Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 1

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Odell Beckham was seen doing some light running during the stretching portion of practice on Wednesday. Although he was cleared to speak to the media after practice -- usually a positive sign -- his comments were not reassuring.

Beckham told reporters he wouldn't play if he needed to brace or tape his ankle. Head coach Bob McAdoo said Beckham hadn't been cleared to return by the medical staff yet, which suggests Beckham isn't close enough to fully recovered to play without support. High ankle sprains are difficult to tape or brace in the best circumstances. McAdoo also said the team wouldn't risk Beckham if he remains at risk of aggravation.

While we've seen players minimize injury early in the week then suit up on game day, every indication here is that the Giants aren't going to take risks with Beckham. And Beckham already seems resigned to missing the opener. This could be a smokescreen but it doesn't read like one. I think he'll have to do something in practice on Thursday to give the med staff a chance to re-evaluate how he feels on Friday. Consider Beckham a game-time decision for now but he's trending toward sitting this week.

***Myles Garrett left practice with an ankle injury on Wednesday. First reports from national media members and the team sound concerning. Garrett was to have on MRI on Wednesday night. At best, Garrett sounds questionable to play this week. Some reports suggest he could miss multiple weeks. The Browns and Garrett will have a better sense after the imaging study is complete.

***Joe Flacco fully practiced on Wednesday and will start this week.

***Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday that Thomas Rawls is recovering from a high ankle sprain. His full practice today is a positive sign and Carroll said Rawls was close to returning. However, Carroll said he wanted to see how Rawls responded throughout the week and neither Eddie Lacy nor C.J. Prosise is on Seattle's injury report. Rawls has a good chance to be active and contribute with a full week of practice but I don't expect his workload to be significant.

***DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Matthews, Bilal Powell, Danny Woodhead, Josh Doctson, and Leonard Williams were all listed as full practice participants on Wednesday. Hopkins was listed as a thumb injury, which likely explains why the Texans held him out longer than you might expect for a hand injury that didn't require surgery. Corey Davis and Cooper Kupp are not listed on their team's practice participation report and are working without restrictions.

***Ezekiel Ansah was listed as limited with a knee injury, which is a mild surprise after suspicions his absence was related to a chronic ankle condition. Deone Bucannon reportedly sprained his ankle early in his return and is unlikely to play this week. Taylor Lewan sprained an ankle in practice and is considered day-to-day.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Travis Kelce | Calf | Not Listed | EXPECTED TO PLAY

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

Kelce was limited early this week with a calf injury but returned to a full practice on Wednesday. He was not listed on the Chiefs' final injury report and there has been no indication from the team or local writers of concern. Expect Kelce to see his usual workload Thursday night.

Malcolm Mitchell | Knee | Questionable | Game-time Decision

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

New England beat writers aren't sure whether Mitchell will play or be limited this week. Mitchell continues to struggle with knee soreness and did not appear in a preseason game. It's unlikely he'll be ready for more than situational work but watch the pregame news for an update on his status.


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
Joe Flacco Back Full       Expected to Play
Cam Newton Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Carson Palmer Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bilal Powell Ribs Full       Expected to Play
Thomas Rawls Ankle Full       Likely to Play
Matt Forte Knee Full       Expected to Play
Danny Woodhead Thigh Full       Expected to Play
Jeremy Hill Ankle Full       Expected to Play
T.J. Yeldon Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
D'onta Foreman Groin Full       Likely to Play
Alfred Blue Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Zach Zenner Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Odell Beckham Ankle DNP       Game-time Decision
Amari Cooper Knee Limited       Likely to Play
*Demaryius Thomas* Groin MNF       Likely to Play
Larry Fitzgerald Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
DeAndre Hopkins Thumb Full       Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Hand Full       Expected to Play
*Tyrell Williams* Groin MNF       Awaiting Information
Jordan Matthews Chest Full       Expected to Play
Josh Doctson Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Kenny Britt Knee Full       Expected to Play
Tyler Lockett Knee Full       Expected to Play
Breshad Perriman Thigh Full       Likely to Play
*Mike Williams* Back MNF       Inactive
Kenny Golladay Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Markus Wheaton Finger DNP       Likely Inactive
John Ross Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Tyler Boyd Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Curtis Samuel Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Braxton Miller Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Will Fuller Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Tyler Eifert Knee Full       Expected to Play
C.J. Fiedorowicz Concussion Full       Expected to Play
George Kittle Hamstring Limited       Game-time Decision
Offensive Line
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cordy Glenn Foot Full       Expected to Play
Taylor Lewan Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Joe Thomas Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Bryan Bulaga Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Mike Iupati Tricep Limited       Expected to Play
Kyle Long Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Kelechi Osemele Wrist/Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Ryan Kelly Foot DNP       Inactive
Spencer Long Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Joel Bitonio Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Kelvin Beachum Knee Full       Expected to Play
James Carpenter Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Edge Players
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Khalil Mack Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Brandon Graham Tricep Full       Expected to Play
Myles Garrett Ankle Limited       Likely Inactive
Clay Matthews Groin Full       Expected to Play
Nick Perry Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Frank Clark Wrist Limited       Likely to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Taco Charlton Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Dante Fowler Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Defensive Line
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Williams Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Marcell Dareus Hip Limited       Likely to Play
Danny Shelton Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Tyrone Crawford Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Robert Nkemdiche Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Linebackers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Deone Bucannon Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Jordan Hicks Quadricep Full       Expected to Play
Cory James Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Anthony Hitchens Knee DNP       Inactive
Defensive Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Vontae Davis Groin DNP       Likely Inactive
Jalen Ramsey Hip Limited       Expected to Play
Prince Amukamara Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Shawn Williams Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
George Iloka Knee Full       Expected to Play
Davon House Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Kevin King Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Morris Claiborne Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Tashaun Gipson Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Jimmie Ward Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information

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

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