I can't be doing a post on every single bit of injury-related news that comes up this time of year. There's too much of it, and some of them aren't even worth their own posts. So here's a rundown of today's injury stuff. You know, like the Snapple commercial? What stuff? Injury stuff! I need some more of that stuff...
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says there's no question quarterback Michael Vick, who has left each of the team's first two preseason games for X-rays, will play in the Sept. 9 regular-season opener in Cleveland. Reid can ensure this by holding Vick out of the team's final two preseason games and making sure no one hits Vick between now and then. There is no word on how he plans to ensure Vick's availability for Week 2.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says he can't be sure he'll have running backs Tim Hightower (recovery from knee surgery) or Roy Helu (two sore Achilles', general brittleness) for the Redskins' Sept. 9 opener in New Orleans. He says neither could play right now, and that leaves the running back job to Evan Royster and rookie Alfred Morris. There's also stuff in there about London Fletcher (planning to play in Saturday's preseason game) and Brian Orakpo and Brandon Meriweather, who both say they'll be ready for the Saints game.
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is having back spasms that will keep him out of Friday's preseason game. They don't think it's serious. Rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley has turf toe and will miss the game as well, but he's hoping to be ready for the preseason finale next week, and therefore the regular-season opener on Sept. 5.