Gameday Injury Expectations: Week 11 - Footballguys

What to expect from this week's injured players

UNDERSTANDING THE NFL'S INJURY REPORT

The injury report released by the NFL is actually two reports. The first is the Practice Participation report, which lists which injured players were able to practice and how much. It also includes players who rested or missed practice for non-injury related reasons. The second is the Game Status Report, which gives the probability a player will play, i.e. Questionable, Doubtful, Out. The Practice Participation Report is released every day of the week (Monday through Saturday). The Game Status Report is released with the Friday participation report (Wednesday for Thursday games, Saturday for Monday games).

In this feature, I'll include the Game Status Listing, my expectation of their likelihood to play, and the player's practice participation throughout the week.

Key:

PLAYER | INJURY | GAME STATUS LISTING | FOOTBALLGUYS EXPECTATION

Practice Participation Listing by Day

* = playing on Monday night

I'll also include a table at the bottom of the article for easy reference.

Here's the latest on every relevant injured player on the practice participation and game status report this week:


QUARTERBACK

Joe Flacco | Hip | Doubtful | likely Inactive

Practice Participation: Wed - Full | Thurs - Full | Fri - Full

Lamar Jackson | Illness | Not LIsted | expected to Play

Practice Participation: Wed - Not Listed | Thurs - DNP | Fri - Full

Flacco was seen on crutches and reportedly getting multiple specialist opinions after a Week 9 hip injury. The Ravens list him doubtful but he will be inactive. Jackson needed an emergency evaluation for abdominal pain on Thursday, then returned to a full Friday practice and was not listed on the game status report. Despite some brief whispers the Ravens could be planning to start Robert Griffin III and use Jackson in his current change-of-pace role, Baltimore is now expected to start Jackson. John Harbaugh told reporters Jackson's missed practice was "not ideal" and has yet to confirm a starter.

Jackson's full Friday practice removes any injury or illness concern. But it may impact how the Ravens approach their quarterback decisions. In short, we'll be relying on Sunday reporting about Baltimore's plan.

Sunday Update: All reports indicate Jackson remains healthy enough to start on Sunday. Expect Griffin to see some snaps but the situations and projected snap count are still unclear. Most likely, Griffin will serve as a backup should Jackson struggle.

Others of note: Patrick Mahomes II (foot) and Cam Newton (shoulder) have practiced, are not listed on the game status report and will play without limitation. Return to play expectations on all inactive and injured players will be updated in Monday's column.


RUNNING BACK

James Conner | concussion | Not Listed | Expected to Play

Practice Participation: Wed - Full | Thurs - Full | Fri - Full

Conner fully practiced this week and is not included on Pittsburgh's game status report. He will see his usual workload on Sunday.

Joe Mixon | Knee | Not Listed | Expected to Play

Practice Participation: Wed - Not Listed | Thurs - Limited | Fri - Full

Mixon was an unexpected addition to Thursday's injury report with a knee condition. It wasn't clear whether he aggravated his early-season injury, sought treatment for something new, or was getting a day off. His full Friday practice was a welcome sight. The Bengals chose not to list him on the game status report. Mixon will play and there are no indications Thursday's missed practice is of any concern. Expect Mixon to see his usual workload.

Royce Freeman | Ankle | Not Listed | Expected to Play

Practice Participation: Wed - Limited | Thurs - Full | Fri - Full

Vance Joseph told reporters early in the week the Broncos expected to get Freeman back this week. After a full week of practice, Freeman was not listed on the game status report. While the injury may not limit Freeman, Joseph told reporters the offense would continue to distribute touches based on how each back was playing during the game. Freeman may be healthy enough for 10-15 touches but there's no guarantee he'll get them.

Others of note: Adrian Peterson (shoulder), Peyton Barber (ankle), Doug Martin (hip), and Kapri Bibbs (shoulder) have fully practiced, are not listed on the game status report, and are expected to play. Darren Sproles (hamstring), Chris Thompson (rib), and Ronald Jones II (hamstring) have been declared out. I'll update return to play expectations on all inactive and injured players in Monday's column.


