Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 14

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Julio Jones did not practice on Wednesday. The Falcons continue to insist Jones has a low-grade injury and will play this week. That may prove accurate. However, Jones wasn't able to do much after the injury last week and the team was nervous enough to send him for an MRI earlier this week. We should have a better sense of how much to be concerned after Thursday's practice participation.

***Observers in Washington were impressed with how well Jordan Reed was moving and catching passes in individual drills on Wednesday. He was not cleared for contact or team drills, however, and is still uncertain for this week's game. It will be multiple weeks before Reed's injury heals but he has an outside chance of returning this week if he can convince his medical staff he has enough strength and range of motion to play safely.

***Despite missing a significant part of last week's game after being bent backward and limping off the field with an apparent left leg injury, Doug Martin was not listed on today's practice participation report. In an extended locker room interview, Martin expressed his frustration at the recent struggles of the Tampa Bay rushing game. There was no discussion of an injury.

***A.J. Green is still not practicing and continues to rehab on the side. The Bengals do not return players to play until after they've proven able to practice. Expect Green to miss his third game this week. Best case scenario is for a return to limited practice by the end of the week in the hopes of some playing time in Week 15. Tyrell Williams fully practiced today, which strongly argues his shoulder held up well enough last week in full time duty to reassure that he is not on the verge of shutting down and having surgery soon.

***Adrian Peterson's rehab continues to progress. However, he told reporters today his recovery estimate was 4-6 weeks and he will not return if the Vikings fall out of playoff contention. He's not yet ready to return and I still believe his best-case scenario is a limited role in Week 16.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Jeremy Maclin | Groin | Not Listed | EXPECTED TO PLAY

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

Maclin was very close to returning last week but the Chiefs held him out in anticipation of Thursday's huge divisional matchup against the Raiders. Maclin fully practiced through midweek and is not listed on the game status report. Those factors make an aggravation relatively unlikely and Maclin should see his pre-injury 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
Aaron Rodgers Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
*Tom Brady Knee MNF       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Carson Palmer Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Groin Full       Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Foot Limited       Could Return
Blake Bortles Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Jared Goff Illness Illness       Expected to Play
Cody Kessler Concussion Full       Likely Active / Backup

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mark Ingram Toe / Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Lamar Miller Ankle / Ribs Limited       Expected to Play
Matt Forte Knee / Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Jonathan Stewart Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Frank Gore Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Theo Riddick Wrist DNP       Awaiting Information
Ryan Mathews Knee Full       Likely to Play
Chris Ivory Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
T.J. Yeldon Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Duke Johnson Ankle Full       Expected to Play
DeAngelo Williams Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
C.J. Prosise Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Dwayne Washington Ankle  Limited       Likely to Play

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Julio Jones Toe  DNP       Likely to Play
A.J. Green Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Brandon Marshall Knee / Foot Full       Expected to Play
Larry Fitzgerald Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
*Julian Edelman Foot MNF       Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins Foot DNP       Likely to Play
Stefon Diggs Knee Full       Expected to Play
DeVante Parker Back Limited       Expected to Play
Jarvis Landry Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Michael Thomas Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Jordan Matthews Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Marvin Jones Quad Limited       Likely to Play
Jamison Crowder Hip Full       Expected to Play
Dontrelle Inman Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Mohamed Sanu Groin DNP       Awaiting Information
Dorial Green-Beckham Abdomen DNP       Awaiting Information
Will Fuller Hip DNP       Likely to Play
Robert Woods Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Tavon Austin Chest Full       Expected to Play
Eddie Royal Toe DNP       Likely Inactive
Marquess Wilson Groin DNP       Likely Inactive
John Brown Illness DNP       Likely to Play / Limited
Brandon LaFell Knee Limited       Expected to Play

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jordan Reed Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Jimmy Graham Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Eric Ebron Knee Limited       Likely to Play
*Martellus Bennett Ankle *MNF       Expected to Play
Julius Thomas Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Knee Limited       Expected to Play

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

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