Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 4

A review of the late week practice report

KEY THURSDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Thursday brought multiple reassuring practice updates among the injured running backs and wide receivers. Jay Ajayi returned to a full practice and appears to be closer to full strength this week than last week when he didn't practice until Friday. Melvin Gordon was listed limited but described as a "full go" by Anthony Lynn and continues to trend in a positive direction for close to his usual workload this week. Sammy Watkins looks likely to gain full clearance on Friday after a full Thursday practice. Julio Jones continues to be listed as limited but his comments to the local media remain positive and will probably fully practice on Friday. Kelvin Benjamin also returned to a full practice on Thursday.

***It's not yet clear where Doug Baldwin stands this week. Baldwin has yet to practice -- but that doesn't raise as much alarm in Seattle, where veteran players routinely miss practice until Friday and play effectively on game day. That makes Friday the critical day for Baldwin's Week 4 expectation. A limited or full practice on Friday and a reassuring media interview will mean Baldwin is planning to play Sunday night.

***Jordan Reed plays on Monday night and is going to be a tough call. He reportedly did more in individual workouts on Thursday than last week but needs to be near fully healthy to play with the Washington bye looming the following week. If Reed does more on Friday, he's likely to go and will benefit from the added recovery time to follow.


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
Andrew Luck Ind Shoulder DNP DNP     Inactive
Sam Bradford Min Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Josh McCown NYJ Ribs Full Full     Expected to Play
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
LeVeon Bell Pit Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
LeSean McCoy Buf Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Jay Ajayi Mia Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
Melvin Gordon LAC Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Carlos Hyde SF Hip Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Adrian Peterson NO Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
*Rob Kelley* Was Rib MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
Isaiah Crowell Cle Shoulder 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
Jamaal Charles Den Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Matt Forte NYJ Knee / Toe DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Duke Johnson Cle Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Gio Bernard Cin Thigh Limited Limited     Likely to Play
*Samaje Perine* Was Hand MNF Full     Likely to Play
Marlon Mack Ind Shoulder DNP Limited     Likely Inactive
Rex Burkhead NE Ribs DNP DNP     Inactive
Jalen Richard Oak Calf Limited Full     Likely to Play
Dwayne Washington Det Quadricep DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Orleans Darkwa NYG Back DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Shane Vereen NYG Calf DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Alfred Blue Hou Ankle Full Full     Likely to Play
Kyle Juszczyk SF Concussion Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Julio Jones Atl Back Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Doug Baldwin Sea Groin DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Michael Crabtree Oak Chest Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Sammy Watkins LAR Concussion Limited Full     Likely to Play
Amari Cooper Oak Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Car Knee DNP Full     Likely to Play
Martavis Bryant Pit Illness DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Danny Amendola NE Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
John Brown Ari Quadricep Limited Limited     Unlikely to Play
J.J. Nelson Ari Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Will Fuller Hou Clavicle Full Full     Expected to Play
Curtis Samuel Car Back Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Phillip Dorsett NE Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
John Ross Cin Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Brandon LaFell Cin Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Kenny Britt Cle Knee DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Sammie Coates Cle Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Kenny Golladay Det Hamstring Limited DNP     Unlikely to Play
Kenny Stills Mia Hand Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
Tavon Austin LAR Concussion Limited Full     Likely to Play
Mike Williams LAC Back Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
*Jordan Reed* Was Rib / Sternum MNF Limited     Game-time Decision
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Tyler Eifert Cin Back DNP DNP     Inactive
Delanie Walker Ten Hamstring DNP Full     Expected to Play
Jack Doyle Ind Foot Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jesse James Pit Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Benjamin Watson Bal Calf DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Jermaine Gresham Ari Ribs Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Alex Boone Ari Chest DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
D.J. Humphries Ari Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Mike Iupati Ari Tricep Limited Limited     Likely to Play
John Wetzel Ari Biceps Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Ryan Schraeder Atl Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Cordy Glenn Buf Foot / Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Ryan Kalil Car Neck DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Trey Hopkins Cin Knee Limited Limited     Likely Inactive
Joe Thomas Cle Knee DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Kevin Zeitler Cle Thumb Full Full     Expected to Play
T.J. Lang Det Fibula DNP Full     Likely to Play
Travis Swanson Det Ankle Limited Full     Likely to Play
Xavier Su'a-Filo Hou Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jeff Allen Hou Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Ryan Kelly Ind Foot Limited Limited     Inactive
