GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants runs up field with the ball as he fights off a couple of Arizona Cardinals defenders at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
As we enter the NFL's Week 10, a number of players -- such as Browns RB Peyton Hillis, Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Cowboys WR Miles Austin, and Texans WR Andre Johnson -- have already been ruled out. SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi discusses some of the most significant remaining injuries impacting this weekend's games and how they might affect your fantasy rosters.
Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals (toe - questionable)
ARI (2-6) @ PHI (3-5), 1 p.m. (EST)
Kolb suffered turf toe early in the Cardinals' Week 8 loss to Baltimore and missed last week's victory over St. Louis. Although he was able to practice in a limited fashion yesterday, he remains questionable for tomorrow's game against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles. If Kolb can't play, second-year QB John Skelton would be in line for his second consecutive start.
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts (hamstring - questionable)
IND (0-9) vs. JAC (2-6), 1 p.m.
It's the same story as the past several weeks for Addai, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury. He missed practice Friday and is listed as questionable to play against the Jaguars. Despite being active last week, Addai did not get any carries, ceding carries to rookie Delone Carter and Donald Brown in the Colts' loss to the Falcons. He is almost certain to do the same Sunday if he's able to suit up.
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (ankle)
SF (7-1) vs. NYG (6-2), 4:15 p.m.
Gore, who gained over 100 rushing yards for the fifth consecutive game in the 49ers' win over Washington last week, played through a left ankle sprain suffered in the second quarter of play. After the game, Gore was favoring the ankle noticeably, and he has been limited in practice this week. It appears he will play tomorrow against the Giants, although backup RB Kendall Hunter may get extra carries, depending on how Gore's ankle holds up.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (heel - probable)
NO (6-3) @ ATL (5-3), 1 p.m.
The Saints' rookie injured his right heel in the team's Week 7 blowout win over Indianapolis and has missed the last two games. Ingram suffered the injury when landing awkwardly on a running play, and it was deemed a bruised heel after X-rays were negative. He has been an active participant in practice this week and has been listed as probable for Sunday's key division game with the Falcons.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots (toe - questionable)
NE (5-3) @ NYJ (5-3), 8:20 p.m.
Green-Ellis has been hampered by a lingering turf toe injury that has limited his activity in practice. Turf toe refers to inflammation and stretching of the ligaments and/or tendons of the large toe, due to trauma and most commonly when the toe is suddenly bent upward, resulting in redness, swelling, and pain. This can result in difficulty bearing weight on the affected toe and can take days to weeks to resolve. Treatment is usually supportive, consisting of rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications. Despite being listed as questionable on the Patriots' injury list, all indications are that Green-Ellis should be able to control the discomfort and suit up Sunday night against the Jets.
Devin Hester, Chicago Bears (ankle - questionable)
CHI (5-3) vs. DET (6-2), 4:15 p.m.
Hester suffered a left ankle sprain late in the Bears' win over Philadelphia last Monday night and has missed the last three days of practices. Early reports out of Chicago are that the injury should not keep Hester out of Sunday's tilt with the Lions. However, if he is unable to suit up, Johnny Knox would take over kick returning duties and Earl Bennett, who starred agasint the Eagles, would start at WR.
Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints (hamstring - questionable)
NO (6-3) @ ATL (5-3), 1 p.m.
Moore, who has emerged as a favorite target of Drew Brees' this season, has missed the last two days of practice and is listed as questionable on the Saints' injury list. If he is unable to go against Atlanta on Sunday, Marques Colston and Devery Henderson will be the likely beneficiaries in the New Orleans passing attack.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (hamstring - questionable)
NYG (6-2) @ SF (7-1), 4:15 p.m.
The Giants' top receiving threat pulled his right hamstring late in the team's Week 8 win over the Miami Dolphins last week and missed last week's win over New England. Nicks, who did return to practice this week, suffered a mild right knee injury in Week 1 and may have been compensating by placing additional stress on the hamstring, possibly contributing to his current injury. He is expected to be a game-time decision, and if unable to go tomorrow against the 49ers, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz will once again take the share of Eli Manning's wide receiver targets.
Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (hamstring - questionable)
CIN (6-2) vs. PIT (6-3), 1 p.m.
The up-and-coming Bengals tight end suffered a hamstring injury before the team's Week 8 victory over Seattle and has missed the last two contests. Gresham has returned to practice this week, but has been limited. He has been listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC North showdown with the Steelers.
Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys (wrist - questionable)
DAL (4-4) vs. BUF (5-3), 1 p.m.
The Cowboys' top linebacker suffered a dislocated left wrist in the first quarter of Dallas' loss at Philadelphia in Week 8 and missed last week's win over Seattle. Lee returned to practice in a limited capacity, and veterans Keith Brooking and Bradie James will continue to see extra time if he is unable to go tomorrow against the Bills.