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A review of the early week practice participation reports

WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Julio Jones did not practice today and was listed with a calf injury. We've seen Jones play effectively after missing early week practices -- as long as he returns to a full practice by the end of the week. There were no details on Jones' injury other than beat writers reporting a slight limp after Sunday's game. Friday's participation report will be the critical data point for Jones.

***Leonard Fournette returned to practice today. He did not speak with the media but Blake Bortles told reporters Fournette looked good. If his hamstring responds well to today's limited practice and Fournette practices again Thursday, consider him on the probable side of questionable for Week 3.

***Dalvin Cook's hamstring injury is more than cramps. He missed practice today and told reporters he was "day-to-day." He may return to practice tomorrow and allay any concern for this weekend. More likely, he'll manage a limited late-week practice and be considered a game-time decision.

***Aaron Rodgers won't be healthy for weeks and told reporters today he's still concerned his injury could be aggravated. He also acknowledged the Packers will continue to use a limited game plan until he's closer to his pre-injury form. Expect very limited practice participation again this week but Rodgers will play unless he has an unexpected setback.

***T.Y. Hilton missed practice with a quad injury. His absence is reportedly precautionary but a soft tissue injury leading to a missed mid-week practice always warrants continued observation.

***Marcus Mariota continues to have tingling and weakness in his throwing hand. He feels he's close to returning but grip strength will remain an issue until his symptoms resolve. The Titans kept Mariota on the active roster last week but did not play him. Unless something changes quickly this week, Mariota is likely to continue to rest. Another hit to the same area could result in an even longer recovery.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

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***Every national and beat writer noted that Jarvis Landry was listed questionable on the final injury report with a knee condition. None offered an opinion on his availability for Thursday night. Landry played 59 of 62 snaps last weekend and there's been no indication of a significant injury. Watch for any news overnight and leading into the inactive list, but expect Landry to be healthy enough to see his usual target share.

***There are multiple injuries on the defensive side of the ball. The Jets will be without safety Marcus Maye, who is listed doubtful and yet to play this year with a foot injury. Cleveland edge Emmanuel Ogbah is out with a high ankle sprain and every-down inside linebacker Christian Kirksey is doubtful with shoulder and ankle injuries. Defensive back Damarious Randall did not practice this week and is listed questionable but tentatively expected to play through a heel injury.


