Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 5

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Multiple reports suggest Ty Montgomery has multiple broken ribs. That's a difficult injury to play through, particularly for running backs. But there were hints through the weekend Montgomery would try to play Sunday against Dallas and he was at practice -- in pads with extra protection around his ribs -- today. If Montgomery responds well to the extra padding and movement today, there's a chance he'll be able to play. He'll be at significant risk of an in-game aggravation and, with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones full participants on Wednesday, could see his workload scaled back significantly.

***Davante Adams was cleared for drills in pads on Wednesday. This is one of the last stages of the return-to-play protocol and suggests the Packers are very comfortable with his progress since last Thursday night's violent hit. Adams has three more days to recover before needing to visit an independent neurologist for formal clearance this week. His return is looking probable.

***Jack Del Rio is optimistic Michael Crabtree will return this week after a limited Wednesday practice. Crabtree will need an imaging study to be certain his lung bruise has healed before he will be cleared for contact. Whether that study has already been performed or the team is waiting until later in the week isn't yet known. Like last week, Crabtree's Friday practice participation will be most important.

***Marcus Mariota was limited but did little in practice on Wednesday. Mike Mularkey told reporters Mariota could play without practicing this week but said the team wouldn't risk further injury. Mariota and the Titans will look for interval improvement without worsening soreness between practices. If that happens, Mariota has a chance to play this week. Unless he's able to return to a full practice by Friday -- and I think that's unlikely -- you can expect Tennessee to scale back the playbook to limit Mariota's zone reads and rollouts.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Rob Gronkowski | Thigh | Questionable

Gronkowski was truly a surprise add to the Patriots' game status report. Multiple reporters saw no concerns when Gronkowski practiced and was seen in the locker room through Tuesday. The Patriots didn't provide any injury updates other than the official release. Of note, the Patriots have not had a padded practice this week. Tuesday's workout was a walkthrough and the team traveled to Tampa on Wednesday. There are no concerning reports from the national media, including former Boston sports media member Ian Rapoport. Watch for news on Thursday but there doesn't appear to be much concern with Gronkowski.

The Buccaneers will likely be without three vital defenders again this week. Linebackers Kwon Alexander (out) and Lavonte David (doubtful) did not practice all week. T.J. Ward did manage limited practice but is listed doubtful again this week. Rex Burkhead remains out for New England but may have a chance to return last week after another week of limited practice this week.


