NFL Injury Report, Week 8: Peyton Hillis, Matthew Stafford Questionable

As Week 8 of the NFL season approaches, SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi discusses some of the most significant injuries impacting this weekend’s games and how they might affect your fantasy rosters:

Quarterbacks

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (ankle - OUT)
StL (0-6) vs. NO (5-2), 1pm

The Rams' second-year quarterback suffered a high ankle sprain in the team's Week 6 loss to Green Bay, has not practiced since, and was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints. The term "high ankle sprain" is usually used to describe an injury to the syndesmotic ligaments of the ankle, which hold the lower ends of the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones) together. Injuries to these ligaments are usually more severe than to other areas of the ankle, causing significant pain and difficulty bearing weight. A.J. Feeley will earn his second consecutive start for the Rams Sunday.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (ankle - questionable)
DET (5-2) @ DEN (2-4), 4:05pm

Stafford suffered an injury to his right ankle in the Lions' Week 7 loss to Atlanta and left the stadium in a walking boot Friday. However, after a reassuring MRI of the leg, and moreso after fully participating in practice Friday, it appears Stafford is ready to go Sunday against the Broncos, who pose a favorable matchup for the Lions offense.

Running Backs

Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts (hamstring - questionable)
IND (0-7) @ TEN (3-3), 1pm

Addai, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury the past several weeks, practiced fully Friday and is expected to play against the Titans. Despite being well enough to play last week, however, Addai ceded carries to rookie Delone Carter in the Colts' blowout loss to the Saints, and he may do the same Sunday.

Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns (hamstring - questionable)
CLE (3-3) @ SF (5-1), 4:15pm

Hillis missed last week's win over Seattle with a hamstring injury he suffered in the first quarter of Cleveland's Week 6 loss to Oakland. Hillis has missed the entire week of practice thus far, and although he is listed as questionable, it would appear Montario Hardesty is in line for another start against the 49ers Sunday.

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (heel - OUT)
NO (5-2) vs. StL (0-6), 1pm

The Saints' rookie RB injured his right heel in the team's Week 7 blowout win over Indianapolis and has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against St. Louis. Ingram suffered the injury when landing awkwardly on a running play, and it was deemed a bruised heel after x-rays were negative. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are likely to see more action in the backfield Sunday against the Saints, and recently-activated Chris Ivory may get the carries on the goal line.

Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins (hamstring - questionable)
MIA (0-7) @ NYG (4-2), 1pm

Thomas has been struggling with a hamstring injury the entire season, and he was limited in practice for the Dolphins Friday. His status is up in the air for Sunday's game against the Giants, with Reggie Bush likely to get more carries if Thomas can't suit up.

Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers (hamstring - questionable)
SD (4-2) @ KC (3-3), Monday Night

Tolbert has not practiced all week due to a hamstring strain suffered in last week's loss to the Jets. Although he was able to play through the injury last week, the injury worsened over the course of the week, and Friday, Head Coach Norv Turner indicated he was not optimistic that Tolbert would be able to see action on Monday night against the Chiefs. RB Ryan Mathews is likely to shoulder the majority of the workload if Tolbert is unable to go.

Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals (knee - questionable)
ARI (1-5) @ BAL (4-2), 1pm

Wells, no stranger to the injury list, sprained his right knee in the second quarter of the Cardinals' Week 7 loss to Pittsburgh and did not return to action. Wells did practice on Thursday and Friday, but was limited both days. It appears he will be a game-time decision Sunday at the Ravens. RBs Larod Stephens-Howling, Alfonso Smith, and Chester Taylor would likely share carries if Wells is unable to go.

Wide Receivers

Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (hamstring - OUT)
HOU (4-3) vs. JAC (2-5), 1pm

Johnson injured his right hamstring in the second quarter of the Texans' Week 4 win over Pittsburgh last week and had a surgical procedure shortly thereafter to remove scar tissue behind the knee that had built up from a previous injury. The prognosis with this type of surgery was for a 2-6 week recovery period. Although Johnson initially told the media that he expected to miss two weeks, he has been unable to return to practice and has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game. It is possible he could return to action in Week 9 against Cleveland.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers (ankle - questionable)
PIT (5-2) vs. NE (5-1), 4:15pm

The Pittsburgh receiver left the field on a cart in the third quarter of the Steelers' Week 7 win over Arizona with an ankle injury and has not practiced this week. Ward is not expected to play, but with Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Antonio Brown having emerged as dangerous threats, Pittsburgh should be in good shape if Ward is unable to suit up Sunday.

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