The NFL regular season is flying by, as we are already in Week 6. There are several intriguing matchups this week, as Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens play host to Justin Herbert and the red-hot Los Angeles Chargers, Aaron Rodgers gets his first crack at rookie Justin Fields and the Arizona Cardinals look to remain undefeated against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.
Injuries are unfortunately a part of the game of football, and some teams have been hit worse than others. Below, we will examine all midweek injury reports and break down the final injury report for "Thursday Night Football." If you have a question about a player's status, this is the place to be. All odds come courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (Thursday)
- Buccaneers: LB Lavonte David (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs), S Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion) OUT; C Ryan Jensen (hip), DL Patrick O'Connor (calf), Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/hand) QUESTIONABLE
- Eagles: OT Lane Johnson (personal matter) OUT
Gronkowski is still dealing with his internal/rib issues, and he will miss a third straight game. He's not the only starter the Buccaneers will be without on Thursday, as David and Winfield have also been ruled out. Gronk and David did not practice all week, while Winfield was listed as limited in all sessions. The Bucs have a couple of other starters listed as questionable, but Jensen and Pierre-Paul were full participants in practice on Wednesday, which bodes well for them potentially suiting up.
Johnson won't play due to a personal matter, but the Eagles will also be without tight end Dallas Goedert, who was placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this week.
Miami Dolphins (-3.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (in London)
Tua Tagovailoa returned to practice Wednesday but his status for Week 6 is still unclear. Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) was limited along with corner Byron Jones (Achilles) and tight end Adam Shaheen (knee). Xavien Howard (shoulder, groin) and DeVante Parker (shoulder, hamstring) did not practice.
The Jaguars were without receiver Marvin Jones on Wednesday, but the team noted that it was for non-injury reasons. That left linebacker Myles Jack (back) as the only player missing due to injury. Offensive linemen Ben Bartch (groin) and Tyler Shatley (groin) were limited along with corner Tyson Campbell (toe) and defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle).
Minnesota Vikings (-1) at Carolina Panthers
Minnesota had a number of notable names not practicing Wednesday, including Anthony Barr (knee), Justin Jefferson (ankle), Alexander Mattison (shoulder) and Adam Thielen (foot). Running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) was limited.
Linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot) was the only Panther who missed practice Wednesday. Star running back Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), cornerback CJ Henderson (shoulder) and punter Joseph Charlton (back) were limited participants. Offensive tackle Cameron Erving was listed on the injury report with a neck injury, but he was a full participant.
Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5) at Detroit Lions
Joe Burrow was a full participant in practice after he was taken to the hospital following Week 6 with a throat injury. He's since been given the all-clear and his participation level on Wednesday is another indicator that he avoided anything serious. Center Trey Hopkins (knee) and corner Darius Phillips (illness) were the two Bengals missing from practice. Running back Joe Mixon (ankle) was limited.
T.J. Hockenson (knee), Trey Flowers (knee), Amani Oruwariye (hip) and Corey Ballentine (hamstring) were held out of practice for the Lions. Oruwariye is the new name on this injury list and is worth watching as Detroit's secondary is already thin as it is. Running backs D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (hip) were limited.
Green Bay Packers (-4.5) at Chicago Bears
Green Bay gave a rest day to Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, who were both limited Wednesday. That said, the team did note that running back Aaron Jones (ankle) and Robert Tonyan (knee) were limited but gave them an injury designation. Tackle Dennis Kelly (back) and corner Kevin King (shoulder) did not practice for the Packers.
As for the Bears, linebacker Khalil Mack (foot), receiver Allen Robinson (ankle) and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (groin) were among the notable players who did not practice. Receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) and running back Damien Williams (foot, knee) were limited while quarterback Justin Fields (ribs, knee) was a full participant.
Kansas City Chiefs (-7) at Washington Football Team
The Chiefs were without a number of notable names Wednesday, including Tyreek Hill (quad), Joe Thuney (hand) and Chris Jones (wrist). Anthony Hitchens (knee), Charvarius Ward (quad), and Blake Bell (back) were the others missing due to injury in Kansas City.
Washington was without running back Antonio Gibson (shin), receiver Curtis Samuel (groin), and offensive lineman Brandon Scherff (knee) on Wednesday, among others. Defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (knee), receiver Dyami Brown (knee), linebacker Cole Holcomb (shoulder), and defensive end James Smith-Williams (toe) were limited.
Los Angeles Rams (-9.5) at New York Giants
The Rams held star defensive lineman Aaron Donald out of practice Wednesday with a knee injury. Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and linebacker Terrell Lewis also did not practice, but were merely given a rest day. Running back Jake Funt (hamstring) and kicker Matt Gay (ankle) were both limited.
