NFL Injury Report, Week 11: Michael Vick, Ray Lewis Questionable For Sunday

As Week 11 of the NFL season approaches, SBNation 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:

Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles (ribs - questionable)
PHI (3-6) @ NYG (6-3), 8:20pm

The hits just keep on coming for the disappointing Eagles, who are likely to be without Vick for Sunday's divisional tilt with the Giants due to two broken ribs suffered in last week's loss to Arizona. Vick hasn't practiced all week, and although he hasn't been ruled out by Head Coach Andy Reid, it appears backup Vince Young will likely get the nod at New York. Many have raised questions regarding why it would be so difficult for Vick to play with fractured ribs when others - such as Dallas QB Tony Romo - were able to suit up with a protective vest and a shot of pain medications. The answer, in short, is that not all rib injuries are created equally. In particular, the location of the injury, which could affect a QB's throwing motion or, in Vick's case, his effectiveness as a runner, plays a key role and clearly has limited Vick in a manner that it did not Romo.

Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (toe - questionable)
BAL (6-3) vs. CIN (6-3), 1pm

The ageless Lewis, who hasn't missed a game since 2007, has not practiced this week due to a turf toe injury suffered in last week's loss to Seattle. Despite missing practice, however, the revelation that he may miss Sunday's game against the Bengals, if not more, came as a surprise to many. 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. With the Ravens in a dogfight with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for the AFC North lead, Baltimore can ill afford to lose their leader on defense for very long.

Running Backs
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (ankle)
SF (8-1) vs. ARI (3-6), 4:05pm

Gore, who had already been hampered by a left ankle sprain entering last week action, suffered a knee injury in last week's win over the Giants that kept him off the field for most of the second half. Gore has been limited in practice this week but has repeatedly told the media that he expects to play Sunday against the Cardinals. In the off chance that he is unable to play, rookie RB Kendall Hunter, who has done a solid job filling in for Gore when necessary this season, would get the start.

Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals (knee - questionable)
ARI (3-6) @ SF (8-1), 4:05pm

Wells has been hampered most of the season with a right knee injury, and although he toughed it out last week against the Eagles and has practiced in a limited fashion this week, he is listed as questionable on the Cardinals' depth chart. Although it is likely Wells will play, Arizona may have to rely to a greater degree on RB Alfonso Smith tomorrow, as backup LaRod Stephens-Howling is also questionable with a shoulder injury.

Wide Receivers
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (knee - doubtful)
CIN (6-3) @ BAL (6-3), 1pm

Green, who has been stellar in his rookie season, suffered a hyperextended left knee when landing awkwardly on a 36-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter of the Bengals' 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh last week. He returned and finished out the first half, but after the knee stiffened during halftime, Green was removed from the game, and his prognosis has worsened over the course of the week. If he is unable to go Sunday, as expected, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson would get more reps at WR.

Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (shoulder - questionable)
BUF (5-4) @ MIA (2-7), 1pm

Johnson, the Bills' top receiving threat, injured his left shoulder in last week's blowout loss to Dallas and has been limited in practice this week. Word out of Buffalo is that Johnson is expected to suit up for Sunday's divisional battle with Miami, which would be a much-needed boost for the flagging Bills' offense.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (hamstring - questionable)
ATL (5-4) @ TEN (5-4), 1pm

In last week's loss to New Orleans, Jones aggravated a hamstring injury he had suffered earlier in the season and has not practiced thus far this week. Although he is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Titans, it appears unlikely he will be able to play, with WR Harry Douglas likely to start in his place.

Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles (shoulder, hamstring - questionable)
PHI (3-6) @ NYG (6-3), 8:20pm

The Eagles lost Maclin during their loss to Arizona last week due to injuries to the shoulder and hamstring. Maclin suffered the shoulder injury in the first quarter, briefly missing time before returning to the field. However, he left the game in the fourth quarter after injuring his hamstring. With the reeling Eagles facing the Giants Sunday, Maclin is listed as questionable despite not having practiced at all this week.

Tight Ends
Jeremy Shockey, Carolina Panthers (ribs - doubtful)
CAR (2-7) @ DET (6-3), 1pm

Shockey suffered bruised ribs in last week's loss to Tennessee, and although an MRI earlier this week revealed no further damage, he remains in significant pain. The Panthers' TE has missed practice the entire week and is now listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Detroit. In his absence, Greg Olson would see get of QB Cam Newton's targets at the tight end position.

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