The NFL injuries are mounting as we make our way into the second quarter of the 2012 NFL season, and seeing such marquee names including Greg Jennings, Hakeem Nicks and Jake Locker all ruled out on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report is a telling sign that nobody is safe from missing time in 2012.
The Green Bay Packers ruled Jennings out for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a lingering groin injury. It is expected that Jennings could miss more than just this game, as he will take enough time to allow the injury to fully heal this time. Jennings has been in and out of the lineup since week 1.
The New York Giants have ruled out Nicks for the third straight game with a foot and knee issue, meaning they will once again rely on Domenik Hixon to compliment Victor Cruz as the two starters for Eli Manning this week against the Cleveland Browns.
Jake Locker will miss this week’s game for the Tennessee Titans when they take on the Minnesota Vikings with a shoulder injury, meaning that Matthew Hasselbeck will start in his place. It is unknown whether or not the Titans will have Kenny Britt active for this game, although he is looking highly questionable to suit up again this week.
As for players who have not yet been ruled out, Aaron Hernandez still appears to be at least one more week away from playing for the New England Patriots. While they would love to have him healthy against the Denver Broncos this week, it seems as if Hernandez will not play this week. Turn back to The Pigskin Report Sunday for all of the latest news on the actives and inactives.
Rashard Mendenhall appears set to make his 2012 debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Steelers have done next to nothing on the ground with Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, but Mendenhall may still be slowly eased back into game action.
While neither running back is completely healthy, the Buffalo Bills expect to have Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller lining up in their backfield against the San Francisco, as neither player was listed on Thursday’s injury report for practice. Both should see a relative split in carries.
Matt Forte and Michael Bush have also been a bit banged up for the Chicago Bears as of late, but both running backs expect to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Forte is expected to start, but may still give way a bit more carries to Bush than usual as he returns from his knee injury.
Make sure to check in early and often with The Pigskin Report on Sunday for all of the latest NFL injury news.