Injuries are unfortunately a reality in the NFL and all 32 clubs have had to weather health-related storms through seven weeks. Deshaun Watson is still dealing with a shoulder injury, Ryan Tannehill could miss significant time with an ankle injury suffered in London, Daniel Jones hasn’t played in a couple weeks due to a neck issue and the San Francisco 49ers have several banged-up stars.
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Defensive end Keion White was the only Patriot who missed practice Wednesday, as he sat out with a concussion. Offensive tackle Calvin Anderson (illness), defensive tackle Christian Barmore (knee), offensive tackle Trent Brown (ankle/knee), defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (ankle), tight end Hunter Henry (ankle), wide receiver Ty Montgomery (knee), offensive guard Cole Strange (knee), linebacker Josh Uche (ankle/toe), cornerback Shaun Wade (shoulder) and defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. (shoulder) were limited participants.
The Dolphins had a lengthy injury report. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill (hip), safety Jevon Holland (concussion), fullback Alec Ingold (foot) and running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) missed practice on Wednesday. Wide receiver River Cracraft (shoulder), cornerback Xavien Howard (groin), cornerback Kader Kohou (neck), defensive back Nik Needham (Achilles), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee), cornerback Cam Smith (foot), wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (back) and offensive lineman Connor Williams (groin) were limited participants.
All Cowboys were healthy at practice. Defensive back Juanyeh Thomas was the only player listed on the injury report, as he was a full participant with a hamstring injury.
Head coach Sean McVay said that defensive tackle Larrell Murchison, linebacker Ernest Jones, linebacker Byron Young, safety Russ Yeast and receiver Ben Skowronek were all limited on Wednesday, but added that he doesn’t expect their injuries to affect their availability for Sunday’s game. Tackle Joe Noteboom, who had been recovering from a groin injury, was not limited, per McVay.
The Giants are ravaged by injuries. At least Saquon Barkley is off the report, but New York will again be without its starting quarterback and potentially as many as four starting offensive linemen. If Waller were to sit as well, it would leave the Giants incredibly depleted pretty much everywhere on offense. Jackson, meanwhile, is one of the team’s starting corners and could play a role in defending Garrett Wilson, if he’s able to suit up.
The Jets are getting a bit healthier up front, Mekhi Becton has no game designation here. Cobb is a depth wideout who plays in the slot but hasn’t been a huge part of the offense. Carter potentially missing would be more important against an opponent with more threatening wideouts, while McDonald has been a rotational rusher so far this year.
Cornerback JuJu Brents (quad), tight end Kylen Granson (concussion), defensive tackle Eric Johnson II (ankle), running back Zack Moss (elbow/heel) and offensive tackle Braden Smith (hip/wrist) did not practice for the Colts on Wednesday.
Saints offensive lineman James Hurst (ankle) and star running back Alvin Kamara (illness) did not practice. Tight end Juwan Johnson (calf), defensive back J.T. Gray (hamstring), offensive tackle Landon Young (hip), offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (concussion), linebacker Demario Davis (knee), safety Tyrann Mathieu (foot), safety Marcus Maye (hamstring) and quarterback Taysom Hill (chest) were limited participants.
Running back Aaron Jones is off the pregame injury report after being limited in last week’s game upon returning from injury. Musgrave has operated as the No. 1 tight end all year, while Myers is a key cog in the middle of the offensive line. Alexander seems like the most likely player to wind up in coverage on rookie wideout Jordan Addison, assuming he can play, while Campbell will play an important role in covering T.J. Hockenson.
With the Vikings, they did not hold an official practice on Wednesday, so their injury report is an estimation. That said, the team listed tight end T.J. Hockenson (foot) and linebacker Brian Asamoah II (ankle) as nonparticipants. Guard Ezra Cleveland (foot) and receiver Jalen Nailor (hamstring) were limited.
The Panthers look like they could be pretty banged up on defense against C.J. Stroud and Co. Bell and Woods form the back end of the defense, while Burns and Luvu are two of the team’s best players up front. Moton is probably Carolina’s best offensive lineman.
Cornerback Bradley Roby was the only Eagle who did not practice Wednesday, as he sat out with a shoulder injury. Defensive tackle Milton Williams was limited with a heel injury, while safety Reed Blankenship was a full participant with his rib issue.
