Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 3

A review of the late week practice report

KEY THURSDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Mike Mularkey left the door slightly open on DeMarco Murray on Thursday, telling reporters Murray could practice tomorrow and play this weekend. Don't count on it. Aggravated hamstring strains are not quick recoveries, Murray hasn't practiced yet, and Derrick Henry is healthy and productive. Murray would be limited at best and at high risk of aggravation and longer-term absence. I think it's more likely Murray is ruled out on Friday than he is ready to take 15 or more touches on Sunday.

***Rob Gronkowski looks likely to play this week and without significant limitation. Jordan Reed is also trending toward playing though he may be limited and likely to miss a few snaps after an in-game hit. Jimmy Graham has not practiced yet and I don't sense much confidence from Pete Carroll. If Graham practices tomorrow and proves ready in pregame warmups, he may see high-leverage duty and have a chance to be productive. However, I think Graham is more doubtful than questionable. Tyler Eifert will likely be ruled out on Friday. He should be considered questionable next week, too.

***Sam Bradford looks better than last week but I haven't seen anything suggesting he'll be able to protect himself in the pocket yet. The Vikings will not risk further setback if Bradford cannot move better than he has this week. While it's a good sign his knee was able to tolerate consecutive practices, Bradford needs to do much more in practice on Friday to be considered likely to play.

***The Dolphins continue to preach optimism on Ajayi despite two missed practices. Listed with a knee concern last week, Ajayi had over 25 touches after fully practicing. It's likely the Dolphins recognize the importance of managing practice reps if Ajayi is going to continue seeing such high volume. If Ajayi returns to practice on Friday, you can expect him to play without limitation this weekend.

***Randall Cobb didn't return to practice Thursday after telling reporters how sore his shoulder/chest were on Wednesday. He'll be a game-time decision at best. Jordy Nelson practiced fully again and should be able to play without limitation.

***There's a long list of players in the concussion protocol not practicing. Kwon Alexander isn't practicing with a hamstring strain. And multiple offensive linemen have an uncertain status. Friday practice participation and media interviews are critical this week. And the Sunday morning TweetStorm from Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport will be a downpour of information.


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 Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Sam Bradford Min Knee Limited Limited     Game-time Decision
Cam Newton Car Shoulder/Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Ind Shoulder DNP DNP     Inactive
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Pit Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play

Running Backs
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeSean McCoy Buf Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Melvin Gordon III LAC Knee Not Listed Limited     Expected to Play
Jay Ajayi Mia Knee DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Jordan Howard Chi Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
DeMarco Murray Ten Hamstring DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Rob Kelley Was Rib Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jonathan Stewart Car Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Frank Gore Ind Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Terrance West Bal Calf DNP DNP     Limited if Plays
Rex Burkhead NE Ribs DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Matt Forte NYJ Knee Full Limited     Expected to Play
Chris Thompson Was Back Full Full     Expected to Play
Marlon Mack Ind Shoulder Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
Jamaal Charles Den Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Alfred Blue Hou Ankle Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Dwayne Washington Det Quadriceps DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
DeAndre Washington Oak Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play

Wide Receivers
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Odell Beckham NYG Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Jordy Nelson GB Quadriceps Full Full     Expected to Play
Doug Baldwin Sea Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed     Expected to Play
Amari Cooper Oak Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Demaryius Thomas Den Hamstring Limited Full     Expected to Play
Randall Cobb GB Chest DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Danny Amendola NE Concussion/Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Chris Hogan NE Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jarvis Landry Mia Knee DNP Limited     Expected to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Ankle Limited DNP     Expected to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Car Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
*J.J. Nelson* Ari Hamstring MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
*John Brown* Ari Quadriceps MNF DNP     Likely Inactive
Robby Anderson NYJ Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Paul Richardson Jr Sea Finger Full Full     Expected to Play
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
Josh Doctson Was Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
Allen Hurns Jac Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Kendall Wright Chi Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Mike Williams LAC Back Limited Limited     Inactive
Bennie Fowler Den Concussion DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
John Ross Cin Knee Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
Sammie Coates Jr Cle Hamstring DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Kenny Britt Cle Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Kamar Aiken Ind Hip Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Will Fuller V Hou Shoulder Limited Limited     Inactive
Phillip Dorsett NE Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information

Tight Ends
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski NE Groin DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jordan Reed Was Rib/Sternum DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Tyler Eifert Cin Back DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Buf Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Evan Engram NYG Concussion Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Zach Miller Chi Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Jared Cook Oak Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jesse James Pit Ankle DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Ryan Griffin Hou Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jeff Heuerman Den Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
*Jermaine Gresham* Ari Ribs MNF Limited     Awaiting Information

