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Go inside NFL Week 13 injury report

Dr. Mark Adickes describes handling late-season injuries.
Dr. Mark Adickes describes handling late-season injuries.
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Dr. Mark Adickes

Dr. Mark Adickes played nine years of pro football and is a Super Bowl champ-turned Harvard trained orthopedic surgeon. He's affiliated with Ironman Sports Medicine Institute and UT Health Medical School. Visit him online at Jock to Doc and follow him on Twitter.

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ATLANTA FALCONS at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee)

Jock to Doc Take: Atlanta’s star wide receiver DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE on Wednesday, but was back at practice Thursday. Although White sat out Wednesday, it seems his absence isn’t anything more than rest-related. White's gone public, noting that he's looking forward to matching up against Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib. The young Tampa corner limited White to four catches for 49 yards in the Week 9 battle. Expect White to play and to put up better numbers than his previous matchup with the Bucs.

Health Rating: Roddy White @ 80%

BUFFALO BILLS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle)

Jock to Doc Take: The Vikes' first-class runner was knocked out of last week’s game against the Washington Redskins with an apparent ankle injury. Peterson underwent an MRI on Tuesday, and it revealed he had a right ankle sprain. The third-year back was replaced by rookie Toby Gerhart, who finished with his first career touchdown. Peterson missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, but he expects to practice on Friday and play on Sunday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Health Rating: Adrian Peterson @ 80%

CAROLINA PANTHERS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Panthers CB Chris Gamble (hamstring)

Jock to Doc Take: The Carolina cornerback was LIMITED IN PRACTICE on Wednesday with a tender hamstring and did NOT participate in practice on Thursday. Although the severity of the strain wasn’t reported, Gamble obviously had increased soreness after more work on Wednesday, forcing him to sit out Thursdays practice completely. I expect him to get some reps on Friday and play this weekend.

Health Rating: Chris Gamble @ 65%

CHICAGO BEARS at DETROIT LIONS

Lions QB Shaun Hill (right finger)

Jock to Doc Take: The Lions may be starting quarterback Drew Stanton this week after Hill DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE Wednesday or Thursday. Hill was already subbing in for former No. 1 draft pick Matthew Stafford, who is out with an injured shoulder. Hill missed two games this season with a broken hand, and his finger injury occurred last week when he claimed the New England Patriots attempted to break his arm. The prognosis for Hill is not too optimistic, as he's only vowed to play again “definitely before the season is over,” according to the Detroit News. I don’t expect him to play this week.

Health Rating: Shaun Hill @ 35%

CLEVELAND BROWNS at MIAMI DOLPHINS

Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall (hamstring)

Jock to Doc Take: The University of Central Florida product returned to the field Wednesday after not being able to participate the last two weeks with a right hamstring injury. The Pro Bowl receiver was LIMITED IN PARTICIPATION at both Wednesday and Thursday’s practice. This is the first time he's practiced since their Week 11 loss to the Bears. I expect Marshall to play, but I'm not so confident he'll last the entire game as reinjury and tightening up at halftime could limit his time on the field this week.

Health Rating: Brandon Marshall @ 65%

DALLAS COWBOYS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Colts WR Austin Collie (concussion)

Jock to Doc Take: It’s no secret the Colts have been battered by injuries this season, and a part of the problem's been Collie’s inconsistency staying on the field. Collie was LIMITED IN PRACTICE Wednesday and Thursday, after missing the Indianapolis loss to the Chargers last Sunday night. He still needs team doctors to clear him to play against the Cowboys. Before the injury he was one of the most productive receivers in the league, and it seems very clear he's deeply missed by Peyton Manning. He should be able to go and be effective, but will he be able to go across the middle without hearing footsteps?

Health Rating: Austin Collie @ 80%

DENVER BRONCOS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring)

Jock to Doc Take: The Chiefs will need its No. 1 cornerback on Sunday as they go up against one of the most threatening pass attacks in the league. If healthy, Flowers will have the daunting task of covering one of the most dangerous receivers in football: Brandon Lloyd. Flowers was LIMITED IN PARTICIPATION Wednesday, but returned to practice on Thursday after missing last week’s game against the Seahawks. He should play, but will have difficulty containing Lloyd.

Health Rating: Brandon Flowers @ 70%

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at TENNESSEE TITANS

Jaguars QB David Garrard (left wrist)

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Jock to Doc Take: The Jaguars not only suffered a heartbreaking 24-20 loss last week against the Giants, but their quarterback injured his non-throwing wrist. An X-ray earlier this week revealed it wasn’t broken, but Garrard is banged up. He was LIMITED IN PARTICIPATION on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s been reported that Garrard's unable to move his wrist and it looks to be a sprain. However he told the Florida Times-Union he'll be “ready to roll” on Sunday. I expect him to play. He may be in pain, but his non-throwing hand shouldn't effect his play, except perhaps leading to some difficulty taking the snap.

