NFL Betting: Week 8 Injury Updates
Rest easy Denver Broncos fans, quarterback Peyton Manning returned to practice Thursday after being held out a day earlier because of a minor ankle injury he suffered in Denver's loss at Indianapolis last Sunday night. It was the first practice he missed since joining the Broncos 19 months ago, a result of arguably the hardest he's been hit throughout a game this season.
The Broncos are laying -14 to Washington at Bovada, and while they'll enjoy having their All-Pro veteran signal-caller under center, they'll be without 15-year veteran Champ Bailey, whose sprained left foot will keep him on the sidelines in coach Mike Shanahan's return to Denver.
Manning wasn't the only future Hall of Fame quarterback in the headlines this past week, as the St. Louis Rams and coach Jeff Fisher reportedly tried to lure Brett Favre out of retirement to replace the injured Sam Bradford, who tore his left ACL last Sunday at Carolina. Kellen Clemens, the Rams' backup the past two seasons, will make his 13th career start Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams also signed Brady Quinn and Austin Davis. Seattle is a -12 point favorite against St. Louis.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback carousel has swung back around for Christian Ponder, who will start against Green Bay on Sunday night. Josh Freeman, who made his debut with the team last Monday in a loss to the Giants, will be inactive after being cleared to practice. Freeman reported concussion-like symptoms the day after his rough performance against New York. The Packers are laying -10 points on the road to the Vikings.
Philadelphia's Michael Vick has officially been listed as probable after practicing all week. He is expected to start for the first time since injuring his left hamstring in the first half of a win at the Giants on Oct. 6. This Sunday Vick and the Eagles look to snap a franchise-worst, nine-game home losing streak with New York coming to town. The Eagles are a 5-point chalk against the G-Men.