Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 8

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***This was easily the quietest Wednesday of the season. There were no Andrew Luck news updates, no unexpected running backs adds, and no actionable information given on many of the questionable receivers. I expect Thursday's notes to be more extensive.

***I don't expect any surprises with Melvin Gordon this week but he was listed on the weekly injury report with a knee injury then a shoulder injury in earlier weeks. A foot injury raises concern with any running back. For now, it's a positive sign the Chargers didn't provide any concerning updates and there were no media reports of concern.

***The Vikings remain optimistic for a Stefon Diggs' return this week. The limited practice is a good start but consecutive practices would be even more reassuring. Michael Thomas was listed with a knee injury and it's unknown whether he was given a rest day or the knee injury will limit him all week. Golden Tate surprisingly practiced but it's not yet clear whether he's conditioning or preparing for contact this week. We'll get our first update on Emmanuel Sanders on Thursday as the Broncos prepare for Monday night football.

***Myles Garrett is in the concussion protocol and did not practice on Wednesday. with the Browns traveling to London on Thursday for Sunday's game, it will be nearly impossible for Garrett to progress through the remainder of the protocol and see the independent neurologist in time to make the flight. Luke Kuechly, on the other hand, looks to be on track to return this week.

***Twenty offensive line starters did not practice today. Washington and San Francisco could join the list of teams missing multiple starters this week.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Jay Ajayi | Knee | Not Listed

Ajayi fully practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday and should be ready to take his usual workload. The Dolphins increased Ajayi's target count last week but his snap count didn't increase significantly. As long as Ajayi is limited in practice, it's possible we'll continue to see some limitation in his passing down role. 

DeVante Parker | Ankle | Questionable

Parker is officially a game-time decision. The Dolphins practiced very little this week, making Parker's limited workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday a tougher read. Still, it's clear Parker is not fully healthy and he would be limited if active Thursday night. The Dolphins may work him out during pregame warmups before deciding but there's a strong argument for giving Parker the extra ten days to recover if he's not ready for a sizable workload.

Jeremy Maclin | Shoulder | Questionable
Mike Wallace | Concussion | Questionable
Breshad Perriman | Concussion | Questionable
Ben Watson | Knee | Questionable

Maclin didn't feel right during pregame last week and was held out. He's expected to play again this week but his status must be monitored carefully in pregame. I don't expect Wallace to be cleared to play. It's been multiple seasons since a player diagnosed with a concussion the previous week has been cleared to play the following Thursday night. I expect Wallace to be inactive, but the Ravens had him listed as a limited participant all week long, however, and the home game may allow for easier clearance. Perriman fully practiced on Wednesday and is expected to return. Watson is also tentatively expected to play.

Jay Cutler (ribs), Terrance West (calf), and Maxx Williams (ankle) have been declared out.


