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A review of the early week practice participation reports

WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Todd Gurley missed practice today as he rests a sore knee. Sean McVay told reporters he expects Gurley to play after Gurley reported feeling better early this week. McVay then left the door open for Gurley to miss time saying, "If there's a chance he's going to do something that's going to set him back for the playoffs, that's where we have to make smart decisions." If Gurley doesn't return to limited practice on Thursday, his availability for this week will be in doubt.

***After a limited Friday practice and some slim hope of a return last weekend, James Conner did not practice on Wednesday. Multiple reports suggest Conner has not made enough progress with his high ankle sprain to return this week. That's not surprising -- the injury seemed to be a 3-4 week injury as soon as the Steelers ruled him out the first week. Watch for limited practice and a more optimistic expectation by Friday but Conner remains well to the doubtful side of questionable.

***Odell Beckham Jr missed another practice on Wednesday and Pat Shurmur wasn't reassuring about Beckham status. The most optimistic thing Shurmur said was that the Giants weren't yet planning to put Beckham on injured reserve. Beckham looks doubtful to return this week.

***The Falcons were not as openly optimistic about Julio Jones this week as they have been in past weeks without a Wednesday practice. While Dan Quinn told reporters he was encouraged about Jones' hip injury but acknowledged the team would continue to be cautious with Jones until Friday and then evaluate his health for game day. Expect Jones to play but he may be listed questionable on Friday rather than taken off the injury report.

***Melvin Gordon III has fully practiced this week and is on track to play Saturday. Gordon reportedly would have played last week had the game not been on Thursday night. With a full week to monitor Gordon in practice and game plan with his return in mind, expect the Chargers to give Gordon a full workload.

***T.Y. Hilton told reporters he made his ankle "mad" last week. He's unlikely to practice this week and his status may be more in doubt than in previous weeks.

***Cam Newton will not play again this season as he starts rehab to address ongoing soreness in his throwing shoulder. Expect Newton to work on strengthening and range of motion in the coming weeks. He will likely seek out additional opinions while deciding whether surgery is the best course of action this offseason.


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.
^Note: Saturday night players practice Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.

