Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 10

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Dez Bryant didn't practice on Wednesday. Jason Garrett told reporters on Monday the Cowboys didn't believe Bryant's injury was significant. Along with video evidence of a high ankle sprain, Bryant is also reported to have a bruise around his knee. The knee contusion isn't likely to be in a weight-bearing location, making the ankle injury the primary concern. Despite the Monday optimism, it's not uncommon for high ankle sprains to recover more slowly than initially projected. Consider Bryant a game-time decision for now. If he's back to practice tomorrow, there's a chance he'll be able to play with minimal limitation. It's not looking favorable, however.

***Julio Jones is also uncertain to play with an ankle injury. The Falcons would only say Jones had a lower leg issue on Monday. Replays showed mechanisms of a high ankle sprain and an MCL sprain. It looks like Jones avoided the knee sprain but a high ankle sprain -- you know what I'm about to type here -- is a difficult injury to project in the first 2-3 days. I don't expect to see Jones practice tomorrow but he's played when only managed limited Friday practices in the week. Hopefully, Dan Quinn will be more forthcoming on Jones by the end of the week.

***Dan Quinn was evasive on Monday when discussing Devonta Freeman's injury issues and refused to discuss the body part involved or provide a timetable for recovery. We didn't get much more information on Wednesday. Freeman is listed with a knee injury and was limited to individual drills. I'm projecting Freeman to play but need to see more details reported before feeling comfortable projecting how limited he may be this week.

***It's not yet clear whether Demaryius Thomas and Michael Thomas are getting midweek rest or whether they have injuries that will limit them this week. I'll have more as the week progresses. There is a long list of wide receivers who were getting early week looks to see how soft tissue injuries respond. We'll know more about Jamison Crowder, Kenny Golladay, Markus Wheaton, among others, on Thursday. Unfortunately, Chris Hogan remained in a sling on Wednesday -- he'll miss this week's game and is looking questionable for Week 11 now as well.

***Jordan Reed returned to practice but was cleared only for limited individual work. He's still questionable at best for this week. Charles Clay was doing more on Wednesday than last week. If he shows he's capable of cutting at speed this week, he could return. The Bills' official website thinks Clay is on track to return.

***Teddy Bridgewater is fully practicing in preparation to backup Case Keenum this week. The Vikings see no need to rock the boat right now but are readying Bridgewater to play if needed. The news isn't as reassuring on Sam Bradford. After an early week arthroscopic surgery, Minnesota moved Bradford to injured reserve. The procedure was reported as a cleanout but there's much more going on with Bradford. While there was undoubtedly some minor issues in the knee addressed, the larger cartilage concerns remain. This won't be a simple recovery. More on Bradford in Monday's Injury Rounds column.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Eddie Lacy | Groin | Out

Lacy was immediately ruled doubtful after last week's injury and didn't return to practice on a short week. It's not clear whether this will prove to be a multiple week absence but he had little chance of recovering in time to play this week.

Paul Richardson Jr | Groin | Questionable

Richardson was added to the injury report on Tuesday with tightness in his groin. Pete Carroll told reporters he expected Richardson to play. Make sure to monitor the pregame notes and inactive list to be certain Richardson didn't have any difficulty in warmups.

The Seahawks limited Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett, and C.J. Prosise in practice this week. None are listed on the final game status report. Graham and Lockett should see their usual workload. It's likely Prosise will be active. With Lacy out, Thomas Rawls is expected to start and J.D. McKissic is likely to have a sizable role. Prosise's role will depend on how he looks early in the game. For the Cardinals, Andre Ellington was limited with a quad injury again this week but isn't listed on the game status report.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Seahawks will be without Earl Thomas. Seattle is counting on Sheldon Richardson, who didn't practice Wednesday after his full Tuesday workout went well.


