The Florida native had been playing well since returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. In five games this season he had 14 combined tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The Chargers already lost Denzel Perryman for the year with a knee injury, so losing Liuget is another blow to the Bolts’ ability to stop the run defensively.
Information from ESPN’s Eric D. Williams was used in this report.
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The Bills are expected to have QB Josh Allen (elbow) healthy and back in the starting lineup when they return from their bye week to host the Jaguars in Week 12. One question will be whether top tight end Charles Clay (hamstring) is able to play after missing last Sunday’s win over the Jets. He was listed as week-to-week and did not practice before that game. — Mike Rodak
The Dolphins head into the bye week in desperate need of good health news. Adam Gase said he wasn’t sure they would have 46 healthy players to be active if they had a game this week. Ryan Tannehill threw passes last weekend, and the Dolphins are hopeful that if he continues to throw without much pain, there is a chance he could play Nov. 25. He isn’t out of the woods yet, but it is the most optimism we’ve seen on an injury that kept him out the past five games. Receivers DeVante Parker (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (foot) are expected to miss some time, but Gase indicated that neither injury seems to be season-ending. There is optimism that Laremy Tunsil, Ja’Wuan James, Ted Larsen and Charles Harris are close to returning and could do so on Nov. 25 vs. the Colts. — Cameron Wolfe
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is the player who probably will benefit most from the bye, as he has missed three of the past four games (back, ankle). Getting Gronkowski back, as well as starting right guard Shaq Mason, would naturally be a big boost to the team. No. 2 TE Dwayne Allen (knee) has been walking with the aid of crutches and didn’t take part in the team’s lone bye-week practice. — Mike Reiss
The Jets are on their bye week, giving QB Sam Darnold extra time to rest his strained right foot. He wasn’t close to playing last week, but he’s out of his walking boot, which is an encouraging sign. Still, he’s far from a lock for Week 12 against the Patriots. He hasn’t practiced since suffering the injury. The Jets will err on the side of caution, so there’s a chance he might not return until the following week against the Titans. Josh McCown would start again in his place. — Rich Cimini
Joe Flacco missed Wednesday’s practice with a right hip injury, ramping up speculation that Lamar Jackson will make his first NFL start. John Harbaugh said Flacco doesn’t have to practice to play and declined to discuss who could start Sunday against the Bengals. “I don’t feel like we owe anybody any answers,” Harbaugh said. Jackson, who has played in specialty packages throughout the season, is the only one of the five quarterbacks drafted in this year’s first round who hasn’t started. He would face a Bengals defense that ranks last in the NFL and became the first in the Super Bowl era to allow more than 500 yards in three straight games. “I feel like I’d be very prepared,” Jackson said. “I’m trying to sponge everything in. … Whatever happens will happen.” Flacco has missed only six games in his 11-year NFL career, starting Baltimore’s past 41 games. — Jamison Hensley
A.J. Green remains the biggest absence on the practice field, but considering he’s supposed to be out until December, attention turns to the linebackers, who have been one of the weakest units on the team. Nick Vigil is still not practicing, and while Vontaze Burfict returned to practice, Preston Brown did not practice Wednesday. Brown was sporting a large brace on his knee. With Vincent Rey also limited, the Bengals are dangerously thin at one of their weakest positions. — Katherine Terrell
Cornerback Terrance Mitchell still plans to return for the final four games of the season. Mitchell had surgery to repair a broken wrist Oct. 1 and was placed on injured reserve. The hope was that he could return, and his rehab and treatment have gone well enough that the Browns expect him back some time after the bye. — Pat McManamon
James Conner, more important than ever with Le’Veon Bell done for the year, entered the week in concussion protocol but participated in practice Wednesday. Coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic, saying he hopes this week’s practices “lay all those discussions to bed” about Conner’s availability for Sunday against the Jaguars. — Jeremy Fowler
On Wednesday, running back D’Onta Foreman practiced for the first time since he tore his Achilles tendon nearly a year ago. This opens the 21-day window the Texans have to move Foreman from the PUP list to the active roster or put him on injured reserve. While Foreman said he’s confident he will play this season, head coach Bill O’Brien cautioned that before the running back takes the field, the Texans need to make sure he’s in good enough shape to contribute. — Sarah Barshop
Clayton Geathers (knee) and Malik Hooker (hip), the two starting safeties, and veteran Mike Mitchell (calf) all missed practice Wednesday. Geathers’ not practicing might be more of a precaution because he missed two of three days of practice last week before starting against Jacksonville last weekend. Hooker practiced all three days despite being on the injury report all three days last week. Mitchell has been out since he left the Week 8 game at Oakland in the second half. — Mike Wells
Center Brandon Linder is finished for the season after right knee surgery on Tuesday, and Tyler Shatley will take over as the starter. He has started eight games (six at center, two at left guard) in his four-plus seasons with the Jaguars, including four at center last season when Linder was out with an illness. The offseason will be interesting for the Jaguars because they have two starting linemen coming back from serious knee injuries (LT Cam Robinson is the other), the right guard is a free agent, and the right tackle is not expected to be back. — Michael DiRocco
The Titans are hoping right tackle Jack Conklin is able to return after missing last week’s game due to a concussion. Mike Vrabel said Conklin is making progress but is still under protocol. As a former player, Vrabel doesn’t take concussions lightly, so expect the Titans to use extreme caution regarding Conklin’s situation and not rush him back. Wide receiver Taywan Taylor missed last week’s game with a foot injury that he suffered against Dallas. He didn’t practice last week but ran on the treadmill after wearing a walking boot. — Turron Davenport
The Broncos have some optimism that rookie running back Royce Freeman, who has missed the past two games with an ankle injury and still leads the team in rushing touchdowns with four, will be ready to play at least some of the game Sunday against the Chargers. Freeman practiced Wednesday on a limited basis, and coach Vance Joseph said, “If I’m a betting man, I’m betting on Royce that he plays Sunday.” With Freeman back in the lineup, the Broncos will have the most productive part of their offense — the running game — at full strength, something they’ve said will be key as they work through the injuries in the offensive line, given that guard Ron Leary and center Matt Paradis are both now on injured reserve. The Broncos are expected to lean more on their bigger personnel groupings with a play-action component in the passing game. They have a bigger variety of options from the playbook if both Freeman and Phillip Lindsay are in the lineup. — Jeff Legwold
The Chiefs are confident that WR Sammy Watkins (foot) and LB Anthony Hitchens (rib) will be available against the Rams after missing last week’s game. Watkins in particular would be a welcome addition against a high-scoring opponent. Watkins either didn’t play or played little in Kansas City’s two lowest-scoring games of the season. — Adam Teicher
Defensive end Joey Bosa was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, marking the first time he practiced since reaggravating a bruised left foot during practice in the lead-up to the team’s season opener against the Chiefs. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said he’ll slowly ramp up Bosa’s activity in practice this week, but he did not rule out the possibility that the Ohio State product plays for the first time this season on Sunday at home against the Broncos. — Eric D. Williams
The Raiders’ wide receiver corps is in tatters because weeks after the team traded Amari Cooper to the Cowboys for a first-round draft pick, Martavis Bryant is out indefinitely with a PCL injury, and Jordy Nelson will be questionable to play Sunday at Arizona with a bone bruise in his knee. As such, seventh-round rookie Marcell Ateman should be activated for the first time in his career. The Raiders also promoted rookie Saeed Blacknall from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Still, expect Brandon LaFell and Seth Roberts to be the starting wideouts against the Cardinals. — Paul Gutierrez
Left tackle Tyron Smith did not practice Wednesday because of a tight back. Although the team does not believe it will keep him out of Sunday’s game at Atlanta, this raises a concern because he has had back issues the previous two seasons. Smith did not play last year at Atlanta, which played a big part in Dak Prescott‘s being sacked eight times. The Cowboys feel better protected with veteran Cameron Fleming ready if something happened to Smith, but the five-time Pro Bowler is coming off his best game of the season last week at Philadelphia. Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin (knee) also did not practice, but he is expected to play Sunday and will do more in practice as the week goes on. — Todd Archer
The Giants only had a jog-through on a short week Wednesday, but starting free safety Curtis Riley (shoulder) was listed as having not practiced. Coach Pat Shurmur again brushed if off by saying that there weren’t any major injury concerns, that this was normal game wear and tear. The Giants have veteran safety Michael Thomas ready to step in if necessary, so there wouldn’t be a big drop-off if Riley is unable to play. — Jordan Raanan
The Eagles could be getting two key defensive players back in time for their big game at the Saints. Coach Doug Pederson is optimistic that DT Tim Jernigan (herniated disc surgery) and CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) will play this weekend. Jernigan has yet to play this season. Pairing him back up inside with Fletcher Cox would provide a boost to the Eagles’ pass rush. — Tim McManus
Left tackle Trent Williams (thumb) already has been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. Houston, and coach Jay Gruden said there’s a good chance that running back Chris Thompson (ribs) won’t play either. But there are three players whose status is more questionable: receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle), place kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin) and cornerback Quinton Dunbar (shin/hamstring). Crowder underwent an MRI earlier this week, and there was no further damage. The ankle is taking a while to heal, but Gruden was optimistic that Crowder will return at some point soon. He still isn’t quite right cutting on his ankle. They’re more perplexed by Dunbar because there’s nerve damage in the leg. He can walk fine; it just hurts to run. As for Hopkins, they’ll see how he feels Friday, but they worked out five kickers Tuesday just in case. — John Keim
The Bears have almost all of their key players healthy as they prepare for Sunday night’s showdown against the Vikings. Linebacker Khalil Mack and wide receiver Allen Robinson both returned to action last week. Mack (2.0 sacks) and Robinson (six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns) had huge roles in Chicago’s victory over Detroit. The only lingering injury question is when the Bears will bring tight end Adam Shaheen off injured reserve and add him to the active roster. Shaheen began practicing with the team last week. — Jeff Dickerson
Detroit is getting beaten up at this point of the season. Besides sending RG T.J. Lang (neck) to injured reserve, the Lions had nine players on the injury report Wednesday; that’s an approximation since Detroit went through a walkthrough instead of practice. The main one to pay attention to is WR Marvin Jones Sr. (knee), who would not have practiced. While Adam Schefter reported that Jones had a bone bruise, the chances of him playing against Carolina seem slim. If he can’t play, figure that the Panthers will pay more attention to Kenny Golladay. Two of Detroit’s three tight ends are on the injury report: Michael Roberts (shoulder) wouldn’t have practiced, and Luke Willson (shoulder) would have gone on a limited basis. That leaves Detroit, for now, with one healthy tight end. Defensive tackle is now also a concern with Damon Harrison (shoulder) limited on Wednesday and A’Shawn Robinson (ankle) surprisingly listed as someone who wouldn’t have practiced. Considering Detroit’s porous run defense, if either or both are out or limited, that could give Carolina’s running backs and Cam Newton a big advantage. For a team that has lost three straight, these are a bunch of concerning injuries — and that doesn’t include CB Darius Slay (knee), who was limited. That’s an upgrade from last Wednesday, though, when the Lions’ No. 1 corner was out. — Michael Rothstein
