Injuries are at the forefront of the NFL talk underway into Week 4, especially in light of Tua Tagovailoa’s brief hospitalization Thursday night after head and neck trauma forced him out of losing the Dolphins. Miami isn’t the only team with mid-term uncertainty going into the weekend, either. Some clubs are much healthier than others, and quite a few big names remain dubious about fitting on Sunday. Here we’ve gathered all the final injury reports for Week 4’s action.
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In any case, the Saints will be understaffed to some degree, with the biggest absence likely coming under the centre, where Winston is recovering more slowly than expected from ongoing problems. Former Bengals veteran Andy Dalton, last seen with the Cowboys and Bears, is on track to make his first start of 2022. Rookie Chris Olave and reserve Tre’Quan Smith could see even more goals with Thomas out and Landry upside down, while Kamara was expected to pass but could be on a pitch count alongside Mark Ingram.
The Vikings are much healthier, with star-studded Dalvin Cook (shoulder) disappearing from the report after fully returning to practice. Starting defenders Eric Kendricks (toe) and Harrison Smith (concussion) can also play.
Allen did not practice on Friday and was ruled out for the third game in a row. With Jalen Guyton for the year, expect significantly more reps for DeAndre Carter this week. Justin Herbert (ribs) was a full-fledged competitor and JC Jackson (ankles) will play for the Chargers on Sunday.
Dameon Pierce (hip) was a full-fledged contestant for the Texans Friday. He will play on Sunday after not receiving an injury indication.
Jones was a surprise absence from training on Thursday after being added to the injury report, but he was limited on Friday. Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson revealed he wants to make sure Jones is 100% which is why the dubious designation was given. Griffin missed last week’s game with a hip injury and was limited in practice all week.
Former 49ers third-rounder Trey Sermon is set to debut as a No. 2/3 RB for the Eagles with Scott absent, behind Miles Sanders and Kenny Gainwell. With Maddox out after being out of practice all week, expect Zech McPhearson to fill in as the lock cornerback.
Garrett, the Browns’ top edge rusher, is still recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident this week. Although he is listed as making a decision during the match, he said that if it were up to him, he would be on the pitch.
If Patterson can’t go for the Falcons, Arthur Smith’s squad will likely turn to back-ups Tyler Allgeier and Avery Williams on the ground.
The Seahawks are relatively healthy heading for this one. Rookie Coby Bryant will start his third straight game in the slot, with Coleman doubtful to play.
Jared Goff will be at home without some of his best guns, with Jamaal Williams slated to take on RB1 duties and tight end TJ Hockenson could also provide extra looks in the passing game. If Chark and Reynolds can’t go, who plays wide receiver? Expect a good dose of Kalif Raymond and Quintez Cephus as starting wideouts if the top three can’t go.
Bears at Giants (-3)
- bears: RB David Montgomery (ankle/knee), CB Jaylon Johnson (quad), DB Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) OUT; TE Ryan Griffin (Achilles), OLB Matthew Adams (hamstring) DOUBT; W.R. Velus Jones Jr. (hamstring), DE Robert Quinn (illness), LB Sterling Weatherford (ankle), K Cairo Santos (personal) DOUBT
- giants: WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), DE Leonard Williams (knee), CB Nick McCloud (hamstring), CB Cordale Flott (calf) OUT
The New York receiving corps will again be without Toney, the 2021 first-rounder, who also sat week 3. Williams’ absence up front could also put more pressure on the Giants’ edge-rushers, who didn’t impress much against last week’s Cowboys.
The Bears will also be without some of their top players; Khalil Herbert is ready to run back with Montgomery on the sidelines, and Johnson’s absence leaves Chicago without his No. 1 cover.
The Commanders are on the offensive line, one that has given up the most sacks in the NFL this season. Leno has been dealing with this shoulder injury and has been limited on Friday. If he can’t go, Cornelius Lucas will start on the left tackle. Nick Martin will start in the middle with Schweitzer out. He is Washington’s third starting center in four games. Judge tackle Sam Cosmi (knee) is about to play.
Michael Gallup (knee) is back for the Cowboys and will make his season debut after not receiving an injury designation. Dak Prescott (ankle) isn’t throwing yet, so he’s out and Cooper Rush will start. Dalton Schultz is in an uncertain status as to whether he will play after being limited on Friday.
Hooker failed to clear competition concussion protocol in time, so he will miss Sunday’s game. The Titans are thin in the secondary with all their injuries, leading to McCreary in the slot and Kristian Fulton on the outside cornerback. Treylon Burks is adjusting to a wide receiver after missing practice earlier this week due to an illness.
Against Derrick Henry and Co., Colts’ defense could be without a few key starters if Buckner doesn’t pass; the star interior defender did not practice in the run-up to the match. Leonard, meanwhile, could make his 2022 linebacker debut after missing the first three games while recovering from back surgery, although coach Frank Reich has made it clear he won’t be 100 percent either way.
The biggest news here is the omission of Zach Wilson from the Jets report, as the QB has been completely cleared of the knee surgery that kept him sidelined for the first three games. He will make his debut in 2022, replacing backup Joe Flacco. Quincy Williams hasn’t trained all week, so he’s out on Sunday.
The Steelers got some good news, as Minkah Fitzpatrick approved the concussion, so he’s playing Sunday. Pittsburgh is relatively healthy towards this one.
After missing week 3, Davis told reporters he will return to the field despite the questionable tag, as Josh Allen’s WR2 against Stefon Diggs. That doesn’t mean Buffalo will go in unscathed, with Morse and Oliver both dubious in the trenches. Less than two weeks after his scary head injury against the Titans, Jackson also said he plans to play in the Bills secondary, despite participating as an in-game decision.
If Stanley could play for the Ravens Sunday, that would be huge. The left tackle injuries are mounting and Stanley has been practicing all week. He will make a decision based on information he gathers from the coaching and medical staff. Rookie Daniel Faalele in the fourth round would start on the left tackle if Stanley and Mekari can’t go.
The Cardinals, still without DeAndre Hopkins due to suspension, could rely on the bottom of their receiver depth chart in this regard. With Green out and both Brown and Moore beaten up, reserve Greg Dortch could still see a good number of goals from Kyler Murray along with tight end Zach Ertz. James Conner (knee) running back is also doable.
Baker Mayfield will have a great supporting cast at best, with McCaffrey “hopeful” to play, despite only rehearsing once this week on a limited basis. Shenault, who came to the fore in Week 3, is a pre-match decision.
Jones has approved the concussion protocol, so he can play on Sunday. When Jones sits, Mike Purcell starts at the nose tackle. Meinerz had a setback in training, which means that he is out on Sunday. The Broncos also play Thursday night, so it might have been wise to give him a few extra days.
No Renfrow again for the Raiders, so Mack Hollins is expected to take over sthe No. 2 wide receiver for another week. Ya-Sin was limited in practice and his status is expected to be determined after Saturday’s walkthrough. Denzel Perryman was limited all week with an ankle injury, but he will play.
Despite Mac Jones’ presence in practice on Friday, the sophomore QB has been ruled out and veteran backup Brian Hoyer will start. Jones’ high ankle sprain has been classified as “severe” in multiple reports and the sophomore starter didn’t show much mobility during his limited return to the field. As for the questionable players, Bill Belichick referred to them all as limited in practice all week.
David Bakhtiari (knee) and AJ Dillon (knee) both received no injury indication. They play for the Packers on Sunday. Ditto for Elgton Jenkins (knee) and Allen Lazard (ankle).
Butker got a “we’ll see” from Andy Reid regarding his playing status on Sunday. He’s a game-time decision. Valdes-Scantling had a limited presence in Friday’s training, but so was Mecole Hardman, who was uninjured. Skyy Moore could be lining up for more photos this week.
For the Buccaneers, Tom Brady could hit many of his top goals again. Head coach Todd Bowles said Godwin will make a decision during the game on Sunday, and he will make sure his receiving corps is healthy and 100% before all of them (Godwin, Evans and Gage) come out. With Perriman in doubt, the Buccaneers’ top three recipients could be Evans, Cole Beasley and Scotty Miller. Jones is expected to have a pitch count if he is allowed to play.
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