Sean Lee did not practice all week with pectoral and thigh injuries. The Cowboys list him as questionable but are encouraged he will play Sunday against the Rams.
“We feel good about him being able to play this week,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Friday afternoon, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com.
The Cowboys need Lee with starting weakside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch due to miss his fourth consecutive game with a neck injury. The Cowboys ruled out Vander Esch.
The Cowboys added receiver Ventell Bryant to the injury report with a knee issue that kept him out Friday. They list him as questionable.
The Packers are going into Sunday’s game against the Bears in good health.
They only list two players on the roster as even questionable, which is all you can hope for this time of year.
Tight end Jimmy Graham (wrist/groin) and cornerback Kevin King (shoulder) are the only ones who even have injury designations, and both were listed as limited participants.
Wide receiver Davante Adams was listed as limited for the second straight day, but he doesn’t have an injury designation.
The Packers are a game ahead of the Vikings for the NFC North lead heading into the week.
The Buccaneers expect Jameis Winston to play, with Bruce Arians telling reporters Friday morning that the quarterback is “ready to go.”
But the team lists Winston as questionable with right thumb and knee injuries.
Winston didn’t throw on Wednesday, threw tennis balls on Thursday and had a full practice Friday.
The Bucs ruled out receiver Mike Evans (hamstring), nose tackle Beau Allen (ankle) and outside linebacker Anthony Nelson (hamstring).
They list left tackle Donovan Smith (ankle/knee) as doubtful. Smith missed practice all week.
Offensive guard Alex Cappa (elbow) had a full practice Friday but is questionable.
Running back Josh Jacobs missed last Sunday’s Raiders game with a shoulder injury, but the first-round pick thinks he’ll be back in the lineup against the Jaguars this weekend.
Jacobs has practiced all week on a limited basis and he told reporters on Friday that he plans to play on Sunday. He stopped short of guaranteeing his presence in the lineup after his shoulder failed to progress as hoped last week, but his uptick in practice work bodes well for his chances of playing.
Assuming he does play, Jacobs should have opportunities to make plays against a Jaguars defense that has allowed at least 195 rushing yards in four of the last five games.
Right tackle Trent Brown (pectoral) and defensive back Daryl Worley (neck) are also considered questionable for Oakland this weekend.
The Seahawks will still be short-handed on defense this week.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Panthers, after returning to practice on a limited basis Wednesday from a hamstring injury, but not practicing Thursday.
The Seahawks also listed running back Rashaad Penny out since he’s on the 53-man roster, though he’s out for the rest of the year after tearing his ACL last week.
The Seahawks listed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as questionable (core muscle/illness), along with cornerback Shaquill Griffin, tight end Luke Willson, and defensive end Ziggy Ansah.
Dak Prescott got off to a hot start to his season and not long ago heard his name bantered about as an MVP candidate.
The Cowboys quarterback still leads the league in passing yards, but three consecutive losses — and only one win in the team’s past five games — killed Prescott’s MVP chances if not Dallas’ postseason chances.
Nothing, though, has changed the Cowboys’ opinion of Prescott.
They eventually will pay him like the franchise quarterback they believe he is.
“I’m more convicted than ever after watching him play this year that he can do everything we need to do to win championships around here,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Friday afternoon, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com.
Prescott is on pace to pass for 5,073 yards this season. Tony Romo owns the team record for passing yards in a single season with 4,903 in 2012.
Tom Brady said earlier this week he needed some extra treatment for his right elbow, which landed him on the injury report.
It must have worked, as he’s off the report now.
Via Phil Perry of NBCSportsBoston.com, Brady’s no longer listed on the injury report, meaning he’s good to go for Sunday’s game against the Bengals.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who didn’t practice Wednesday but was limited Thursday and today with knee and shoulder issues, goes into the game with the traditional questionable designation.
Also questionable for the Patriots are linebacker Ja'whaun Bentley (knee), defensive tackle Byron Cowart (concussion), center Ted Karras (knee), cornerback Jason McCourty (groin), wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle), and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (shoulder), all of whom were limited Friday.
Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark missed two days of practice this week with a stomach condition that forced him to see a specialist, but Friday brought better news about Clark’s condition.
Clark got back on the practice field and head coach Andy Reid said that he did “most of the stuff” that the team did during the workout.
“We’re heading in the right direction with him,” Reid said, via B.J. Kissel of the team’s website.
Clark had to go to the hospital last week and reportedly lost 12 pounds before the team’s Week 14 win over the Patriots. Clark had a sack and two quarterback hits in that victory and has 32 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception over the course of the entire season.
The Eagles will not have right tackle Lane Johnson on Sunday against Washington. The team ruled him out with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice all week.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai will start in his spot.
The Eagles added cornerback Ronald Darby to the injury report, listing him as questionable with a hip flexor injury.
The team also lists receiver Nelson Agholor (knee), defensive end Derek Barnett (ankle) and running back Jordan Howard (shoulder) as questionable. Agholor and Barnett did not practice all week, and Howard was limited and still not cleared for contact.
Agholor originally injured his knee in Week Six against the Vikings. He has missed two of the past three games, aggravating it against the Patriots in Week 11.
“That made it worse and a little bit more uncomfortable,” Agholor said, via Zach Berman of TheAthletic.com.
Agholor said he is in a “stalemate” with his knee.
Texans receiver Will Fuller earned a questionable designation because of the hamstring that kept him out last week. But he has made progress toward a return with limited practices all week.
“I’m feeling good,” Fuller said Thursday, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “Yep, I needed a week, I think. It’s going good.”
In nine games, Fuller has caught 42 passes for 598 yards and three touchdowns.
Running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett (Achilles/shoulder) also are questionable.
Offensive tackle Chris Clark (hip), cornerback Gareon Conley (hip) and defensive end Carlos Watkins (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday but have no designation.
Titans running back Derrick Henry said earlier this week that he’ll be ready to go for Sunday’s matchup with the Texans despite a hamstring injury, but the team wasn’t willing to guarantee he’d be in the lineup on Friday.
Henry is listed as questionable on Tennessee’s final injury report of the week. He did not practice on Friday, which made it a clean sweep of missed practices for Henry this week.
That’s a change from the last couple of weeks when Henry did limited work in practice before getting the green light to play on Sunday. The expectation remains that the Titans managed his workload in order to ensure he’d be ready for the game, but we’ll have until a bit closer to kickoff to know for sure.
Wide receiver Adam Humphries (ankle), cornerback Adoree' Jackson (foot) and linebacker Daren Bates (shoulder) have been ruled out. Safety Kenny Vaccaro is questionable as he awaits clearance from the concussion protocol.
Terrell Suggs opted to go home when he signed with the Cardinals as a free agent this offseason, but the homecoming won’t end with Suggs taking a final bow in front of the Arizona crowd this Sunday.
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced that the team waived Suggs on Friday. The league’s other 32 teams will be able to make a claim on Suggs and add him to their roster next week.
Moving to another team appears to be of interest to Suggs. Kingsbury said the decision to part ways was made after conversations with Suggs about allowing the veteran to find another team while the Cardinals look at younger players.
Suggs had 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles for the Cardinals this season.
Any speculation about Suggs moving elsewhere will include some mention of Baltimore given Suggs’s long run as a member of the Ravens defense. They’re at the back end of the waiver order, however, and another team may want to bring in an experienced hand for the final weeks of the season.
The 49ers have been hit hard by injuries recently, and another key player likely won’t be back until the playoffs.
San Francisco pass rusher Dee Ford is likely to miss four weeks with a hamstring injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
That timeframe would mean Ford will miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the first week of the playoffs. That’s another incentive for the 49ers to earn a first-round playoff bye.
Ford’s injury was one of multiple costly injuries the team had during their win over the Saints, which also included center Weston Richburg tearing his patellar tendon, which will cause him to miss the rest of the season and postseason, and cornerback Richard Sherman injuring his hamstring, which will likely knock him out for a couple weeks.
Ford, who has already missed two games this season, has 6.5 sacks.
The signs pointed toward Adam Thielen returning to the Vikings lineup throughout the week and nothing changed on Friday.
Thielen was not given an injury designation for Sunday’s game against the Chargers, which means he’s set to play this weekend. Thielen has been sidelined for the last four games by a hamstring injury that he first suffered in Week Seven and aggravated in a brief return to action in Week Nine.
His return to the lineup may not guarantee the Vikings a full receiving corps. Bisi Johnson has been listed as questionable with a quad injury that popped up on Thursday.
Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is also listed as questionable. He hurt his ankle in last Sunday’s win over the Lions.
Safety Jayron Kearse (toe) and running back Alexander Mattison (ankle) have been ruled out.
Jersey swaps have become commonplace in the NFL in recent years, with opposing players showing mutual respect after games by giving each other the jerseys off their backs as a memento of competing against each other. But Thursday night, something unusual happened.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had multiple Jets players line up to seek his jersey, and instead of giving any one of them the shirt off his back, Jackson autographed several white replica jerseys and handed them out to all the Jets players who asked for one.
That speaks to how well respected Jackson has already become around the NFL. The consensus Most Valuable Player of the entire league, Jackson is a player that opponents want to be able to say they played against for years to come. And getting his jersey signed after a game is a memento of that experience.
The jersey exchange (which was popular in soccer before migrating to football) may not sit well with everyone in the NFL, as some will say that a competitor shouldn’t be so obsequious to the guy who just beat them. But those Jets players had just lived through the Lamar Jackson Experience, and they wanted a souvenir.