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Week 16: Injury updates

Here is the latest news on key injuries for Week 16 (excluding the Jaguars and Colts, who played Thursday):

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals expect to rest wide receiver Anquan Boldin (shoulder), running back J.J. Arrington (knee) and defensive end Travis LaBoy (ankle) in Sunday's game against the Patriots. They haven't practiced all week, and with the NFC West clinched and the playoff spot secure, Ken Whisenhunt wants to get those players ready for the playoffs. Linebacker Clark Haggans is out with a foot injury and probably will be put on injured reserve. Wide receiver Early Doucet (hamstring) practiced Friday and could be active. Safety Adrian Wilson (toe), wide receiver Sean Morey (shoulder) and linebacker Pago Togafau (knee) are probable and will play.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons list six players as questionable, but they all should be able to play. Tackle Todd Weiner (knee), wide receiver Brian Finneran (calf), defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee), left tackle Sam Baker (hip) and fullback Ovie Mughelli (hamstring) had injuries that kept them out of parts of practice this week, but nothing that will keep them from playing Sunday against the Vikings. Defensive end John Abraham is questionable but will play despite being away from the team because of a death in the family.

Baltimore Ravens

Safety Ed Reed (sore thigh) is among four Ravens who are questionable for Saturday's game against the Cowboys, but he will play. Reed missed most of the week's practice to save his body for the game. The most questionable of the four are cornerback Fabian Washington (hamstring) and maybe running back Ray Rice (calf). Cornerback Samari Rolle is questionable because of an ankle injury. Wide receiver Marcus Maxwell is out with a hip injury. Wide receiver Derrick Mason will continue to play despite a dislocated left shoulder. Tackle Willie Anderson is probable with an ankle injury.

Buffalo Bills

Wide receiver Roscoe Parrish bruised a knee during Friday's practice and is probable for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Left tackle Jason Peters (knee) and halfback Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) are listed as questionable because of missed practice time this week. Dick Jauron is optimistic they will play. QB Trent Edwards is listed as questionable on the injury report, but he will start after missing two games with a groin injury. Cornerback Jabari Greer (knee) is doubtful. Cornerback Dustin Fox is questionable with a groin injury. Linebacker Teddy Lehman (groin) has been ruled out.

Carolina Panthers

Nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu returned to practice Friday on a limited basis, giving him hope of playing Sunday against the Giants. The team lists him as questionable with an ankle injury. Coach John Fox wouldn't rule him out of the game, saying only that he's taking it one day at a time. Starting guard Keydrick Vincent was ruled out with a groin injury. He has missed three days of practice. Defensive tackle Gary Gibson is questionable with a hand injury. Defensive end Hilee Taylor (calf) is doubtful. Wide receiver Kenneth Moore is out with a hamstring injury.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals ruled out quarterback Carson Palmer (elbow) and left tackle Levi Jones (knee), but they have one of their most positive injury reports in three months. Other than halfback Kenny Watson's being questionable with a hamstring problem every one else is probable. That includes cornerback David Jones (knee), linebacker Rashad Jeanty (shin) and tight end Ben Utecht (foot). Watson took part in a limited practice Friday, so he has a chance to be available. Wide receiver Chad Johnson sat out Friday's practice, but Marvin Lewis said Johnson would play.

Cleveland Browns

As expected, tight end Kellen Winslow is out for the Bengals game because of an ankle injury. The Browns also expect to miss defensive tackle Shaun Smith (calf) and linebacker Leon Williams (knee). They are doubtful. Seven players are listed as questionable, but they all should be able to play. That list includes wide receiver Josh Cribbs (back), halfback Jerome Harrison (ribs), defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (neck), guard Eric Steinbach (back), running back Lawrence Vickers (ankle), defensive end Corey Williams (shoulder) and punter Dave Zastudil (knee).

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo had a full practice Friday and will be able to start despite a back problem. He's officially listed as probable. Halfback Marion Barber missed his third consecutive day of practice and is questionable because of his dislocated pinkie toe. The trainers will test him in the pregame, much as they did last week. The question is how much he will be able to do if he plays. Guard Montrae Holland was ruled out of Saturday's Ravens game because of an ankle injury. Cory Procter will start. Safeties Keith Davis (knee) and Ken Hamlin (ankle) will play even though they didn't practice much this week. Linebacker Bobby Carpenter was ruled out because of a sore knee. Cornerback Alan Ball is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Denver Broncos

Left tackle Ryan Clady (ankle) and guard Chris Kuper (hand) might be able to play against Buffalo. Clady made a lot of progress on his sore ankle and gave Mike Shanahan hope that he would play. Kuper did enough that he is almost a definite to play. There is even some hope that cornerback Champ Bailey could be active. He's in better shape this week than he was last week when he tried to win over the trainers during pregame warm-ups. He's questionable with a groin injury. Wide receiver Brandon Stokley will play despite a foot problem. Linebacker Spencer Larsen is questionable with a groin injury and is the iffiest of the group. Safety Vernon Fox is probably going to sit out because of a concussion.

