Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 14

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

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Matthew Stafford plays through everything. But his status got interesting on Wednesday. Jim Caldwell never says anything to the media. So, it was shocking when Caldwell gave a long answer when questioned and said Stafford was "not out of the woods yet" and still needed treatment. I still believe Stafford will play this week, but Thursday will be important. If he's still limited, he'll be high on the weekend watch list.

***Joe Mixon suffered a concussion on Monday night. We've seen players progress through the return-to-play protocol in five days before but it's rare. There was no chance Mixon would be cleared for football-related activity on Wednesday. He'll need to be cleared for individual drills on Thursday to have a realistic chance to play this week. The Bengals play at home, which gives Mixon some additional observational time as the team doesn't have a travel day on Saturday. I think it's unlikely Mixon plays but will firm up his expectation after Thursday's practice.

***The Panthers said last week's decision to hold Olsen out of practice was turf related. After three DNPs last week, Olsen fully practiced on Wednesday. He was cleared to return by his surgeon when comfortable and Carolina is clearly expecting to have Olsen available. Barring recurrent soreness, we'll likely see Olsen in 25-30 snaps this week and then advance from there.

***Doug Pederson told reporters Zach Ertz was cleared to attend meetings but his tight end wasn't in individual drills on Wednesday. If Ertz is not cleared for football-related activity on Thursday, his status is firmly in doubt.

***The news on Rishard Matthews is more reassuring this week. Mike Mularkey told reporters he still doesn't know Matthews' status but said the wide receiver had been able to do more on Wednesday than last week and was making progress as the team continues to remain cautious. Delanie Walker did not practice but sounded like a player who wanted to play while telling reporters he felt his strong play wasn't receiving the respect it deserved. Expect him to be limited at best through Friday with a low-grade high ankle sprain.

***It's easy for coaches to tell reporters their injured players are day-to-day. Sean McDermott's version of day-to-day for Tyrod Taylor on Wednesday was "We'll take it one day at a time." He also said there was "no timetable" for Taylor to return from a patellar tendon contusion. It's not difficult to read between the lines here. Taylor is a longshot to play this week.

***It's now been over a week of rehab rather than practice for Adrian Peterson. There are no specifics on his neck injury but Bruce Arians said Peterson still needed "time to heal." There's no category of neck injury in which "still needs to heal after ten days" is reassuring. Barring a surprise change in his practice participation on Thursday, Peterson is likely out again this week. 

***There was no actionable updates on the unexpected listing of Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Marqise Lee (foot),

***Amari Cooper has cleared concussion protocol but continues to rehab a high ankle sprain. He's not yet practicing and doubtful to play.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

***Mark Ingram II missed practice this week with a toe injury. The Saints rarely update the status of their injured players, even if there's no reason for concern. They've listed Ingram questionable and it's not clear whether he's probable (they recognized he would be able to play on Monday, then rested him during the midweek walkthroughs) or doubtful (they recognized on Monday he wasn't ready and shut him down). There's not enough information here to make a strong recommendation but I lean toward Ingram playing but at risk of a limited role. Watch the pregame news carefully on Thursday for clues on Ingram's usage.

***The Atlanta and New Orleans offenses are otherwise mostly healthy. Both teams will be without a starting offensive lineman. Atlanta's Andy Levitre will miss this game and possibly more with a triceps injury. Andrus Peat is out for New Orleans with a groin strain.

***Marshon Lattimore was not ready to return last Sunday. He had two limited practices this week and is questionable. The matchup against Julio Jones is critical for the Saints defense but Lattimore is not fully healthy. I lean slightly toward him playing.


