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NFL Lines and Key injuries in Week 11

Your head is probably spinning while trying to keep up with all the quarterback injuries that occurred last weekend. Four starting quarterbacks were knocked out in the first half of their Week 10 matchups. Alex Smith, Michael Vick and Jay Cutler suffered concussions while Ben Roethlisberger dislocated a rib. Their teams went 1-2-1 straight up and 0-4 against the spread without them.

The Steelers are 3.5-point home dogs in their upcoming Sunday Night Football bout against division rival Baltimore. If Roethlisberger was playing, instead of Byron Leftwich, they’d be favored.

Nick Foles will take over for Vick in Philadelphia. The Eagles are currently 3.5-point pups on the road against Washington in Week 11.

Smith was cleared for the non-contact portions of practice on Thursday and most expect he’ll be able to play on Monday night. His counterpart in that matchup, Cutler, is looking less likely to dress after missing Thursday’s practice.

Like we do every week, BookMaker has pieced together an in-depth injury report for Week 11 of the regular season. This article covers the NFC teams, check back next week for the AFC edition.

Arizona Cardinals - Kevin Kolb remains out with ribs, shoulder and chest injuries so John Skelton remains the starter. Right guard Adam Snyder has missed the last two games with a quadriceps issue. There is no immediate word on whether or not Snyder was able to heal up during the bye week.

Atlanta Falcons - Starting linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has been inactive the last two weeks with an ankle injury. He was not practicing Wednesday and it’s doubtful he’ll be ready for the Arizona game. Right guard Garrett Reynolds was placed on injured reserve this week after missing the last two outings with a shoulder injury. Rookie Peter Konz has replaced him in the starting lineup.

Carolina Panthers - Reserve defensive ends Antwan Applewhite and Thomas Keiser haven’t played in the last three weeks due to injuries. Keiser was placed on IR earlier this week.

Chicago Bears - Cutler could be out with a concussion but there are other key injuries to address. Rookie defensive end Shea McClellin also suffered a concussion against Houston and will need to be cleared to play. Alshon Jeffery, who’s served as the team’s No. 2 wideout opposite of Brandon Marshall, has missed the last four games because of a broken hand. The offense has missed Jeffery’s ability to stretch the field.

Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys lost an integral part of their run defense last weekend. D-end Kenyon Coleman tore his triceps and will miss the remainder of the season. Inside linebacker Dan Connor has missed the last two games with a neck injury. Center Phil Costa has been absent the last three weeks because of an ankle injury. DeMarco Murray hasn’t played in over a month and is expected to miss Week 11. Key reserve on the defensive line, Sean Lissemore, has been battling a high-ankle sprain.

Detroit Lions - Losing both starting safeties has hampered this pass defense. Louis Delmas has missed the last two games because of a knee injury and Amari Spievey’s concussion has cost him three straight games. Defensive tackle Corey Williams was inactive in Week 10. There is no update on the trio’s status.

Green Bay Packers - This infirmary report is long so let’s start with the offense. Cedric Benson and Greg Jennings won’t play in Week 11. Jordy Nelson injured his right ankle prior to the bye week and there’s no word as to whether or not he’s recovered. Right tackle Brian Bulaga is expected to miss Sunday’s matchup with a hip pointer. On the defensive side, Charles Woodson remains out with a broken collarbone. Clay Matthews left the Week 9 win with a groin injury and could be inactive this weekend. Cornerback Sam Shields didn’t play in the three games prior to the bye because of a shin injury. Linebacker Nick Perry was placed on injured reserve two weeks ago. He joins fellow linebackers D.J. Smith and Desmond Bishop there.

New Orleans Saints - Darren Sproles is expected to return to action after missing the last two weeks with a broken hand. Right tackle Zach Strief was inactive in Week 10, as was defensive end Junior Galette. Both have ankle injuries.

Philadelphia Eagles - Vick is out with a concussion and he’ll be replaced by Foles. Jason Avant has been ruled out for Week 11 due to a hamstring issue. Riley Cooper will serve as the No. 3 wideout. Jeremy Maclin is questionable because of a lower back strain. Right guard Danny Watkins is expected to return after missing the last three games. If so, rookie Dennis Kelly will likely remain in the starting lineup and Demetress Bell will head back to the bench. After losing starters Jason Kelce, Jason Peters and Todd Herremans to season-ending injuries, this line is the worst in football.

San Francisco 49ers - Other than Smith’s concussion, the Niners head into Week 11 as one of the healthier teams in the NFL.

St. Louis Rams - After being placed on IR (designated for return) prior to the season, starting center Scott Wells has been practicing the last two weeks. He will definitely be back by Week 12 but there’s an outside shot he could play Sunday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Starting cornerback Eric Wright could miss Sunday’s game in Carolina because of an Achilles issue. Wide receiver Arrelious Benn was inactive in Week 10 due to a shoulder injury. Starting right guard Jamon Meredith is questionable for Week 11 after spraining his ankle in practice on Wednesday.

Washington Redskins - Pierre Garcon has been dealing with a foot injury since Week 1 and there is no word regarding his status following the bye week. We don’t expect him to dress. Santana Moss sustained a concussion in the Week 9 loss to Carolina and will have to be medically cleared to play. Safety Brandon Meriweather has not played this year because of a knee injury. Backup free safety Tanard Jackson remains suspended.