Detroit Lions

The only Lion who will miss Sunday's game against the Saints is quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who can't throw the ball far because of a shoulder injury. Culpepper is listed as doubtful. Guard Edwin Mulitalo will have to wait until game time to see whether he can play despite an ankle injury. The Lions are confident defensive end Dewayne White (calf), tight end Casey FitzSimmons (illness) and running back Kevin Smith (ankle) will play despite missing practice time because of their injuries. Cornerback Leigh Bodden missed Friday's practice because of a groin injury, but he is expected to play. Defensive tackle Chuck Darby will play despite a sore calf. Bodden, Mulitalo, Smith and White are questionable; Darby and FitzSimmons are probable.

Green Bay Packers

Defensive tackle Justin Harrell was declared out because of a sore back and a hip problem. The doctors felt it would be better to shut him down for this week to see whether he can play in the season finale. Fullback Korey Hall is questionable but probably won't play because of a knee injury. Cornerback Al Harris had a full practice Friday and is probable despite a sore shoulder. Halfback Brandon Jackson was able to hit a sled with his sore wrist and should be able to go. He's listed as questionable.

Houston Texans

The only Texan who is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders is linebacker Xavier Adibi, who has a groin problem. Tight end Clark Harris was sick this week, but that won't hold him out of the game. Defensive end Jesse Nading (knee) and guard Chester Pitts (ankle) practiced Friday and were upgraded to probable. They will play.

Kansas City Chiefs

Linebacker Donnie Edwards (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Defensive end Alfonso Boone (thigh) and cornerback Maurice Leggett (shoulder) are questionable and they will be game-time decisions. Center Rudy Niswanger is probable after missing a game with a knee injury. The Chiefs signed defensive tackle Derek Lokey from their practice squad.

Miami Dolphins

Linebacker Channing Crowder was held out of Friday's practice because of a stiff knee. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. It will be a game-time decision as to whether he plays. Everyone else is healthy and ready to go.

Minnesota Vikings

Right tackle Artis Hicks was downgraded to doubtful because of his triceps injury and is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Falcons. Ryan Cook will start in his place. Nose tackle Pat Williams is out with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Darius Reynaud is doubtful with a foot injury. The Vikings list defensive end Jared Allen (knee) and quarterback Gus Frerotte (back) as questionable, but they will be in uniform Sunday. Frerotte won't start. That assignment goes to Tarvaris Jackson. Defensive end Brian Robison (knee) and halfback Adrian Peterson (ankle) are probable.

New England Patriots

Left tackle Matt Light was at practice Friday with a slightly separated shoulder. Though he will be questionable, Light is going to try to play. As long as there isn't a setback, there is a good chance that he will. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi (knee) and safety James Sanders (abdomen) are expected to miss the game against the Cardinals on Sunday. Even though eight other players are on the injury report, all are expected to play. That list included cornerback Ellis Hobbs III (shoulder), cornerback Lewis Sanders (shoulder), defensive end Ty Warren (groin) and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (shoulder).

New Orleans Saints

Running back Deuce McAllister had a full practice Friday and was upgraded to probable for Sunday's game against the Lions. Left tackle Jammal Brown, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury, is probable and will play. He had a full practice Friday. Ruled out was defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, who has a hamstring injury.

New York Giants

Tom Coughlin listed four Giants as questionable, but they all appeared to be ready to play. Halfback Brandon Jacobs practiced this week and should be able to play despite a knee injury. Coughlin said that barring a setback, Jacobs should be able to play. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon (ankle, foot) is questionable but will play. Wide receiver Sinorice Moss (calf) and defensive tackle Fred Robbins (shoulder) are questionable, but the odds favor them playing. Linebacker Gerris Wilkinson is out with a knee injury. Running back Derrick Ward (ankle), right tackle Kareem McKenzie (back) and defensive end Justin Tuck (leg) are probable and will play.

New York Jets

The Jets remain one of the healthiest teams in the league. Wide receiver Brad Smith has a decent chance of playing despite a concussion. Linebacker Eric Barton (knee), wide receiver Laveranues Coles (thigh), linebacker David Harris (groin), linebacker Bryan Thomas (shoulder), nose tackle Kris Jenkins (hip) and tackle Wayne Hunter (shoulder) are on the injury report, but they are expected to play.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders expect to be without two wide receivers for Sunday's game against the Texans. Ashley Lelie (concussion) and Ronald Curry (toe) haven't practiced all week, and Tom Cable all but ruled them out by midweek. Linebacker Ricky Brown is going to continue to stay out because of a groin injury. Lelie and Curry were listed as doubtful. Brown is officially out. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee) and tight end Zach Miller (stinger) had full practices Friday. They are probable and will play. Fullback Luke Lawton was limited in Friday's practice because of a concussion. If he should miss the game, Michael Bush would be the fullback.

Philadelphia Eagles

Wide receiver Hank Baskett was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Eagles because of a knee injury. That will give Reggie Brown, who was inactive last week, a chance to play. Wide receiver Kevin Curtis is doubtful with a calf injury, so Brown might move from the inactive list to the starting lineup. Guard Todd Herremans is questionable with shoulder and ankle problems. Running back Brian Westbrook (knee) didn't practice Friday, but he is listed as probable and is expected to play. Right tackle Jon Runyan had a full practice Friday despite a knee injury and is probable.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The only injury of note for the Steelers is left tackle Marvel Smith, who remains out with a back injury. Defensive end Brett Keisel has practiced all week and will return to his starting job.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers ruled out wide receiver Malcolm Floyd because of his lung injury. Linebacker Anthony Waters will miss another week because of a hamstring injury. He is listed as doubtful. Everything else is fine on the injury report. Among the probables who are expected to play are center Nick Hardwick (concussion), safety Clinton Hart (shoulder), wide receiver Vincent Jackson (concussion), fullback Mike Tolbert (shoulder) and linebacker Stephen Cooper (knee)

San Francisco 49ers

Halfback Frank Gore didn't make much progress trying to heal his ankle injury and might have to miss Sunday's game against the Rams. The team will still try to see how he does in warmups Sunday, but the chances of his playing aren't good. He wants to play to get his rushing total over 1,000 yards and get a win for interim head coach Mike Singletary. Gore is listed as questionable. Also questionable are tackle Adam Snyder (ankle) and linebacker Ahmad Brooks (back). Both will probably miss the game. Wide receiver Josh Morgan (head) and safety Mark Roman (head) worked out Friday and are probable. The 49ers added defensive tackle Ronald Fields to the injury list with a foot injury, but he's probable and will play.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks will be without quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (back), linebacker Leroy Hill (neck) and right tackle Sean Locklear (toes) for Mike Holmgren's final home game as Seahawks head coach. All three have missed all practices this week.

St. Louis Rams

The Rams have a healthy roster for Sunday's game against the 49ers. Kicker Josh Brown got enough treatment on his right groin injury that he should be able to play. Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover has a chronically sore knee and is probable. Guard Jacob Bell (hamstring) is probable. Cornerback Ron Bartell had his back flair up on Friday but he is probable. Defensive tackle Adam Carriker hurt an ankle in practice but it won't keep him from playing.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even though they were limited in practice, quarterback Jeff Garcia (calf) and linebacker Derrick Brooks (ribs) have a good chance to play, according to head coach Jon Gruden. Brooks had a full practice Friday, which convinced Gruden that his Pro Bowl linebacker should be ready. Garcia was limited Friday, but he did more than earlier in the week. Five more players are listed as questionable: defensive end Gaines Adams (ankle), defensive tackle Jovan Haye (knee), defensive tackle Chris Hovan (knee), defensive end Greg White (shoulder) and guard Jeremy Zuttah (ankle). Haye and Hovan had full practices.

Tennessee Titans

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) are out, but the rest of the team should be able to go against the Steelers on Sunday. Linebacker David Thornton sat out Friday's practice because of a sore hip. He's probable and will play. Defensive end Jevon Kearse rested a groin injury, but he's probable. Cornerback Chris Carr was sick, but he will play.

Washington Redskins

Right tackle Jon Jansen will miss his second consecutive start because of a left knee injury. Halfback Clinton Portis woke up with back spasms Friday and isn't sure he will be able to play. Coach Jim Zorn thinks Portis will play. Other than that, the Redskins are healthy. Linebacker Marcus Washington is back at his strongside linebacker spot after missing more than a month with a high ankle sprain. Defensive tackle Kedric Golston is back at defensive tackle after missing some games. Zorn plans to start DeAngelo Hall and Shawn Springs at cornerback. Rocky McIntosh will start at weakside linebacker.

John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.