Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 14

A review of the late week practice report

KEY THURSDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Antonio Brown was added to Pittsburgh's practice report after missing practice with his lingering toe injury. His DNP was described as a day of rest and there are no worries about his Week 14 availability.

***Zach Ertz continues to progress through the exercise stages of the return-to-play protocol. If he has no recurrent symptoms before practice on Friday, he'll likely be cleared for a full practice and visit the independent neurologist. He looks probable to play.

***Greg Olsen told reporters on Thursday he was ready to play through whatever soreness and conditioning limitations this week. He'll likely be limited to 25-30 snaps but he's fully practiced this week and will have a role in Carolina's game plan. He'll be reacclimating to game speed against a tough Minnesota defense.

***Matthew Stafford reportedly looked more comfortable throwing in Thursday's practice. There was never any doubt Stafford would play but today's news is reassuring for his ability to throw with his usual accuracy and strength.

***Chris Hogan was optimistic in a locker room interview after returning to practice on Thursday. He stopped short of saying he'd return on Monday night and it's very unlikely he'll have a full practice this week. But it's reasonable to expect him to play. Rishard Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin fully practiced today and also look ready to return.

***Joe Mixon wasn't cleared for individual drills today. It's now almost impossible for him to be cleared for contact by Sunday. Hopefully, he'll recover well enough to return in Week 15. Adrian Peterson also missed another day of practice and there's no indication he'll be cleared to return soon.


