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A review of the early week practice participation reports

WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Both Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook continue to miss practice with hamstring injuries. Neither is expected to return until after their team's midseason bye week. That's no surprise. Neither has been confident in their recovery recently. Fournette's earliest return will be Week 10; Cook's earliest return will be Week 11. Both will need to begin reconditioning and individual drills early in the bye week to feel comfortable returning.

***Reading between the limited lines of New England's injury report is always a challenge. It'll be even more so this week with the Monday night football game looming. Expect Sony Michel to be listed DNP all week and inactive. Rob Gronkowski's status will not be as clear. He'll be limited at the end of the week and likely considered a game-time decision. Last week's weekend reports were reassuring enough to expect Gronkowski to play Monday night -- but back spasms are tricky.

***Cooper Kupp is doubtful to return this week according to Sean McVay.

***Cam Newton was limited with a shoulder injury on Wednesday. That's always a concern given Newton's history of rotator cuff surgery but Ron Rivera told reporters Newton was having his practice reps managed -- and may continue to have them managed over the second half of the season -- due to general soreness.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

Miami at houston

***Deshaun Watson remains limited by a painful chest injury. His passing attempts remain decreased as the Texans rely on the run. Though more willing to run the ball, Watson wasn't effective last week, gaining just 13 yards on seven carries. Expect more of the same this week. The Dolphins' pass rush will have Cameron Wake and Andre Branch as healthy as they've been in over a month.

***The Texans ruled Keke Coutee out after last week's aggravation of a nagging hamstring strain. Ryan Griffin is again out with illness. Will Fuller V (hip), Lamar Miller (chest), and DeAndre Hopkins (foot) were again on the injury report throughout the week but will play.

***The Dolphins will be without Kenny Stills (groin) and Albert Wilson (hip - injured reserve). DeVante Parker is now off the injury report and will play. Mike Gesicki (shoulder) is listed questionable but fully practiced and will play. A.J. Derby (foot) has had an up-and-down recovery from an early season foot injury and is also questionable. Brock Osweiler again starts for Ryan Tannehill (shoulder).