Health Rating: David Garrard @ 75%

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at CINCINNATI BENGALS

Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle)

Jock to Doc Take: The Bengals lockdown corner was LIMITED IN PARTICIPATION on Wednesday after re-aggravating a high-ankle sprain he suffered from earlier. However, Joseph returned to practice at FULL PARTICIPATION for Thursday’s practice. Cincinnati’s secondary would be lost without him on Sunday as the Saints have a lethal air attack. He should be fine this week, but another tweak to that tender ankle could land him on the sidelines again before the season's over.

Health Rating: Johnathan Joseph @ 80%

OAKLAND RAIDERS at SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (foot)

Jock to Doc Take: The All-Pro tight end finally got back on the field last week against the Colts on Sunday night. Gates was having a career year, leading the Chargers in touchdown receptions, but he's clearly not 100 percent.

“It hurts, man,” Gates said. “It hurts. It’s painful. I can’t really put into words the kind of pain that it feels — it feels like burning, like a hot knife sticking in your foot. It burns real bad.”

With injuries to his left big toe (turf toe) and to the plantar fascia on the right foot, look for Gates to be hobbled for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs unless he's given significant rest (3-4 weeks).

Health Rating: Antonio Gates 65%

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS at GREEN BAY PACKERS

Packers LB Clay Matthews (shin)

Jock to Doc Take: Matthews hasn’t been the same since injuring his shin a few weeks ago. The Defensive Player of the Year candidate has only one sack in his last two games. He was LIMITED IN PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE on Wednesday, and he only took part in the walk through on Thursday. I expect him to be able to go on Sunday, but don’t expect the kind of play we saw the first nine weeks of the season. Matthews will be effective, but not stellar while nursing his sore shin. The Packers will face a depleted 49ers offense, as they'll be without Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore.

Health Rating: Clay Matthews @ 70%

ST. LOUIS RAMS at ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder)

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Jock to Doc Take: The Cardinals' stud defensive tackle was LIMITED IN PARTICIPATION AT PRACTICE on Wednesday and Thursday. Last Monday night against the 49ers, Arizona’s front four looked ineffective with Dockett on the field and will need him to return to form against the Rams.

Health Rating: Darnell Dockett @ 75%

WASHINGTON REDSKINS at NEW YORK GIANTS

Redskins WR Santana Moss (knee)

Jock to Doc Take: The Redskins continue to battle the injury bug, but Moss was LIMITED IN PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE on Wednesday. Moss isn’t a stranger to lingering injuries and played last week. It’s usually safe to consider him good to go as long as he's practicing. He should be fine this week against the Giants' stout defense, but won't put up huge numbers for his fantasy owners.

Health Rating: Santana Moss @ 70%

PITTSBURGH STEELERS at BALTIMORE RAVENS

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot)

Jock to Doc Take: Big Ben was LIMITED IN PARTICIPATION on Wednesday and Thursday, one day after being in a protective boot. The injury was reported as a sprain, and head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t seem too concerned about it. Roethlisberger’s career record against the Ravens is 5-0, a team which is heralded for its great defense. Expect Big Ben to go in an attempt to keep his streak alive against the Ravens.

Health Rating: Ben Roethlisberger @ 75%

NEW YORK JETS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Jets RT Damien Woody (sprained MCL)

Jock to Doc Take: Woody said the injury he suffered usually takes 4-6 weeks to rehab, but he plans to play through the pain. Ah, I love the tough guys on the O-line.

According to rotoworld.com: Woody said he'll continue to gut it out through the ailment because the game against the Patriots is "too big to miss." He added: "I'm going to be out there. This is the time of year where teams separate themselves and jockey for position for the playoffs, and you need all hands on deck."

I expect Woody to play and play well in this vital contest in the AFC East.

Health Rating: Damien Woody @ 70%

Health Ratings: So, what do the numbers mean?
100-85% = NFL players are tough and despite injuries still perform at a high level. Let’s be honest, when is an NFL athlete really physically 100%...practically never. With a rating in this range expect players to perform at peak levels.
70-85% = In this range a players performance will be affected but they can still get the job done.
55-70% = Players with a rating this low will require assistance to do their jobs. The team might be better served by placing these warriors on the inactive list. Only some All-Pro’s can get the job done when rated this poorly.
40-55% = These players need some more time to heal. Unlikely to be active unless miraculous healing occurs or my rating was based on erroneous information.
25-40% = Players will not play but show signs of recovery opening the door for a return to the active roster the following week.
< 25% = Players will not play and there is concern that additional games may be missed.

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