Week 6 NFL Injury Report: Who’s Playing, Who’s Out

October 17th, 2010 – by Jimmy

With a plethora of injuries to note for Week 6 in the NFL, there is no time to waste. Lets get right into it starting with Green Bay Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers, QB: Green Bay Packers – This week’s injury report for the Green Bay Packers is nearly the size of a NFL roster. Among those on it, QB Aaron Rodgers. The Packers’ QB suffered a concussion in the loss last week to the Washington Redskins and it was unknown whether Rodgers would make an appearance in week 6. It appears as though those doubts can be laid to rest as Rodgers is officially listed as PROBABLE for the game this week against the Miami Dolphins. Rodgers practiced Thursday, Friday and looks to be a go unless something unforeseen happens between now and the 1pm scheduled kickoff.

Bottom line, the Packers need Aaron Rodgers to play, especially with the defense missing key players like LB Nick Barnett (OUT), and LB Clay Matthews (DOUBTFUL). While the Packers have confidence in backup QB Matt Flynn, the Super Bowl hopes of Packer fans go as Rodgers goes. This season, Rodgers has compiled 1,233 yards passing, good for 9 touchdowns.

With Rodgers likely to play, oddsmakers have stepped up and released an over/under for Rodgers’ total yard passing. Currently, the mark has been set at a total of 250.5 yards with the over paying -125 and the under paying -105. By looking at the NFL Betting Odds, oddsmakers are in favor of Rodgers going for 251 yards or more.

Other Packers’ Injuries: S Derrick Martin (OUT), TE Jermichael Finley (OUT), LB Brandon Chillar (OUT), T Mark Tauscher (DOUBTFUL), DE Mike Neal (QUESTIONABLE), DE Ryan Pickett (QUESTIONABLE), WR Donald Driver (PROBABLE), S Nick Collins (PROBABLE), DE Cullen Jenkins (PROBABLE), RB Quinn Johnson (PROBABLE), TE Donald Lee (PROBABLE), CB Sam Shields (PROBABLE), CB Charles Woodson (PROBABLE), T Chad Clifton (PROBABLE)

Brett Favre, QB: Minnesota Vikings – It was apparent last Monday night that Favre was in pain, but not from his surgically repaired ankle rather it was tendinitis in his right elbow that affected Favre’s game the most. Favre was on the injury report last week for the same injury and still played. This week, Favre is officially listed as QUESTIONABLE and said earlier in the week that he may sit out a game or two. Just as we said last week, we expect Favre to start unless his elbow completely detaches from his body, an even then he’d only be questionable, just as he is now.

It is this writer’s prediction that Favre will play and keep his consecutive start streak intact. How well Favre plays?… that can’t be predicted. There is little doubt that the tendinitis that Favre is suffering from is affecting his accuracy and throw power. This was evident on Monday Night Football last week as Favre led the Vikings back into the game against the Jets, just to toss a pick 6 to seal the game for New York. While the Cowboys have talent on defense, it’s not New York Jets good, and therefore the Vikings have a good chance in this game.

Should Favre play, and we think he will, oddsmakers at Bodog Sportsbook have issued several lines related to Favre’s play. The first, over/under 230.5 yards passing for Favre. The under pays -105 and the over pays -125, making the over the favorite. Second, over/under 1.5 Favre touchdown passes. Under pays +125, over pays -155, making the over the clear favorite in this bet. Finally, over/under .5 Brett Favre interceptions. The under pays +175 while the over pays out at -215, also making the over the clear favorite.

Other Vikings Injuries: G Chris DeGeare (OUT), CB Chris Cook (QUESTIONABLE), C John Sullivan (QUESTIONABLE), DE Brian Robison (PROBABLE), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (PROBABLE), S Madieu Williams (PROBABLE), S Jamarca Sanford (PROBABLE)

Michael Vick, QB: Philadelphia Eagles – Earlier this week, head coach Andy Reid stated that Vick was making progress in getting back from his rib cartilage injury, but that Kevin Kolb would get the start this Sunday against Vick’s former team, the Atlanta Falcons. Officially listed as QUESTIONABLE, Vick participated in practice on Friday, more than any day since he sustained his rib injury. This is good news, however it may not be the good news that Vick fantasy owners are looking for. While it is crystal clear that Vick will not start, Andy Reid has not ruled out the possibility of Vick suiting up for this game.

Don’t look for much out of Vick this week. Though there is little doubt we wants to come back and get some “get back” on the Falcons, the smart move is to continue healing and not undo the progress he’s made so far. Even though the Eagles are a different team with Vick at the helm, week 6 is too early to start pressing. The NFC East is still wide open and the Eagles have as good a chance of winning it as any team in division. The Eagles will need both Vick and Kolb coming down the stretch.

With Vick riding the pine, oddsmakers do not have any NFL Player Proposition bets on him. Instead, we have found a few betting lines related to Kolb’s Sunday performance. Over/under 250.5 passing yards for Kevin Kolb. The under is favored, paying out at -125, while the over pays out at -105. Over/under 1.5 touchdown passes for Kolb. Again, the under is the favorite, paying out -125, while the over is slated to pay out at -105.

Other Eagles Injuries: DT Brodrick Bunkley (OUT), T Jason Peters (OUT), WR Riley Cooper (QUESTIONABLE), TE Brent Celek (PROBABLE), G Nick Cole (PROBABLE), G Todd Herremans (PROBABLE), T Austin Howard (PROBABLE), RB LeSean McCoy (PROBABLE), CB Dimitri Patterson (PROBABLE)

Pierre Thomas, RB: New Orleans Saints – The Saints may be the one team with more injuries listed than the Green Bay Packers, though New Orleans’ injuries aren’t nearly as serious as the Pack. Once again, RB Pierre Thomas will be OUT for this game. This will be the third consecutive game that Thomas has missed with an ankle injury. Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue with Reggie Bush backing Thomas up, however that is still not an option with Bush (OUT) recovering from a broken leg.

The Saints need to find answers and quick. The running back position is simply letting the team down as evidenced by the loss last Sunday to Arizona. Even before then, close wins against the 49ers, and Panthers, as well as the first loss of the season to Atlanta were evidence that the Saints could not continue to be one-sided offensively. With the lack of running back depth, the Saints could easily find themselves in a scrap with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are playing surprisingly well.

With no clear number one running back, oddsmakers at Intertops Sportsbook did not bother to come up with NFL betting odds for the Saints’ RBs. In fact, every Saints’ player prop bet centers around Drew Brees and his receivers. For the game, the Saints enter this contest as 4 point road favorites.

Other Saints Injuries: RB Reggie Bush (OUT), CB Randall Gay (OUT), CB Tracy Porter (OUT), DE Will Smith (QUESTIONABLE), LB Scott Shanle (PROBABLE), LB Stanley Arnoux (PROBABLE), QB Drew Brees (PROBABLE), DE Jeff Charleston (OUT), WR Marques Colston (PROBABLE), TE Jimmy Graham (PROBABLE), RB Chris Ivory (PROBABLE), T Jon Stinchcomb (PROBABLE), T Zach Strief (PROBABLE), CB Leigh Torrence (PROBABLE), LB Anthony Waters (PROBABLE), DE Jimmy Wilkerson (PROBABLE), S Usama Young (PROBABLE), S Roman Harper (PROBABLE)

Darrelle Revis, CB: New York Jets – Officially listed as QUESTIONABLE, the New York Jets may be missing their star defensive back should Revis not be able to play against the Denver Broncos come Sunday. Revis has been nursing a hamstring injury since a week 2 matchup against Randy Moss and the New England Patriots. Revis would miss the next two games but returned last Monday night to face Randy Moss and the Minnesota Vikings.

Darrelle Revis is capable of changing an offensive gameplan when healthy. Unfortunately, Revis is not healthy and his hamstring is slowing him down. Luckily for the Jets, Antonio Cromartie is returning to his spectacular form from a few years back with the Chargers. In fact, last Monday, it was Cromartie that was glued to Moss, not Revis. Either way this goes, the Jets will have their hands full with the Broncos and the mile high air. Broncos QB Kyle Orton has done well this season through the air. That may be because of the injuries which have run rampant through the Broncos’ running backs.

Typically, oddsmakers do not release proposition bets for defensive players and that is true this week. Instead of NFL Proposition Bets for the New York Jets secondary, we’ve got props for Kyle Orton, the opposition. Bodog Sportsbook currently has the over/under passing yards for Orton set at a total of 270.5 yards with both sides of the bet paying evenly at -115. Jets fans will definitely be pulling for the under, and by betting on the under, you’re essentially betting on the Jets defense, particularly the secondary.

