Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 8

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***C.J. Anderson reportedly has a bone bruise (and possibly more) somewhere around his right knee joint. After jamming his knee and briefly leaving the Broncos' game on Monday night, Anderson returned and ripped off multiple long runs at speed. He showed only a mild limp before reporting to the training room with soreness. Imaging studies are concerning enough for Anderson to need an additional specialist opinion on Thursday. For now, the expectation is for Anderson to miss multiple weeks, possibly through Denver's Week 11 bye.

Details remain scarce but this situation sounds very similar to Dez Bryant's knee injury earlier this season. The mechanism is consistent with a tibial contusion, which could mean a non-weight bearing tibial plateau fracture or a less worrisome bone bruise. With multiple writers leaving the possibility of a season-ending injury, it's fair to wonder if the specialist visit is to discuss the length of rest and rehab or whether surgery may be a possibility. I'll update with more in tomorrow's practice participation update.

***Early Wednesday morning, multiple reports had Dion Lewis returning to practice with the hope he would be able to return to the active roster quickly. Not surprisingly, we finally learned what was ailing Lewis later in the day. Tom Curran reported that Lewis was found to have a patellar stress fracture and had the injury fixated with screws in August. Though unusual, this is a known complication during ACL recovery, as part of the kneecap removed as part of the tendon graft used to reconstruct the ACL is stressed during rehab. 

What's unusual here is the speed of Lewis' recovery. I could not find a rehab protocol that progressed quickly enough to allow an athlete to return as quickly as Lewis has. Those protocols show the final phase starting in the 10-12 week range. Lewis is now around eight weeks removed from surgery. Acknowledging that NFL players rehab full time and are usually in peak physical condition prior to surgery, I'm wondering how far ahead of schedule Lewis may be already. The Patriots had until Week 12 to start practicing Lewis or move him to injured reserve. They've accelerated the timetable by multiple weeks now. While that has to be seen as a good thing, my spidey senses have me wondering whether Lewis is set up for a setback here.

***There seemed to be optimism that LeSean McCoy didn't suffer a significant setback by playing through his hamstring strain last week. I remain very skeptical we'll see him this week. But I was skeptical last week, too, and McCoy didn't even draw the attention of the medical staff as he warmed up last Sunday. Today's DNP isn't necessarily telling. The Bills are either managing McCoy's reps or they've already decided to hold him out this week. We'll find out in the next 48 hours.

***The Falcons listed Devonta Freeman as limited today and dressed him out in a no-contact jersey. I doubt this is a significant concern. With Tevin Coleman very doubtful with a hamstring injury, expect Atlanta to proceed with even more caution than necessary with Freeman this week.

***Don't overreact to the news that Sammy Watkins is now out of a walking boot. He has a long path to successfully navigate the reconditioning phase without a recurrence of pain. The best case scenario -- clearance to return to practice in Week 10 and return to the active roster in Week 12 -- remains very unlikely. Still, any progress is positive progress and gives Watkins a chance to return to the Bills' huddle this year.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Delanie Walker | Chest | Not Listed | Expected to Play

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

Walker was on the injury report all week after missing Monday's practice with a chest injury. He fully practiced through midweek and is not listed on the game status report. He should see his usual workload.

Allen Hurns | Neck / Shoulder | Not Listed | Expected to Play

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

Hurns was briefly limited in practice this week but is not listed on the game status report and is expected to play.

Julius Thomas | ANKLE | Questionable | Expected to Play

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

Thomas continues to deal with nagging ankle problems but moved well last weekend. The Tuesday DNP was likely rest and there are no indications he'll sit this week. Watch the pregame notes for any surprises, but expect Thomas to see his usual workload.

Tajae Sharpe | Knee | Questionable | Expected to Play

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

 Sharpe was limited all week. He's tentatively expected to play but his role in the Tennessee offense has diminished over the past month.


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
Russell Wilson Knee / Pectoral Limited       Expected to Play
Tony Romo Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Carson Palmer Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Brock Osweiler Foot Full        Expected to Play
*Jay Cutler Thumb *MNF       Expected to Play
Cody Kessler Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Josh McCown Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Shoulder Full       Expected to Play

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeSean McCoy Hamstring  DNP       Game-time Decision / Limited
C.J. Anderson Knee DNP       Inactive
Lamar Miller Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Devonta Freeman Hip Limited       Expected to Play
Tevin Coleman Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Doug Martin Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Matt Jones Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Frank Gore Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Thomas Rawls Fibula DNP       Inactive
*Jerick McKinnon Ankle *MNF       Awaiting Information
Jamaal Charles Knee Limited       Expected to Play / Limited
Theo Riddick Ankle Limited       Likely to Return
*Jeremy Langford Ankle *MNF       Likely Inactive
Mike Gillislee Foot Limited       Awaiting Information
James Starks Knee DNP       Inactive
Don Jackson Hand Full       Expected to Play
Dwayne Washington Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Tyler Ervin Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Lance Dunbar Knee Limited       Expected to Return

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dez Bryant Knee Limited       Likely Active
Brandon Marshall Foot DNP       Expected to Play
Marvin Jones Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Randall Cobb Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Demaryius Thomas Hip Limited       Expected to Play
Donte Moncrief Shoulder Limited       Possible Return / Limited
Julian Edelman Foot Limited       Expected to Play
*Stefon Diggs Groin *MNF       Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Terrelle Pryor Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play / ? Limited
Travis Benjamin Knee DNP       Expected to Play
John Brown Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Jordan Matthews Knee Limited       Expected to Play
DeSean Jackson Hamstring / Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Ty Montgomery Illness Limited       Expected to Play
Michael Floyd Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Corey Coleman Hand Limited       Likely Inactive
Jamison Crowder Groin Limited       Expected to Play
Mohamed Sanu Groin Full       Expected to Play
Robert Woods Foot Limited       Awaiting Information
Tyler Lockett Thigh Limited       Awaiting Information
Marquise Goodwin Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Phillip Dorsett Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jordan Reed Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information / Possible Return
Jimmy Graham Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Martellus Bennett Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Jason Witten Chest Full       Expected to Play
Dwayne Allen Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Eric Ebron Ankle / Knee Limited       Possible Return
Hunter Henry Concussion Limited       Possible Return
Vernon Davis Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Jared Cook Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive

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

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