NFL Week 12 injury roundup: Key actives/inactives
In the NFL’s constant war of attrition, injuries can decide games, seasons and a whole lot of futures. Here’s who will give it a shot, and who will not, as we head into Week 12 of the 2013 season:
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings (groin): Vikings coach Leslie Frazier admitted last week that Peterson was not at 100 percent, but he’s close enough to suit up at Green Bay. Minnesota also will have WR Greg Jennings (Achilles) on the field.
Nate Burleson, WR, Lions (arm): Detroit will have its No. 2 receiver back — and perhaps just in time, with Darrelle Revis slated to lock horns against Calvin Johnson on Sunday. Burleson broke his arm in a car accident back in September.
Haloti Ngata, DT, Ravens (knee): The Ravens will have their four-time Pro Bowler back in the lineup against the Jets. Ngata did not play in Week 11, when his team lost to the Bears in overtime.
Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers (toe): Royal missed multiple practices this week, though that’s nothing new — he’s played all 10 games this year in spite of having to sit often leading up to game day. He leads the Chargers with seven touchdown catches.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens (hip): There was some speculation that Pitta would make his 2013 debut this week, but the Ravens did not activate him by Saturday’s deadline. Baltimore is at home for its next three games after Week 12, including a Thanksgiving night clash with Pittsburgh.
Eric Fisher, OT, Chiefs (shoulder): It’s been a tough rookie season for the No. 1 overall pick. Another setback came Sunday, with word that Fisher would sit after injuring his shoulder last week vs. Denver. Fellow O-lineman Jon Asamoah also will sit vs. San Diego.
LaMarr Woodley, OLB, Steelers (calf): The Steelers defense survived Week 11 without Woodley and DT Brett Keisel. They’ll have to do it again Sunday in Cleveland, as both of those defensive standouts were deemed inactive.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers (shoulder): No surprise here, but the Packers will be down their franchise quarterback yet again. Scott Tolzien will make another start for Green Bay, which faces a short turnaround for a Thanksgiving game in Detroit Thursday.
Mike Pouncey, C, Dolphins (illness): Pouncey continues to battle a nasty case of food poisoning — one that had him considering gallbladder surgery. Also still out for Miami’s depleted offensive line: Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears (ankle): Though Cutler lost the hard cast on his injured leg, he’s still not ready to roll. Thus, Josh McCown will start another game for the Bears, as they battle for first place in the NFC North.