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A review of the early week practice participation reports

WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Melvin Gordon III was participating in individual drills on Wednesday. There's no official word on his status this week. Expect the team to see how Gordon responded to Wednesday's workout and decide whether he's ready to continue practicing. If he's doing as much or more by the end of the week, he should be able to see a reasonable workload this week.

***Dalvin Cook managed a limited Wednesday practice after saying he didn't want "to do anything stupid" on Monday. We're back to where Cook was two weeks ago when he tested his hamstring in an early week practice. If Cook is cleared to do more than rehab later this week, we may see him return. It's still more likely Cook rests this week, increases his conditioning through the bye week, and returns full strength in Week 11.

***A.J. Green minimized his toe injury in the locker room after Sunday's game. Since then, he's been seen in a walking boot in the Cincinnati locker room and has been sent for additional imaging studies. That's not ideal but also isn't clear evidence of a multiple-week injury. There's still a good chance he can play next week but watch for any news of concern through the week.

***It's not clear whether Mike Evans has a significant injury. He left favoring his left knee after a route in which he took one unusual step and then stepped on the foot of the defensive back covering him. He reached for the back of his knee and had difficulty bearing weight getting off the field. It's usually a good sign when there are no reports of imaging studies or concerns. Expect him to play this weekend but watch his practice participation closely.

***According to Sean McVay, Cooper Kupp could've played last week had the Rams chosen to push his recovery. He has "a very good chance to play this week" assuming his practice participation goes smoothly. His return to individual drills on Wednesday is an excellent start.

***There's also good news on Tyreek Hill, who left Sunday's game with a groin strain. He was back fully practicing on Wednesday and looks likely to play -- barring a late-week setback.

***The Patriots asked Sony Michel to test his injured knee last Saturday, knowing their next chance to work him out with distractions leading into and recovery after the Monday night game would be Wednesday. It's a great sign Michel was able to return to practice but expect him to remain limited throughout the week and be listed questionable after Friday's practice. With luck, the team will let Michel address the media on Friday.

***It's early but I'm expecting Stefon Diggs and Keke Coutee to be available this week. Coutee is more likely to need another week to recover than Diggs. Thursday practice will be informative for both.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

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

OAKLAND AT SAN FRANCISCO

***Matt Breida continues to play through a frequently aggravated high ankle sprain. Limited in practice again all week, Breida is likely to go despite the short week to recover. Pierre Garcon also returned to limited practices and will return to play.

***San Francisco will be without two key back seven defenders. Reuben Foster tweaked a hamstring last week and did not practice this week. Jaquiski Tartt aggravated a shoulder injury that's troubled him all year and also didn't practice. Cornerback Richard Sherman should play through a calf strain.

***The Raiders could get guard Kelechi Osemele back this week. He was reportedly moving around better in his brace this week after missing three games with a knee 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
Aaron Rodgers GB Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Deshaun Watson Hou Chest Full Full Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
Ben Roethlisberger Pit Finger DNP Full Expected to Play
Ryan Tannehill Mia Shoulder Limited Limited Inactive
Josh Allen Buf Elbow DNP DNP Inactive
Derek Anderson Buf Concussion DNP DNP Inactive
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Alvin Kamara NO Illness Not Listed DNP Expected to Play
Melvin Gordon III LAC Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Kareem Hunt KC Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Dalvin Cook Min Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Sony Michel NE Knee Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Adrian Peterson Was Shoulder DNP Limited Expected to Play
Chris Thompson Was Rib DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Kapri Bibbs Was Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
Chris Carson Sea Hip Not Listed Limited Likely to Play
Peyton Barber TB Ankle Limited Full Expected to Play
Ronald Jones II TB Hamstring DNP DNP Inactive
Kenyan Drake Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Royce Freeman Den Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Theo Riddick Det Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Duke Johnson Jr Cle Thigh Full Full Expected to Play
Alex Collins Bal Foot Limited DNP Awaiting Information
Trenton Cannon NYJ Finger Full Full Expected to Play
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Foot Limited Limited Expected to Play
Michael Thomas NO Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
Cameron Meredith NO Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Cooper Kupp LAR Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Tyreek Hill KC Groin Full Limited Likely to Play
Mike Evans TB Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Stefon Diggs Min Rib DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Julian Edelman NE Ankle / Illness DNP DNP Likely to Play
Josh Gordon NE Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Keke Coutee Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Doug Baldwin Sea Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Kenny Stills Mia Groin DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Randall Cobb GB Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Geronimo Allison GB Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Equanimeous St. Brown GB Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
*Corey Davis Ten Hamstring *Limited Likely to Play
*Tavon Austin Dal Groin *DNP Awaiting Information
Allen Robinson Chi Groin DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Taylor Gabriel Chi Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Mohamed Sanu Atl Hip Limited DNP Awaiting Information
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Paul Richardson Jr Was Shoulder / Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Jamison Crowder Was Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Torrey Smith Car Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Maurice Harris Was Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Rashard Higgins Cle Knee DNP Limited Likely Inactive
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Rob Gronkowski NE Ankle / Back Limited DNP Game-time Decision
Travis Kelce KC Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Greg Olsen Car Foot Limited Full Expected to Play
Jimmy Graham GB Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
David Njoku Cle Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Jordan Reed Was Neck Limited Full Expected to Play
Ryan Griffin Hou Illness Full Full Expected to Play
*Geoff Swaim Dal Knee *DNP Likely Inactive
A.J. Derby Mia Foot Full Full Likely to Play
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Terron Armstead NO Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Bryan Bulaga GB Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Riley Reiff Min Foot Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Marcus Cannon NE Concussion Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Trent Brown NE Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Ronnie Stanley Bal Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
James Hurst Bal Back DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Marcus Gilbert Pit Knee Full Limited Expected to Play
Trent Williams Was Thumb / Shoulder DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Morgan Moses Was Elbow Full Full Expected to Play
Jared Veldheer Den Ankle Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Taylor Decker Det Back Limited Limited Likely to Play
Duane Brown Sea Knee Not Listed Limited Likely to Play
Demar Dotson TB Knee / Shoulder DNP Limited Likely to Play
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee / Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Jesse Davis Mia Elbow Full Full Expected to Play
Chris Hubbard Cle Toe Full Full Expected to Play
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
*Zack Martin Dal Knee *DNP Likely to Play
Tom Compton Min Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Kyle Long Chi Foot DNP DNP Inactive
Alex Lewis Bal Neck DNP Limited Likely Inactive
Bradley Bozeman Bal Calf DNP Limited Awaiting Information
T.J. Lang Det Hip Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Brandon Scherff Was Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Shaun Lauvao Was Calf DNP Limited Likely to Play
Shaq Mason NE Calf DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Cam Erving KC Neck Full Full Expected to Play
D.J. Fluker Sea Foot DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Ted Larsen Mia Neck Full Full Expected to Play
Andrew Wylie KC Back Full Full Expected to Play
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
*Quinton Spain Ten Shoulder *Full Expected to Play
*Josh Kline Ten Ankle *Limited Awaiting Information
Eric Kush Chi Neck Limited Limited Expected to Play
Zach Fulton Hou Ankle Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Centers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Alex Mack Atl Back Limited Full Expected to Play
Max Unger NO Elbow Limited Full Expected to Play
Mitch Morse KC Concussion DNP DNP Inactive
Spencer Long NYJ Knee / Finger Limited Full Expected to Play
Travis Swanson Mia Elbow Full Full Expected to Play
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
Von Miller Den Ankle Limited Limited Expected to Play
Justin Houston KC Hamstring DNP Limited Likely Inactive
Robert Quinn Mia Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Shoulder Limited Limited Likely Inactive
Bud Dupree Pit Illness DNP Full Expected to Play
*Derrick Morgan Ten Shoulder *DNP Likely Inactive
Jason Pierre-Paul TB Ribs / Foot DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Nick Perry GB Ankle DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Deatrich Wise Jr NE Illness DNP Not Listed Expected to Play
*Randy Gregory Dal Knee *DNP Likely Inactive
Marcus Davenport NO Toe DNP DNP Inactive
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Gerald McCoy TB Calf Limited DNP Awaiting Information
*David Irving Dal Ankle *Limited Awaiting Information
Jarran Reed Sea Hip Limited Full Expected to Play
Linval Joseph Min Ankle / Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Steve McLendon NYJ Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Tremaine Edmunds Buf Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
C.J. Mosley Bal Thigh DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Joe Schobert Cle Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
K.J. Wright Sea Knee DNP DNP Likely to Play
Zach Brown Was Oblique Full Full Expected to Play
Anthony Barr Min Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Anthony Hitchens KC Rib DNP Limited Likely Inactive
Zach Cunningham Hou Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Brandon Marshall Den Knee DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Dont'a Hightower NE Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Kyzir White LAC Knee DNP DNP Likely 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
Andrew Sendejo Min Groin Limited Limited Awaiting Information
*Kenny Vaccaro Ten Elbow *Full Expected to Play
Darian Stewart Den Neck DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Marcus Maye NYJ Thumb Limited Full Expected to Play
Bradley McDougald Sea Knee DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Damarious Randall Cle Groin DNP DNP Likely to Play
Xavier Rhodes Min Foot Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Xavien Howard Mia Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Robert Alford Atl Ankle DNP DNP Game-time Decision
*Chidobe Awuzie Dal Ankle *Full Expected to Play
Sam Shields LAR Illness Not Listed DNP Likely to Play
Marlon Humphrey Bal Thigh DNP Limited Likely Inactive
Johnathan Joseph Hou Ankle / Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Bradley Roby Den Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Jaire Alexander GB Groin Limited Full Expected to Play
Trumaine Johnson NYJ Quad DNP Limited Awaiting Information
E.J. Gaines Cle Concussion Full Full Likely to Play
M.J. Stewart TB Foot DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Coty Sensabaugh Pit Toe DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Aaron Colvin Hou Ankle Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Kickers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Adam
Matt Bryant Atl Hamstring DNP DNP Inactive

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

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