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A review of the early week practice participation reports

WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Dalvin Cook fully practiced Wednesday. While that's a great sign for this week's availability, it was Cook's comments that were more telling than his full practice last week. The trend is strongly positive but I'm waiting to see whether Cook is more confident in his recovery before considering him more than a questionable game-time decision.

***Leonard Fournette didn't practice Wednesday. Doug Marrone tried to convince reporters Fournette could play, saying, "I think you get through today and then tomorrow you give it a shot." Fournette isn't playing this week -- and if he's not practicing by Friday, you can rule him out the following week. I continue to believe the Jaguars will target Week 10 after their bye week.

***T.Y. Hilton was surprisingly back to a full practice on Wednesday. He wouldn't commit to playing, saying only that Wednesday's work was a test. If the hamstring strain responds well and Hilton continues to practice later this week, expect him to be available on Sunday.

***Khalil Mack missed practice on Wednesday but the Bears sound optimistic about his availability. His ankle sprain is more than a simple low ankle sprain, however, and he may be very limited in practice despite playing through the injury last week.

***Cooper Kupp was declared out today. Hopefully, his absence will be just this week.

***Ryan Tannehill was declared out today. Adam Gase told reporters, "He just can't throw." Not good.

***Devonta Freeman was moved to injured reserve after choosing to have core abdominal muscle (a.k.a. sports hernia) surgery on Thursday. Rehab generally takes 4-6 weeks after these procedures. It's likely Freeman will be ready to return when eligible in Week 16. He's no longer likely to have fantasy value but could contribute to the Falcons' playoff hopes. Marshawn Lynch is having an MRI this week to further assess a groin strain. Hopefully, we won't hear a similar progression of news with him over the Oakland bye week.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Denver at Arizona

***The Broncos will be without two starting offensive linemen. Guard Ronald Leary has a torn Achilles. Tackle Jared Veldheer continues to recover from a bone bruise around his knee. The Cardinals have offensive line issues of their own. Guards Mike Iupati (back) and Jeremy Vujnovich (hamstring) have been ruled out, while Justin Pugh is likely to play through a hand injury.

***Thankfully, there are no offensive players on either side of concern. Case Keenum and Larry Fitzgerald are still fighting nagging injuries but neither should not be significantly limited.

***Defensively, the Cardinals will be without safety Tre Boston, which will force some changes to their back seven rotation.


