Dez Bryant could be joining Tony Romo on the sidelines again, just like a year ago when Dallas slid from first place to last in the NFC East without the two offensive stars. The Cowboys are resolute about playing with who they have this time, although there's a chance Bryant could play Sunday in San Francisco despite a hairline fracture in his right knee. Bryant didn't practice Wednesday, three days after the receiver was hurt in a win over Chicago, and the same day he had the MRI that revealed the fracture.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was a full participant in practice Wednesday and all indications are that he will be able to play Sunday against the New York Jets. Coach Pete Carroll said he needs to see how Wilson recovers from practice but as of now he's expecting his quarterback to be able to play. Wilson sprained the MCL in his left knee while being pulled down awkwardly by San Francisco's Eli Harold in the third quarter of Seattle's 37-18 win Sunday.
Eric Decker's ailing shoulder is banged up even more. The New York Jets wide receiver dealt with what appeared to be a minor injury last week while preparing for Kansas City, but it worsened in the 24-3 loss on Sunday . Coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that Decker was ''probably'' going to have an MRI and his availability for the game against the Seattle Seahawks is uncertain.
J.J. Watt is out until at least December and could miss the rest of the season with an injured back, leaving the Texans searching for ways to deal with the loss of the NFL's best defensive player. Watt was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, which means he'll be out for a minimum of eight weeks. ''You can never replace the best player in the NFL,'' coach Bill O'Brien said.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday after missing a game because of a sprained right thumb.
In the meantime, they have just a few days left to get Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder, Jacoby Brissett's thumb, or emergency quarterback Julian Edelman ready to play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. During a teleconference with Edelman and Buffalo reporters, Ryan hopped on the line and introduced himself as a reporter named ''Walt Patulski,'' who in reality was the Bills' No. 1 pick in the 1972 draft.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles could make his season debut Sunday night at Pittsburgh, though coach Andy Reid acknowledged that it would depend on how he practices this week.
Add another reporter to the NFL beat: Rex Ryan. Introducing himself as ''Walt Patulski from The Buffalo News,'' the Bills coach popped in during a conference call New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was holding with reporters in the team's media room. Ryan asked Edelman directly if he was playing quarterback against the Bills on Sunday, given the Patriots' uncertainty at the position with Tom Brady suspended and his two backups managing injuries.
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