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Week Eight kicked off on Thursday night with a Titans win and it continues with 11 more games on Sunday, which means that the 22 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.
Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don’t appear below should be considered in the lineup barring any announcements on Saturday. The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.
With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.
Redskins vs. Bengals (in London)
RB Matt Jones (knee) is the only Redskins player ruled out. CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle), WR Jamison Crowder (groin), TE Vernon Davis (groin), LB Terence Garvin (hip), WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring, shoulder), C Spencer Long (chest), CB Josh Norman (concussion, wrist), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), G Brandon Scherff (shoulder) and T Trent Williams (knee) are all listed as questionable.
The Bengals didn’t give any players injury designations for Sunday’s game.
Patriots at Bills
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (foot), DT Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder), CB Jonathan Jones (hip), WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring), LB Elandon Roberts (ankle) and DT Vincent Valentine (back) got questionable designations from the Patriots this week.
The Bills ruled out WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion) and S Aaron Williams (neck). RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) appears set to join them after missing practice all week and drawing a doubtful tag. DT Corbin Bryant (shoulder), TE Charles Clay (knee), DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring), RB Mike Gillislee (foot), T Cordy Glenn (ankle), LB Jerry Hughes (hand), LB Lerentee McCray (knee), G John Miller (shoulder) and WR Robert Woods (foot) are all listed as questionable.
Cardinals at Panthers
The Cardinals have ruled out TE Darren Fells (ankle), LB Alex Okafor (calf) and DT Ed Stinson (toe). WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (hamstring), S Tony Jefferson (illness) and T Jared Veldheer (finger) are all listed as questionable.
DT Vernon Butler (ankle) and T Michael Oher (concussion) will miss another game for the Panthers. CB James Bradberry (foot), DE Kony Ealy (illness), CB Robert McClain (hamstring), DT Paul Soliai (foot) and CB Daryl Worley (concussion) drew questionable tags coming out of the bye week.
Jets at Browns
The Jets don’t expect to have C Nick Mangold (ankle), T Brent Qvale (neck), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) and CB Buster Skrine (knee) after listing them as doubtful. Linebackers Bruce Carter (quad) and Darron Lee (ankle) are out while T Ryan Clady (shoulder) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) are questionable.
Browns WR Corey Coleman (hand) and QB Cody Kessler (concussion) are out for Week Eight. Three cornerbacks —
Marcus Burley (hamstring), Joe Haden (groin), Jamar Taylor (groin) — are listed as questionable.
Lions at Texans
LB DeAndre Levy (knee, quadricep) remains out for the Lions and CB Darius Slay (hamstring) will join him on the sideline.
TE Eric Ebron (ankle, knee), CB Nevin Lawson (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), T Riley Reiff (illness), T Corey Robinson (ankle) and TE Cole Wick (knee) are listed as questionable.
Chiefs at Colts
The Colts hope to get WR Donte Moncrief (shoulder) back after missing several games. TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), DT Henry Anderson (knee), DE Kendall Langford (knee), LB Curt Maggitt (ankle), G Jack Mewhort (tricep) and WR Chester Rogers (hamstring, foot) will all be out, however.
Seahawks at Saints
A long list of Seahawks ruled out includes DE Michael Bennett (knee), S Kam Chancellor (groin), CB DeAndre Elliott (hamstring), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle), RB Thomas Rawls (fibula), T Bradley Sowell (knee) and TE Luke Willson (knee). WR Tyler Lockett (thigh) is listed as questionable.
Saints T Terron Armstead (knee) is listed as questionable and said Friday that he expects to play. LB Dannell Ellerbe (quadricep), C Senio Kelemete (neck), RB Daniel Lasco (hamstring) and T Andrus Peat (groin) are also questionable. LB Stephone Anthony (hamstring), CB Delvin Breaux (fibula), WR Jake Lampman (knee) and CB Sterling Moore (abdomen) have been ruled out.
Raiders at Buccaneers
The Raiders ruled out DT Stacy McGee (ankle). G Vadal Alexander (ankle), WR Andre Holmes (hip), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) and T Menelik Watson (calf) are all listed as questionable.
