In Sunday night’s battle between the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears, two of the top three teams in this week’s Shutdown Corner Power Rankings, the Texans will be without running back Ben Tate (hamstring) and defensive tackle Shaun Cody (ribs), who have already been ruled out by head coach Gary Kubiak. Houston may also be without tight end Owen Daniels, who will be a game-time decision due to a ” severe bruise ” in his lower back/hip area. The Bears have listed rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand) and defensive tackle Matt Toeania (calf) as “doubtful”, but should have cornerback Charles Tillman, whose questionable availability due to the impending birth of he and his wife’s fourth child led to the spillage of many pixels on the Internets. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin gutted out right hamstring and left ankle injuries in last Sunday’s 30-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Harvin may not be as fortunate this week as head coach Leslie Frazier said Harvin is “doubtful” to play against the Detroit Lions. ” He still has a little less than 48 hours to have a chance to continue to improve ,” Frazier said according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “He’ll continue to get treatment. If it comes to it, we would definitely work him out before the game and get him out there if it’s possible. But we’ll see what happens.” In addition to Harvin, defensive tackle Letroy Guion is “doubtful” with a foot injury. All other players on Minnesota’s injury report, including tight end John Carlson, who has missed the last two weeks with a concussion, are probable and are expected to be available on Sunday. Lions safety Louis Delmas has been ruled “out” for the Vikings game, as will fellow starting safety Amari Spievey (concussion). Wide receivers Calvin Johnson (knee) and Titus Young (knee), defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and cornerback Chris Houston (illness) returned to practice on Friday and are listed as “questionable”. The Dallas Cowboys have ruled running back DeMarco Murray “out” for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Murray will miss a fourth straight game with a foot injury. Dallas may also be without Dan Connor, who missed last Sunday night’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons with a neck injury. Connor is listed as “doubtful” and, if he cannot play, would again be replaced in the lineup by newly-signed linebacker Ernie Sims. In good news for the Cowboys, nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) and wide receiver Dez Bryant (hip) are listed as “probable”.
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