10 Lions sit out practice, 5 more limited to start Week 5

The Lions still have a lot of injury issues to start practices for Week 5

There was a decided shortage of healthy bodies in Wednesday’s practice session at the Detroit Lions team facility in Allen Park. A full 15 players of the Lions 53-man roster were either out or limited to start Week 5.

Ten players missed the session entirely, while five others were officially listed as limited participants.

Those who were out:

LB Chris Board

OL Evan Brown

WR Quintez Cephus

WR DJ Chark

DL John Cominsky

TE T.J. Hockenson

C Frank Ragnow

WR Josh Reynolds

RB D’Andre Swift

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown

Those limited were OL Kayode Awosika, LT Taylor Decker, LG Jonah Jackson, OT Matt Nelson and K Austin Seibert. Jackson and Seibert have been out with injuries so their return to even limited practice is a positive development.

What to know from Packers’ first injury report of Week 5

The Packers listed eight players on the first injury report of Week 5, but only one didn’t practice on Wednesday.

The Green Bay Packers released the team’s first injury report of Week 5 on Wednesday. The Packers are preparing to play the New York Giants on Sunday in London.

A final injury report with injury designations will arrive on Friday.

Here’s what to know from the first injury report:

– Safety Adrian Amos is in the concussion protocol and didn’t practice Wednesday. He was the lone non-participant. He’ll need to work through the protocol by Sunday to play against the Giants.

– Cornerback Jaire Alexander, who didn’t play Sunday with a groin injury, was limited. His status is worth watching as the week progressing. Last week, he was unavailable on Thursday.

– The Packers added Amos, center Josh Myers (foot), rookie defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (quadricep) and rookie safety Tariq Carpenter (abdomen) to the injury report. Myers, Wyatt and Carpenter were limited on Wednesday.

– Left tackle David Bakhtiari, receiver Allen Lazard and right tackle Elgton Jenkins were limited with previous injuries.

– The Packers removed tight end Marcedes Lewis, running back AJ Dillon, receiver Christian Watson and outside linebacker Jonathan Garvin were removed from the injury report entering Week 5.

– The Giants have a staggering 14 players on their opening injury list, including seven players unable to practice Wednesday. Among the non-participants: defensive back Julian Love, receiver Kenny Golladay, backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor and edge rusher Azeez Ojulari. Starting quarterback Daniel Jones practiced in a limited capacity.

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Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Commanders injury report: Wednesday

The first injury reports of the week for the Titans and Commanders.

The Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders have released their first injury reports of the week ahead of the Week 5 contest at FedEx Field on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, the Titans got some good news with linebacker Monty Rice being designated to return from the reserve/physically unable to perform list, opening his 21-day window to be activated.

Rice isn’t guaranteed to play this week, though, as the Titans will have three weeks to activate him or else he’ll be forced to miss the rest of the season.

Some key names we’re keeping an eye on this week are outside linebackers Bud Dupree and Ola Adeniyi, linebacker Zach Cunningham, safety Amani Hooker, and wide receivers Treylon Burks and Kyle Philips, all of whom either didn’t play, exited early or were limited due to injury in Week 4.

Now, a look at the injury reports.

* DNP = Did not participate LP = Limited participation FP = Full participation NIR = Not injury related

Dolphins injury report: 17 players listed ahead of Jets game

Who didn’t practice on Wednesday?

After a hard-fought Thursday night contest against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Miami Dolphins are preparing for a Sunday night matchup with the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Miami listed 17 players on their first injury report of the week.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (concussion/back/ankle), cornerback Xavien Howard (groins), offensive tackle Terron Armstead (toe), Melvin Ingram (veteran rest), cornerback Keion Crossen (glute/shoulder), offensive lineman Robert Jones (back), tight end Cethan Carter (concussion) and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (groin) all didn’t participate on Wednesday.

Three players were limited – linebacker Jerome Baker (veteran rest), safety Brandon Jones (chest) and defensive lineman Zach Sieler (hand).

Tight end Tanner Connor (knee), defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (knee), linebacker Trey Flowers (knee), offensive tackle Greg Little (finger), tight end Hunter Long (ankle) and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. (ribs/toe) were all full participants.

Obviously, some of these injuries are a bit more concerning, as Miami will be without Tagovailoa for this game against the Jets. The team would much better-suited for a victory if most of the cast surrounding Teddy Bridgewater is healthy.

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Bears place LG Cody Whitehair on IR, WR N’Keal Harry designated to return from IR

Bears LG Cody Whitehair will miss at least 4 games landing on IR while N’Keal Harry’s 3-week window to return from IR has opened.

The Chicago Bears announced a couple of roster moves ahead of their Week 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Matt Eberflus announced that left guard Cody Whitehair has been placed on short-term injured reserve with a right knee injury. Whitehair is required to miss at least the next four games before a potential return. Eberflus reiterated he doesn’t believe Whitehair’s injury is season-ending.

Eberflus also announced that wide receiver N’Keal Harry has been designated to return from IR. Harry, who suffered an ankle injury on Aug. 6, has a 21-day window to be activated off IR.