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
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play
Matthew Stafford Det Hand Limited       Likely to Play
Dak Prescott Dal Hand Full       Expected to Play
Jameis Winston TB Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Jac Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Buf Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Paxton Lynch Den Ankle DNP       Inactive
Running Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Ankle Full       Expected to Play
LeSean McCoy Buf Knee Full       Expected to Play
Joe Mixon Cin Concussion DNP       Unlikely to Play
Christian McCaffrey Car Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Jonathan Stewart Car Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Ameer Abdullah Det Neck Limited       Likely to Play
Matt Forte NYJ Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Bilal Powell NYJ Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Adrian Peterson Ari Neck DNP       Unlikely to Play
Kerwynn Williams Ari Ribs Limited       Likely to Play
Doug Martin TB Concussion Full       Likely to Play
Travaris Cadet Buf Concussion DNP       Unlikely to Play
Mike Tolbert Buf Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Wayne Gallman NYG Hip Limited       Awaiting Information
Malcolm Brown LAR Knee Full       Expected to Play
Alfred Blue Hou Concussion DNP       Unlikely to Play
Wide Receivers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Robert Woods LAR Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Sterling Shepard NYG Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Robby Anderson NYJ Hamstring Full       Expected to Play
Jermaine Kearse NYJ Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Marqise Lee Jac Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Rishard Matthews Ten Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Kelvin Benjamin Buf Knee Limited       Likely Inactive
Devin Funchess Car Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Jeremy Maclin Bal Back Limited       Awaiting Information
Amari Cooper Oak Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Emmanuel Sanders Den Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Cordarrelle Patterson Oak Hip DNP       Likely to Play
Maurice Harris Was Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Will Fuller V Hou Ribs Limited       Likely to Play
Allen Hurns Jac Ankle DNP       Inactive
John Brown Ari Toe DNP       Likely Inactive
Jaron Brown Ari Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
J.J. Nelson Ari Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Kenny Britt Cle Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Sammie Coates Jr Cle Knee / Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Donte Moncrief Ind Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Mike Williams LAC Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
John Ross Cin Shoulder DNP IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Tight Ends
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Zach Ertz Phi Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Jimmy Graham Sea Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot Full       Likely to Play
Delanie Walker Ten Ankle DNP       Likely to Play
Jordan Reed Was Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Charles Clay Buf Knee DNP       Likely to Play
David Njoku Cle Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Vance McDonald Pit Ankle Full       Likely to Play
Offensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Jared Veldheer Ari Elbow DNP       Awaiting Information
A.Q. Shipley Ari Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Jermaine Eluemunor Bal Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Cordy Glenn Buf Foot / Ankle Limited       Awaiting Information
Seantrel Henderson Buf Back Full       Expected to Play
Tyler Larsen Car Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Ryan Kalil Car Neck Limited       Awaiting Information
Shon Coleman Cle Thumb Full       Expected to Play
La'el Collins Dal Back DNP       Likely to Play
Tyron Smith Dal Back DNP       Likely to Play
Ronald Leary Den Back DNP       Likely Inactive
T.J. Lang Det Foot DNP       Unlikely to Play
Rick Wagner Det Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Corey Robinson Det Foot Limited       Awaiting Information
Travis Swanson Det Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Lucas Patrick GB Hand Full       Likely to Play
Julie'n Davenport Hou Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive
Xavier Su'a-Filo Hou Groin DNP       Awaiting Information
Jeff Allen Hou Hand Full       Expected to Play
Ryan Kelly Ind Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Patrick Omameh Jac Quadricep Limited       Awaiting Information
Josh Wells Jac Concussion Limited       Likely Inactive
Mitch Morse KC Foot DNP       Likely Inactive
Spencer Pulley LAC Knee Limited       Likely to Play
Mike Remmers Min Back DNP       Awaiting Information
Pat Elflein Min Shoulder Limited       Awaiting Information
Justin Pugh NYG Back Limited       Likely to Play
Brian Winters NYJ Abdomen / Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Knee Full       Expected to Play
