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A review of the early week practice participation reports

WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Aaron Rodgers did not practice Wednesday. He told reporters he was dealing with a knee sprain but wouldn't elaborate further. Calling himself day-to-day, Rodgers said he doesn't need to practice before the game this week and would continue to re-evaluate his status each day. The Packers' medical staff has already cleared Rodgers once. Unless he cannot protect himself in the pocket, Rodgers is likely to play but he'll be less mobile in and around the pocket. I'll update with more throughout the week.

***The Jaguars have been consistent since Sunday in saying Leonard Fournette's hamstring strain was minor and his absence throughout the second half of last week's game was precautionary. Doug Marrone pointedly told reporters he wouldn't play games in the media but said the team doesn't expect to test Fournette until Friday -- and conveniently after his end-of-the-week media session. The Jaguars rested Fournette with ankle injuries after similar weeks of practice participation last year. Marrone said Fournette could play without practicing this week. In short, expect a week of no practice, a questionable listing on Friday, and a game-time decision for Fournette this week.

***David Johnson was limited with a back injury today. The Cardinals didn't address his injury before practice. Practice participation tomorrow will be key but he's likely to play this week.

***Devonta Freeman didn't practice today. The Falcons and beat writers don't seem to be concerned about the injury or missed practice. But Freeman is still sore a week after the injury and it's unclear whether it's related to the multi-ligament sprain that limited him this offseason. The Falcons have a strong option in Tevin Coleman and have already activated a running back from the practice squad this week. There may be no worries by Sunday but this is something to monitor through the Thursday and Friday participation reports.

***Rex Burkhead did not practice with a concussion today. He was seen on the sideline with a helmet, presumably in the early stages of the return-to-play protocol. He will need to be practicing tomorrow in some fashion to progress toward making the active roster on Sunday.

***Davante Adams did not practice but was optimistic when talking to reporters. He played most of the game with the injury and believes he'll play this week. Look for increasing practice participation on Thursday and Friday. Marquise Goodwin did not practice with a quad contusion. Kyle Shanahan considers Goodwin questionable to play Sunday.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Baltimore at Cincinnati

***Cincinnati every-down linebacker Preston Brown is questionable after two limited early-week practices. The Bengals are expecting to have Brown but it's not clear whether he'll be able to play in all packages.

***The Ravens will be without Kenneth Dixon, who will miss multiple weeks with a knee injury, and Hayden Hurst, who is not yet practicing after preseason foot surgery.


