Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 12

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Teams are beginning to make decisions on which injured reserve players to designate for return. Sammy Watkins, Charles Sims, and Robert Griffin III have all been returned to practice. The Packers elected to designate a cornerback to return, which ends Eddie Lacy's season.

***Sammy Watkins returned to practice on Wednesday after getting clearance from Dr. Robert Anderson earlier in the week. Watkins sounded alternately optimistic (noting he felt healthy and able to get to full speed without pain) and pessimistic (denying he'd be able to play in a game today and expressing concern about whether his conditioning would allow him to play more than 20 plays). I think there's now a much better chance we see Watkins this week than I did on Monday, but don't confuse today's optimism as evidence Watkins is ready to assume his usual workload. I'll still be surprised if the Bills activate Watkins after just one week of practice, even if they plan to use him in limited packages only.

***There were again conflicting reports on Rob Gronkowski on Wednesday. Early today, Dianna Russini reported Gronkowski would be held out again this week. Shortly afterwards, Gronkowski was filmed doing individual drills in pads and noted to be moving comfortably. Gronkowski didn't take any contact aside from light resistance from blocking pads, however, and it's not clear whether the Patriots are allowing Gronkowski to recondition slowly for next week or readying him to play immediately. I still lean toward Gronkowski missing this week but we're not likely to learn more until later in the week.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Andrew Luck | Concussion | Declared Out

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

Luck never had a realistic chance to play on a short week. There has been no indication of continuing symptoms, so it's likely Luck will return for Week 12. We should know more on Luck by early next week, if not sooner.

Donte Moncrief | Hamstring | Questionable | Game-time Decision

Practice Participation: Mon - Not Listed | Tue - Not Listed | Wed - Limited

Moncrief was added to the Colts' injury report on Wednesday with a hamstring concern. There was no media availability during practice, but it's likely Moncrief's injury occurred during practice today. Midweek hamstring strains are always difficult to overcome but it's not clear whether Moncrief had minor tightness or something more. Watch for pregame reports on Moncrief for more details.
 

Stefon Diggs | Knee | Questionable | Game-time Decision

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

Diggs is listed questionable but Mike Zimmer was not optimistic in his Wednesday press conference after two consecutive missed practices and Adam Schefter tweeted that Diggs was doubtful to play.
 
Thursday Update: Adam Schefter tweeted this morning Diggs is closer to playing than expected and now considered a game-time decision. 
 
Others of note: DeSean Jackson (shoulder - questionable), Theo Riddick (ankle - questionable), Sammie Coates (finger - not listed), and Jamison Crowder (back - not listed) all practiced this week and are expected to play.

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
Tom Brady Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Russell Wilson Knee Full       Expected to Play
Carson Palmer Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Andy Dalton Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Fitzpatrick Knee Full       Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Jay Cutler Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Cody Kessler Concussion DNP       Inactive


Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
DeMarco Murray Foot DNP       Expected to Play
LeSean McCoy Thumb Limited       Likely to Play
Lamar Miller Ankle/Ribs Limited       Expected to Play
Matt Forte Knee Full       Expected to Play
Mark Ingram Concussion Limited       Likely to Play
Latavius Murray Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
C.J. Prosise Shoulder DNP       Inactive
*Darren Sproles Rib MNF       Game-time Decision
*Ryan Mathews Knee MNF       Likely Inactive
Tevin Coleman Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Jacquizz Rodgers Foot Limited       Likely Inactive
Jeremy Langford Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
T.J. Yeldon Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Mike Gillislee Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Alfred Blue Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Charcandrick West Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive


Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Julio Jones Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
A.J. Green Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Larry Fitzgerald Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins Foot Limited       Game-time Decision
Julian Edelman Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Michael Crabtree Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Jarvis Landry Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Travis Benjamin Knee Full       Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Groin DNP       Likely Inactive
Quincy Enunwa Neck Limited       Expected to Play
Eddie Royal Toe DNP       Likely Active
Will Fuller Knee Limited       Likely Active
Torrey Smith Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Chris Hogan Back Limited       Likely Active
Robert Woods Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Marquess Wilson Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Brandon LaFell Knee DNP       Awaiting Information


Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski Chest Limited       Likely Inactive
Jimmy Graham Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Martellus Bennett Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Julius Thomas Back DNP       Awaiting Information
Charles Clay Knee DNP       Likely to Play
C.J. Fiedorowicz Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Ryan Griffin Neck Limited       Awaiting Information