Following reports that Dez Bryant's back injury is more serious than the Dallas Cowboys are letting on, Bryant got the final word on his status for Sunday's game in New Orleans.
"I feel good and I'm playing on Sunday," Bryant said. "That's all y'all need to know."
Fair enough. Bryant has earned the benefit of the doubt. He's listed as probable for Sunday, and the team also will get defensive end DeMarcus Ware (quad) back this week. (Although defensive tackle Jason Hatcher could be out with a stinger; he's questionable.) Perhaps the Cowboys can bring back memories of 2009, when they upset an undefeated Saints team in the Superdome.
Here are the other injury report news you need to know about for Week 10:
- The Oakland Raiders will be without running back Darren McFadden (hamstring), safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) and cornerback D.J. Hayden, who hurt his groin last week.
- New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee) is doubtful to play against the Raiders, but the Giants backfield should get a boost with Andre Brown coming off injured reserve. Wide receiver Victor Cruz (neck) is probable despite missing practice time this week.
- The Bears listed quarterback Jay Cutler (groin) as probable. He'll start Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) and newly signed defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (groin) are out. Defensive end Shea McClellin (hamstring) is doubtful.
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- The Lions declared wide receiver Nate Burleson (arm) out. That means more time in the slot for running back Reggie Bush. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) is doubtful.
- Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) is out once again. The Broncos are mostly healthy otherwise coming off their bye week and heading into Sunday's tilt with the San Diego Chargers.
- The Philadelphia Eagles officially listed quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring) as doubtful. Nick Foles will start against the Green Bay Packers. Starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) is questionable.
- The New Orleans Saints listed 10 players as questionable. Marques Colston (knee) was limited in practice all week. Darren Sproles (concussion) practiced fully all week, and he'll suit up against Dallas.
- Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb) is probable. He'll play for the first time in more than a month. Fellow linebacker Nick Perry (foot) might also return. He's questionable. So is right tackle T.J. Lang, who suffered a concussion last week.
- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle) is doubtful to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, announced as the team's starter, is officially probable with his knee injury.
- Aldon Smith and Mario Manningham are both back for the San Francisco 49ers. They aren't even listed on the injury report. Smith is expected to play a supporting role Sunday against the Carolina Panthers -- his first game back from his voluntary leave of absence.
- Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (ribs) is officially questionable, but he should play against the Baltimore Ravens. He was limited in practice all week.
- Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (back) officially will miss Sunday's tilt with the Arizona Cardinals. The larger question: Will he play again this season?
- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant and center Max Unger are both out with concussions. Seattle's rough pass protection and run defense of late could get even worse against Atlanta.
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- Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is questionable, but he previously said that he'll return to the lineup this week.
- There was some concern about St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy's foot earlier in the week, but he's listed as probable to face the Colts.
- Indianapolis running back Trent Richardson (ankle) is questionable after returning to practice Friday.
- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Rashard Mendenhallwill return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Texans. Mendenhall, who's been battling a toe injury, will split time with rookie running back Andre Ellington.
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