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
Aaron Rodgers GB Knee DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Ben Roethlisberger Pit Elbow DNP DNP Expected to Play
Matthew Stafford Det Shin Full Full Expected to Play
Dak Prescott Dal Groin Full Full Expected to Play
Marcus Mariota Ten Elbow Full Limited Expected to Play
Carson Wentz Phi Knee Limited Limited Inactive
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
David Johnson Ari Back Limited Limited Likely to Play
Leonard Fournette Jac Hamstring DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Devonta Freeman Atl Knee DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Rex Burkhead NE Concussion DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Marshawn Lynch Oak Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
Darren Sproles Phi Hamstring Limited DNP Game-time Decision
Marlon Mack Ind Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Sony Michel NE Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
C.J. Anderson Car Illness DNP Full Expected to Play
Phillip Lindsay Den Knee Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
LeGarrette Blount Det Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Wayne Gallman NYG Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Michael Thomas NO Illness DNP Full Expected to Play
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Foot Limited Limited Likely to Play
Davante Adams GB Shoulder DNP Limited Likely to Play
*Doug Baldwin Sea Knee *DNP Likely Inactive
Jarvis Landry Cle Thigh Full Full Expected to Play
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Thumb Full Full Expected to Play
Alshon Jeffery Phi Shoulder Limited Limited Likely Inactive
Marquise Goodwin SF Quad DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Sterling Shepard NYG Back Limited Full Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams LAC Groin Full Full Expected to Play
DeSean Jackson Phi Concussion/Shoulder DNP Limited Game-time Decision
Will Fuller V Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Paul Richardson Jr Was Shoulder Not Listed Full Expected to Play
Ted Ginn Jr NO Knee DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Travis Benjamin LAC Foot DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jermaine Kearse NYJ Abdomen Full Full Likely to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Finger Limited Full Likely to Play
Terrelle Pryor NYJ Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Ryan Grant Ind Chest Full Full Expected to Play
Keke Coutee Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Curtis Samuel Car Illness DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Damiere Byrd Car Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Greg Olsen Car Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jac Core muscle Limited Limited Expected to Play
Vance McDonald Pit Foot Full Full Expected to Play
Austin Hooper Atl Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Jermaine Gresham Ari Achilles Limited Limited Likely to Play
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Andrus Peat NO Ankle Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Terron Armstead NO Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Trent Williams Was Knee Not Listed Full Expected to Play
Anthony Castonzo Ind Hamstring Limited DNP Likely Inactive
Taylor Lewan Ten Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jack Conklin Ten Knee Limited DNP Inactive
Joe Barksdale LAC Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Calf Limited Limited Likely to Play
Laremy Tunsil Mia Hamstring Full Full Expected to Play
Ja'Waun James Mia Hamstring Full Full Expected to Play
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Foot Full Full Expected to Play
Morgan Moses Was Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Andre Smith Ari Elbow DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Donovan Smith TB Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Denzelle Good Ind Knee/Wrist DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Desmond Harrison Cle Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Andy Levitre Atl Elbow Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
T.J. Lang Det Back DNP DNP Game-time Decision
David DeCastro Pit Hand DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Trai Turner Car Concussion DNP DNP Inactive
*Kyle Long Chi Ankle *DNP Awaiting Information
Brian Winters NYJ Back Full Full Expected to Play
Ronald Leary Den Knee Full Full Expected to Play
*D.J. Fluker Sea Hamstring *DNP Awaiting Information
Rodney Hudson Oak Ankle Limited Full Expected to Play
Gabe Jackson Oak Pectoral Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Josh Garnett SF Toe DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Mike Person SF Foot DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Josh Sitton Mia Shoulder DNP DNP Inactive
Caleb Benenoch TB Knee Limited Limited Likely 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 Full Expected to Play
Brandon Linder Jac Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Joey Bosa LAC Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Demarcus Lawrence Dal Groin DNP Full Expected to Play
Everson Griffen Min Toe Not Listed Limited Expected to Play
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Back/Elbow Limited Limited Expected to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Shoulder Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Jason Pierre-Paul TB Knee DNP Limited Game-time Decision
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Markus Golden Ari Knee Limited Limited Likely Inactive
*Frank Clark Sea Elbow *Full Expected to Play
*Dion Jordan Sea Knee *Limited Likely to Play
Shaq Lawson Buf Hamstring DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Derrick Morgan Ten Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Emmanuel Ogbah Cle Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Shane Ray Den Wrist Full Full Expected to Play
Randy Gregory Dal Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Harold Landry Ten Ankle DNP Full Game-time Decision
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Cameron Heyward Pit Knee DNP Full Expected to Play
Robert Nkemdiche Ari Foot Limited Full Expected to Play
Vernon Butler Car Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
Derek Wolfe Den Abdomen Not Listed Limited Likely to Play
Steve McLendon NYJ Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Denico Autry Ind Ankle Limited DNP Awaiting Information
P.J. Hall Oak Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Justin Ellis Oak Foot DNP Awaiting Information
Vita Vea TB Calf DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Luke Kuechly Car Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Telvin Smith Sr Jac Back Limited Limited Expected to Play
*Bobby Wagner Sea Groin *DNP Awaiting Information
Zach Brown Was Oblique Full Limited Expected to Play
*K.J. Wright Sea Knee *DNP Likely Inactive
Christian Kirksey Cle Shoulder/Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Mark Barron LAR Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Brandon Marshall Den Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Malcolm Smith SF Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Haason Reddick Ari Ankle Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Reggie Ragland KC Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Oren Burks GB Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
Rashaan Evans Ten Hamstring Full Full Likely to Play
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Budda Baker Ari Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Eric Berry KC Heel DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Marcus Maye NYJ Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Xavier Woods Dal Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jaquiski Tartt SF Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
Da'Norris Searcy Car Chest Full Full Expected to Play
Clayton Geathers Ind Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
*Bradley McDougald Sea Knee *Limited
Joe Haden Pit Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Bradley Roby Den Wrist Full Full Expected to Play
Trae Waynes Min Knee Full Full Expected to Play
E.J. Gaines Cle Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Kendall Fuller KC Thumb Full Full Expected to Play
Brent Grimes TB Groin DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Damarious Randall Cle Head / Neck Full Limited Awaiting Information
Ahkello Witherspoon SF Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Josh Jones GB Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Mackensie Alexander Min Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Brian Poole Atl Ankle Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Kayvon Webster Hou Achilles Limited Limited Inactive

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

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