Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 11

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Philip Rivers self-reported symptoms concerning for a concussion on Monday and was started on the return-to-play protocol. He was cleared for individual drills in his helmet and shoulder pads on Wednesday and officially listed as a limited participant. He's progressed well and the team is optimistic he'll play this week. Unless he has recurrent symptoms, he'll likely return to a full practice by Friday and be cleared to play this week.

***Leonard Fournette is back on the injury report with ankle soreness. There is no indication of concern after his limited Wednesday practice. When he was somewhat surprisingly deactivated with an ankle injury before the bye week, the Jaguars didn't clear him to return to practice at any point that week.

***It would appear Jordan Reed's hanstring strain did not respond well to last week's limited practice. After last Friday's DNP, Reed was again unable to practice on Wednesday. He was seen doing agility work on the rehab field. It's not a great sign for his Week 11 availability. Zach Ertz returned to a full practice and multiple beat writers noted no limitations. He should be good to return to his pre-injury workload this week.

***The Packers sounded optimistic about Ty Montgomery in their post-game press conference on Sunday. But he did not practice on Wednesday as the team chose to keep him on the rehab field. That's different than his previous recovery from a rib injury when he was cleared for individual drills in pads. Watch Thursday's practice participation carefully. The early trend is not positive here.

***Terrance West looks likely to be healthy enough to play this week. Alex Collins has seized control of early down duties now, however, and it's unclear how much work West would see. Danny Woodhead is not on the active roster yet and the Ravens are therefore not required to list him on the injury report. Reports suggest he continues to be limited, however, and it's not certain he'll be activated this week.

***Drew Stanton may be making progress in his recovery from last Thursday night's knee injury but Blaine Gabbert continues to take the first team reps. I think Gabbert is likely to start over Stanton. Brett Hundley and Brock Osweiler are expected to start this week, as are DeShone Kizer and Tom Savage.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Marcus Mariota | Ankle | Not Listed
Delanie Walker | Forearm | Not Listed

Mariota was banged up during the second half of last week's game. He suffered a left shoulder injury that didn't make the injury report. His ankle is the primary concern but full practices on Tuesday and Wednesday are reassuring. Walker took a hard hit to his forearm in the end zone and missed a play on Sunday. He also returned to a full practice. Both players are off the game status report and expected to play without limitation.

Martavis Bryant was limited on Tuesday with an illness but returned to a full practice on Wednesday and was removed from the injury report. He's fallen behind JuJu Smith-Schuster on the wide receiver depth chart but is expected to be active and play a role in multiple wide receiver packages. Vance McDonald is questionable but did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. The Steelers almost never activate a player on gameday who doesn't participate in practice during the week.

The Steelers will be without Joe Haden on defense. Michael Mitchell is questionable but expected to be available.


