Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 13

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***As hoped, Devonta Freeman responded well to last week's individual drills and was cleared for contact by the Falcons on Wednesday. Assuming no unexpected setbacks this week, he'll return this week. Though Tevin Coleman has been effective, a healthy Freeman should see a healthy workload.

***Though Greg Olsen's imaging and examination were reassuring on Monday, the Panthers will remain cautious while returning him to action after last week's soreness held him out of the second half. There's a chance Olsen returns to practice and the field this week but Carolina won't push him to come back quickly. If active, the team will likely limit his snap count until he proves he can play without soreness and limitation.

***Jameis Winston's rehab is complete and the Buccaneers cleared him for a full Wednesday practice. It's the first time in over six weeks he's been cleared to throw on Wednesday and Dirk Koetter has already named him this week's starter. Tampa Bay elected to rehab Winston until he was at no risk of aggravation while throwing in practice. There may be a bit of rust to work through as he readjusts to the speed of the game.

***Christian McCaffrey has a shoulder injury. Ron Rivera told reporters McCaffrey took a hard hit to the shoulder and the team would re-evaluate him on Thursday. Most likely, he'll return to a limited practice by the end of the week, be listed questionable, but be available for close to his usual workload. Check back tomorrow for another data point.

***Sterling Shepard returned to a full practice on Wednesday. If he continues to practice through the week and does not have any recurrent symptoms with exercise, he'll be cleared to return.

***The Packers cleared Aaron Jones for individual drills on Wednesday, less than three weeks after an MCL sprain that was expected to keep him out 4-6 weeks. That's a great sign for his impending recovery but it doesn't guarantee he'll be available in Week 13. If he responds well to individual work, there's a chance the Packers will clear him for more by the end of the week. If active this week, he'll be limited. More likely, Green Bay will continue to increase his practice participation and return him in Week 14. Ty Montgomery is still not practicing and looks to be inactive again this week.

***Observers were surprised at Alex Collins' Wednesday DNP. Listed with a calf injury, there seemed to be no indication on Monday night of a leg injury. The Ravens have yet to update Collins' status outside of the injury report. Thursday's practice participation will be informative.

***Adrian Peterson did not practice with a neck injury of unknown severity. Bruce Arians told reporters he had "no clue" how his running back rotation might work this week, noting Kerwynn Williams -- who was not listed on the practice participation report -- is playing through cracked ribs. 

***Mike Mularkey told reporters Rishard Matthews was day-to-day on Wednesday. The Titans have routinely rested players early in the week with injuries this season. Matthews hasn't practiced for a week now, however, and needs to show something soon to be confident he'll be able to return to his pre-injury snap count and usage.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

***Jordan Reed did not practice during the short week and will not play. He'll have ten additional days to recover from a lingering hamstring strain.

***Jamison Crowder (back/knee) and Samaje Perine (finger) both fully practiced and will play without limitation.

***Washington continues to struggle to field healthy offensive linemen. Trent Williams will continue to try to battle through his knee contusion and patellar ligament laxity. Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, and Brandon Scherff were again limited in practice but expected to play. Dallas could be without La'el Collins, who has not practiced this week but hopes to play through a back injury. Tyron Smith and Zack Martin are expected to play.

***Dallas will be thin at linebacker. Sean Lee is still not practicing. Justin Durant is out with a concussion. Anthony Hitchens will likely be active but is limited by a groin strain.


