NFL Nation: NFL Injury Wire

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs’ No. 4 ranked rushing attack waiting in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, the Denver Broncos’ injury issues on defense will require some attention.

Linebacker Brandon Marshall, who is the team’s leading tackler and has played 95.5 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season, did not practice Wednesday as he goes through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Marshall plays in every defensive personnel grouping, so his absence would require the Broncos to use multiple players to replace him.

Rookies Lamin Barrow and Corey Nelson would be in that mix as will Steven Johnson, who is already filling in at middle linebacker in the base defense for Nate Irving, who is on injured reserve. Todd Davis, a linebacker the Broncos claimed off waivers just before they played in St. Louis, even worked some on defense in Wednesday's practice.

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“We’ve got a long list,’’ Broncos coach John Fox said. “We’ve got some young guys … We’ll lean on Corey Nelson, Lamin Barrow, Steven Johnson. We got Todd Davis out there [Wednesday] a guy we acquired last week … He got a pretty good look. It will be from that crew.’’

Cornerback Aqib Talib (left hamstring) also did not practice Wednesday, and cornerback Kayvon Webster, who plays in some of the team’s specialty packages, did not practice because of a right shoulder injury. Talib was on the field during practice, dressed in sweats, but Marshall and Webster were not.

Also Wednesday, tight end Julius Thomas (left ankle) was once again dressed for practice, as he did last week, but did not participate. Thomas did do some work with the team’s strength and conditioning coaches off to the side.

Thomas dressed for practice each day last week, but did not practice and was a gameday inactive for the Broncos’ 39-36 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Running backs Montee Ball (groin) and Ronnie Hillman (foot) did not practice last week and were not on the field Wednesday. Hillman, who has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot, is expected to miss several weeks. The Broncos continue to hope Ball can return to the practice field within the next two weeks.

Defensive end Quanterus Smith (ankle) and safety Quinton Carter (knee) were limited in Wednesday’s practice. Both are expected to play Sunday.

Safety David Bruton, who had X-rays for a finger injury following Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, took part fully in practice.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson underwent an MRI exam Tuesday for a toe injury that could cause him to miss a game for the first time in his career.

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Results of the MRI weren't immediately available. The New York Jets didn't provide an update on Wilkerson, who started receiving treatment, but Rex Ryan sounded concerned.

"He doesn’t look great," Ryan said. "But, hopefully, in a couple of days he’ll bounce back from it."

Wilkerson, the team's sack leader, suffered the injury in the second quarter of the 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills and never returned to the game. He was replaced by Leger Douzable. After Monday night's game, Wilkerson provided no details, refusing to say how it happened. The fact that he wasn't able to return is significant. Wilkerson is one of the most durable players on the team, having played in all 59 games in his career.

The Jets don't play until Monday night against the Dolphins, so Wilkerson will have the benefit of an extra day. The Jets (2-9) have a light practice Wednesday and an off day for Thanksgiving before stepping up the game prep Friday and Saturday.

Rookie tight end Jace Amaro also is a question mark. He suffered a head injury in the game and is being evaluated as part of the NFL's concussion protocol.

49ers walkthrough injury report

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With a short week before Thursday night’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers held a walkthrough on Monday. And, as the team announced, had it actually held a practice, following is what the Niners’ injury report would have looked like less than 72 hours before kickoff:

Did not participate: CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), TE Derek Carrier (foot), RT Anthony Davis (concussion), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), DE Justin Smith (back)

Limited participation: RB Frank Gore (knee), TE Vance McDonald (back)

Full participation: WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep), FB Bruce Miller (shoulder), S Eric Reid (ankle), S Raymond Ventrone (groin)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Sam Acho was added Thursday to this week’s injury report with a neck injury. He was listed as limited.

Other than that, the Cards’ report was status quo.

Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) and defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe) didn’t practice for the second straight day.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (knee), running back Andre Ellington (hip/foot), running back Robert Hughes (hamstring) and safety Rashad Johnson (back) were all limited at Thursday’s practice.

Linebacker Larry Foote (hip) and nose tackle Dan Williams (elbow) practiced in full.

For the Seattle Seahawks, four players didn’t practice for a second straight day, including running back Marshawn Lynch (back).

Defensive end Michael Bennett (not-injury related) returned to practice in full, as did right cornerback Byran Maxwell (calf), guard James Carpenter (ankle), guards JR Sweezy (thigh) and linebacker Bobby Wagner (toe).