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
Deshaun Watson Hou Chest Full Full Expected to Play
Carson Wentz Phi Back Limited Full Expected to Play
Andy Dalton Cin Back Full Full Expected to Play
Jameis Winston TB Hip Full Full Expected to Play
Sam Darnold NYJ Elbow Full Full Expected to Play
Ryan Tannehill Mia Shoulder Limited Limited Declared Out Inactive
Josh Allen Buf Elbow DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Hamstring DNP DNP Inactive
T.J. Yeldon Jac Foot / Ankle DNP Limited Likely to Play
Dalvin Cook Min Hamstring Full DNP Game-time Decision
Sony Michel NE Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Isaiah Crowell NYJ Foot DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Adrian Peterson Was Shoulder / Ankle DNP Limited Expected to Play
Chris Thompson Was Rib / Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Kerryon Johnson Det Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Theo Riddick Det Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Matt Breida SF Ankle Limited Limited Expected to Play
Lamar Miller Hou Chest Full Full Expected to Play
Giovani Bernard Cin Knee / Toe DNP DNP Inactive
Darren Sproles Phi Hamstring DNP DNP Inactive
Robert Turbin Ind Shoulder DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Foot Limited DNP Likely to Play
Cooper Kupp LAR Knee DNP DNP Declared Out Inactive
Josh Reynolds LAR Hand Limited Full Likely to Play
T.Y. Hilton Ind Chest / Hamstring Full Limited Likely to Play
Ryan Grant Ind Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Calvin Ridley Atl Ankle *DNP Awaiting Information
*Mohamed Sanu Atl Hip *DNP Awaiting Information
Will Fuller V Hou Hip Limited Limited Expected to Play
Keke Coutee Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Expected to Play
Julian Edelman NE Heel Limited Limited Likely to Play
Josh Gordon NE Hamstring Limited Limited Expected to Play
Marquise Goodwin SF Hamstring / Quadricep Full Full Expected to Play
Pierre Garcon SF Shoulder / Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Trent Taylor SF Back Limited Limited Likely to Play
Dante Pettis SF Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Robby Anderson NYJ Hamstring DNP Full Expected to Play
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Ankle DNP DNP Inactive
Terrelle Pryor NYJ Groin DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Allen Robinson Chi Groin Limited DNP Game-time Decision
Ted Ginn Jr NO Knee DNP DNP IR IR Injured Reserve
Cameron Meredith NO Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Paul Richardson Jr Was Shoulder / Knee DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Jamison Crowder Was Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Josh Doctson Was Heel Full Full Expected to Play
Chris Conley KC Toe Full Full Expected to Play
Tavon Austin Dal Groin DNP DNP Inactive
Brice Butler Dal Groin Full Full Expected to Play
John Ross Cin Groin Full Full Awaiting Information
Travis Benjamin LAC Foot Limited Limited Inactive
DeVante Parker Mia Quad Full Full Likely to Play
Rashard Higgins Cle Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Rob Gronkowski NE Ankle Limited Limited Expected to Play
George Kittle SF Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot Limited Limited Expected to Play
David Njoku Cle Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Jack Doyle Ind Hip DNP DNP Inactive
Erik Swoope Ind Knee Limited DNP Awaiting Information
*Evan Engram NYG Knee *Full Expected to Play
*Rhett Ellison NYG Foot *Full Expected to Play
C.J. Uzomah Cin Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
Tyler Kroft Cin Foot DNP DNP Inactive
A.J. Derby Mia Foot Full Full Likely to Play
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Jason Peters Phi Biceps Limited Full Expected to Play
Lane Johnson Phi Ankle DNP Limited Likely to Play
Tyron Smith Dal Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Joe Staley SF Knee DNP Limited Expected to Play
Terron Armstead NO Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Riley Reiff Min Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Trent Williams Was Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
*Nate Solder NYG Neck *Limited Expected to Play
Cordy Glenn Cin Ankle Limited Full Expected to Play
Marcus Cannon NE Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Foot Full Full Expected to Play
Demar Dotson TB Knee / Shoulder DNP Limited Likely to Play
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Rodger Saffold LAR Knee DNP DNP Likely to Play
Andrus Peat NO Head Limited DNP Awaiting Information
Larry Warford NO Back Not Listed DNP Awaiting Information
Alex Lewis Bal Neck DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Cameron Erving KC Quadricep Full Full Expected to Play
Andrew Norwell Jac Foot DNP Limited Likely to Play
Vladimir Ducasse Buf Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Brandon Scherff Was Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Shaun Lauvao Was Calf DNP Limited Likely Inactive
T.J. Lang Det Concussion Limited Full Likely to Play
Mike Person SF Knee DNP Limited Likely Inactive
Josh Garnett SF Toe Full Full Awaiting Information
Zach Fulton Hou Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Quinton Spain Ten Shoulder DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Eric Kush Chi Neck Limited Limited Expected to Play
Jesse Davis Mia Elbow Full Full Expected to Play
