For some NFL teams, injuries can make or break a season. While adequate roster depth and the right game plan can sometimes cover up a team's missing pieces, winning in the NFL becomes that much more difficult when one of your stars goes down.
Several big names have already fallen victim to the injury bug in 2013, including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Micheal Vick, who has played an entire 16-game regular season just once in his decorated 11-year career.
Elsewhere, the Green Bay Packers are hurting after two key offensive weapons in Randall Cobb and James Jones both went down in Week 6. The hope for Packers fans is that the team can stay afloat until the offense returns to full strength.
Green Bay is certainly no stranger to devastating injuries. Superstar pass-rusher Clay Matthews suffered a broken thumb earlier this month, and the Packers were riddled with injuries three years ago when they made their memorable Super Bowl run.
Below, we'll highlight a few notable players working their way back from injury and get you set with a complete list of inactives for Week 7.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers, WR
The Green Bay Packers are extremely thin at wide receiver following injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones, who suffered a strained PCL in his knee in Week 6's win over the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter via Twitter:
With Cobb set to miss up to two months while he recovers from a fractured fibula, the Packers need Jones to get healthy quick. Green Bay will rely heavily on Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley and Jarrett Boykin in the passing game, while also leaning on Eddie Lacy in the run game.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles, QB
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is battling a nagging hamstring injury, one that kept him out of Week 6's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will keep him out in Week 7 against Dallas.
According to Vick, per CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank, the injury is "worse" than previously thought:
I want to get back out there, but I can’t. I try to burst and run, I can’t do it. Just hoping it’s not a long time. It’s worse than what I thought it was going to be. It’s just slow. It’s taking longer than I thought it would.
Vick pulled up lame in Week 5's win over the New York Giants and eventually left the game. Second-year quarterback Nick Foles took over under center and has played extremely well as the starter, throwing for nearly 500 yards and accounting for six total touchdowns since coming on late in the second half vs. New York.
With the Eagles having won two straight games and Foles proving he can play mistake-free football, it's wise for Vick and head coach Chip Kelly not to rush the star's recovery.
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans, QB
Tennessee's Jake Locker is active for the first time in three weeks and will start on Sunday vs. the San Francisco 49ers, according to NFL.com's Michael Fabiano on Twitter:
The third-year quarterback suffered a sprained hip in Week 4's blowout win over the New York Jets and was expected to miss at least four weeks. However, Locker has recovered in time and will be the team's signal-caller vs. San Francisco.
Full Inactives List
Inactive lists will be updated as they become available via NFL.com.
Minnesota at New York
Vikings: QB Matt Cassel, CB A.J. Jefferson, LB Gerald Hodges, G Jeff Baca, WR Rodney Smith, DT Chase Baker, DE Justin Trattou
Giants: RB Brandon Jacobs, RB David Wilson, CB Jayron Hosley, QB Ryan Nassib, S Cooper Taylor, TE Adrien Robinson, DT Johnathan Hankins
Denver at Indianapolis
Broncos: T Orlando Franklin, G John Moffitt, QB Zac Dysert, RB C.J. Anderson, CB Tony Carter, LB Wesley Woodyard, CB Quentin Jammer
Colts: TE Dominique Jones, C/G Khaled Holmes, T Xavier Nixon, WR David Reed, LB Bjoern Werner, DT Montori Hughes, NT Josh Chapman
Baltimore at Pittsburgh
Ravens: LB Josh Bynes, NT Terrence Cody, OL Jah Reid, C Ryan Jensen, OT Bryant McKinnie, DL DeAngelo Tyson and WR Brandon Stokley.
Steelers: LB Jarvis Jones, RB Isaac Redman, CB Curtis Brown, QB Landry Jones, NT Hebron Fangupo WR Marcus Wheaton, TE Richard Gordon
Cleveland at Green Bay
Browns: LB Brandon Magee, OL Patrick Lewis, OL Martin Wallace, OL Garrett Gilkey, TE Keavon Milton, DL Billy Winn
Packers: CB Casey Hayward, RB James Starks, OLB Clay Matthews, OLB Nick Perry, OLB Brad Jones, TE Ryan Taylor, WR James Jones
Houston at Kansas City
Texans: QB Matt Schaub, RB Cierre Wood, LB Tim Dobbins, LB Willie Jefferson, OL Andrew Gardner, OL Cody White, DE Sam Montgomery
Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, TE Kevin Brock, S Bradley McDougald, LB Dezman Moses, OL Eric Kush, OL Rishaw Johnson, DL Jaye Howard
San Francisco at Tennessee
49ers: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Quinton Patton, WR Marlon Moore, RB LaMichael James, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, LB Jermaine Cunningham, G Joe Looney.
Titans: LB Zaviar Gooden, LB Moise Fokou, T Byron Stingily, QB Rusty Smith, LB Patrick Bailey, C Rob Turner, DE Derrick Morgan
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Buccaneers: WR Skye Dawson; RB Jeff Demps; CB Deveron Carr; G Patrick Omameh; G Carl Nicks; DE Da'Quan Bowers; DE Steven Means.
Cincinnati at Detroit
Bengals: HB Rex Burkhead, CB Brandon Ghee, G Tanner Hawkinson, DE Margus Hunt, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, WR Ryan Whalen, OL Trevor Robinson.
Lions: WR Nate Burleson, TE Tony Scheffler, RT Jason Fox, QB Kellen Moore, G Leroy Harris, CB Jonte Green, RB Theo Riddick.
Buffalo at Miami
Bills: QB E.J. Manuel, QB Matt Flynn, CB Justin Rogers, CB Brandon Burton, CB Brandon Smith, LB Powell, OL Antoine McClain.
Dolphins: LB Dannell Ellerbe, QB Pat Devlin, RB Mike Gillislee, LB Josh Kaddu, OL Danny Watkins, OL Dallas Thomas, CB Will Davis.
New England at NY Jets
Patriots: WR Josh Boyce, OL Chris Barker, CB Aqib Talib, WR Danny Amendola, RB Leon Washington, DL Tommy Kelly, S Tavon Wilson.
Jets: QB Brady Quinn, WR Santonio Holmes, WR Gregory Salas, LB Troy Davis, G William Campbell, T Ben Ijilana, T Oday Aboushi.
Dallas at Philadelphia
Cowboys: DE DeMarcus Ware, RB DeMarco Murray, RB Lance Dunbar, OL Darrion Weems, LB DeVonte Holloman, OL David Arkin.
Eagles: QB Michael Vick, S Patrick Chung, RB Chris Polk, CB Shaun Prater, OL Matt Tobin, OL Dennis Kelly, DL Damion Square.
Chicago at Washington
Bears: CB C.J. Wilson, RB Michael Ford, DT. Christian Tupou, OL James Brown, OT Jonathan Scott, TE Steve Maneri, DE Cornelious Washington.
Redskins: QB Rex Grossman, S Bacarri Rambo, OG Josh LeRibeus, TE Fred Davis, RB Chris Thompson, NT Chris Neild, OLB Jarvis Jenkins.
St. Louis at Carolina
Panthers: DT Dwan Edwards, WR Marvin McNutt, CB D.J. Moore, S Robert Lester, , DT Sione Fua, CB Josh Norman, RB Armond Smith.
Rams: CB Cortland Finnegan, RB Benny Cunningham, OL Barrett Jones, G Brandon Washington, DT Matt Conrath, T Mike Person, DE Gerald Rivers.
San Diego at Jacksonville
Jaguars: QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Stephen Burton, WR/PR Ace Sanders, CB Jamell Fleming, G Jacques McClendon, OT DeMarcus Love, DE Jeremy Mincey.
Chargers: QB Brad Sorensen, S Brandon Taylor, LB Donald Butler, OT Nick Becton, OL Stephen Schilling, OL Chad Rinehart, LB Jarret Johnson.
Thursday Night Football
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Seahawks Inactives: QB B.J. Daniels, FB Spencer Ware, LB Bobby Wagner, OT Breno Giacomini, OT Caylin Hauptmann, DE Benson Mayowa, DT Jordan Hill.
Cardinals Inactives: WR Brittan Golden, QB Ryan Lindley, RB Ryan Williams, LB Dontay Moch, LB Kenny Demens, G Earl Watford, TE D.C. Jefferson.
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