Derek Carr's quad injury not expected to sideline him

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ALAMEDA, Calif. _ Derek Carr's name popped up on the Oakland Raiders injury report Monday night, but the rookie quarterback doesn’t think it’s anything that will keep him out of Thursday's game against Kansas City.

Carr suffered a quad injury sometime in the first quarter of Sunday’s 13-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers that kept Oakland winless. Carr stayed in the game and didn’t seem too bothered by the injury. He moved around in the pocket and scrambled out of trouble several times without being slowed down.

Though the Raiders have an abbreviated week of practice, Carr says he’ll be fine to play.

"I played the whole time with it,” Carr said. “It’s not a big deal. Coming off a plane trip, sleeping, not moving around, it was just tight. I’ll be OK. I’m not worried at all.”

Interim coach Tony Sparano also sounded optimistic that Carr will be able to start against Kansas City. The injury appears minor, though Carr was limited during Monday’s one-hour walkthrough practice.

Here’s the rest of the Raiders injury report from Monday:

Did not practice: CB Carlos Rogers (knee), TE David Ausberry (foot), CB TJ Carrie (ankle), S Jonathan Dowling (back).

Limited: Carr, LG Gabe Jackson (knee).
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears rested seven players on Wednesday, including wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Week 10’s defeat in Green Bay.

Marshall told ESPN 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy” Show on Monday that he expects to play this weekend versus the Minnesota Vikings.

The five-time Pro Bowler has battled ankle problems for much of the year.

Tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs), guard Eben Britton (illness), offensive tackle Jordan Mills (ribs), wide receiver Josh Morgan (shoulder), cornerback Tim Jennings (knee), and defensive end Cornelius Washington (illness) also missed Wednesday’s session held inside the Walter Payton Center.

Bears coach Marc Trestman listed Mills and second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson as “day to day.”

Wilson practiced on Wednesday and is a candidate to be elevated off short-term injured reserve in Week 11, after the club released veteran wideout Santonio Holmes on Tuesday.

Meantime, linebacker Darryl Sharpton practiced on a limited basis due to a hamstring injury. Sharpton was inactive last week against the Packers.
HOUSTON -- Texans coach Bill O'Brien liked what he saw out of outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and inside linebacker Brian Cushing at practice on Wednesday.

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"I thought they moved around pretty well," O'Brien said. "I still would put them in that day-to-day category, we'll see how they feel in the morning. ... Definitely looks good that they would have a shot to play Sunday."

On Arian Foster, O'Brien sounded a little more emphatic with the "day-to-day" designation, calling him "definitely" day to day. Foster, who suffered a groin injury against the Eagles, missed Wednesday's practice.

The Texans were without Clowney in their Week 9 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Clowney attributed his absence to a combination of an illness that kept him out of practices during the week and his surgically repaired knee being limited. Clowney suffered a torn meniscus in the Texans' season opener and missed the next six games, returning in Week 8.

Cushing has missed the past two games. The three weeks of rest (including last weekend's off date) were to help the knee that he'd had surgically repaired in eachof the previous two seasons. Cushing suffered a torn ACL in 2012 and a broken fibula and torn LCL in 2013.

Having both linebackers back in the lineup and healthy would help.

"Whoever the linebackers have been that have been in there have played pretty well," O'Brien said. "Any time you can add two more quality player to the group you're expecting that group to play well."
The Seattle Seahawks placed nose tackle Brandon Mebane on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, as expected, after learning he has a torn hamstring. The team re-signed rookie tight end RaShaun Allen to replace Mebane on the 53-man roster.

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The Seahawks need help at tight end with starter Zach Miller still out (ankle surgery) and backup tight end Luke Willson probably out this week after spraining an ankle last weekend against the New York Giants.

Signing Allen, who played his first NFL game earlier this season at St. Louis, likely gives the team three tight ends for Sunday’s game at Kansas City, along with Cooper Helfet and Tony Moeaki, who was signed last week. Helfet has been playing with a sore knee.

For now, the team didn’t opt to add help at defensive tackle to replace Mebane. The Seahawks have Tony McDaniel, Kevin Williams and Jordan Hill in that spot.

Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, who was claimed off waivers last week from the 49ers, also can play inside. The Seahawks brought in defensive tackle Michael Brooks for a workout Tuesday, but did not sign him.