Offensive Line
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
*D.J. Humphries* Ari Knee MNF DNP     Inactive
*Mike Iupati* Ari Triceps MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
Ryan Schraeder Atl Concussion DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Cordy Glenn Buf Ankle/Foot DNP Limited     Game-time Decision
Ryan Kalil Car Neck DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Tom Compton Chi Hip DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Josh Sitton Chi Ribs DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Kyle Long Chi Ankle Limited Full     Likely to Play
Trey Hopkins Cin Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jake Fisher Cin Illness Limited Full     Expected to Play
Cedric Ogbuehi Cin Illness Limited Full     Expected to Play
Joe Thomas Cle Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
Kevin Zeitler Cle Thumb Full Full     Expected to Play
Garrett Bolles Den Lower leg DNP Limited     Inactive
Travis Swanson Det Ankle/Knee DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
David Bahktiari GB Hamstring DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Jason Spriggs GB Hamstring DNP IR     IR
Bryan Bulaga GB Ankle Full Limited     Likely to Play
Jahri Evans GB Groin Full Full     Expected to Play
Jeff Allen Hou Ankle DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Xavier Su'a-Filo Hou Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Chris Clark Hou Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Ryan Kelly Ind Foot DNP DNP     Inactive
Jack Mewhort Ind Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Brandon Linder Jac Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Mitch Morse KC Foot DNP DNP     Inactive
Spencer Pulley LAC Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
Joe Barksdale LAC Foot Limited Full     Expected to Play
Kenny Wiggins LAC Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Mike Pouncey Mia Hip Limited DNP     Expected to Play
Pat Elflein Min Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Ankle/Concussion DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder DNP DNP     Inactive
Zach Strief NO Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Bobby Hart NYG Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring / Illness DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Maurkice Pouncey Pit Illness DNP Full     Expected to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
Morgan Moses Was Ankle/Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Spencer Long Was Knee Full Full     Expected to Play

Edge Players
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
J.J. Watt Hou Finger Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Von Miller Den Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Justin Houston KC Illness Not Listed DNP     Likely to Play
Vic Beasley Jr Atl Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
Dee Ford KC Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Brandon Graham Phi Triceps Full Full     Expected to Play
Bud Dupree Pit Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
T.J. Watt Pit Groin Limited DNP     Unlikely to Play
Myles Garrett Cle Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Ezekiel Ansah Det Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Courtney Upshaw Atl Ankle/Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Za'Darius Smith Bal Knee/Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Michael Johnson Cin Illness/Stinger Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Nick Perry GB Hand DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Lorenzo Alexander Buf Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed     Expected to Play
Shaq Lawson Buf Foot DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Charles Johnson Car Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Julius Peppers Car Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play

Defensive Line
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Williams NYJ Wrist Full Limited     Expected to Play
Stephon Tuitt Pit Biceps Limited Full     Likely to Play
Geno Atkins Cin Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Michael Bennett Sea Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Mike Daniels GB Hip DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Gerald McCoy TB Ankle DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Marcell Dareus Buf Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Akiem Hicks Chi Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Brandon Williams Bal Foot DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Malik Jackson Jac Groin Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Jordan Phillips Mia Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Steve McLendon NYJ Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play

 

Linebackers

 

Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Kwon Alexander TB Hamstring DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Bobby Wagner Sea Thigh DNP Full     Expected to Play
Jamie Collins Sr Cle Concussion DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
B.J. Goodson NYG Shin DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Anthony Barr Min Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Mason Foster Was Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
*Deone Bucannon* Ari Ankle MNF Limited     Likely to Play
Jarrad Davis Det Concussion DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Dont'a Hightower NE Knee Limited Limited      Awaiting Information
Nick Kwiatkoski Chi Pectoral DNP DNP     Inactive
*Karlos Dansby* Ari Hip MNF Limited     Expected to Play
Jake Ryan GB Hamstring/Concussion DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Anthony Walker Ind Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Antonio Morrison Ind Elbow Full Full     Expected to Play
Rey Maualuga Mia Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
Thomas Davis Car Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play

Defensive Backs
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Vontae Davis Ind Groin Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jalen Ramsey Jac Ankle Limited DNP     Expected to Play
Jason Verrett LAC Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Richard Sherman Sea Thigh Full Full     Expected to Play
Xavier Rhodes Min Hip Full Full     Expected to Play
Josh Norman Was Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
*Orlando Scandrick* Dal Hand MNF Limited     Likely to Play
Kevin Johnson Hou Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Ronald Darby Phi Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Tavon Wilson Det Shoulder DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Bradley Roby Den Ankle DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Davon House GB Quadriceps DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Darius Butler Ind Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Aqib Talib Den Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Darian Stewart Den Groin Limited Full     Expected to Play
Johnathan Joseph Hou Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Stephon Gilmore NE Groin Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Eric Rowe NE Groin Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Marshon Lattimore NO Concussion DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Sterling Moore NO Chest DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Janoris Jenkins NYG Ankle DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Rodney McLeod Phi Hamstring DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Corey Graham Phi Hamstring DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Prince Amukamara Chi Ankle Limited Full     Likely to Play
Johnathan Cyprien Ten Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
Brent Grimes TB Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Sean Smith Oak Neck Full Limited     Expected to Play

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

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