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 Full Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Expected to Play
Carson Wentz Phi Back Limited Expected to Play
Josh Rosen Ari Toe Limited Expected to Play
*Josh Allen Buf Elbow *DNP Inactive
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Leonard Fournette Jac Hamstring DNP Inactive
Dalvin Cook Min Hamstring DNP Inactive
*Sony Michel NE Knee Inactive
Adrian Peterson Was Ankle / Shoulder DNP Expected to Play
Chris Thompson Was Rib / Knee Limited Likely to Play
Isaiah Crowell NYJ Foot Full Expected to Play
Bilal Powell NYJ Neck IR IR IR Declared Out Injured Reserve
*LeSean McCoy Buf Concussion Awaiting Information
Marlon Mack Ind Ankle Limited Likely to Play
Matt Breida SF Ankle DNP Likely Inactive
Royce Freeman Den Ankle DNP Likely Inactive
Peyton Barber TB Ankle DNP Awaiting Information
Theo Riddick Det Knee DNP Likely Inactive
Ameer Abdullah Det Ankle Limited Awaiting Information
Rashaad Penny Sea Finger Limited Likely to Play
Spencer Ware KC Ankle Full Expected to Play
Giovani Bernard Cin Knee DNP Inactive
Robert Turbin Ind Shoulder DNP Likely Inactive
Darren Sproles Phi Hamstring DNP Inactive
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Cooper Kupp LAR Knee DNP Inactive
Demaryius Thomas Den Wrist Full Expected to Play
Golden Tate Det Ankle Limited Likely to Play
*Julian Edelman NE Expected to Play
*Josh Gordon NE Hamstring Expected to Play
*Chris Hogan NE Expected to Play
Larry Fitzgerald Ari Hamstring DNP Likely to Play
Randall Cobb GB Hamstring Limited Likely to Play
Geronimo Allison GB Hamstring Limited Likely to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle DNP Likely to Play
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Ankle DNP Inactive
Allen Robinson Chi Groin DNP Awaiting Information
Ryan Grant Ind Ankle DNP Likely Inactive
Paul Richardson Jr Was Shoulder / Knee Limited Likely to Play
Jamison Crowder Was Ankle DNP Likely Inactive
Pierre Garcon SF Shoulder / Knee DNP Likely Inactive
Cameron Meredith NO Knee Limited Likely to Play
John Ross Cin Groin DNP Inactive
Rashard Higgins Cle Knee DNP Inactive
Dante Pettis SF Knee Limited Awaiting Information
DaeSean Hamilton Den Knee DNP Inactive
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
*Rob Gronkowski NE Back / Ankle Likely to Play
David Njoku Cle Knee Limited Likely to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot Limited Expected to Play
Jimmy Graham GB Knee Limited Expected to Play
Jack Doyle Ind Hip Limited Awaiting Information
Erik Swoope Ind Knee DNP Awaiting Information
Nick Vannett Sea Back Limited Likely to Play
Ed Dickson Sea Quadricep Limited Likely to Play
Ricky Seals-Jones Ari Forearm Full Expected to Play
Tyler Kroft Cin Foot DNP Inactive
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Jason Peters Phi Biceps Limited Expected to Play
Lane Johnson Phi Ankle Limited Expected to Play
Terron Armstead NO Knee Limited Expected to Play
Bryan Bulaga GB Knee Limited Expected to Play
Marcus Gilbert Pit Knee DNP Likely to Play
Riley Reiff Min Foot Limited Awaiting Information
Trent Williams Was Knee Full Expected to Play
Morgan Moses Was Elbow Limited Likely to Play
*Marcus Cannon NE Concussion Game-time Decision
Jermey Parnell Jac Shoulder Limited Expected to Play
Jared Veldheer Den Knee DNP Likely Inactive
Bobby Hart Cin Back DNP Awaiting Information
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Back DNP Likely to Play
Demar Dotson TB Knee / Shoulder DNP Likely to Play
Kolton Miller Oak Knee Limited Likely to Play
Desmond Harrison Cle Ankle Full Expected to Play
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Andrus Peat NO Concussion Full Likely to Play
Josh LeRibeus NO Ankle DNP Awaiting Information
Kelechi Osemele Oak Knee DNP Likely Inactive
Gabe Jackson Oak Pectoral Limited Expected to Play
Mike Iupati Ari Back Limited Expected to Play
Justin Pugh Ari Hand Limited Expected to Play
Jeremy Vujnovich Ari Hamstring DNP Likely Inactive
Andrew Norwell Jac Foot Limited Expected to Play
Tom Compton Min Knee DNP Likely Inactive
D.J. Fluker Sea Knee Limited Likely to Play
Alex Lewis Bal Neck Limited Likely to Play
Cam Erving KC Quad Full Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder / Ankle Full Expected to Play