WIDE RECEIVER

Sunday Update: Ian Rapoport has a source who continues to express optimism on A.J. Green. After a report last weekend that Green had a chance to play as early as this week, Rapoport tweeted overnight the Bengals will allow Green to work out to see if he can play today. It's extremely unlikely the team would risk an aggravation of a toe injury that required evaluation for surgery. And Adam Schefter, who has reported a November return remains a tough ask for Green, continues to report Green is not expected to play today. It will be a shock if Green is active today.

Adam Thielen | Calf / Back | Not listed | Expected to play

Practice Participation: Wed - Limited | Thurs - Limited | Fri - Limited

It's not clear whether the Vikings are significantly concerned about Thielen's injury. Although his snap count wasn't affected by the calf injury in Week 9, Thielen didn't look as explosive as usual and he finished with a season-low four catches and just 22 yards. Thielen wouldn't discuss his status with reporters after his limited Wednesday practice. Neither Thielen nor the Vikings have discussed his status since. But Minnesota didn't list Thielen on the game status report. That all but guarantees Thielen will play this week. It also strongly suggests he's ready for his pre-injury workload despite managing only limited practice time after a bye week to rehab.

*Sammy Watkins | Foot | Questionable | Game-time Decision

Practice Participation: Thurs - Limited | Fri - DNP | Sat - DNP

Watkins missed last week's game but reportedly close to playing. After a limited practice last Friday and this Thursday, the Chiefs chose to "back off and just let [Watkins] rest here a bit." There were reports Watkins was still likely to play as of Friday but the Saturday DNP and Reid's suggestion that Watkins remains "day-to-day" seems ominous. Watch for further weekend reports but have a hedge in place if you were planning to use Watkins in fantasy lineups.

Keke Coutee | Hamstring | Questionable | Game-time Decision

Practice Participation: Wed - Limited | Thurs - Limited | Fri - Limited

Bill O'Brien told reporters Coutee would be a game-time decision but "has a chance" to play. Coutee didn't address his status this week. Last week, however, Coutee said he would not play until he's 100%. O'Brien comments strongly suggest Coutee isn't fully recovered. Unless we get a very optimistic overnight report, consider Coutee to the doubtful side of questionable.

Sunday Update: Coutee made the trip with Houston on Saturday. Both Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter are reporting Coutee is expected to play.

Chris Godwin | ankle | Questionable | game-time decision

Practice Participation: Wed - DNP | Thurs - DNP | Fri - Full

Godwin's practice participation line is odd. It's unusual for a young player to miss multiple practices with a previously unreported injury then fully practice on Friday. There were also local reports on Friday that Godwin didn't look like a player preparing to play -- but that was before the non-media portion of practice and the official participation release. Ordinarily, the full Friday practice would be a strongly positive sign. But watch weekend reports closely here.

Sunday Update: Ian Rapoport is reporting Godwin is expected to play.

John Ross | Groin | Questionable | Likely to Play

Practice Participation: Wed - Limited | Thurs - Limited | Fri - Full

Ross returned to a full practice on Friday, typically a good sign for Cincinnati's injured players. And the Bengals need receivers with A.J. Green out again. But Marvin Lewis has been frustrated with Ross often over the past two seasons. If there's any health concern during pregame warmups, Ross may still find his was to the inactive list. For now, expect Ross to play.

Others of note: DeAndre Hopkins (foot), Stefon Diggs (rib), Keenan Allen (hip / finger), Mike Williams (groin), and Mohamed Sanu (hip) have practiced, are not listed on the game status report, and are expected to play without limitation. A.J. Green (toe), Marvin Jones Jr (knee), Jordy Nelson (knee), Martavis Bryant (knee), Jamison Crowder (ankle), Tavon Austin (groin), and Torrey Smith (knee) have been declared out. I'll update return to play expectations on all inactive and injured players in Monday's column.


TIGHT END

Antonio Gates | Knee | Questionable | Game-time Decision

Practice Participation: Wed - DNP | Thurs - DNP | Fri - Limited

The Chargers are one of the league's most under-reported teams. This week, most of the reporting resources were spent chasing the possible return of Joey Bosa, and very little attention paid to the multiple missed practices by Gates. The limited Friday practice puts Gates in the game-time decision category but there's no clear read on whether he's healthy enough to play or be productive.

Sunday Update: Gates is expected to play today, per Adam Schefter.

