Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 15

A review of the midweek participation report

KEY Thursday MEDIA UPDATES

>>>> Note: Due to travel and time constraints over the next two weeks, the table will include offensive skill position players only.

***Leonard Fournette missed practice again on Thursday but told reporters he would play this week. His injury reportedly occurred in the third quarter and he was cleared to continue to play. We've seen Fournette's status go either way with missed practices this season, with the Jaguars choosing caution with his ankles at times and allowing him to play without practicing at others. Friday's participation and media comments are critical.

***There were indications Tevin Coleman had been cleared to practice on Wednesday but he was not seen on Thursday and Dan Quinn told reporters Coleman remained in the concussion protocol. There remains time for Coleman to progress by Monday night. He'll need to be cleared for individual drills on Friday to feel comfortable with his Week 15 availability.

***It's unclear whether Kyle Rudolph will play this week but I think he's trending poorly. Yet to practice with an ankle injury, Mike Zimmer wouldn't discuss Rudolph's status while sounding optimistic about his multiple injured offensive linemen. The Vikings worked out extra tight ends on Thursday, with Rudolph, Blake Bell, and David Morgan all limited in practice at best.

***Joe Mixon did not practice Wednesday, a week and a half after suffering a concussion on the previous Sunday night, and it appeared his status was questionable at best. He returned to individual drills on Thursday, opening the possibility he'd be able to clear the return-to-play protocol this week. Friday's participation is key; I don't think Mixon is a strong bet to return just yet.

***DeAndre Hopkins (toe), Alshon Jeffery (illness), JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring), and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) were added to Thursday's practice participation report. Smith-Schuster aggravated a hamstring strain in Thursday's practice and is in danger of missing this week's game. Hopkins and Jeffery are likely to play. The Giants provided no information on Shepard's condition.


SATURDAY INJURY EXPECTATIONS

Here are the key players listed on the practice participation or game status report for the Saturday games:

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

The most notable injury situation in this game is the state of the Detroit offensive line. Center Travis Swanson and tackle Rick Wagner are out with injury. Guard T.J. Lang is questionable after managing only a limited Thursday practice. Adam Shaheen, Ameer Abdullah, and Matthew Stafford are all expected to play. 

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

The Chargers list only Casey Hayward on the game status report. He is questionable after missing Thursday's practice with a calf injury. The Chiefs are also healthy. Other than Mitch Morse, who continues to miss time after aggravating an early season midfoot sprain, there are no Kansas City injuries of concern.


MIDWEEK PRACTICE PARTICIPATION REPORT AND 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.

^Note: Saturday players with carat practice Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

Quarterbacks
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Tom Brady NE Achilles Full Full     Expected to Play
^Matthew Stafford Det Hand Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Marcus Mariota Ten Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Buf Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Nathan Peterman Buf Concussion Limited Full     Expected to Play / Backup
Tom Savage Hou Concussion DNP DNP     Inactive
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Alvin Kamara NO Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Leonard Fournette Jac Quadricep DNP DNP     Likely to Play
LeSean McCoy Buf Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
*Tevin Coleman Atl Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Lamar Miller Hou Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Joe Mixon Cin Concussion DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Giovani Bernard Cin Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Christian McCaffrey Car Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Mike Davis Sea Ribs Limited Full     Expected to Play
Jerick McKinnon Min Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Matt Forte NYJ Knee DNP DNP     Game-time Decision 
Elijah McGuire NYJ Ankle DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Adrian Peterson Ari Neck DNP DNP IR IR Injured Reserve
Kerwynn Williams Ari Ribs Full Full     Expected to Play
^Ameer Abdullah Det Neck Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Damien Williams Mia Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Toe Not Listed DNP     Likely to Play
Adam Thielen Min Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Robert Woods LAR Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Michael Thomas NO Eye Full Full     Expected to Play
Chris Hogan NE Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Brandin Cooks NE Hand Full Full     Expected to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
Alshon Jeffery Phi Illness Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Sterling Shepard NYG Hamstring Not Listed Limited     Awaiting Information
JuJu Smith-Schuster Pit Hamstring Not Listed Limited     Unlikely to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Buf Knee Limited Limited     Likely Inactive
Amari Cooper Oak Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson Oak Hip Full Full     Expected to Play
Marqise Lee Jac Foot Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Devin Funchess Car Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
*Mohamed Sanu Atl Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Kaelin Clay Car Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Russell Shepard Car Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Mike Wallace Bal Ankle DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Chris Moore Bal Hip Limited Full     Likely to Play
^Kendall Wright Chi Shoulder Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Ryan Grant Was Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Maurice Harris Was Concussion Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
^Albert Wilson KC Shoulder / Hamstring Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
John Brown Ari Toe Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Allen Hurns Jac Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jermaine Kearse NYJ Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Ted Ginn NO Rib DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Brice Butler Dal Foot DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Kyle Rudolph Min Ankle DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Zach Ertz Phi Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle Limited DNP     Expected to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot Full Full     Expected to Play
^Hunter Henry LAC Calf Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
David Njoku Cle Foot / Wrist Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Tyler Kroft Cin Hamstring DNP Limited     Likely to Play
*Cameron Brate TB Hip Limited       Expected to Play
Charles Clay Buf Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jared Cook Oak Wrist Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Clive Walford Oak Concussion / Neck DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
^Adam Shaheen Chi Chest Limited Limited Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Vance McDonald Pit Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
George Kittle SF Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play

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

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