That’s the outlook a day after the Green Bay Packers lost their second straight road game and fell to 3-4-1 at the halfway point of their season.
Allison did not play in Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the New England Patriots after he suffered a groin injury in practice Thursday. The third-year receiver was in Philadelphia on Monday to visit Dr. William Meyers, a core-muscle specialist who has operated on Packers players with groin and sports hernia injuries in the past.
“We’ll work through the final prognosis, but it’s a pretty big injury,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
Allison could miss more than a month. Rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling took Allison’s spot as the No. 3 receiver on Sunday and caught three passes for 101 yards — his second 100-yard game in his past three outings.
King’s hamstring injury, which forced him out in the middle of Sunday’s game, isn’t as big, but McCarthy said King would be “challenged to play this week.”
The Packers made several adjustments in the secondary against the Patriots. They started the game with cornerback Tramon Williams at safety in place of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was traded to the Washington Redskins last week. Bashaud Breeland started at cornerback in his first game action since the Packers signed him in December. King started at the other corner spot, and rookie Jaire Alexander played in the slot. Fellow rookie Josh Jackson played 41 of the 71 defensive snaps, most of them after King dropped out 24 snaps into the game. The Packers also finished the game without safety Kentrell Brice, who left with a knee injury.
The Packers on Monday added a safety, former fourth-round pick Ibraheim Campbell, off waivers from the Jets. Campbell played for Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine during the 2015 season with the Cleveland Browns.
He took punter Drew Kaser‘s roster spot. Kaser was signed on Saturday as an emergency in case JK Scott‘s wife went into labor and he had to leave New England. He would have done so with the blessings of McCarthy and general manager Brian Gutekunst, who had a plane waiting to take Scott back to Green Bay if needed. Kaser instead was inactive.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and linebacker Blake Martinez (ankle) both have a chance to play against the Dolphins after getting injured against the Patriots. Bulaga didn’t finish the game but avoided a serious injury, while Martinez returned but had significant swelling on Monday. Martinez said tests showed no significant structural damage.
“Once I taped it up and did a bunch of stuff and tried to run around, it started to kind of loosen up and I was getting ready to go,” he said.
The Vikings wide receiver did not participate in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, although he was able to toss the football to his position group during individual drills earlier today.
Diggs believes he was injured on a 19-yard screen pass that he caught in the second quarter of Minnesota’s 30-20 loss last Sunday. The receiver said he does not think he took a hit to the ribs on the play in question but rather sustained a bruise upon hitting the ground.
“I think so. I’m not 100 percent sure, but that’s probably when it happened,” Diggs said. “I think I just hit the ground a little bit too hard that one time.”
Diggs was seen chatting with Vikings trainers on the sideline after the reception, which occurred on the first play in the second quarter, but went back in the game one play later. The fifth-year receiver caught 10 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans and was able to play 64 of a total 73 offensive snaps. Notably, Diggs was not on the field for the Vikings’ failed conversion on fourth-and-1 from their own 45-yard line in the third quarter.
Friday’s injury report will provide more clarity as to whether Diggs will have a shot at facing the Lions on Sunday. The likelihood of that increases if he’s able to practice in some capacity tomorrow.
“Yeah,” Diggs said when he asked if he anticipates playing in Week 9. “Always, as I should.”
The Vikings may also see the return of running back Dalvin Cook against Detroit. Cook has been battling through a hamstring injury he sustained in overtime at Green Bay in Week 2, which has limited him to 36 carries for 98 yards in 10 quarters of play.
Sources indicated to ESPN last week the belief that Cook would remain sidelined through the bye week after missing the Saints game, but his return to practice this week in limited capacity may indicate the second-year back is further along with his rehabilitation.
Cook did not practice during the week leading into the game against New Orleans. Eliminating football activity, he says, was beneficial to his recovery process.
“Very, very important,” Cook said. “I think with these things, if you’re kind of stepping on it and keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep lingering it on. You kind of need to shut the body down. That’s why I’m so confident in our medical staff because they’ve got the right plan set up for me. We’ve been going by what they (have) for me daily and my body’s been reacting to it good. It was very important.”
Cook said he’s in a “comfortable spot” after practicing all week and is likely to be listed as questionable if he practices again on Friday. The running back said he doesn’t know if there are any lingering effects from his hamstring injury given he hasn’t taken snaps in a game since the Vikings played the Rams in Week 4. He’ll know how he truly feels and what percentage he can assign to his hamstring’s being fully healed when he gets in a game.
“That’s the big key,” Cook said. “You can practice. You can run around. You can run straight. You can do all that. But it’s about going out there and the person chasing you and you turning your body and you twisting your body and having the twitch to do it, that’s when hamstrings occur. That’s how it occurred during the Green Bay game. My body got torqued around, and that’s what happened.”
Latavius Murray has shouldered the load in Cook’s absence and rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Saints’ No. 1 run defense last week. The last time the Vikings played the Lions, Murray ran 20 times for 84 yards and a touchdown.
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Bills QB Derek Anderson did not practice Wednesday and remained in the concussion protocol. Coach Sean McDermott said he was “just going to take it one day at a time right now” with Anderson, and did not give a deadline in the week for Anderson to be cleared from the concussion protocol in order to start. If he cannot, Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback with Matt Barkley, signed Wednesday, as his backup. — Mike Rodak
Ryan Tannehill has been ruled out, so Brock Osweiler will start at QB for the fourth consecutive game. The most notable injury question mark surrounds receiver Kenny Stills, who missed the last game with a groin injury. Stills didn’t practice Wednesday, but he was in uniform and working off to the side with trainers for the first time. Head coach Adam Gase said Stills is trying to convince them that he’s ready to go, but he’ll likely need to practice to play. Miami is light on receivers so they could use his contribution, and this looks like it could come down to a game-time decision if Stills can progress and practice one day this week. — Cameron Wolfe
Starting right guard Shaq Mason, who was knocked out of Monday’s win over the Bills with a calf injury, didn’t participate in Wednesday’s walkthrough. He’s arguably the team’s best offensive lineman, and if he isn’t available for Sunday’s game against the Packers, the team would turn to Ted Karras. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia said that Karras played well in his emergency duty on Monday. Meanwhile, WR Julian Edelman‘s status bears watching, as the combination of an ankle injury and illness also kept him off the field and out of most team meetings Wednesday. — Mike Reiss
The Jets’ top wide receivers, Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson, didn’t practice Wednesday because of ankle injuries. It means QB Sam Darnold could have another skeleton receiving corps when he faces the Dolphins. Enunwa, sidelined two games, is closer to returning than Anderson (one game). Enunwa participated in individual drills, a sign he may soon be ready to return to practice. In the meantime, the top receivers are Jermaine Kearse, Andre Roberts and rookie Deontay Burnett. — Rich Cimini
A banged-up offensive line. Three starters and one reserve — left tackle Ronnie Stanley, left guard Alex Lewis, right tackle James Hurst and backup Bradley Bozeman — didn’t practice Wednesday. The biggest concern is Stanley. If he is sidelined along with Hurst, the Ravens would likely start Jermaine Eluemunor, who has been on the practice squad for most of the season. This will be a problem against the Steelers, who are tied for second in the NFL with 24 sacks. — Jamison Hensley
A.J. Green was seen in a walking boot in the locker room after injuring his toe against the Buccaneers. Although Green said he was fine after the game, it will be something to watch over the coming weeks. The Bengals are on their bye week and he’ll get some extra time to heal, but a game against the Saints looms after that. — Katherine Terrell
Cornerback E.J. Gaines was cleared from concussion protocol and was back on the practice field on Wednesday. Gaines had started two games after Terrance Mitchell broke a bone in his wrist, but missed two games with the concussion. That forced the Browns to move Damarious Randall from safety to corner. With Gaines back, Randall could return to his deep safety role. — Pat McManamon
The Steelers will closely monitor the left index finger of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who injured his non-throwing hand in last week’s win over the Browns. Roethlisberger missed Wednesday’s practice, which isn’t unusual for him. He typically rests Wednesdays. Roethlisberger could wear a glove to protect the finger as he practices later in the week. He’s playing Sunday against the Ravens. — Jeremy Fowler
Second-year running back D’Onta Foreman, who has been on the PUP list since the start of training camp while he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon, has still not been added to the active roster. On Wednesday, head coach Bill O’Brien said Houston “more than likely” will start the 21-day window to activate him after the bye week. — Sarah Barshop
Safety Malik Hooker missed the Colts’ Week 8 game at Oakland with hip injury. Hooker’s injury became even more important when Mike Mitchell, who started in Hooker’s place against the Raiders, left the game with a calf injury. Mitchell was signed after Mathias Farley was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. — Mike Wells
Blake Bortles has an injury to his non-throwing shoulder and the team brought in Landry Jones as insurance. The Jaguars are off this week and it’s hard to see Bortles not playing against Indianapolis on Nov. 11. He played part of the 2016 season and all of the 2017 season with ligament damage in his right (throwing) wrist. For all his faults, Bortles is a tough kid and it will take a pretty major injury for him to not play. Cody Kessler would start if that were to be the case and Jones would be the backup. The Jaguars has space on their roster to add Jones because they traded DE Dante Fowler Jr. on Thursday. — Michael DiRocco
Right guard Josh Kline had to come out late in the fourth quarter of the Titans’ Week 7 game due to an undisclosed injury. Kline didn’t practice when the team returned to work on Tuesday. Coach Mike Vrabel wouldn’t say what Kline’s injury was or if he’ll miss more practice time. Safety Kenny Vaccaro took part in practice on Tuesday. He sustained a dislocated elbow in Week 4 that caused him to miss three weeks. Vaccaro was able to extend his right arm to catch the ball during defensive backs drills and appears on track to play on Monday night. — Turron Davenport
The Broncos certainly have their eye on running back Royce Freeman‘s health, as he hasn’t practiced since suffering an ankle injury in the team’s Week 7 win over the Cardinals. But, fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker alleviate some of the concerns about Freeman’s recovery. The secondary is another matter, however, given two starters — safety Darian Stewart (neck/stingers) and cornerback Bradley Roby (ankle) — have not practiced this week. The Broncos will face Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson this weekend as well as receivers DeAndre Hopkins and former Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas (traded to Houston on Tuesday). Roby’s injury could put Tramaine Brock in the starting lineup and then put Adam Jones into the dime package when the Broncos go with six defensive backs. The Broncos do expect safety Su’a Cravens, who has been on injured reserve since the start of the regular season, to be in the lineup this week. Cravens would help in some of the specialty packages in terms of coverage of opposing tight ends. — Jeff Legwold
The Chiefs began their practice week without inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who has bruised ribs. He could play on Sunday against the Browns but his loss would be a considerable one if he can’t play. Hitchens calls the defensive signals so the Chiefs would need to shift that responsibility to another player. His backup is undrafted rookie Ben Niemann, who played well during the preseason but doesn’t have Hitchens’ experience. — Adam Teicher
Running back Melvin Gordon was a limited participant on Wednesday with a hamstring issue that forced the Wisconsin product to miss his team’s win over the Titans two weeks ago in London. If Gordon continues to practice this week, Chargers head Coach Anthony Lynn is hopeful he can make it into the field on Sunday against the Seahawks. — Eric D. Williams
As the Raiders continue their deconstruction and reconstruction under Jon Gruden, one of those seeming foundation pieces remains hobbled. Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele has not played since Sept. 30 with a right knee injury, and the Raiders are unsure if he will miss his fourth straight game, plus the bye, Thursday night at the 49ers. “We are trying to get the big man back as soon as possible,” said Raiders coach Jon Gruden. “I think he’s a difference maker in the NFL. We will see what happens. We will get him out there early in pregame and see if he is ready to go.” Jon Feliciano played well in Osemele’s absence in last week’s loss to the Colts. — Paul Gutierrez
The Cowboys are coming off their bye week and did not practice Wednesday, but the belief is the extra time will allow defensive end Randy Gregory to play at least a little against Tennessee following knee surgery last week. Against a mobile quarterback like Marcus Mariota, having Gregory in the pass-rush rotation will help. Wide receiver Tavon Austin will not play because of a groin injury, and he is looking at a long-term absence. The time off also allowed quarterback Dak Prescott to rest up. He took some big hits against Washington, including getting checked for a concussion, and was sore last week. — Todd Archer
The extra time of the bye week should benefit starting middle linebacker Alec Ogletree. He injured his hamstring in the Giants’ Monday night loss to the Falcons in Week 7 and missed Sunday’s loss to the Redskins. But Ogletree was doing some stretching and light work last week. With extra time to get healthy, he should be back when the Giants play the San Francisco 49ers a week from Monday. — Jordan Raanan
The Eagles could be getting some players back after the bye. Two names to keep an eye on: RB Darren Sproles, out since Week 1 with a hamstring injury, and DT Tim Jernigan, who hasn’t played yet this season following surgery to repair a herniated disc. Both appear to be inching closer to a return. — Tim McManus
The Redskins have several key players dealing with injuries, including running back Chris Thompson (rib) and left tackle Trent Williams (dislocated thumb). Thompson said he’s “day-to-day” but at this point that day might not be for another week. Williams has played hurt quite often, but expressed concern after the game about his availability for Sunday’s game against Atlanta. The hard part is being able to use his hands. Meanwhile, corner Quinton Dunbar (hamstring/shin) returned, and there’s optimism that he’ll play Sunday. Safety Montae Nicholson underwent a procedure on his hip, coach Jay Gruden said, but there’s still a chance he’ll play. — John Keim
Bears head coach Matt Nagy said the team will continue to take a cautious approach with linebacker Khalil Mack (right ankle) and wide receiver Allen Robinson (groin). The plan is for both players to rest most of the week, and then return to practice on a limited basis on Friday, but it’s still unclear if either will be active for Sunday’s game at Buffalo. Nagy called right guard Kyle Long “week to week” with tendon damage in his right foot, adding that the team has not ruled out placing him on injured reserve. — Jeff Dickerson
While all Lions players practiced at least in a limited fashion Wednesday, two are going to be worth monitoring this week: RB Theo Riddick (knee) and DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder). Ansah has been a weeks-long will-he/won’t-he play situation and on Monday, Matt Patricia explained that for a guy like Ansah, there needs to be a ramp-up to game shape because he’s been out since Week 1. If he ends up practicing in full for any of the three workouts this week, that would be a good sign for him. That Riddick was back and dressed is also a good sign for the running back, who still has a role as a third-down and two-minute drill pass-catcher. Both players would make an impact if they can return against the Vikings on Sunday. — Michael Rothstein
All eyes were on the safety position after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix got traded on Tuesday and one of the potential replacements, Jermaine Whitehead, did not practice. He dropped out late in Sunday’s loss to the Rams with a back injury. The only other player who didn’t practice at all on Wednesday was linebacker Nick Perry (ankle). Even Aaron Rodgers made an appearance (albeit limited), marking the first time he has participated in a Wednesday practice since his Week 1 injury. He had been getting treatment during the first practice of the week since the injury. — Rob Demovsky
Dalvin Cook (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday, as did Xavier Rhodes (foot), Andrew Sendejo (groin) and Riley Reiff (foot); all four players did not play against the Saints. Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) was limited. It remains to be seen how much any of these players might be able to play against the Lions, but the good news is the bye is only a week away. Stefon Diggs sustained an injury to his ribs against the Saints, and was one of four who did not practice, also including Anthony Barr (hamstring), Tom Compton (knee) and Roc Thomas (hamstring). — Courtney Cronin
Starting cornerback Robert Alford missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury and didn’t exactly look like a guy ready to run full speed anytime soon. If Alford is unable to go Sunday, then the Falcons would have to go with rookie Isaiah Oliver in the starting lineup. Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel is confident in Oliver, if needed. “He has to be prepared as a professional to go in a dominate his role,” Manuel said of Oliver. — Vaughn McClure
Quarterback Cam Newton was limited on Wednesday, as he was last week Wednesday through Friday, as part of maintenance on his sore right shoulder that underwent surgery during the 2017 offseason. But, there is no concern it will be an issue on Sunday. Wide receiver Torrey Smith‘s knee is another thing. Smith has not practiced since going down hard on his knee against Philadelphia a week and a half ago. — David Newton
Just when rookie DE Marcus Davenport was coming on strong with two sacks in Week 8, he suffered a toe injury that left him in a walking boot Wednesday, and will likely keep him out Sunday against the Rams — and possibly longer. The Saints have a reliable alternative in veteran Alex Okafor, who was splitting time equally with Davenport. But obviously they like to rotate bodies there, and Davenport added some much-needed juice. And the Saints’ pass defense needs all the disruption it can get up front since it still ranks among the bottom five in the NFL in most categories. — Mike Triplett
The Bucs have a ton of new injuries. While they may get defensive tackle Gerald McCoy back from a calf injury, wideout Mike Evans missed Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury, along with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has injured his ribs and his foot, along with right tackle Demar Dotson, who has knee and shoulder injuries. The most serious injuries are cornerback M.J. Stewart, who has a cast on his foot, and running back Ronald Jones, who is expected to miss a few weeks with a hamstring injury. Vinny Curry had his boot removed from his ankle last week and has returned to practice on a limited basis. — Jenna Laine
With the Cardinals on a bye, they have an opportunity to get healthy before their second half begins. The two most important players they need to get healthy are right guard Justin Pugh and safety Tre Boston. Otherwise, the Cardinals are healthy heading into the bye. — Josh Weinfuss
The Rams expect receiver Cooper Kupp to return Sunday against the Saints. Kupp has been sidelined since the second half of a Week 6 victory over the Broncos because of a knee sprain. “He’s attacked his rehab just like I know we all anticipated he would, made a good recovery,” Sean McVay said. “I think if we really wanted to press it, he probably could’ve played last week.” — Lindsey Thiry
Per usual, the Niners have more than their share of injury question marks, though that’s even more pronounced heading into Thursday night’s game against Oakland. The spot with the most intrigue is at quarterback, where C.J. Beathard is dealing with an injured right (throwing) wrist and thumb. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Beathard likely would have been able to play had it been a regular week, but Beathard is listed as questionable and the 49ers won’t know for sure if he’ll be able to play until closer to game time. If he’s not, it means Nick Mullens would get the start and take his first snap in a regular season NFL game. They’ll also be missing starting linebacker Reuben Foster (hamstring) and strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder). — Nick Wagoner
The Seahawks’ recent run of good health continued when they made it out of their win over Detroit without suffering any significant injuries. Pete Carroll said linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson didn’t have any issues while making their season debuts in that game. The Seahawks could get another player back this week in rookie defensive end Rasheem Green, who’s missed the past four games with an ankle injury. It seems likely that he’ll be available Sunday against the Chargers with Carroll saying he was “all but ready” to play against Detroit, but that the team decided to give him one more week. — Brady Henderson
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long has a tendon injury in his right foot, and the team is deciding whether to put him on injured reserve.
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday the three-time Pro Bowl lineman has a boot on his foot and is “week to week.” The Bears are still trying to figure out the “complete extent” of the injury.
Asked if Long has any broken bones, Nagy said, “I’m not going to get into the details of it.” But he added there are “some issues” with a tendon.
The Bears could place Long on IR with the intent to return in eight weeks if they don’t think he could be back sooner.
“Those are decisions we’re going through,” Nagy said. “We’re not there yet. We don’t need to be. Once we get to that point, then we’ll decide what we want to do.”
Long was hurt in the closing minutes of the Bears’ 24-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Tight end Dion Sims rolled into him while the two were blocking for Jordan Howard on a run.
The injury to Long leaves the NFC North-leading Bears (4-3) in a painful and familiar spot with him as they get ready to visit the Buffalo Bills (2-6). Chicago could also be without star pass rusher Khalil Mack (right ankle) and No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson (groin) again. The two missed the win over the Jets.
The 29-year-old Long made the Pro Bowl his first three seasons after being drafted in the first round in 2013. But he missed eight games in 2016 and six last season after playing in 47 of a possible 48 from 2013 to 2015.
Nagy again said the latest injury was not the same as the severe one to his right ankle in 2016 that required surgery. Long also had operations on his shoulder, elbow and neck after he was shut down last year.
“It’s tough to hear news like that — one of our brothers and other family going down,” quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. “We’re going to support him all the way and back him up and then it’s next-man-up mentality. We’ve got a lot of depth at the O-line. I feel really comfortable with where we’re at and who’s stepping in there.”
