Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback for the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, tops the list of players whose status is in doubt in Week 10 of the NFL season. Roethlisberger is on the Reserve / COVID-19 list and its availability will likely not be known until Saturday.
Elsewhere, the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Football Team have questions about running back during the Cleveland Browns running back could get a boost with the return of Nick Chubb.
Here’s a recap of the biggest injuries reported by ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters:
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | AUTO | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MINIMUM
NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH
How severe is cornerback Tre’Davious White’s ankle injury? The first-team all-pro left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks prematurely and didn’t practice when the Bills hit the field on Wednesday. With arguably the best recipient in the league waiting for them in Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins on Sunday, the Bills need White to keep the Cardinals offensive under control. If he’s unable to play, Levi Wallace will likely take over the de facto No. 1 corner of the Bills, with either Josh Norman or Dane Jackson on the other. – Marcel Louis-Jacques
Matt Breida, who was running back, missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury and his status for Sunday’s game against the Chargers is uncertain. “Hamstrings are difficult,” said coach Brian Flores. Breida, who would lead the dolphins with Myles Gaskin in the injured reserve, was judged to be a limited contestant during Wednesday’s round and it looks like it could last until game day. – Cameron Wolfe
Damien Harris was banned from Monday’s victory over the Jets in the fourth quarter with a chest injury and his status could lead the Patriots to activate Sony Michel from the injured reserve. Michel started practicing last week but has yet to join the 53-man roster. The Patriots won’t have their first physical exercise until Thursday, which should provide more clarity on Harris’ possible availability. He is due to speak to reporters on Friday, which could be an indication that the injury is not serious. – Mike Reiss
Bart Scott believes this is Bill Belichick’s “swan song” with the Patriots and that he might see him go to the Giants as general manager.
The Jets are in bye week, which gives quarterback Sam Darnold extra time to rehabilitate his injured throwing shoulder. After hurting it twice, Darnold sounds like he’s proceeding with caution. The team is hoping he’ll play the Chargers on November 22nd, but it’s hardly a guarantee. – Rich Cimini
Two of the top Ravens players in their defensive Front 7 – Calais Campbell and full-back Matthew Judon – were out of training on Wednesday due to calf injuries. Campbell is expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Patriots, making Baltimore more susceptible to the run. “Obviously it sucks to lose a man like Calais because he’s one of the greats who play the defensive line,” said Derek Wolfe. “I think I have to improve.” Judon has a better chance of playing, but hobbled while watching practice aside. – Jamison Hensley
Bengals, who trailed Joe Mixon, missed Wednesday’s workout with an agonizing foot injury. Mixon was seen on the side, however, during training and acceleration exercises with the Bengal training staff. That’s a good sign for the star jam that missed the last two games. Mixon’s status was difficult to predict, but Bengal coach Zac Taylor said he was encouraged by Mixon’s progress, which could be good for his chances of playing the Steelers on Sunday. – Ben baby
Nick Chubb, who had been out with a knee injury since Week 4, returned to practice Monday after being scheduled to return from the injured reserve. Coach Kevin Stefanski said this week that Chubb is back to his healthy self. And while they are still pondering what his workload will be on Sunday, Chubb is clearly on his way back to lead a ground attack that rushed the league before his injury. – Jake Trotter
All eyes are on the Reserve / COVID-19 list this week. Two starters – QB Ben Roethlisberger and LB Vince Williams – are on Vance McDonald’s list of “high risk close contacts”, who tested positive. Both can be removed from the list on Saturday if they continue to test negative and don’t develop symptoms. The Steelers face a progressive Cincinnati Bengals team, and while they beat the Bengals at quarterback with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges last season, the Steelers would much rather try to keep a perfect record when Roethlisberger is in charge and the one Makes litters. Without Roethlisberger, the quarterbacking duties fall to either Rudolph or Josh Dobbs. – Brooke Pryor
David Johnson didn’t train on Wednesday after leaving Sunday’s game with a concussion. Taking on for him after injury, Duke Johnson has had a career height of 20 strokes and will do the majority of the broadcasts if David Johnson doesn’t play the Browns on Sunday. Duke Johnson had 41 yards, a touchdown and a fumble to 16 carry and four catches for 32 yards. – Sarah Barshop
Tight end Mo Alie-Cox was a full participant in practice on Wednesday but he is still considered questionable for Thursday’s game in Tennessee. The Colts need Alie-Cox because Jack Doyle has already been disqualified from the game due to a concussion in last week’s loss to Baltimore. Coach Frank Reich said earlier this week that Doyle was unlikely to play as he was not expected to clarify the concussion log in time. – Mike Wells
