It is Week Eight within the NFL, and operating backs are predictably getting the bumps and bruises (and worse) that might preserve them out or restrict their effectiveness.
Aaron Jones missed the Inexperienced Bay Packers‘ win at Houston and his calf harm may linger into Sunday’s matchup in opposition to Minnesota. The Seattle Seahawks might need to get artistic in opposition to San Francisco if Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde miss time, and the 49ers have their very own backfield points as effectively. Joe Mixon (Bengals), Phillip Lindsay (Broncos), Devonta Freeman (Giants) and Justin Jackson (Chargers) may additionally miss extra time.
On the constructive aspect, two of the very best operating backs within the league — the Vikings’ Dalvin Prepare dinner and the Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey — may make a return in Week 8, however it’s on no account a certain factor.
In the meantime, the Dallas Cowboys might need to start out their third-string quarterback and New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas nonetheless hasn’t performed since Week 1. Is that this lastly his week to return?
This is a roundup of the largest accidents from ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters.
Is linebacker Matt Milano wholesome sufficient for a full workload? After lacking two straight video games with a chest harm, Milano returned to motion in opposition to the Jets, taking part in simply 33% of the Payments’ defensive snaps. With the Patriots coming to Orchard Park on Sunday, Buffalo will want arguably its most essential defender in the course of the sector. He was restricted in follow to start out the week, as has develop into customized for him this season. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
Receiver DeVante Parker suffered a groin harm in Week 6 vs. the Jets and did not return, casting some preliminary fear about whether or not he would miss time. However the bye week got here on the proper time for Parker, who returned to follow in a restricted capability Wednesday and seems to be trending in the precise route for Sunday. — Cameron Wolfe
With beginning receiver N’Keal Harry within the concussion protocol (Jakobi Meyers is his projected substitute) and seemingly unlikely to play, the largest query comes with franchise-tagged left guard Joe Thuney. After lacking the second half of Sunday’s loss to the 49ers with an ankle harm, Thuney was restricted in follow on Wednesday and thus might be in jeopardy of lacking a sport for the primary time in his NFL profession. — Mike Reiss
Large receiver Jamison Crowder, who sat out final week with a groin harm, is a query mark because the Jets put together for his or her titanic problem in opposition to the Chiefs. The hope is he’ll return to follow Thursday. If he does, he may have an opportunity to play. They actually need him as a result of they most likely will not have WR Breshad Perriman (concussion). With out Perriman and Crowder, their prime wideouts can be Jeff Smith, Braxton Berrios and Denzel Mims. Mixed profession catches: 37. — Wealthy Cimini
Operating again Mark Ingram did not follow Wednesday after coach John Harbaugh expressed optimism final week that Ingram can be out there for Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is not an excellent signal for Ingram as a result of he had a full week to relaxation his injured left ankle because of the bye. However Ingram has been extraordinarily sturdy and hasn’t missed a sport as a result of harm since 2015. If Ingram is sidelined, Gus Edwards and J.Ok. Dobbins would share the workload. In actual fact, Ingram ranks third in snaps at operating again this season with 104, behind Dobbins (130) and Edwards (123). — Jamison Hensley
Jamison Hensley breaks down Dez Bryant signing with the Ravens’ follow squad and after we may probably see him go well with up for video games.
