It is already Week 9 of the 2012 regular season, and the heart of the NFL schedule is full of entertaining matchups made even more intriguing by the injury issues across the league.
There are many top NFL superstars coming into Week 9 that are banged up, and fantasy football owners must start formulating backup plans for the potential inactives and stars on bye weeks.
We have all the news you need for your fantasy team or your favorite NFL squad, so keep it here for all the latest updates as they break.
Brady Quinn, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Brady Quinn will miss the Kansas City Chiefs’ Thursday Night Football matchup against the San Diego Chargers with a concussion, according to the Chicago Tribune. Matt Cassel will get another chance to secure the team’s starting QB role after losing the job to Quinn a few weeks ago.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Even though Rashard Mendenhall was able to practice earlier in the week, he will not play this week against the New York Giants, according to Mike Bires of Times Online.
Steelers won't have RBs Mendenhall & Dwyer Sunday vs. NY. They are officially listed as doubtful, but they will not play. #steelers— Mike Bires (@mikebires) November 2, 2012
The fact that Johnathan Dwyer is also out is very bad news for the Steelers. The backfield has been devastated by injuries this season and it has hurt the team's ability to get a consistent running game.
Mario Williams, DE, Buffalo Bills
After undergoing wrist surgery during the Buffalo Bills' bye week, high-priced defensive end Mario Williams told ESPN.com's James Walker about his poor play so far this season and his status for Week 9:
Nobody wants me to do better than me. So definitely, with this procedure, it's definitely given me a lot of hope and a different mindset. I feel like I was stagnant. That's why I'm very excited to have been able to go clean it out and being optimistic about things…Oh, I'm definitely, definitely (playing). I'm not missing anything. It uplifts me tremendously.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Thought to be a relatively minor injury, Green Back Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson missed his third straight day of practice on Friday but is active for Sunday's game, per the team's inactive list.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Though he's reportedly making progress, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, per ESPN's Calvin Watkins:
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is making progress in his rehab from a sprained foot, but he will not play Sunday night against the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons.
Murray said he did some running this week and has a target date for a return, but won't reveal it. He said Friday that missing his third straight game is "a little frustrating."
Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Mike Tripplett broke the news that Sproles won't be in the lineup due to hand surgery:
Full Inactive List
Inactive lists will be updated as they become available.
Philadelphia at New Orleans
Eagles: S Nate Allen, DE Vinny Curry, QB Trent Edwards, WR Mardy Gilyard, T Nate Menkin, DE Darryl Tapp, G Danny Watkins
Saints: RB Darren Sproles, T Bryce Harris, LB David Hawthorne, DB Elbert Mack, DE Turk McBride, WR Joe Morgan, WR Courtney Roby, DE Tyrunn Walker
Dallas at Atlanta
Cowboys: C Phil Costa, LB Dan Connor, RB DeMarco Murray, FS Matt Johnson, DE Sean Lissemore, FS Charlie Peprah, WR Andre Holmes
Falcons: QB Dominique Davis, WR Kevin Cone, LB Sean Weatherspoon, G Garrett Reynolds, T, Lamar Holmes, DT Travian Robertson, DE Jonathan Massaquoi
Minnesota at Seattle
Vikings: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Stephen Burton, WR Jarius Wright, S Mistral Raymond, LB Audie Cole, OL Mark Asper, TE John Carlson.
Seahawks: WR Braylon Edwards, S Winston Guy, CB Byron Maxwell, T Mike Person, G James Carpenter, DT Jason Jones, DT Jaye Howard.
Tampa Bay at Oakland
Buccaneers: RB Michael Smith, CB Danny Gorrer, S Keith Tandy, LB Jacob Cutrera, LB Najee Goode, G Roger Allen, WR Chris Owusu.
Raiders: QB Terrelle Pryor, LB Keenan Clayton, DT Christo Bilukidi, DE Jack Crawford, OL Khalif Barnes, OL Lucas Nix, CB S. Spencer.