Defensive tackle Doug Costin will not play this week due to a concussion, which means more reps for former first round winner Taven Bryan. The Jaguars took Bryan off the grid last week and started Costin instead, and he’s played the best game of his career. “I don’t know about reps anymore, but I definitely love what I’ve seen of him,” said coach Doug Marrone. “I saw a player who was able to play games, be true to football, and have good control of the scrimmage line.” Now the jaguars have to rely on Bryan again. It has been disappointing since it ranked 29th on the 2018 draft. – Mike DiRocco
Titan pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (knee) was a full participant in training Tuesday and Wednesday after being knocked out of last week’s game against the Bears. Clowney was out in the field without knee braces and moved fluidly during each time. There have been some concerns that he would need surgery or possible surgery to repair a meniscus injury, but for now, Clowney seems to be fine. Clowney doesn’t have an injury designation for Thursday’s game against the Colts and that’s a good sign. – Turron Davenport
Rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who leads the team in receiving yards (484) and goals (61), did not train on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury. Bronco’s manager Vic Fangio didn’t reveal Jeudy’s injury when he spoke about injured players on a Zoom call on Wednesday before practice. Therefore, there is at least some uncertainty about the severity of the injury. Jeudy was on the practice field without a helmet during practice and stood on his side during broad receiver drills and 11v11 team drills rather than staying in the team’s complex with the training staff. Jeudy tops all of the Broncos receivers in Snaps this season – 406 or just over 74% of the team’s offensive games. – Jeff Legwold
The Chiefs goodbye this week could get cornerback L’Jarius Sneed back for their week 11 game against the Raiders. Sneed, a freshman, played well before breaking his collarbone and adding to the list of injured reserves. Its speed would be welcome against a fast pack of Las Vegas receivers. Between injuries and suspension, the Chiefs didn’t have any top three corners to play in this season. – Adam Teicher
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Three days after the Raiders’ last win at the Los Angeles Chargers from a hospital bed with injured ribs, defender Alec Ingold was back in training on Wednesday. “He’s like [Mark] van Eeghen and Marv Hubbard … throw people back, “Gruden said of Ingold.” He won’t come from the field. He insists on playing. He was cleared to play and trained today and I would be shocked if he wasn’t ready to play great on Sunday. “Ingold is a triple threat as a blocker, rusher, and pass-catcher. He was injured on Sunday as a lead blocker on Josh Jacobs ’14-yard run in which Chargers’ 295-pound defensive device Jerry Tillery with one knee up on his left rib a fallen Ingold landed. – Paul Gutierrez
The Chargers got a big boost last week when Justin Jackson ran back and came into play against the Raiders. But now he’s likely to sit out against Miami to rest his knee. So look for Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage to pick up where Jackson left off. Ballage was especially good after being called up by the training team and saying, “I never feel like a training team.” He raced for 69 yards against Las Vegas 15 times. Against Miami – the team that drafted it in 2018 before joining the Jets – Ballage should find it especially sweet to get reps. – Shelley Smith
The cowboys are saying goodbye and not practicing this week because of the COVID-19 protocols, but they wouldn’t have a quarterback Andy Dalton this week anyway. Dalton is on the reserve / COVID-19 list, which prevented him from ending guidelines for returning to game after a concussion in Washington on October 25. Although the Cowboys haven’t reported much on Dalton’s health, they are hoping he can play in Minnesota on November 22nd. If he can, he starts. If he can’t, the cowboys stay with Garrett Gilbert’s quarterback. – Todd Archer
Devonta Freeman (ankle) was listed as restricted during Wednesday’s run after missing the last two games. Freeman is making progress. He seemed to be moving well in training late last week and should be back in some form by Sunday against Philadelphia. – Jordan Raanan
Receiver Alshon Jeffery appears on track to make his season debut against the New York Giants on Sunday. Jeffery, who has recovered from surgery in Lisfranc and sustained a subsequent calf injury that delayed his comeback, was a full participant in Wednesday’s training session. Running back on Miles Sanders (knee) and tackling Lane Johnson (ankle) was limited and could be back in Philadelphia’s line-up after saying goodbye in Week 9. – Tim McManus
Antonio Gibson ran aside during Wednesday’s practice with a shoulder injury against the New York Giants on Sunday. It was uncertain what his status would be for Sunday. Washington has Bryce Love in the injured reserve and started practicing him on Wednesday. It has 21 days to determine if it should be activated. The team doesn’t want to rush him, so the timing of Gibson’s shoulder and Love’s return could be more coincidental. But soon love could be an option for her. – John Keim
David Montgomery’s status (concussion) is well underway for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Montgomery, who had to suspend the last two trips of Sunday’s loss in Tennessee, entered the NFL’s concussion log on Monday, head coach Matt Nagy said. The next training session for the bears on Thursday. Chicago can hardly afford to do without Montgomery, the team’s only reliable background threat. Montgomery leads the bears with 472 rushing yards and also has 30 receptions for 212 yards. – Jeff Dickerson
For the second straight week, the Detroit Lions have to worry about the status of their top-wide receiver Kenny Golladay as he continues to miss exercise with a hip injury. While Golladay was in training on Wednesday, he stood by, bathed in sweat, and watched his teammates train. Losing Golladay would mean Detroit could do without its great recipient of contested catches again. Detroit used a combination of Marvin Hall and Quintez Cephus to replace Golladay in Week 9, but they were nowhere near as effective. – Michael Rothstein
Broad Receiver Allen Lazard: You won’t find him on the injury report because he’s not back on the active roster yet, but it looks good if the Packers’s receiver # 2 returns against the Jaguars on Sunday. The Packers could technically wait until next week to activate him from injured reserve since he didn’t start practicing until Oct. 28 – meaning the 21-day practice window goes into next week – but this is his third week of exercise since returning to the field after core muscle surgery. Lazard hasn’t played the Saints since his eight catches 146 yards game in Week 3. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to get Allen back based on what he accomplished at the beginning of the season, the start he started at,” said quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Wednesday. – Rob Demovsky
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The Vikings have another corner kick after putting Holton Hill in the injured reserve. Almost weekly, Minnesota has signed DBs from the street or from other teams’ practice groups to fill in the depth in secondary school. The team won’t train for Chicago until Thursday, so at that point we’ll see if Cameron Dantzler (concussion) can return. Jeff Gladney, Chris Jones, Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand are the team’s only healthy cornerbacks. – Courtney Cronin
A foot injury prevented Falcon receiver Calvin Ridley from playing the Denver Broncos last week. The hawks are saying goodbye this week, which should give Ridley the much needed time to continue nursing the foot injury. Ridley’s status should be monitored. His “metatarsal” injury resulted in Ridley being classified as commonplace ahead of last week’s game. – Turron Davenport
Now that we know Christian McCaffrey likely has a shoulder injury, all eyes are on rookie Jeremy Chinn. The full-back / security appear to be playing Tampa Bay on Sunday after missing last week’s game against Kansas City with a knee injury. Coach Matt Rhule said it would take multiple players to replace all of the things Chinn is doing and he was right. That tight end Travis Kelce had 10 catches for 159 yards was an area where Chinn’s absence showed. With Rob Gronkowski next, having Chinn to hand is huge. – David Newton
Maybe none for a change. Quarterback Drew Brees, receiver Michael Thomas, center Erik McCoy and right-back Ryan Ramczyk were classified as limited in training on Wednesday. But everyone was there. And Brees and Thomas both looked perfect after going through their injuries last week. This team is the healthiest and is playing their best football at the same time. – Mike Triplet
Buc’s left guard Ali Marpet returned to practice but was limited on Wednesday. He suffered a concussion against the Giants and missed week 9 against the Saints. “Ali is in the final stages of the [concussion] Protocol, “said coach Bruce Arians.” We’ll wait and see to evaluate but it looks like it came out well. [We will] Wait and see if he gets recurring headaches. “The Saints took advantage of Marpet’s absence with lots of stunts, so getting him back should mean improved offensive line communication. – Jenna Laine
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Safety Budda Baker has a groin injury that prevented him from training on Wednesday. When Baker can’t play, the Cardinals are one of the best defensive players in the league against a Bills team that soars after a big win over the Seattle Seahawks. If Baker can’t leave on Sunday, the Cardinals will have Jalen Thompson available for the second straight week, despite another security, Deionte Thompson, who also missed Wednesday’s training with a knee injury. – Josh Weinfuss
Wide receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a wrist injury and was “overall bruised” in a week 8 loss to the Dolphins, said Rams coach Sean McVay. The Rams are wary of Kupp in practice, but McVay said he was “on track to play against the Seahawks” on Sunday. Darrell Henderson has a quad injury and his status for Sunday is unknown. When Henderson can’t play, watch out for the Rookie Cam Akers for a sizable number of broadcasts. – Lindsey Thiry
There is still a glimmer of hope for the 49ers to get receiver Deebo Samuel back from a hamstring injury for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Samuel missed the last two games due to the illness and did not train on Wednesday, but coach Kyle Shanahan said Samuel will be reassessed on Thursday before decisions are made. The Niners are very thin in the receiver and could certainly use Samuel against the Saints, but with a goodbye impending they might better serve to give him the extra time to heal and prepare for the November 29 game against the Rams . – Nick Wagoner
The Seahawks are hoping to run Chris Carson and / or Carlos Hyde back this week from the injuries that kept their two best backs out of their last two games. Carson (foot) sounds more likely than Hyde (thigh) based on what coach Pete Carroll said on Wednesday: “Chris is running, more than Carlos currently can. Chris is ahead of Carlos who comes back. He’s going to run.” today and tomorrow. We’ll see how he handles it. I can’t tell you any more now. “The Seahawks have DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and Alex Collins as backup options. Bo Scarbrough just joined Collins. – Brady Henderson