Friday, September 30, 2011
Patriots-Raiders Injury Report Update
The New England Patriots (2-1) flew out to Oakland tonight ahead of Sunday afternoon's game against the Raiders (2-1).
On every Friday of the NFL regular season, teams release their first injury report for the upcoming game. The Pats are always playing Jedi mind tricks with the opponent by putting a million of their guys on it. So without further ado, here's this week.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) have all already been ruled out for New England.
Cornerbacks Kyle Arrington (chest), Leigh Bodden (groin), Ras-I Dowling (hip), safety Patrick Chung (hand), defensive lineman Shaun Ellis (knee), linebacker Gary Guyton (hamstring), defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back), wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (calf) are all questionable for the Pats.
Safety Josh Barrett and linebacker Dane Fletcher are probable with thumb injuries.
For the host Raiders, cornerback Chris Johnson and wide receiver Louis Murphy are out. Linebacker Ricky Brown (who was in camp with the Pats), wide receiver Jacoby Ford, safety Michael Huff, safety Michael Mitchell, fullback Marcel Reece and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy are all questionable.
Oakland safety Jerome Boyd, quarterback Jason Campbell, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, safety Matt Giordano, linebacker Quentin Groves, running back Darren McFadden and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke are all probable.
Hernandez and Vollmer being out just like last week is bad news for the Patriots. Likewise, if their already thin secondary is missing a few cornerbacks it could be a long day although Campbell and the Raiders don't really like to throw it/don't have great receiving options.
Chung and Haynesworth are the questionable guys for New England that could potentially have the biggest impact if they suit up.
Huff is one of the more underrated safeties in the league so Oakland will no doubt hope that he's in the game while Reece is a good blocker that springs holes for McFadden-currently the NFL's leading rusher.
Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow night if we hear them. Otherwise, it's a mad scramble on Sunday afternoon as you set your Fantasy Football lineups and try to figure out who's available (not that any of these players affect that) on your teams.