NFL Week 8 injuries: Deebo Samuel (hamstring) out against Rams, Russell Wilson and D’Andre Swift set to return
NFL Week 8 kicked off Thursday with the crows defeat the Bucs in Tampa, and now we have a full Sunday game slate packed with key games. We have five divisional games on the schedule, including a Panthers-Falcons matchup where the winner will surprisingly grab the top spot in the NFC South. Meanwhile, the two Eagles and Invoices are returning from their Week 7 break and are double-digit favorites in their contests.
Of course, with a new week of games comes a new collection of injuries that we need to track. As the teams wrap up the week of training, they’ve released their final injury reports and rolled out the game statuses for Week 8. Below, you can find each of those reports and a breakdown of some of the biggest ones. wounds.
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Good news for the Broncos here as linebacker Josey Jewell (knee) was a full participant in Friday practice and is expected to play for the first time since Week 5. Russell Wilson (hamstring) will also play and has no not received an injury designation.
Campbell was recently signed, so it’s possible he wasn’t able to logistically get his stuff to make the international trip. Since their absences for Week 8 were not injury-related, logistical issues could also prevent Gillespie and Gotsis from playing as well.
- dolphins: DB Clayton Fejedelem (groin), BC Xavier Howard (groin), TE Durham Smythe (hamstring), TE Tanner Conner (knee), DE Emmanuel Ogba (back), P Thomas Morstead (disease) DOUBTFUL
- the Lions: S DeShon Elliott (finger), DL Charles Harris (groin), CB Mike Hughes (knee), CB Chase Lucas (ankle), S Ifaatu Melifonwu (ankle), T Matt Nelson (calf) OUT; G Jonah Jackson (neck), WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (concussion) DOUBTFUL
The Dolphins haven’t given offensive tackle Terron Armstead (toe), running back Raheem Mostert (knee) and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (hand) an injury designation — so they’ll play Sunday. Armstead has been questionable for every game since Week 2. Ogbah was a full participant in practice on Friday.
The Lions haven’t given star running back D’Andre Swift an injury designation after training fully all week, so it looks like he’s in line to make his return to Detroit’s backfield on Sunday. . St. Brown is still in concussion protocol but has trained fully, which is an encouraging sign for his possible return this week as well.
Boswell appeared on the injury report on Friday as a limited participant due to a groin injury that has now listed him as questionable. Pittsburgh will also be without Ogunjobi and Wallace after they were kept out of practice all week. On a more positive note, TJ Wattas it currently still resides on IR and should be enabled on the active list.
After a week off, the Eagles are healthy. Robert Quinn is set to make his debut after being acquired from Chicago this week.
Bill Belichick generally does not disclose the status of players listed as questionable, as all were limited entrants on Friday. James Ferentz will replace Andrews at center. Mac Jones has not received an injury designation, but has numbness in his left toes and foot.
No Breece Hall (torn ACL) and Alijah Vera-Tucker (torn triceps) for the Jets, while Davis will also miss Sunday’s game. Garrett Wilson will be the leading wide receiver and Elijah Moore should see more time after sitting out last week.
- Raiders: S Johnathan Abram (illness), WR Davante Adams (illness), DE Tashawn Bower (illness), LB Divine Deablo (back/ankle), WR Mack Hollins (heel), WR DJ Turner (hamstrings), TE Darren Waller (hamstrings) DOUBTFUL
- Saints: WR Michael Thomas (foot), WR Jarvis Landry (ankle), CB Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) OUT; TE Adam Trautman (ankle), G Andrus Peat (chest), CB Paulson Adebo (knee), TE Juwan Johnson (hamstring), DT David Onyemata (illness) QUESTIONABLE
The Saints will once again be without a number of key starters, including Thomas. Head coach Dennis Allen said Friday there is no timetable for Thomas’s return. New Orleans will also be without Landry and Lattimore after they were unable to practice this week.
Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels admitted there was a glitch in the setup, but any players suspected of being sick should be ready by Sunday. Hunter Renfrow (hip) and Josh Jacobs (foot) were full participants in training and did not receive injury designations. Waller was limited in Friday practice, and the Raiders should have a clearer picture if he plays after Saturday’s walkthrough.
Hubbard couldn’t practice all week due to his ankle injury, so it’s no surprise that he was ultimately ruled out for that pivotal game against Atlanta. With him sidelined, D’Onta Foreman and rookie Raheem Blackshear should see a slight increase in their work. Meanwhile, interim head coach Steve Wilks said Friday that Horn “looked good” in training and expects him to play this week. At quarterback, Baker Mayfield was not listed on the injury report and will support PJ Walker.
The Atlanta secondary will be without two major plays in Terrell and Hawkins this weekend after being unable to practice all week. There is some hope, however, Alford will be able to adapt after being restricted throughout the week. Running back Caleb Huntley – who appeared on the injury report Thursday with an illness – carries no designation ahead of this game.
