Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 8

A review of the midweek practice participation report

KEY THURSDAY UPDATES

***Today's updates on C.J. Anderson were more specific but have yet to provide more clarity. After reports of a bone bruise circulated yesterday, today brought reports of a meniscus tear and arthroscopic surgery. Most reports agreed that Anderson was likely to have the meniscus repaired, which generally carries a minimum 3-4 month recovery. However, we had potential timetables of 8-12 weeks from Mike Klis with other reports that Anderson would soon be placed on injured reserve and be done for the season. None of today's reports discussed the potential of a bone bruise or fracture.

I think there's enough agreement in these reports to expect Anderson to have a meniscus repair rather than the more simple cleanout procedure, and a 3-4 month absence rather than a 3-4 week absence. If that proves accurate, Anderson may have an outside shot at returning during the playoffs. Devontae Booker is ready to assume Anderson's workload for the foreseeable future.

Anderson's surgery was late this afternoon in Denver. I'll update after the details of his procedure are known.

***LeSean McCoy did not practice today. There are still media suggestions that McCoy has a chance to play this week. I think we're likely to see another DNP on Friday, with McCoy ruled out (or listed doubtful) on the game status report.

***Jordan Reed was cleared to travel to London. That means he's been cleared by an independent neurologist to play. He'll have to remain without symptoms through the team's flight and final practice of the week but he's likely to return to play this week.

***Bill O'Brien wouldn't commit to Lamar Miller playing this week yet but told reporters he was encouraged with Miller's progress over the past 24 hours. Jerick McKinnon was seen in a walking boot today, suggesting his high ankle sprain is more than a low grade injury. Randall Cobb was said to be "very limited" in practice today and will need a reassuring workout on Friday to prove he'll be more than a game-time decision.

***Russell Wilson's injury has been described as a muscle strain. It's to his throwing side and could limit his downfield throwing ability and accuracy, but he's expected to play. Wilson also said he was told his MCL injury would limit him for a month. That suggests a mid-grade sprain. Wilson has been effective from the pocket, but it could be another week or two before we can expect him to be a running threat again.


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
Russell Wilson Knee / Pectoral Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Shoulder / Ankle Not Listed Limited     Expected to Play
Tony Romo Back DNP Limited     Likely Inactive
Carson Palmer Hamstring Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Brock Osweiler Foot Full Full      Expected to Play
*Jay Cutler Thumb *MNF *Not Listed     Expected to Play
Cody Kessler Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Josh McCown Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeSean McCoy Hamstring  DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
C.J. Anderson Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Lamar Miller Shoulder Limited Limited     Game-time Decision
Devonta Freeman Hip Limited Full     Expected to Play
Tevin Coleman Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Doug Martin Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Matt Forte Knee Limited DNP     Expected to Play
Matt Jones Knee DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Frank Gore Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Thomas Rawls Fibula DNP DNP     Inactive
*Jerick McKinnon Ankle *MNF *DNP     Unlikely to Play
Jamaal Charles Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play / Limited
Theo Riddick Ankle Limited Full     Expected to Play
*Jeremy Langford Ankle *MNF *Limited     Possible Return / Limited
Bilal Powell Toe DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Mike Gillislee Foot Limited Limited     Expected to Play
James Starks Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Don Jackson Hand Full Full     Expected to Play
Dwayne Washington Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Tyler Ervin Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Lance Dunbar Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Return

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dez Bryant Knee Limited Limited     Likely Active
Brandon Marshall Foot DNP Limited     Expected to Play
T.Y. Hilton Hip Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Marvin Jones Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Randall Cobb Hamstring Limited Limited     Game-time Decision
Demaryius Thomas Hip Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Donte Moncrief Shoulder Limited Limited     Possible Return
Julian Edelman Foot Limited Limited     Expected to Play
*Stefon Diggs Groin *MNF *Not Listed     Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams Knee DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Terrelle Pryor Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play / ? Limited
*Cameron Meredith Stomach *MNF *Limited     Awaiting Information
Travis Benjamin Knee DNP Limited     Expected to Play
*Eddie Royal Toe *MNF *DNP     Awaiting Information
John Brown Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jordan Matthews Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
DeSean Jackson Hamstring / Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Ty Montgomery Illness Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Michael Floyd Hamstring DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Corey Coleman Hand Limited Limited     Likely Inactive
Jamison Crowder Groin Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Mohamed Sanu Groin Full Full     Expected to Play
Robert Woods Foot Limited Limited     Unlikely to Play
Tyler Lockett Thigh Limited Full     Awaiting Information
*Cordarrelle Patterson Concussion *MNF *DNP     Awaiting Information
Marquise Goodwin Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Phillip Dorsett Hamstring Limited Full     Expected to Play

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jordan Reed Concussion Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jimmy Graham Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
Martellus Bennett Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Jason Witten Chest Full Full     Expected to Play
Dwayne Allen Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Knee DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Eric Ebron Ankle / Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Hunter Henry Concussion Limited Full     Likely to Play
Vernon Davis Groin Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jared Cook Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive

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

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