Pittsburgh at NY Giants
Steelers: QB Charlie Batch, RB Jonathan Dwyer, RB Rashard Mendenhall, S Troy Polamalu, LB Stevenson Sylvester, OT Marcus Gilbert, DL Alameda Ta'amu.
Giants: LB Chase Blackburn, LB Jacquian Williams, LB Keith Rivers, TE Bear Pascoe, S Kenny Phillips, TE Adrien Robinson, DE Adewale Ojomo.
Denver at Cincinnati
Broncos: QB Caleb Hanie, CB Tracy Porter, WR Andre Caldwell, RB Knowshon Moreno, OL CJ Davis, TE Julius Thomas, DT Sealver Siliga.
Bengals: CB Jason Allen, S George Iloka, LB Roddrick Muckelroy, DT Brandon Thompson, WR Marvin Jones, WR Ryan Whalen, TE Richard Quinn.
Baltimore at Cleveland
Ravens: OL Ramon Harewood, CB Asa Jackson, DE Pernell McPhee, RB Bobby Rainey, DT Bryan Hall, TE Billy Bajema, WR Deonte Thompson.
Browns: CB Dimitri Patterson, RB Brandon Jackson, CB Tashaun Gibson, FB Owen Marecic, DT Ahtyba Rubin, OG Jarrod Shaw, WR Josh Cooper.
Arizona at Green Bay
Cardinals: QB Kevin Kolb, WR LaRon Byrd, CB Greg Toler, LB Jamaal Westerman, G Senio Kelemete, G Adam Snyder, TE Todd Heap.
Packers: DB Charles Woodson, FB John Kuhn, CB Sam Shields, LB Nick Perry, LB Frank Zombo, WR Greg Jennings, DE Jerel Worthy.
Chicago at Tennessee
Bears: WR Alshon Jeffery,WR Dane Sanzenbacher, C Edwin Williams, DT Matt Toeaina, TE Brody Eldridge, DT Amobi Okoye, DE Cheta Ozougwu.
Titans: LB Patrick Bailey, DT DaJohn Harris, OG Leroy Harris, WR Lavelle Hawkins, QB Jake Locker, OT Byron Stingily, LB Will Witherspoon.
Miami at Indianapolis
Dolphins:QB Pat Devlin, CB Richard Marshall, OL Will Yeatman, LB Josh Kaddu, DT Tony McDaniel, WR Michael Egnew, DB Anderson Russell.
Colts: TE Coby Fleener, CB Vontae Davis, DE Clifton Geathers, DB Marshay Green, DT Lawrence Guy, OT Tony Hills, WR Nathan Palmer.
Carolina at Washington
Panthers: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Brandon LaFell, WR Joe Adams, CB Ron Parker, S D.J. Campbell, DE Antwan Applewhite, DE Thomas Keiser.
Redskins: CB Richard Crawford, QB Rex Grossman, S Brandon Meriweather, G Maurice Hurt, WR Pierre Garcon, G Adam Gettis, DE Doug Worthington.
Detroit at Jacksonville
Lions: LB DeAndre Levy, S Louis Delmas, S Amari Spievey, T Jason Fox, T Corey Hilliard, QB Kellen Moore, WR Brian Robiskie.
Jaguars:RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Anthony Armstrong, FB Greg Jones, S Dwight Lowery, CB Rashean Mathis, FB Montell Owens, DT Jeris Pendleton.
Buffalo at Houston
Bills: K John Potter, QB Tarvaris Jackson, CB Terrence McGee, SS Delano Howell, OLB Kirk Morrison, T Erik Pears, DE Mark Anderson.
Texans: CB Roc Carmichael, CB Brandon Harris, RB Ben Tate, T Andrew Gardner, G Cody White, G Brandon Brooks, NT Terrell McClain.
Thursday Night Football
Kansas City at San Diego
Chiefs: QB Brady Quinn, WR Devon Wylie, CB Stanford Routt, RB Nate Eachus, LB Bryan Kehl, C Bryan Mattison, NT Jerrell Powe
Chargers: WR Eddie Royal, WR Robert Meachem, TE Ladarius Green, DB Chris Carr, S Brandon Taylor, LB Larry English, LB Jonas Mouton
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