Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 9

A review of the late week practice report

KEY THURSDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***It was a brutal Thursday afternoon. Deshaun Watson was added to the Houston injury report with a knee injury and shortly after reported to have suffered a torn ACL. His 2017 season is over. If the tear is isolated and there are no associated injuries, Watson could avoid the PUP list next summer with a smooth and successful rehab. Watson tore the opposite ACL in college.

***The 49ers will be placing Pierre Garcon on injured reserve with a fracture in his cervical spine. Fractures around the neck are always concerning but Garcon's injury is a stable injury to only one part of the ring of the spine and there are no displaced fragments. The early reports have Garcon missing 8-10 weeks and do not suggest a career-ending injury. Hopefully, that proves accurate.

***Zach Ertz was added to the injury report with a hamstring injury today. He was asked about the injury in the locker room after practice. On one occasion, Ertz said he wasn't sure of the severity of the injury. Another reporter described the interaction as a brief and mumbled response. It's too early to know whether Ertz will miss this week's game but the early notes don't look promising. It's not clear whether the Eagles plan to get an MRI or wait and see how Ertz responds overnight. Consider him a game-time decision at best until tomorrow's practice participation and media interviews.

***The Titans remain hopeful on Delanie Walker. And they've been willing to rest veterans all week long and still keep them heavily involved in their offensive game plan. That's enough for me to leave him listed as a game-time decision. However, bone bruises around weight-bearing areas are very difficult to play through. If Walker doesn't practice on Friday, I'd be worried he's closer to doubtful than probable.

***The 2017 Andrew Luck Saga finally ended after the Colts put him on injured reserve on Thursday. Unfortunately, the 2018 Andrew Luck Saga is just beginning and may be just as mysterious and nerve-wracking. Chris Ballard told reporters the consensus opinion after Luck visited multiple shoulder specialists was continued rehab. But it's difficult to trust the Colts' information after 11 months of uncertainty. I don't think arthroscopic surgery to better define the current status of Luck's shoulder or further rehab setbacks are entirely off the table. I wrote about some of the possible anatomic concerns earlier this week. 

Hopefully, Luck's shoulder responds to changes in the rehab program and we see Luck ready to participate in offseason workouts and back to his usual strength, stamina, and accuracy by camp next year. This is likely to be the most watched and questioned injury story of the 2018 offseason/preseason.

***Adam Schefter interviewed David Johnson this week on his podcast. Earlier in the week, Bruce Arians told reporters he doubted whether Johnson could return in 2017. Johnson, in an interview that may have been recorded before Arians' comments, told Schefter (1) he expected to have his cast removed in two weeks if cleared by his orthopedist, (2) he would need additional rehab to ensure return of enough strength and range of motion to play effectively, and (3) he did not plan to allow the playoff status of the Cardinals to impact the decision-making on his return.

That means it may still be another 4-6 weeks until Johnson can return -- i.e. Week 14-15 is still in play for a possible return if his rehab moves very smoothly. I think Johnson has too much upside to overreact to Arians' comments but I'm not as confident in Johnson's 2017 return as I was last week.