The Bears could move Eric Kush or rookie James Daniels from left guard, where they have shared time. Kush missed the game against the Jets because of a neck injury but is expected to play against Buffalo.
Another option at right guard is Bryan Witzmann. He signed with Chicago three weeks ago and made 13 starts last season for Kansas City while Nagy was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator.
One scenario that can apparently be ruled out is moving Cody Whitehair from center to guard, a position he has played. Nagy said the Bears haven’t considered that.
“It’s tough to see (Long) go down with the passion that he plays with,” Whitehair said. “We hope for the best for him. I know we’ve got the right guys that will step in for him and give their best.”
With Long out, the line loses not only one of its best blockers, but a team leader.
“He helps me a lot with technique stuff,” Daniels said. “He also (tells me) if there’s a certain look, just be alert for things like that. Both ways, it’s nice to have him around.”
Game notes: Nagy said the Bears will take a similar approach with Mack and Robinson, after both were held out of practice last week on Wednesday and Thursday and limited on Friday.
It leaves the 18th-ranked defense with three new starters Sunday for their NFC East matchup with the first-place Redskins. Tae Davis is likely to replace Ogletree in the starting lineup to play alongside B.J. Goodson, who will have the headset in his helmet and be charged with getting the Giants lined up correctly. Nate Stupar is also expected to receive some playing time at inside linebacker in what coach Pat Shurmur called a “job share.”
Goodson’s role will expand. He’s played 42 percent of the defensive snaps this season. Ogletree has been on the field for 437 of 438 plays.
“B.J. will be in there much more than he has been,” Shurmur said. “He’s done it before, so we’re confident that he’s going to do a good job.”
Davis is an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He’s not the only undrafted rookie who will see more playing time as a result of the recent trades. Rookie defensive backs Grant Haley and Sean Chandler will see time in the slot with veteran B.W. Webb as the starting cornerback on the outside in place of Apple.
Second-year defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson slides into the starting nose tackle role left vacant by the trade of Harrison. Kerry Wynn, Josh Mauro and Mario Edwards will see increased playing time at defensive end with Tomlinson making the change.
Ogletree injured his hamstring in Monday night’s 20-12 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He didn’t practice at all this week.
The veteran middle linebacker started all seven games for the Giants this season. He’s second on the team with 48 total tackles. He’s tied for second on the team with three tackles for a loss.
Harrison led the Giants with four tackles for a loss.
CINCINNATI — Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a hip injury.
Burfict appeared to injure his hip late in the third quarter of the Bengals’ loss to the Chiefs last Sunday and immediately went to the locker room. He did not return and was quickly ruled out.
Burfict has played in only three games this season. He missed the first four games of the season while surviving a suspension for a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. He has not played a full season since 2013 due to injuries and suspensions.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Burfict since his return. He was fined $112,000 by the NFL for two plays against the Steelers that the league defined as unnecessary roughness. He also missed several tackles in the blowout loss to the Chiefs.
“He hasn’t played as well as he has in the past,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on Wednesday.
Lewis declined any followup questions on Burfict.
“I don’t want to talk about Vontaze. It’s not relevant,” he said.
Fuller injured his knee midway through the fourth quarter while attempting to catch a deep pass from Deshaun Watson in the end zone. He was checked out on the field but was able to walk off under his own power.
Fuller left the game with five catches for 124 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Fuller easily beat his defender across the middle and down the right sideline, trotting the final five yards into the end zone. The pass was the longest touchdown of both Watson’s and Fuller’s careers. The pair have now connected for 11 touchdowns in 11 games played together.
The receiver missed a game earlier this season because of a hamstring injury.
After the game, coach Bill O’Brien said he didn’t have an update on Fuller’s status. “We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.
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The Bills play Monday night against the Patriots, meaning their first injury report of the week will not be released until Thursday. Running back LeSean McCoy is in the concussion protocol, and even if is not cleared for Thursday’s practice, it would be surprising if Buffalo ruled him out for Sunday’s game against New England before Saturday’s final injury report. If McCoy cannot clear the protocol by Monday, the Bills will lean heavily on Chris Ivory, with Marcus Murphy as a change-of-pace option. — Mike Rodak
Albert Wilson, Kenny Stills and Ryan Tannehill have already been ruled out for Week 8, so the injury question marks are less about Thursday’s game and more about how they affect the team in the long term. Brock Osweiler makes his third consecutive start, and he has performed just as well as Tannehill through two games. Losing Stills and Wilson means the Dolphins are down their top two receivers, and increases pressure on Danny Amendola, Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker to step up. — Cameron Wolfe
Rob Gronkowski wasn’t present at Wednesday’s practice after missing Sunday’s game with a back injury, but there is still hope he could be ready for Monday’s road game against the Bills. Meanwhile, there isn’t the same level of optimism for RB Sony Michel (knee) to be ready for Monday’s game, which could force the team into a roster move such as promoting Kenneth Farrow from the practice squad. Starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion) is another question mark at this point. — Mike Reiss
Running back Bilal Powell is having season-ending neck surgery, putting a strain on the backfield. Isaiah Crowell, who had been splitting carries with Powell, will have a bigger role. Rookie Trenton Cannon, fast but raw, will move into the No. 2 role this week. If he’s used as the third-down back, his suspect blocking could be a factor in pass protection. They will get help next week, when Elijah McGuire comes off injured reserve. — Rich Cimini
Starting left guard Alex Lewis returned to practice 10 days after suffering a “scary” neck injury. Lewis briefly experienced numbness in his upper body and is now dealing with a pinched nerve. Without Lewis, the Ravens turned to rookie sixth-round pick Bradley Bozeman. Lewis said he’s thankful to be walking again, but he acknowledged that coming back presents more than a physical hurdle. “Right now, I feel good,” Lewis said. “Mentally, it will be a test to see how well I perform out there at practice. Until I get a good pop in or a good hit in, mentally it’s going to be on my mind. I’m going to try to overcome and try to get ready.” — Jamison Hensley
Center Billy Price returned to practice on Wednesday after missing several games with a foot injury, but it’s unclear if three days is enough time to get him ready. If he can play, he could likely replace Trey Hopkins at center, allowing Hopkins to move back to right guard. John Ross and Vontaze Burfict both missed practice on Wednesday. If Burfict can’t go, the most likely candidate to replace him would be Hardy Nickerson, who has struggled this year. Marvin Lewis said Burfict hasn’t played as well as he has in the past, but losing him would still be a blow for a team that’s already down a linebacker. — Katherine Terrell
Wide receiver Rashard Higgins will miss his third game since spraining a knee ligament in a win over Baltimore. Higgins has just 49 career catches, but was starting to emerge when he was injured. The ripple effect means more playing time for rookie Antonio Callaway, whose production has decreased as the season has gone on. In the past two weeks, he has just three catches on 13 targets. — Pat McManamon
Safety Morgan Burnett (groin) practiced in full for the first time in weeks. He has missed four games but would provide a boost to the secondary because the Steelers value his football intelligence. Pittsburgh can use Burnett as a third safety alongside Terrell Edmunds and Sean Davis. — Jeremy Fowler
The Texans have already ruled out seven players for their Thursday night game against the Dolphins, including wide receiver Keke Coutee. The rookie slot receiver has proven to be a valuable part of the offense, and in his absence Deshaun Watson will continue to lean on DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V. — Sarah Barshop
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (groin) did not practice Wednesday. The Colts will closely monitor Vinatieri — who is five points away from passing Morten Andersen for NFL’s all-time points lead — before making a decision on his status for Sunday’s game at Oakland. Vinatieri injured his groin while missing the first of two extra points against Buffalo in Week 7. The Colts worked out kickers Tuesday in the event that they need to sign one if Vinatieri is ruled out. — Mike Wells
The Jaguars could potentially be down two of their top four cornerbacks against the Eagles. Nickelback D.J. Hayden (toe) and his backup, Tyler Patmon (neck strain), did not practice on Wednesday. It’s unlikely both will play Sunday, which would mean the Jaguars would have to go with a pair of undrafted rookies, Tre Herndon and Quenton Meeks, behind Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Herndon has missed the past three weeks with a hamstring injury and Meeks was promoted from the practice squad in Week 5; he has played mainly on special teams. — Michael DiRocco
The Titans are on their bye week, which is good for safety Kenny Vaccaro, who is still recovering from a dislocated elbow that he suffered in Week 4 against the Eagles. Vaccaro has missed three games but practiced with the team for the first time last week. He is wearing a protective sleeve and brace on his right arm. Expect Vaccaro to be active when the Titans return to the field in Dallas on Nov. 5. — Turron Davenport
As they prepare to face a Chiefs offense that leads the league in scoring, at 37.1 points per game, the Broncos would like to have all available defensive backs in uniform Sunday in Arrowhead. However, safety Darian Stewart remains a question mark with a neck injury. Stewart has suffered stingers in three consecutive games and left the Broncos’ win over the Cardinals last Thursday night and did not return. Stewart has not practiced this week. Will Parks would play in that spot if Stewart doesn’t play against the Chiefs. The Broncos would also see their dime package impacted since Parks is usually added to the mix there. The Broncos used backup safety Shamarko Thomas in the dime against the Cardinals after Stewart left the game, but that is a three-safety look that may not be as effective against the Chiefs’ high-powered attack. The Broncos may have to consider alternatives in some down-and-distance situations in the dime against the Chiefs, including a four-cornerback look in the dime they would hope could hold up against the Chiefs’ run game. — Jeff Legwold