Wide receiver Randall Cobb, CB Kevin King, OLB Nick Perry and S Kentrell Brice won’t play Thursday against the Seahawks, while LB Blake Martinez and CB Bashaud Breeland were listed as questionable. Martinez played through a sprained ankle Sunday vs. Miami while Breeland suffered a groin injury. Cobb and King both missed the Miami game with hamstring injuries, and Perry (knee) and Brice (ankle) were injured during that game. — Rob Demovsky
Stefon Diggs said on NFL Network that he’s “back to feeling normal” after missing the Lions game with an injury to his ribs, and he expects to play against the Bears on Sunday Night Football. Diggs was a full participant in practice, as was Linval Joseph, who has an ankle and shoulder injury. Dalvin Cook was no longer on the injury report after seven weeks listed with a hamstring injury, which is a good sign for the Vikings’ offense going forward. But even coming out of the bye, Minnesota’s injury report was far longer than Chicago’s. The Vikings are still without Anthony Barr (hamstring) and Andrew Sendejo (groin) and could be without David Morgan (knee) after all three did not practice Wednesday. Adam Thielen injured his calf in the lead-up to the Lions game but was able to play through the injury in Week 9. He was limited on Wednesday (also listed with a low back injury) along with Tom Compton (knee), Xavier Rhodes (foot) and Mike Remmers (low back). — Courtney Cronin
Deion Jones‘ status is still a mystery, though the Pro Bowl linebacker was activated off injured reserve after undergoing early-season foot surgery. Coach Dan Quinn didn’t commit to Jones playing Sunday against the Cowboys, and Jones only said he was “close” when asked how he felt. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Falcons take an extra cautious approach and keep Jones inactive this week. — Vaughn McClure
Wide receiver Torrey Smith worked on the side for the first time since injuring his knee a month ago, but he appears at least another week away from returning to the lineup. While he has been out, first-round draft pick DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel have played well, so the team isn’t rushing Smith back. Smith said that had this been the playoffs, his rehab would have been more aggressive. — David Newton
Left tackle Terron Armstead appears likely to miss some time with what the Saints have listed as a shoulder injury (the NFL Network reported that he’ll miss three or four weeks with a pectoral injury, but that has not been confirmed). Regardless, Armstead seems unlikely to play Sunday vs. the Eagles, which is a big blow since he has been playing at an All-Pro level this year. The good news is that the Saints have a reliable veteran backup in Jermon Bushrod, and the rest of their loaded offensive line has been playing great as well. — Mike Triplett
Linebacker Lavonte David has a sprained MCL, and a source told ESPN that he “could miss some time,” though nothing has been decided yet. He did not practice Wednesday, but when he left the game Sunday against the Redskins, he returned in the fourth quarter to play through the injury and was surprisingly effective against Adrian Peterson. “That just goes to show that most people can’t grasp what adrenaline does in a game,” coach Dirk Koetter said. Defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle), offensive tackle Demar Dotson (knee/shoulder), safety Justin Evans (toe), wide receiver Chris Godwin (ankle), defensive end Carl Nassib and cornerback M.J. Stewart (foot) all missed practice. — Jenna Laine
Nine Cardinals didn’t practice Wednesday, but the most concerning was safety Budda Baker, who has a foot injury. Steve Wilks said Wednesday that Baker will be “fine” but didn’t know how long his injury would take. Losing Baker would be a blow for a secondary that relies on him in a variety of ways. His versatility allows the Cardinals to line him up as safety or move him into the box as a nickel corner. — Josh Weinfuss
The Rams are expected to have a clean bill of health, with the exception of WR Cooper Kupp, who tore his ACL on Sunday against the Seahawks and will be out for the remainder of the season. Josh Reynolds is expected to start in Kupp’s absence. Reynolds also filled in when Kupp was sidelined for two weeks with a knee sprain. — Lindsey Thiry
Coming out of this week’s bye, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expects to have all 53 players available for at least some level of participation in practice next week. That rare occurrence would mean positive steps forward for linebacker Reuben Foster (hamstring), safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) and receiver Pierre Garcon (knee), all of whom did not play last week against the Giants but are expected to return after the bye. The amount of injuries plaguing the Niners this season has made it difficult to get a full evaluation of the talent at some key positions, so entering the home stretch relatively healthy should at least allow the Niners a better sense of what they have as they head toward the offseason. — Nick Wagoner
The Seahawks will likely be without linebacker K.J. Wright on Thursday night against the Packers. He’s listed as doubtful after not practicing this week because of his troublesome knee. Barkevious Mingo, who normally plays strong-side linebacker when Seattle is in its base defense, could again move over to the weak side for Wright. The other big injury question is defensive end Dion Jordan, who’s listed as questionable with a recurring knee issue of his own. He was a full participant in practice the past two days, which bodes well for Thursday. — Brady Henderson
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have placed Pro Bowl right guard T.J. Lang on injured reserve after he suffered a neck injury against Minnesota on Nov. 4.