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
Deshaun Watson Hou Knee Not Listed Limited   Injured Reserve Inactive
Jameis Winston TB Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Joe Flacco Bal Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Jay Cutler Mia Ribs Full Full     Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Ind Shoulder DNP IR IR Injured Reserve Injured Reserve
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Devonta Freeman Atl Neck/Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Lamar Miller Hou Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
*Ty Montgomery* GB Ribs/Wrist MNF Full     Likely to Play
Rob Kelley Was Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Terrance West Bal Calf DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jonathan Stewart Car Toe Limited Full     Expected to Play
Andre Ellington Ari Quadricep Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Paul Perkins NYG Ribs Full Full     Likely to Play
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Matt Breida SF Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dez Bryant Dal Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Pierre Garcon SF Neck DNP DNP IR Injured Reserve Injured Reserve
Sterling Shepard NYG Ankle Limited Full     Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Bal Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Marqise Lee Jac Knee DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Mike Wallace Bal Back Full Limited     Expected to Play
Jamison Crowder Was Hamstring DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Brandon LaFell Cin Hamstring DNP Full     Expected to Play
Cole Beasley Dal Concussion DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring Full Full     Likely to Play
Terrelle Pryor Was Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Adam Humphries TB Rib DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Taylor Gabriel Atl Tooth Limited Full     Expected to Play
*Kenny Golladay* Det Hamstring MNF DNP     Likely Inactive
Tyler Boyd Cin Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Albert Wilson KC Hamstring DNP DNP      Likely Inactive
Seth Roberts Oak Illness Full Full     Expected to Play
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Zach Ertz Phi Hamstring Not Listed Limited      Game-time Decision
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP Full     Likely to Play
Delanie Walker Ten Ankle DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Jordan Reed Was Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
*Martellus Bennett* GB Shoulder MNF DNP     Awaiting Information
Ryan Griffin Hou Hip Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Niles Paul Was Concussion DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle Full Full     Likely to Play
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Ryan Jensen Bal Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Ronnie Stanley Bal Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Ryan Kalil Car Neck DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Trai Turner Car Knee DNP DNP     Likely to Play
John Theus Car Concussion Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
Andre Smith Cin Triceps Limited Full     Expected to Play
Trey Hopkins Cin Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Tyron Smith Dal Back/Hip DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Menelik Watson Den Foot Not Listed Limited     Expected to Play
Donald Stephenson Den Calf DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Ronald Leary Den Elbow Limited Limited     Likely to Play
*Greg Robinson* Det Knee MNF DNP     Awaiting Information
*Emmett Cleary* Det Ankle MNF Full     Expected to Play
*David Bahktiari* GB Hamstring MNF Full     Likely to Play
*Lane Taylor* GB Ankle MNF Limited     Likely to Play
Chris Clark Hou Calf Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jeff Allen Hou Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Anthony Castonzo Ind Knee DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Cam Robinson Jac Ankle Limited Limited     Game-time Decision
Brandon Linder Jac Illness Full Full     Expected to Play
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif KC Knee Full Full     Likely to Play
Mitch Morse KC Foot Full Full     Expected to Play
Bryan Witzmann KC Abdomen Full Full     Expected to Play
Jermon Bushrod Mia Hand Full Full     Expected to Play
Mike Pouncey Mia Hip/Knee Full DNP     Expected to Play
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Andrus Peat NO Hip DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Larry Warford NO Abdomen DNP DNP     Inactive
Justin Pugh NYG Back DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Weston Richburg NYG Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Gabe Jackson Oak Ankle DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Halapoulivaati Vaitai Phi Hip Full Full     Expected to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Justin Britt Sea Ankle DNP Full     Likely to Play
Trent Brown SF Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Brandon Fusco SF Bicep DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Joe Staley SF Eye DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Shaun Lauvao Was Stinger DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Spencer Long Was Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Ty Nsekhe Was Core Muscle DNP DNP     Inactive
Brandon Scherff Was Knee DNP Limited     Game-time Decision
Trent Williams Was Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
T.J. Clemmings Was Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Morgan Moses Was Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Demarcus Lawrence Dal Calf Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Shane Ray Den Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
*Ezekiel Ansah* Det Knee MNF Limited     Expected to Play
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
John Simon Ind Neck DNP DNP     Inactive
Jabaal Sheard Ind Quadricep Limited Full     Expected to Play
Dee Ford KC Back DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Justin Houston KC Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Brandon Graham Phi Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Ryan Kerrigan Was Groin/Hand Full Full     Expected to Play
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Grady Jarrett Atl Ankle Limited Full     Expected to Play
Michael Johnson Cin Back DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Bennie Logan KC Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Michael Bennett Sea Heel DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Sheldon Richardson Sea Oblique Not Listed DNP     Likely to Play
Solomon Thomas SF Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Karlos Dansby Ari Finger/Hamstring DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Duke Riley Atl Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Deion Jones Atl Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Thomas Davis Car Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Kevin Minter Cin Elbow DNP DNP     Inactive
Todd Davis Den Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
*Joe Thomas* GB Ankle MNF DNP     Likely Inactive
B.J. Goodson NYG Ankle DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Jonathan Casillas NYG Neck Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Cory James Oak Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Bobby Wagner Sea Hamstring DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Reuben Foster SF Ankle/Ribs Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Kendell Beckwith TB Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Zach Brown Was Back DNP Full     Likely to Play
Martrell Spaight Was Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Will Compton Was Elbow Full Full     Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Brian Poole Atl Neck Limited Full     Expected to Play
Lardarius Webb Bal Concussion Limited Full     Likely to Play
Shawn Williams Cin Hamstring Not Listed Limited     Awaiting Information
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
*Morgan Burnett* GB Hamstring MNF Limited     Likely to Play
Johnathan Joseph Hou Shin DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Kevin Johnson Hou Knee/Back Full Full     Expected to Play
Quincy Wilson Ind Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
David Amerson Oak Foot Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
Karl Joseph Oak Groin Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Ronald Darby Phi Ankle Limited Limited     Unlikely to Play
Kam Chancellor Sea Ankle DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Earl Thomas Sea Hamstring DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Richard Sherman Sea Achilles Full Full     Expected to Play
Eric Reid SF Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Brent Grimes TB Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Johanthan Cyprien Ten Hamstring Full Full     Likely to Play
Bashaud Breeland Was Knee/Groin Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Josh Norman Was Ribs Full Full     Expected to Play

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

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