Quarterbacks
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Aaron Rodgers GB Knee / Groin Full Full Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder DNP DNP Inactive
^Marcus Mariota Ten Foot ^Limited ^Full ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Matthew Stafford Det Back Limited Limited Expected to Play
Carson Wentz Phi Back DNP DNP Inactive
Ryan Tannehill Mia Shoulder / Ankle Limited Limited Expected to Play
Sam Darnold NYJ Foot Full Full Expected to Play
^Josh Johnson Was Ankle ^Full ^Full ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
^Colt McCoy Was Fibula ^DNP ^DNP ^DNP Declared Out Inactive
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Todd Gurley LAR Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
^Melvin Gordon III LAC Knee ^Full ^Full ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
^Austin Ekeler LAC Neck ^DNP ^DNP ^Limited Doubtful Inactive
James Conner Pit Ankle DNP DNP Inactive
Joe Mixon Cin Wrist / Thigh Limited Limited Likely to Play
Leonard Fournette Jac Foot Full Full Expected to Play
^Adrian Peterson Was ^Shoulder ^Limited ^Limited ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Spencer Ware KC Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Matt Breida SF Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Kenyan Drake Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Kalen Ballage Mia Hip Full Full Expected to Play
Jamaal Williams GB Toe Limited Limited Expected to Play
Rashaad Penny Sea Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
LeSean McCoy Buf Hamstring Limited Full Expected to Play
Chris Ivory Buf Shoulder Limited Full Game-time Decision
Lamar Miller Hou Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
LeGarrette Blount Det Calf Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Elijah McGuire NYJ Ankle / Quadricep Full Full Expected to Play
Trenton Cannon NYJ Toe Full Full Expected to Play
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Ankle Limited Limited Expected to Play
Keke Coutee Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Julio Jones Atl Hip / Ribs DNP DNP Game-time Decision
JuJu Smith-Schuster Pit Groin Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Odell Beckham Jr NYG Quadricep DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Russell Shepard NYG Ankle DNP DNP Inactive
Tyreek Hill KC Heel Full Full Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins KC Heel DNP DNP Likely Inactive
T.Y. Hilton Ind Ankle DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Zach Pascal Ind Knee Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
^Keenan Allen LAC Hip ^DNP ^Limited ^Limited Questionable Expected to Play
Kenny Golladay Det Chest Limited Limited Likely to Play
Bruce Ellington Det Hamstring Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Doug Baldwin Sea Hip DNP Full Expected to Play
Alshon Jeffery Phi Illness DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Randall Cobb GB Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson NE Illness Not Listed DNP Awaiting Information
*Courtland Sutton Den Quadricep *Limited Expected to Play
Tyler Boyd Cin Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
John Ross Cin Knee Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle / Back Full Full Expected to Play
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jermaine Kearse NYJ Calf Full Full Expected to Play
DeSean Jackson TB Thumb Limited Full Likely to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Danny Amendola Mia Knee DNP Full Expected to Play
^Josh Doctson Was Back ^Not Listed ^Not Listed ^DNP Questionable
^Maurice Harris Was Illness ^Not Listed ^DNP ^DNP Questionable
^Tajae Sharpe Ten Ankle ^DNP ^DNP ^DNP Questionable
Cole Beasley Dal Foot Limited Full Expected to Play
Tavon Austin Dal Groin Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Isaiah McKenzie Buf Ankle Limited Full Expected to Play
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Eric Ebron Ind Quadricep DNP Full Expected to Play
Zach Ertz Phi Ankle Limited Full Expected to Play
Rob Gronkowski NE Ankle / Back Not Listed Limited Expected to Play
David Njoku Cle Knee / Thigh Limited Full Expected to Play
Austin Hooper Atl Ankle / Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Jimmy Graham GB Knee / Thumb DNP Limited Expected to Play
^Jordan Reed Was Ankle / Foot ^DNP ^DNP ^DNP Declared Out Inactive
^Vernon Davis Was Concussion ^Not Listed ^Not Listed ^DNP Questionable Inactive
*Matt LaCosse Den Ankle *DNP Awaiting Information
Geoff Swaim Dal Wrist DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Tyron Smith Dal Neck Full Full Expected to Play
Bryan Bulaga GB Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Terron Armstead NO Pectoral / Knee Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Ryan Ramczyk NO Shoulder Limited Limited Expected to Play
Jermon Bushrod NO Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Mitchell Schwartz KC Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Cam Erving KC Knee Full Full Expected to Play
^Trent Williams Was Thumb / Wrist ^Limited ^Limited ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
^Morgan Moses Was Ankle ^Limited ^Limited ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Cordy Glenn Cin Back Limited Limited Likely to Play
Laremy Tunsil Mia Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Ja'Wuan James Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Rick Wagner Det Concussion Full Full Expected to Play
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Demar Dotson TB Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Zack Martin Dal Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Xavier Su'a-Filo Dal Eye Limited Full Expected to Play
Mark Glowinski Ind Ankle DNP Limited Game-time Decision
Andrus Peat NO Shoulder Limited Limited Expected to Play
D.J. Fluker Sea Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Stefan Wisniewski Phi Thumb Full Full Expected to Play
Mike Remmers Min Back Limited Limited Expected to Play
Brian Winters NYJ Finger Full Full Expected to Play
