Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 2

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***The Giants play on Monday night and won't release an official practice participation report until Thursday. But today's reporting on Odell Beckham is 180 degrees different from last week's pessimistic locker room interview. Multiple media sources reported "lots of optimism" Beckham will play this week. After traveling with the team and briefly appearing in pre-game warmups Sunday night, Beckham should be more likely to do some individual work in practice this week. It's still not clear whether Beckham will be able to return for a full complement of snaps. It's more likely he'll be limited to higher leverage situations and see fewer targets than usual in his first week back. But the trend looks positive for now.

***LeSean McCoy (wrist) and Jay Ajayi (knee) are both listed on the practice participation report but both were full participants and should be fine. McCoy has a wrist contusion that should be a non-issue this week. Seeing Ajayi on the report with a knee concern raises eyebrows after the pre-draft concern for a bone-on-bone condition. And it's odd for Ajayi to be given a rest day when he's yet to play in a regular season game. It's worth watching closely on Thursday but a consecutive full practice should allay any worries.

***John Brown is back on the injury report with the quad issue that plagued him during the preseason and led to some grumpy answers to reporter questions from Bruce Arians. Brown played 63 of 75 snaps last week. The Cardinals didn't comment on his status on Wednesday. Tomorrow's practice participation will inform us whether the team is pacing Brown's practice participation or there's been an aggravation.

***Thomas Rawls and T.J. Yeldon were full practice participants and will return this week.

***Andrew Luck didn't practice today as expected. That puts his return in Week 4 out of the question and makes a Week 5 return unlikely, too.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

This is an odd week. There aren't many question marks here. The Texans have a number of players already declared out -- but every other player who was listed on the practice report this week is not listed on the game status report and will play.

Texans OUT: Alfred Blue (ankle), Brian Cushing (concussion, now suspension), Will Fuller (shoulder), Ryan Griffin (concussion), C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion > injured reserve)

Texans NOT LISTED: Deshaun Watson (ankle), J.J. Watt (finger), Jadeveon Clowney (foot), DeAndre Hopkins (wrist), Benardrick McKinney (knee), Kevin Johnson (knee)

I expect all the Texans in the "Not Listed" category to play with minimal limitation. Watson's ankle injury is minor and will not keep him from starting. Watt's finger injury is painful but should not hinder his pass rush. Were the Texans concerned about Clowney, McKinney, or Hopkins, I believe they'd have listed them questionable. All should see their usual workload.

The Bengals have listed John Ross and Shawn Williams as questionable. Both fully practiced all week and are expected to return. Williams will start at safety. Ross will see a limited package of plays as the team assimilates him into the offense.


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
Cam Newton Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Sam Bradford Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Blake Bortles Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeSean McCoy Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Jay Ajayi Knee Full       Expected to Play
Thomas Rawls Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Mike Tolbert Knee Full       Expected to Play
Duke Johnson Chest Full       Expected to Play
Jamaal Charles Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Danny Woodhead Thigh DNP       Inactive
Matt Forte Knee / Abdomen Full       Expected to Play
T.J. Yeldon Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Chris Thompson Back Full       Expected to Play
Devontae Booker Wrist Limited       Likely Inactive
Donnel Pumphrey Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Odell Beckham Ankle         Likely to Play / Limited
Amari Cooper Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Jamison Crowder Hip Full       Expected to Play
John Brown Quad DNP       Likely to Play / ? Limited
Danny Amendola Concussion / Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Josh Doctson Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Mike Williams Back DNP       Inactive
Markus Wheaton Finger Limited       Likely to Play
Terrance Williams Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Kenny Britt Knee Full       Expected to Play
Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Charles Clay Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Jermaine Gresham Ribs DNP       Awaiting Information
George Kittle Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Offensive Line
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jason Peters Groin Full       Expected to Play
Mike Iupati Tricep DNP       Likely to Play
Cordy Glenn Foot Limited       Likely to Play
Bryan Bulaga Ankle / Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
Jason Spriggs Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
David Bakhtiari Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Alex Mack Back Limited       Likely to Play
Mike Pouncey Hip Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Kalil Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Kyle Long Ankle Limited       Unlikely to Play
Joe Thomas Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Kevin Zeitler Thumb DNP       Expected to Play
Ronald Leary Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Garrett Bolles Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Marcus Cannon Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Kelvin Beachum Knee Full       Expected to Play
James Carpenter Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Brandon Linder Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Spencer Long Knee Full       Expected to Play
Morgan Moses Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Joe Staley Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Andrew Whitworth Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Bobby Hart Ankle         Awaiting Information
Jeremy Vujinovch Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
D.J. Humphries Knee DNP       Inactive
Zach Strief Knee DNP       Inactive
Ryan Kelly Foot DNP       Inactive
Terron Armstead Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Edge Players
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Khalil Mack Not Injury Related Limited       Expected to Play
Brandon Graham Tricep Full       Expected to Play
Bud Dupree Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Myles Garrett Ankle DNP       Inactive
Julius Peppers Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Za'Darius Smith Ankle / Knee DNP       Unlikely to Play
Defensive Line
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Williams Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Jurrell Casey Back DNP       Likely to Play
Stephon Tuitt Biceps DNP       Likely Inactive
Bennie Logan Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Danny Shelton Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Jared Crick Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Robert Nkemdiche Calf Limited       Likely to Play
Linebackers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reuben Foster Ankle DNP       Inactive
Thomas Davis Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Karlos Dansby Shin DNP       Awaiting Information
Deone Bucannon Ankle Limited       Unlikely to Play
K.J. Wright Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Anthony Barr Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Donta Hightower Knee DNP       Unlikely to Play
Wesley Woodyard Illness DNP       Likely to Play
Duke Riley Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Cory James Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Antonio Morrison Elbow DNP       Awaiting Information
Anthony Hitchens Knee DNP       Inactive
Defensive Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Eric Weddle Illness DNP       Expected to Play
Devin McCourty Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Jalen Ramsey Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Ron Parker Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Vontae Davis Groin DNP       Inactive
Sean Smith Neck Limited       Likely to Play
Richard Sherman Hamstring DNP       Expected to Play
Ronald Darby Ankle DNP       Inactive
Orlando Scandrick Hand DNP       Inactive
Darian Stewart Groin DNP       Awaiting Information
Aqib Talib Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Darius Butler Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
E.J. Gaines Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Prince Amukamara Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Morris Claiborne Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Jalen Mills Thumb Full       Expected to Play
Johnathan Cyprien Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Leshaun Sims Groin Limited       Likely to Play
D.J. Swearinger Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Bashaud Breeland Elbow Full       Expected to Play
Gareon Conley Shin Limited       Awaiting Information
Jimmie Ward Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Maurice Alexander   DNP       Awaiting Information
Kayvon Webster   DNP       Awaiting Information

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

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