Week 7 of the NFL season has several players battling injuries that will be added to the weekend roster.
Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz is expected to recover for four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken right finger he suffered against the Chicago Bears. Backup Taylor Heinicke takes over the Commanders’ offense while Wentz is out. Heinicke is no stranger to making the starting XI, having made 16 appearances for the Commanders last season.
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson suffered a hamstring injury during Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He is already dealing with a partial muscle tear near his right shoulder that he sustained in Week 4 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Denver listed Wilson as a day-to-day and he was limited in practice Thursday.
The Dallas Cowboys will see quarterback Dak Prescott return this week against the Detroit Lions. He said Thursday his right thumb “feels good,” a positive sign for Dallas. Backup Cooper Rush played well in Prescott’s absence, leading the Cowboys to a 4-1 record during that span.
Here are more Week 7 injury updates from our NFL Nation reporters:
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injury: Left foot
Bateman, who has been sidelined for the last two games, is a question after being restricted in training all week. He wasn’t running at full power. Asked if he would play on Sunday, Bateman said it was coach John Harbaugh’s decision, adding: “I honestly can’t wait to hear what he says either.” Bateman ranks second in the NFL with an average of 22 yards per catch.
Andrews will play after missing two training sessions this week. He returned on Friday with limited participation and left no doubt as to his availability. “My body feels good,” Andrews said. “I’m ready to go.” Andrews has never been sidelined by injury in his five-year career.
Dobbins is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery next week and will be out for four to six weeks, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That means Kenyan Drake, who rushed for a season-high 119 yards last Sunday, sits at the top of the depth charts for now. The Baltimore backfield is starting to fill up again even without Dobbins. Justice Hill is back after missing two games with a hamstring injury and Gus Edwards could soon be activated from the list of unfit players.
– Jamison Hensley
Teller’s injury will at least put him out against Baltimore this Sunday. His absence will be a blow to a rushing game by the Browns, which leads the NFL by 1,032 yards. In his place, the native Dane Hjalte Froholdt should start.
– Jake Trotter
Wilson, who sustained the injury in Monday’s fourth quarter loss to the Chargers, has been a limited participant in each practice day this week. Backup Brett Rypien took a significant number of snaps with the starters, including Friday practice. Rypien, whose only career start was against the New York Jets in 2020, would start against the Jets on Sunday when coach Nathaniel Hackett believes Wilson lacks mobility to protect. The New York pass rush fired Aaron Rodgers four times and hit him a total of nine times in the Jets’ win over the Packers on Sunday. When asked to play for the past three seasons, Rypien has been able to make quick decisions and move the ball quickly, especially on the short and medium distances.
Lions RB coach Duce Staley said the team is taking it day by day with Swift as he “pushes” for a return Sunday after missing the last two games. “We continue to check in with the doctors every day,” Staley said Friday. Staley said they’re making progress, but no decision has been made yet as Swift is officially ruled questionable if he leaves the Lions’ Farewell Week.
Chark was officially ruled out of Sunday’s game in Dallas and now wears a boot on his left ankle. He would not give a timeline for his return but said he will not need surgery. “I’ll definitely be back this year,” Chark said. He said he expects to return from injury “sooner rather than later”.
“I don’t want to risk a game or two but my goal is to be back,” he said.
Chark says the boot makes the injury look “much worse” but is also more comfortable than his shoe.
Watkins isn’t even on the list at this point, but he was designated to return from injured reserve earlier in the week. He can train for up to three weeks before he would count on the 53-man roster, but the Packers could use him sooner rather than later considering they are already without Randall Cobb (ankle) and Christian Watson (hamstring). will. Coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Watkins’ status was “kind of up in the air at the moment”. The Packers would need to add him to the roster on Saturday for him to play on Sunday.
– Rob Demovsky
Taylor has missed two straight games but has been training all week and seems on track to return for a big division matchup. “It looks positive,” said coach Frank Reich. “I expect he’ll play. He’s developed well.” Taylor was a surprise scratch when he was ruled out last Saturday. He later stated that he made this decision because he didn’t feel ready to leave.
injury: concussion/broken nose
The All-Pro linebacker is being kept out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans as an organizational decision. Leonard was keen to play and said he was frustrated with the team’s attitude. But Reich said he wanted to give Leonard another week to prepare after two weeks of inactivity.
– Stephen Holder
injury: The back
The Jaguars will use a combination of inside corners Darious Williams and Tre Herndon to replace Griffin depending on whether the team is in base defense or the nickel. Griffin has been at his worst since joining the team as a free agent in March 2021. He had two pass interference penalties and was also hit one-on-one deep on Matt Ryan’s game-winning 32-yard touchdown pass to receiver Alec Pierce with 17 seconds to play.
– Michael Dirocco
The Raiders had a hard time getting the often-injured Waller and WR Hunter Renfrow onto the field at the same time as WR Davante Adams and running back Josh Jacobs for quarterback Derek Carr. So expect WR Mack Hollins to fill that red-zone role again like he did earlier in the season. Raiders coach Josh McDaniels acknowledged that not having everyone on the field at once has slowed the development of the offense in a new scheme. “There’s really no point in being frustrated with an injury when it’s happening to every team in the league,” McDaniels said. “10, 15 years ago I might have held my breath and stamped my feet. But it is what it is. I want them to get well.”
– Paul Gutierrez
Chargers coach Brandon Staley said Allen will be a game-time decision as he continues to recover from a nagging hamstring injury. Allen took part in 11-on-11 action in practice on Friday and said he had “high hopes” he would play against the Seahawks.
– Lindsey Thiry
This was the week that Ojulari was supposed to return. It seemed to be trending in that direction for most of the week. But Ojulari, who is struggling with his second calf injury of the season, was ruled out on Friday. So was outside linebacker Oshane Ximines (quad). That leaves the Giants just short of Edge Rushers and will likely promote Quincy Roche from the practice squad. It’s been a difficult start to the season for Ojulari, who had eight sacks as a rookie last season. He has a sack in just two games played.
Harris missed the Week 6 win against the Browns despite practicing on the field before the game. He has been a full participant in exercises this week which seems to indicate he will be cleared for action. Harris works with Rhamondre Stevenson to form a powerful one-two and the Patriots could lean more than usual on Stevenson to bring Harris back into the mix. On a related injury note, QB Mac Jones (ankle) expects he will be available after suffering a serious left ankle sprain on September 25.
– Mike Reiss
The Seahawks listed Lockett as questionable, but Pete Carroll said there was a “very big” chance he would play the Chargers on Sunday. Lockett recovered from his hamstring injury last week and Carroll said if there’s anyone who could play despite not training all week, it’s Lockett.
– Brady Henderson
The Titans will be without their starting right guard for the second game in a row. Tennessee had hoped Davis would be able to walk after resting and receiving treatment during bye week. Sophomore lineman Dillon Radunz will start in Davis’ place.
– Turron Davenport
Thomas was ruled out of the third game in a row with a calf injury. The tricky part for Washington is that John Bates is questionable with a hamstring injury, leaving commanders thin at the position. If Bates is unable to play, they will promote newly signed Alex Armah from the practice team and use him more in a defensive role at full-back.
Dotson was in good position to return this week until his hamstring worsened again in practice on Thursday. For Sunday he is questionable. Washington will be “very safe” with him, said coach Ron Rivera. But the commanders want to see how he feels on Saturday before making any decision. With reserve receiver Dyami Brown (groin) already ruled out, the receiving corps will rely on Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin unless Dotson can play.
– John Germ
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