Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 12

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Devonta Freeman was not at practice Wednesday. While last week was too soon to be certain Freeman would miss multiple weeks, this missed practice is concerning. Dan Quinn would not confirm which stage Freeman had reached in the return-to-play protocol, he hasn't progressed enough to be cleared for individual drills. Given Freeman's slow progression so far, it's highly unlikely the team will accelerate his return over the next 48 hours. Freeman has reportedly said he feels well enough to play but the Falcons are proceeding with deliberate caution here.

***Tom Brady did not practice Wednesday and is listed with an Achilles injury. There is no reported concern and Brady is expected to return to practice on Wednesday. Expect him to be limited the remainder of the week and play on Sunday.

***According to Mike Tomlin, JuJu Smith-Schuster has a "small" hamstring issue. Low-grade hamstring strains are still concerning -- assuming that's what Tomlin is hinting -- and Smith-Schuster did not practice on Wednesday. Smith-Schuster told reporters his availability this week depends on Tomlin. That doesn't sound positive and the Steelers rarely clear players to play if they haven't practiced. Thursday's practice report is critical.

***Ty Montgomery confirmed he re-injured his ribs two weeks ago despite wearing additional protection. He has yet to return to practice and it's clear the Green Bay medical staff will not clear him to return until he's at less risk of aggravation. It's not clear when Montgomery will be back but a return this week is doubtful at best.

***Kelvin Benjamin is unlikely to play this week. After a reassuring imaging study earlier this week, Benjamin has a chance to return this season but Sean McDermott would only say, "We'll see," when asked about Benjamin's Week 12 availability. It's not clear whether Jordan Matthews has made enough progress to return.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Sterling Shepard | Migraine | Questionable

Shepard was limited in practice on Monday but did not feel well enough to practice on Tuesday or Wednesday after his symptoms worsened with exercise. Ben McAdoo did not sound positive after Wednesday's walkthrough. Shepard remained in the training room for treatment and observation. The Giants apparently feel there's a chance Shepard can recover in time to play Thursday night as they allowed him to travel to Washington with the team. Shepard looks to be on the doubtful side of questionable, however. If Shepard is cleared to play, it's possible the exertion and hydration changes could cause a recurrence of symptoms.

Jordan Reed | Hamstring | Declared Out

Reed didn't practice this week after acknowledging continued pain last week. There's an outside chance he can return next week.

Samaje Perine | Finger | Questionable

Washington has listed Perine questionable but he's expected to play and see the majority of snaps with Chris Thompson out for the season. Ball security and receiving may be concerns but it's unlikely Perine's snaps will be limited much.

***Tyron Smith is tentatively expected to play after a week of limited practice and continued progress. However, the Cowboys will absolutely think twice about activating their best offensive linemen if he has any tightness or discomfort during warmups.

***The Washington offensive line will be without T.J. Clemmings, Shaun Lauvao, and Spencer Long. All are now on injured reserve. It's a tough turn-around to the Thursday night game for Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, Ty Nsekhe, and Morgan Moses. All are listed questionable. Williams did not practice this week but all four linemen are expected to be available.

***Everson Griffen is fully practicing after returning last week and should be back to a full complement of snaps. Brian Robison is expected to play after missing last week's game with a late week back spasm.

***Sean Lee remains out for Dallas. Anthony Hitchens is questionable with a groin injured but expected to play.

***The Giants will be without D.J. Fluker and Justin Pugh on the offensive line and B.J. Goodson and Calvin Munson at linebacker. Olivier Vernon is back on the injury report with a shoulder injury. He and Jason Pierre-Paul are both likely to play through their injuries.

***Washington did not provide updates on Zach Brown. He's questionable with an Achilles injury but has played through every questionable tag so far this year.


