NFL Regular Season Week 5:Notes

While we feature our injury report on our site, the following are very important stories The Director is watching for this weekend’s upcoming action:

GREEN BAY – QB Aaron Rodgers did very little in Wednesday’s practice. Rodgers took part in the first part of practice — barely. He handed off on all four of his snaps and then exited after walkthroughs for rehab on his shoulder. HC Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Rodgers has a chance to play in the team’s Week 5 game. “Our plan after his evaluation today, we weren’t going to not throw him today and tomorrow. He will be reevaluated on Friday. As far as his progress, he’s gotten better each day. He’s very positive. I’m going to give him every chance to play in the game against Atlanta.”

PHILADELPHIA – RB Brian Westbrook partially participated in Wednesday’s practice. Westbrook participated in the team’s morning walk-through and at least some drills in the afternoon session on Wednesday. “I’m definitely encouraged. I’ve gotten better every day,” Westbrook said.

For what it’s worth, Brian’s brother, Byron Westbrook is a Redskins cornerback and he was much less optimistic that Brian would be ready to play this week.

Byron Westbrook said his brother will be tempted to play because it’s a division game, but he doubts he will risk aggravating the injury just to play against the Redskins. “He’s a warrior and it’s an NFC East game and he wants to play,” he said, “but its also early in the season and it’s not a playoff game. If he goes out and plays at 75%, you could end up making it a lot worse. He would want to get to 90% to really be able to play.”

ARIZONA – WR Anquan Boldin did not practice on Wednesday. Boldin, according to his father Carl Boldin, received “a couple of stitches on his lip” and suffered a fractured sinus membrane when he was sandwiched by Eric Smith and Kerry Rhodes during the final minutes of the Jets’ 56-35 victory at Giants Stadium. HC Ken Whisenhunt said he was uncertain if Boldin could return to action as early as Sunday, when the Cardinals have a home game against Buffalo. “If it was left up to Anquan he would be able to play today,” his father said. “But we have to err on the side of caution. If he’s cleared medically, though, he’ll play.”

QB Kurt Warner committed six turnovers Sunday, including four in the first half, but HC Ken Whisenhunt never considered bringing in backup Matt Leinart. Whisenhunt thought Warner’s problems stemmed mostly from poor protection. “I didn’t think we did the job offensively, especially in protection, in the first half, so that’s the reason we stayed with Kurt,” the coach said. Whisenhunt said he plans to stick with Warner as the Cardinals return home for their next two games, against Buffalo and Dallas.

Check Out Our Injury Report This Friday and Saturday.


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