^Alex Lewis Bal Shoulder ^Limited ^Limited ^Limited Questionable Game-time Decision
Zach Fulton Hou Hand Limited Limited Likely to Play
Senio Kelemete Hou Elbow / Rib Limited Limited Likely to Play
^Josh Kline Ten Knee ^Limited ^Full ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
^Tony Bergstrom Was Knee / Ankle ^Limited ^Limited ^Limited Questionable
Alex Redmond Cin Illness DNP Full Likely to Play
Isaac Seumalo Phi Pectoral DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Centers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Max Unger NO Concussion DNP Limited Awaiting Information
^Chase Roullier Was Knee ^Full ^Full ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Weston Richburg SF Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
J.C. Tretter Cle Ankle DNP DNP Likely to Play
Travis Swanson Mia Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Spencer Pulley NYG Calf DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Spencer Long NYJ Toe / Knee / Finger Full Full Expected to Play
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
J.J. Watt Hou Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Jason Pierre-Paul TB Knee DNP Limited Likely to Play
Frank Clark Sea Elbow DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Bud Dupree Pit Knee DNP Full Expected to Play
Samson Ebukam LAR Illness DNP Likely to Play
Markus Golden Ari Ankle DNP Awaiting Information
^Brian Orakpo Ten Elbow ^DNP ^DNP ^DNP Declared Out Inactive
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Fletcher Cox Phi Hip Limited DNP Expected to Play
Akiem Hicks Chi Illness Not Listed DNP Awaiting Information
^Jurrell Casey Ten Knee ^DNP ^DNP ^Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Grady Jarrett Atl Shoulder / Groin Limited Limited Likely to Play
Damon Harrison Det Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Linval Joseph Min Knee Not Listed DNP Awaiting Information
David Irving Dal Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Gerald McCoy TB Shoulder Limited Limited Expected to Play
Michael Bennett Phi Foot DNP DNP Likely to Play
Kenny Clark GB Elbow DNP IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Jarran Reed Sea Oblique / Groin DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Cameron Heyward Pit Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Kyle Williams Buf Back DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Leonard Williams NYJ Elbow Full Full Expected to Play
Margus Hunt Ind Foot DNP Limited Likely to Play
Larry Ogunjobi Cle Biceps DNP Limited Likely to Play
^Matt Ioannidis Was Shin ^Limited ^Limited ^Limited Questionable Likely to Play
Timmy Jernigan Phi Back Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Deion Jones Atl Foot Full Full Expected to Play
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Jordan Hicks Phi Calf Limited Full Likely to Play
^Wesley Woodyard Ten Back ^Not Listed ^DNP ^Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Joe Schobert Cle Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Eric Kendricks Min Hamstring DNP DNP Awaiting Information
K.J. Wright Sea Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Kiko Alonso Mia Knee / Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Malcolm Smith SF Achilles Limited Limited Likely to Play
Shaq Thompson Car Shoulder DNP Awaiting Information
Alec Ogletree NYG Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Vontaze Burfict Cin Concussion Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Jordan Evans Cin Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Brandon Marshall Den Knee *Limited Likely to Play
Kevin Pierre-Louis NYJ Shoulder DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Anthony Walker Ind Shoulder DNP DNP
Devon Kennard Det Hip Limited Limited Likely to Play
^Matt Judon Bal Knee ^DNP ^Limited ^Full Questionable Expected to Play
Jamie Collins Sr Cle Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Eddie Jackson Chi Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Budda Baker Ari Knee DNP Likely to Play
Eric Berry KC Heel Full Full Expected to Play
Clayton Geathers Ind Knee DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Malik Hooker Ind Hip Limited Limited Expected to Play
Michael Mitchell Ind Calf Limited Limited Awaiting Information
^Kenny Vaccaro Ten Concussion ^Limited ^Full ^Full Not Listed Expected to Play
Reshad Jones Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
T.J. McDonald Mia Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jabrill Peppers Cle Neck Not Listed DNP
Ronnie Harrison Jac Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Terrell Edmunds Pit Concussion Limited Full Expected to Play
Bradley McDougald Sea Knee DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Jaquiski Tartt SF Shoulder Limited DNP Likely Inactive
Justin Reid Hou Shoulder / Wrist Full Full Expected to Play
Desmond Trufant Atl Ankle DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Denzel Ward Cle Concussion Full Full Expected to Play
Terrance Mitchell Cle Wrist Full Full Expected to Play
Xavien Howard Mia Knee Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Kendall Fuller KC Thumb DNP DNP Inactive
Johnathan Joseph Hou Hip Limited Limited Expected to Play
Kareem Jackson Hou Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Kenny Moore II Ind Shin Not Listed Limited
Quincy Wilson Ind Elbow Limited Full Expected to Play
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Ankle Not Listed Limited Likely to Play
Sidney Jones Phi Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Morris Claiborne NYJ Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
*Isaac Yiadom Den Shoulder *Limited
Ryan Lewis Buf Concussion DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Captain Munnerlyn Car Knee DNP Likely to Play
Kickers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday Friday
Jake Elliott Phi Illness Not Listed DNP Expected to Play
Steven Hauschka Buf Hip Limited Full
Josh Lambo Jac Groin DNP DNP Likely Inactive

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

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