Injuries are a mainstay in the NFL. And Week 17 is no exception. So, which banged-up players have a chance of suiting up for this weekend’s action? We’ve got you covered below with a full rundown of Wednesday practice reports for every game on tap.
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Wednesday practice reports
Quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) was a full participant, while receiver Sterling Shepard (rib) was limited. Fellow receiver Golden Tate (calf) did not practice. Jones said on Wednesday that the injury will continue to reduce him to a pocket passer for Sunday’s must-win game against the Cowboys.
Ben Roethlisberger did not practice, as he has already been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt (back) and Tyson Alualu (ankle) did not practice, while defensive end Cam Heyward, offensive linemen Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro, and outside linebacker T.J. Watt received rest days. Kicker Chris Boswell (groin) practiced in full after being inactive during Sunday’s win over the Colts.
Baltimore did not have wide receiver Willie Snead (ankle) at practice, jeopardizing his availability against Cincinnati.
Tyler Boyd was limited after missing last week’s win over the Texans with a concussion. Fellow receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) was limited on Wednesday, while linebacker Logan Wilson (ankle) did not practice.
Frank Gore (lung) was placed on injured reserve, ending his season just days after he became the third player in history to rush for 16,000 yards. La’Mical Perine and Ty Johnson should receive an increase in playing time with Gore out of the lineup.
Safety Devin McCourty (shoulder) was among the six Patriots who did not practice on Wednesday. Running back Damien Harris (ankle) was a limited participant after being held out of Monday night’s loss to the Bills.
Falcons at Buccaneers (-6.5)
Julio Jones, who has not played since Week 13, missed Wednesday’s practice with a hamstring injury. Jones’ status for Sunday’s game is currently up in the air, as the Falcons are wrapping up a third consecutive non-playoff campaign.
Tom Brady enjoyed a maintenance day, while running backs Leonard Fournette (abdomen) and Ronald Jones (finger) were limited participants. Despite having already clinched a playoff berth, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said that his team will play for seeding on Sunday as well as the chance to post an 11-5 record.
Miami could have an offensive reinforcement against Buffalo. Wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring) returned to practice, though fellow WRs Preston Williams (foot) and Jakeem Grant (ankle) were no-shows at Wednesday’s session.
With wide receiver Cole Beasley (leg) “week-to-week” and likely out against Miami, the Bills could add veteran Kenny Stills as pass-catching depth. Fellow WR John Brown (ankle) was activated off injured reserve but is now on the COVID-19 list.
Minnesota will not have star running back Dalvin Cook against Detroit after the Pro Bowler returned home to be with family after his father’s unexpected death. Left tackle Riley Reiff (COVID-19) may also be unavailable for Sunday’s contest.
QB Matthew Stafford (ankle) did not practice for Detroit on Wednesday, meaning it’s possible backup Chase Daniel could get the nod against Minnesota. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) was also a no-go once again. Center Frank Ragnow (throat), meanwhile, was limited at practice and remains questionable.
The Titans were without receivers A.J. Brown (ankle) and Corey Davis (non injury-related) on Wednesday. Both players are expected to be on the field against the Texans.
Offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil (ankle) and Brent Qvale (concussion) were the only Texans that did not practice on Wednesday. Receiver Keke Coutee (foot) and running back Duke Johnson (neck), and cornerback Phillip Gaines (knee) were limited.
The Jaguars did not have running back James Robinson (ankle) at practice and won’t have him on Sunday against the Colts. Wide receiver D.J. Chark (shin) remains a question mark for the game. Fellow WR Collin Johnson (hamstring) has also been ruled out.
Indianapolis said goodbye to an integral piece of its O-line on Wednesday, announcing that left tackle Anthony Castonzo (ankle) will miss the remainder of the year.
Los Angeles will be without starting QB Jared Goff (thumb), who may or may not be ready for potential playoff games after surgery, and reserve John Wolford will start in his place. The Rams will also be missing running back Darrell Henderson (ankle), who landed on injured reserve, and wide receiver Cooper Kupp (COVID-19).
Linebacker Za’Darius Smith (ankle/thumb) and Allen Lazard (core/wrist) were both limited during the Packers’ Wednesday practice. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams both practiced on Wednesday, as the Packers could have their top-three running backs against the Bears.
The Bears were without defensive backs Buster Skrine (concussion), Jaylon Johnson (shoulder), Deon Bush (foot) and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (illness) on Wednesday. Bears coach Matt Nagy said that Johnson — who hasn’t played since Week 14 — is progressively getting better and is considered as day-to-day for Sunday’s game.
Safety Marcus Williams (ankle) and tight end Josh Hill (hand) were the only two Saints that missed Wednesday’s practice. Running back Latavius Murray (quadriceps) was limited. Murray totaled nearly 100 total yards in the Saints’ Christmas Day blowout win over the Vikings.
Star Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh) will sit out Sunday’s game after failing to suit up for a full practice Wednesday, per coach Matt Rhule, as will backup Mike Davis (undisclosed). That leaves reserves Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon as likely fill-ins.
Running back Carlos Hyde (illness), tight end Greg Olsen (foot) and guard Mike Iupati (neck) were among the Seahawks players that did not practice Wednesday. Running back Chris Carson (foot) and defensive end Carlos Dunlap (foot) were limited.
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will not return for Week 17, meaning backup C.J. Beathard is in line for another start under center in San Francisco. Kicker Robbie Gould (COVID-19) may also be sidelined for the Niners.
Receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring), defensive end Joey Bosa (shin/concussion), offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (foot), and cornerback Chris Harris (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said that there’s a “good chance” that Allen will not be active for Los Angeles’ season finale.
Denver was without rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler (concussion) again Wednesday, making it unlikely he’ll return in Week 17.
Washington (-1.5) at Eagles
Down to just two active QBs after cutting Dwayne Haskins, Washington did not have Alex Smith (calf) as a regular participant at Wednesday’s practice, with Taylor Heinicke instead taking QB reps. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin (ankle) worked only with trainers Wednesday, putting his own availability in doubt.
Defensive linemen Derek Barnett (calf) and Fletcher Cox (neck), tight end Dallas Goedert (calf) and receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle) were among the nine Eagles players that did not practice on Wednesday. Cox is not expected to play this Sunday after sustaining his injury during last Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys.