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Biggest Week 11 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams



As the races for the 2019 NFL playoffs tighten, a number of key starters are battling injuries.

Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms here.

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None. Don’t refresh your page — you read that correctly, although Buffalo fans might want to knock on wood. The Bills’ 53-man roster is shockingly healthy entering Week 11, and although three players are technically eligible to return from injured reserve, the only “realistic” option to do so is tight end Jason Croom. Yet, with four healthy tight ends already on the 53, even Croom’s return seems incredibly unlikely. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Dolphins safety Reshad Jones told reporters that this is the week he will return from what he called a crack rib. He has missed the past four games, and he’ll add strong veteran talent for a young secondary that is trending in the right direction. — Cameron Wolfe

The Patriots haven’t had much pass-catching production from the tight end position, and the hope is that Matt LaCosse, who injured an MCL on Oct. 10 vs. the Giants and has been sidelined since, will help improve that. LaCosse returned to practice two weeks ago on a limited basis. If he’s ultimately cleared for action, his presence would create more options for coordinator Josh McDaniels so the team isn’t as reliant on the wide receiver position. — Mike Reiss

Running back Le’Veon Bell (ribs, knee, ankle) is beat up, but he will play Sunday against the Redskins. The injuries seemed to affect him last week, as he appeared a half step slow to the hole. It wouldn’t be a surprise if backup Bilal Powell gets a few more carries. The Jets could be without cornerback Darryl Roberts (calf) for a second straight week, meaning another patchwork game at cornerback. — Rich Cimini


Defensive tackle Michael Pierce didn’t practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury, and the key run stopper likely will be sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Texans. Coach John Harbaugh didn’t officially rule out Pierce, but the Ravens signed veteran defensive tackles Domata Peko and Justin Ellis on Tuesday for a reason. Baltimore understands it has to be strong up front against the Texans, who have the NFL’s fourth-best rushing attack. — Jamison Hensley

Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson was limited in the Week 10 loss to the Ravens and missed Wednesday’s practice with a back injury. While Bengals coach Zac Taylor listed the starter as day-to-day, it appears he’s optimistic about Erickson’s availability at Oakland. Taylor: “He’s a tough guy, so start with that and make your own assumptions from there. He’s going to do everything he can to get healthy and get going.” — Ben Baby

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (knee) will miss Thursday’s game vs. Pittsburgh, leaving Chad Thomas as the starting replacement for a second consecutive week. — Jake Trotter

While running back James Conner is off the injury report for Thursday night’s game, another starter landed there Wednesday afternoon. Cornerback Joe Haden is questionable with an illness, and his availability is the biggest injury question for this team. He has flown under the radar, but he had an interception a week ago and figured to be key in slowing Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. If Haden can’t go, he’ll likely be replaced with Artie Burns, who played 100% of defensive snaps against the Chargers. — Brooke Pryor


Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V was limited in practice on Wednesday, but it was the first time he has practiced since he injured a hamstring in Week 7. Fuller could still be a week away from playing, but this is a good sign for the Texans’ offense for the second half of the season. — Sarah Barshop

The Colts got some positive news when quarterback Jacoby Brissett was a full participant in practice Wednesday. He’ll be back in the starting lineup against Jacksonville on Sunday barring any kind of setback. Brissett missed the Week 10 game against Miami with a sprained left MCL. Wednesday was definitely a significant step in the right direction for his return, after he was a limited participant in practice last week. — Mike Wells



Mike Clay doesn’t see Eric Ebron as a top tight end to start in fantasy, but sees a little bit of optimism with Jacoby Brissett returning.