Safety Daniel Sorensen, who has been on injured reserve all season because of a broken leg, won’t play on Sunday against the Broncos but he returned to practice and the Chiefs intend to activate him as soon as they think he’s ready to play. That would be a boost for the Chiefs, who have also played without their other starting safety, Eric Berry. At a minimum, Sorensen’s return would provide the Chiefs with some experienced depth. — Adam Teicher
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn remains hopeful that running back Melvin Gordon and defensive end Joey Bosa can return to practice after the team’s bye week, as the Bolts begin preparation for a road game against the Seahawks. Gordon was a late scratch for last week’s win over the Titans in London due to a hamstring issue. Bosa has not played this year due to a bruised left foot suffered during a training camp practice, which was reaggravated in the lead-up to the Chargers’ season opener against the Chiefs. — Eric D. Williams
Despite missing the previous two games with a right knee injury and having the bye week to heal up, left guard Kelechi Osemele missed practice on Wednesday. Coach Jon Gruden was not sure of the Pro Bowler’s availability come Sunday against the Colts and if he cannot play, even his backup, Jon Feliciano, is nursing sore ribs, though he was limited in Wednesday’s practice. T.J. Clemmings replaced Feliciano two weeks ago in London, with little success. It should be noted that with Osemele out, the left side of the Raiders’ offensive line has had trouble keeping QB Derek Carr upright. — Paul Gutierrez
Randy Gregory had surgery on his right knee on Monday to clear up an issue that had bothered him since the season opener. He will not practice this week with the Cowboys on the bye, but the team believes he will be able to play Nov. 5 against the Tennessee Titans. He likely will be on something of a snap count as a situational pass rusher, but if he has a set back then the Cowboys could look to Daniel Ross. The team’s top pass rusher, DeMarcus Lawrence, said the off week will help his ailing shoulder heal a little more, but he does not think it has played a part in going three straight games without a sack. Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin said he will play against the Titans after suffering a sprained MCL. However, he is not practicing this week. — Todd Archer
Middle linebacker Alec Ogletree is dealing with a hamstring injury. He was listed as “did not practice” on Wednesday, and that puts him in jeopardy for Sunday against the Redskins. This could be another blow to a defense that already traded two starters this week. — Jordan Raanan
Running back Darren Sproles and cornerback Sidney Jones were held out of practice Wednesday. With the bye coming up next week, it makes sense to rest them for one more game. Quarterback Carson Wentz (back) was limited Wednesday, but is expected to be good to go against the Jaguars. — Tim McManus
Running back Chris Thompson (rib/knee) and receiver Paul Richardson (knee/shoulder) both expressed confidence in their availability for Sunday after not playing against Dallas. Thompson has missed the past two games, but said he’s feeling better. The one to watch remains cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who did not practice because of nerve damage in his shin. Dunbar visited a doctor Monday, but it did not clear up the issues. He’ll try to run Thursday, but was in pain when he attempted to do so Sunday. If he can’t play, the Redskins will use Fabian Moreau outside in their base defense, and shift him inside to nickel with Greg Stroman entering on the outside, opposite of Josh Norman. — John Keim
The Bears are expected to rest outside linebacker Khalil Mack (ankle) most of the week. Head coach Matt Nagy said on Wednesday that Mack, who suffered a right ankle injury against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 14, would have a scaled-back week of practice in advance of the Bears hosting the Jets on Sunday. Mack was in the Bears’ starting lineup last week, but he recorded only one tackle in Chicago’s 38-31 loss to the Patriots. The Bears’ defense has not been the same since Mack injured the ankle in Miami. — Jeff Dickerson
Middle linebacker Jarrad Davis (calf) is going to be the player to watch for Detroit this week as he didn’t practice Wednesday — putting into doubt his status against Seattle. Considering he’s one of the Lions’ better run stoppers, that could be a big issue against Seattle on Sunday if he’s unable to play. Detroit’s defense overall has some injury problems. Besides Davis, DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) and CB Darius Slay (toe) were limited, meaning the best player for the Lions at every level of the defense is banged up. The short passing game on offense could be something to watch, too, as RB Theo Riddick (knee) didn’t practice again Wednesday. Receiver Golden Tate (ankle) was limited, but at this point that doesn’t seem like too much of a concern as long as he practices Thursday. — Michael Rothstein
For a team coming off the bye, the Packers had a surprisingly high number of players (10) on their injury report. All were limited except for Aaron Rodgers, who was a full participant, though he still wore the brace on his left knee. He’s holding out hope that he will be brace-free come Sunday against the Rams. — Rob Demovsky
Running back Dalvin Cook is expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Saints, and according to multiple league sources, the Vikings are expecting to shut down Cook until Week 11 when they travel to Chicago. Cook’s hamstring has forced the rusher to miss four games this season, with that number expected to hit six by the time the bye week rolls around. Xavier Rhodes, who Mike Zimmer said likely twisted his left ankle against the Jets, did not practice Wednesday, along with Anthony Barr (hamstring), Andrew Sendejo (groin) and Tom Compton (knee). Everson Griffen (not football related) rejoined team activities for the first time in five weeks, and was not listed on the injury report after going through practice. Zimmer said the Vikings have a plan in place for Griffen and will decide his status for the Saints game at the end of the week. Riley Reiff (foot) and Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) were limited in their first practice back after missing the Jets game (Reiff has been out since Week 6). — Courtney Cronin
It’s getting closer to that window for Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones to return from injured reserve after foot surgery. Coach Dan Quinn said Jones is on target to return against the Cowboys (Nov. 18), which would be a much-needed boost to the depleted defense. It will likely be just a matter of Jones feeling comfortable again and being in playing condition. He has stayed mentally in the game by attending meetings and walk-throughs. — Vaughn McClure
