Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 9

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***The rest through the Jaguars' Week 8 bye was more than sufficient for Leonard Fournette, who returned to a full practice today. That's a strong sign he'll be ready to return to a full workload this weekend. It won't be surprising if the Jaguars back off his practice participation on Thursday. If that happens, Friday participation becomes our most informative note. But today's practice tells us the Jaguars are comfortable with Fournette in their game plan.

***Delanie Walker is dealing with a bone bruise on his ankle. The injury initially caused numbness in his foot and he struggled to get off the field. He's yet to practice this week but says he's optimistic he'll be able to play through pain. Though not unexpected, it's not a great sign Walker is continuing to have pain. Walker may be able to play but he'll need to be near pain-free to play without limitation. We'll know more by Friday.

***Devonta Freeman suffered a shoulder injury late in the fourth quarter last week. It's been reported as a stinger and video analysis suggests a stinger or an AC sprain. Freeman was in a no-contact jersey on Wednesday and the team said he would not be limited on game day. Watch his practice participation carefully. If the injury was a stinger and he continues to be limited in practice, there's concern for the weekend. For now, expect Freeman to be ready to play.

***It's early to expect formal confirmation but Emmanuel Sanders, DeVante Parker, Sterling Shepard, and Mike Wallace are all expected to return this week. Corey Davis fully practiced and will have a good chance to start the process of easing back into the offense 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:

Charles Clay | Knee | Inactive

Clay has a chance to return in a limited role next week if he can begin conditioning this weekend. More likely, we'll see him begin limited practices next week with a plan to return in Week 10 or beyond.

There are no other offensive skill position players who missed practice for the Bills or Jets. On defense, the Bills will be without cornerback E.J. Gaines but are likely to have safety Jordan Poyer back. The Jets could be without Muhammad Wilkerson, who continues to battle through multiple injuries. Wilkerson has been active in every game this year but there are concerns about his availability on a shortened week.


