E.J. Manuel made his long-awaited return last week, but he played as bad as the practice squad fodder that filled in for him. Now he’s going up against the Jets defense. This could be a recipe for disaster, but for which team? It wouldn’t be the first time this year New York laid an egg in a game they should be winning.
The Bears are turning back to Josh McCown after Jay Cutler got injured again. Their playoff hopes are starting to fade after falling to 5-4. The Ravens blew a 17-0 lead and needed overtime to beat the Bengals. And that AFC North race is starting to get tighter than expected.
The Jaguars have several key contributors on their injury report, but the biggest playmakers on the team are all expected to play in Week 10. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew and wide receiver Cecil Shorts, the team’s top two offensive threats, are both listed as probable.
Tennessee has four players listed as questionable for Sunday, but the biggest loss is linebacker Moise Fokou who has been listed out for the game. Although he returned to practice on Thursday, Fokou will not play and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Colin McCarthy.
First, the team placed tight end Jermichael Finley on injured reserve. Finley suffered a bruised spinal cord during the Packers’ week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns and spent some time in the Intensive Care Unit of a local hospital. Finley said he hopes to play again, but with the Packers’ roster in its current state (and with the need to bring another quarterback onto the active 53), the team needed to make a decision sooner rather than later with Finley. Unfortunately, he will have to wait until next season (and his next contract) to play football again.