Week 5 Essential NFL Practice News & Notes for Friday
Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 5. Cutler played pretty well last week and has a nice matchup with a shaky Chiefs’ secondary, though Kansas City is a tough place to play. The status of Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal looms large for Cutler, who is expected to play.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) missed practice again Friday. Michael Vick will draw another start on Monday night. With a few extra days to prepare, he should fare better than he did in Week 4.
Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 5. Bell says his ankle is “flaring up” (per beat writer Kyle Meinke) after having surgery back in March. It looks like Bell will miss another week, probably longer. Ameer Abdullah saw 15 touches in Week 4. Theo Riddick checked in with six, while Zach Zenner saw three. Expect Abdullah to lead the team in touches if Bell remains out.
Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ribs, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 5. Coleman is expected to return this week, per HC Dan Quinn, but he’s not going to see starter’s snaps with Devonta Freeman playing so well. Expect Coleman to see a handful of touches as Freeman’s primary backup.