Lang missed last week’s game against Chicago with the injury and now, his season is over barring an unlikely playoff berth.
The 31-year-old signed with the Lions before the 2017 season from Green Bay as the team’s replacement for Larry Warford, who had departed for New Orleans. Detroit gave the Royal Oak, Michigan native a three-year, $28.5 million contract to come home, beating out offers from Seattle and the Packers in the process.
His first two seasons with the Lions did not go as planned. Lang was continuously injured. He started 13 games last season for the Lions, but dealt with a concussion and foot injuries. He started six games this season, but missed time with back, hip and neck injuries along with missing time due to a concussion. The concussion, suffered against Dallas, was the sixth of his career.
Lang also had surgery on his hip in 2017 before signing with the Lions.
Kenny Wiggins is likely to replace Lang in the lineup, like he has whenever Lang’s been out this season.
“We have a lot of confidence in all the guys we play,” offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said Tuesday. “I think Kenny Wiggins has done a really nice job stepping in, ready to roll. Like I said, the guys we put in out there are good football players. We have confidence in them, they’re good players.
T.J.’s a really good football player, there’s no doubt about that. But I like our guys, I think they’re out there competing, working really hard to do everything the best they can.”
It’s also possible Lang has played his final down with the Lions. He has no guaranteed money left on his contract and a cap hit of $11,666,668 million for 2019. The Lions would also owe him a $500,000 roster bonus if he’s on the team the fifth day of the new league year in March.
The Lions signed rookie cornerback Mike Ford to replace Lang on the 53-man roster. Ford will likely replace Lenzy Pipkins, who was waived by Detroit on Monday.
“I don’t think it’s good,” Rams coach Sean McVay said after the game. “We’ll get the MRI, but it doesn’t look good right now.”
Kupp suffered the injury in the fourth quarter, on a play away from the ball, when he was running a route, jostled a bit with the defender, then went to the ground and grabbed his knee. Kupp walked off the field with assistance from the training staff.
“He’s been a valuable piece of our team and a guy we’ll miss,” Jared Goff said.
Kupp has dealt with a series of injuries this season.
He was placed into concussion protocol during halftime of a Week 5 victory at Seattle, but was cleared to play the following week in Denver.
But in the first half against the Denver Broncos, Kupp was tackled by the horse collar and sprained his knee as he awkwardly went to the ground. He tried to play a series in the second half of that matchup, but was ultimately sidelined for two weeks.
A second-year pro, Kupp has played a pivotal part in the offense this season. He has caught 35 passes for 527 yards and 6 touchdowns.
CINCINNATI — It’s looking likely that Bengals wideout A.J. Green could be out until at least December with a toe injury, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Green avoided surgery on the toe he injured against the Buccaneers prior to the Bengals bye week, however, the initial prediction was that he would be out at least two games. An early December return would have him missing three games.
If Green returns at the beginning of December, he would miss games against the Saints, Ravens and Browns.
Green was in a walking boot on Friday, although he also took it off and walked around without it. He declined to speak to reporters until he makes his return.
Green leads the Bengals with 687 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. He is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Saints, which is his first game out since he tore his hamstring in 2016.
Uncertainty has surrounded the injury, which will keep Tannehill out for his fifth consecutive game Sunday, and the Dolphins have a return date of Nov. 25 at Indianapolis in mind.
With the help of ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell and former San Diego Chargers team doctor and sports medical analyst David Chao, an orthopaedic surgeon, here’s an explanation of Tannehill’s injury. Is playing through it the right move? Is that return date realistic?
What’s Tannehill’s injury?
It has been diagnosed as a right shoulder capsule injury. Tannehill admitted he didn’t know what that was until the doctors told him. Many of us might share the same feeling. It’s not a part of the shoulder that commonly gets injured, such as the rotator cuff or AC joint.
Bell defines the capsule as “a fibrous tissue around the joint. It helps contain the bony elements of the joint and it provides stability.” The capsule, which connects the upper arm bone to the shoulder socket, can become overstretched or suffer a tear after repeated overhead activities or trauma.
In Tannehill’s case, it is likely the latter — more specifically, being hit by Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap from behind in the middle of his throwing motion during the teams’ Oct. 7 contest.
It doesn’t hurt Tannehill to walk around, but he said it does give him pain when he makes an overhead motion, such as throwing.
Is it smart to fight through it?
Tannehill spoke Wednesday about how frustrating mentally and physically it has been for him to deal with an injury as uncertain as this one. He’s a tough guy, and he’s been trying to play through something that hasn’t responded well.
When asked if the injury is better than it was a month ago, Tannehill initially responded: “it’s got to be” before saying that he felt it would be a “little better” when throwing again. There’s clearly still uncertainty.
He’s not throwing this week after coach Adam Gase said: “We haven’t had the jump that he was looking for. That’s why we’re kind of taking a step back and saying, ‘All right, let’s go [rest].’”
