roster.
Vick Will Reportedly Miss 3-4 Weeks
The Eagles are preparing to face the 49ers, Bills and Redskins without Michael Vick.
Titans Fear Britt Has Serious Knee Injury
The team is worried that Kenny Britt has torn both the ACL and MCL in his right knee.
Kerry Collins Evaluated For Concussion
Kerry Collins, who was knocked around often by the Steelers, completed 13 of 29 passes for 93 yards before he left in the fourth quarter.
Cromartie May Have Bruised Lung
The Jets called it a rib injury, but a league source confirmed reports that Antonio Cromartie suffered a bruised lung.
Eagles Asked Young To Keep An Eye On Vick
The team asked Vince Young to report back if he felt Michael Vick was showing signs of any issues following his concussion.
Bills' Williams Leaves Game On Stretcher
Aaron Williams, Buffalo's second-round pick, raised his right arm as he was being wheeled off the field.
Britt Leaves On Cart With Knee Injury
Kenny Britt's leg appeared to buckle under him and he fumbled the ball.
Gates Will Sit With Chronic Foot Issue
Antonio Gates was held without a catch last week in New England.
Miles Austin To Miss First Game Since Becoming Starter
Miles Austin is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Arian Foster Not Expected To Play
Arian Foster missed Houston's Week 1 win over Indianapolis with a hamstring injury and played sparingly last week.
Manningham Out Against Eagles
Mario Manningham suffered a concussion in the first half against the Rams and was held out of practice all week long.
Foster Will Be 'Game-Time Decision' For Texans
The Texans remain cautious with the NFL's reigning rushing leader.
Test: Romo's Lung Has Fully Healed
The results of a CT scan show that Tony Romo's punctured lung has healed, according to a source.