The NFL's Week 8 injury report features a number of key players, with the status of Saints TE Jimmy Graham providing plenty of intrigue as New Orleans prepares to take on the Buffalo Bills. Here are some key injuries, and their impact, for Week 8:
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints, foot
NO (5-1) vs BUF (3-4), 1 p.m.
The Saints' All-World TE is going to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game with the Bills due to a foot injury suffered in New Orleans' Week 6 loss to the Patriots. The Saints had the luxury of giving Graham time to rest with a Week 7 bye, but he only returned to practice on Friday, and on a limited basis at that. Graham had an MRI of the foot shortly after sustaining the injury, which reportedly did not reveal any structural damage, and the team plans to test him in pregame warmups to see whether a return to the field is realistic. If not, backup Benjamin Watson would likely get most of the snaps at tight end for the Saints.
C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills, ankle
BUF (3-4) @ NO (5-1), 1 p.m.
Spiller has played through an ankle injury in the Bills' past three games but has not practiced this week and is listed as doubtful on the team's official injury list. All indications are that Spiller will not suit up Sunday, with Fred Jackson in line to start and Tashard Choice waiting in the wings.
DAL (4-3) @ DET (4-3), 1 p.m.
Murray missed last week's win over Philadelphia due to a sprained knee and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game with the Lions. The Cowboys' running back, who suffered the injury to his MCL in the team's Week 6 contest with Washington, has practiced this week, albeit in a limited fashion, and appears to be a game-time decision. Even if Murray gets the nod, backup Joseph Randle is likely to see more carries than usual after having started last week against the Eagles.
Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys, hamstring
DAL (4-3) @ DET (4-3), 1 p.m.
Austin has been hampered with a hamstring injury for much of the season, and although he has played the past two weeks, his role in the offense has been limited. The Cowboys' wide receiver is listed as questionable Sunday, and with the emergence of rookie Terrence Williams alongside Dez Bryant in recent weeks, it is hard to imagine Austin will have much impact if he plays on a gimpy leg against the Lions.
NE (5-2) vs. MIA (3-3), 1 p.m.
Amendola missed last week's loss at the New York Jets after taking a hit to the head from Saints safety Rafael Bush in Week 6 and being diagnosed with a concussion. Although listed as questionable on the Patriots' injury report, all indications are that Amendola will suit up Sunday in New England's key divisional matchup with Miami.
KC (7-0) vs. CLE (3-4), 1 p.m.
The Chiefs' top receiver suffered a groin injury in practice this past Thursday and is listed as questionable on the team's injury report for Sunday's game against Cleveland. Bowe was able to do light work on Friday and appears likely to suit up. However, groin strains are notoriously slow to heal and prone to re-injury if tested before completely healed, and if Bowe is limited, wide receiver Donnie Avery is likely to be Alex Smith's top receiving option.