Operating again Joe Mixon once more did not follow with a foot harm. Mixon’s absence wasn’t essentially felt in a 37-34 loss to the Browns final Sunday, however the Bengals actually need one in every of their stars again as shortly as potential. Mixon’s availability has but to be decided, however it’s price noting the group did not shield operating again Jacques Patrick on its follow squad this week. This means that Mixon’s outlook might be extra optimistic than it was final week. Both manner, it will likely be a state of affairs to look at via the top of the week. — Ben Child
Defensive finish Myles Garrett sat out Wednesday’s follow with an ankle harm. However coach Kevin Stefanski mentioned holding Garrett out was merely precautionary and the star pass-rusher is anticipated to be good for Sunday vs. the Raiders. — Jake Trotter
The Steelers had a prolonged harm report Wednesday, however the one harm of great concern is DB Mike Hilton, who missed Sunday’s victory over the Titans with a shoulder harm sustained in opposition to the Browns. Hilton is scheduled to work again into follow this week, however he missed Wednesday’s follow. Cam Sutton performed exceedingly effectively in his absence, however the Steelers want all the assistance they’ll get to cease the Ravens’ offense. — Brooke Pryor
The Texans are hoping that cornerback Bradley Roby, who left after one sequence in opposition to the Packers on Sunday, is simply coping with a “short-term” harm. On Monday, interim head coach Romeo Crennel mentioned, “They looked at the ankle and the knee. They’re looking at it today. I don’t have an update about what they found.” Houston is on a bye week earlier than taking part in at Jacksonville on Nov. 8. — Sarah Barshop
Heart Ryan Kelly was restricted due to a knee harm in his first follow after the bye week. The truth that Kelly was ready to participate in no less than a part of follow is a constructive signal that his harm does not look like too critical. Kelly has taken 99% of the snaps this season and hasn’t missed a sport because the 2018 season. He missed a complete of 13 video games in 2017 and 2018. — Mike Wells
The bye week will give LB Myles Jack time to relaxation his injured ankle, which he aggravated in opposition to Detroit on Oct. 18. He did not play in opposition to the Chargers on Sunday and coach Doug Marrone mentioned he thinks Jack will return in opposition to the Texans on Nov. 8. Dakota Allen stuffed in for Jack in opposition to the Chargers and had two tackles, however suffered an ankle harm as effectively. — Mike DiRocco
Jadeveon Clowney left final Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Steelers due to a knee harm however returned a couple of sequence later. He did not follow Wednesday. The knee harm has brought about him to overlook some practices earlier than the previous three video games. The Titans are nonetheless ready for the three-time Professional Bowl pass-rusher to have a dominant sport. — Turron Davenport
Operating again Phillip Lindsay, who has missed three video games this season and the second half of two others due to accidents, is within the concussion protocol and didn’t follow Wednesday. Broncos coach Vic Fangio mentioned the group may not know till Saturday if Lindsay is medically cleared to play Sunday in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers. Lindsay has been a spark for an offense that has desperately wanted one since vast receiver Courtland Sutton went to injured reserve after the group’s Week 2 loss in Pittsburgh. Lindsay has a 100-yard speeding sport in one in every of his three begins and is averaging higher than 5 yards per carry total. If Lindsay is not out there, Melvin Gordon would get the majority of the work within the offense, with Royce Freeman getting a collection of snaps as effectively. — Jeff Legwold
Defensive finish Taco Charlton returned to follow Wednesday as a full participant after lacking final week’s sport due to a knee harm. That speaks effectively for his possibilities of taking part in in opposition to the Jets. The Chiefs may use the snaps from Charlton this week. Two defensive ends, Mike Danna and Alex Okafor, are on injured reserve. Charlton performed effectively as a situational pass-rusher earlier than being injured. — Adam Teicher
Whereas RT Trent Brown stays on the COVID-19 checklist after testing constructive early final week, the Raiders are holding out hope that he can move protocols and rejoin the group in time to play at Cleveland. Brown, who signed a four-year, $66 million free-agent contract in 2019, hardly ever practiced in coaching camp due to a calf harm and performed solely three snaps within the season opener earlier than returning for the win at Kansas Metropolis on Oct. 11. The Raiders have needed to play Sam Younger, Denzelle Good and Brandon Parker at proper sort out in Brown’s absence. A wholesome Brown is a difference-maker not solely in defending QB Derek Carr, however within the run sport for RB Josh Jacobs. — Paul Gutierrez
Operating again Justin Jackson is listed as questionable due to a knee harm. Nevertheless, he’s anticipated to play, and that is excellent news for the injury-riddled Chargers. With RB Austin Ekeler out longer than anticipated, Jackson is sorely wanted. They’ve Joshua Kelley, who has been ineffective at greatest. — Shelley Smith
Quarterback Andy Dalton didn’t follow Wednesday and is a giant query as to if he’ll have the ability to follow in any respect due to a concussion. Because it stands, rookie Ben DiNucci is wanting just like the beginning quarterback for Sunday at Philadelphia and is getting the majority of the work, with Garrett Gilbert backing him up. It is an unsettling time for the offense, though Professional Bowl guard Zack Martin (concussion) and Joe Looney, who opened the season because the beginning heart, returned to follow. What the Cowboys do not know is the 5 gamers anticipated to guard DiNucci (or Dalton) on Sunday. The Cowboys may have their ninth completely different offensive line configuration of the season in opposition to the Eagles. — Todd Archer
Subject Yates explains who would profit on the Giants if Devonta Freeman is pressured to take a seat Monday evening, and Matthew Berry ponders the thought of including Wayne Gallman.
