Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 17

A review of the midweek participation report

KEY THURSDAY MEDIA UPDATES

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

Week 17 is an unusual week for injury analysis. Some teams and players choose not to risk playing through nagging and serious injuries they may otherwise have gutted through. Other players continue to play through to reach team and individual goals. Some teams choose to rest players in anticipation of more important playoff games to come. Other teams continue to play starters to keep continuity in the weekly routine. Unfortunately, we don't always know which players and which teams fall into which bucket.

Here's what we do know after Thursday's practice and media sessions:

***Philadelphia, Jacksonville, and Kansas City are locked into their current playoff seeding. Doug Marrone has told reporters he will not rest starters. Kansas City will start Pat Mahomes over Alex Smith at quarterback. I think it's likely the key starters on all three teams will see fewer snaps than usual.

***The Rams will not start Jared Goff or Todd Gurley. Goff will be active -- he's the only other quarterback currently on the roster -- but will play only in an emergency. On Thursday, Sean McVay told the media Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp will not play much. Kupp has yet to practice with a knee injury and is obviously doubtful at best.

***It's not been confirmed but Pittsburgh offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert told reporters Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell will be inactive. A Pittsburgh win and New England loss would give the Steelers home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, so I'm not willing to bank on Gilbert being correct yet.

I'll continue to update this list as it changes.

***DeAndre Hopkins is now considered unlikely to play through a calf injury according to local media. Bill O'Brien told reporters the team wouldn't decide on Hopkins' status until game time.

***Anthony Lynn told reporters Melvin Gordon III would only participate in the walkthrough on Thursday and would return to a limited practice on Friday. It still appears the Chargers are planning to start Gordon this week.

***A day after telling reporters he has been playing with knee tendinitis for much of the season, Dez Bryant was held out of practice. I still lean toward Bryant playing but will be watching his Friday practice participation closely.


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.

Quarterbacks
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Tom Brady NE Achilles / Shoulder DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Pit Not Injury Related DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Jared Goff LAR Not Injury Related Not Listed Not Listed     Active as Backup
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full Full     Expected to Play
Paxton Lynch Den Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Le'Veon Bell Pit Not Injury Related Not Listed DNP     Awaiting Information
Todd Gurley LAR Not Injury Related Not Listed Not Listed     Inactive
DeMarco Murray Ten Knee DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Melvin Gordon III LAC Ankle DNP Limited     Game-time Decision
Joe Mixon Cin Ankle DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Giovani Bernard Cin Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Rex Burkhead NE Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Mike Gillislee NE Knee DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
James White NE Ankle Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Jerick McKinnon Min Shoulder Full Full     Expected to Play
Samaje Perine Was Groin / Shoulder Full Full     Likely to Play
Isaiah Crowell Cle Shoulder / Ribs Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Duke Johnson Jr Cle Shoulder Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Kerwynn Williams Ari Quad / Ribs Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Elijhaa Penny Ari Hand / Groin Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Aaron Jones GB Knee DNP DNP     Inactive
Matt Forte NYJ Knee DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Rod Smith Dal Illness Not Listed DNP     Awaiting Information
Austin Ekeler LAC Hand Full Full     Expected to Play
Damien Williams Mia Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Antonio Brown Pit Calf DNP DNP     Inactive
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Calf DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Julio Jones Atl Thumb / Ankle DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Michael Thomas NO Hamstring Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Davante Adams GB Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Jordy Nelson GB Shoulder DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Dez Bryant Dal Knee Not Listed DNP     Awaiting Information
Cooper Kupp LAR Knee DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Illness DNP Limited     Likely to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Buf Knee DNP Limited     Expected to Play
Devin Funchess Car Shoulder Limited Full     Expected to Play
Marqise Lee Jac Ankle DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Keelan Cole Jac Quadricep Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Allen Hurns Jac Ankle Limited Limited     Limited if Active
Sterling Shepard NYG Neck DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Amari Cooper Oak Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Chris Hogan NE Shoulder Limited Limited     Unlikely to Play
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Jeremy Maclin Bal Knee DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Mike Wallace Bal Knee Limited Full     Expected to Play
Marquise Goodwin SF Back Limited Limited     Likely to Play
DeSean Jackson TB Ankle Limited Limited     Game-time Decision
DeVante Parker Mia Ankle Limited Full     Expected to Play
Deonte Thompson Buf Back / Shoulder Full Limited     Expected to Play
Cole Beasley Dal Illness DNP DNP     Likely to Play
Cordarrelle Patterson Oak Hip Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Brice Butler Dal Foot Full Full     Likely to Play
Donte Moncrief Ind Ankle Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Geronimo Allison GB Illness DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Cody Latimer Den Thigh DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Brandon Coleman NO Neck DNP Limited     Awaiting Information
Chris Godwin TB Ankle DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Jermaine Kearse NYJ Ankle DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
John Brown Ari Toe DNP Limited     Limited if Active
Ryan Grant Was Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Roger Lewis NYG Ankle Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Tavarres King NYG Concussion DNP DNP     Likely Inactive
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski NE Illness Not Listed DNP     Likely to Play
Kyle Rudolph Min Ankle Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Jimmy Graham Sea Knee DNP DNP     Expected to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot Full Full     Expected to Play
Eric Ebron Det Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play
Evan Engram NYG Rib DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Charles Clay Buf Knee Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Cameron Brate TB Hip / Knee DNP Limited     Game-time Decision
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ Ribs / Foot DNP DNP     Awaiting Information
Antonio Gates LAC Illness Not Listed DNP     Likely to Play
Jared Cook Oak Wrist Limited Limited     Expected to Play
Richard Rodgers GB Shoulder DNP DNP     Unlikely to Play
Adam Shaheen Chi Chest Limited Limited     Unlikely to Play
Marcedes Lewis Jac Ankle Limited DNP     Likely to Play
Garrett Griffin NO Foot Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Josh Hill NO Shoulder Limited Limited     Awaiting Information
Michael Hoomanawanui NO Concussion Limited DNP     Awaiting Information
George Kittle SF Ankle Full Full     Expected to Play
Garrett Celek SF Rib / Knee Limited Limited     Likely to Play

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