New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable for Sunday night’s game in Dallas, the team saying it needed a little more time to decide his status. Pierre-Paul had surgery to repair a disk in his lower back in June. He started training camp on the physically unable to perform list, and he didn’t start practicing until Aug. 26. The fourth-year player didn’t appear in any preseason games.
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes is questionable for the New York Jets’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he tries to return from a foot injury that sidelined him most of last year. It’s possible Holmes could be active, but on a limited basis for the game Sunday. Holmes seriously injured his left foot last September, and needed two surgeries to repair it. Nose tackle Kenrick Ellis is also questionable with a back injury that has limited him in practice. Quarterback Mark Sanchez (right shoulder) and linebacker Quinton Coples (right ankle) were ruled out earlier in the week.
Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo will not play in Sunday’s season opener against Miami as he continues to recover from a bruised lung sustained in an exhibition game last month. Although he returned to practice on a limited basis this week, Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, has not been cleared for contact and will not face the Dolphins.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without starting tight end Marcedes Lewis for Sunday’s season opener against Kansas City. Coach Gus Bradley ruled out Lewis on Friday following his third consecutive missed practice. Lewis initially injured his left calf in warm-ups before the team’s second preseason game, Aug. 17 at the New York Jets. He missed the final three exhibition games. He was full go and felt good Monday, but tweaked his calf early in practice Wednesday.
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been ruled out for the season opener Sunday against Detroit. Coach Leslie Frazier said on Friday that Williams was not able to practice all week. The coach believes his star defensive tackle is close to returning, but not quite ready to play. Williams suffered a bone bruise and hyperextension in his knee against San Francisco in the Vikings’ third preseason game.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is questionable for Sunday’s season opener against Kansas City. Although Gabbert practiced for the fourth consecutive day without any setbacks Friday, coach Gus Bradley says his status will be a game-day decision. Gabbert is recovering from a hairline fracture in his right thumb. He missed the final two preseason games because of the injury and has been dealing with pain and a weakened grip.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Pat Angerer didn’t practice Friday because of a concussion suffered almost a week ago. Angerer, who is listed day-to-day, said he suffered the concussion during a hit in Indy’s final preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday. He says he thought the symptoms would go away. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Angerer was evaluated by the team’s medical staff Thursday and learned the symptoms were linked to those of a concussion. If he’s not ready for Sunday’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders, Pagano said Kelvin Sheppard will start at linebacker.
Titans right tackle David Stewart is questionable for Sunday’s season opener at Pittsburgh after missing a second straight practice with a sore right calf.
Coach Mike Munchak said Friday that Stewart felt better and looked pretty good taking part in the Titans’ walk-through session. Stewart broke his right leg Dec. 2, which ended his season.
Fullback Quinn Johnson is doubtful after missing a second straight practice with a quadriceps injury. Linebacker Akeem Ayers practiced fully and is listed as questionable. Rookie linebacker Zaviar Gooden will not play because of a high ankle sprain.