Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 3

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Sam Bradford threw to receivers today and looked more comfortable than he did on Sunday during his brief pregame warmup. That's not saying much, however, as Bradford wasn't comfortable walking on Sunday. Gentle five-step drops and throws without defenders around him may be a positive sign but it's a long way from full speed action in a disrupted pocket. The Vikings likely wanted to see how Bradford's knee responded to the little he did today. If he's able to do more tomorrow, there's a chance we'll see him this week. If not, it's unlikely he'll be available.

***Multiple reporters tweeted Rob Gronkowski was participating in blocking drills and brief pass-catching drills on Wednesday. The Patriots listed him as a DNP after practice, however, presumably because he did not participate in team drills after the media portion of practice ended. Many reporters also noted that the practice field was wet today. It's unlikely the Patriots would risk an aggravation of a groin strain on an uncertain surface. Gronkowski has also repeatedly said his injury is not serious. He'll need to be upgraded on the practice report to be fully reassured; there's still a chance he'll be limited this week. But the current trend remains positive.

***Jordy Nelson fully practiced on Wednesday and confirmed his injury was a muscle contusion. He acknowledged that swelling prevented his return on Sunday night but that he was "trending in the right direction" over the past 24 hours. The full practice is reassuring that the medical staff has effectively treated the bleeding inside the muscle and has minimal concern for a compensatory injury or aggravation. Barring an unexpected change in his recovery, Nelson will play and likely play without limitation. 

***Randall Cobb's status is less clear. After reports of a mild shoulder injury after his Monday MRI, Cobb told reporters today he remained in a lot of pain on Wednesday. He said, "I'm just trying to manage the pain and figure out how I can play with it." We've seen Cobb struggle to play through shoulder injuries in past years. Currently listed with a chest injury, Cobb may have a similar injury to Jordan Reed. It won't be surprising to see him miss a week. The best case scenario here may be a limited Friday practice and re-evaluation during pregame warmups.

***Interestingly, Mike Mularkey told reporters only one of Corey Davis and DeMarco Murray had an MRI to reassess an aggravated hamstring strain. That's odd. I'm not sure why Mularkey would be specifically misleading here and I'm not sure why the team would not want to image Davis or Murray. The smart money should be on Davis having the MRI if Mularkey is accurate. We already know that's a long-term injury; Davis has been ruled out this week. Mularkey told reporters the team was hopeful Murray would be available this week. If Murray didn't have an MRI, the team may not be concerned about his injury and it's likely he'll be able to practice soon and ready himself to play on Sunday. The Thursday practice report is critical here. If Murray doesn't practice, there's no chance he'll be better than limited this week. If he's limited, this will likely remain a game-time decision.

***Jimmy Graham didn't practice Wednesday. There won't be confirmation from the team specifically but Graham has a high ankle sprain. The mechanism was clear at the time of his injury and Pete Carroll all but confirmed the injury by telling reporters Graham "has had this same injury before." Carroll also said the Seahawks are in wait-and-see mode with Graham. The Seahawks travel to Tennessee this week but have the benefit of a late afternoon game. Expect Graham to be a game-time decision.

***Jordan Reed didn't practice Wednesday. Jay Gruden called Reed day-to-day, with reporters writing Reed has a sprain of the ligament between his sternum and collarbone and possibly a rib injury. The combination of injuries may limit his recovery. If Reed does not return to a limited practice tomorrow, it's unlikely he'll be full strength this weekend.

***Tyler Eifert didn't practice on Wednesday. He's been officially listed with a back injury but Adam Schefter tweeted Eifert is dealing with ongoing knee tendinitis, too. The back is a major concern. Eifert took over seven months to return from December back surgery and is already struggling to practice. Schefter called Eifert's status "uncertain" on Monday. If Eifert doesn't practice tomorrow, it's highly likely he'll be inactive on Sunday rather than travel to Green Bay. It'll also be time to worry about an extended absence.

***Andrew Luck will not be cleared to practice. That sets his timetable back another week and means -- at best -- he will be out through Week 5 with an outside chance of playing in Week 6. With no evidence he'll be practicing soon, it could easily be longer than that.