Tannehill added: “We’re resting again, trying to just get it to heal up because every time the arm goes through that motion, it stresses that capsule. That’s the goal right now is just to let that thing tighten back down, heal up and then get back into throwing during the bye.”
Tannehill’s words indicate that he has at least a partial tear of the capsule, Chao said.
The Dolphins’ treatment plan includes hours of Tannehill working to strengthen the muscles around the capsule, such as the rotator cuff, to lessen stress on the capsule. Then they simply have to wait.
“While the capsule has some potential to heal, it depends on the size and location of the tear,” Bell said. “There is potential for some capsular injuries to heal, but not necessarily all of them.”
Tannehill has accepted that he won’t be 100 percent this season. But he’s confident he’ll play again in 2018, and he hopes it is later this month.
“Yeah, I think it’s going to be playing through pain the rest of the year,” Tannehill said.
He’s convinced that once he can make all the NFL throws, he’ll be able to fight through the pain.
It’s an injury that Tannehill admits can be made worse, but most likely only if he’s hit by a defender in a similar manner to how he first injured it.
Chao agrees on the unpredictability of the injury and, after hearing Tannehill’s comments and looking at the timeline, believes that he isn’t close to coming back.
“It certainly concerns me that he’s in pain when he throws,” Chao said. “If his pain is from the capsule, the answer is no, he shouldn’t play through it. If the pain is something secondary that is not going to be made worse, then OK, maybe you can fight through it. But usually when it’s pain in your throwing shoulder, you can’t make all the throws, not even speaking to overcoming that pain.”
Tannehill joked that the best plan for recovery is the only thing he doesn’t have in the middle of a Dolphins playoff run: time.
“The throwing motion is so complex and quick. Imagine doing something and every time you do something, you get a sharp pain,” Bell said. “It’s reflective and prohibits your motion. It hurts, and your body tries to compensate around it. It affects your ability as a thrower even if you decide you’re going to play through it. It’s less about toughness and more a natural reflex.”
“I think it’s going to be playing through pain the rest of the year.”
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, on his shoulder injury
Is the Dolphins’ Nov. 25 return date realistic?
Tannehill says he’s “all in on Indy,” which is two-and-a-half weeks away.
The simple answer is that return date is possible, but it likely falls somewhere between ambitious and overly optimistic. December seems more likely than November at this point.
Tannehill admitted that he “wasn’t close” to making NFL throws this week.
“This injury is unpredictable. The recovery is unpredictable. There isn’t a defined timetable of X weeks. Without knowing the extent or location of capsular injury, it’s even tougher to narrow down,” Chao said. “You can’t count on anything. Even the doctors who are working on him, they don’t know for sure when he’ll play.”
One thing to watch is if Tannehill does get close to a return, will he change his throwing motion to compensate for the injury? He says the pain typically happens at an “overhead” position. So certainly this is a multilayered situation.
“There are a few possible scenarios,” Bell said. “One, that it’s too painful to throw and he’s never able to be functional again to throw this season and he can’t return. Scenario two is he comes back, takes a certain hit, falls a certain way or the consecutive throws become problematic enough that he’s not able to sustain for the rest of the season. And the third scenario is that he comes back and he’s fine. He’s uncomfortable, but he’s effective and serviceable for the remaining of the season.”
“Even if he’s able to finish out the rest of the season, he might not feel himself and could need an offseason procedure like a scope (arthroscopic surgery).”
Tannehill said he’s talked to multiple doctors and “no one said surgery.”
Typically, surgery is the last option for quarterbacks on their throwing shoulders. Both analysts said the Dolphins and Tannehill are taking the “sensible” plan in avoiding surgery right now.
Tannehill likely feels the pressure to get back on the field in what seems to be a defining season for him with the Dolphins franchise. He will miss his 25th of the Dolphins’ last 30 games on Sunday, and he still wants to prove his worth as Miami’s answer to its longstanding franchise quarterback question.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles aggravated his hamstring injury in practice Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Sproles’ latest setback comes after coach Doug Pederson said he expected the running back to play Sunday in his first game since Week 1.
Sources said Sproles was highly disappointed by the injury recurrence, as were the Eagles.
Sproles hurt the hamstring in practice leading into Week 2 and has missed the past seven games.
The Eagles had hoped Sproles could resume punt-return duties and rejoin a backfield currently being led by Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. Philadelphia ranks 18th in rushing yards per game this season with 106.6.
DeAndre Carter had been returning punts in Sproles’ absence but was waived Tuesday and claimed by the Houston Texans on Wednesday.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It appears the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be without one of their top defensive players for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis — but they may be betting their top offensive player back, too.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye politely declined an interview request on Wednesday by saying he wasn’t going to play against the Colts because of his calf injury. Bouye was hurt against Houston on Oct. 20 and missed the Jaguars’ game against Philadelphia in London the following week.
However, coach Doug Marrone said “that’s news to me” when told of Bouye’s comment before the Jaguars hit the practice field.
“I guess I’ll have to talk to him about that,” Marrone said. “That’s not what the trainer told me. He did say that? OK, we will take care of that. That’s not been told to me by the trainer. That’s the truth.”
Bouye is tied for the team lead with five pass breakups and has one interception. He led the Jaguars with 18 pass breakups and six interceptions last season, which earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl and on the All-Pro second team.
