Injury roundup: Pat Williams returns for Vikings

The first injury reports of the week have been released for this weekend’s wild-card games, with no major surprises.

  • The Vikings may get one starting defensive lineman back, while losing another. DT Pat Williams (shoulder) took part in a limited portion of practice after missing the last two games, another positive step after saying earlier this week he was “confident” he would play against the Eagles. DE Ray Edwards, who suffered a knee injury in Week 17, did not practice. Coach Brad Childress said there was a “small chance” Edwards would be ready for Sunday, leaving Brian Robison the starter. WR Bernard Berrian, who played through an ankle injury last week, was also limited.
  • The Eagles held starters LB Stewart Bradley (rib, groin) and OT Jon Runyan (knee) out of practice, but coach Andy Reid said he was not concerned about their availability for Sunday. TE L.J. Smith, who was held out of the season finale with a shoulder injury, was listed as limited, as was RB Brian Westbrook (knee, ankle).
  • The Falcons headed indoors to finish practice on Wednesday, but did so without three starters along the defensive line — DE John Abraham (thigh, shoulder), DE Jamaal Anderson (ankle) and DT Grady Jackson (knee) — who were all held out. Anderson is the only one among the three who did not play in the Falcons’ season-ending win over the Rams. OT Sam Baker (hip, back), WR Harry Douglas (head), LB Curtis Lofton (knee), SS Lawyer Milloy (back) and FB Ovie Mughelli (knee) all took part in a limited session.
  • The Cardinals continue to be cautious with WR Anquan Boldin’s shoulder injury. Boldin, who was held out the last two weeks to rest the injury, took part in a limited portion of practice. Boldin told NFL Network on Tuesday his health is fine (video) and he expects to play.
  • The Ravens held out a number of starters Wednesday: DT Justin Bannan (foot), WR Mark Clayton (knee), LB Jarret Johnson (calf), WR Derrick Mason (shoulder), S Ed Reed (thigh), CB Samari Rolle (ankle, foot), CB Fabian Washington (toe). Coach John Harbaugh didn’t update the status of any of the players, other than to say the team is waiting to see on the status of Washington.
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