***There are a huge number of offensive line questions this week. Many key offensive linemen are already out for the season or recovering from long-term injury. I'm watching Arizona's Mike Iupati (tricep), Atlanta's Ryan Schraeder (concussion), Buffalo's Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle), Green Bay's Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and David Bakhtiari (hamstring), and many others over the next 48 hours. It's rare for national media members and local beat writers to get a good read on offensive linemen. Many play through difficult injuries. I hope to have more on these by Friday.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Gerald Everett | Thigh | Questionable

George Kittle | Hip | Questionable

Both San Francisco and Los Angeles have young tight ends listed questionable. Kittle has been playing through soft tissue injuries in both early regular season games. Everett's injury is new. There are no indications from either team of concern. Both are likely to play Thursday night.

Reuben Foster | Ankle | Out

Eric Reid | Knee | Out

The Niners will be out without two members of their back seven. Foster has an outside chance of returning in Week 4. Reid will miss multiple weeks with a PCL sprain.

KaYvon Webster | Shoulder | Questionable

Jaquiski Tartt | Neck | Questionable

Each team also has a starter in the secondary questionable. Tartt is likely to play and start with Reid out. Webster has a chance to return to play after missing last week's game.


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
Sam Bradford Min Knee Limited       Game-time Decision
Cam Newton Car Shoulder/Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Ind Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Pit Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play

Running Backs
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeSean McCoy Buf Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Jay Ajayi Mia Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Jordan Howard Chi Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
DeMarco Murray Ten Hamstring DNP       Game-time Decision
Rob Kelley Was Rib Limited       Likely to Play
Terrance West Bal Calf DNP       Awaiting Information
Rex Burkhead NE Ribs DNP       Awaiting Information
Matt Forte NYJ Knee Full       Expected to Play
Chris Thompson Was Back Full       Expected to Play
Marlon Mack Ind Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Jamaal Charles Den Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Alfred Blue Hou Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Dwayne Washington Det Quadriceps DNP       Awaiting Information
DeAndre Washington Oak Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play

Wide Receivers
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Odell Beckham NYG Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Jordy Nelson GB Quadriceps Full       Expected to Play
Doug Baldwin Sea Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Amari Cooper Oak Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Demaryius Thomas Den Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Randall Cobb GB Chest DNP       Game-time Decision / Limited at best
Danny Amendola NE Concussion/Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Chris Hogan NE Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Jarvis Landry Mia Knee DNP       Likely to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Car Knee DNP       Expected to Play
*John Brown* Ari Quadriceps MNF       Likely Inactive
Robby Anderson NYJ Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Paul Richardson Jr Sea Finger DNP       Expected to Play
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Josh Doctson Was Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Allen Hurns Jac Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Kendall Wright Chi Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Mike Williams LAC Back Limited       Inactive
Bennie Fowler Den Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
John Ross Cin Illness Limited       Expected to Play
Sammie Coates Jr Cle Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Kenny Britt Cle Knee Full       Expected to Play
Kamar Aiken Ind Hip Limited       Awaiting Information
Will Fuller V Hou Shoulder Limited       Inactive
Phillip Dorsett NE Knee Limited       Awaiting Information

Tight Ends
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski NE Groin DNP       Likely to Play / ? Limited
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP       Game-time Decision
Jordan Reed Was Rib/Sternum DNP       Game-time Decision
Tyler Eifert Cin Back DNP       Unlikely to Play
Charles Clay Buf Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Evan Engram NYG Concussion Limited       Likely to Play
Jared Cook Oak Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Jesse James Pit Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Ryan Griffin Hou Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Jeff Heuerman Den Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
*Jermaine Gresham* Ari Ribs MNF       Awaiting Information

