Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 7

A review of the late week practice report

KEY THURSDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Jameis Winston says his "thought process is to play" but noted in a pre-practice press conference that his shoulder isn't fully recovered. The Buccaneers did not clear him to throw again on Thursday. However, Dirk Koetter told reporters Winston would take all of the first-team reps in Friday's brief practice. Regardless of how the week has progressed thus far, the timeline remains the same. If Winston can prove he can throw freely by game time, he will play. Tomorrow's practice won't be extensive but I expect Winston to be cleared to throw and then be evaluated after practice and on Saturday. If he responds well, he'll play.

***Weeks ago, DeMarco Murray didn't practice with a hamstring injury only to out-snap and out-produce Derrick Henry. The Titans don't seem nearly as optimistic on Murray's status this week, with Mike Mularkey openly discussing the addition of a practice squad running back. As noted in yesterday's review, the Titans have a Week 9 bye. Murray has been battling this strain since the preseason. Tennessee may finally decide to give him the benefit of two (or more) weeks without practice to recover.

***Aaron Rodgers had surgery to fix his broken collarbone today. That news was expected. We're now waiting for the Packers to decide whether Rodgers will be placed on injured reserve. If they choose not to put Rodgers on injured reserve by Saturday afternoon, it's unlikely they will -- it would prolong his timeline by an extra and unnecessary week. And it would imply the team believes Rodgers might return in less than eight weeks.

***The Jaguars remain cautious with Leonard Fournette. He was cleared to run on Thursday but did not practice and expected to cut on Friday. He's told reporters he's "definitely" playing but that could change if his ankle doesn't respond well to activity on Friday. Lean toward him playing and seeing his usual workload but watch Friday's reports closely.

***Keenan Allen was added to the Chargers' practice participation report as limited with a shoulder injury on Thursday. The Chargers did not update his condition after practice. There's no indication the injury is serious but watch Friday's participation to be sure.

***I'm also curious to see Kelvin Benjamin's Friday participation. Benjamin has missed practice with a painful bruise on the inside of his knee. The Panthers say Benjamin was sent for additional evaluation. If he had a relatively benign procedure to drain his knee he could return quickly. If there were imaging studies and further examination involved, his status is in doubt. We should know more on Friday.

***Delanie Walker was another key Thursday addition. He's listed with a calf injury. Walker has played through soft tissue injuries in the past and there are no current indications of a serious injury. Still, midweek additions with soft tissue injuries are always concerning.

***Jordan Matthews is progressing but not yet fully involved in team reps. Sean McDermott didn't sound reassuring about Matthews returning after Thursday's practice. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday.


