As the NFL prepares for Week 8, some teams are fairing better than others in the injury department. The AFC East has been plagued by injuries all season, but the Bills and Patriots have received positive news on some of their most important players on Thursday. Here is the latest injury news from around the NFL:
- Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and cornerback Aqib Talib practiced for the second straight day on Thursday, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Amendola missed the Patriots' Week 7 loss to the Jets with a concussion, and Talib sat out with a hip injury. Amendola has already missed four games this season with a variety of injuries.
- Lions Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to practice on Thursday, according to Lions reporter Tim Twentyman. Johnson has been hampered by a knee injury and took a day to rest on Wednesday. He was able to put up 155 receiving yards and two touchdowns on nine catches in the Week 7 loss to the Bengals.
- Both of the Bills' top running backs, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, practiced on Thursday, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak. Jackson injured his knee during the Bills' Week 7 win over the Dolphins. Spiller has been hobbled with an ankle for weeks. There is a chance that Spiller may sit out this Sunday against the Saints.
- Jaguars wide receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts were at practice on Thursday, according to Hays Carylon of the Florida Times-Union. Blackmon has been dealing with a hamstring injury, and Shorts is recovering from a sprained SC joint. Both are expected to play on Sunday against the 49ers in London.
- Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday, according to ESPN's Calvin Watkins. Ware missed a game for the first time in his career in the Cowboys' Week 7 win over the Eagles due to a quad injury. His status is uncertain for Week 8.