NFL injury run-down: Ward out vs. Pats

Hines Ward. REUTERS

Hines Ward. REUTERS

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, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

PITTSBURGH, PA - The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without wide receiver Hines Ward and linebacker James Farrior when they play the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon.

The team announced on their Twitter account that both were downgraded from questionable to out.

Ward was out of practice all week with an ankle injury, and will miss a game for the first time since 2007. Emmanuel Sanders is likely get the starting nod.

A calf injury will force Farrior to miss the contest, which is one of the most enticing on the Week 8 schedule. The Steelers (5-2) lead the AFC North, while the Patriots (5-1) sit atop the AFC East.

Ingram out versus Rams

Metairie, LA - New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will miss Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams with a heel injury.

Ingram left Sunday's game against the Colts after landing awkwardly on his right heel after an 11-yard run.

The 21-year-old rookie had 91 yards on 14 carries against Indianapolis before exiting. He has run for 329 yards and three touchdowns in seven games played this season.

In addition, New Orleans put running back Christopher Ivory on the active roster. Ivory had been on the physically unable to perform list, but returned to practice this week. Ivory ran for 716 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games played with the Saints last season.

Browns RB Hillis questionable vs. 49ers

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis could miss his second straight game because of a hamstring injury when the team travels to play San Francisco on Sunday.

Hillis practiced on Wednesday, but sat the last two days and was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.

"He'll be out there and we'll decide again whether he's going to play or not on Sunday," said Browns coach Pat Shurmur. "So, we'll see."

Hillis didn't practice last week and missed Sunday's 6-3 win over Seattle. Montario Hardesty rushed for 95 yards on 33 carries in his place.

After breaking out last season with 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns, Hillis has missed two games for the 3-3 Browns this year and has just 211 yards and two TDs on 60 carries.

Linebacker Auston English (knee) and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (head) have been ruled out for the Browns.

Patriots activate Faulk, Deaderick, place Dowling on IR

The New England Patriots on Saturday activated both running back Kevin Faulk and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick from the physically unable to perform list, while placing cornerback Ras-I Dowling on injured reserve.

Faulk has not played since September of 2010, when a torn ACL in his right knee ended his season. The 35-year-old was placed on the PUP list prior to New England's 2011 season opener.

Deaderick, the Alabama product, finished with 10 tackles and two sacks in 10 games as a rookie last season.

A second-round pick in this year's draft out of Virginia, Dowling has missed the Pats' last four games after suffering a hip injury. He posted three tackles in the first two weeks of this season.

New England plays in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Newton probable for Sunday with stomach virus

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a stomach virus.

Newton was able to practice fully on Friday despite the illness.

The 22-year-old has had a solid rookie campaign so far, throwing for 2,103 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. With his seventh rushing touchdown of the season last Sunday against Washington, Newton tied Vince Young for the most rushing scores by a rookie quarterback.

In addition, safety Jordan Pugh is listed as doubtful with a concussion he suffered in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Rams QB Bradford to miss 2nd straight game

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was ruled out for Sunday's game against New Orleans because of a high left ankle sprain.

The announcement, made Friday, wasn't a surprise as Bradford has been unable to practice because of the injury.

He also sat out last Sunday's road game against Dallas after getting hurt on the final offensive play of the team's October 16 loss at Green Bay.

A.J. Feeley will start for the second straight week for the 0-6 Rams.

Feeley completed 20-of-33 passes for 196 yards and an interception in last Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Cowboys.

In other injury news, offensive tackle Jason Smith and defensive tackle Darell Scott will also miss Sunday's game with concussions.

Cowboys RB Jones out with ankle injury

Dallas running back Felix Jones will miss his second straight game because of an ankle injury when the Cowboys travel to play Philadelphia on Sunday night.

Jones hasn't been able to practice because of a sprain, and the team ruled him out on Friday.

The Cowboys didn't miss a beat with Jones out of the lineup against St. Louis last Sunday. Rookie DeMarco Murray filled in and rushed for a team-record 253 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Murray broke the single-game Cowboys rushing record of 237 yards set by Emmitt Smith against the Eagles on October 31, 1993, and his 91-yard TD run was the second-longest in franchise after to Tony Dorsett's memorable 99-yard dash at Minnesota on January 3, 1983.

Jones started the first five games of the season and ran for 253 yards and a touchdown.

Cardinals' Wells, Heap listed as questionable

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells and tight end Todd Heap were limited in practice on Friday and are questionable for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Wells suffered a knee injury in last Sunday's 32-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and has rushed for 423 yards and six touchdowns this season.

If he does not play, Alfonso Smith has been tabbed as the likely starter, with Chester Taylor and LaRod Stephens-Howling also in the mix.

Heap has not played since an October 2, 31-27, loss to the New York Giants with a hamstring injury.

The two-time Pro Bowler has caught 13 balls for 150 yards this season and is looking to return to the field against the team in which he played the first 10 years of his career.

Heap racked up 5.492 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Ravens over his 10 years with the team after being taken with the 31st overall pick in the 2001 draft.


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