Jeremy Maclin (concussion) missed practice on Wednesday. Occasionally you see a player suffer a concussion on Sunday and return to practice by Wednesday.  At another extreme, you have players that miss several weeks with a concussion, something that seems to happen to players with a concussion history.  To my knowledge, Maclin does not have a history of suffering concussions, but I suspect he’ll miss this week.  I’m thinking it’s a one or two week injury, but with the Chiefs having their bye in week 9 expect him back no later than Week 10.


Dinged and Damaged (Players with new, seemingly minor ailments.)

Dion Lewis (abdomen) had his worst outing of the season last week.  A regression was to be expected due to the fact that he’s only a 5-15 carry per week type of running back.  Still, maybe the injury played a role in him not playing as much last week, not just the fact that it was a match up that favored Blount.

Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday and I just saw on the NFL Network ticker that he will not practice today either.  Not good news, but not really surprising either.  I see him as likely to play Sunday; I’m not aware of any setback.  Remember it’s a short week for the Giants, that may be part of the explanation for him missing practice entirely. Marcus Mariota (knee) has suffered a MCL sprain that may not force him to miss any time.  However, it likely reduces his fantasy value some.  Here’s @ProFootballDoc’s take:

Carlos Hyde (foot) is reportedly good to go for Thursday Night Football.  Still the nagging, lingering nature of this injury is a concern.  With Reggie Bush looking healthier we are no longer on Jarryd Hayne watch.

Tre Mason (ankle) and Tavon Austin (hamstring) are dinged up but appear ok:

Keenan Allen (hip) was forced to miss a chunk of last Sunday’s game against the Packers with an injury suffered on his bajillionth catch of the game.

Antonio Gates (knee) missed practice on Wednesday but I haven’t found anything regarding the severity of his injury and it would be possible that he would miss practice on Wednesday even if he’s not injured.  It’s called “being 35 years old and still playing in the NFL”.  Melvin Gordon (ankle)

Downgraded (players that at one time seemed nearing a return but suffered a setback)

Cecil Shorts III (shoulder) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring).. I have no good timetables for either of them, 2-3 weeks is my best guess.

On The Mend (Players nearing a return.)

Tyrod Taylor (knee) suffered a sprained MCL two weeks ago and missed last week because of it.  It’s possible he’ll play this Sunday in London but performance expectations need to be tempered somewhat.  Dez Bryant (foot) did not practice Wednesday and in my opinion he will not play this week but week 8 remains a strong possibility.  Nate Washington (hamstring) practiced fully and is someone to consider acquiring in 14+ team leagues with Shorts out.

According to Ian Rappaport “WR Victor Cruz (calf) is not expected to play Sunday vs. Cowboys but he is getting an MRI today on his calf. He’s feeling better.”  Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is getting closer but is still very iffy for this Sunday.  We might get to see one more week of Landry Jones.  Stevie Johnson (hamstring) was back at practice.  The last time he played Antonio Gates was not available to the Chargers, with him available expect Johnson to see fewer targets.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) is nearing a return and can soon be considered for acquisition in 12 team leagues.  Jordan Reed (concussion) was back at practice; we await his next injury.


Still Injured.. What the What? (Players with unknown timetables.)

Percy Harvin (hip) and Karlos Williams (concussion) will not be playing in London, they didn’t even make the trip.  This has a the look of a lengthy injury for Harvin, maybe Williams will return after the week 8 bye.  I see him as somewhat of a buy low, a player to consider acquiring if you see him on your league’s waiver wire.

Now I leave you with the practice reports for week 7 of the NFL season..  These are the same reports that each team is required to give the league after every day of practice.  Teams that play Thursday have a full injury report with the “Out/Doubtful/Questionable/Probable” designations due by Wednesday.  Teams that play Sunday (or Saturday) only have a practice report due Wednesday and teams that play Monday have nothing at all due by Wednesday.


