NFL Betting: Week 5 Injury Updates
The rash of injuries is catching up to several teams around the National Football League, and has a few of them on alert for Sunday's card.
In a game being billed as the "battle of second-year quarterbacks," the Indianapolis Colts will once again be without running back Ahmad Bradshaw against the Seattle Seahawks. Bradshaw will take a couple of weeks to decide whether to have season-ending neck surgery. Bradshaw hasn't practiced for two weeks after he took a hit in the opening series against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago, and is an added blow to a team that has already lost three offensive starters with season-ending injuries: tight end Dwayne Allen (hip), running back Vick Ballard (knee) and left guard Donald Thomas (quad).
The positive aspect is the Colts have newly acquired Trent Richardson, who has 95 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns in two games with the Colts. The ground game has improved, there's no doubt, but quarterback Andrew Luck needs all the balance he can get this week in his dual with Seattle's Russell Wilson. The Seahawks are laying -3 at Bovada.
Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is questionable for their game against the Baltimore Ravens, as he's still nursing a left knee injury that forced him to miss last week's contest against New Orleans. Also hampering Miami's pass defense is cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who was ruled out and will miss his fourth game in a row due to a groin injury. Miami is -3.
Detroit will have its hands full on Sunday when it visits Green Bay in a key NFC North battle. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be throwing against a backup secondary, as the Lions have cornerbacks Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis dealing with injuries. Mathis was held out of practice Thursday as a precaution, despite passing a concussion test, while Houston did not practice because of a sore hamstring. Green Bay is -8.