Operating again Devonta Freeman is coping with an ankle harm. The Giants did not follow Wednesday — they play on Monday evening — however Freeman was engaged on the aspect with a coach throughout their Tuesday exercise. That places his standing in jeopardy for this week in opposition to the Bucs. If he cannot go, count on a heavy dose of Wayne Gallman operating the soccer. — Jordan Raanan
The Eagles’ offense is getting more healthy. Rookie receiver Jalen Reagor (UCL tear in thumb) has returned to follow and is hopeful he’ll be medically cleared to play in opposition to the Cowboys on Sunday evening. Left sort out Jason Peters (toe) is again as effectively and is anticipated to start out in opposition to Dallas. — Tim McManus
Tim McManus and Todd Archer trip discussing the accidents sustained by the Eagles and Cowboys main into their Week Eight matchup.
Defensive finish Montez Sweat exited Sunday’s sport to be evaluated for a concussion, however with Washington on a bye week, there isn’t any replace on his standing and there will not be till subsequent week. Sort out Geron Christian (knee) missed Sunday’s sport vs. Dallas however might be prepared for the Nov. Eight sport vs. the New York Giants. If not, Cornelius Lucas would begin once more in his place. — John Keim
Bears vast receiver Allen Robinson is within the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Matt Nagy introduced on Wednesday. Robinson, 27, can be a key loss for the Bears (5-2), who host the New Orleans Saints (4-2) on Sunday. Robinson leads Chicago with 44 receptions for 544 yards. Final yr, Robinson had a career-high 98 catches for 1,147 yards and 7 touchdowns for one of many league’s worst offenses. The Bears are additionally bracing for the potential of not having heart Cody Whitehair in Week 8. Whitehair, who has began 71 straight video games since he entered the league in 2016, is day-to-day after struggling a calf harm in opposition to the Rams. — Jeff Dickerson
The Lions, for being near midseason, are pretty wholesome. The one harm listed for Detroit is cornerback Desmond Trufant, who continues to overlook time due to a hamstring harm. That is excellent news for a group that handled a bunch of accidents all year long. The largest factor to look at will even be at cornerback and who may come again, as Justin Coleman started working towards final week in hopes of coming off injured reserve in some unspecified time in the future. — Michael Rothstein
There was some thought that the Packers held out prime operating again Aaron Jones final week in opposition to the Texans merely as a precaution so his calf harm did not flip into one thing worse. However Jones wasn’t again at follow Wednesday and now there’s legit concern that it’s going to price Jones a second straight sport. “He’s got to continue to improve and get better each and every day, and I know he’s doing everything in his power,” coach Matt LaFleur mentioned Wednesday. “We want to be very, very careful with him and not put him in a position where he misses significant amount of time.” It might be one other week with Jamaal Williams because the Packers’ prime again — Rob Demovsky
Operating again Dalvin Prepare dinner remains to be coping with a groin harm however returned to follow Wednesday after two weeks of relaxation. That is the excellent news. However Minnesota did not come out of its bye week anyplace close to full well being, particularly within the secondary. Backup security George Iloka was placed on IR final week due to a torn ACL, and Mike Hughes (neck), Holton Hill (foot) and Cameron Dantzler (reserve/COVID-19) did not take part on the primary day of follow this week. Proper now, it is wanting as if Jeff Gladney, Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand might be tasked with masking the Packers’ Davante Adams in Week 8. — Courtney Cronin
The Falcons, in accordance with ESPN”s Jeremy Fowler, are planning to sit defensive end Takkarist McKinley for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers in part because of a lingering groin injury and also to explore trade options. The pass-rush specialist wasn’t a factor in the first meeting between these teams, playing only five snaps as the Panthers held Atlanta without a sack. — David Newton
