Justin Verlander (groin) is not far behind other starting pitchers because of the bullpen sessions he has thrown, said manager Brad Ausmus. Verlander is slated to throw 50 to 55 pitches in his start Tuesday, March 11.
Verlander continues to battle back from offseason surgery to his ailing mid section, and is on track to be ready for Opening Day. Considering he is currently being drafted outside of the top 10 among starting pitchers, Verlander makes for a great value on draft day.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Sean Lee passed the concussion protocol.
It looks like Lee will be on the field Sunday when the Cowboys face the Patriots. It should be interesting to see how Lee and the rest of the Dallas linebackers handle Rob Gronkowski this week. To date, the Dallas defense ranks seventh against the tight end position. Analysis: Howard Bender
Chris Culliver is not practicing Friday.
Culliver continues to miss practice with a knee injury fueling further speculation that he won't be able to play in Week 5. If he's unable to go, then Will Blackmon will likely serve as the starting corner on the right side. With DeAngelo Hall also out, the Falcons receivers could have a big day this week. Analysis: Howard Bender
LeSean McCoy is not practicing Friday.
McCoy was never expected at practice Friday to begin with as the Bills said he'd likely miss a couple of weeks with his hamstring injury. With Karlos Williams also likely to be out this week, Anthony Dixon will lead the charge out of the backfield in Week 5. Analysis: Howard Bender
Karlos Williams is not practicing Friday.
Williams is yet to be cleared via the league's concussion protocol and another missed practice on Friday seems to indicate that he won't be available Sunday. With LeSean McCoy also out, Anthony Dixon is expected to lead the charge out of the backfield Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender