Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 16

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Julio Jones did some limited practice work today, then told reporters he would continue to "be smart" and doesn't want "to do anything to rush back and hurt myself." With a short week leading into a Saturday game, Thursday's practice is critical. I doubt we see a full practice from Jones and that's the only way we can be certain he'll be trusted to see a pre-injury workload from him this week.

***A.J. Green was limited on Wednesday. He's on track to increase practice participation and return to the field healthy this week. Still, he remains within the window of highest risk of aggravation and will need to avoid any late week setbacks.

***Adrian Peterson did not practice today and is listed with both knee and groin injuries. Though he may have been in near full cardiovascular condition, football ready condition is another issue entirely. It's no surprise Peterson has a cascade injury this week. With the Vikings hanging onto playoff aspirations by the thinnest of mathematical threads, Peterson may choose to shut himself down or limit his own workload.

***Jordan Reed's shoulder is clearly not healthy enough for him to play. While an admirable effort, Reed cannot block and cannot play through even minimal contact to the shoulder. He didn't practice Wednesday and is likely to be inactive this week. If he is cleared to play, there's no way he can be counted on to see more than limited snaps and targets.

***Melvin Gordon did not practice Wednesday. The Chargers have rested key offensive players in early week practices this season but it's more likely Gordon isn't yet recovered enough to practice rather than just resting. It's rare for a running back to return from an MCL sprain within 14 days and the Chargers will not want to risk a late season game and an unnecessary aggravation for a core player with a history of knee trouble.

***I'm watching Lamar Miller carefully through Friday. The Texans -- and Ian Rapoport -- minimized this injury today. But the mechanism was consistent with a mild high ankle sprain and the team was worried enough to have an MRI done after last week's game. If Miller returns to practice on Thursday, there's likely minimal concern. But if he's a DNP on Thursday, it's time to be concerned for his Week 16 availability.

***I'm also watching Tyler Eifert's practice participation carefully. I don't see an obvious concern from local observers, which would suggest a full Thursday practice and clearance to play. But back issues have already cost Eifert one game this season. If he misses Thursday's practice, he's trending toward a doubtful tag or worse.

***Matt Forte is having pain, numbness, or weakness around his shoulder -- 72 hours after his last known contact. It's likely he will be inactive this week.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Jordan Matthews | Ankle | Questionable | Expected to Play

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

The Eagles are concerned enough to list Matthews questionable despite a full week of practice. Though not fully healthy, Matthews is expected to play and see his usual workload.

Darren Sproles | Concussion | Not Listed | Expected to Play

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

Sproles has been cleared to return 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
Aaron Rodgers Calf Full       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Shoulder / Thumb Limited       Expected to Play
Tom Brady Thigh Limited       Expected to Play
Derek Carr Finger Full       Expected to Play
Cam Newton Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Foot / Hip Full       Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Groin Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Jared Goff Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Bryce Petty Chest Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Tannehill Knee DNP       Inactive

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeSean McCoy Knee Full       Expected to Play
Melvin Gordon Hip / Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Lamar Miller Ankle DNP       Game-time Decision
Matt Forte Knee / Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Adrian Peterson Knee / Groin DNP       Awaiting Information
Jeremy Hill Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Jonathan Stewart Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Frank Gore Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
James Starks Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
DeAngelo Williams Knee Full       Likely to Return
C.J. Prosise Shoulder DNP       Inactive

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Julio Jones Toe Limited       Game-time Decision
A.J. Green Hamstring Limited       Likely to Return
Emmanuel Sanders Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Demaryius Thomas Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Michael Crabtree Finger Limited       Expected to Play
Amari Cooper Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Donte Moncrief Hamstring Limited       Likely to Return
Brandon Marshall Shoulder / Back Limited       Expected to Play
Randall Cobb Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Stefon Diggs Hip DNP       Awaiting Information
Tyrell Williams Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Terrelle Pryor Finger Limited       Expected to Play / Limited
Kelvin Benjamin Back Limited       Expected to Play
Kenny Britt Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Taylor Gabriel Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
John Brown Illness Limited       Expected to Play
Josh Bellamy Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Torrey Smith Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Danny Amendola Ankle DNP       Inactive

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jordan Reed Shoulder DNP       Game-time Decision
Tyler Eifert Back DNP       Awaiting Information
Greg Olsen Elbow DNP       Expected to Play
Martellus Bennett Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Ladarius Green Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Knee Limited       Expected to Play
A.J. Derby Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Ryan Griffin Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
C.J. Fiedorowicz Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Austin Hooper Knee DNP       Inactive

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

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