GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers say running back Ryan Grant and right tackle Bryan Bulaga won't play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
The team ruled them out on Friday.
Bulaga suffered a sprain and bruise of his left knee in the first quarter of the Packers' 27-17 win at Chicago last weekend. Grant rushed for a season-high 92 yards against the Bears but bruised his kidney on a hit to his back.
"There's a protocol you have to go through, and the staff does not feel that he's ready to go," Coach Mike McCarthy said.
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Grant had been splitting carries in the first three games with James Starks, who will make the start Sunday. Marshall Newhouse, a second-year player, will make his first pro start as the replacement for Bulaga.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets center Nick Mangold is a game-time decision to play at Baltimore on Sunday after doing some team drills at practice for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain two weeks ago. Mangold is listed as questionable. Since the game is Sunday night, it gives Mangold extra time to show he's ready.
Miami's Thomas injured
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins rookie running back Daniel Thomas is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at San Diego because of a hamstring injury. Thomas, a bright spot for winless Miami, rushed for 202 yards in the past two games while averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Pryor's suspension upheld
NEW YORK — Terrelle Pryor's five-game suspension was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday. The Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback had appealed the punishment, which was related to NCAA violations he committed while at Ohio State. Pryor entered the NFL supplemental draft instead of serving a five-game ban with the Buckeyes after being involved in a cash-for-memorabilia scandal that has put Ohio State under NCAA investigation.
"This smacks of a calculated effort to manipulate our eligibility rules in a way that undermines the integrity of, and public confidence in, those rules," Goodell said.
Bryant misses practice
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is listed as questionable to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions after missing a second straight day of practice with a thigh injury. Quarterback Tony Romo was limited in practice Friday because of a cracked rib. He is listed as questionable, but has said he expects to play.
Serious injuries drop
Even with some of the NFL's top players sidelined, there have been fewer season-ending injuries in 2011 than there were at this point a year ago. There are 130 players on injured reserve as compared to 142 that were on IR through three games last season.
Some players and coaches were concerned the league's long lockout could lead to a rise in IR cases, but Broncos safety Brian Dawkins said curtailed training camp workouts helped keep veterans healthier heading into the season.