Brandon Scherff Was Knee Limited Expected to Play
Shaun Lauvao Was Calf DNP Likely Inactive
Mike Person SF Knee Limited Expected to Play
Patrick Omameh NYG Knee Limited Likely to Play
Eric Kush Chi Neck DNP Likely to Play
Bradley Bozeman Bal Calf DNP Awaiting Information
Centers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Max Unger NO Hand DNP Awaiting Information
Mitch Morse KC Concussion DNP Likely Inactive
Brandon Linder Jac Knee Limited Expected to Play
Spencer Long NYJ Knee / Finger DNP Likely to Play
Rodney Hudson Oak Ankle Limited Expected to Play
Weston Richburg SF Knee Limited Expected to Play
J.C. Tretter Cle Ankle DNP Likely to Play
Billy Price Cin Foot Limited Inactive
Cody Whitehair Chi Shoulder Full Expected to Play
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Khalil Mack Chi Ankle DNP Likely to Play
Ryan Kerrigan Was Chest Limited Likely to Play
Justin Houston KC Hamstring DNP Likely Inactive
Derek Barnett Phi Shoulder DNP IR IR Declared Out Injured Reserve
Ezekiel Ansah Det Shoulder Limited Awaiting Information
Emmanuel Ogbah Cle Elbow Full Expected to Play
Bruce Irvin Oak Pectoral Limited Likely to Play
Nick Perry GB Ankle Limited Likely to Play
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Calais Campbell Jac Hip / Ankle Limited Expected to Play
Gerald McCoy TB Calf DNP Likely Inactive
Leonard Williams NYJ Back Full Expected to Play
Linval Joseph Min Ankle / Knee Limited Likely to Play
Ndamukong Suh LAR Knee DNP Likely to Play
Michael Brockers LAR Shoulder DNP Likely to Play
Jarran Reed Sea Illness DNP Likely to Play
Haloti Ngata Phi Calf Limited Awaiting Information
Denico Autry Ind Ankle Limited Awaiting Information
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Roquan Smith Chi Wrist Full Expected to Play
Joe Schobert Cle Ankle DNP Likely Inactive
Reuben Foster SF Shoulder Full Expected to Play
Vontaze Burfict Cin Hip DNP Awaiting Information
Jarrad Davis Det Calf DNP Awaiting Information
Alec Ogletree NYG Hamstring DNP Awaiting Information
K.J. Wright Sea Knee Limited Expected to Play
Josh Bynes Ari Wrist Limited Expected to Play
Anthony Barr Min Hamstring DNP Likely to Play
Darron Lee NYJ Illness DNP Likely to Play
Zach Brown Was Oblique / Illness DNP Likely to Play
Brandon Marshall Den Knee Limited Likely to Play
Nick Vigil Cin Knee DNP Inactive
Genard Avery Cle Elbow Full Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Eric Berry KC Heel DNP Likely Inactive
Andrew Sendejo Min Groin DNP Likely Inactive
Clayton Geathers Ind Neck Full Awaiting Information
Marcus Williams NO Groin Full Expected to Play
Marcus Maye NYJ Thumb Limited Awaiting Information
Jaquiski Tartt SF Shoulder Full Expected to Play
Tre Boston Ari Shoulder / Ribs DNP Likely Inactive
Morgan Burnett GB Groin Full Likely Inactive
Jabrill Peppers Cle Ankle Full Expected to Play
Corey Graham Phi Hamstring DNP Awaiting Information
Darian Stewart Den Neck DNP Likely Inactive
Karl Joseph Oak Hamstring Full Likely to Play
Malik Hooker Ind Hip DNP Awaiting Information
Xavier Rhodes Min Ankle DNP Likely to Play
A.J. Bouye Jac Calf Limited Likely to Play
Darius Slay Det Toe Limited Likely to Play
Richard Sherman SF Calf Limited Awaiting Information
Jimmie Ward SF Hamstring Limited Awaiting Information
Brandon Carr Bal Knee DNP Likely to Play
Marlon Humphrey Bal Thigh DNP Likely to Play
Jimmy Smith Bal Groin DNP Awaiting Information
Trumaine Johnson NYJ Quadricep DNP Likely Inactive
Morris Claiborne NYJ Shoulder / Foot DNP Awaiting Information
Buster Skrine NYJ Concussion DNP Likely Inactive
Jaire Alexander GB Groin Limited Awaiting Inforamtion
Damarious Randall Cle Groin / Ankle DNP Likely to Play
E.J. Gaines Cle Concussion DNP Likely Inactive
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Achilles DNP Awaiting Information
Darqueze Dennard Cin Sternoclavicular DNP Inactive
Sidney Jones Phi Hamstring DNP Likely Inactive
Adam Jones Den Thigh Full Expected to Play
D.J. Hayden Jac Toe DNP Inactive
Kickers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Adam
Adam Vinatieri Ind Groin DNP Likely Inactive

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

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