Others of note: Greg Olsen (foot), Vernon Davis (ribs), and Geoff Swaim (knee) have practiced, are not listed on the game status report, and are expected to play without limitation. Michael Roberts (knee) and Erik Swoope (knee) have been declared out. I'll update return to play expectations on all inactive and injured players in Monday's column.


OFFENSIVE LINE NOTES

***The Saints will be without tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder) for multiple weeks. His loss is significant.

***The Ravens get tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) back. The Eagles will have tackle Lane Johnson (knee) back. Both are critical pieces to their respective offense's success. The Vikings could have guards Tom Compton (knee) and Mike Remmers (back) return to the lineup coming out of their bye week. And Carolina gets center Ryan Kalil (ankle) back.


Defensive Player Notes

***Joey Bosa impressed in limited practice this week and will be evaluated during warmups. If he's ready, the Chargers could get him back as a situational pass rusher sooner than expected.

Sunday Update: Bosa is expected to play today. Ian Rapoport reports Bosa's snaps will depend on his conditioning. Expect to see Bosa in pass rushing situations only for now.

***Deion Jones also returned to practice. The Falcons want him to have one more week of practice and reconditioning, however, and will keep him inactive on Sunday.


PRACTICE PARTICIPATION, GAME STATUS REPORT, AND PLAYING EXPECTATIONS

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

Quarterbacks
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
*Patrick Mahomes II KC Foot *Full *Full *Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Joe Flacco Bal Hip DNP DNP DNP Doubtful Inactive
Lamar Jackson Bal Illness Not Listed DNP Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
James Conner Pit Concussion Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Joe Mixon Cin Knee Not Listed Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Adrian Peterson Was Shoulder Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Chris Thompson Was Rib DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Kapri Bibbs Was Shoulder Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Royce Freeman Den Ankle Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Peyton Barber TB Ankle Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Ronald Jones II TB Hamstring Limited Limited Limited Declared Out Inactive
Doug Martin Oak Hip Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Darren Sproles Phi Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Foot Limited Limited Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Keke Coutee Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Adam Thielen Min Back / Calf Limited Limited Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Stefon Diggs Min Rib Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
*Cooper Kupp LAR Knee *DNP *DNP *DNP Declared Out Inactive
Keenan Allen LAC Hip / Finger Not Listed Limited Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Mike Williams LAC Groin Not Listed Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
A.J. Green Cin Toe DNP DNP DNP Doubtful Inactive
John Ross Cin Groin Limited Limited Full Questionable Likely to Play
Marvin Jones Jr Det Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
*Sammy Watkins KC Foot *Limited *DNP *DNP Questionable Game-time Decision
Mohamed Sanu Atl Hip Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Chris Godwin TB Ankle DNP DNP Full Questionable Game-time Decision
Jamison Crowder Was Ankle DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Torrey Smith Car Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Jordy Nelson Oak Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Martavis Bryant Oak Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Dwayne Harris Oak Foot Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
DaeSean Hamilton Den Knee Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Tavon Austin Dal Groin DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Tajae Sharpe Ten Ankle Not Listed Not Listed Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Taywan Taylor Ten Foot DNP DNP DNP Questionable Inactive
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Greg Olsen Car Foot Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Michael Roberts Det Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Luke Willson Det Shoulder Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Vernon Davis Was Ribs Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Geoff Swaim Dal Knee Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Antonio Gates LAC Knee DNP DNP Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Erik Swoope Ind Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Tyler Kroft Cin Foot DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Tyron Smith Dal Back DNP Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Ryan Ramczyk NO Knee Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Ronnie Stanley Bal Ankle Limited Limited Full Questionable Expected to Play
James Hurst Bal Back DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Jack Conklin Ten Concussion Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Lane Johnson Phi Knee Limited Limited Limited Questionable Expected to Play
Trent Williams Was Thumb DNP DNP Limited Questionable Awaiting Information
Morgan Moses Was Knee Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Ty Nsekhe Was Ankle Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Marcus Gilbert Pit Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
D.J. Humphries Ari Knee DNP DNP Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Demar Dotson TB Knee / Shoulder DNP Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Kolton Miller Oak Knee / Elbow Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Ereck Flowers Jac Knee Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Zack Martin Dal Knee DNP Limited Limited Questionable Expected to Play
Andrus Peat NO Hip Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Quenton Nelson Ind Back Full Full DNP Not Listed Expected to Play
Kelechi Osemele Oak Knee Limited Limited Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Gabe Jackson Oak Pectoral Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Tom Compton Min Knee Limited Limited Full Questionable Expected to Play
