Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 13

A review of the midweek practice participation report

Thursday News and Notes

***After mostly reassuring reports through yesterday's practice, it was reported today that Rob Gronkowski's back injury is more than just spasm. Gronkowski has a herniated disc and will have surgery soon to address the injury. The early recovery timetable reported is 6-8 weeks. That's a common estimate for players who undergo microdiscectomy -- i.e. removal of the herniated fragment of the disc to relieve pressure on and inflammation around the nerve at the level of injury. It's also only half the story.

Players may be cleared for contact at 6-8 weeks but it's rare for a player to have recovered their core strength and conditioning. We've seen it with J.J. Watt this year and many other players in the past -- including Gronkowski, who needed nearly four months to recover from his last surgery to address a herniated disc. Gronkowski could recover in time to contribute in a small role late in the NFL playoffs but won't be himself until next season.

***Sammy Watkins returned to a limited practice today. Rex Ryan continues to be optimistic in his comments while offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn continues to temper that optimism. Ryan believes Watkins will play this week and the practice participation today suggests the same. Lynn again told reporters that Watkins has yet to fully heal and will be a limited part of the offensive game plan. 

I think the Bills and Watkins are now in "do the best you can for as long as you can and we'll shut it down and have a revision procedure when you're no longer able to physically compete." Whether Watkins ends his 2016 season next week or plays through January remains to be seen.

***Jordan Reed again missed practice today. Tomorrow will be important. If Reed can get a limited practice in, it's a sign Washington is considering him in the game plan. If not, it's very possible he rests at least one week.

***Mark Ingram (toe -- DNP x 2), Tyrell Williams (DNP x 2), DeVante Parker (DNP x 2), Jeremy Maclin (limited x 2), and Jordan Matthews (limited today) are questionable heading into Friday workouts. Ingram has a toe injury of unknown severity, always a concern for a running back. Williams says he's going to play but some labral injuries include shoulder instability and an increased risk of dislocation and further injury. The tone on Parker changed significantly today and local writers are wondering if he'll be able to play. Maclin has managed two consecutive limited practices and could return but a Week 14 divisional showdown with Oakland next Thursday night looms and could push the Chiefs to be cautious. Matthews was very limited according to observers after not finishing Monday night's game. More on these and all the other game-time decisions this weekend.

MIDWEEK PRACTICE PARTICIPATION REPORT AND EARLY EXPECTATIONS

The Wednesday and Thursday practice participation reports are our first chance to see which players each NFL team are limiting in practice after the previous week's games. Players limited in mid-week practice aren't necessarily in danger of missing that week's game. But they all need to be watched closely.

*Note: Monday night players with asterisk practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday


Quarterbacks
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Aaron Rodgers Hamstring Limited Limited     Expected to Play
*Andrew Luck Shoulder / Concussion *MNF *Limited     Expected to Play
Tom Brady Knee DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Derek Carr Finger Full Full     Expected to Play
Carson Palmer Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Groin Full Full     Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Alex Smith Chest Full Not Listed     Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Foot DNP DNP     Likely to Play
*Ryan Fitzpatrick Knee *MNF *Full     Expected to Play
Jay Cutler Shoulder DNP DNP     Inactive

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mark Ingram Toe DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Lamar Miller Ankle/Ribs Limited Limited     Expected to Play
*Matt Forte Knee *MNF *DNP     Expected to Play
Jonathan Stewart Not Injury Related DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Latavius Murray Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Devontae Booker Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Theo Riddick Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
C.J. Prosise Shoulder DNP DNP     Inactive
T.J. Yeldon Ankle DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Chris Ivory Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Ryan Mathews Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jacquizz Rodgers Foot Full Full     Expected to Play
DeAngelo Williams Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Mike Gillislee Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Alfred Blue Calf DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Tyler Ervin Ribs DNP DNP     Inactive

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Antonio Brown Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed     Expected to Play
A.J. Green Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Mike Evans Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
*T.Y. Hilton Back *MNF *DNP     Likely to Play
Larry Fitzgerald Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Michael Crabtree Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
*Brandon Marshall Foot / Knee *MNF *DNP     Expected to Play
Emmanuel Sanders Thumb Full Full     Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams Shoulder DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Julian Edelman Foot DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins Foot DNP Limited     Likely to Play / Limited
Jeremy Maclin Groin Limited Limited     Game-time Decision
Kelvin Benjamin Shoulder DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Jordan Matthews Ankle DNP Limited     Game-time Decision
Marvin Jones Thigh Limited Limited     Expected to Play
DeVante Parker Back DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
DeSean Jackson Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Michael Floyd Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
John Brown Illness DNP Limited     Likely Inactive
Eddie Royal Toe DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Will Fuller Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Tavon Austin Chest DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Torrey Smith Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Robert Woods Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Brandon LaFell Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
Chris Hogan Back Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Allen Hurns Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski Back DNP DNP     Inactive
Jordan Reed Shoulder DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Jimmy Graham Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
Travis Kelce Shoulder Full Not Listed     Expected to Play
Martellus Bennett Ankle/Shoulder DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Charles Clay Knee DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Julius Thomas Back DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
C.J. Fiedorowicz Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play

*Note: Monday night players with asterisk practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday

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