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
Philip Rivers LAC Concussion Limited       Likely to Play
Jameis Winston TB Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Brett Hundley GB Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Brock Osweiler Den Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Drew Stanton Ari Knee Limited       Game-time Decision
Tom Savage Hou Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full       Expected to Play
DeShone Kizer Cle Ribs Limited       Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Aaron Jones GB Knee DNP       Inactive
Ty Montgomery GB Ribs DNP       Game-time Decision
Isaiah Crowell Cle Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Duke Johnson Jr Cle Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Terrance West Bal Calf Full       Likely to Play
Mike Tolbert Buf Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Dwayne Washington Det Hip DNP       Likely Inactive
Malcolm Brown LAR Knee DNP       Inactive
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dez Bryant Dal Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Demaryius Thomas Den Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Jarvis Landry Mia Chest Limited       Likely to Play
Chris Hogan NE Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Danny Amendola NE Knee Limited       Likely to Play
John Brown Ari Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Will Fuller V Hou Ribs DNP       Inactive
Bruce Ellington Hou Ribs Full       Expected to Play
Allen Hurns Jac Ankle DNP       Inactive
Marqise Lee Jac Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Jordan Matthews Buf Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Zay Jones Buf Ankle Full       Likely to Play
Brandon LaFell Cin Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Cody Latimer Den Achilles / Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Bennie Fowler Den Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Kenny Britt Cle Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Albert Wilson KC Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Ryan Grant Was Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Zach Ertz Phi Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Jordan Reed Was Hamstring DNP       Game-time Decision
Charles Clay Buf Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Martellus Bennett NE Shoulder / Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
A.J. Derby Den Shoulder DNP       Game-time Decision
Jeff Heuerman Den Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Marcedes Lewis Jac Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Niles Paul Was Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
A.Q. Shipley Ari Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
John Wetzel Ari Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Ronnie Stanley Bal Concussion Limited       Likely to Play
Cordy Glenn Buf Foot / Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Tom Compton Chi Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Kyle Long Chi Finger Limited       Game-time Decision
Shon Coleman Cle Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
J.C. Tretter Cle Shoulder / Knee DNP       Game-time Decision
Tyron Smith Dal Back / Groin DNP       Unlikely to Play
Donald Stephenson Den Calf Limited       Expected to Play
Ronald Leary Den Elbow Full       Expected to Play
T.J. Lang Det Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Justin McCray GB Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Jeff Allen Hou Hand Limited       Likely to Play
Chris Clark Hou Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Patrick Omameh Jac Quadricep DNP       Likely to Play
Jeremy Parnell Jac Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Mitch Morse KC Foot Full       Expected to Play
Joe Barksdale LAC Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Spencer Pulley LAC Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Rodger Saffold LAR Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Jermon Bushrod Mia Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Mike Remmers Min Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Jeremiah Sirles Min Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Justin Pugh NYG Back DNP       Inactive
D.J. Fluker NYG Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Gabe Jackson Oak Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Marshall Newhouse Oak Hip / Quad Limited       Likely to Play
Demar Dotson TB Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Donovan Smith TB Knee Limited       Likely to Play
J.R. Sweezy TB Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Trent Williams Was Knee DNP       Likely to Play
T.J. Clemmings Was Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Shaun Lauvao Was Stinger Limited       Likely to Play
Spencer Long Was Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Brandon Scherff Was Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Morgan Moses Was Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jerry Hughes Buf Shin / Calf DNP       Awaiting Information
Shane Ray Den Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Nick Perry GB Foot Limited       Likely to Play
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Dee Ford KC Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Tamba Hali KC Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Robert Quinn LAR Illness Limited       Awaiting Information
Everson Griffen Min Foot Limited       Likely to Play
Jason Pierre-Paul NYG Knee Limited       Likely to Play
William Gholston TB Neck DNP       Inactive
Robert Ayers TB Ankle / Calf Limited       Likely to Play
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Corey Peters Ari Ankle DNP       Inactive
Allen Bailey KC Knee DNP       Inactive
Bennie Logan KC Knee Full       Expected to Play
Corey Liuget LAC Toe Limited       Likely to Play
Ndamukong Suh Mia Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Damon Harrison NYG Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Gerald McCoy TB Shoulder / Back Limited       Likely to Play
Matt Ioannidis Was Hand Limited       Likely to Play
Alan Branch NE Neck Limited       Awaiting Information
Malcom Brown NE Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Danny Trevathan Chi Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Kevin Minter Cin Elbow Limited       Likely to Play
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Todd Davis Den Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Brandon Marshall Den Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Joe Thomas GB Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Dylan Cole Hou Hamstring DNP       Inactive
Denzel Perryman LAC Ankle Full       Expected to Play
B.J. Goodson NYG Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Devon Kennard NYG Quadricep Limited       Awaiting Information
Calvin Munson NYG Quadricep Limited       Likely to Play
Zach Brown Was Achilles Limited       Awaiting Information
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jimmy Smith Bal Achilles DNP       Awaiting Information
E.J. Gaines Buf Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Sherrick McManis Chi Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Will Jackson Cin Toe DNP       Awaiting Information
Adam Jones Cin Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Shawn Williams Cin Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Jeff Heath Dal Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Morgan Burnett GB Groin DNP       Inactive
Kevin King GB Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Johnathan Joseph Hou Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Kareem Jackson Hou Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Jalen Ramsey Jac Back Full       Expected to Play
Lamarcus Joyner LAR Hip DNP       Awaiting Information
Michael Thomas Mia Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Reshad Jones Mia Groin / Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Andrew Sendejo Min Groin / Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Kenny Vaccaro NO Groin Limited       Game-time Decision
David Amerson Oak Foot DNP       Likely Inactive
Ronald Darby Phi Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Vernon Hargreaves TB Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
DeAngelo Hall Was Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Bashaud Breeland Was Shoulder Full       Expected to Play

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

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