The Practice Report for Wednesday October 21, 2015

Arizona Cardinals
No Practice Information Reported (Monday Night Football)

Atlanta Falcons
Leonard Hankerson – WR – Limited Participation
Eric Weems – WR – Limited Participation
Roddy White – WR – Limited Participation

Baltimore Ravens
No Practice Information Reported (Monday Night Football)

Buffalo Bills
Marcus Easley – WR – Limited Participation
Percy Harvin – WR – No Participation
Tyrod Taylor – QB – Limited Participation
Karlos Williams – RB – No Participation

Carolina Panthers
Richie Brockel – TE – No Participation

Chicago Bears
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

Cincinnati Bengals
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

Cleveland Browns
Gary Barnidge – TE – Limited Participation
Rob Housler – TE – No Participation
Johnny Manziel – QB – Full Participation
Marlon Moore – WR – Limited Participation

Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant – WR – No Participation
Brice Butler – WR – Full Participation
James Hanna – TE – Limited Participation

Denver Broncos
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

Detroit Lions
Joique Bell – RB – Full Participation
Eric Ebron – TE – Limited Participation
Brandon Pettigrew – TE – No Participation
Theo Riddick – RB – Limited Participation

Green Bay Packers
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

Houston Texans
Alfred Blue – RB – Full Participation
Arian Foster – RB – Limited Participation
Jonathan Grimes – RB – Full Participation
Chris Polk – RB – Full Participation
Cecil Shorts III – WR – No Participation
Nate Washington – WR – Full Participation

Indianapolis Colts
Andre Johnson – WR – No Participation

Jacksonville Jaguars
Allen Hurns – WR – No Participation
Marqise Lee – WR – No Participation
Allen Robinson – WR – Limited Participation
Julius Thomas – TE – Full Participation
T.J. Yeldon – RB – No Participation

Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Conley – WR – Full Participation
Travis Kelce – TE – Full Participation
Jeremy Maclin – WR – No Participation
Alex Smith – QB – Full Participation

Miami Dolphins
Kenny Stills – WR – Limited Participation

Minnesota Vikings
Matt Asiata – RB – Limited Participation
Charles Johnson – WR – Full Participation
Adrian Peterson – RB – Limited Participation
Jarius Wright – WR – Full Participation

New England Patriots
Dion Lewis – RB – Limited Participation
Matthew Slater – WR – Limited Participation

New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston – WR – Limited Participation

New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – No Participation
Victor Cruz – WR – No Participation
Rueben Randle – WR – Limited Participation

New York Jets
Eric Decker – WR – Full Participation
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB – Full Participation
Chris Owusu – WR – Limited Participation
Bilal Powell – RB – No Participation

Oakland Raiders
Taiwan Jones – RB – Full Participation
Latavius Murray – RB – Full Participation

Philadelphia Eagles
Nelson Agholor – WR – No Participation
Riley Cooper – WR – No Participation
Josh Huff – WR – Full Participation

Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger – QB – Limited Participation
Matt Spaeth – TE – No Participation
Mike Vick – QB – No Participation

San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen – WR – No Participation
Antonio Gates – TE – No Participation
Melvin Gordon – RB – No Participation
Stevie Johnson – WR – Limited Participation

Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Lockett – WR – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday Night Football)
Marshawn Lynch – RB – Full Participation  (Probable for Thursday Night Football)

San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin – WR – Limited Participation (Questionable for Thursday Night Football)
Reggie Bush – RB – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday Night Football)
Vernon Davis – TE – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday Night Football)
Bruce Ellington – WR – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday Night Football)
Carlos Hyde – RB – Limited Participation (Questionable for Thursday Night Football)
Vance McDonald – TE – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday Night Football)

St. Louis Rams
Tavon Austin – WR – No Participation
Lance Kendricks – TE – No Participation
Tre Mason – RB – No Participation

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – No Participation
Russell Shepard – WR – Limited Participation
Luke Stocker – TE – Full Participation

Tennessee Titans
Harry Douglas – WR – No Participation
Marcus Mariota – QB – No Participation
Dexter McCluster – RB – No Participation

Washington Football Team
DeSean Jackson – WR – No Participation
Matt Jones – RB – Full Participation
Jordan Reed – TE – Limited Participation
Chris Thompson – RB – No Participation

Every week I either forget something or leave something out due to time constraints.  I’m happy to discuss situations I missed or anything else in the Comments section below.  Thanks for reading!



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