18 things we learned about the Week 9 injury report

Kiko Alonso is on track to return to the football field for the first time since Week 2.

The Philadelphia Eagles listed the linebacker as probable to play Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys. Alonso injured his knee in the first meeting with the Cowboys, a 20-10 loss for the Eagles. Luckily the linebacker did not suffer a torn ACL, which allows him to return to the field.

Getting the dynamic linebacker back on the field will be a boost for an already stout front seven. Alonso, depending on how much he plays in his first game back, should help especially in coverage on passing downs.

After being acquired in a trade for LeSean McCoy in the offseason, Alonso has seven tackles and an interception in less than two games played.

Now for potential bad news for the Eagles: Ryan Mathews (groin), Nelson Agholor (ankle) and DeMeco Ryans (hamstring) are all questionable.

Mathews was held to a low snap count in their last outing due to the injury.

And for some actual bad news: Jason Peters (back) was downgraded to out for Sunday.

Here's the rest of Friday's injury news:

  1. Bills wideout Sammy Watkins (ankle) is listed as questionable but Rex Ryan expects him to play Sunday against the Dolphins despite a "hiccup" at Thursday's practice. Fellow wideout Percy Harvin was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday. Tackle Cyrus Koandjio (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt with Miami.
  1. Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariotawill start Sunday against the Saints, interim coach Mike Mularkey said. He will wear a brace to protect his injured left knee, Mularkey added. Cornerback Jason McCourty (hamstring) has been downgraded to out. Wideout Kendall Wright (knee) has been ruled out.
  1. Bears running back Matt Forte (knee) and wideout Eddie Royal (knee) were both ruled out for Monday night against the Chargers, coach John Fox said Saturday.
  1. Jason Pierre-Paulcould play Sunday for the Giants against the Buccaneers, though a decision won't be made until Saturday, coach Tom Coughlin said.

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (pectoral), linebacker Jon Beason (knee, ankle), wideout Victor Cruz (calf) and tight end Larry Donnell (neck) have all been ruled out for Sunday's game. Wideout Rueben Randle (hamstring) is questionable.

  1. Niners running back Carlos Hyde has been ruled out for the second straight week as he deals with a stress fracture in his foot. Fellow running back Mike Davis is also out with a hand injury, leaving little depth at the position between newly-signed Pierre Thomas and Kendall Gaskins. Wideout Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is doubtful.
  1. Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman is questionable with a thigh injury.
  1. Panthers center Ryan Kalil (ankle), linebacker Shaq Thompson (knee) and Mario Addison (shoulder) are all probable for Sunday against the Packers.
  1. Jets wideout Brandon Marshall (ankle/toe), cornerback Buster Skrine (shoulder) and guard Willie Colon (knee) are questionable against the Jaguars. Coach Todd Bowles said he is hopeful Marshall will play Sunday. Safety Calvin Pryor is out for the Jets.
  1. Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton (foot) is questionable for Sunday against the Broncos.
  1. Jaguars wideout Marqise Lee (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday against the Jets.
  1. The Buccaneers will be without wideout Vincent Jackson (knee), defensive end Jacquies Smith (ankle) and safety Major Wright (hamstring). All three were ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) is questionable.
  1. Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack (hamstring), safety Charles Woodson (shoulder) and safety Larry Asante (knee) all practiced fully and are probable.
  1. Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (knee) and running back Dion Lewis (abdomen) are both probable, while guard Tre Jackson (knee) and offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (toe) have been ruled out, along with defensive end Jabaal Sheard (ankle). Guard Ryan Wendell (knee) is doubtful and guard Shaq Mason (knee) is questionable. Jamie Collins was added to the injury report Saturday with an illness and is questionable.
  1. The Redskins have a number of key players questionable to play Sunday against the Patriots. Cornerbacks Chris Culliver (knee), DeAngelo Hall (toe) and Bashaud Breeland (hamstring), along with wideout DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (hand). Nose tackle Terrance Knighton (migraine) is ruled out for Sunday.
  1. Rams defensive end Chris Long is out with a knee injury. Fellow defensive end Robert Quinn is questionable with a knee injury.
  1. Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee/ankle) and linebacker Eric Kendricks (ribs) are both out for Sunday against the Rams. Linebacker Anthony Barr (back) is questionable.
  1. Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle) and cornerbacks Quinten Rollins (neck) and Sam Shields (shoulder) have been downgraded to doubtful. Tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee), guard T.J. Lang (illness) and linebacker Mike Neal (hip) have been added to the injury report. Bulaga and Lang are probable, while Neal is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
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