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
Matthew Stafford Det Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Jameis Winston TB Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Josh McCown NYJ Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Paxton Lynch Den Ankle DNP       Inactive
C.J. Beathard SF Knee / Hip DNP       Active / Backup
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Devonta Freeman Atl Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Christian McCaffrey Car Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Lamar Miller Hou Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Isaiah Crowell Cle Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Alex Collins Bal Calf DNP       Awaiting Information
Adrian Peterson Ari Neck DNP       Awaiting Information
Ty Montgomery GB Ribs / Wrist DNP       Likely Inactive
Aaron Jones GB Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Doug Martin TB Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Matt Forte NYJ Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Damien Williams Mia Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Ameer Abdullah Det Neck DNP       Awaiting Information
Dwayne Washington Det Hip Full       Likely to Play
Mike Tolbert Buf Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Malcolm Brown LAR Knee Limited       Likely Inactive
Lance Dunbar LAR Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Mike Davis Sea Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Julio Jones Atl Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Robert Woods LAR Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Rishard Matthews Ten Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Sterling Shepard NYG Illness Full       Likely to Play
Chris Hogan NE Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Danny Amendola NE Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Alshon Jeffery Phi Foot Limited       Likely to Play
Amari Cooper Oak Ankle / Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Cordarelle Patterson Oak Hip Limited       Expected to Play
Devin Funchess Car Toe DNP       Expected to Play
Marqise Lee Jac Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Allen Hurns Jac Ankle DNP       Inactive
DeSean Jackson TB Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Kelvin Benjamin Buf Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Jordan Matthews Buf Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Will Fuller V Hou Ribs DNP       Unlikely to Play
Mike Williams LAC Back (Likely Error = Knee) DNP       Likely Inactive
Sammie Coates Jr Cle Knee / Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Kenny Britt Cle Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Albert Wilson KC Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Jermaine Kearse NYJ Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Josh Bellamy Chi Concussion Full       Likely to Play
John Brown Ari Toe DNP       Likely Inactive
Josh Reynolds LAR Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Greg Olsen Car Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Charles Clay Buf Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Trey Burton Phi Back Full       Expected to Play
Tyler Higbee LAR Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
George Kittle SF Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Coby Fleener NO Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Jeff Heuerman Den Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Nick O'Leary Buf Back DNP       Awaiting Information
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Andy Levitre Atl Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Jermaine Eluemunor Bal Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Ronnie Stanley Bal Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Cordy Glenn Buf Foot DNP       Inactive
Ryan Kalil Car Neck Limited       Likely to Play
Josh Sitton Chi Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Tom Compton Chi Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Ronald Leary Den Back DNP       Likely to Play
T.J. Lang Det Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Travis Swanson Det Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Lucas Patrick GB Hand Full       Expected to Play
Chris Clark Hou Ankle IR IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Julien Davenport Hou Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Jeff Allen Hou Hand Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Kelly Ind Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Patrick Omameh Jac Quad Limited       Awaiting Information
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Spencer Pulley LAC Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Jermon Bushrod Mia Foot DNP       Inactive
Mike Pouncey Mia Hip DNP       Expected to Play
Mike Remmers Min Back Limited       Expected to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
LaAdrian Waddle NE Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
David Andrews NE Illness Limited       Awaiting Information
Terron Armstead NO Thigh / Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Ryan Ramcyzk NO Elbow Limited       Likely to Play
Larry Warford NO Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Justin Pugh NYG Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen / Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Knee Full       Expected to Play
Gabe Jackson Oak Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Jason Kelce Phi Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Luke Joeckel Sea Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Oday Aboushi Sea Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Duane Brown Sea Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Trent Brown SF Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Evan Smith TB Concussion Full       Likely to Play
Demar Dotson TB Knee IR IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Eli Marpet TB Knee IR IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Brian Schwenke Ten Illness DNP       Awaiting Information
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Clay Matthews GB Groin Limited       Likely to Play
Nick Perry GB Foot Limited       Expected to Play
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Shoulder / Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Dee Ford KC Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Tamba Hali KC Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Trey Flowers NE Rib Limited       Likely to Play
Robert Ayers TB Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Brian Orakpo Ten Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Corey Peters Ari Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Domata Peko Sr Den Knee DNP       Unlikely to Play
Kenny Clark GB Ankle Limited       Unlikely to Play
Allen Bailey KC Knee Full       Expected to Play
Bennie Logan KC Knee Full       Expected to Play
Corey Liuget LAC Toe DNP       Awaiting Information
Damon Harrison NYG Elbow DNP       Awaiting Information
Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ Foot Full       Expected to Play
Solomon Thomas SF Knee Full       Expected to Play
Gerald McCoy TB Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Deone Bucannon Ari Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
C.J. Mosley Bal Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Thomas Davis Car Hamstring DNP       Expected to Play
Shaq Thompson Car Foot Limited       Likely to Play
Danny Trevathan Chi Calf Limited       Awaiting Information
Todd Davis Den Shoulder / Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Shane Ray Den Wrist / Illness Limited       Expected to Play
Brennan Scarlett Hou Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Telvin Smith Sr Jac Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Eric Kendricks Min Hip DNP       Likely to Play
Kyle Van Noy NE Calf Limited       Awaiting Information
Jonathan Casillas NYG Neck / Wrist DNP       Awaiting Information
B.J. Goodson NYG Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Calvin Munson NYG Quad Full       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
Desmond Trufant Atl Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Brian Poole Atl Back DNP       Likely to Play
Jimmy Smith Bal Achilles Limited       Expected to Play
Daryl Worley Car Foot DNP       Unlikely to Play
Mike Adams Car Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Adrian Amos Chi Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Kevin King GB Shoulder DNP       Unlikely to Play
Morgan Burnett GB Groin Full       Expected to Play
Kareem Jackson Hou Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Tashaun Gipson Sr Jac Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Jalen Ramsey Jac Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Casey Hayward LAC Calf DNP       Likely to Play
Kayvon Webster LAR Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Nickell Robey LAR Thigh Limited       Awaiting Information
Andrew Sendejo Min Groin Full       Expected to Play
Ken Crowley NO Abdomen Limited       Awaiting Information
Marshon Lattimore NO Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Janoris Jenkins NYG Ankle IR IR IR IR Injured Reserve
David Amerson Oak Foot Limited       Awaiting Information
Shaq Griffin Sea Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Kam Chancellor Sea Neck DNP       Inactive
Eric Reid SF Knee Full       Expected to Play
Vernon Hargreaves TB Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
T.J. Ward TB Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Robert McClain TB Shoulder Full       Expected to Play

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

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