Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 15

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Dan Quinn made a pointed effort to specifically report Julio Jones' toe injury as a "toe sprain" rather than "turf toe." Some of this is semantics -- turf toe is a toe sprain. Some of this may be meaningful -- a sprain in an area other than that of a turf toe injury could be an easier recovery. In the end, however, the precise diagnosis is no longer critical. Jones was close enough to playing last week to be given a chance to prove himself in pregame warmups. That means he's considered at worst a game-time decision this week and means we're watching his practice participation to guide us. If Jones returns to a limited practice on Thursday and Friday, he's likely to play but could be limited. If he fully practices by Friday, he's good to go.

***The Bengals cleared A.J. Green to return to practice on Wednesday. It's rare for Cincinnati to bring a player back quickly after missing multiple weeks of practice. They'll often make sure the player can handle a full week of limited individual workouts before returning them to the gameday roster. However -- if Green's recovery is reassuring -- the Bengals may break their rule this week against the Steelers in a game they have to win to keep even their now slim hopes of a division championship alive. Green has said he'll not return until he's fully healthy and he remains questionable at best. But there's a chance we see Green back in a limited role this week.

***Melvin Gordon will not play this week. It's likely the MCL sprain that's limiting him more than the hip strain but the combination will keep him out at least this week. Matt Forte has a better chance to play with an aggravated meniscus tear that was too swollen and painful to play through last week. 

***Adrian Peterson was designated to return off the Vikings' injured reserve list today and began officially practicing. Barring a setback, it looks like Peterson may try to return in a limited role in Week 16 and 17 in the hopes of contributing to a playoff run.

***More on the status and expectations of Randall Cobb (high ankle sprain), Michael Thomas (unknown foot injury), and Jordan Reed (unexpectedly low number of snaps last week) after tomorrow participation report. All have a chance to play this week but there's reason to be concerned about significant limitations.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Jimmy graham | NOT LISTED | EXPECTED TO PLAY

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

Graham had his usual early week rest and returned to full practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. He'll see his usual workload on Thursday.


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 Calf DNP       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Shoulder / Elbow DNP       Expected to Play
Drew Brees Not Injury Related Limited       Expected to Play
David Carr Finger Full       Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Matthew Stafford Finger / Hand Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Tannehill Knee DNP       Inactive
Carson Palmer Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Foot Full       Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Groin Full       Expected to Play
Brock Osweiler Thigh Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Sam Bradford Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Melvin Gordon Hip / Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Mark Ingram Toe / Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Lamar Miller Ankle / Ribs Limited       Expected to Play
Matt Forte Knee DNP       Game-time Decision
Ty Montgomery Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Frank Gore Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Darren Sproles Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Theo Riddick Wrist DNP       Awaiting Information
Zach Zenner Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Matt Asiata Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Shane Vereen Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
James Starks Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
DeAngelo Williams Knee Full       Awaiting Information

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Julio Jones Toe DNP       Game-time Decision / Limited
A.J. Green Hamstring Limited       Game-time Decision / Limited
Amari Cooper Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Randall Cobb Ankle Limited       Game-time Decision
Brandon Marshall Knee / Foot / Back Limited       Expected to Play
Larry Fitzgerald Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Michael Thomas Foot Limited       Game-time Decision
Michael Crabtree Finger Limited       Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins Foot DNP       Likely to Play
Donte Moncrief Hamstring DNP       Game-time Decision
Stefon Diggs Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Jordan Matthews Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Quincy Enunwa Ribs Limited       Expected to Play
DeAndre Hopkins Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Mohamed Sanu Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
J.J. Nelson Knee Limited       Expected to Play
John Brown Illness DNP       Awaiting Information / Limited
Dorial Green-Beckham Abdomen Full       Expected to Play
Eddie Royal Toe DNP       Likely Inactive
Marquess Wilson Groin Limited       Game-time Decision
Torrey Smith Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Brandon LaFell Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Danny Amendola Ankle DNP       Inactive

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
*Jordan Reed Shoulder MNF       Awaiting Information
Martellus Bennett Ankle / Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Eric Ebron Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Charles Clay Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Dwayne Allen Hip DNP       Awaiting Information
Jared Cook Chest Full       Awaiting Information
C.J. Fiedorowicz Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive

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

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