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
Marcus Mariota Ten Hamstring Limited       Game-time Decision
Derek Carr Oak Back DNP       Inactive
*Sam Bradford* Min Knee MNF       Likely Inactive
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Ind Shoulder Limited       Inactive
Alex Smith KC Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Josh McCown NYJ Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Pit Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
LeSean McCoy Buf Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Ezekiel Elliott Dal Chest Full       Expected to Play
Melvin Gordon III LAC Knee Full       Expected to Play
Jay Ajayi Mia Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Carlos Hyde SF Hip Limited       Expected to Play
*Jordan Howard* Chi Shoulder MNF       Expected to Play
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Ty Montgomery GB Ribs Limited       Game-time Decision
Ameer Abdullah Det Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Matt Forte NYJ Knee / Toe DNP       Likely Inactive
Jamaal Williams GB Knee Full       Likely to Play
Wendell Smallwood Phi Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Marlon Mack Ind Shoulder Full       Likely to Play
Jerick McKinnon Min           Likely to Play
Branden Oliver LAC Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Matt Brieda SF Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Orleans Darkwa NYG Back Limited       Likely to Play
Paul Perkins NYG Ribs Limited       Likely to Play
Mike Tolbert Buf Thumb Full       Expected to Play
Dwayne Washington Det Quad DNP       Likely Inactive
DeAndre Washington Oak Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Odell Beckham NYG Finger / Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Doug Baldwin Sea Groin DNP       Likely to Play
Michael Crabtree Oak Chest Limited       Awaiting Information
Davante Adams GB Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Amari Cooper Oak Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Car Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Sammy Watkins LAR Illness DNP       Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Bal Hand Full       Expected to Play
Brandon Marshall NYG Toe Limited       Likely to Play
John Brown Ari Quad Limited       Likely to Play
J.J. Nelson Ari Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Mike Williams LAC Back Limited       Likely Inactive
Tyrell Williams LAC Neck Full       Expected to Play
Jordan Matthews Buf Thumb DNP       Inactive
Marqise Lee Jac Ribs DNP       Awaiting Information
Marquise Goodwin SF Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Kenny Golladay Det Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
John Ross Cin Knee DNP       Inactive
Brandon LaFell Cin Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Curtis Samuel Car Back Limited       Likely to Play
Kenny Britt Cle Knee / Groin DNP       Likely to Play
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Charles Clay Buf Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Tyler Eifert Cin Back DNP       Inactive
Tyler Kroft Cin Neck / Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Jesse James Pit Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Jack Doyle Ind Concussion Limited       Likely to Play
Benajmin Watson Bal Calf DNP       Likely to Play
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle DNP       Inactive
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
D.J. Humphries Ari Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Alex Boone Ari Chest Limited       Likely to Play
Cordy Glenn Buf Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Ryan Kalil Car Neck DNP       Likely Inactive
Trai Turner Car Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Tyler Larsen Car Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Trey Hopkins Cin Knee Full       Likely to Play
Joe Thomas Cle Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Kevin Zeitler Cle Thumb Full       Expected to Play
Tyron Smith Dal Back Limited       Likely to Play
La'el Collins Dal Ankle Full       Expected to Play
T.J. Lang Det Back DNP       Expected to Play
Travis Swanson Det Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
David Bakhtiari GB Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Bryan Bulaga GB Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Xavier Su'a-Filo Hou Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Ryan Kelly Ind Foot Full       Expected to Play
Brandon Linder Jac Illness DNP       Expected to Play
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif KC Knee DNP       Inactive
Mitch Morse KC Foot DNP       Inactive
Eric Fisher KC Back Full       Expected to Play
Joe Barksdale LAC Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Matt Slauson LAC Tricep Limited       Awaiting Information
Russell Okung LAC Groin Full       Expected to Play
Jamon Brown LAR Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
John Sullivan LAR Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Andrew Whitworth LAR Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Mike Pouncey Mia Hip Full       Expected to Play
Weston Richburg NYG Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen Limited       Likely to Play
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee / Back Full       Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Gabe Jackson Oak Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Ramon Foster Pit Thumb DNP       Expected to Play
Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Rees Odhiambo Sea Chest Full       Likely to Play
Joe Staley SF Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Shaq Lawson Buf Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Mario Addison Car Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Julius Peppers Car Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Myles Garrett Cle Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Charles Tapper Dal Foot Limited       Inactive
Ezekiel Ansah Det Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Nick Perry GB Hand Limited       Likely to Play
J.J. Watt Hou Finger Full       Expected to Play
Dee Ford KC Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Jason Pierre-Paul NYG Shoulder / Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Mario Edwards Oak Back DNP       Awaiting Information
Bud Dupree Pit Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Cliff Avril Sea Neck DNP       Inactive
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Kyle Williams Buf Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Marcell Dareus Buf Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Star Lotulelei Car Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Danny Shelton Cle Calf DNP       Awaiting Information
Mike Daniels GB Hip Limited       Awaiting Information
Malik Jackson Jac Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Bennie Logan KC Knee Full       Expected to Play
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Leonard Williams NYJ Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Fletcher Cox Phi Calf DNP       Awaiting Information
Stephon Tuitt Pit Biceps DNP       Awaiting Information
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Karlos Dansby Ari Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Lorenzo Alexander Buf Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Ramon Humber Buf Thumb DNP       Awaiting Information
Thomas Davis Car Rib DNP       Expected to Play
Jamie Collins Sr Cle Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Anthony Hitchens Dal Knee Full       Expected to Play
Jarrad Davis Det Neck Limited       Awaiting Information
Tahir Whitehead Det Pectoral Limited       Awaiting Information
Anthony Walker Ind Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Jatavis Brown LAC Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Jordan Hicks Phi Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Shazier Pit Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
NaVorro Bowman SF Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Reuben Foster SF Ankle DNP       Inactive
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
E.J. Gaines Buf Groin Limited       Awaiting Information
Kurt Coleman Car Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Adam Jones Cin Hip Limited       Awaiting Information
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Glover Quin Det Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Davon House GB Quad Limited       Awaiting Information
Kevin Johnson Hou Knee DNP       Inactive
Marcus Burley Hou Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Matthias Farley Ind Quad DNP       Awaiting Information
Jalen Ramsey Jac Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Lamarcus Joyner LAR Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Janoris Jenkins NYG Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Jamal Adams NYJ Ribs Full       Expected to Play
David Amerson Oak Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Ronald Darby Phi Ankle DNP       Inactive
Rodney McLeod Phi Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Sean Davis Pit Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Michael Mitchell Pit Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Jeremy Lane Sea Groin DNP       Awaiting Information
Richard Sherman Sea Groin DNP       Likely to Play
Earl Thomas Sea Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Eric Reid SF Knee DNP       Inactive
Johnathan Cyprien Ten Hamstring DNP       Inactive

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

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