Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 15

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

>>>> Note: Due to travel and time constraints over the next two weeks, the table will include offensive skill position players only.

***The Packers have yet to move Aaron Rodgers to the active roster yet. He remains exempt while on injured reserve. Rodgers announced late Tuesday night he's been cleared to return and will do so this week. There may be a brief period of erratic play and Rodgers reacclimates to game speed but his arm strength should be unaffected. Expect him to start this week.

***Alvin Kamara fully practiced on Wednesday and told reporters he was playing this week. The Falcons didn't have to submit an official practice participation report -- Thursday is the first official practice for teams playing Monday night -- but Tevin Coleman also returned to a full practice and will likely be cleared to play this week.

***The Jaguars held Leonard Fournette out of Wednesday's practice with a quadricep injury. There doesn't appear to be any concern around the team or local media about Fournette's status after his 28 touch performance last week. I'll have more in Thursday's article.

***Kyle Rudolph left the locker room in a walking boot after Sunday's game and did not practice Wednesday. The Vikings have yet to update his status this week.

***After a third consecutive limited practice, Robert Woods declared himself ready to return this week. Expect the Rams to expose him to contact in team drills as the week progresses and monitor how his shoulder responds. He will likely be ready for a full workload.

***Marcus Mariota fully practiced on Wednesday and may not be significantly limited by the knee injury he suffered last week. Mariota refused to blame his poor performance on the cumulative effect of knee and hamstring injuries but it's clear he's not fully healthy.

***Tyrod Taylor fully practiced and told reporters he was "feeling healthy" on Wednesday. With Nathan Peterman's status unclear while recovering from last week's concussion, Taylor is a near lock to start at quarterback for Buffalo.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

***The Broncos will again be without Paxton Lynch at quarterback but are otherwise healthy.

***Indianapolis listed Jacoby Brissett on the practice participation report with a quad strain but allowed him to fully practice. He will play with minimal limitation. Center Ryan Kelly has yet to pass an independent neurologist exam and will miss his third consecutive game. Donte Moncrief has not practiced for multiple weeks with an ankle injury and was also declared out.

>>>> I'll have official injury expectations for the Saturday games in the Thursday Injury Expectations column.


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
Tom Brady NE Achilles Full       Expected to Play
Matthew Stafford Det Hand Full Full   Plays Saturday Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Marcus Mariota Ten Knee Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Buf Knee Full       Expected to Play
Nathan Peterson Buf Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Tom Savage Hou Concussion DNP       Inactive
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Alvin Kamara NO Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Leonard Fournette Jac Quadricep DNP       Awaiting Information
LeSean McCoy Buf Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Lamar Miller Hou Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Joe Mixon Cin Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Giovani Bernard Cin Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Christian McCaffrey Car Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Mike Davis Sea Ribs Limited       Likely to Play
Jerick McKinnon Min Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Matt Forte NYJ Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Elijah McGuire NYJ Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Adrian Peterson Ari Neck DNP       Likely Inactive
Kerwynn Williams Ari Ribs Full       Expected to Play
Ameer Abdullah Det Neck Full Full   Plays Saturday Likely to Play
Damien Williams Mia Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Adam Thielen Min Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Robert Woods LAR Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Michael Thomas NO Eye Full       Expected to Play
Chris Hogan NE Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Brandin Cooks NE Hand Full       Expected to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Buf Knee Limited       Unlikely to Play
Amari Cooper Oak Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson Oak Hip Full       Expected to Play
Marqise Lee Jac Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Devin Funchess Car Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Kaelin Clay Car Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Russell Shepard Car Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Mike Wallace Bal Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Chris Moore Bal Hip Limited       Likely to Play
Kendall Wright Chi Shoulder Limited Limited   Plays Saturday Awaiting Information
Ryan Grant Was Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Maurice Harris Was Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Albert Wilson KC Shoulder / Hamstring Full Full   Plays Saturday Expected to Play
John Brown Ari Toe Limited       Awaiting Information
Allen Hurns Jac Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Jermaine Kearse NYJ Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Ted Ginn NO Rib DNP       Awaiting Information
Brice Butler Dal Foot DNP       Unlikely to Play
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Kyle Rudolph Min Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Zach Ertz Phi Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot Full       Expected to Play
Hunter Henry LAC Calf Limited Full   Plays Saturday Expected to Play
David Njoku Cle Foot / Wrist Limited       Likely to Play
Tyler Kroft Cin Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Charles Clay Buf Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Jared Cook Oak Wrist Limited       Likely to Play
Clive Walford Oak Concussion / Neck DNP       Likely Inactive
Adam Shaheen Chi Chest Limited Limited   Plays Saturday Awaiting Information
Vance McDonald Pit Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
George Kittle SF Ankle Full       Expected to Play

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

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