Marrone did get some good news on Wednesday, though, because running back Leonard Fournette practiced fully for the first time since he aggravated his right hamstring injury in Week 4. Marrone did not say whether that meant Fournette would play against Indianapolis, but it’s clearly a good sign for the player around which the Jaguars built the offense.
Marrone said the team will not limit Fournette if he is able to play.
“We are full-boring everybody,” Marrone said. “Once a guy is ready to play, that has to be our expectation. I think you get into trouble when you put a player on the field and he is not able to live up to the expectation that you have for him meaning that all of a sudden now if something happens, it’s kind of like a built-in excuse. That’s the way I’ve always viewed it. I have always told players [if someone says], ‘I’m going to go out there, but I don’t feel like whatever …’ What does that mean? If they say, ‘I’m not 100 percent, I can’t do what’s expected of me.’ Well, then, I can’t put him on the field.”
Fournette originally hurt his right hamstring late in the first half of the season opener against the New York Giants and missed the next two games. He returned against the New York Jets in Week 4 and ran 11 times for 30 yards and caught one pass for 5 yards before aggravating the injury.
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Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) was limited in Wednesday’s practice and has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game at the Jets. However, a hint about Allen’s status came when he was out of his practice jersey and in a hoodie for his post-practice news conference. While he was speaking, quarterbacks Nathan Peterman and Matt Barkley were still on the field, in uniform and throwing to receivers. The best bet is Peterman starts Sunday and Allen returns after the upcoming bye week. — Mike Rodak
Offensive tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James were limited participants in practice Wednesday after each suffered knee injuries Sunday against the Jets. The Dolphins need both their edge tackles headed into Green Bay, and Wednesday’s practice progress was an encouraging sign. One injury to keep an eye on is receiver Jakeem Grant, who popped up as a limited participant with an Achilles tendon injury Wednesday. The Dolphins are already banged up at receiver, with Kenny Stills — who was limited with a groin injury — still trying to get back to 100 percent after surprisingly playing in a limited role last week. — Cameron Wolfe
Tight end Rob Gronkowski remains on the injury report (back/ankle), and his status for Sunday’s game at Tennessee is considered questionable at this point. The Patriots might be wise to give him a second straight week of rest, followed by the bye week, with the hope of getting him in the best place to make an impact in the final six games of the season. Meanwhile, starting RG Shaq Mason (calf) falls into a similar category after missing Sunday’s win over the Packers. — Mike Reiss
Quarterback Sam Darnold (strained foot) is day-to-day, according to the Jets, but the expectation is that Josh McCown will start Sunday against the Bills. Wearing a walking boot, Darnold didn’t practice Wednesday. With a bye next week, the Jets are leaning toward sitting him, giving him a two-week break before determining his status for Week 12 against the Patriots. McCown has yet to play in the regular season and took only 19 snaps in the preseason. — Rich Cimini
John Harbaugh believes the Ravens will be close to full-strength when they come off this week’s bye. Baltimore’s biggest concern is left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who missed last game with an ankle injury. If the Ravens want to beat the Bengals to get back into the wild-card race, they’ll need Stanley to protect Joe Flacco‘s blind side. “I’m going to do everything I can to be ready for that game,” Stanley said. — Jamison Hensley
Bengals star WR A.J. Green is expected to be out for at least two games, and it’s concerning that none of the Bengals WRs has stepped up this season, besides Green and Tyler Boyd. Boyd expects teams to roll coverage toward him now that Green is out, which means one of the other wide receivers needs to step up. Alex Erickson, John Ross, Cody Core and Josh Malone have combined for only 19 catches, 135 yards and two touchdowns. The team also signed Auden Tate off the practice squad. — Katherine Terrell
With Julio Jones coming to Cleveland with the Falcons, the condition of rookie cornerback Denzel Ward will be watched. Ward left the loss to the Chiefs with a hip injury and missed Wednesday’s practice. If Ward is in any way limited, it will impact the Browns’ ability to defend Atlanta’s passing game. — Pat McManamon
The Steelers are out two linemen for Thursday Night Football against the Panthers: RT Marcus Gilbert (knee) and DT Dan McCullers (ankle). Gilbert is a high-level starter, but Matt Feiler has acquitted himself well in Gilbert’s absence, with the Steelers averaging 28.6 points per game in his three starts. The rest of the lineup is healthy for the quick-turnaround game. — Jeremy Fowler
The Texans head into the bye week hoping the extra time off will give some of their players dealing with injuries the chance to be back on the field when they play the Redskins in Week 11. Wide receiver Keke Coutee, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, and cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who did not play in Denver due to injuries to his ankle and knee, could be back on the field after the bye. On Monday, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said that while D’Onta Foreman is “trending upward,” he is not sure when the second-year running back, who tore his Achilles tendon last November, would be added to the active roster. — Sarah Barshop
The Colts are hurting at safety. Starter Clayton Geathers didn’t practice Wednesday due to a knee injury that caused him to miss two of the past three games. Fellow safety Malik Hooker, who missed the Oct. 28 game at Oakland with a hip injury, was limited in practice Wednesday. Mike Mitchell, who has played the past two games due to Geathers and Hooker being injured, didn’t practice after suffering a calf injury against the Raiders. — Mike Wells
Cornerback A.J. Bouye said Wednesday that he wasn’t going to be able to play against the Colts because of the calf injury that kept him out of the Jaguars’ previous game. The good news is it appears that Tyler Patmon (neck) and D.J. Hayden (toe) will be able to play, so the Jaguars are in much better shape to deal with Bouye being out than they were when he missed the Philadelphia game two weeks ago. Patmon and Hayden also missed that game, and the Jaguars were forced to rely on three undrafted rookies at cornerback alongside Jalen Ramsey. It’s unclear at this point how much time Bouye will miss. — Michael DiRocco
Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe tweaked something in his lower right leg during pregame warm-ups on Monday but was close to 100 percent for the game against the Cowboys, according to coach Mike Vrabel. Fellow wideout Taywan Taylor suffered a foot injury against the Cowboys and was seen in the locker room with a walking boot on his left foot. Reserve receivers Darius Jennings and Cameron Batson both had key catches against Dallas and might be called upon against the Patriots if Taylor can’t play. Right tackle Jack Conklin was removed from the game on Monday and is under concussion protocol. Coach Mike Vrabel is always cautious when it comes to concussions, so Conklin’s situation is one to watch closely this week. — Turron Davenport
The Broncos practiced twice this week before the players adjourned for the team’s bye, but their biggest adjustment to make when they return will be on the offensive line. Center Matt Paradis, who had played every snap from the start of the 2015 season until he suffered a fractured fibula just before halftime in this past Sunday’s loss to the Texans, had surgery Wednesday to repair the fracture as well as repair some ligament damage and will miss the remainder of the season. Connor McGovern will play center in Paradis’ absence, but it will be difficult to replace Paradis’ experience and game-day savvy. “He’s like a coach,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. It will put more on quarterback Case Keenum‘s plate, given that he will have to make more of the protection calls for the line since Paradis handled the bulk of those before the injury. Joseph did say the team had some good news on the injury front in that running back Royce Freeman (ankle), safety Darian Stewart (neck/stingers) and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (knee) are on track to practice next week when the team returns, and all should play Nov. 18 against the Chargers. — Jeff Legwold
The Chiefs won’t risk losing WR Sammy Watkins for a lengthy period by playing him on Sunday against the Cardinals if he’s not 100 percent. Since Watkins didn’t practice Wednesday because of an injured foot, and it’s possible he won’t get to 100 percent by Sunday. Watkins injured the foot in last week’s game against the Browns and was seen limping in the locker room afterward. — Adam Teicher
Anthony Lynn said Joey Bosa continues to get better and will do some football drills on the side this week but will not practice with the team on the field. Out since August with a bruised left foot, Bosa started doing change-of-direction drills about 10 days ago, and he will continue to build up to pass-rush drills. Lynn said there’s still no timetable for when Bosa will return to the field. — Eric D. Williams
With Kolton Miller on the field for Oakland’s opening drive at the 49ers, the Raiders averaged 11.2 yards per play as they drove downfield. After the rookie left tackle tweaked his injured right knee, Oakland averaged 3.6 yards per play and surrendered eight sacks. Now Miller, the Raiders’ 2018 first-round draft pick, not only is wearing a brace on that knee but his right elbow is also sporting a bulky brace. Miller practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday. “We’re encouraged by some of the progress that he has made,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. If Miller cannot play Sunday against the Chargers, Oakland has a tough decision to make: Either move left guard Kelechi Osemele, who is dealing with a right knee issue, to left tackle as he was for a few snaps against the Niners, or play David Sharpe, who was re-signed by the team last week. — Paul Gutierrez
The Cowboys will be without linebacker Sean Lee for potentially most of the second half of the season because of a hamstring strain suffered Monday against Tennessee. He missed three games with a hamstring strain earlier this season and is looking at a longer absence now. Leighton Vander Esch will start at weakside linebacker, but the linebacker depth is thin with Joe Thomas still not back from a foot injury. On the offensive line, left guard Connor Williams will not play this week because of knee surgery and will be replaced by Adam Redmond, though veteran Xavier Su’a-Filo will have a chance to compete for the job in practice. — Todd Archer
The Giants didn’t practice Wednesday as they prepare for Monday night against the 49ers. They don’t appear to have any serious injury concerns entering the game, as starting middle linebacker Alec Ogletree (hamstring) participated in Tuesday’s short workout after missing the team’s previous game. — Jordan Raanan
The Eagles are going to have running back Darren Sproles (hamstring) at their disposal for the first time since Week 1. He’s expected to resume punt-returning duties and will be eased back into the running back rotation. Right tackle Lane Johnson is also planning to play despite suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 8 against the Jaguars. The secondary is an area to watch, with cornerbacks Jalen Mills (foot) and Sidney Jones (hamstring) in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. — Tim McManus
The Redskins lost three starters this week, but that isn’t the end of their injury woes, as five other starters did not practice. Running back Chris Thompson (ribs) wasn’t on the field, and it’s hard to imagine him playing in Week 10. Receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle) worked with trainers during practice but is still having a hard time cutting the way he wants to. Right tackle Morgan Moses had a wrap and a hinged brace on his right knee and didn’t practice. Moses played with the brace during Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, but there’s no guarantee he’ll play at Tampa Bay. Trent Williams (thumb) likely will miss the next two games at least. — John Keim
The Bears are on the mend. Head coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that linebacker Khalil Mack (ankle), wide receiver Allen Robinson (groin), defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) and tight end Adam Shaheen (foot/ankle) are all expected to practice as Chicago prepares to host the Detroit Lions. Mack and Robinson have been inactive the past two weeks, but Chicago is hopeful that its two star players will be available when the Bears play three straight games versus NFC North foes from Nov. 11-22. Shaheen has been on injured reserve since the beginning of the regular season. — Jeff Dickerson
Right guard T.J. Lang has a neck injury and at this point is going to have to be monitored by the week. Running back Kerryon Johnson (ankle) was limited Wednesday, but there seems to be little concern. Cornerback Darius Slay sat out Wednesday with a knee injury. Whether he practices Thursday will be a big marker for whether he’ll play this week. — Michael Rothstein
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga couldn’t finish Sunday night’s loss to the Patriots because of a knee injury, which made it somewhat surprising that he was able to practice Wednesday on a limited basis. While Bulaga avoided a serious injury, his status is still a question for this week against the Dolphins. The Packers almost certainly will be short one starting cornerback because of Kevin King‘s hamstring injury. — Rob Demovsky
The Vikings’ bye week comes at a critical time as it pertains to the injury front. Mike Zimmer said he’s hopeful that Minnesota will be able to get “most” of the players back who missed Week 9’s win over the Lions with injury, which includes Stefon Diggs (ribs), Tom Compton (knee), Andrew Sendejo (groin), Anthony Barr (hamstring) and Roc Thomas (hamstring). David Morgan sustained a knee injury against the Lions and reportedly could miss some time but avoided a much more serious injury. The Vikings’ offense hopes to kick things up a gear after the bye with a fully healthy Dalvin Cook, who looked great in his return after more than a month sidelined with a hamstring injury. More time to rest and recuperate should only benefit Cook as he looks to provide Minnesota with a spark in its final seven games. — Courtney Cronin
Cornerback Robert Alford, who missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, returned to practice but was limited. There’s no guarantee that he’ll play this week, though coach Dan Quinn sounded optimistic about Alford’s return. Meanwhile, kicker Matt Bryant continues to recover from a hamstring injury and is scheduled to kick Thursday to see if he’s ready. — Vaughn McClure
Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil (ankle) did not practice on this short week and will be a game-time decision Thursday. Coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that he was optimistic Kalil would be ready, but he backed off that a bit on Wednesday. The good news is Tyler Larsen, who will start if Kalil can’t go, played well in Kalil’s absence last season. — David Newton
The Saints’ offensive line is so unified that they all showed up on the injury report together Wednesday. C Max Unger (knee), LT Terron Armstead (knee), RT Ryan Ramczyk (knee) and LG Andrus Peat (hip) were all limited, while RG Larry Warford did not practice for a non-injury reason. Chances are all five of them will be available Sunday at Cincinnati and they were just getting some extra recovery time early in the week. Meanwhile, rookie DE Marcus Davenport will almost certainly remain out with his toe injury, and he’ll be missed as part of the pass-rushing rotation. — Mike Triplett
The Bucs were without several key players during Wednesday’s practice. Defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle), right tackle Demar Dotson (knee/shoulder), wide receiver Mike Evans (knee), running back Ronald Jones (hamstring) and cornerback M.J. Stewart (foot). Running back Peyton Barber continues to be limited by an ankle injury, and offensive guard Evan Smith has been limited by a sore hip/wrist. Linebacker Kendell Beckwith, who returned to practice last week for the first time since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, said he feels “100 percent” but has not yet been activated. The team can activate him at any time but has a grace period of up to 21 days to determine if he can return this season (he’s currently on the reserve/NFI list). — Jenna Laine
Wide receiver Chad Williams didn’t practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. If he can’t play Sunday, Arizona would be missing its fifth-leading receiver. On a team that has limited receiving options, Williams would be missed. However, any potential absence by Williams could be made up between running back David Johnson — whom coach Steve Wilks anticipates being moved around more this week — and tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones. — Josh Weinfuss
The Rams are in good health as they prepare for a Week 10 game against the Seahawks. Sean McVay has opted for a lighter practice load on Wednesdays the past few weeks to keep his players fresh for game day and to help alleviate the chance of injury. So far, it has paid off, at least on the injury report. — Lindsey Thiry
With some extra time off following a Thursday game and an additional day of rest for a Monday nighter, the 49ers should have some players dealing with short-term injuries back in the fold. One player to watch is linebacker Reuben Foster, who did not play last week against Oakland because of a hamstring injury. A shoulder issue has also slowed Foster all season, but his development is important for the Niners not only this week but also the future. Returning to full-strength would go a long way in helping that cause. — Nick Wagoner
A good run of health for the Seahawks has ended as they head into their toughest game of the year. Pete Carroll said right guard D.J. Fluker (calf) should be OK for Sunday’s rematch with the Rams in Los Angeles, but he wasn’t as certain about running back Chris Carson (hip) or safety Bradley McDougald (knee). All three starters left the team’s loss to the Chargers, and none of them finished it. Carroll drew some optimism with Carson by noting that he felt similarly sore last week and still managed to start, but it sounds like his status will be very much up in the air all week. “We’ll have to wait and see,” he said of Carson. “We’ll just go day-to-day with him. We’ll take care of him early in the week and then see how he rounds out later in the week.” — Brady Henderson