Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 4

Tracking who's practicing and who's not on the early week practice participation report

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***The other shoe dropped on Dez Bryant on Wednesday, and it was a heavy one. It took a few hours for the media to confirm specifics but Bryant has a tibial plateau fracture in his knee. Jason Garrett said Bryant could be either day-to-day or week-to-week and adamantly said Bryant has a chance to play this week.

The first part of those comments is nonsense. It's akin to John Fox still calling Alshon Jeffery day-to-day last preseason after he'd already missed more than two weeks of practice. The second part of Garrett's comments is tough to believe, too. I cannot think of a player who recovered from a tibial plateau fracture -- which is an injury it's difficult and arguably very risk to allow to weight bear, much less play football -- in less than six weeks. We have seen players return from bone bruises around the knee in less than two weeks. But that's not what's been reported or described by the team.

The Cowboys have a Week 7 bye. If what's currently been reported is accurate, I think it's very unlikely we see Bryant before the bye week.

***The Jets told reporters that Eric Decker had aggravated his shoulder injury last week. There was enough concern early this week to send Decker for an MRI. The results have yet to be reported but there isn't much optimism for Decker this week among the local media. This one could still go either way, but there's a strong chance Decker misses this week and possibly longer.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Jarvis Landry | Shoulder | Questionable | Expected to Play

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

Landry finished the game without an obvious injury concern and there's nothing in the local or national media to suggest the shoulder issue will limit him this week. Still, the limited practice this week raises enough worry to make sure you check the inactive list and quickly search for any pessimism in pregame warmups Thursday night.

DeVante Parker | Hamstring | Questionable | Expected to Play

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

Parker has been limited in practice since the start of the regular season. On a short week, he fully practiced in preparation for Thursday night. He's now outside the critical 10-14 day period where most aggravations of a recent muscle strain occur. He should have no limitations this week.

Arian Foster | Groin | Declared Out

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

Unfortunately, this isn't a surprise. It was difficult to take Adam Gase seriously last Monday when he said Foster was day-to-day. Despite the refreshingly quiet preseason, muscle strains very rarely heal quickly with Foster. It would have been difficult for Foster to condition in time for Thursday night's game, but the two consecutive weeks of no practice is a concern. You can contrast that with Tyler Eifert, who's now continued to slowly recondition for ten days after weeks of missed practice. More in next Monday's Injury Rounds feature, but this has the looks of a 4+ week recovery.

Tyler Eifert | Ankle | Doubtful | Expected Inactive

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

I repeat: Tyler Eifert's rehab timetable has always been five months. There was some reason for optimism when the Bengals moved Eifert from PUP to the active roster at the end of training camp. Last week, there seemed an outside shot Eifert would get a chance to play in limited high leverage packages this week. But the Bengals continue to stick to the game plan here. I think Week 5 -- which is still closer to four months than five months of rehab -- remains the best case scenario. But don't be shocked if Eifert is still inactive next week or if his snap count and usage are limited for another 1-3 weeks after that.

Jordan Cameron | Concussion | Declared Out

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

Cameron had no chance to earn a quick clearance for a Thursday night game with his history of multiple concussions. He may not be cleared for Week 5 either.


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.


Quarterbacks
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Russell Wilson Ankle/Knee Full       Expected to Play
Jay Cutler Thumb Limited       Game-time Decision
Andrew Luck  Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Matt Ryan Thumb Full       Expected to Play
Jimmy Garoppolo Shoulder Limited       Chance to Play / ? Limited
Cody Kessler Thigh Full       Expected to Play
Josh McCown  Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Tony Romo  Back DNP       Expected Inactive

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Matt Forte Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Jeremy Langford Ankle DNP       Expected Inactive
Jamaal Charles Knee Limited       Game-time Decision
Tevin Coleman Knee Limited       Likely to Play / Awaiting Info
Rashad Jennings* Thumb Monday Night Football       Game-time Decision
Frank Gore Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Doug Martin Hamstring DNP       Expected Inactive
Jonathan Stewart Hamstring DNP       Expected Inactive
Thomas Rawls Fibula DNP       Expected Inactive
Chris Ivory Ankle/Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Isaiah Crowell Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
C.J. Prosise Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Kenneth Dixon Knee Limited       Likely Inactive
Charcandrick West Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Ka'Deem Carey Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dez Bryant Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Julio Jones Calf Limited       Expected to Play
Brandon Marshall Knee / Foot Full       Expected to Play
Larry Fitzgerald Knee Full       Expected to Play
Alshon Jeffery Knee Limited       Expected to Play
T.Y. Hilton Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins Foot DNP       Game-time Decision
Eric Decker Shoulder DNP       Game-time Decision
Willie Snead Toe Limited        Likely to Play
Donte Moncrief Shoulder DNP       Expected Inactive
DeSean Jackson Foot / Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Michael Floyd Concussion Limited       Likely to Play
Steve Smith Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Mohamed Sanu  Shoulder DNP       Expected to Play
Tyler Lockett Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Tavon Austin Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Tajae Sharpe Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Torrey Smith Foot Full       Expected to Play
Kamar Aiken Thigh DNP       Awaiting Information
Eli Rogers Toe DNP       Unlikely to Play
Corey Coleman Hand DNP       Expected Inactive
Braxton Miller Hamstring DNP       Unlikely to Play
Kendall Wright Hamstring Full       Awaiting Information
Josh Doctson Achilles DNP       Likely Inactive

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski Hamstring  Limited       Likely to Play / Limited
Jimmy Graham Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Delanie Walker Hamstring DNP       Game-time Decision
Antonio Gates Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Eric Ebron Ankle DNP       Likely to Play / Awaiting Info
Julius Thomas Elbow DNP       Game-time Decision
Charles Clay Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Vance McDonald Hip DNP       Likely Inactive / Awaiting Info
Virgil Green Calf DNP       Unlikely to Play

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