The Jaguars are pretty healthy after the bye week. Every player practiced Wednesday in some capacity, but one player to monitor is defensive lineman Calais Campbell. He’s dealing with a back injury (he was limited on Wednesday), and while he is expected to play on Sunday, back issues can be troublesome because they tend to linger. Dawuane Smoot has been a pleasant surprise this season (four sacks after having none in his first two years) and would absorb some of Campbell’s reps. — Mike DiRocco

The bye week comes at an ideal time for the Titans. Linebacker Jayon Brown (groin), wide receiver Corey Davis (hip), tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey all missed last week’s game and should benefit from the time off this week. Coach Mike Vrabel said all of the players who missed time are working their tails off to return, and coaches will evaluate where they are when they get back after the bye week. — Turron Davenport


Right tackle Ja’Wuan James (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, and he continues to work his way back into the lineup. James, who was one of the Broncos’ major free-agent signings in the offseason, has played 32 snaps this season. James played 10 snaps in the season opener in Oakland before injuring a knee, missed six games and returned to play 22 snaps against the Colts before reinjuring the same knee. He missed the Week 9 game against the Browns before the Broncos’ bye, and he is still a significant question mark to return to the lineup. It has continued to limit the Broncos’ ability to adjust to any troubles in the offensive line, including left tackle Garett Bolles‘ struggles with penalties. — Jeff Legwold

The rash of offensive line injuries could be easing to the point where the Chiefs could have their initial group of starters back on Monday night for the first time since Week 2. The Chiefs are hopeful left tackle Eric Fisher and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif could be ready to play. The Chiefs will know more on Thursday, when they begin their practice week. The Chiefs have been patching offensive line holes all season. Only center Austin Reiter of the original starting group has yet to be knocked from the lineup because of injury. Things were most perilous last week in Tennessee, where the Chiefs played without Fisher and Duvernay-Tardif, lost two others to injury and for a time were without any available backups on the bench. — Adam Teicher

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung played only seven snaps against the Raiders last week due to a groin strain. Okung did not practice on Tuesday while the Chargers prepared for the high altitude of Mexico City in Colorado Springs. However, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn remains hopeful that Okung can return to the field in time for Monday night’s game against the Chiefs. If not, rookie Trey Pipkins would get his first career start. “We’ll see where he’s at,” Lynn said this week. “I’d love to see him play. But if he can’t go, he won’t go.” — Eric D. Williams

Defensive back Lamarcus Joyner pulled up with a strained hamstring on the last defensive series of the Raiders’ white-knuckle defeat of the Chargers on Thursday, and he has not practiced since. Joyner has been Oakland’s primary nickel cornerback, and if he cannot play against the Bengals, the Raiders could slide Daryl Worley into the slot and put rookie Isaiah Johnson on the outside, opposite another rookie corner in Trayvon Mullen. Veteran Nevin Lawson would be another option at nickel, as would undrafted rookie Keisean Nixon. — Paul Gutierrez


Amari Cooper did not practice as he continues to deal with a number of lower-body injuries, including a bruised knee. He took part in just one limited practice last week but managed to catch 11 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota. The Cowboys will look to make sure Cooper is ready for game day and limit his work in practice to make sure he is healthy. On the offensive line, the Cowboys will work in Xavier Su’a-Filo at left guard after Connor Williams had knee surgery Tuesday. Meanwhile, the right side of the line, Zack Martin (elbow) and La’el Collins (back), did not practice Wednesday, but the expectation is they will be ready to play Sunday. — Todd Archer

It’s a good thing that tight end Evan Engram gets this extra week to rest his injured foot with the Giants on their bye week. He was still in a walking boot on Tuesday, and coach Pat Shurmur said he didn’t practice. Engram was hopeful to return next Sunday against Chicago, but it certainly doesn’t appear to be a lock. — Jordan Raanan

Receiver Alshon Jeffery missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury, which he suffered late in a Week 9 win against the Bears. The fact that he was sidelined even after having the bye week to heal makes his absence more notable. If he can’t go, the Eagles will be down their top two receivers — Jeffery and DeSean Jackson — against the 8-1 Patriots. — Tim McManus