Washington’s offensive line has been an issue all season in front of Sam Howell. Samuel has also emerged as one of the team’s top targets. So, there could be some effect on the offense if he sits. The defensive front is a strength for Washington but Mathis has barely played this year. Barton leads the team in tackles and his presence could be missed on the second level of the defense.
Jacksonville will once again be without one of its top three receivers. Jones has played just one full game this season. Lawrence was also listed as questionable for last Thursday’s game but he ended up playing, even on a short week. Both Little and Scherff being potentially banged up could present some issues against a strong Pittsburgh defensive front, while Campbell and Cisco are important pieces of the back end of the defense.
If Pittsburgh is without one or both of Wallace and Porter, that could be dangerous against a team featuring Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk.
Atlanta looks pretty healthy coming into this game. Bijan Robinson, who was extremely limited last week due to a headache, was not on the injury report at all.
For the Titans, quarterback Ryan Tannehill (ankle) and rookie tight end Josh Whyle (concussion) did not practice. Center Aaron Brewer (neck) and cornerback Roger McCreary (hamstring) were limited participants. Titans fans will be happy to hear wide receiver Treylon Burks (knee) and defensive tackle Teair Tart (toe) were full participants.
The Browns had a number of players absent from practice Wednesday, including Deshaun Watson. He has already been ruled out for Week 8 due to a shoulder injury and P.J. Walker will again start. Along with Watson, running back Jerome Ford (ankle), Marquise Goodwin (back), running back Kareem Hunt (thigh), tight end David Njoku (knee), and linebacker Sione Takitaki (hamstring) missed practice due to injury. Defensive end Ogbo Okoronkwo (ribs), linebacker Anthony Walker (shoulder) and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills (foot, ankle) were limited.
The Seahawks held out guard Phil Haynes (calf), receiver Tyler Lockett (hamstring), linebacker Bobby Wagner (ankle), running back Kenneth Walker III (calf), and linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (pectoral) of Wednesday’s practice due to injury. Nwosu’s pectoral injury is season-ending, so he will soon head to IR. Meanwhile, DK Metcalf (ribs, hip) was a full participant at practice after missing last week’s game.
Baltimore was missing three players from Wednesday’s opening practice: Running back Keaton Mitchell (hamstring), linebacker Roquan Smith (shoulder), and safety Marcus Williams (hamstring). Cornerback Kevon Seymour (ankle) was limited.
The most notable injury news for the Cardinals surround quarterback Kyler Murray, who was taken off the injury report Thursday as he continues to recover from a torn ACL he suffered last season. The club opened up his practice window last week, and it does seem like he’s very close to returning. Meanwhile, linebacker Krys Barnes (hamstring), defensive lineman Kevin Strong (shoulder), and offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson (neck) each did not practice. Corner Antonio Hamilton (groin), wideout Zach Pascal (neck) and safety Jalen Thompson (hamstring) were all limited.
Bolton needs surgery on the wrist he injured last week against the Chargers and is expected to miss approximately two months. Kansas City will have to count on Willie Gay, Leo Chenal, and Drue Tranquill for more snaps in his absence.
Denver was without running back Dwayne Washington at practice due to a knee injury while safety Justin Simmons (hip) was limited.
Davis-Gaither hasn’t played since Week 3. Brown has been working behind Joe Mixon and Trayveon Williams in the backfield for most of the season.
The 49ers were without quarterback Brock Purdy on Wednesday as Kyle Shanahan told reporters that he is in concussion protocol. If he is unable to clear protocol, Sam Darnold would get the start for San Francisco. On top of Purdy, the Niners were without tackle Trent Williams (ankle) and receiver Deebo Samuel (shoulder) at practice. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw was given a rest day.
For Chicago, safety Jaquan Brisker (illness), offensive guard Nate Davis (ankle), quarterback Justin Fields (thumb), defensive back Terell Smith (illness) and offensive tackle Darnell Wright (shoulder/toe) did not practice Wednesday. Safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and offensive tackle Braxton Jones (neck) were limited participants.
The Chargers were without tight end Gerald Everett due to a hip injury and wideout Joshua Palmer because of a knee injury. Linebacker Khalil Mack also did not practice Wednesday, but he was simply given a rest day. Safety Alohi Gilman (heel), receiver Jalen Guyton (knee), defensive back Deane Leonard (hamstring), defensvie lineman Otito Ogbonnia (knee), and tackle Trey Pipkins III (ankle) were all limited.
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