Wide receiver Torrey Smith did not practice due to a sore knee suffered in Sunday’s win at Philadelphia. While doctors said there is no structural damage, Smith’s absence from practice might be an indication he could miss Sunday’s game against Baltimore. This could be an opportunity for first-round pick DJ Moore to step into a starting role for a week. — David Newton
Center Max Unger missed practice with a hand injury Wednesday. The severity is unknown, since he played every snap this past Sunday. If he’s OK, the Saints could have their full starting offensive line intact this week at Minnesota. Left guard Andrus Peat practiced fully after missing last week’s game with a concussion, and right guard Larry Warford wasn’t even on the injury report after recovering from a back injury last week. — Mike Triplett
Six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy still isn’t practicing after missing last week’s game with a calf injury. Defensive end Vinny Curry is still in a walking boot and also missed practice Wednesday. Also new on the injury report: starting running back Peyton Barber missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, and right tackle Demar Dotson missed due to knee and shoulder injuries. — Jenna Laine
Quarterback Josh Rosen said his left big toe, which he injured late in Thursday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos “feels great.” He said he “bent it back.” Even though he was limited in practice on Wednesday, Rosen is expected to start Sunday against the 49ers. — Josh Weinfuss
Wide receiver Cooper Kupp is “doubtful” to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, coach Sean McVay said. Kupp is continuing to recover from a knee sprain suffered in a Week 6 victory against the Broncos. “He’s making good progress,” McVay said. “He’s feeling a lot better than maybe what he did initially the first few days after the Denver game.” — Lindsey Thiry
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon is dealing with a few injuries but a knee issue has him “probably doubtful” for Sunday’s game against Arizona, according to coach Kyle Shanahan. On the bright side, rookie Dante Pettis looks poised to come back from a knee ailment that has had him on the sideline since Week 4. Cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and running back Matt Breida (ankle) are also going to be monitored as the week goes on. Sherman did not play last week after a late-week setback but progressed with a limited practice Wednesday and Breida has been battling continued injury problems but managed to play through them and looks like he could do so again against the Cardinals. — Nick Wagoner
Pete Carroll confirmed that linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson will make their season debuts Sunday in Detroit. That’s part of the reason why he said the Seahawks, who are coming off their bye, are as healthy as they’ve been all season. They could also get defensive ends Rasheem Green (ankle) and Dion Jordan (knee/hip) back Sunday, though their statuses may not become clear until the end of the week. “We’re in pretty good shape,” Carroll said. — Brady Henderson
Fusco appeared to injure his right ankle in the first half and was carted off the field. Early in the second half, the team announced that the eighth-year veteran wouldn’t return.
Ben Garland replaced Fusco in the lineup at right guard. The Falcons previously lost their starting left guard when veteran Andy Levitre suffered a season-ending triceps injury. Wes Schweitzer took over for Levitre.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn did not immediately provide an update on Fusco’s status after the game. Fusco’s teammates remained optimistic.
“You definitely don’t want to see that, and it’s a rough, but I really wish Brandon heals up quickly,” center Alex Mack said. “He’s a great teammate and great player. I really like him, and I want him next to me. But that’s not how it always goes. And Ben is more than capable of stepping up.”
Said right tackle Ryan Schraeder, “I don’t know how bad it is, if it’s just a sprain or what. Ben stepped in really nice. It was good to see. I figured he would come in and fit in like Fusco. I give props to Ben for that.”
Quarterback Matt Ryan said, “That part is difficult, when you see guys going down. Personally, they put so much into it. You feel terrible for them. But this is a good chance for us to get a little bit of rest this week and kind of evaluate where we’re at. I thought Ben did a nice job coming in for us. He’s a guy that has played a lot for us through the years and another guy that we trust to go out there and execute at a high level, and I thought he did.”
Injuries have been a major issue for the Falcons so far in 2018. Starting safeties Keanu Neal (ACL) and Ricardo Allen (Achilles) both suffered season-ending injuries, and linebacker Deion Jones (foot surgery) and running back Devonta Freeman (groin surgery) are on injured reserve but could return this season.
Cook is dealing with a hamstring injury he sustained in overtime of the Vikings’ Week 2 tie at Green Bay. One season after his rookie year was cut short by an ACL injury, Cook has played 10 quarters, rushing 36 times for 98 yards.
The running back was a full participant in practice Wednesday before missing Thursday and Friday’s sessions. This comes after Cook was a late scratch against the Cardinals. The Vikings’ training staff determined he wasn’t ready during pregame warm-ups.
Cook said the injury is tricky and he has to rely more on “feel” than sitting out a specific number of days and expecting to be ready to go.
“It makes it difficult because you never really know,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “He comes out and he says ‘Hey, I’m good to go.’ And it’s just kind of how it goes. You have to have versatility in your game plan.”
Latavius Murray , who recorded a career-high 155 yards rushing and a touchdown against the Cardinals, will be the Vikings’ lead back. Murray’s 74 yards after contact were the most by a Vikings running back since Adrian Peterson had 129 against the Raiders in 2015, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Entering Week 6, Minnesota was the last team without a rushing touchdown.
“He’s (Murray) a guy that needs carries and the physicality of things,” Zimmer said. “I like Latavius and the way he approaches the game, and typically he’s not a one-carry-every-quarter guy, he’s a guy that needs to get the football some.”
Murray filled a similar role last season for the Vikings, becoming the team’s lead back in Cook’s absence. Asked whether Cook’s hamstring injury will require rest for an extended period of time, Zimmer said: “I don’t know. I’ll let the medical people handle it.”