The Seahawks also made several practice-squad moves, adding defensive end Ryan Robinson and running back Cierre Wood. The team placed running back Demitrius Bronson and defensive linemen Julius Warmsley on the practice squad injured list. Seattle also released linebacker L.J. Fort from the practice squad.
San Francisco 49ers All-Pro Patrick Willis being lost for the year due to injury continues a disturbing trend in the NFL this season, as he is the 10th starting inside linebacker to be placed on injured reserve since the start of training camp, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

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Willis, who told reporters Tuesday he had a chronic injury to his left big toe that has bothered him for years, aggravated it in the Niners’ game against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 13. He has not played since, though he practiced in a limited fashion two weeks ago before shutting it down.

Other inside linebackers to have been placed on injured reserve thus far: Philadelphia’s DeMeco Ryans (Achilles tendon), the New York Giants’ Jon Beason (foot/toe), Jacksonville’s Paul Posluszny (pectoral), New England’s Jerod Mayo (patellar tendon), Detroit’s Stephen Tulloch (torn ACL), Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson (Achilles), Tennessee’s Zach Brown (pectoral), Dallas’ Sean Lee (torn ACL) and Atlanta’s Sean Witherspoon (Achilles).
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Marc Trestman received positive news Monday during his daily meeting with head athletic trainer Chris Hanks regarding Brandon Marshall's injured left ankle, and the coach is optimistic the receiver will play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Marshall also said during his radio show on ESPN 1000 that he’s “going to be out there” Sunday when the Bears host the Vikings at Soldier Field.

“Brandon’s got an ankle, but we’re very optimistic based on talking to the trainers today,” Trestman said.

Marshall suffered the ankle injury late in the club’s 55-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and it’s not the same ankle the receiver injured in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills. During “The Brandon Marshall Show” on ESPN 1000 on Monday, Marshall said his most recent ankle injury isn’t as severe as the high ankle sprain suffered against the Bills.

“It’s a different ankle. It’s not as bad as the right one,” Marshall said. “The right one was like a high ankle sprain. I don’t believe this one was a high ankle sprain. It hurts really bad, but I’m going to do what I always do; just go at it really hard and treat it really good.”
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears held out Martellus Bennett from Friday’s practice due to a rib injury, and the club officially listed the tight end as questionable on the final injury report headed into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

“We’ll see. We really don’t know right now,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s been inside getting treatment. We’re hopeful he’ll play.”

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Bennett suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday when “he twisted a little bit,” according to Trestman, who called the incident “kind of awkward on the practice field.”

If Bennett isn’t able to play against the Packers, the Bears will utilize veteran Dante Rosario in the starting lineup.

“These things happen,” Trestman said. “We’ve got a lot of faith in Dante and the things that he can do. We know the value that Marty has. We’re not underestimating that at all. We’re going to do the best we can. We’re not going to make excuses.”

Bennett currently ranks second among NFL tight ends in catches (47) and second on the team. He is also second on the team in receiving yardage (563) and is tied for the team lead with five touchdown receptions.

Bennett comes off a six-catch performance against the New England Patriots.

In other injury news, the Bears officially declared left guard Matt Slauson (torn pectoral muscle) out for Sunday along with linebacker Darryl Sharpton (hamstring).

Linebackers Jon Bostic (back) and Lance Briggs (ribs) are probable, along with cornerback Kyle Fuller (hand), safety Danny McCray (knee) and right tackle Jordan Mills (foot).


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Fred Jackson are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Watkins did not practice Thursday or Friday after leaving Wednesday's practice with a groin injury.

"I think it's something to be concerned about, obviously," coach Doug Marrone said of Watkins' lack of participation in practice this week.

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Watkins, speaking Friday for the first time since the injury, said he underwent an MRI this week but was not aware of the results or if he will play Sunday.

"That's the coach's decision about whether I should play. It's a long season so I'm really clueless right now. I don't know," Watkins said. "They didn't update me or really tell me what's going on."

Running back Fred Jackson practiced on a limited basis again Friday.

"We're still not where we need to be for him to go out there," Marrone said. "We're still progressing with that."

Jackson returned to practice this week after suffering a groin injury in an Oct. 19 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Doctors initially gave him a monthlong timetable to return.

"There's always a chance. So I'm always excited about that. It would be good to get back out there," Jackson said Friday. "We still got a couple days, see how everything reacts and see what they decide."