RB Doug Martin (hamstring) is still out for the Buccaneers. DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) will join him on the inactive list with DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle) and DT Gerald McCoy (calf) listed as questionable.
Chargers at Broncos
Chargers LB Jeremiah Attaochu (ankle) and CB Craig Mager (concussion) have been ruled out. S Jahleel Addae (collarbone) is doubtful to play and WR Travis Benjamin (knee), TE Hunter Henry (concussion), LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder, foot) and WR Tyrell Williams (knee) drew questionable designations.
The Broncos listed LB Brandon Marshall (hamstring), C Matt Paradis (hip), CB Aqib Talib (low back) and LB DeMarcus Ware (forearm) as questionable. If Ware plays, it will be his first game since Week Two.
Packers at Falcons
The Packers will be short on cornerbacks with Quinten Rollins joining Damarious Randall on the sideline with groin injuries. TE Jared Cook (ankle) and RB James Starks (knee) remain out as well. WR Randall Cobb (hamstring), G T.J. Lang (hip), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring) and WR Ty Montgomery (illness) are all listed as questionable.
Eagles at Cowboys
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) is listed as questionable, but has said he will be playing this weekend. CB Morris Claiborne (concussion), RB Lance Dunbar (knee), T Chaz Green (foot), DE David Irving (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back, shoulder), CB Orlando Scandrick (hamstring, hamstring), T Tyron Smith (back), LB Kyle Wilber (neck) and TE Jason Witten (chest) got the same designation on Friday. DE Ryan Davis (hamstring) and QB Tony Romo (back) have been ruled out, although Romo did have his first practice appearance of the regular season on Thursday.
If the NFL will be doing anything about allegations that the Vikings had a bounty program in 2009, the NFL isn’t saying so.
The NFL has informed PFT that it has no comment about the allegation made by former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks in the new Brett Favre biography from Jeff Pearlman. (The Vikings have denied the allegations, as has former Vikings head coach Brad Childress.)
Despite the league’s official silence, a full-blown investigation would be a surprise. The league showed no inclination to investigate claims of other bounty programs that emerged in 2012, after the Saints were whacked for allegedly offering cash to players for incapacitating opponents in games like the 2009 NFC championship, against Favre and the Vikings.
Various other players claimed that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams used a bounty program at his past stops, which included Washington, Buffalo, and Tennessee. Faced with a rabbit hole that could have displayed a more widespread cultural phenomenon, the league instead plugged it with cement, hammered the Saints, and scared everyone else straight.
And for good reason. Faced with then-mushrooming concussion litigation, the last thing the league needed was proof that more if not most if not all teams offered a reward for knocking a player out, perhaps in more ways than one.
Of course, now that the concussion litigation is settled (almost), perhaps the league could choose to make an example out of the Vikings, in the same way it chose to make an example out of the Saints.
Ultimately, isn’t that what these issues always come back to? The league, arm with the ability to investigate and discipline most if not all teams for potential violations ranging from the real to the ridiculous to the sublime, can and will do whatever it wants, whenever it wants.
Given the mere passage of time, it would be a surprise if the league decides to reach back seven years for proof of a bounty program in Minnesota when it opted to apply tunnel vision at the time these accounts emerged. Regardless, if the league decides that it wants to pursue this matter aggressively, it can and, as recent history tells us, it will.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been fined $18,231 for roughing the passer in last Thursday’s win over the Bears, per multiple reporters.
Matthews is battling a hamstring injury and trying to get healthy enough to play Sunday at Atlanta. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, and the Packers list him as questionable.
When the Jaguars were in London earlier this year, their quarterback Blake Bortles punted a ball to celebrate a touchdown.
Bortles wasn’t fined for the act because the ball didn’t land in the stands. It’s a good thing he didn’t pretend to take a picture of the ball falling short or he’d be out a nice chunk of change.
Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa learned that lesson during his own trip to London to face the Rams last Sunday. Odighizuwa whipped out an imaginary camera to take a picture of Giants safety Landon Collins while Collins was in the end zone after a 44-yard interception return that saw Collins weave through the Rams and across the field on one of the more exciting scoring runs of the year.
He was penalized during the game and, per multiple reports, has been fined $12,154 by the league for his faux-Kodak moment. And here you thought a picture was only worth 1,000 words.
The Broncos have decided to place running back C.J. Anderson on their injured-reserve list, meaning Anderson will miss at the least next eight weeks.
Anderson had arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, and the Broncos waited to evaluate his knee and their options before choosing to place him on IR. Teams can designate one player per season to return from IR, so placing Anderson on IR now gives the Broncos the option of bringing him back for a potential postseason run if Anderson’s knee heals.
Rookie Devontae Booker will replace Anderson as the Broncos’ No. 1 running back.
Anderson has run for 437 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
The Seahawks didn’t come out of last week’s tie with the Cardinals unscathed.
The team just announced that defensive end Michael Bennett was out for Sunday’s game against the Saints, with a knee injury. Safety Kam Chancellor (groin) is also out, taking two key defensive playmakers off the field for what would have been a challenge anyway.
Bennett’s initial knee problem came during the Falcons game, but he and the rest of the Seahawks defense had a heavy workload, and he logged 81 snaps last week.
After playing 75 minutes against the Cardinals last Sunday night, the Seahawks get to fly across country to New Orleans for an early game.
Quarterback Russell Wilson was limited earlier this week because of his growing list of problems (pectoral, knee, ankle), but he’s not even listed on today’s report with a designation for the game, so he’s clear to play.
Before Thursday football became Thursday Night Football, one of the limited occasions for having two teams square off against each other on a short week came during the World Series, when the NFL avoided scheduling a game against the World Series, either due to courtesy or strategy.
That ended in 2010, when the NFL scheduled a Steelers-Saints game on the same night that Game Four of the Fall Classic was due to unfold. Back then, the NFL won in a showdown with the Rangers and the Giants, 11.8 vs. 10.4.
Six years later, with NFL prime-time ratings down sharply, a more-compelling-than-usual game between the Eagles and Cowboys will kick off roughly 15 minutes after the first pitch in Game Five of Indians-Cubs. Depending on what happens over the next two nights, Game Five could be the deciding game, and if the Cubs win the next two the prospect of the home team clinching in Chicago its first World Series in however-many-years it’s been will surely increase interest in the baseball game.
Regardless of the stakes, a loss by the NFL in the head-to-head contest will be pooh-poohed by Park Avenue because of the rare circumstances. Regardless of those rare circumstances, it will be interesting to see what one of the most compelling NFL regular-season games will do when pitted against a compelling offering from a sport the NFL has dominated in recents years.
With Thursday Night Football now a weekly phenomenon, the NFL is now locked in to playing a prime-time game against the World Series. Unless the NFL would start playing the game on a Tuesday night.
Which I suppose could then become the next portion of the pizza into which the league would be tempted to cram cheese on a regular basis.
Colts linebacker Josh McNary was not fined for his hit on Titans tight end Delanie Walker last Sunday that resulted in an unnecessary roughness call and negated an interception by Colts cornerback Patrick Robinson.
Walker was helped off the field after being blindsided by McNary while running a pass route late in the third quarter. He returned to the game a few plays later and caught a touchdown pass to finish the drive.
Via social media, McNary offered an apology to Walker earlier this week, writing that he believed the ball was coming Walker’s direction and that it was too late to stop his momentum by the time he realized it wasn’t. The call was costly to the Colts at the time, but they won the game and McNary avoided a fine.
Colts linebacker Akeem Ayers was also not fined for his unnecessary roughness penalty earlier in the game.
The Bills promoted tight end Gerald Christian from their practice squad Friday.
Christian has previously spent time on the team’s practice squad and active roster this season. He was a seventh-round pick of the Cardinals in 2015.
The Bills released wide receiver Ed Eagan and tight end Manasseh Garner, who was promoted from the practice squad last Friday. Eagan was promoted earlier this week.
With wide receiver Marquise Goodwin out due to a concussion, the Bills releasing Eagan is a sign that wide receiver Robert Woods, who is listed as questionable with a foot injury, will be able to play Sunday vs. the Patriots.
Judon dragged Smith down for a sack and Smith had to leave the game with a knee injury that further examination found was a season-ending torn ACL. There was nothing for the league to look at regarding a fine for that play, but Judon’s teammate Za’Darius Smith wasn’t so lucky.
Smith was penalized for roughing Smith’s replacement Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter of the game. The extra yards didn’t help the Jets put any points on the board, but it allowed them to get a first down on a 2nd-and-19 play and eat a little more time the Ravens could have used in a 24-16 loss.
Lions receiver Anquan Boldin probably won’t mind this week’s fine too much.
Boldin got his paycheck docked $6,076 this week because he threw the ball into the stands during the game. Boldin did it in an exuberant celebration after scoring the game-winning touchdown, so he likely feels OK about losing some money under those circumstances.
The NFL does not fine players for handing footballs to fans, but it does fine players for throwing footballs into the stands. The league is concerned about crowd control and safety if large numbers of fans are climbing over each other trying to catch a thrown football.
During an interview for Friday’s edition of PFT Live, Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry told Mike Florio that he had not received notice of a fine from the league resulting from the high block he delivered to Bills safety Aaron Williams during last week’s game.
Landry has either since learned that he was fined or he’ll be finding out about it sometime soon because PFT has confirmed with the league that Landry has been fined. Landry was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play and he has been fined $24,309 for the infraction.
Landry apologized after the game for a hit that several members of the Bills deemed to be a dirty one. Williams left the game and his playing future is in doubt after his father told the Associated Press that his son will decide about continuing to play in the offseason. Williams made a similar decision after a previous neck injury limited him to three games last season.
Dolphins defensive lineman Jason Jones was not fined for an unnecessary roughness penalty he received in the fourth quarter and Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes was not fined after being penalized for grabbing Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi’s facemask.
Not only are the Jaguars smarting from an embarrassing loss to the Titans last night, but three of them are short in the wallet from last week’s game against the Raiders.
Defensive tackle Malik Jackson was fined $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct after being ejected, cornerback Jalen Ramsey was fined $9,115 for fighting and wide receiver Marqise Lee was fined $12,154 after being flagged for using a racial slur.
That’s a costly week for the individuals involved, but it also speaks to some of the problems the team as a whole is dealing with.
Owner Shad Khan had a meeting with players and coaches wondering why they aren’t winning, and he’s reportedly upset about the rash of penalties. Coach Gus Bradley had to address the issue again today, which makes it reasonable to wonder why it’s a consistent problem.
Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant ruled himself in for Week Eight while the Cowboys were on a bye last week, but the team hasn’t quite guaranteed that he’ll be playing against the Eagles on Sunday night.
Bryant got in a third straight day of practice as a limited participant and also worked with the team during Monday’s return from the bye, which gave him extra time to recover from the hairline fracture in his knee that’s kept him out for the last three games. The Cowboys have gone with a questionable designation for their NFC East clash, but the signs point to Bryant’s return.
It also looks like the Cowboys will have a good chance of getting cornerback Morris Claiborne on the field. He’s listed as questionable, but was a full participant all three days after suffering a concussion in Week Six. Left tackle Tyron Smith is also questionable as he continues to deal with a back issue.
Quarterback Tony Romo sat out Friday after returning for a limited practice on Thursday and he’s been ruled out again this week with a broken bone in his back. Defensive end Ryan Davis will also sit out this weekend.
Haden has missed the last two games with a groin injury.
Taylor was added to the injury and participation report Thursday with a groin injury. He was a limited participant both Thursday and Friday.
As expected, Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman is out. He returned to practice this week for the first time in more than a month but is still recovering from a broken hand. Jackson previously announced that Josh McCown will start at quarterback Sunday and that rookie quarterback Cody Kessler has not been cleared to play after suffering a concussion last week.