We wouldn't be surprised to see Detroit sit their All-Pro wide receiver in what shapes up as a meaningless last stand for this disappointing Lions squad.
Here's the rest of Friday's injury news:
- The Broncos will go another week without Wes Welker. Despite returning to practice on a limited basis, the receiver has been ruled out of Denver's Week 17 finale against the Oakland Raiders. It marks the third consecutive missed start for Welker, who suffered a concussion in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans.
- The Minnesota Vikings have listed star running back Adrian Peterson as doubtful for Sunday's finale against the Lions. Peterson continues to deal with groin and foot issues that have slowed his production. With Toby Gerhartout with a hamstring injury, look for a heavy dose of Matt Asiata out of the backfield.
- With Bills quarterback EJ Manuel listed as doubtful with a PCL sprain, Buffalo coach Doug Marroneannounced that Thad Lewis will make his second straight start in Sunday's meeting with the New England Patriots. Also for the Bills, receiver Steve Johnson is out because of a death in the family while safety Aaron Williams is a scratch because of a rib injury.
- Patriots receiver Josh Boyce will miss Week 17 with an ankle injury. Safety Devin McCourty is doubtful with a concussion, while cornerbacks Kyle Arrington (groin) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee, shoulder) are questionable. New England also listed Shane Vereen (groin), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (ankle), offensive tackle Nate Solder (concussion) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) as questionable for the Buffalo tilt.
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