Here is the Bills' full injury report from Friday:

Questionable:
WR Sammy Watkins (groin; did not participate)
RB Fred Jackson (groin; limited participation)
CB Ron Brooks (groin; limited participation)

Probable:
G Cyril Richardson (not injury related; did not participate)
WR Marcus Easley (knee; limited participation)
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring; limited participation)
LB Ty Powell (ankle; limited participation)
WR Robert Woods (back; full participation)
PHILADELPHIA -- Evan Mathis is eligible to return to the active roster, just in time for the Eagles’ other veteran guard to go on the injured reserve list.

According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, right guard Todd Herremans will have season-ending surgery to repair the tear in his left biceps. Herremans tore the muscle during the Eagles’ game in Arizona. He wore a brace and attempted to play with the injury in Houston on Sunday.

Herremans
It appears Herremans, 32, was trying to bridge the gap between his injury and Mathis’ eligibility to return. By playing with one functioning arm, Herremans allowed the Eagles to have some stability on their offensive line. With Mathis returning, Herremans can have surgery without abandoning his post.

Mathis will step back in to his spot at left guard. Matt Tobin, who has improved each week as Mathis’ replacement, is likely to slide over to right guard to replace Herremans. Andrew Gardner, who replaced Herremans after he hurt his ankle Sunday, is the other candidate to replace Herremans.

While his intentions were honorable, Herremans struggled against J.J. Watt and the rest of the Texans’ defense Sunday. With a bulky brace on his left elbow, there was no hiding where Herremans was vulnerable.

“I thought he was effective,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “There were certain things that obviously when they kind of got to his inside arm, which was the arm he hurt, I think sometimes he wasn't as strong as he normally would have been. But I thought he battled out there and played his tail off.”

At times, Herremans simply lunged forward and tried to get a hold of the defender across from him. The Eagles got through that game, but it would have been difficult for Herremans to continue playing as opponents figured out the limitations caused by his injury.

If Herremans is placed on IR, as expected, it will be official. The Eagles will never have their 2013 offensive line start a single game together in 2014. Left tackle Jason Peters has started all eight games. Right tackle Lane Johnson missed the first four games after being suspended for violating the NFL’s PED policy. Herremans started the first eight games, but will be gone the rest of the season. Center Jason Kelce missed four games after having surgery to repair a sports hernia.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- JC Tretter is back, and he's back at one of his old positions.

The Green Bay Packers listed the second-year pro as the backup at left tackle, the position he played in college at Cornell. He's also listed as the No. 2 center on their latest depth chart released on Tuesday.

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Tretter was activated from the injured reserve/designated to return list on Monday, replacing tackle Derek Sherrod, the former first-round pick who was released in a somewhat surprising move.

Tretter spent the entire offseason as the starting center and was on track to be the opening-day starter until he sustained a knee injury during the third preseason game. He has not played since. In his absence, rookie Corey Linsley has played so well at center that the Packers don't plan to go back to Tretter.

Sherrod had been the backup at both tackle spots, but the Packers listed starting right guard T.J. Lang as the backup at right tackle.

However, Lang's status for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears is unclear after he sustained a sprained left ankle in the Oct. 26 loss at the New Orleans Saints. Lane Taylor finished the game in Lang's place and is listed as the backup. However, it's possible the Packers would use Tretter in that spot if Lang can't play.

Sherrod cleared waivers on Tuesday, making him a free agent.
The Oakland Raiders are failing to establish a run game, and the offensive line is struggling in its support. Adding to the problem is a solid rookie left guard is dealing with an injury.

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Oakland interim coach Tony Sparano acknowledged Monday that Gabe Jackson was out at the end of the game because of an injury. There wasn’t any additional injury information given Sunday. Khalif Barnes took Jackson’s place and would be in line if Jackson can’t play this week. Barnes was originally set to start at left guard before moving to right tackle late in camp.

Sparano declined to disclose anything on Jackson, but his status must ultimately be disclosed by Wednesday if it's still an issue. Sparano said he is still being evaluated.

No matter who is playing, Sparano, who is also the Raiders’ offensive line coach, said the unit has to do a better job on run plays. Sparano thought the Raiders were beaten at the point of attack in their 30-24 loss at Seattle on Sunday.

“We’ve got to block better at the point of attack,” Sparano said. “Bottom line is yesterday that team just beat us at the point of attack, so got to give them credit. They beat us at the point of attack, a hard thing for me to say, but they did. You’re watching the game, you’ll see it on the film. The green jerseys were ... they were in our backfield and that means you’re losing, you’re not winning the battle at the point of attack.”

Oakland had just 37 yards on 18 carries and is last in the NFL in rushing yards.

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