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NFL Injury Report: RBs on the Shelf

The NFL may be a passing league these days, but most teams still need a solid running back to set up the play action and keep opposing defenses honest. Up to five teams could be without their starting running back this week.

The Detroit Lions not only lost their second straight game of the season last week, but they also received bad news on the injury front. Running back Jahvid Best is considered doubtful  after missing last week with a concussion. Quarterback Matthew Stafford’s status is also in question with a leg injury, but he has practiced this week. Detroit is a 3-point favorite on the road against Denver this Sunday at TopBet.

Washington also got hit hard with injuries in last Sunday’s loss to Carolina, losing running back Tim Hightower (knee) for the year and wideout Santana Moss (hand) for the next 5-7 weeks. An already shaky offense, losing two of their top producers really hurts the Redskins. Washington is a 6-point underdog against Buffalo this week at Bovada.

Arizona’s Beanie Wells (knee) hasn’t practiced this week and is currently considered doubtful for Sunday’s game against Baltimore. Baltimore is a 13-point favorite at home at BetOnline as Arizona hasn’t been able to get much going on offense this season.

Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson will miss Sunday’s game at Seattle as he serves a suspension. Bernard Scott will get his first start in two years, and has struggled this season averaging only 2.8 yards per carry on 30 carries. The Bengals are a 2.5-point road favorite at 5Dimes.

Felix Jones (ankle) will also be out with the same injury that kept him out last week. DeMarco Murray filled in incredibly for Jones against St. Louis last week, setting the Dallas Cowboys’ franchise record for most rushing yards in a single game with 253. Dallas is a 3.5-point underdog at Philadelphia at Bovada for Sunday.

Rounding out this week’s injury report, quarterback Sam Bradford (ankle) and wide receivers Andre Johnson (hamstring) and Malcom Floyd (hip) are all currently considered doubtful for this week’s action.