With Whitehair sidelined for at least the next month, the offensive line will look like this: LT Braxton Jones, LG Lucas Patrick, C Sam Mustipher, RG Teven Jenkins, RT Larry Borom.

Outside of Darnell Mooney, the Bears don’t have a top option at receiver, which has certainly hurt quarterback Justin Fields. Chicago is hopeful Harry can provide a boost to the receiving corps, although Eberflus declined to say whether or not Harry would play this Sunday against Minnesota.

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Broncos injuries: 4 players ruled out for ‘Thursday Night Football’

Broncos QB Russell Wilson (right shoulder) has been cleared for ‘Thursday Night Football.’

After being listed as limited on the team’s estimated injury reports this week with a right throwing shoulder injury, Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has been cleared for a Thursday Night Football showdown with the Indianapolis Colts.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Broncos outside linebacker Jonathon Cooper (hamstring), safety P.J. Locke (concussion), offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) and outside linebacker Aaron Patrick (concussion) have all been ruled out for Week 5.

Denver wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring), cornerback Darius Phillips (hamstring) and offensive lineman Billy Turner (knee) are listed as questionable for Thursday.

Denver’s complete injury report can be seen below.

The Colts, meanwhile, have ruled out star running back Jonathan Taylor (ankle). That likely means Phillip Lindsay will be elevated from Indy’s practice squad to face off against his former team on Thursday.

Playing at home, the Broncos are considered 3.5-point favorites against the Colts this week, according to Tipico Sportsbook. Thursday’s game will be available to stream on Prime Video.

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Giants injury report: Leonard Williams, Kadarius Toney return to practice

The New York Giants had a long Wednesday injury report but on the plus side, Daniel Jones, Leonard Williams and Kadarius Toney practiced.

The New York Giants returned to the practice field on Wednesday ahead of their Week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers in London, but much of the team was limping.

In what has become a yearly trend for the Giants, injuries are again the story. This time around, eyes were on the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive line.

Luckily for Big Blue, there seemed to be more good news than bad news.

Quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive lineman Leonard Williams and wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson all participated on at least a limited basis. However, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and safety Julian Love remain in concussion protocol.

The Giants’ Wednesday injury report can be found below:

Did not participate: WR Kenny Golladay (knee), QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion), S Julian Love (concussion), CB Cor’Dale Flott (calf), LB Azeez Ojulari (calf), WR Richie James Jr. (ankle), DL Henry Mondeaux (ankle)

Limited participant: QB Daniel Jones (ankle), WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), DL Leonard Williams (knee), OL Evan Neal (neck), DB Fabian Moreau (foot), DB Nick McCloud (hamstring)

Full participant: N/A

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Panthers keep Xavier Woods, Laviska Shenault Jr. out of Wednesday’s practice

The Panthers were without RB Christian McCaffrey (rest), WR Laviska Shenault Jr. (hamstring) and S Xavier Woods (hamstring) at Wednesday’s practice.

Wednesday wasn’t particularly a great day for the Carolina Panthers to be without Xavier Woods. Unfortunately, however, that was the case.

After losing starting full safety Jeremy Chinn to kick off the afternoon, in a move that’ll keep the versatile third-year defender on injured reserve for at least four weeks, the team kept starting strong safety Xavier Woods out of practice. As he was last week, the 27-year-old was listed on the opening Week 5 injury report with a hamstring issue.

Woods has played a hefty role for the Carolina defense thus far, having already totaled 30 tackles through four games. While his status is still— obviously—up in the air to this point, the Panthers did sign safety Juston Burris up from the practice squad to help fill the current void at the position.

As far as the other side of the ball, running back Christian McCaffrey—in perhaps a slice of encouraging news—was listed with just a rest designation for his day off. Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., additionally, missed the session due to the hamstring setback he sustained this past Sunday.

Here’s Wednesday’s report in its entirety:

Injury Wed. Thurs. Fri. Game status
RB Christian McCaffrey Rest DNP
LB Frankie Luvu Shoulder Limited
DE Marquis Haynes Sr. Knee Limited
CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver III Thigh DNP
S Xavier Woods Hamstring DNP
WR Laviska Shenault Jr. Hamstring DNP
LB Shaq Thompson Knee Limited
TE Stephen Sullivan Back Full

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Jameson Williams will not be designated to return before the Lions bye in Week 6

Rookie WR Jameson Williams will not be designated to return before the Lions bye in Week 6

The late great Tom Petty was correct. The waiting is the hardest part.

Unfortunately, the Detroit Lions will have to wait just a little longer to see first-round wide receiver Jameson Williams take the field. Williams is close to returning, but head coach Dan Campbell closed the door on designating Williams for return from the non-football injury list until at least after the team’s bye in Week 6.

“it’s really picking up in a good way,” Campbell said of Williams’ recovery from January knee surgery. However, the Lions aren’t in any hurry to speed up the process with their prized rookie weapon.

Teams can designate players to return from the reserve/NFI list, the same as the PUP list. The designation starts a three-week clock to either activate the player or see them placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Detroit won’t start Williams’ clock to return until after the bye in Week 6.

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