Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 5

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


***Kevin White is the latest mid-week casualty. He's been moved to injured reserve with a high-grade high ankle sprain and accompanying fibula fracture. Surgery is still being debated but should be considered likely. There's an outside chance White could be designated to return later this year. However, this is a minimum 8-10 week recovery -- assuming surgery is necessary -- and it's unlikely we'll see White until 2017.

***The Dez Bryant situation continues to be odd. After the first report of a tibial fracture that commonly needs 6+ weeks to rehab, last weekend's reports called Bryant's injury more of a bone bruise. That was more consistent with the initial day-to-day timetable provided by Jason Garrett. On Wednesday, Bryant wasn't practicing and there doesn't seem to be much optimism for him to be active this week. Two things come to mind here. First, once a player misses a week, it's that much easier for them to accept a multiple week treatment plan and absence. That may be part of what's happening here. Second, it's becoming clear that it will be difficult to trust any Bryant presumptive diagnosis to project availability. Practice participation will be key.

***Tyler Eifert would have had a legitimate shot at returning to the active roster this week. But a back injury -- which was referred to as a "setback" today -- will very likely keep him out this week and the tone of the beat writer reports is worrisome for a multiple week injury. Hopefully, we'll get more on Eifert soon.

***Latavius Murray has been immobilized in a walking boot most of the week and is doubtful to play this week.

***Thursday's participation report will be a critical data point in projecting whether Cam Newton will be available this week. If Newton isn't able to do anything in the first formal practice of the week, it's a worrisome sign for his Monday night availability. More on that in tomorrow's update.

***Arian Foster was back to a limited practice on Wednesday. It's going to take at least a week for Foster to return to playing shape and return to the active roster. However, it's notable that his practice participation note lists his injury as a hamstring now rather than the groin that has been reported for the past two weeks. It's not clear whether that's an error or an additional soft tissue concern.


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

Carson Palmer | Concussion | Declared Out

Practice Participation: Mon - DNP | Tue - DNP | Wed - DNP

It was never likely that Palmer would be cleared in time for a Thursday night road game. What we've heard from Bruce Arians this week sounds reassuring for a Week 6 return.

Jeremy Kerley | Ankle | Questionable | Expected to Play

Practice Participation: Mon - DNP | Tue - Limited | Wed - Limited

Beat writers expect Kerley to play. His mechanism of injury wasn't very worrisome and the consecutive practices are a good sign. I expect him to be active.

Vance McDonald | Hip | Questionable | Game-time Decision

Practice Participation: Mon - Limited | Tue - Limited | Wed - Limited

I have seen very little on McDonald's progress after he was inactive in Week 4. The practice participation report looks promising for him to make the active roster on Thursday night, but it's likely the 49ers will want to see him in warmups before making a final decision.


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.

Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cam Newton* Concussion MNF       Game-time Decision
Jay Cutler Thumb DNP       Likely Inactive
Trevor Siemian Shoulder DNP       Likely to Play
Josh McCown Shoulder DNP       Expected Inactive
Jacoby Brissett Thumb Limited       Expected to Play
Jimmy Garoppolo Shoulder Limited       Expected Inactive
Tony Romo Back DNP       Inactive

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeGarrette Blount Hip Limited       Awaiting Information
Matt Forte Knee / Ribs Limited       Expected to Play
Arian Foster Hamstring Limited       Likely Inactive
Ryan Mathews Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Latavius Murray Toe DNP       Likely Inactive
Charles Sims* Knee MNF       Awaiting Information
Jeremy Hill Chest Limited       Awaiting Information
Doug Martin* Hamstring MNF       Inactive
Jonathan Stewart* Hamstring MNF       Inactive
Rashad Jennings Thumb Limited       Game-time Decision
DeAngelo Williams Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Jeremy Langford Ankle DNP       Inactive
Frank Gore Chest DNP       Expected to Play
Kenneth Dixon Knee Full       Expected to Play
Dewayne Washington Ankle DNP       Inactive
Lance Dunbar Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Ka'Deem Carey Hamstring Limited       Likely Inactive

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dez Bryant Knee DNP       Game-time Decision
Brandon Marshall Foot Full       Expected to Play
Marvin Jones Jr Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Alshon Jeffery Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Demaryius Thomas Hip Limited       Expected to Play
Stefon Diggs Groin DNP       Expected to Play
Eric Decker Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Kevin White Ankle DNP       Inactive
Eddie Royal Calf DNP       Awaiting Information
Donte Moncrief Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Corey Coleman Hand DNP       Inactive
Mohamed Sanu Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Kenny Britt Thigh DNP       Awaiting Information
Josh Doctson Achilles DNP       Likely Inactive
Darrius Heyward-Bey Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Eli Rogers Toe DNP       Likely Inactive
Braxton Miller Hamstring Limited       Likely Inactive

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play / ? Limited 
Tyler Eifert Ankle / Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Zach Ertz Rib Full       Expected to Play
Zach Miller Ribs DNP       Awaiting Information
Antonio Gates Hamstring Limited       Game-time Decision
Kyle Rudolph Clavicle / Rib DNP       Awaiting Information
Eric Ebron Ankle / Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Jared Cook Ankle DNP       Inactive
Clive Walford Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Jordan Cameron Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Larry Donnell Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Virgil Green Calf Limited        Game-time Decision

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