The Giants' injury report is certainly one of the more worrisome ones in the NFL. Among those who did not practice on Wednesday were running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), quarterback Daniel Jones (concussion), offensive lineman Matt Skura (knee) and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas (foot). Limited participants included offensive guard Ben Bredeson (hand), defensive back Nate Ebner (quad), safety Jabrill Peppers (hamstring), defensive back Logan Ryan (hip) and wide receivers Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Darius Slayton (hamstring) and Kadarius Toney (ankle).
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens (-3)
Los Angeles conducted a walkthrough Wednesday so participation is an estimate. That said, the team listed receiver Mike Williams (knee) and linebacker Drue Tranquill (chest) as nonparticipants while safety Nasir Adderley (hip) and running back Justin Jackson (groin) were limited.
The Ravens also held a walkthrough and listed linebacker Pernell McPhee (rest), tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and Sammy Watkins (thigh) as nonparticipants. DeShon Elliott (quad), Geno Stone (thigh) and Alejandro Villanueva (knee) were limited.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-9.5)
Brandin Cooks was limited in practice to begin the week for the Texans, but the team noted it was not injury-related. Offensive linemen Justin Britt (knee) and Laremy Tunsil (thumb) were listed as nonparticipants along with tight end Pharaoh Brown (shoulder) and quarterback Deshaun Watson (not injury related). Receiver Danny Amendola (thigh) and running back Rex Burkhead (hip) were limited.
The Colts had a light walkthrough Wednesday, so participation is more of an estimation of what it would have looked like had they gone through a full session. That said, safety Andrew Sendejo and corner Xavier Rhodes are both still in concussion protocol and not practicing. Linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle, shoulder), kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) and corner Rock Ya-Sin were among those who also did not practice. Defensive end Kwity Paye (hamstring) was limited.
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns (-3)
The most notable name on Arizona's injury report to begin the week is, of course, quarterback Kyler Murray, who was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. The team is saying he is dealing with a right shoulder injury. Naturally, this will be worth monitoring as the week progresses given that it's the quarterback's throwing shoulder. Running back Chase Edmonds (shoulder) was among the other Cardinals limited. Meanwhile, DeAndre Hopkins didn't practice due to an illness and coach Kliff Kingsbury said center Rodney Hudson (ribs, shoulder) will not play this week.
As for the Browns, Nick Chubb (calf), Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, knee), Jack Conklin (knee), Myles Garrett (knee, ankle) and Kareem Hunt (wrist, knee) were among the players not practicing Wednesday. Denzel Ward (neck), Jedrick Wills (ankle), and Malik Jackson (abdomen) were the notable players limited.
Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) at New England Patriots
The Cowboys were without star corner Trevon Diggs (ankle) to begin practice along with defensive end Dorance Armstrong. Running back Ezekiel Elliott (ribs) was limited along with defensive end Randy Gregory (knee) and safety Donovan Wilson (groin).
Running back Damien Harris did not practice with the Patriots on Wednesday after suffering a rib injury in Sunday's win over the Texans. Harris reportedly didn't suffer any serious injury, but his status for Week 6 is certainly worth monitoring. Shaq Mason (abdomen) and Shaun Wade (concussion) were the other two Patriots who missed practice. Meanwhile, left tackle Isaiah Wynn and left guard Mike Onwenu are still on the reserve/COVID list.
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos (-3.5)
Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (hip) was the only member of the Raiders to not participate in practice due to injury. Yannick Ngakoue and Darren Waller both were given a rest day while Carl Nassib was not present due to personal reasons. Cornerback Brandon Facyson (hip), defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (back), safety Dallin Leavitt (knee), linebacker Cory Littleton (shoulder) and safety Roderic Teamer (ankle) were all limited.
The Broncos did not have Kareem Jackson (back) or Melvin Gordon (hip) to begin practice this week. Of Jackson, coach Vic Fangio said that he thinks he's going to be fine and felt much better Wednesday, despite not practicing. Linebacker Von Miller (not injury related) and nose tackle Mike Purcell (back) were listed as limited. Denver also listed corner Ronald Darby (hamstring) as a full participant after being activated from injured reserve on Saturday.
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5)
Russell Wilson suited up for Wednesday's practice and went through some warmups, but did not practice, which was expected given that he just underwent surgery on his right middle finger. Running back Chris Carson was held out of practice after missing last week due to a neck injury. Coach Pete Carroll did say that Carson is expected to practice in some capacity on Thursday. Linebacker Bobby Wagner (knee) was missing from practice and receiver DK Metcalf (foot) was limited.
Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, hip) did not practice Wednesday. Melvin Ingram III and Trai Turner also did not practice, but it was for non-injury reasons. Receiver Chase Claypool (hamstring) was a notable member of Pittsburgh who was limited.
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