Marcell Dareus’ return to the Buffalo Bills will have to wait at least another week with the star defensive tackle not playing against Los Angeles.
Dareus just completed a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but then injured his hamstring in practice Friday. The Rams will be without three members of their vaunted starting defensive line after Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn and William Hayes were all declared inactive.
In other late games, the San Diego Chargers will have tight end Antonio Gates back after missing two games with a hamstring injury. He had been listed as questionable. The Raiders were without their top two tight ends as Lee Smith was placed on IR earlier this week with an ankle injury and Clive Walford was out with an injured knee.
Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant will miss his second straight game with a hairline fracture in his right knee, and Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith will return after missing two games with back issues. Bryant got hurt early in a victory over Chicago, but came back to catch a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
The Miami Dolphins unexpectedly were without their first-round draft pick Laremy Tunsil against the Tennessee Titans after hurting his ankle.
The 13th pick overall out of Mississippi hurt himself hours before kickoff preparing for the game, a team spokesman said. Tunsil had not been on the injury report this past week, and he has been replaced in the starting lineup by Dallas Thomas.
Also inactive was left tackle Branden Albert (virus) and replaced by Billy Turner, leaving Miami without both starters on that side. Center Mike Pouncey was active after missing the first four games recovering from hip surgery.
Tom Brady is back from his four-game suspension, so the most important New England Patriot is on the field. The quarterback also has some of his key teammates available against Cleveland as well.
Running back LeGarrette Blount was questionable with a hip problem but is active for Sunday’s game. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been on the injury report with a hurt foot but also is active. New England deactivated one of Blount’s backups, Brandon Bolden.
The Minnesota Vikings will be without wide receiver Stefon Diggs against Houston because of a groin injury that had him listed as doubtful. He leads the Vikings with 25 receptions and 372 yards. That leaves the Vikings without their starting quarterback, running back, left tackle, right tackle and top wide receiver with injuries suffered over the past six weeks. Tight end Rhett Ellison, a key backup, is also inactive with a knee injury.
For the Texans, starting cornerback Kareem Jackson is inactive with a hamstring injury. He’ll be replaced by Kevin Johnson in the lineup.
CHICAGO AT INDIANAPOLIS
Bears: QB Jay Cutler, DB Deon Bush, DB Deiondre Hall, RB Jeremy Langford, OL Eric Kush, DL Eddie Goldman, LB Leonard Floyd.
Colts: WR Donte Moncrief, RB Robert Turbin, OL Le’Raven Clark, OL Jeremy Vujnovich, OL Jonotthan Harrison, WR Devin Street, DT Art Jones.
PHILADELPHIA AT DETROIT
Eagles: WR Bryce Treggs, S Terrence Brooks, DE Steven Means, OL Josh Andrews, OL Dillon Gordon, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OL Isaac Seumalo.
Lions: TE Eric Ebron, LB DeAndre Levy, DE Ezekiel Ansah, RB Dwayne Washington, OL Joe Dahl, T Cornelius Lucas.
NEW YORK JETS AT PITTSBURGH
Jets: QB Christian Hackenberg, QB Bryce Petty; CB Darrelle Revis; G Brian Winters, TE Bradeon Bowman, WR Eric Decker, WR Jalin Marshall
Steelers: WR Eli Rogers, S Robert Golden, CB Justin Giblert, FB Rosie Nix, LB Ryan Shazier, OL Cody Wallace and RT Marcus Gilbert.
TENNESSEE AT MIAMI
DOLPHINS: LT Branden Albert, OL Laremy Tunsil, CB Xavien Howard, RB Arian Foster (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (groin), TE Jordan Cameron, LB Koa Misi.
TITANS: LB Nate Palmer, G Sebastian Tretola, S Da’Norris Searcy (ankle), CB Cody Riggs, WR Harry Douglas, TE Jace Amaro, NT Al Woods.
NEW ENGLAND AT CLEVELAND
PATRIOTS: RT Marcus Cannon (calf), LB Shea McClellin (concussion), DBs Eric Rowe and Justin Coleman, TE Greg Scruggs, DL Vincent Valentine.
BROWNS: WR Corey Coleman (hand) QB Josh McCown (shoulder), CB Tramon Williams, OLs Austin Reiter and Cameron Ervin, TEs Randall Telfer and Seth DeValve.
HOUSTON AT MINNESOTA
Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Keith Mumphrey, CB Kareem Jackson, RB Jonathan Grimes, OG Oday Aboushi, TE Stephen Anderson, DE Brandon Dunn
Vikings: WR Stefon Diggs, RB Ronnie Hillman, LB Kentrell Brothers, OT Andre Smith, DT Sharrif Floyd, TE Rhett Ellison, TE David Morgan
WASHINGTON AT BALTIMORE
Redskins: WR Josh Doctson, CB Bashaud Breeland , LB Su’a Cravens, CB Dashaun Phillips, QB Nate Sudfeld, DL Anthony Lanier, OL Vinston Painter.
Ravens: CB Shareece Wright, OT Ronnie Stanley, WR Chris Moore, S Marqueston Huff, DT Willie Henry, LB Matthew Judon, LB Kamalei Correa.
ATLANTA AT DENVER
Falcons: CB Jalen Collins, LB Deion Jones, LB Paul Worrilow, LB De’Vondre Campbell, OG Mike Person, OG Wes Schweitzer, TE Joshua Perkins.
Broncos: QB Trevor Siemian, S Justin Simmons, CB Kayvon Webster, OG Connor McGovern, OT Donald Stephenson, TE Virgil Green, OLB DeMarcus Ware.
SAN DIEGO AT OAKLAND
Chargers: S Jahleel Addae, LB Nick Dzubnar, CB Brandon Flowers, LB Denzel Perryman, RT Joe Barksdale, TE Asante Cleveland, C Max Tuerk.
Raiders: S Nate Allen, RB Latavius Murray, T Menelik Watson, QB Connor Cook, TE Clive Walford, OL Matt McCants, RB Taiwan Jones.
BUFFALO AT LOS ANGELES
Bills: QB Cardale Jones, CB Corey White, RB Jonathan Williams, OL Gabe Ikard, C Patrick Lewis, T Cyrus Kouandjio, DT Marcell Dareus
Rams: QB Sean Mannion, RB Benny Cunningham, OT Pace Murphy, WR Nelson Spruce, DT Michael Brockers, DE Robert Quinn, DE William Hayes
CINCINNATI AT DALLAS
Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, WR James Wright, DT DeShawn Williams, G Christian Westerman, CB Chykie Brown, CB KeiVarae Russell, QB Jeff Driskel
Cowboys: WR Dez Bryant, RB Lance Dunbar, T Chaz Green, QB Tony Romo, CB Orlando Scandrick, RB Darius Jackson, DE David Irving