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A review of the early week practice participation reports

KEY thursday media updates

***Ian Rapoport reported Carson Wentz could miss multiple weeks -- possibly into October -- as the Eagles plan to rehab their quarterback until he's near full health. The team hasn't corroborated the report and Doug Pederson bristled when reports broke about Nick Foles starting in Week 1. Nothing has changed here. The Eagles may say they're waiting until Wentz is 100% -- that's an anatomic impossibility for months. You'll know Wentz is close when the team clears him for contact. And regardless of what's been said, I believe the health and play of Nick Foles will play a role in the team's decision making.

***Doug Baldwin responded well to the last two weeks of workouts and fully practiced again on Thursday. The Seahawks commonly rest injured veterans later in the week. Allowing Baldwin to work suggests he's healthy enough to see a full workload this week.

***Marlon Mack returned to practice but remains unlikely to play.

***The first practice report for the Monday night teams was released today. Marshawn Lynch was limited with a groin injury. He's likely to play but tomorrow's practice will be telling.

***Joey Bosa did not practice today and Anthony Lynn is now raising concern about Bosa's foot injury. What was initially "not serious" Lynn is now calling "tricky" and saying "it's possible...he might not be with us."


WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***The first practice participation report of the 2018 season was released today. It's more notable -- thankfully -- for who isn't listed.

Andrew Luck, Saquon Barkley, LeSean McCoy, Rex Burkhead, Chris Thompson, Matt Breida, Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr Jr., Mike Evans, Rishard Matthews, Jamison Crowder, Delanie Walker, Jordan Reed, Evan Engram, David Njoku, George Kittle, Jesse James, and Gerald Everett are not listed.

Zack Martin and La'el Collins are not listed. Neither are Everson Griffen, Roquan Smith, or Casey Hayward.

It's a refreshing start to the 2018 season. Unfortunately, it's unlikely to last. Enjoy it before the battle of attrition begins.

***Doug Baldwin fully participated in practice on Wednesday. The Seahawks frequently rest players late in the week, so don't overreact if Baldwin has his reps managed as the week progresses. Seattle's Friday injury status report will be informative if Baldwin has a DNP later this week. For now, it's a great sign the team put no early week restrictions on him.

***While Rex Burkhead is fully practicing and not listed, the Patriots continue to recondition Sony Michel deliberately. Bill Belichick was strangely informative on Wednesday, saying Michel was getting better each day but remained behind. There's a chance Michel will be active this week but he's not yet game ready.

***Austin Seferian-Jenkins aggravated a core muscle strain this week and did not practice Wednesday. This means he's attempting to play through a sports hernia injury. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, he may have difficulty finishing the season.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

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***Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery are out this week. I'll have more on the status of both players on Monday in the Week 2 Injury Rounds column.

***Jay Ajayi was limited on Monday but fully practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday and is not listed on the Eagles' game status report. He is expected to see a full workload this week.

***Nelson Agholor was limited by an undisclosed injury as the preseason ended. He has fully practiced this week and will not be limited.

***Brandon Graham spent nearly all of the preseason on the PUP list while completing his recovery from offseason ankle surgery. He fully practiced but may rotate more than usual while he reconditions.


EARly week PRACTICE PARTICIPATION & 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
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
None
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
*Marshawn Lynch Oak Groin Limited Likely to Play
Frank Gore Mia Achilles Full DNP Expected to Play
Marlon Mack Ind Hamstring DNP Limited Likely Inactive
Rashaad Penny Sea Hand Full Full Expected to Play
Sony Michel NE Knee Limited Limited Limited Role if Active
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Doug Baldwin Sea Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Josh Gordon NYG Hamstring Limited Limited Expected to Play
Will Fuller V Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
*Quincy Enunwa NYJ Thumb Full Expected to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Finger DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Terrelle Pryor NYJ Ankle Full Expected to Play
*Jermaine Kearse NYJ Abdomen DNP Inactive
Curtis Samuel Car Illness DNP DNP Inactive
Keke Coutee Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Jakeem Grant Mia Concussion Full Full Expected to Play
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Tyler Eifert Cin Back Full Full Expected to Play
Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jac Core muscle DNP Limited Game-time Decision
Vance McDonald Pit Foot Limited DNP Likely Inactive
Jermaine Gresham Ari Achilles Limited Limited Limited Role if Active
Hayden Hurst Bal Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Andrus Peat NO Quad DNP Limited Game-time Decision
Trent Williams Was Knee Not Listed Limited Likely to Play
Jack Conklin Ten Knee Limited Limited Inactive
Daryl Williams Car Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Anthony Castonzo Ind Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
*Kelvin Beachum NYJ Foot Full Expected to Play
Cordy Glenn Cin Shoulder Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Marcus Cannon NE Calf Full Limited Expected to Play
Germain Ifedi Sea Ankle Limited Full Likely to Play
Donovan Smith TB Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Denzelle Good Ind Knee / Wrist DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Riley Reiff Min Foot Limited Limited Likely to Play
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Amini Silatolu Car Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
*Brian Winters NYJ Back Full Expected to Play
Ronald Leary Den Knee Full Full Expected to Play
*Kelechi Osemele Oak Back Limited Awaiting Information
D.J. Fluker Sea Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
J.R. Sweezy Sea Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Josh Sitton Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Centers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Travis Frederick Dal Illness DNP DNP Inactive
Pat Elflein Min Ankle / Shoulder Limited Limited Likely Inactive
*Spencer Long NYJ Knee Full Expected to Play
Brandon Linder Jac Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Joey Bosa LAC Foot Limited DNP Game-time Decision
Whitney Mercilus Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Expected to Play
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Markus Golden Ari Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Shane Ray Den Wrist Limited Full Expected to Play
Derrick Morgan Ten Knee Limited Full Likely to Play
Harold Landry Ten Ankle Limited DNP Likely Inactive
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Robert Nkemdiche Ari Foot Limited Limited Likely to Play
Jarran Reed Sea Knee Not Listed Limited Likely to Play
*Steve McLendon NYJ Knee Full Expected to Play
Allen Bailey KC Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Corey Peters Ari Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Derek Wolfe Den Hand Not Listed Full Expected to Play
Vita Vea TB Calf DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Zach Brown Was Oblique Full Full Expected to Play
Christian Kirksey Cle Shoulder Not Listed Full Expected to Play
Brandon Marshall Den Knee Full Full Expected to Play
*Avery Williamson NYJ Hamstring Limited Likely to Play
*Mark Barron LAR Ankle DNP Awaiting Information
K.J. Wright Sea Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Darius Leonard Ind Ankle / Chest Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Vincent Rey Cin Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Malcolm Smith SF Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
*Tahir Whitehead Oak Ankle Limited Likely to Play
Oren Burks GB Shoulder Limited Limited Likely Inactive
Reggie Ragland KC Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Rashaan Evans Ten Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Anthony Walker Ind Groin Limited Full Likely to Play
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Jalen Ramsey Jac Ankle Not Listed Limited Likely to Play
Eric Berry KC Heel DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Xavier Rhodes Min Hamstring Limited Limited Expected to Play
Kevin Johnson Hou Concussion Full Full Expected to Play
Xavier Woods Dal Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Chidobe Awuzie Dal Back Limited Limited Likely to Play
Bradley Roby Den Wrist Full Full Expected to Play
Dontae Johnson Sea Hip Not Listed DNP Awaiting Information
Jimmie Ward SF Quad Limited Full Expected to Play
E.J. Gaines Cle Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Damarious Randall Cle Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Mackensie Alexander Min Ankle DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Josh Jones GB Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive

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

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