Other Jets Injuries: S Jim Leonhard (PROBABLE), C Nick Mangold (PROBABLE), G Brandon Moore (PROBABLE), LB Jamaal Westerman (PROBABLE), LB Calvin Pace (PROBABLE)

Donald Brown, RB: Indianapolis Colts – For the third week running, RB Donald Brown will be OUT for the Indianapolis Colts. Nursing an ailing hamstring injury, Brown did not travel with the team to Washington as the team prepares to take on the Redskins this Sunday. While Brown has only been a backup to this point in his career, the Colts running backs are hurting right now. Starting RB Joseph Addai, officially listed as QUESTIONABLE, left last week’s game with a neck/shoulder injury. With that said, Addai at least made the trip with the team, and will likely see some action. In addition, RB Mike Hart (QUESTIONABLE) is on the injury report, but is capable of filling in for Brown.

Unless Peyton Manning is out, the Colts shouldn’t have too much to worry about. Running backs come and go, but 6’5″ QBs with “laser rocket arms” don’t come around everyday. Traditionally, at least for the last 10+ years, the Colts have been a team that goes through the air and not so much the ground. So, even though these injuries to the backs will hamper Indianapolis’ ground game, the passing game should be as effective as ever with Manning at the helm.

Surprisingly, there are zero NFL player proposition bets for the Colts listed at Bodog Sportsbook. Not even Peyton Manning has a line for over/under passing yards. We expected not to find lines for the running backs because of the uncertainty in the backfield, so we’ll just give you the game lines. As it stands right now, the Colts are a 3 point favorite heading into this matchup according to the latest Week 6 NFL Betting Odds.

Other Colts Injuries: LB Kavell Conner (OUT), S Bob Sanders (OUT), LB Gary Brackett (QUESTIONABLE), WR Anthony Gonzalez (OUT), CB Jacob Lacey (OUT), T Charlie Johnson (QUESTIONABLE), WR Austin Collie (QUESTIONABLE), WR Pierre Garcon (QUESTIONABLE), RB Mike Hart (QUESTIONABLE), CB Jerraud Powers (PROBABLE), CB Antoine Bethea (PROBABLE)

Andre Johnson, WR: Houston Texans – Things are finally looking up for WR Andre Johnson as he is officially listed as PROBABLE for the Week 6 NFL Matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson has been hampered by a nagging ankle injury which has severely limited his production as well as Matt Schaub’s. The Texans will be glad to Johnson back at close to full strength as they were embarrassed last week against the New York Giants. There is little doubt that the Texans need to win this game as they sit at 3-2, tied with every other team in the AFC South.

This is great news for Andre Johnson fantasy owners. This is the first week since the injury where Johnson is almost assured of playing, and playing at a high level. There is little doubt as to what Johnson is truly capable of when healthy. When at his best, Andre Johnson is an easy sell for best receiver in the NFL. In many fantasy leagues, Johnson was the the first WR taken. Basically, Johnson has a lot of people tracking his production and it’s not just Texan fans.

The player proposition bets for Andre Johnson look to be easily achievable this week. As it stands now, Johnson’s over/under for total yards receiving is at 85.5 yards. The over is favored for this bet at -120, and the under pays out at -110. Additionally, oddsmakers have set an over/under for Johnson total receptions at 5.5 recepts. 6 receptions or more pays -135, while 5 or less receptions pays +105.

Other Texans Injuries: DE Jesse Nading (OUT), LB Xavier Adibi (DOUBTFUL), LB Kevin Bentley (DOUBTFUL), G Mike Brisiel (DOUBTFUL), CB Sherrick McManis (DOUBTFUL), WR Dorin Dickerson (QUESTIONABLE), WR Jacoby Jones (QUESTIONABLE), DE Mario Williams (QUESTIONABLE), S Dominique Barber (PROBABLE), LB Brian Cushing (PROBABLE), TE Owen Daniels (PROBABLE), RB Arian Foster (PROBABLE), S Bernard Pollard (PROBABLE), LB DeMeco Ryans (PROBABLE), LB Darryl Sharpton (PROBABLE), RB Derrick Ward (PROBABLE)

See the entire Week 6 NFL Injury Report

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