Brandon Linder Jac Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Cam Robinson Jac Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
*Mitch Morse* KC Foot MNF DNP     Inactive
Joe Barksdale LAC Foot Limited Full     Likely to Play
John Sullivan LAR Hip DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Andrew Whitworth LAR Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Mike Pouncey Mia Hip Full DNP     Expected to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Ankle / Concussion Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder DNP Limited     Inactive
Zach Strief NO Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Bobby Hart NYG Ankle DNP Limited     Likely Inactive
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen Limited Full     Likely to Play
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Jason Kelce Phi Knee Limited Full     Likely to Play
Ramon Foster Pit Thumb DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring Full Limited     Expected to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Joe Staley SF Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
J.R. Sweezy TB Back Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
J.J. Watt Hou Finger Full DNP     Expected to Play
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Whitney Mercilus Hou Hip Full Full     Likely to Play
Chandler Jones Ari Chest Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Vic Beasley Atl Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
Shaq Lawson Buf Groin Not Listed Limited     Unlikely to Play
Julius Peppers Car Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Charles Johnson Car Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Carlos Dunlap Cin Neck Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Myles Garrett Cle Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Ezekiel Ansah Det Knee DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Anthony Zettel Det Knee Limited Full     Likely to Play
*Dee Ford* KC Back MNF DNP     Awaiting Information
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Bud Dupree Pit Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
T.J. Watt Pit Groin Full Full     Expected to Play
Frank Clark Sea Hamstring Limited Full     Likely to Play
Noah Spence TB Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Brandon Williams Bal Foot DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Kyle Williams Buf Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed     Expected to Play
Marcell Dareus Buf Ankle Limited Full     Likely to Play
Star Lotulelei Car Shoulder DNP Full     Expected to Play
Danny Shelton Cle Calf Not Listed DNP     Unlikely to Play
Malik Jackson Jac Groin DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Leonard Williams NYJ Wrist Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Fletcher Cox Phi Calf DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Stephon Tuitt Pit Biceps Full Full     Likely to Play
Gerald McCoy TB Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Deone Bucannon Ari Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Lorenzo Alexander Buf Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed     Expected to Play
Thomas Davis Car Rib DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Jamie Collins Cle Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Anthony Hitchens Dal Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Jarrad Davis Det Concussion Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Anthony Walker Ind Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Myles Jack Jac Ankle Limited Full     Likely to Play
Hayes Pullard LAC Knee Limited Full     Likely to Play
Kiko Alonso Mia Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Rey Maualuga Mia Hamstring Limited Full     Likely to Play
Donta Hightower NE Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jonathan Casillas NYG Ankle / Wrist DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
B.J. Goodson NYG Shin Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Jordan Hicks Phi Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Reuben Foster SF Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Kwon Alexander TB Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Lavonte David TB Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
*Mason Foster* Was Shoulder MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Shawn Williams Cin Knee DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
George Iloka Cin Hamstring Limited Full     Likely to Play
Bradley Roby Den Ankle DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Aqib Talib Den Not Injury Related DNP Full     Expected to Play
Glover Quin Det Knee Limited Full     Likely to Play
Tavon Wilson Det Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Kevin Johnson Hou Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Vontae Davis Ind Groin Full Full     Expected to Play
Jalen Ramsey Jac Ankle DNP Full     Expected to Play
Kayvon Webster LAR Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
Lamarcus Joyner LAR Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Eric Rowe NE Groin Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Stephon Gilmore NE Groin Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Sterling Moore NO Chest Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Marshon Lattimore NO Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Janoris Jenkins NYG Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Ronald Darby Phi Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Rodney McLeod Phi Hamstring Full Full      Expected to Play
Sean Davis Pit Ankle DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Michael Mitchell Pit Hamstring DNP Limited      Awaiting Information
Earl Thomas Sea Knee DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Richard Sherman Sea Achilles DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Eric Reid SF Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Jaquiski Tartt SF Concussion Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
T.J. Ward TB Hip DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Brent Grimes TB Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Johnathan Cyprien Ten Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive

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

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