Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 10

A review of the week's first full practice participation report

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Doug Martin returned to practice today. It's a good start to the week, but Martin aggravated his hamstring strain with minimal practice four weeks ago. He'll need to prove to the medical staff he can handle individual work and feel good enough to practice the following day. It's possible Martin can prove he's recovered in time to play this week. I think the trend is positive. But it's unlikely Martin will be ready to take a full workload unless he's ready for a full practice by the end of the week.

***Both Spencer Ware and Mike Evans are fully practicing. That means both have passed the final exercise stages of the return to play protocol. That's a very strong indication they'll play this week. Both have to complete the week without a recurrence in symptoms, however, so continue to watch the practice reports for reassuring signs.

***DeMarco Murray didn't practice on Wednesday. In the same way that Devonta Freeman took a day off two weeks ago with the Falcons recognizing that Tevin Coleman was not going to play that week, Murray was rested with a minor injury it made no sense to risk aggravating with his primary backup Derrick Henry likely inactive. I expect Murray to play this week.

***Likely to play: Jameis Winston, Larry Fitzgerald, Lamar Miller, Randall Cobb.
***Good chance to play: James Starks, Will Fuller, Martellus Bennett.
***Trending toward inactive: Carlos Hyde
***Likely inactive: Jeremy Maclin, Travis Benjamin.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

Here are the key offensive players listed on the practice participation or game status report for Thursday Night Football:

Terrelle Pryor | Hamstring | Not Listed | Expected to Play

Practice Participation: Mon - Limited | Tue - Limited | Wed - Full

Pryor saw his practice reps managed early with a short week but fully practiced and Wednesday and was not listed on Cleveland's game status report. He should see his usual workload.

Kenneth Dixon | Chest | Questionable | Expected to Play

Practice Participation: Mon - Full | Tue - Full | Wed - Full

The Ravens list Dixon questionable but he fully practiced all week and no local media member expects him to be active. His workload will be based on his effectiveness and that of Terrance West.


EARLY WEEK 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
Ben Roethlisberger Knee Full       Expected to Play
Russell Wilson Knee Full       Expected to Play
Jameis Winston Knee Full       Expected to Play
Carson Palmer Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Alex Smith Head / Ear Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Fitzpatrick Knee Limited       Likely Active
Nick Foles Elbow Limited       Awaiting Information
Tony Romo Back Full       Likely Inactive

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
DeMarco Murray Toe DNP       Expected to Play
Spencer Ware Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Lamar Miller Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Matt Forte Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Doug Martin Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Todd Gurley Thigh DNP       Expected to Play
Jonathan Stewart Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Carlos Hyde Shoulder Limited       Likely Inactive
Tevin Coleman Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Thomas Rawls Fibula Limited       Likely Inactive
James Starks Knee Limited       Likely Active
Devontae Booker Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Jerick McKinnon Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Ronnie Hillman Heel Full       Expected to Play
Jacquizz Rodgers Foot DNP       Likely Inactive
Alfred Blue Ribs Limited       Awaiting Information
Derrick Henry Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
DeAngelo Williams Knee DNP       Awaiting Information

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mike Evans Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Dez Bryant Knee Full       Expected to Play
Larry Fitzgerald Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Brandon Marshall Foot Full       Expected to Play
Randall Cobb Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Julian Edelman Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Groin DNP       Likely Inactive
John Brown Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Travis Benjamin Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Will Fuller Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
DeSean Jackson Shoulder DNP       Likely Active
Eddie Royal Toe Limited       Likely Active
Sammie Coates Finger Limited       Likely Active
*Victor Cruz Ankle *Pending       Awaiting Information
Torrey Smith Back Limited       Expected to Play
Allen Hurns Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Darrius Heyward-Bey Foot DNP       Likely Inactive
Russell Shepard Hip DNP       Awaiting Information
Chris Conley Quad Limited       Awaiting Information

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jimmy Graham Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Delanie Walker Groin Full       Expected to Play
Antonio Gates Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Hunter Henry Knee Limited       Possibly Active
Martellus Bennett Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Jared Cook Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Brent Celek Rib DNP       Awaiting Information
Jacob Tamme Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Dion Sims Concussion Full       Expected to Play

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

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