The Cardinals ruled out Conner, even though he was restricted for the third straight practice Friday. Williams, the No. 2 running back, will be a game-time decision, similar to kicker Matt Prater. If Prater is out, Rodrigo Blankenship will kick. Eno Benjamin will be the No.1 fullback if Williams can’t play.
The Vikings are as healthy as they can be heading into Sunday’s game.
After a short week, the Bears are healthy heading into Week 8. Borom is the only player ruled out of their game against Dallas with a concussion. With him sidelined, Riley Reiff or Alex Leatherwood could fill in along the offensive line. Fellow offensive lineman Lucas Patrick was placed on injured reserve midweek. The only other player on the injury report this week was defensive lineman Armon Watts, who missed Thursday’s session for personal reasons but was a full participant on Friday and carries no injury designation.
The Cowboys have officially listed Elliott as a doubt for Sunday’s game against Chicago after not practicing at all throughout the week. If ruled out, Tony Pollard would see the lion’s share of touches out of the backfield. Meanwhile, Parsons appeared on injury report with a shoulder injury on Thursday, was restricted on Friday and officially listed as questionable.
- Titans: FB Tory Carter (neck), OLB Rashad Weaver (back) OUT; DT Jeffery Simmons (ankle), QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle/illness) DOUBTFUL
- Texas: OL AJ Cann (illness), DL Maliek Collins (chest), WR Nico Collins (groin), DL Rasheem Green (knee), WR Brandin Cooks (wrist), OL Kenyon Green (shoulder), OL Justin McCray (hand) QUESTIONABLE
Malik Willis has gotten the majority of the work with the starting attack, especially with Tannehill who didn’t take part in practice on Friday. It is possible that Tannehill will miss Sunday’s game. As for Simmons, he says he feels better than last Sunday when he injured his ankle. He hasn’t practiced all week.
For the Texans, Maliek Collins and Nico Collins are not expected to play after missing practice all week. Cooks was added to the injury report on Friday but is expected to play (he was a full participant in Friday training).
None of the players ruled out training this week, so their final designations aren’t too shocking. Charles improved to a limited participant on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday due to illness. Thomas has been confined all week.
Indianapolis had already named Sam Ehlinger the starter for Week 8 despite Ryan’s shoulder injury, so the ruled out veteran isn’t as upsetting as it sounds. The Colts will see the return of Shaquille Leonard after being sidelined since Week 4. Head coach Frank Reich noted Friday that Leonard will rely on shots.
The 49ers will face rival NFC West without a few key members, including Samuel who has been slowed by a hamstring injury throughout the week. Samuel hasn’t trained all week, so he’s out on Sunday. Brandon Aiyuk will be the 49ers’ top target at wide receiver.
The good news for the Rams? Guard Brian Allen and wide receiver Van Jefferson are expected to be activated from injured reserve this weekend and both will play Sunday — a major offensive boost.
- giants: TE Daniel Bellinger (eye), G Ben Bredeson (knee), CB Cordale Flott (calf), WR Kenny Golladay (knee), T Evan Neal (knee), LB Oshane Ximines (quad) OUT; T Tire Phillips (toe), S Jason Pinnock (foot), DL Leonard Williams (elbow) DOUBTFUL
- sea hawks: LB Nick Bellore (concussion) OUT; WR Penny Hart (hamstring) DOUBTFUL; WR Tyler Lockett (hamstrings/ribs), CB Sidney Jones IV (groin), WR DK Metcalf (knee), OLB Darrell Taylor (groin), G Gabe Jackson (hip/knee), DE Poona Ford (ankle), G Phil Haynes (concussion) DOUBTFUL
Everyone New York has ruled out has been unable to practice at all this week, including Bellinger who underwent eye surgery to repair a fractured eye socket he suffered against the Jaguars last Sunday. . Tight ends Chris Myarick and Tanner Hudson could see some extra work with Bellinger sidelined.
Both Lockett and Metcalf are questionable and were limited participants in Friday’s practice, but Lockett had a rib injury added to the injury report after practice. Metcalf was upgraded to be a limited participant on Friday. If neither can play, Marquise Goodwin is in the running for an expanded wide receiver role for the second week in a row.
Packers to Invoices (-11)
The Packers have seen positive progress from Gary, who suffered a concussion against Washington last week. He trained on a limited basis on Thursday before being promoted to full participant status on Friday. Bakhtiari and Jenkins trained on a limited basis on Friday. Aaron Rodgers (right thumb) had no designation to end the week.
Buffalo is healthy enough to enter this primetime game with Green Bay, listing just two players in the final injury report. Most of the players listed throughout the week also simply received days off, including wide Stefon Diggs, who was given the day off on Friday. In addition to Brown and Jones, the Bills also ruled out cornerback Tre’Davious White for this game. The reason White isn’t on the injury report is because he hasn’t been activated off IR yet.
Analysis to come.