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
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Jameis Winston TB Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Ind Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Jacoby Brissett Ind Thumb Full       Expected to Play
Josh McCown NYJ Back Full       Expected to Play
Case Keenum Min Chest Limited       Expected to Play
Sam Bradford Min Knee DNP       Inactive
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Melvin Gordon LAC Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Tevin Coleman Atl Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Jonathan Stewart Car Toe Limited       Likely to Play
Christian McCaffrey Car Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Rob Kelley Was Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Chris Thompson Was Toe Full       Expected to Play
Matt Forte NYJ Knee Full       Expected to Play
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Wendell Smallwood Phi Knee Limited        Likely to Play
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Stefon Diggs Min Groin/Ankle Limited       Game-time Decision
Michael Thomas NO Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Golden Tate Det Shoulder Limited       Game-time Decision
Alshon Jeffery Phi Groin Full       Expected to Play
*Emmanuel Sanders* Den Ankle MNF       Awaiting Information
Kelvin Benjamin Car Knee Full       Expected to Play
Devin Funchess Car Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Danny Amendola NE Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Willie Snead NO Hamstring Full       Likely to Play
Curtis Samuel Car Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Markus Wheaton Chi Groin DNP       Inactive
Tyler Boyd Cin Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
John Ross Cin Knee Full       Likely to Play
Michael Floyd Min Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Laquon Treadwell Min Toe Full       Expected to Play
Kenny Britt Cle Knee/Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
JuJu Smith-Schuster Pit Concussion Full       Likely to Play
Kenny Golladay Det Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Marquise Goodwin SF Back Limited       Likely to Play
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Charles Clay Buf Knee DNP       Inactive
Antonio Gates LAC Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Ed Dickson Car Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Vance McDonald Pit Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Richie Incognito Buf Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Cordy Glenn Buf Foot/Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Kalil Car Neck DNP       Likely Inactive
Matt Kalil Car Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Trai Turner Car Knee Full       Expected to Play
Kyle Long Chi Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Hroniss Grasu Chi Hand Limited       Awaiting Information
Tyron Smith Dal Back/Hip DNP       Likely to Play
*Menelik Watson* Den Calf MNF        
Greg Robinson Det Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
T.J. Lang Det Back Full       Expected to Play
Chris Clark Hou Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Xavier Su'a-Filo Hou Knee Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Kelly Ind Knee/Pelvis DNP       Awaiting Information
*Laurent Duvernay-Tardif* KC Knee MNF       Awaiting Information
*Mitch Morse* KC Foot MNF       Awaiting Information
Joe Barksdale LAC Foot/Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Riley Reiff Min Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Nick Easton Min Calf Limited       Awaiting Information
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder DNP       Expected to Play
Larry Warford NO Abdomen DNP       Inactive
Brandon Shell NYJ Neck DNP       Awaiting Information
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full       Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen Full       Expected to Play
Marshall Newhouse Oak Foot Limited       Awaiting Information
Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring DNP       Unlikely to Play
Justin Britt Sea Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee DNP       Inactive
Trent Brown SF Concussion DNP       Unlikely to Play
Brandon Fusco SF Biceps DNP       Unlikely to Play
Spencer Long Was Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Brandon Scherff Was Knee/Back DNP       Unlikely to Play
Trent Williams Was Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Morgan Moses Was Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Myles Garrett Cle Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Ezekiel Ansah Det knee Limited       Expected to Play
Brandon Graham Phi Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Corey Liuget LAC Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Shoulder/Foot DNP       Likely to Play
Leonard Williams NYJ Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Stephon Tuitt Pit Back DNP       Unlikely to Play
Michael Bennett Sea Heel DNP       Likely to Play
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Duke Riley Atl Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Deion Jones Atl Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Ramon Humber Buf Thumb DNP       Inactive
Preston Brown Buf Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Luke Kuechly Car Concussion Full       Likely to Play
Kevin Minter Cin Elbow DNP       Likely Inactive
Jamie Collins Cle Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Dylan Cole Hou Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
John Simon Ind Neck DNP       Unlikely to Play
Donta Hightower NE Shoulder DNP       Unlikely to Play
Cory James Oak Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Mychal Kendricks Phi Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Ray-Ray Armstrong SF Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Rueben Foster SF Ankle/Ribs Limited       Likely to Play
Zach Brown Was Back DNP       Likely to Play
Mason Foster Was Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
E.J. Gaines Buf Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Jordan Poyer Buf Knee DNP       Unlikely to Play
Kurt Coleman Car Knee Full       Likely to Play
Sherrick McManis Chi Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Darqueze Dennard Cin Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Adam Jones Cin Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Jason McCourty Cle Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Jabrill Peppers Cle Toe DNP       Awaiting Information
Glover Quin Det Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Kevin Johnson Hou Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Tramaine Brock Min Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Eric Rowe NE Groin DNP       Likely Inactive
Stephon Gilmore NE Concussion/Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Morris Claiborne NYJ Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Marcus Maye NYJ Back Full       Expected to Play
David Amerson Oak Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Karl Joseph Oak Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Ronald Darby Phi Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Earl Thomas Sea Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Jeremy Lane Sea Groin Full       Expected to Play
Eric Reid SF Knee Full       Expected to Play
Brent Grimes TB Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Josh Norman Was Rib Limited       Awaiting Information
Bashaud Breeland Was knee Full       Expected to Play 

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

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