The Redskins still aren’t sure when running back Chris Thompson will return from his turf toe injury, but coach Bill Callahan said he remains week-to-week. Tight end Vernon Davis is more of a possibility for this week, though he remains in the concussion protocol after missing the past five games. The Redskins need what Davis provides: someone who can win at the line and create opportunities in the pass game. The passing game struggles because the Redskins lack enough players who can do this. Davis did go through practice Wednesday, but he’s done that before during the time he’s been in the protocol. — John Keim


Bears coach Matt Nagy said he isn’t sure whether veteran inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (elbow) will be placed on injured reserve, but Trevathan is likely out for the foreseeable future. The veteran suffered a gruesome left elbow injury last week vs. the Lions and was replaced by Nick Kwiatkoski, who recorded nine tackles, one sack and an interception. Nagy was also vague about tight end Trey Burton‘s status for Sunday night versus the Rams. Burton has been ineffective all year with just 14 catches for 84 yards, and is battling a calf injury. — Jeff Dickerson

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Sources — Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) expected back vs. Bills



Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, who has been sidelined by an injury to the AC joint in his right shoulder, is expected to play Sunday night against the visiting Buffalo Bills, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

Listed as questionable on the team’s injury report, Conner hasn’t played since a brief appearance against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 14.

Conner injured the AC joint during the final two minutes of a win against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28. He was wrapping up his best game of the season: 145 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Conner missed the next two games against the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams before trying to play against the Browns, but Conner realized after a quarter that his body wasn’t ready. He left the game after just five carries for 10 yards.

“I just wasn’t ready to come back,” he said at the time. “I just tried to fight through it, but I wasn’t able to.”

Conner has missed the past three games, wins against the Cincinnati Bengals, Browns and Arizona Cardinals, with rookie Benny Snell Jr. taking over in Conner’s absence. Snell rushed for 98 yards against the Bengals, 63 yards against the Browns and just 41 yards last Sunday against the Cardinals.

Information from ESPN’s Brooke Pryor was used in this report.

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Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson clear concussion protocol



Miami Dolphins top receiver DeVante Parker has been cleared from the concussion protocol and he’s expected to play Sunday vs. the New York Giants.

Parker suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday’s 22-21 loss to the New York Jets. He did not return after hitting his head on the ground following a difficult catch along the sideline.

Albert Wilson was cleared from the concussion protocol as well, meaning the Dolphins will have their two starting receivers back Sunday.

Parker’s return comes after he agreed to a four-year contract extension on Friday evening that is set to keep him in a Dolphins uniform through 2023. The extension is worth up to $40 million with an $8 million signing bonus and more than $20 million guaranteed, according to a source.

Parker and Wilson practiced throughout the week, donning red noncontact jerseys as limited participants Wednesday and Thursday before being upgraded to working the full session with those restrictions Friday.

The Dolphins’ offense has centered around Parker since Preston Williams went on injured reserve in early November.

Parker has a career-high 882 receiving yards and six touchdowns this season, and maybe most importantly he hasn’t missed a game yet for the first time in his NFL career.

Wilson has 26 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown in a season that has been slowed by multiple injuries.

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Sources — Terrell Suggs angling to be claimed by Ravens only



Terrell Suggs, released by the Cardinals on Friday and eligible to be claimed on waivers Monday at 4 p.m. ET, will strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him, league sources say.

Any team that claims Suggs will owe him just over $350,000 for the final two weeks of the regular season. But Suggs doesn’t care about that money; he cares about returning to Baltimore, which is his overwhelming preference.

With a 12-2 record, the Ravens have the NFL’s lowest waiver claim, meaning every team will have the chance to claim Suggs before Baltimore. Knowing this, Suggs has told some people that he is unlikely to report anywhere other than Baltimore, wanting to finish his NFL career in the same city in which he started it.

The question is whether any contending teams that could use pass-rushing help — and many do — disregard the wishes of Suggs, who started 13 games for the Cardinals this season. The answer will come sometime Monday afternoon.

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