Look what NFL star's hurt now

Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin fumbles the ball as Patriots safety Patrick Chung defends at...

Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin fumbles the ball as Patriots safety Patrick Chung defends at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Oct. 16, 2011. (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 PM ET

TORONTO - Injuries continue to pile up around the NFL.

A number of quality players are doubtful or ruled out for Week 10.

Dallas star Miles Austin, no stranger to the injury report, could miss up to a month with a hamstring injury he picked up during Sunday’s win over Seattle.

Austin missed two games earlier this season with the same ailment.

He has been ruled out for a crucial game against Buffalo and likely for a lot longer than that.

Austin has racked up 403 yards and four touchdowns in the six games he has been able to play and is Dallas’ top offensive weapon.

Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson will have to step up in his absence. Bryant was hurt earlier this year returning a punt and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday that he doesn’t like Bryant returning punts — especially when Austin is sidelined.

Running back Felix Jones has missed three games, but should return to practice soon.

Meanwhile, Buffalo won’t come in 100% against its old Super Bowl nemesis either.

Starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams could be done for the season due to the foot injury that has caused him to miss the past three games. Williams will see a specialist, according to head coach Chan Gailey.

Williams has been missed.

The Bills will also be without kicker Rian Lindell, who has a shoulder injury, left tackle Demetrius Bell and linebacker Chris Kelsay.

The news isn’t any better for Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

McCoy, the third overall selection of the 2010 draft will miss the rest of the season thanks to torn biceps in his right arm.

McCoy tore his left biceps last season and had missed Tampa Bay’s past two games with an ankle injury.

Another big-name player who won’t play on Sunday is Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis.

Hillis has had a season from hell, missing time due to hamstring issues and an illness.

The Madden cover boy seems to be the latest player to fall victim to the “Madden curse.”

Finally, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford — selected two picks ahead of McCoy — is back in a walking boot after returning from injury to play last Sunday. His status for this week is undetermined.

If he does play, Bradford won’t be able to throw to his top target — Greg Salas. Salas, the team-leader with 27 receptions, is out for the year with a broken right leg.

GOOD TIMING

Tim Tebow picked a good time to play his best NFL game.

Another stinker might have cost him his job, according to Denver executive vice president John Elway.

“If we’d have seen what happened the last couple of weeks, we might have seen a change,” Elway told Denver radio station 102.3.

Elway said he liked what he saw from Tebow against the Raiders.

“I don’t think you can win consistently throwing 50%. (But) Tim made some really good throws yesterday.”

Tebow’s ability to run — and just the threat of him taking off — caused Oakland some problems.

A rejuvenated Willis McGahee hasn’t hurt either.

VICK STILL NOT MAKING FRIENDS

It feels like everybody now loves Michael Vick, but apparently, that’s not the case.

Vick has cleaned up his image and re-emerged as a top player since getting out of jail and being re-instated by the NFL, but a lot of people haven’t forgiven him.

According to Forbes.com, Vick is the NFL’s most disliked player, according to a poll by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research.

According to the results, 60% of respondents said they dislike, dislike somewhat or dislike Vick a lot.

Vick pleaded guilty to federal felony charges involving a dogfighting ring.

Another former felon, Plaxico Burress of the New York Jets was next at 56%.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — never charged with a crime, but with a less than savoury image nonetheless — was third, followed by New England defensive tackle Albert Haynewsworth and Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler.

Chad Ochocinco, Vick’s backup Vince Young, Carson Palmer, Tony Romo and Jeremy Shockey rounded out the top 10.

FISH BENCH DAVIS

Miami won without star cornerback Vontae Davis on Sunday and now details have emerged as to why Davis was benched.

Except there are conflicting reports. One had Davis scrapping with receiver Brandon Marshall at practice, another said Davis showed up to practice hung over, still smelling of alcohol.

The Dolphins weren’t willing to clear things up on Monday, saying the issue was an internal one and that Davis would play this week.

QUICK HITS

Indianapolis will be without tight end Dallas Clark against Jacksonville. Clark’s leg injury was termed “significant” by head coach Jim Caldwell ... Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook is back with the team but won’t play after getting into trouble for assaulting his girlfriend. Cook will be paid, but won’t practice or play in games ... Detroit signed running back Kevin Smith and guard Leonard Davis to one-year contracts ... Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the first player to throw for 3,000 yards over his first nine games in a season ... Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he’d rather his team be labelled dirty than soft ... The NFLPA will play a game in Los Angeles on Jan. 21, showcasing 100 draft-eligible players. Dick Vermeil and Tom Flores will coach the teams ... Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has a medial collateral ligament strain in his knee. He is considered week-to-week, according to ESPN.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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