Injuries begin to stack up when teams hit the halfway point of the season, and the pregame injury report for the Dolphins and the Ravens (well, especially the Ravens) on Thursday serves as proof.
DeVante Parker, WR, ankle: Parker injured his ankle in Week 5 and has yet to return to action. Prior to this week, Parker had not participated in practice to any degree. On Tuesday, he returned to limited work, participating in some drills.
TMR: Tough one. Lots come to mind, including two recent ones that I’m particularly fond of. I was all-in on Kareem Hunt this year, even before Spencer Ware’s injury, and last year I was hyping Terrelle Pryor in Cleveland (a QB-turned-WR? For the Browns?) and people thought I was nuts, but he wound up as a top-20 WR. But I’ve made a zillion calls, good and bad. So if I have to pick one, probably my favorite would be Week 5 of 2009.
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn understands the scrutiny that comes with a struggling offense, but he was adamant in defending coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
“There’s a lot of really good things that Steve does, and I don’t want to lose sight of how good a football coach this guy is,” Quinn said Thursday. “And I think all of us, when you’re going through a time where you’re not producing from a points standpoint that you like, there’s a lot of factors involved.
What happened: Iupati hoped to play through a triceps injury suffered during the preseason but ended up being shelved after starting in just the season-opener against Detroit.
Potential return? Iupati not only underwent season-ending surgery. Because of age (31 entering next season) and his mounting injury history, Iupati may be cut in the offseason for a $6.2 million salary-cap saving.