EARLY WEEK PRACTICE PARTICIPATION REPORT AND 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 Limited     Game-time Decision
Marcus Mariota Ten Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Andy Dalton Cin Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Aaron Rodgers GB Collarbone DNP DNP     Inactive
Andrew Luck Ind Shoulder DNP DNP     Inactive
Sam Bradford Min Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Trevor Siemian Den Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Jay Ajayi Mia Knee Full DNP     Expected to Play
Melvin Gordon III LAC Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
DeMarco Murray Ten Hamstring DNP DNP     Game-time Decision
Ty Montgomery GB Ribs Full Full     Expected to Play
*Rob Kelley* Was Ankle MNF Limited     Likely to Play
Bilal Powell NYJ Calf DNP Full     Expected to Play
Matt Forte NYJ Knee / Toe Limited Full     Expected to Play
Terrance West Bal Calf DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Jerick McKinnon Min Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Jonathan Stewart Car Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
*Wendell Smallwood* Phi Knee MNF Full     Expected to Play
Andre Ellington Ari Quadricep Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
Paul Perkins NYG Ribs Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Rex Burkhead NE Ribs Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Branden Oliver LAC Hamstring Full Full     Likely to Play
Robert Turbin Ind Elbow DNP DNP     Inactive
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle Limited Full     Likely to Play
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Stefon Diggs Min Groin DNP DNP     Limited if Active
Keenan Allen LAC Shoulder Not Listed Limited     Likely to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Car Knee DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Demaryius Thomas Den Calf DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Chris Hogan NE Ribs Limited Limited     Likely to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Marqise Lee Jac Knee DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Sterling Shepard NYG Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Jordan Matthews Buf Thumb Limited Limited     Unlikely to Play
Willie Snead IV NO Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle DNP Full     Expected to Play
Breshad Perriman Bal Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jeremy Maclin Bal Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Mike Wallace Bal Back Limited DNP     Likely to Play
Mohamed Sanu Atl Hamstring Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Laquon Treadwell Min Toe Not Listed Full     Likely to Play
Michael Floyd Min Hamstring DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Markus Wheaton Chi Groin DNP DNP     Inactive
Tyler Boyd Cin Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
John Ross Cin Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
Kenny Britt Cle Knee / Glute Limited Limited     Likely Inactive
Sammie Coates Jr Cle Hamstring Not Listed Limited     Awaiting Information
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Delanie Walker Ten Calf Not Listed Limited     Awaiting Information
Charles Clay Buf Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
George Kittle SF Back / Elbow Full Full     Expected to Play
Benjamin Watson Bal Knee DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Marcedes Lewis Jac Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jared Veldheer Ari Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Matt Skura Bal Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Cordy Glenn Buf Ankle / Foot Full Full     Expected to Play
Ryan Kalil Car Neck Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Hroniss Grasu Chi Hand Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Joe Thomas Cle Knee DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Tyron Smith Dal Back DNP Full     Likely to Play
La'el Collins Dal Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Menelik Watson Den Calf DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Lane Taylor GB Ankle DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
David Bakhtiari GB Hamstring Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Bryan Bulaga GB Concussion Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Brandon Linder Jac Illness DNP DNP     Inactive
Joe Barksdale LAC Foot DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Spencer Pulley LAC Shoulder Limited Full     Likely to Play
Mike Pouncey Mia Concussion / Hip DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Nick Easton Min Calf DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Shaq Mason NE Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
John Jerry NYG Tooth DNP Full     Expected to Play
Weston Richburg NYG Concussion DNP DNP     Inactive
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen Full Full     Expected to Play
Ramon Foster Pit Back DNP Full     Likely to Play
Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Maurkice Pouncey Pit Chest DNP Full     Likely to Play
*Lane Johnson* Phi Concussion MNF Full     Expected to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
*Trent Williams* Was Knee MNF DNP     Likely to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Vic Beasley Jr Atl Hamstring Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Charles Johnson Car Groin Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Julius Peppers Car Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
John Simon Ind Shoulder DNP Full     Expected to Play
Andre Branch Mia Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle Limited DNP     Unlikely to Play
*Brandon Graham* Phi Shoulder MNF Full     Expected to Play
Cliff Avril Sea Neck DNP IR IR Injured Reserve Injured Reserve
Noah Spence TB Shoulder Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Derrick Morgan Ten Abdomen DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Robert Nkemdiche Ari Calf Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Corey Peters Ari Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Danny Shelton Cle Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Corey Liuget LAC Back Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
Ndamukong Suh Mia Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Shoulder / Foot DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Leonard Williams NYJ Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
*Fletcher Cox* Phi Calf MNF Full     Expected to Play
Stephon Tuitt Pit Back DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Michael Bennett Sea Heel DNP Full     Expected to Play
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Karlos Dansby Ari Hamstring Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Deion Jones Atl Quadricep Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Duke Riley Atl Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Ramon Humber Buf Thumb DNP DNP     Inactive
Luke Kuechly Car Concussion DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Thomas Davis Car Groin Limited Limited     Likely to Play
John Timu Chi Ankle / Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Nick Kwiatkoski Chi Chest Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
Brandon Marshall Den Shoulder DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Joe Thomas GB Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Nick Perry GB Hand / Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Anthony Walker Ind Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
Jatavis Brown LAC Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Mark Barron LAR Thumb DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Anthony Barr Min Concussion / Ankle DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Jonathan Casillas NYG Neck DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Calvin Munson NYG Quadricep DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
*Jordan Hicks* Phi Calf MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
Vince Williams Pit Hip DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Ray-Ray Armstrong SF Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Reuben Foster SF Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Lavonte David TB Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Kwon Alexander TB Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
*Mason Foster* Was Shoulder MNF Full     Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Patrick Peterson Ari Quadricep Limited Limited     Expected to Play
E.J. Gaines Buf Groin Limited Full     Expected to Play
Kurt Coleman Car Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Adam Jones Cin Back Limited DNP     Expected to Play
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Jabrill Peppers Cle Toe DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Jason McCourty Cle Ankle Not Listed Limited     Awaiting Information
Morgan Burnett GB Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Davon House GB Quadricep Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Damarious Randall GB Hamstring Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Kevin King GB Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
A.J. Bouye Jac Hamstring DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Tashaun Gipson Sr Jac Neck DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Jalen Ramsey Jac Calf Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Lamarcus Joyner LAR Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
Xavier Rhodes Min Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Andrew Sendejo Min Groin Limited Full     Likely to Play
Stephon Gilmore NE Concussion / Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Eric Rowe NE Groin DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Landon Collins NYG Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
*Ronald Darby* Phi Ankle MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
Kam Chancellor Sea Ankle Limited Full     Expected to Play
Richard Sherman Sea Achilles Limited Full     Expected to Play
Jeremy Lane Sea Groin DNP Full     Likely to Play
Eric Reid SF Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Keith Tandy TB Hip Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
T.J. Ward TB Hip Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Johnathan Cyprien Ten Hamstring DNP DNP     Inactive
*Josh Norman* Was Rib MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
*Bashaud Breeland* Was Knee MNF Limited     Awaiting Information

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

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