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Week 2 NFL injuries: Panthers’ Greg Olsen questionable for Thursday Night Football

Week 1 of the 2019 season was quite eventful, especially when it came to injuries. Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill was hospitalized with a shoulder injury, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles broke his clavicle and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson suffered a season ending foot injury.  

There were other injuries that were less serious as well. San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman suffered an ankle injury, the New York Jets had linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams leave the season opener early and Miami Dolphins wideout Albert Wilson suffered a calf injury.  

We’ll update you on the initial injury reports around the league in this space as they become available, as well as discuss the final injury report for the Thursday night matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers

Buccaneers at Panthers (-6.5) 

Tight end O.J. Howard (ankle), running back Ronald Jones (toe) and linebacker Devin White (illness) are all listed on the injury report, but have been full participants in practice all week. Expect all three to be ready to go on Thursday night. 

Rookie offensive tackle Greg Little, who missed the season opener with a concussion, has been a full participant in practice all week and it appears he will be ready for Thursday. While Gaulden and Olsen sat out of practice on Monday and Tuesday, Olsen returned to the field as a full participant on Wednesday while Gaulden was limited. Both are listed as questionable, while Irvin will miss Thursday night as he continues to work back from his hamstring injury. 

Wednesday practice report notes

Colts at Titans (-3)

Defensive ends Jabaal Sheard (knee) and Kemoko Turay (neck) did not practice on Wednesday for the Colts, and neither did running back Jonathan Williams (rib). If the Colts are again less than full strength on the edge, they could let the opportunity to take advantage of left tackle Taylor Lewan’s absence slip by.

Titans starting right guard Kevin Pamphile did not practice due to a knee injury on Wednesday, which is noteworthy. He missed Week 1’s win over the Browns as well, with Jamil Douglas filling in. 

Chargers (-2.5) at Lions

Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis (ankle), offensive tackle Taylor Decker (back), defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (elbow) and cornerback Rashaan Melvin (knee) were all limited on Wednesday, but the fact they were out there at all provides optimism for their Week 2 availability.

The Chargers have already lost a pair of players this week, with corner Trevor Williams hitting injured reserve and tight end Hunter Henry diagnosed with a knee injury that will likely keep him out multiple weeks. Receiver Mike Williams was also sidelined with a knee injury that coach Anthony Lynn expressed concern over. Joining Henry and Williams on the sidelines were three reserve players, while kicker Michael Badgley (groin) and linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) were among four limited.

Bills (-2) at Giants

Bills cornerback Taron Johnson missed practice on Wednesday as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (illness) and return man Andre Roberts (quad) also missed practice, while tight end Tyler Kroft was limited with a foot injury. 

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was among three players who didn’t participate on Wednesday as he deals with a concussion, but he was spotted on the field, which is a good sign. With fellow wide receiver Darius Slayton (hamstring) also not practicing and Golden Tate serving a suspension, the Giants are in danger of being extremely short-handed at receiver. Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and offensive guard Kevin Zeitler were limited with shoulder injuries.  

Cardinals at Ravens (-13.5)

Cardinals offensive lineman Lamont Gaillard did not participate in practice due to a knee injury. He didn’t see any action at all in Week 1 and should work as a reserve when healthy. Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (hamstring) was also held out of practice.

The Ravens have some issues in the secondary, as cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (knee), Marlon Humphrey (back) and Brandon Carr (not injury related) did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Smith is expected to miss multiple games with an MCL sprain, so the Ravens likely can’t afford to lose Humphrey as well. Wide receivers Marquise Brown (hip) and Chris Moore (illness) were limited, as was running back Mark Ingram (shoulder). 

Patriots (-19) at Dolphins

For the Patriots, linebacker Kyle Van Noy (hamstring), offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (shoulder) and tight end Matt LaCosse (ankle) were limited participants in practice on Wednesday. Cannon had been expected to miss time after suffering the injury in Week 1, with the team signing Marshall Newhouse earlier this week, but it appears he’s still able to get some work in practice.

For the Dolphins, starting safety Reshad Jones (ankle) and receiver Albert Wilson (hip, calf) were among three to miss practice, and either would be a big loss on that side of the ball. Another safety, Bobby McCain, was limited with a shoulder injury.

Cowboys (-5) at Redskins

Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford (hip) was among three Cowboys to miss the first practice of the week, while Zack Martin (back) and safeties Donovan Wilson (ankle) and Darian Thompson (ankle) were limited. Receivers Amari Cooper (foot) and Randall Cobb (rib) practiced in full, as did linebacker Sean Lee (knee) and left tackle Tyron Smith (back).

Redskins star defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and running back Derrius Guice did not participate in practice on Wednesday due to knee injuries. Coach Jay Gruden has already indicated Adrian Peterson will start in Guice’s place, so expect the second-year player to be inactive. Starting safety Montae Nicholson also missed practice due to a foot injury, while cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar (knee) and Fabian Moreau (ankle) were limited participants. Tight end Jordan Reed was limited due to the concussion he has been dealing with over the past few weeks, and he’ll need full clearance before he’s allowed to return to action.

Jaguars at Texans (-8.5)

The Jaguars are dealing with several injuries on both the offensive and defensive fronts in addition to losing quarterback Nick Foles. Defensive lineman Calais Campbell (foot), defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring) and offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Several other starters were limited participants, including linebacker Quincy Williams (knee), left tackle Cam Robinson (knee) and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (elbow). 

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was limited in practice on Wednesday due to an issue with his ribs. Will Fuller was also limited, but the team said it wasn’t injury related. Deshaun Watson (back) was able to practice in full after getting dinged up on Monday night, and receiver Keke Coutee (ankle) was also able to practice in full after being inactive in Week 1.

Seahawks at Steelers (-4)

Six Seahawks players sat out the first practice of the week, including notable starters like receiver Tyler Lockett (back) and center Justin Britt (knee). Five more players were limited by injury, including a pair of key defensive ends in Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and rookie L.J. Collier (ankle). Seattle could head into this road test facing multiple key absences.

The Steelers had three players sit with injury, including top corner Joe Haden (shoulder) and center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle). Six more players were limited, with pass rusher T.J. Watt able to practice some after coming out of last week’s game with a hip injury. Both running back James Conner (illness) and top receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) were also limited.

49ers at Bengals (-1.5)

Defensive lineman Nick Bosa and running back Tevin Coleman did not practice for the 49ers on Wednesday due to ankle injuries. Coleman’s high ankle sprain will likely keep him sidelined multiple weeks. Wide receivers Jalen Hurd (back) and Trent Taylor (foot) also did not participate.

Three important members of the Bengals offense didn’t practice on Wednesday due to injury. Receiver A.J. Green (ankle) remains sidelined but was able to shed his walking boot, while running back Joe Mixon (ankle) and left tackle Cordy Glenn (concussion) also sat. Safeties Jessie Bates (wrist) and Clayton Fejedelem (ankle) were among three limited.

Vikings at Packers (-3)

Cornerback Mackensie Alexander (elbow) and offensive guard Pat Elflein (knee) did not participate in Vikings practice on Wednesday. Linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), tight end Tyler Conklin (ribs), wide receiver Josh Doctson (hamstring), and cornerbacks Mark Fields (groin) and Mike Hughes (knee) were limited. 

Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (back), tight end Jimmy Graham (finger) and cornerback Ka’dar Hollman (neck) were all limited participants in practice on Wednesday. Linebacker Oren Burks (chest) and wide receiver Darrius Shepherd (hamstring) did not practice again, as they continue to work back from their lingering ailments. 

Chiefs (-8) at Raiders

Naturally, wide receiver Tyreek Hill did not participate in practice on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury. He’s expected to miss at least a few weeks. Everyone else on the Chiefs’ roster practiced. 

Raiders safety Johnathan Abram did not participate in practice on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, and it’s possible he could miss the remainder of his rookie season. Offensive guard Gabe Jackson (knee) and wide receiver J.J. Nelson (ankle) also sat out of practice. Cornerback Gareon Conley (neck) and defensive tackle Corey Liuget (knee) were limited. Conley was stretchered off the field after a brutal shot but appears to have avoided serious injury.

Saints at Rams (-2.5)

The Saints were missing one of Week 1’s heroes on Wednesday as receiver Ted Ginn battles an illness. Four other players were limited, including defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who is working his way back after suffering a torn Achilles and didn’t play on Monday.

The Rams didn’t have linebacker Clay Matthews (back) or defensive tackle Michael Brockers (shoulder) at their first practice of the week, while safety Eric Weddle (concussion) was limited after suffering a bloody injury in Sunday’s win over the Panthers. Losing any of those three players against an offense as dangerous as the Saints would be particularly tough.

Bears (-2.5) at Broncos

Bears tight end Trey Burton was able to return to practice as a limited participant as he recovers from a groin injury that sidelined him for the opener. Defensive lineman Eddie Goldman (oblique) was also limited after picking up an injury in Week 1.

Broncos linebacker Todd Davis returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a calf injury in July. He participated on a limited basis. Offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James will miss some time after suffering a knee injury in the season opener. Cornerback Bryce Callahan also missed practice with a foot injury, as well as fullback Andy Janovich (pectoral) and linebacker Joe Jones (tricep). 

Eagles (-1.5) at Falcons 

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee) and backup offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (back) did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Defensive end Derek Barnett (shoulder), defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (toe) and quarterback Nate Sudfeld (wrist) were limited. With the Falcons’ offensive line issues, the Eagles’ front could find success even after losing Malik Jackson for the season.

Reserve Falcons receiver Russell Gage didn’t practice as he deals with a concussion, while guard Wes Schweitzer (shoulder) was a limited participant as the Falcons offensive line looks to shake the injury bug. Top rookie Chris Lindstrom is out with a fractured foot, but it appears the other first-rounder, Kaleb McGary, will start at right tackle. He rotated at the spot in Week 1 after recovering from a heart issue.