Our initial spin around the Week 14 NFL injury and practice participation reports begins with the final reports for Thursday night’s game between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. The Raiders have ruled out defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who will miss a fifth straight game with knee and hamstring injuries. The good news for the Raiders is that running back Darren McFadden is “probable” with an ankle injury that had sidelined him for the last four games. Quarterback Carson Palmer (right thumb), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) and safety Tyvon Branch (neck) are also “probable”. For the Broncos, linebacker Wesley Woodyard is “doubtful” with an ankle injury. Stepping into a starting role due to the multiple suspensions of D.J. Williams, Woodyard leads the Broncos with 97 tackles and three interceptions this season. Williams and rookie Danny Travathan are expected to step up if Woodyard is unable to play. Slot receiver Brandon Stokley is “questionable” with a hip injury. Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) and safety Charles Woodson (collarbone) returned to practice on Wednesday, though Shields is the more likely of the two defensive backs to play against the Detroit Lions on Sunday night. Shields declared himself 100 percent following practice. The Packers practiced without linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), wide receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), guard/tackle T.J. Lang (ankle), running back James Starks (knee) and defensive ends Mike Neal (shoulder) and C.J. Wilson (knee). Lions cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and right tackle Gosder Cherilus (knees) were sidelined on Wednesday, while left tackle Jeff Backus (hamstring) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (quadriceps) were limited. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated fully in Wednesday’s practice and appears set to start against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. ” I saw him make the necessary throws today ,” Mike Tomlin said on Wednesday via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Roethlisberger has missed the last three games with a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his right shoulder. Nine Steelers missed practice, most notably safeties Troy Polamalu (calf) and Ryan Clark (hip), wide receivers Antonio Brown (ankle), Mike Wallace (knee) and Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder), linebacker LaMarr Woodley (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (ankle). The Steelers will face a Chargers team that has injury issues along the offensive line. Left tackle Mike Harris (ankle), left guard Tyronne Green (hamstring) and right tackle Jeromey Clary (knee) missed practice and could be out for Sunday afternoon’s game. The Chargers also practiced without wide receiver Eddie Royal (hamstring) and linebacker Donald Butler (groin). Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice on Wednesday, which is a good sign for him returning to game action later this month or, more likely, in the playoffs. Lewis was placed on the Ravens’ injured reserve list with a “designated for return” tag and is ineligible to return until Dec. 16. “I’m making progress and will practice some today,” Lewis said on Wednesday. “But the story shouldn’t be about me right now. We’re playing the Redskins Sunday, and I am not eligible to play. If I can help prepare my team in some way for that game, I will. When I know I will play in a game, or when I play in game, I will say more then.” Because Lewis is not on the injury report, his participation level was not required for submittal to the league office. The Ravens did not have outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who suffered a torn right biceps during last Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Steelers. Suggs is expected to be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. In good injury news for the Ravens, cornerback Jimmy Smith practiced on a limited basis after missing the last month with an abdominal injury. Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) and left tackle Trent Williams (thigh) did not practice. Both were “questionable” before playing in Monday night’s win over the New York Giants, so they are likely being eased into the preparations and should play on Sunday. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (ankle, knee) also did not practice, though wide receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) and cornerback Josh Wilson (shoulder) were full participants.
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