Running back Christian McCaffrey was designated for return from injured reserve after missing five games because of a high ankle sprain. The Panthers have until 4 p.m. on Thursday to decide if that return will be this week. McCaffrey has practiced only two days with no contact on a short week, but coach Matt Rhule says a return is “potential.” If McCaffrey returns, he’ll add a lift to the purple zone offense that should discover a option to run contained in the 20. McCaffrey had 4 speeding touchdowns in lower than two video games earlier than the Week 2 harm. — David Newton
Large receiver Michael Thomas has been the Saints’ largest harm query since Week 1. However now he has half the WR room with him. Thomas (ankle/hamstring), Emmanuel Sanders (reserve/COVID-19) and undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway (ankle) all missed follow Wednesday. Sanders cannot return to any exercise earlier than Sunday, which makes him unlikely to play. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported final week that Thomas can be questionable for this week’s sport. Callaway might need the very best likelihood of taking part in, as he expressed optimism after his breakout sport in Week 7. However all of their statuses might be unsure till we see them follow. That leaves RB Alvin Kamara, TE Jared Prepare dinner and WR Tre’Quan Smith as New Orleans’ three prime choices within the passing sport. — Mike Triplett
Matthew Berry discusses how Tom Brady and different Bucs move catchers might be affected in fantasy with Chris Godwin sidelined in Week 8.
Large receiver Chris Godwin is not going to play in opposition to the New York Giants, however he might be out there for an important Week 9 sport in opposition to NFC South rival New Orleans. Godwin underwent surgical procedure for a damaged finger Tuesday and coach Bruce Arians expressed some doubt that he may return in time for Week 9. “I think it’s very optimistic that he’ll be back in a week. But it could be possible. We don’t really know how long, but yeah, so that’s why we have the insurance policy [Antonio Brown].” — Jenna Laine
The Cardinals will use their bye week to get a whole lot of gamers wholesome for his or her nine-game last stretch, specifically guys resembling linebacker Jordan Hicks and defensive sort out Jordan Phillips. The additional day without work will even assist security Jalen Thompson get again from injured reserve. — Josh Weinfuss
Tight finish Tyler Higbee is coping with a bruised hand that stored him inactive in Week 7, and it is unsure if he’ll return Sunday in opposition to the Dolphins. “It’s not really in an isolated area, it’s kind of all over,” Rams coach Sean McVay mentioned about Higbee’s bruise. “He doesn’t say anything and plays through about as much as anybody, so I know it’s bothering him pretty good right now.” If Higbee is unable to play, Gerald Everett and Johnny Mundt will once more have elevated roles. — Lindsey Thiry
The 49ers are banged up at operating again with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson Jr. coping with accidents. However Coleman may return in time for Sunday’s conflict with the Seahawks. Coleman has spent a lot of the previous month on injured reserve however had his 21-day follow window opened Wednesday and he practiced on a restricted foundation. Coach Kyle Shanahan has expressed some hope that Coleman might be out there in Seattle, which might be useful for a group that at present solely has Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty out there on the place. — Nick Wagoner
The Seahawks hope security Jamal Adams (groin) is on monitor to return Sunday in opposition to San Francisco. Additionally they hope to keep away from the potential emergency that is brewing of their out of the blue banged-up backfield after Chris Carson (foot), Carlos Hyde (hamstring) and Travis Homer (knee) all obtained harm in opposition to Arizona. The Seahawks will relaxation Carson for a lot, if not all, of this week and see how he is feeling nearer to Sunday. Carroll mentioned Hyde’s harm is not a significant one and that Homer is transferring higher Wednesday than he was Tuesday, however there isn’t any readability on their statuses both. With COVID-19 protocols precluding groups from signing free brokers for speedy reinforcement, Seattle might need to get artistic in opposition to the 49ers and use one other talent participant at operating again. — Brady Henderson