Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 11

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***There are conflicting reports about the specifics of Rob Gronkowski's chest injury. Ian Rapoport reported it as a "punctured lung." Adam Schefter has a source saying the lung isn't punctured and there's not serious concern over the condition. I think it's mostly a semantic issue here. Punctured lung implies a penetrating rib injury and a higher severity of injury. That's likely not what's happened, as even Rapoport reported that Gronkowski's absence would be short. However, reports that Gronkowski wasn't cleared to fly to a charity event this week strongly implies there's a lung injury rather than a chest contusion only. Regardless of the specifics, it's unlikely Gronkowski will be cleared for contact and travel this week. If enough healing occurs this week, it's possible he'll return in Week 12.

***Bruce Arians told reporters Larry Fitzgerald is still playing through the MCL sprain he suffered much earlier this season and also has an ankle sprain. Both Arians and Fitzgerald are optimistic Fitzgerald will be able to play this week.

***Jordan Howard is not on the Chicago injury report. Whatever the post-game concern of ankle and/or Achilles injury was, the team doesn't appear to have any concern 72 hours later.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Jonathan Stewart | Not Injury related | Not Listed | Expected to Play

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

The Panthers have been giving Stewart most of the week off since he returned from an early season hamstring injury. He fully practiced on Wednesday, is not listed on the game status report, and can be expected to see his usual workload.


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
Russell Wilson Knee Full       Expected to Play
Carson Palmer Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Andy Dalton Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
DeMarco Murray Foot DNP       Expected to Play
Lamar Miller Shoulder MNF       Awaiting Information
Thomas Rawls Fibula Full       Expected to Play
Carlos Hyde Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Jacquizz Rodgers Foot DNP       Unlikely to Play
Frank Gore Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Theo Riddick Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Matt Asiata Shoulder Full       Awaiting Information
DeAngelo Williams Knee DNP       Inactive

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Larry Fitzgerald Knee / Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Randall Cobb Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Groin DNP       Unlikely to Play
Julian Edelman Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Jarvis Landry Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Jordan Matthews Back DNP       Likely to Play
Eddie Royal Toe Limited       Expected to Play
DeSean Jackson Shoulder Limited       Unlikely to Play
Will Fuller Knee MNF       Awaiting Information
Sammie Coates Finger Limited       Likely to Play / Limited
Ty Montgomery Illness DNP       Likely to Play
Kenny Stills Calf Limited       Likely to Play
Marquess Wilson Foot Limited       Likely to Play
Chris Hogan Back Limited       Likely to Play
Brandon LaFell Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Robert Woods Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Torrey Smith Back DNP       Expected to Play
Victor Cruz Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Darrius Heyward-Bey Foot DNP       Inactive
Markus Wheaton Shoulder DNP       Inactive

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski Chest DNP       Unlikely to Play
Tyler Eifert Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Jimmy Graham Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Martellus Bennett Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Zach Ertz Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Jared Cook Ankle Full       Likely to Play
Ladarius Green Knee Limited       Expected to Play

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

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