Offensive Line
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
*D.J. Humphries* Ari Knee MNF       Inactive
*Mike Iupati* Ari Triceps MNF       Game-time Decision
Ryan Schraeder Atl Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Cordy Glenn Buf Ankle/Foot DNP       Game-time Decision
Ryan Kalil Car Neck DNP       Unlikely to Play
Tom Compton Chi Hip DNP       Awaiting Information
Josh Sitton Chi Ribs DNP       Awaiting Information
Kyle Long Chi Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Trey Hopkins Cin Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Jake Fisher Cin Illness Limited       Expected to Play
Cedric Ogbuehi Cin Illness Limited       Expected to Play
Joe Thomas Cle Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Kevin Zeitler Cle Thumb Full       Expected to Play
Garrett Bolles Den Lower leg DNP       Inactive
Travis Swanson Det Ankle/Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
David Bahktiari GB Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Jason Spriggs GB Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Bryan Bulaga GB Ankle Full       Likely to Play
Jahri Evans GB Groin Full       Expected to Play
Jeff Allen Hou Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Xavier Su'a-Filo Hou Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Chris Clark Hou Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Kelly Ind Foot DNP       Inactive
Brandon Linder Jac Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Mitch Morse KC Foot DNP       Inactive
Spencer Pulley LAC Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Joe Barksdale LAC Foot Limited       Awaiting Information
Kenny Wiggins LAC Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Mike Pouncey Mia Hip Limited       Expected to Play
Pat Elflein Min Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Ankle/Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Zach Strief NO Knee DNP       Inactive
Bobby Hart NYG Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen DNP       Awaiting Information
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full       Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Maurkice Pouncey Pit Illness DNP       Expected to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Morgan Moses Was Ankle/Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Spencer Long Was Knee Full       Expected to Play

Edge Players
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
J.J. Watt Hou Finger Limited       Expected to Play
Von Miller Den Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Vic Beasley Jr Atl Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Dee Ford KC Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Brandon Graham Phi Triceps Full       Expected to Play
Bud Dupree Pit Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
T.J. Watt Pit Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Myles Garrett Cle Ankle DNP       Inactive
Ezekiel Ansah Det Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Courtney Upshaw Atl Ankle/Knee DNP       Inactive
Za'Darius Smith Bal Knee/Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Michael Johnson Cin Illness/Stinger Limited       Expected to Play
Nick Perry GB Hand DNP       Awaiting Information
Lorenzo Alexander Buf Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Shaq Lawson Buf Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Julius Peppers Car Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play

Defensive Line
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Williams NYJ Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Stephon Tuitt Pit Biceps Limited       Likely to Play
Geno Atkins Cin Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Mike Daniels GB Hip DNP       Unlikely to Play
Gerald McCoy TB Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Marcell Dareus Buf Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Shoulder DNP       Expected to Play
Akiem Hicks Chi Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Brandon Williams Bal Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Malik Jackson Jac Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Jordan Phillips Mia Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Steve McLendon NYJ Hamstring Full       Expected to Play

 

Linebackers

 

Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Kwon Alexander TB Hamstring DNP       Likely to Play
Bobby Wagner Sea Thigh DNP       Awaiting Information
Jamie Collins Sr Cle Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
B.J. Goodson NYG Shin DNP       Awaiting Information
Anthony Barr Min Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Mason Foster Was Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Deone Bucannon Ari Ankle         Game-time Decision
Jarrad Davis Det Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Dont'a Hightower NE Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Jake Ryan GB Hamstring/Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Anthony Walker Ind Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Antonio Morrison Ind Elbow Full       Expected to Play
Rey Maualuga Mia Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Thomas Davis Car Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play

Defensive Backs
 
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Vontae Davis Ind Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Jalen Ramsey Jac Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Jason Verrett LAC Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Richard Sherman Sea Thigh DNP       Expected to Play
Xavier Rhodes Min Hip Full       Expected to Play
Josh Norman Was Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Orlando Scandrick Dal Hand         Likely to Play
Kevin Johnson Hou Knee DNP       Inactive
Ronald Darby Phi Ankle DNP       Inactive
Tavon Wilson Det Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Bradley Roby Den Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Davon House GB Quadriceps DNP       Awaiting Information
Darius Butler Ind Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Aqib Talib Den Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Darian Stewart Den Groin Limited       Expected to Play
Johnathan Joseph Hou Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Stephon Gilmore NE Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Eric Rowe NE Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Marshon Lattimore NO Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Sterling Moore NO Chest DNP       Awaiting Information
Janoris Jenkins NYG Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Rodney McLeod Phi Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Corey Graham Phi Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Prince Amukamara Chi Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Johnathan Cyprien Ten Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Brent Grimes TB Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Sean Smith Oak Neck Full       Expected to Play

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

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