Jason Kelce Phi Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Oday Aboushi Sea Shoulder DNP       Inactive
Duane Brown Sea Ankle DNP       Expected to Play
Ethan Pocic Sea Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Luke Joeckel Sea Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Trent Brown SF Shoulder DNP       Likely to Play
Joe Hawley TB Illness DNP       Likely to Play
Morgan Moses Was Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Trent Williams Was Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Ty Nsekhe Was Core muscle Full       Expected to Play
Brandon Scherff Was knee Full       Expected to Play
Edge Players
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Shane Ray Den Wrist Full       Expected to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Nick Perry GB Foot / Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Knee Limited       Expected to Play
Calais Campbell Jac Wrist Limited       Expected to Play
Dee Ford KC Back DNP       Likely Inactive
Tamba Hali KC Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Jason Pierre-Paul NYG Finger DNP       Likely to Play
Denico Autry Oak Hand DNP       Awaiting Information
Derek Barnett Phi Groin Full       Expected to Play
Michael Bennett Sea Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Robert Ayers TB Concussion Full       Expected to Play
Defensive Line
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Corey Peters Ari Ankle DNP       Likely Inactive
Kyle Williams Buf Groin DNP       Awaiting Information
Eddie Goldman Chi Hip DNP       Awaiting Information
Danny Shelton Cle Chest / Ribs DNP       Awaiting Information
David Irving Dal Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information
Domata Peko Sr Den Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Kenny Clark GB Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Allen Bailey KC Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Bennie Logan KC Knee Full       Expected to Play
Corey Liuget LAC Toe Limited       Awaiting Information
Linval Joseph Min Knee Full       Expected to Play
Damon Harrison NYG Elbow Limited       Expected to Play
Nazair Jones Sea Ankle DNP       Unlikely to Play
Matt Ioannidis Was Hand Full       Expected to Play
Linebackers
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Deone Bucannon Ari Ankle Limited       Limited if Active
C.J. Mosley Bal Neck DNP       Likely to Play
Shaq Thompson Car Foot DNP       Likely Inactive
Thomas Davis Car Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Vontaze Burfict Cin Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Nick Vigil Cin Ankle DNP       Inactive
Vincent Rey Cin Hamstring Limited       Awaiting Information
Justin Durant Dal Concussion DNP       Likely Inactive
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Todd Davis Den Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Jake Ryan GB Neck / Illness DNP       Likely to Play
Telvin Smith Sr Jac Concussion Full       Likely to Play
Alec Ogletree LAR Elbow DNP       Likely to Play
Eric Kendricks Min Hip Full       Expected to Play
Jonathan Casillas NYG Neck / Wrist DNP IR IR IR Injured Reserve
B.J. Goodson NYG Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Tyler Matakevich Pit Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Ryan Shazier Pit Back DNP       Inactive
Bobby Wagner Sea Hamstring DNP       Expected to Play
Zach Brown Was Hamstring / Achilles DNP       Likely to Play
Martrell Spaight Was Ankle Limited       Likely to Play
Defensive Backs
Player Team Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Patrick Peterson Ari Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Leonard Johnson Buf Knee Limited       Awaiting Information
Tre'Davious White Buf Concussion Limited       Awaiting Information
Adrian Amos Chi Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Darqueze Dennard Cin Knee DNP       Awaiting Information
Adam Jones Cin Groin DNP       Likely Inactive
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Concussion DNP       Unlikely to Play
Shawn Williams Cin Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Brian Boddy-Calhoun Cle Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Jabrill Peppers Cle Knee DNP       Likely to Play
Orlando Scandrick Dal Back DNP       Inactive
Davon House GB Shoulder DNP       Unlikely to Play
Kareem Jackson Hou Ribs Limited       Awaiting Information
Johnathan Joseph Hou Shoulder Limited       Likely to Play
Jalen Ramsey Jac Hamstring DNP       Likely to Play
Casey Hayward LAC Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Andrew Sendejo Min Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Eli Apple NYG Hip / Back DNP       Unlikely to Play
David Amerson Oak Foot Limited       Likely to Play
Joe Haden Pit Fibula DNP       Inactive
Michael Mitchell Pit Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Kam Chancellor Sea Neck DNP       Inactive
Eric Reid SF Knee Full       Expected to Play
Vernon Hargreaves TB Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Logan Ryan Ten Concussion DNP       Awaiting Information

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

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