Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 16

A review of the midweek practice participation report

THURSDAY UPDATES

Most of this week's games are on Saturday this week. That means today's participation report is more critical than usual and it means I'll be accelerating the timetable for this week's Gameday Expectations. I'll be shooting to have those ready tomorrow night. With that in mind, we'll leave some context for tomorrow and keep this section shorter and more direct tonight.

And, in short, I think the majority of this week's question marks are more doubtful than probable. 

First, the positives:

***I think A.J. Green plays and sees very close to his pre-injury workload.

***I think Julio Jones plays. If he's cleared for a full practice on Friday, he's good to go.

***Donte Moncrief looks ready to return to a full workload.

***I'm not worried about the status and effectiveness of any of the quarterbacks on the injury report.

***I'm taking Ron Rivera at his word and expect Greg Olsen to play.

Now, the negatives:

***I think it's highly unlikely that Melvin Gordon or Matt Forte are active.

***I also do not believe Lamar Miller or Adrian Peterson are healthy enough to play effectively. Miller has the best chance of being active, but he'll be limited.

***I don't think Jordan Reed plays this week. He could not withstand minimal contact last week and has managed just 29 limited snaps in two weeks.

***I don't think Tyler Eifert plays this week. The Bengals hardly ever clear players for game day if they've not practiced by Thursday.

I'll have a ton more context after Friday's practice participation and media sessions.

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 Calf Full Full     Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Shoulder / Thumb Limited Full     Expected to Play
Tom Brady Thigh Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Derek Carr Finger Full Full     Expected to Play
Cam Newton Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed     Expected to Play
*Matthew Stafford Finger/Hand MNF Full     Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Foot / Hip Full Full     Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Groin Full Full     Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Jared Goff Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Bryce Petty Chest Full Full     Expected to Play
Ryan Tannehill Knee DNP DNP     Inactive

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeSean McCoy Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Melvin Gordon Hip / Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Lamar Miller Ankle DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Matt Forte Knee / Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Adrian Peterson Knee / Groin DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Jeremy Hill Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Jonathan Stewart Not Injury Related DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Frank Gore Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
*Theo Riddick Wrist MNF DNP     Likely Inactive
James Starks Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
DeAngelo Williams Knee Full Full     Likely to Return
C.J. Prosise Shoulder DNP DNP     Inactive

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Julio Jones Toe Limited Limited     Likely to Play
A.J. Green Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
*Dez Bryant Back MNF Full     Expected to Play
Emmanuel Sanders Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Demaryius Thomas Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Michael Crabtree Finger Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Amari Cooper Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Donte Moncrief Hamstring Limited Full     Expected to Play
Brandon Marshall Shoulder / Back Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Randall Cobb Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Steve Smith Thigh Not Listed Limited     Expected to Play
Stefon Diggs Hip DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Tyrell Williams Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins Foot Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Terrelle Pryor Finger Limited Limited     Expected to Play / Limited
Kelvin Benjamin Back Limited Full     Expected to Play
Kenny Britt Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Taylor Gabriel Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
John Brown Illness Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Josh Bellamy Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Torrey Smith Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Danny Amendola Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jordan Reed Shoulder DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Tyler Eifert Back DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Greg Olsen Elbow DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Martellus Bennett Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Ladarius Green Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
A.J. Derby Concussion DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Ryan Griffin Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
C.J. Fiedorowicz Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Austin Hooper Knee DNP DNP     Inactive

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

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