Centers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Mike Pouncey LAC Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Mitch Morse KC Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Brandon Linder Jac Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Weston Richburg SF Knee DNP Limited Expected to Play
Spencer Long NYJ Knee / Finger Limited Full Expected to Play
Billy Price Cin Foot DNP DNP Inactive
J.C. Tretter Cle Ankle DNP DNP Likely to Play
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Khalil Mack Chi Ankle DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Joey Bosa LAC Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Demarcus Lawrence Dal Shoulder Limited Limited Expected to Play
Carlos Dunlap Cin Buttocks Limited Full Expected to Play
Danielle Hunter Min Groin Not Listed DNP Awaiting Information
Dee Ford KC Groin / Hand Full Full Expected to Play
Everson Griffen Min Behavioral Health DNP DNP Inactive
Whitney Mercilus Hou Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Derek Barnett Phi Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
*Olivier Vernon NYG Ribs *Limited Expected to Play
Ryan Kerrigan Was Chest Limited Full Expected to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Shoulder Limited Limited Likely Inactive
Justin Houston KC Hamstring DNP DNP Inactive
Deatrich Wise Jr NE Ankle / Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Derrick Morgan Ten Shoulder DNP DNP Inactive
Randy Gregory Dal Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Vinny Curry TB Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Cameron Wake Mia Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Andre Branch Mia Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Charles Harris Mia Calf DNP DNP Inactive
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Calais Campbell Jac Ankle DNP Limited Expected to Play
Gerald McCoy TB Calf DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Grady Jarrett Atl Ankle *Limited Awaiting Information
Linval Joseph Min Knee / Shoulder DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Leonard Williams NYJ Back DNP Full Expected to Play
Taco Charlton Dal Thumb Full Full Expected to Play
Haloti Ngata Phi Calf Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Michael Brockers LAR Shoulder DNP Limited Likely to Play
Malcom Brown NE Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Margus Hunt Ind Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Denico Autry Ind Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Bennie Logan Ten Elbow Full Full Expected to Play
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring Limited Full Likely to Play
Joe Schobert Cle Hamstring DNP DNP Inactive
Reuben Foster SF Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Zach Brown Was Oblique / Shin Full Full Expected to Play
Wesley Woodyard Ten Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
Anthony Hitchens KC Groin Full Limited Expected to Play
Kyzir White LAC Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Jatavis Brown LAC Groin Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Nick Vigil Cin Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Reshad Jones Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
T.J. McDonald Mia Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Eric Berry KC Heel DNP DNP Inactive
Clayton Geathers Ind Concussion / Neck Full DNP Awaiting Information
Kenny Vaccaro Ten Elbow Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Marcus Maye NYJ Thumb DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Shawn Williams Cin Concussion DNP DNP Inactive
Clayton Fejedelem Cin Thigh Limited Full Expected to Play
Andrew Sendejo Min Groin DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Tavon Wilson Det Back Full Full Expected to Play
Jamal Adams NYJ Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Corey Graham Phi Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jaquiski Tartt SF Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Jimmie Ward SF Hamstring DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Marshon Lattimore NO Concussion Full Full Likely to Play
Chidobe Awuzie Dal Ankle Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Richard Sherman SF Calf Limited Limited Likely to Play
Brandon Carr Bal Knee DNP Full Expected to Play
Marlon Humphrey Bal Thigh Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Bobby McCain Mia Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Johnathan Joseph Hou Shoulder Full Limited Expected to Play
Kareem Jackson Hou Thigh Full Full Expected to Play
Darqueze Dennard Cin Sternoclavicular DNP DNP Inactive
Prince Amukamara Chi Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Eric Rowe NE Groin Limited Limited Likely to Play
Trumaine Johnson NYJ Quadricep DNP DNP Likely Inactive
E.J. Gaines Cle Concussion Not Listed DNP Likely Inactive
Donte Jackson Car Groin Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Buster Skrine NYJ Concussion DNP DNP Inactive
Aaron Colvin Hou Ankle DNP DNP Inactive
Sidney Jones Phi Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jalen Mills Phi Hamstring Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
D.J. Hayden Jac Toe DNP DNP Inactive
Tre Herndon Jac Hamstring DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Kickers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
*Matt Bryant Atl Hamstring *DNP Inactive
Greg Zuerlein LAR Groin Full Full Expected to Play
Caleb Sturgis LAC Quad Limited Limited Likely Inactive

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

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