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 DNP       Inactive
Teddy Bridgewater Min Knee Full       Likely to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Devonta Freeman Atl Knee Limited       Likely to Play
C.J. Anderson Den Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Matt Forte NYJ Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Jeremy Hill Cin Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Malcolm Brown LAR Knee DNP       Inactive
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dez Bryant Dal Knee / Ankle DNP       Game-time Decision
Julio Jones Atl Ankle DNP       Game-time Decision
Michael Thomas NO Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Demaryius Thomas Den Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Eric Decker Ten Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
Marqise Lee Jac Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Chris Hogan NE Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Danny Amendola NE Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Will Fuller V Hou Knee Full       Likely to Play
Jamison Crowder Was Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Kenny Britt Cle Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Kenny Golladay Det Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Brandon LaFell Cin Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Markus Wheaton Chi Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Tyler Boyd Cin Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Michael Floyd Min Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Laquon Treadwell Min Toe Full       Expected to Play
Zay Jones Buf Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Kamar Aiken Ind Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Bennie Fowler Den Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Trent Taylor SF Ribs DNP       Awaiting Information
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Delanie Walker Ten Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Jordan Reed Was Hamstring Limited       Game-time Decision
Charles Clay Buf Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Vernon Davis Was Hand Limited       Likely to Play
Niles Paul Was Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
George Kittle SF Ankle DNP       Inactive
Ryan Griffin Hou Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cordy Glenn Buf Foot / Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Tom Compton Chi Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Kyle Long Chi Finger Limited       Likely to Play
Hroniss Grasu Chi Hand Full       Likely to Play
Cody Whitehair Chi Elbow Full       Likely to Play
Tyron Smith Dal Back / Groin DNP       Likely to Play
Ronald Leary Den Elbow DNP       Likely to Play
Matt Paradis Den Back DNP       Awaiting Information
Donald Stephenson Den Calf Limited       Awaiting Information
T.J. Lang Det Illness Limited       Likely to Play
Greg Robinson Det Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Lane Taylor GB Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Jeff Allen Hou Hand Full       Expected to Play
A.J. Cann Jac Triceps Limited       Awaiting Information
Patrick Omameh Jac Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Spencer Pulley LAC Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Joe Barksdale LAC Foot Full       Expected to Play
Mike Remmers Min Concussion DNP       Unlikely to Play
Jeremiah Sirles Min Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Danny Isidora Min Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Nick Easton Min Calf Full       Expected to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Terron Armstead NO Chest DNP       Likely to Play
Larry Warford NO Abdomen Limited       Awaiting Information
Justin Pugh NYG Back Limited       Expected to Play
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen DNP       Awaiting Information
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full       Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Brandon Shell NYJ Neck Full       Expected to Play
Brandon Fusco SF Biceps Limited       Likely to Play
Joe Staley SF Eye Limited       Awaiting Information
Demar Dotson TB Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Donovan Smith TB Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
J.R. Sweezy TB Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Trent Williams Was Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Shaun Lauvao Was Stinger Limited       Game-time Decision
Spencer Long Was Knee Limited       Game-time Decision
Morgan Moses Was Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Ty Nsekhe Was Core muscle Limited       Likely Inactive
Brandon Scherff Was Knee Limited       Game-time Decision
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Shane Ray Den Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Back DNP       Likely to Play
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Knee Limited       Expected to Play
John Simon Ind Neck DNP       Likely Inactive
Robert Quinn LAR Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
Everson Griffen Min Foot DNP       Likely to Play
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Robert Ayers TB Ankle / Calf DNP       Awaiting Information
Derrick Morgan Ten Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Grady Jarrett Atl Ribs Limited       Likely to Play
Henry Anderson Ind Throat DNP       Injured Reserve
Marcell Dareus Jac Illness DNP       Likely to Play
Malcom Brown NE Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Shoulder / Foot DNP       Likely to Play
Leonard Williams NYJ Back Full       Expected to Play
Solomon Thomas SF Knee Limited       Likely Inactive
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Duke Riley Atl Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Danny Trevathan Chi Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Kevin Minter Cin Elbow DNP       Inactive
Vontaze Burfict Cin Thigh Limited       Likely to Play
Jamie Collins Sr Cle Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Todd Davis Den Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Brandon Marshall Den Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Joe Thomas GB Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Dylan Cole Hou Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Denzel Perryman LAC Ankle Full       Expected to Play
B.J. Goodson NYG Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Devon Kennard NYG Quadricep DNP       Awaiting Information
Keenan Robinson NYG Quadricep DNP       Awaiting Information
Jonathan Casillas NYG Neck Limited       Awaiting Information
Calvin Munson NYG Quadricep Limited       Awaiting Information
Reuben Foster SF Ribs Full       Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Desmond Trufant Atl Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
E.J. Gaines Buf Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Sherrick McManis Chi Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Shawn Williams Cin Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Jason McCourty Cle Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Jabrill Peppers Cle Toe Limited       Awaiting Information
Darian Stewart Den Thigh Limited       Likely to Play
Morgan Burnett GB Groin DNP       Likely Inactive
Johnathan Joseph Hou Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Vontae Davis Ind Groin Limited       Likely Inactive
Jalen Ramsey Jac Groin Limited       Expected to Play
Stephon Gilmore NE Concussion / Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Kenny Vaccaro NO Groin DNP       Awaiting Information
Morris Claiborne NYJ Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Michael Mitchell Pit Achilles Limited       Likely to Play
Eric Reid SF Knee Full       Expected to Play
Brent Grimes TB Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Bashaud Breeland Was Shoulder Full       Expected to Play

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

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