Week 7 NFL Injury Report: Who’s Playing, Who’s Out

October 24th, 2010 – by Jimmy

Heading into Week 7 of the NFL Schedule, there doesn’t seem to be as many big name players on the injury report. That is not to say that there aren’t big time playmakers missing, however some are on a bye week and therefore will not affect the week 7 NFL games. Most notably of these injuries is that of Colts’ TE Dallas Clark who will miss the rest of the season with a hand injury.

Without further ado, here are the injured players to keep an eye on this week:

Antonio Gates, TE: San Diego Chargers – Gates makes his way on this week 7 injury report this week with a bothersome toe injury that he sustained in the Chargers week 6 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Officially listed as QUESTIONABLE, Gates missed practice all week and it is unknown if the Pro Bowl tight end will play this Sunday against the New England Patriots. At this point, it is best to consider Gates a “game time decision” however with Malcom Floyd (DOUBTFUL), and Legedu Naanee (DOUBTFUL) both dealing with hamstring issues, Philip Rivers is going to need someone to throw the ball to and Gates is obviously one of Rivers favorite targets. In addition, Gates has started the last 85 games for the Chargers and does not want to lose his streak to a toe injury, an injury he has played through in the past. Keep an eye on the injury report heading into the 4pm games for the official word on Gates’ status.

The Chargers undoubtedly need Gates if they hope to knock off the Patriots this week. According to the Week 7 NFL Betting Odds, the Chargers are a 3 point home favorite against the visiting Patriots. Playing at home may not be enough to cover the spread or even beat the Patriots if Gates is out of commission for Week 7.

Other San Diego Chargers Injuries: LB Larry English OUT, K Nate Kaeding OUT, LB Kion Wilson OUT, WR Craig DavisPROBABLE, RB Ryan Mathews PROBABLE

Mohamed Massaquoi, WR: Cleveland Browns – Yesterday, news came down that Browns wideout Mohamed Massaquoi would be OUT against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. One of the most popular topics in the NFL this week was illegal hits, in particular the hit Massaquoi took from Steelers LB James Harrison. The NFL deemed the shot to be illegal and fined Harrison $75,000 for the incident. As most know, Massaquoi sustained a concussion on the hit and the lingering effects are bad enough to keep him out of this Week 7 NFL Matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

While Massaquoi isn’t a household name, he is important to the Browns. Without him, Chansi Stuckey, Brian Robiskie, and Josh Cribbs will need to step up for the Browns to have a remote chance at beating the Saints. It was a tough proposition with Massaquoi and without him, it’s even tougher. Oddsmakers currently have the Saints favored by two touchdowns in this game.

Other Cleveland Browns Injuries: T John St. Clair OUT, QB Seneca Wallace OUT, QB Jake Delhomme DOUBTFUL, DE Kenyon Coleman QUESTIONABLE, DT Shaun Rogers QUESTIONABLE, TE Robert Royal QUESTIONABLE, TE Benjamin Watson PROBABLE, G Floyd Womack PROBABLE, WR Josh Cribbs PROBABLE, RB Peyton Hillis PROBABLE, C Alex Mack PROBABLE

Vince Young, QB: Tennessee Titans – Things are not looking good for Vince Young, officially listed as QUESTIONABLE, after he injured his left leg in Monday night’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Young injured the leg in several places and does not look like he’ll be involved in game plan when the Titans meet the Philadelphia Eagles on the Week 7 NFL Schedule. After missing practice on Friday, it became apparent that veteran QB Kerry Collins would get the nod to lead the Titans against a tough Eagles squad.

Though Young is listed as questionable, go ahead and consider him out as it is official that Collins will start. While Young is nursing knee and ankle sprains, it is unlikely the Titans will send him into action jeopardizing his status for future weeks. Instead, Collins will once again be the man as the Titans look to move to 5-2. For this game, oddsmakers are giving the nod to the Titans over the Eagles to the tune of 3 points, the margin of home-field advantage.

Other Tennessee Titans Injuries: DT Tony Brown QUESTIONABLE, TE Bo Scaife QUESTIONABLE, WR Justin Gage QUESTIONABLE, QB Kerry Collins PROBABLE, RB Chris Johnson PROBABLE, DT Jason Jones PROBABLE

Michael Vick, QB: Philadelphia Eagles – It appears as though Michael Vick will be in the same boat as Vince Young heading into their week 7 matchups. Vick, officially listed as QUESTIONABLE, will not be making the start for the Eagles when they face the Titans. Instead, Andy Reid is going with QB Kevin Kolb who had great success through the air last week against Atlanta. Vick is still nursing his rib cartilage injury and isn’t likely to see action unless Kolb goes down. In fact, that may be the only way that Vick sees action heading into the next several weeks. With Kolb playing at an elevated level, it is certainly going to be tough to win the starting job back unless Kolb suffers another injury.

Eagles fans have nothing to fear as they should be confident in Kolb’s ability. On the other hand, Michael Vick fantasy owners should definitely find other options for week 7. As mentioned previously, the Eagles enter this game with the Tennessee Titans as 3 point underdogs as listed by Bodog Sportsbook.

Also, WR DeSean Jackson will not be playing in this game as he is OUT after sustaining a concussion in week 6. Jackson was the victim of a devastating blow just after catching the ball across the middle. This isn’t good news for the Eagles as Jackson is a bonafide playmaker, however the news shouldn’t be a shock after seeing the vicious hit.

Other Philadelphia Eagles Injuries: DT Broderick Bunkley OUT, T Jason Peters OUT, TE Brent Celek PROBABLE, G Nick Cole PROBABLE, S Kurt Coleman PROBABLE, WR Riley Cooper PROBABLE, DE Brandon Graham PROBABLE, RB LeSean McCoy PROBABLE

Steve Smith, WR: Carolina Panthers – Not all news on this week’s injury report is bad. For instance, it appears as though Steve Smith for the Carolina Panthers will play this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Officially listed as PROBABLE, Smith participated in practice, in full, this week, and is said to be “pain-free”, referring to his ankle. This is an injury that Smith sustained in Panthers loss to the Chicago Bears. It caused Smith to miss the following week and then the Panthers had a bye week.

The re-addition of Steve Smith to the Panthers lineup will surely help QB Matt Moore who is getting the start this week. Any player that plays with the fire and passion of Smith is always a benefit, and the Panthers definitely need some positive momentum as they are still looking to notch their first win on the 2010 NFL Season. Even with Smith, the Panthers find themselves as a 3 point home underdog in the NFL Betting Lines for week 7.

Other Carolina Panthers Injuries: T Jeff Otah OUT, LB Jamar Williams OUT, TE Dante Rosario PROBABLE, G Travelle Wharton PROBABLE

Read the rest of the Week 7 NFL Injury Report

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