Mike Remmers Min Back Limited Limited Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Mike Iupati Ari Back DNP Limited Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Jeremy Vujnovich Ari Hamstring Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
A.J. Cann Jac Hamstring Not Listed Limited Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Quinton Spain Ten Ankle DNP Limited Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Max Garcia Den Knee Not Listed Not Listed DNP Declared Out Inactive
Alex Redmond Cin Hamstring Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Centers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Ryan Kelly Ind Knee Not Listed Not Listed DNP Not Listed Expected to Play
Rodney Hudson Oak Ankle Limited Limited Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Ryan Kalil Car Ankle Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
*Mitch Morse KC Concussion *DNP *DNP *DNP Declared Out Inactive
Ryan Jensen TB Hamstring Not Listed Limited Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Joey Bosa LAC Foot Limited Limited Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Kyle Emanuel LAC Hip Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Everson Griffen Min Toe Not Listed Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Whitney Mercilus Hou Ankle Not Listed Limited Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Jason Pierre-Paul TB Hand Not Listed Not Listed Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Shoulder Limited Limited Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Derrick Morgan Ten Shoulder Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Kemoko Turay Ind Neck Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Carl Nassib TB Elbow DNP Limited Full Questionable Expected to Play
Marcus Davenport NO Toe DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Derrick Shelby Atl Groin DNP DNP Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Randy Gregory Dal Knee Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Damon Harrison Det Shoulder Limited Limited Limited Questionable Expected to Play
David Irving Dal Ankle DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Taco Charlton Dal Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Linval Joseph Min Ankle / Shoulder Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Marcell Dareus Jac Triceps / Back Limited Limited DNP Questionable Likely to Play
Stephon Tuitt Pit Elbow DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Robert Nkemdiche Ari Calf DNP Limited DNP Questionable Likely Inactive
Haloti Ngata Phi Knee DNP Limited Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Darius Leonard Ind Hamstring Not Listed Not Listed DNP Not Listed Expected to Play
Telvin Smith Sr Jac Shoulder Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Deion Jones Atl Foot Limited Limited Limited Declared Out Inactive
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Vontaze Burfict Cin Hip Limited Limited Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Preston Brown Cin Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Nick Vigil Cin Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Lavonte David TB Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
*Anthony Hitchens KC Rib *Full *Full *Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Alec Ogletree NYG Rib Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Zach Cunningham Hou Knee Limited Limited Limited Declared Out Inactive
Brandon Marshall Den Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Josh Bynes Ari Wrist Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Det Neck Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Anthony Barr Min Hamstring DNP Limited Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Anthony Walker Ind Neck DNP Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
De'Vondre Campbell Atl Calf Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
*Eric Berry KC Heel *DNP *DNP *DNP Doubtful Inactive
*Daniel Sorenson KC Knee *Full *Full *Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Budda Baker Ari Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Clayton Geathers Ind Knee DNP Full DNP Not Listed Expected to Play
Malik Hooker Ind Hip / Illness DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Andrew Sendejo Min Groin DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Malcolm Jenkins Phi Wrist Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Darian Stewart Den Neck Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Damontae Kazee Atl Shoulder Limited Limited Full Not Listed Likely to Play
Tashaun Gipson Sr Jac Wrist Full Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Justin Evans TB Toe DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Xavier Rhodes Min Foot Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Darius Slay Det Knee Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Ronald Darby Phi Knee DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Jalen Mills Phi Foot DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Sidney Jones Phi Hamstring Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
A.J. Bouye Jac Calf Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Bradley Roby Den Ankle Limited Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Concussion DNP Limited Full Questionable Likely to Play
Darqueze Dennard Cin Sternoclavicular Limited Limited Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Johnathan Joseph Hou Ankle / Knee Limited Limited Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Aaron Colvin Hou Ankle Limited Limited Limited Questionable Likely Inactive
Nate Hairston Ind Ankle Limited DNP DNP Questionable Game-time Decision
Gareon Conley Oak Groin Limited Limited Limited Questionable Likely to Play
M.J. Stewart TB Foot DNP DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Kickers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday Friday
Matt Bryant Atl Hamstring DNP Full Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Dustin Hopkins Was Groin DNP DNP Limited Questionable Expected to Play
Phil Dawson Ari Hip DNP Limited DNP Questionable Inactive

Note: Asterisk denotes Monday night players who practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

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