Week 9 injuries: Rodgers sits again (as planned)

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Aaron Rodgers missed practice Thursday, but should be ready to play against Tampa Bay. (Matt Ludtke / Associated Press)

Teams have released their Week 9 injury reports through Thursday. Here’s a look at some of the notable names:

  • Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who has a sprained toe on one foot and a sprain of the other foot, missed his second consecutive day of practice, although indications remain that he will be ready for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said it was in the plan for Rodgers to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday so he could rest up a bit. CB Charles Woodson (hip) was back at practice after missing the previous day’s workout. WR Donald Driver (neck) and TE Jermichael Finley (knee) were  sidelined for the second practice in a row.
  • Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin (ankle) didn’t practice for the second consecutive day. Boldin, who has been bothered by a sprained right ankle all season, left last week’s game against the Panthers after aggravating the injury, but he hasn’t missed a game this season and hopes to play Sunday against the Bears. DT Darnell Dockett (ankle) and LB Gerald Hayes (back), both of whom missed Wednesday’s practice, were back on a limited basis Thursday.
  • Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee), who has missed the last two games, was a limited participant in practice again Thursday, as was QB Matthew Stafford (knee). RB Kevin Smith (shoulder), who was banged up during Sunday’s loss to the Rams, also returned to practice after missing Wednesday’s workout.
  • Eagles RB Brian Westbrook fully practiced for the second consecutive day since suffering a concussion last week. Westbrook said he expects to play this week against the Cowboys, and Eagles coach Andy Reid added that the running back should be “good to go.”
  • Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib), who was limited Wednesday, fully practiced Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the Lions. Hasselbeck was sidelined for two games earlier this season with the injury and needed some rest after the Cowboys hit him hard last weekend.
  • Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (Achilles) fully participated in Thursday’s practice after sitting out the previous day. WR Muhsin Muhammad (knee) and TE Dante Rosario (knee) sat out for the second consecutive day, as did FBs Tony Fiammetta (concussion) and Brad Hoover (ankle).
  • The Colts have lost starting CB Marlin Jackson for the season, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports through a league source. Jackson injured his anterior cruciate ligament during Wednesday’s practice and will undergo season-ending surgery. S Bob Sanders (elbow) sat out his second consecutive practice. Sanders played in the last two games after missing the previous five while recovering from offseason knee surgery. WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee), CB Kelvin Hayden, K Adam Vinatieri (right knee) and DE Dwight Freeney (not injury related) also missed their second consecutive workout. Gonzalez’s return this weekend is highly unlikely.
  • Bears WR Devin Hester (ankle) didn’t practice for the second consecutive day, and LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), TE Greg Olsen (ankle), DT Tommie Harris (knee) and DE Adewale Ogunleye (ankle) all were full participants after being limited Wednesday.
  • Ravens TE Todd Heap (ankle) was a limited participant in practice again, and DT Haloti Ngata (ankle) sat out his second consecutive workout.
  • The Saints were without DT Sedrick Ellis (knee), LB Scott Fujita (calf) and WR Lance Moore (ankle) for the second day in a row. Ellis and Fujita were inactive for Monday night’s victory over the Falcons.
  • Jon McGraw, slated to be the Chiefs’ starting strong safety with Jarrad Page out for the season, missed practice again with a thigh injury and might not play Sunday against the Jaguars. SS DaJuan Morgan likely would start in McGraw’s place. CB Mike Richardson (illness) also missed his second consecutive practice.
  • Dolphins LB Channing Crowder (shoulder) was limited again in practice after sitting out one game. NT Jason Ferguson (elbow) also was limited.
  • Chargers LB Kevin Burnett (ankle) returned to practice, but LB Tim Dobbins (knee) remained sidelined. C Nick Hardwick (ankle) was limited for the second day in a row as he tries to recover from an injury that has kept him out since the season opener.
  • Buccaneers WR Antonio Bryant was limited Thursday after fully practicing the previous day.

A full practice participation report is available on NFL.com’s injuries page.

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