Six quarterbacks are on bye in Week 9 while several other appear on the injury report. Which ones are in danger of not taking the field? Athlon Sports has the latest injury information on the quarterback front.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Brady is still listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury, but this is the Patriots we are talking about. The key is that he is Probable and is fully expected to face the Steelers. Even with Rob Gronkowski (Probable, back) and Danny Amendola (Probable, groin) back in the fold, Brady’s numbers have been very un-Brady-like this season. He has one 300-yard passing game and a total of nine touchdown passes in eight games. The Steelers are second in the NFL in passing defense. I’m not saying you should sit Brady, but I think we have reached the point where you at least have to give it some thought, especially if you have another option on your bench.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins vs. San Diego Chargers
RG3 is listed on the injury report with a knee issue, but he practiced fully all week and is Probable for today’s game. After showing signs of improvement, RG3 posted a dud last week against Denver (132-1-2, 7 yards rushing, fumble), so his owners can only hope he can turn things around this week at home. He is averaging nearly 320 yards passing per game at FedEx Field.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders
Michael Vick re-injured his hamstring last week and has already been ruled Out for today’s game. Fortunately, Foles returned to practice last week and will be back under center against Oakland. Foles missed one game because of a concussion, but he was cleared early in the week and is locked in as the starter. Foles fared very well as the starter after Vick got hurt the first time, throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns against Tampa Bay in Week 6, and his return also is a good sign for the other Eagle offensive skill players. The Raiders’ defense hasn’t been horrible, especially at home, but I think you need to start Foles today if he’s your best option.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (Mon.)
Despite some early optimism, Cutler will miss the Monday night game because of a groin injury. Josh McCown will start in his place and even though this is his first start since late in the 2011 season, I like his prospects as a possible bye-week replacement or fill-in this week. McCown threw for 204 yards and a touchdown in relief of Cutler against the Redskins and the Packers aren’t exactly shutting down opposing passing games. If anything, McCown may have no choice but to throw the ball if the Bears end up trailing the Packers by a significant amount.
Thad Lewis, QB, Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Lewis is dealing with a rib contusion and was able to practice only on Friday on a limited basis. He is considered Doubtful to suit up against Kansas City and at best is a game-time decision. If Lewis can’t go, Jeff Tuel or Matt Flynn would get the call, as EJ Manuel (sprained LCL) will not be returning this week. This already was a bad matchup to start with Kansas City and its ferocious pass rush on the other side. Now, it’s a “stay away” situation, as I wouldn’t want any part of the Bills’ quarterback position this week.