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 DNP       Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Thumb / Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Jameis Winston TB Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Jacoby Brissett Ind Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Jay Cutler Mia Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Devonta Freeman Atl Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Matt Forte NYJ Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Isaiah Crowell Cle Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Aaron Jones GB Knee DNP       Inactive
Ty Montgomery GB Ribs DNP       Likely Inactive
Mike Tolbert Buf Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Mike Davis Sea Groin DNP       Game-time Decision
Malcolm Brown LAR Knee DNP       Inactive
Lance Dunbar LAR Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Julio Jones Atl Ankle / Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Robert Woods LAR Shoulder DNP       Inactive
JuJu Smith-Schuster Pit Hamstring DNP       Game-time Decision
Kelvin Benjamin Buf Knee DNP       Unlikely to Play
Jordan Matthews Buf Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Chris Hogan NE Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Danny Amendola NE Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Allen Hurns Jac Ankle DNP       Inactive
Marqise Lee Jac Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Brandon LaFell Cin Knee Limited       Likely to Play
John Brown Ari Toe DNP       Likely Inactive
J.J. Nelson Ari Chest Limited       Awaiting Information
Josh Bellamy Chi Concussion DNP       Unlikely to Play
Deonte Thompson Buf Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Sammie Coates Jr Cle Knee / Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Kenny Britt Cle Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Kamar Aiken Ind Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Albert Wilson KC Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski NE Illness DNP       Expected to Play
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Charles Clay Buf Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Tyler Kroft Cin Hand Limited       Awaiting Information
Martellus Bennett NE Shoulder / Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Cameron Brate TB Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
George Kittle SF Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Trey Burton Phi Back Limited       Likely to Play
Jeff Heuerman Den Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Vance McDonald Pit Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
A.Q. Shipley Ari Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Andy Levitre Atl Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Alex Mack Atl Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Cordy Glenn Buf Foot / Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Dion Dawkins Buf Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
Tyler Larsen Car Foot DNP       Expected to Play
Ryan Kalil Car Neck Limited       Game-time Decision
Tom Compton Chi Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Clint Boling Cin Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
J.C. Tretter Cle Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Justin McCray GB Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Patrick Omameh Jac Quadricep DNP       Likely Inactive
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Jermon Bushrod Mia Foot DNP       Inactive
Laremy Tunsil Mia Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
David Andrews NE Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
Marcus Cannon NE Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen Limited       Likely to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Knee Full       Expected to Play
Marshall Newhouse Oak Hip / Quad Limited       Awaiting Information
Oday Aboushi Sea Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Duane Brown Sea Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee Full       Likely to Play
Demar Dotson TB Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Donovan Smith TB knee Limited       Expected to Play
J.R. Sweezy TB Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Chandler Jones Ari Hip / Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Mario Addison Car Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Leonard Floyd Chi Knee DNP       Inactive
Shane Ray Den Wrist / Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Clay Matthews GB Groin DNP       Unlikely to Play
Nick Perry GB Foot Limited       Likely to Play
John Simon Ind Neck Full       Likely to Play
Dee Ford KC Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Tamba Hali KC Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Robert Ayers TB Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
William Gholston TB Neck Limited       Likely Inactive
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Corey Peters Ari Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Dontari Poe Atl Hips Limited       Likely to Play
Akiem Hicks Chi Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Kenny Clark GB Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Allen Bailey KC Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Malcom Brown NE Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Foot Limited       Likely to Play
Solomon Thomas SF Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Gerald McCoy TB Shoulder / Back Limited       Expected to Play
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Duke Riley Atl Knee Full       Expected to Play
Danny Trevathan Chi Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Vincent Rey Cin Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Kevin Minter Cin Elbow Full       Likely to Play
Mark Barron LAR Hand DNP       Awaiting Information
A.J. Klein NO Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Bobby Wagner Sea Hamstring DNP       Likely to Play
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Micah Hyde Buf Knee Full       Expected to Play
Shawn Williams Cin Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Will Jackson Cin Toe Limited       Awaiting Information
Adam Jones Cin Concussion Full       Likely to Play
Jabrill Peppers Cle Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Aqib Talib Den Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Kevin King GB Shoulder Limited       Game-time Decision
Morgan Burnett GB Groin Full       Likely to Play
Matthias Farley Ind Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Tashaun Gipson Sr Jac Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Kayvon Webster LAR Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Nickell Robey-Coleman LAR Thigh DNP       Awaiting Information
Patrick Chung NE Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Marshon Lattimore NO Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Ken Crowley NO Abdomen DNP       Awaiting Information
Kenny Vaccaro NO Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Morris Claiborne NYJ Foot Limited       Likely to Play
David Amerson Oak Foot DNP       Likely Inactive
Rodney McLeod Phi Oblique Limited       Likely to Play
Joe Haden Pit Fibula DNP       Inactive
Michael Mitchell Pit Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Kam Chancellor Sea Neck DNP       Inactive
Shaquill Griffin Sea Concussion DNP       Unlikely to Play
Eric Reid SF Knee Full       Likely to Play
Vernon Hargreaves TB Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive

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

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