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
Jameis Winston TB Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Joe Flacco Bal Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Jay Cutler Mia Ribs Full       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Ind Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Devonta Freeman Atl Neck/Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Lamar Miller Hou Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Rob Kelley Was Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Terrance West Bal Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Jonathan Stewart Car Toe Limited       Expected to Play
Andre Ellington Ari Quadricep Limited       Likely to Play
Paul Perkins NYG Ribs Full       Likely to Play
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Matt Breida SF Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dez Bryant Dal Knee Limited       Expected to Play
*Golden Tate* Det Shoulder MNF       Expected to Play
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Ankle Full       Likely to Play
Pierre Garcon SF Neck DNP       Likely to Play
Sterling Shepard NYG Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Bal Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Marqise Lee Jac Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Mike Wallace Bal Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Jamison Crowder Was Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Brandon LaFell Cin Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Cole Beasley Dal Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring Full       Likely to Play
Terrelle Pryor Was Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Taylor Gabriel Atl Tooth Limited       Expected to Play
Tyler Boyd Cin Knee DNP       Inactive
Albert Wilson KC Hamstring DNP        Likely Inactive
Seth Roberts Oak Illness Full       Expected to Play
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Delanie Walker Ten Ankle DNP       Game-time Decision
Jordan Reed Was Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Ryan Griffin Hou Hip Limited       Likely to Play
Niles Paul Was Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle Full       Likely to Play
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Ryan Jensen Bal Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Ronnie Stanley Bal Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Ryan Kalil Car Neck DNP       Likely Inactive
Trai Turner Car Knee DNP       Likely to Play
John Theus Car Concussion Limited       Likely to Play
Andre Smith Cin Triceps Limited       Awaiting Information
Trey Hopkins Cin Knee Full       Expected to Play
Tyron Smith Dal Back/Hip DNP       Likely to Play
Donald Stephenson Den Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Ronald Leary Den Elbow Limited       Awaiting Information
*Greg Robinson* Det Knee MNF       Awaiting Information
*Bryan Bulaga* GB Ankle MNF       Likely to Play
*David Bahktiari* GB Hamstring MNF       Likely to Play
Chris Clark Hou Calf Limited       Likely to Play
Jeff Allen Hou Knee Full       Expected to Play
Anthony Castonzo Ind Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Cam Robinson Jac Ankle Limited       Game-time Decision
Brandon Linder Jac Illness Full       Awaiting Information
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif KC Knee Full       Likely to Play
Mitch Morse KC Foot Full       Expected to Play
Bryan Witzmann KC Abdomen Full       Expected to Play
Jermon Bushrod Mia Hand Full       Expected to Play
Mike Pouncey Mia Hip/Knee Full       Expected to Play
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder DNP       Likely to Play
Andrus Peat NO Hip DNP       Likely to Play
Larry Warford NO Abdomen DNP       Inactive
Justin Pugh NYG Back DNP       Game-time Decision
Weston Richburg NYG Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Gabe Jackson Oak Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Halapoulivaati Vaitai Phi Hip Full       Expected to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee DNP       Inactive
Justin Britt Sea Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Trent Brown SF Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Brandon Fusco SF Bicep DNP       Likely to Play
Joe Staley SF Eye DNP       Likely Inactive
Shaun Lauvao Was Stinger DNP       Awaiting Information
Spencer Long Was Knee DNP       Inactive
Ty Nsekhe Was Core Muscle DNP       Inactive
Brandon Scherff Was Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Trent Williams Was Knee DNP       Inactive
T.J. Clemmings Was Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Morgan Moses Was Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Demarcus Lawrence Dal Calf Limited       Likely to Play
Shane Ray Den Wrist Full       Expected to Play
*Ezekiel Ansah* Det Knee MNF       Expected to Play
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Knee DNP       Likely to Play
John Simon Ind Neck DNP       Inactive
Jabaal Sheard Ind Quadricep Limited       Likely to Play
Dee Ford KC Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Justin Houston KC Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Brandon Graham Phi Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Kerrigan Was Groin/Hand Full       Expected to Play
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Grady Jarrett Atl Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Michael Johnson Cin Back DNP       Awaiting Information
Bennie Logan KC Knee Full       Expected to Play
Michael Bennett Sea Heel DNP       Likely to Play
Solomon Thomas SF Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Karlos Dansby Ari Finger/Hamstring DNP       Expected to Play
Duke Riley Atl Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Deion Jones Atl Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Thomas Davis Car Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Kevin Minter Cin Elbow DNP       Inactive
Todd Davis Den Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
*Joe Thomas* GB Ankle MNF       Awaiting Information
B.J. Goodson NYG Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Jonathan Casillas NYG Neck Limited       Likely to Play
Cory James Oak Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Bobby Wagner Sea Hamstring DNP       Expected to Play
Reuben Foster SF Ankle/Ribs Limited       Likely to Play
Kendell Beckwith TB Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Zach Brown Was Back DNP       Likely to Play
Martrell Spaight Was Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Will Compton Was Elbow Full       Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Brian Poole Atl Neck Limited       Awaiting Information
Lardarius Webb Bal Concussion Limited       Likely to Play
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
*Morgan Burnett* GB Hamstring MNF       Awaiting Information
Johnathan Joseph Hou Shin DNP       Likely to Play
Kevin Johnson Hou Knee/Back Full       Expected to Play
Quincy Wilson Ind Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
David Amerson Oak Foot Limited       Awaiting Information
Karl Joseph Oak Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Ronald Darby Phi Ankle Limited       Unlikely to Play
Kam Chancellor Sea Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Earl Thomas Sea Hamstring DNP       Game-time Decision
Richard Sherman Sea Achilles Full       Expected to Play
Eric Reid SF Knee Full       Expected to Play
Brent Grimes TB Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Johanthan Cyprien Ten Hamstring Full       Likely to Play
Bashaud Breeland Was Knee/Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Josh Norman Was Ribs Full       Expected to Play

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

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