Thursday injury report: Boldin, Polamalu sit again

Teams have released their practice participation reports for Thursday. Here’s a look at some of the notable players:

  • Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin (ankle) missed his second consecutive day of practice, making it further difficult to believe that he’ll be ready to play Sunday night against the Giants. Boldin sprained his right ankle during the second quarter of last weekend’s victory over the Seahawks and came out of the game for good in the third quarter. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Boldin was able to do “a lot more” than he did Wednesday and that there’s a chance he’ll practice Friday.
  • Steelers S Troy Polamalu (knee) didn’t practice for the second day in a row, although he isn’t believed to have experienced a setback in his rehabilitation and is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings as long as he practices Friday. Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) fully participated after being limited the previous day.
  • Niners RB Frank Gore (foot, ankle), who missed the last three games, was a full participant in practice and is expected to make his return Sunday against the Texans.
  • The status of both Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and WR Percy Harvin didn’t change, as both were limited participants in practice. CB Antoine Winfield (foot), meanwhile, missed his second consecutive practice, but coach Brad Childress is holding out hope that the Pro Bowler will play Sunday against the Steelers.
  • The Browns welcomed back DT Shaun Rogers (illness, foot) and LB Kamerion Wimbley (illness) back to practice on a limited basis, although 10 other players remained sidelined with the flu. Also some more good news: KR/WR Josh Cribbs (knee) was back at practice as a limited participant.
  • Packers WR Greg Jennings (hip) was added to the injury report and didn’t practice Thursday. LT Chad Clifton missed his second consecutive day of work, and OT Mark Tauscher again was a limited participant.
  • After being limited the previous day, Giants LB Antonio Pierce (back) fully participated in practice Thursday. RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle, foot), though, took a step back and was held out of practice after being a limited participant earlier this week.
  • No change for the Falcons with RBs Michael Turner (chest) and Jerious Norwood (hip). Turner again was limited in practice, and Norwood sat out for the second day in a row.
  • It looks more likely that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the Bills’ starting quarterback Sunday against the Panthers after Trent Edwards (head) missed his second consecutive practice after sustaining his second concussion of the season in last weekend’s victory over the Jets.
  • After missing practice the previous day, Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart was a full participant Thursday.
  • Rams WR Donnie Avery (hip), who missed practice the previous day, was a limited participant. Avery left last weekend’s loss to the Jaguars after catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
  • Dolphins LB Matt Roth (ankle) was back on the sideline again Thursday after hurting himself while practicing for the first time this season Wednesday. He said the latest injury isn’t serious, but it rules out his chances of playing Sunday against the unbeaten Saints.
  • Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle) and RB Clinton Portis (anke) didn’t practice Thursday.
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