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 Likely to Play
Carson Wentz Phi Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Russell Wilson Sea Hamstring Full Full Expected to Play
*Ryan Fitzpatrick TB Knee *Full Expected to Play
Marcus Mariota Ten Elbow Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Ryan Tannehill Mia Knee / Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Case Keenum Den Knee DNP Full Expected to Play
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Melvin Gordon III LAC Neck Full Full Expected to Play
Dalvin Cook Min Hamstring DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Joe Mixon Cin Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Devonta Freeman Atl Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Alex Collins Bal Illness DNP Full Expected to Play
Kenyan Drake Mia Abdomen Full Full Expected to Play
Jay Ajayi Phi Back DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Darren Sproles Phi Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Sony Michel NE Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Marshawn Lynch Oak Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
T.J. Yeldon Jac Ankle DNP Limited Likely to Play
LeSean McCoy Buf Rib Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Derrick Henry Ten Back Limited Limited Expected to Play
Marlon Mack Ind Foot / Hamstring DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Giovani Bernard Cin Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Julio Jones Atl Calf DNP DNP Expected to Play
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Thumb / Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
T.Y. Hilton Ind Quad DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Larry Fitzgerald Ari Hamstring DNP Limited Likely to Play
Doug Baldwin Sea Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Marquise Goodwin SF Quad Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Will Fuller V Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Expected to Play
Ted Ginn Jr NO Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Alshon Jeffery Phi Shoulder Limited Limited Likely Inactive
Josh Gordon NE Hamstring Limited Limited Awaiting Information
*Chris Godwin TB Toe *Limited Awaiting Information
Cole Beasley Dal Ankle Not Listed Limited Likely to Play
Kelvin Benjamin Buf Hip Limited Full Expected to Play
Travis Benjamin LAC Foot Limited DNP Awaiting Information
Paul Richardson Jr Was Shoulder / Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Christian Kirk Ari Back Not Listed DNP Likely to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Finger Full Full Awaiting Information
Curtis Samuel Car Illness DNP DNP Inactive
Damiere Byrd Car Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Rob Gronkowski NE Ankle Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Evan Engram NYG Ankle Limited Limited Expected to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Jack Doyle Ind Hip DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jac Core muscle DNP Limited Likely to Play
Tyler Eifert Cin Back Full Full Expected to Play
Antonio Gates LAC Illness DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Ryan Griffin Hou Hip Limited Full Likely to Play
Luke Stocker Ten Calf Limited Full Expected to Play
Jermaine Gresham Ari Achilles Full Full Likely to Play
David Morgan Min Knee DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Hayden Hurst Bal Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Jason Peters Phi Quad Limited Limited Expected to Play
Andrus Peat NO Ankle Limited Limited Expected to Play
Terron Armstead NO Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Jack Conklin Ten Knee Limited Limited Likely Inactive
Taylor Lewan Ten Concussion Limited Full Likely to Play
Dennis Kelly Ten Illness DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Joe Barksdale LAC Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Anthony Castonzo Ind Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Trent Williams Was Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Morgan Moses Was Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Ronnie Stanley Bal Elbow Limited Limited Game-time Decision
*Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring *DNP Awaiting Information
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Calf Limited Limited Awaiting Information
*Demar Dotson TB Knee *Limited Likely to Play
*Donovan Smith TB Knee *Limited Likely to Play
Jared Veldheer Den Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
George Fant Sea Illness Not Listed DNP Awaiting Information
Bobby Hart Cin Illness Not Listed DNP Awaiting Information
Rashod Hill Min Foot DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Andre Smith Ari Elbow Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Denzelle Good Ind Knee / Wrist Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
*David DeCastro Pit Hand *DNP Awaiting Information
Mike Iupati Ari Chest Limited Limited Likely to Play
Trai Turner Car Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
T.J. Lang Det Back Limited Limited Likely to Play
Brandon Scherff Was Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Shaun Lauvao Was Calf DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Ramon Foster Pit Knee *Full Expected to Play
Josh Garnett SF Toe DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Mike Person SF Foot Limited Limited Likely to Play
D.J. Fluker Sea Hamstring Full Full Expected to Play
Ethan Pocic Sea Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
A.J. Cann Jac Triceps Limited Limited Likely to Play
Gabe Jackson Oak Pectoral 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 Full Full Awaiting Information
Brandon Linder Jac Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Billy Price Cin Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Justin Britt Sea Shoulder DNP DNP Likely Inactive
John Sullivan LAR Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Rodney Hudson Oak Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
J.J. Watt Hou Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Joey Bosa LAC Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Everson Griffen Min Knee DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Jadeveon Clowney Hou Back Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Whitney Mercilus Hou Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Trey Flowers NE Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Ezekiel Ansah Det Shoulder Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Jason Pierre-Paul TB Knee *DNP Awaiting Information
Markus Golden Ari Knee Full Full Awaiting Information
Takkarist McKinley Atl Groin DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Connor Barwin NYG Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Shane Ray Den Wrist Full Full Expected to Play
Randy Gregory Dal Concussion Full Full Likely to Play
Shaq Lawson Buf Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Chris Jones KC Groin DNP Full Expected to Play
Robert Nkemdiche Ari Foot Limited Limited Likely to Play
Michael Brockers LAR Shoulder DNP Limited Likely to Play
Denico Autry Ind Ankle DNP DNP Likely to Play
*Vita Vea TB Calf *Limited Awaiting Information
Tyeler Davison NO Foot DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Michael Pierce Bal Foot DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Bobby Wagner Sea Groin Full Full Expected to Play
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring DNP Limited Likely to Play
C.J. Mosley Bal Knee DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Zach Brown Was Oblique DNP Limited Likely to Play
K.J. Wright Sea Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Preston Brown Cin Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Brandon Marshall Den Knee DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Mark Barron LAR Ankle DNP DNP Inactive
Reggie Ragland KC Shoulder / Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Matt Judon Bal Hamstring Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Oren Burks GB Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Xavier Woods Dal Hamstring Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Darius Slay Det Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jaquiski Tartt SF Shoulder DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Patrick Chung NE Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Eric Berry KC Heel DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Clayton Geathers Ind Knee / Elbow DNP Full Likely to Play
Reshad Jones Mia Shoulder DNP Limited Game-time Decision
Kevin King GB Groin DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Davon House GB Biceps Limited Limited Likely to Play
*Morgan Burnett Pit Groin *Limited Awaiting Information
Da'Norris Searcy Car Concussion DNP DNP Inactive
Bradley Roby Den Wrist Full Full Expected to Play
Josh Norman Was Illness Not Listed Limited Expected to Play
*Joe Haden Pit Hamstring *Full Likely to Play
Eric Rowe NE Groin Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Eli Apple NYG Groin DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Brent Grimes TB Groin *Full Likely to Play
*Chris Conte TB Knee *Limited Likely to Play
Phillip Gaines Buf Elbow Limited Limited Likely to Play
Kendall Fuller KC Hand Full Full Expected to Play
Richard Sherman SF Heel Not Listed DNP Expected to Play
Mackensie Alexander Min Ankle / Thumb Full Full Expected to Play
Marcus Sherels Min Ribs DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Ahkello Witherspoon SF Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play

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

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