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 MNF DNP     Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Matthew Stafford Det Hand Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Dak Prescott Dal Hand Full Full     Expected to Play
Jameis Winston TB Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Buf Knee DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Paxton Lynch Den Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
LeSean McCoy Buf Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Joe Mixon Cin Concussion DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Christian McCaffrey Car Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Jonathan Stewart Car Foot DNP Full     Expected to Play
Ameer Abdullah Det Neck Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Matt Forte NYJ Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Bilal Powell NYJ Hamstring Full Full     Expected to Play
Adrian Peterson Ari Neck DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Kerwynn Williams Ari Ribs Limited Full     Likely to Play
Doug Martin TB Concussion Full Full     Likely to Play
Orleans Darkwa NYG Illness Not Listed DNP     Awaiting Information
*Damien Williams* Mia Shoulder MNF DNP     Inactive
Travaris Cadet Buf Concussion DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Mike Tolbert Buf Hamstring Limited Full     Likely to Play
Wayne Gallman NYG Hip Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Malcolm Brown LAR Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Alfred Blue Hou Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Antonio Brown Pit Toe Not Listed DNP     Expected to Play
Robert Woods LAR Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Sterling Shepard NYG Hamstring DNP Limited     Likely to Play
*Chris Hogan* NE Shoulder MNF Limited     Likely to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Hamstring Full Limited     Awaiting Information
Jermaine Kearse NYJ Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Marqise Lee Jac Foot DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Rishard Matthews Ten Hamstring Limited Full     Likely to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Buf Knee Limited Full     Likely to Play
Devin Funchess Car Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Bal Back Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
Amari Cooper Oak Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle DNP Full     Expected to Play
Cordarrelle Patterson Oak Hip DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Maurice Harris Was Concussion Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Will Fuller V Hou Ribs Limited Full     Likely to Play
Allen Hurns Jac Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Josh Bellamy Chi Illness Not Listed DNP     Awaiting Information
John Brown Ari Toe DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Jaron Brown Ari Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
J.J. Nelson Ari Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Kenny Britt Cle Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Sammie Coates Jr Cle Knee / Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Donte Moncrief Ind Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Mike Williams LAC Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
John Ross Cin Shoulder DNP IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Zach Ertz Phi Concussion DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot Full Full     Expected to Play
Delanie Walker Ten Ankle DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Jordan Reed Was Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Buf Knee DNP Full     Expected to Play
David Njoku Cle Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Vance McDonald Pit Ankle Full Full     Likely to Play
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jared Veldheer Ari Elbow DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
A.Q. Shipley Ari Shoulder Limited Full     Likely to Play
Jermaine Eluemunor Bal Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Cordy Glenn Buf Foot / Ankle Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Seantrel Henderson Buf Back Full DNP     Expected to Play
Tyler Larsen Car Foot DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Ryan Kalil Car Neck Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Shon Coleman Cle Thumb Full Full     Expected to Play
La'el Collins Dal Back DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Tyron Smith Dal Back DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Ronald Leary Den Back DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
T.J. Lang Det Foot DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Rick Wagner Det Ankle DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Corey Robinson Det Foot Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Travis Swanson Det Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Emmett Cleary Det Ankle Not Listed Limited     Awaiting Information
Lucas Patrick GB Hand Full Full     Likely to Play
Julie'n Davenport Hou Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Xavier Su'a-Filo Hou Groin DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Jeff Allen Hou Hand Full Full     Expected to Play
Ryan Kelly Ind Concussion Limited Full     Likely to Play
Denzelle Good Ind Illness Not Listed DNP     Awaiting Information
Patrick Omameh Jac Quadricep Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Josh Wells Jac Concussion Limited Full     Awaiting Information
Mitch Morse KC Foot DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Spencer Pulley LAC Knee Limited Full     Likely to Play
*Mike Pouncey* Mia Hip MNF Limited     Expected to Play
*Jermon Bushrod* Mia Foot MNF DNP     Inactive
Mike Remmers Min Back DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Pat Elflein Min Shoulder Limited  Limited     Awaiting Information
*Marcus Cannon* NE Ankle MNF DNP     Likely Inactive
*LaAdrian Waddle* NE Ankle MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
Justin Pugh NYG Back Limited DNP     Likely Inactive
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen / Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Jason Kelce Phi Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Oday Aboushi Sea Shoulder DNP DNP     Inactive
Duane Brown Sea Ankle DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Ethan Pocic Sea Ankle DNP Full     Expected to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Ankle DNP Full     Expected to Play
Trent Brown SF Shoulder DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Joe Hawley TB Illness DNP Full     Likely to Play
Morgan Moses Was Ankle DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Trent Williams Was Knee DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Ty Nsekhe Was Core muscle Full Full     Expected to Play
Brandon Scherff Was knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Shane Ray Den Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Ankle DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Nick Perry GB Foot / Shoulder DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Calais Campbell Jac Wrist Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Dee Ford KC Back DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Tamba Hali KC Knee Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
*Trey Flowers* NE Rib MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
Jason Pierre-Paul NYG Finger DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Denico Autry Oak Hand DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Derek Barnett Phi Groin Full Full     Expected to Play
T.J. Watt Pit Knee Not Listed Limited     Awaiting Information
Michael Bennett Sea Knee DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Robert Ayers TB Concussion Full Full     Expected to Play
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Corey Peters Ari Ankle DNP Limited     Likely Inactive
Kyle Williams Buf Groin DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Eddie Goldman Chi Hip DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Geno Atkins Cin Toe Not Listed DNP     Awaiting Information
Danny Shelton Cle Chest / Ribs DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
David Irving Dal Concussion DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Domata Peko Sr Den Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Kenny Clark GB Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Allen Bailey KC Knee DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Bennie Logan KC Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Corey Liuget LAC Toe Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
*Ndamukong Suh* Mia Knee MNF DNP     Likely to Play
Linval Joseph Min Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
*Deatrich Wise Jr* NE Foot MNF DNP     Awaiting Information
Damon Harrison NYG Elbow Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Nazair Jones Sea Ankle DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Matt Ioannidis Was Hand Full Full     Expected to Play
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Deone Bucannon Ari Ankle Limited Full     Limited if Active
C.J. Mosley Bal Neck DNP Full     Expected to Play
Shaq Thompson Car Foot DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Thomas Davis Car Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Vontaze Burfict Cin Concussion DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Nick Vigil Cin Ankle DNP DNP     Inactive
Vincent Rey Cin Hamstring Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Justin Durant Dal Concussion DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Todd Davis Den Ankle Limited Full     Expected to Play
Jake Ryan GB Neck / Illness DNP Full     Expected to Play
Telvin Smith Sr Jac Concussion Full Full     Likely to Play
Paul Posluszny Jac Groin Not Listed Limited     Awaiting Information
Alec Ogletree LAR Elbow DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Eric Kendricks Min Hip Full Full     Expected to Play
*Kyle Van Noy* NE Calf MNF DNP     Likely Inactive
Jonathan Casillas NYG Neck / Wrist DNP IR IR IR Injured Reserve
B.J. Goodson NYG Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Tyler Matakevich Pit Shoulder DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Ryan Shazier Pit Back DNP DNP     Inactive
Bobby Wagner Sea Hamstring DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Zach Brown Was Hamstring / Achilles DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Martrell Spaight Was Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Patrick Peterson Ari Hamstring Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
Leonard Johnson Buf Knee Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Tre'Davious White Buf Concussion Limited Full     Likely to Play
Adrian Amos Chi Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Darqueze Dennard Cin Knee DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Adam Jones Cin Groin DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Shawn Williams Cin Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Brian Boddy-Calhoun Cle Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jabrill Peppers Cle Knee DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Orlando Scandrick Dal Back DNP DNP     Inactive
Davon House GB Shoulder DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Kareem Jackson Hou Ribs Limited Full     Expected to Play
Johnathan Joseph Hou Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Jalen Ramsey Jac Hamstring DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Casey Hayward LAC Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Andrew Sendejo Min Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
*Malcolm Butler* NE Ankle MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
*Stephon Gilmore* NE Ankle MNF Limited     Awaiting Information
Eli Apple NYG Hip / Back DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
David Amerson Oak Foot Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Joe Haden Pit Fibula DNP DNP     Inactive
Michael Mitchell Pit Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Kam Chancellor Sea Neck DNP DNP     Inactive
Eric Reid SF Knee Full Full     Expected to Play
Vernon Hargreaves TB Hamstring DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Logan Ryan Ten Concussion DNP Full     Likely to Play

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

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