The big injury news this week revolves around the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, but it's already a certainty that the All-Pro quarterback is going to miss some time. There are plenty of other players whose statuses are still up in the air, or were until very recently.
As teams prepare for their second-half playoff chases, they'll need to avoid the injury bug as much as possible. Here are some updates on the big names for Week 10.
The Texans' season has gone all wrong, but they'd like to have star running back Arian Foster healthy for their game Sunday at Arizona. Foster didn't practice on Thursday with a back injury and his status for this week is still unknown. Backup Ben Tate is dealing with a rib injury but is practicing and expected to play, as is safety Ed Reed (knee) and tight end Garrett Graham (thigh).
Rodgers isn't the only quarterback injury in the NFC North, but just as he exits another one enters. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler practiced on Thursday and will start against the Lions on Sunday. Cutler ended up missing almost two full games with his groin injury. Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) practiced in full and will also start against Detroit.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has a back injury but practiced on Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Bryant has missed just one game since the start of the 2011 season. Fellow Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) missed another practice and his status is uncertain for Sunday. Cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring) missed practice as well.
The Eagles got good news on Thursday with wide receiver Riley Cooper returning to practice after missing Wednesday with an illness, and he's expected to play against the Packers on Sunday. All the better for quarterback Nick Foles if he wants to throw another seven touchdowns.
The Indianapolis Colts have already lost running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard for the season, so they could not afford to have Trent Richardson miss much time with an ankle injury. Luckily they won't, as it was announced that Richardson will be good to go this week against the Rams. He is still averaging just 3.0 yards per carry with the Colts, however, so that's another concern.
Another bit of good news on the injury front comes for the Atlanta Falcons, a team that has had very little good news this season. Veteran wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring) announced that he will be good to return this week against the Seattle Seahawks. White has missed the last three games, the first three games he has missed in his nine-year career. For the 2-6 Falcons, they could use him, but don't want to rush him back either.
Speaking of teams with disappointing 2-6 records, the New York Giants will place running back David Wilson on injured reserve with a neck injury. Wilson played in five games, running for 146 yards and one touchdown. Running back Andre Brown (leg) will play but Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) is questionable.