Updates on Jaire Alexander, Keenan Allen and others

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Week 4 of the NFL season has arrived and teams continue to assess their players’ injuries ahead of playtime.

The San Francisco 49ers have taken another blow in their offense as star left tackle Trent Williams is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks with an ankle injury. Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaar will run out of time after spraining an MCL against the Denver Broncos. The New York Giants also lost a key offensive player after wide receiver Sterling Shepard tore an ACL against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, ending his season.

The New England Patriots will have to do without quarterback Mac Jones, who suffered a high ankle sprain last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Veteran Brian Hoyer starts Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. He has lost 11 consecutive starts.

More positive news is that New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is expected to make his 2022 debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Wilson has been out since the first preseason game due to a torn meniscus and a bone bruise in his right knee.

Our NFL Nation reporters have more updates on key players heading into the weekend:

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Injury: Knee

Patterson is officially listed as questionable in the team’s injury report, but he told ESPN on Friday that he plans to play against the Cleveland Browns.

“I feel like I’m going to play every Sunday no matter what the situation is,” said Patterson. “I plan to play on Sunday and we all know that’s the plan.”

Patterson, the NFL’s third-greatest rusher, did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and was listed as a “resting player/knee.” He returned to training on Friday, working on a limited basis and was then deemed doubtful with a knee injury.

Coach Arthur Smith said on Friday that Patterson “looked good” but that he would assess Patterson’s status on Saturday.

–Michael Rothstein


Injury: Only

Stanley, who is officially listed as doubtful, said he is “very close” to returning after missing 31 of the past 32 games. He was given a rest day on Friday after fully practicing the two previous days. The Ravens could use the 2019 All-Pro left tackle to protect Lamar Jackson’s blind side. If Stanley can’t play, Baltimore would turn to rookie, Daniel Faalele, in the fourth round to block Von Miller.

–Jamison Hensley


Injury: Foursome

Barring a setback, McCaffrey should be able to go on Sunday after missing Wednesday and Thursday’s practice sessions. McCaffrey returned to training in a limited role on Friday, with coach Matt Rhule saying he was “hopeful” his star would be ready. McCaffrey gave no indication that he would not be ready. “I feel great,” he said.

–David Newton


Injury: Knee

Let’s call this take two. It looked like Gallup would make his debut against the New York Giants last Monday, but he wanted a little more time to feel good before coming back. He’s had another week of training, although the Cowboys weren’t in the pads at all this week. Gallup said he had to overcome a mental hurdle to come back from surgery. Looks like he’s leaning towards playing against Washington, but he’ll be making his way to the lineup in no time. They won’t be giving him the full range of plays right away, so Noah Brown will pass as the No. 2 recipient, with Gallup seeing something of a situational role. Tight end Dalton Schultz is also moving in the right direction of play after missing the Giants game with a knee sprain. He’s been wearing a brace in practice, and like Gallup, he may be limited in the number of snaps he plays until he’s all the way back.

–Todd Archer


Injury: Lies

Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer may have it a little easier when the Packers defensive back with the best coverage doesn’t play. Alexander dropped out in the Tampa Bay game last week, didn’t seem to be doing much in practice all week and is doubtful for Sunday. Rasul Douglas slid out of the slot after Alexander’s injury and Keisean Nixon filled in the slot.

— Rob Demovsky


Injury: Rug

Leonard is listed as doubtful for the first time this season after being ruled out in the previous three games. The recovery from Leonard’s offseason back surgery has lingered, but this week the tide turned.

“He’s had three pretty good days and kept making progress,” said coach Frank Reich. “So let’s see how he reacts.”

If Leonard plays, the Colts may consider limiting his snaps. “The original thought was that he would probably start with a pitch count, but you don’t want to limit yourself. You just take it day by day and case by case and you adjust little by little,” Reich said.

Injury: Elbow

Buckner is considered questionable and severely restricted this week. But his history of playing while injured suggests he will find a way to make an appearance on Sunday. Buckner has only missed one game in his seven seasons due to injury.

Injury: Only

The Colts’ starting free safety will miss Sunday’s game with an ankle sprain, a development likely to send Rodney Thomas II into action in the seventh round. Thomas played well in last week’s game after Blackmon left the game and impressed the coaches.

— Stephen Holder


Injury: Hamstring

Allen suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1, was inactive in Weeks 2 and 3 and will remain on the sidelines Sunday when the Chargers play against the Texans. Earlier in the week, coach Brandon Staley expressed growing confidence that Allen would return in Week 4, but said Friday that the veteran receiver “felt something” during individual training sessions, so he has been ruled out.

— Lindsey Thiry


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