NFL Nation: NFL Injury Wire

Baltimore Ravens starting running back Bernard Pierce is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns despite having full participation in Friday's practice.

Pierce, who is dealing with a thigh injury, was added to the injury report on Thursday when he was limited in practice. He has now been listed on the injury report on a dozen weeks (including being listed as questionable four previous times), but he has never missed a game in his NFL career.

The Ravens started Pierce for the first two games of the regular season, and he's expected to remain the starter since the team released Ray Rice. If Pierce is sidelined, the Ravens would start Justin Forsett and go with rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro as the backup.

It's looking like cornerback Lardarius Webb (back) will play his first game of the season after being listed as probable. He was inactive for the first two games, but he was listed as questionable each time.

Quarterback Joe Flacco is listed as probable after having full participation the past two days. He missed Wednesday's practice with an illness.

RAVENS INJURY REPORT (WEEK 3)

Doubtful: DT Timmy Jernigan (knee, did not practice Friday)

Questionable: RB Bernard Pierce (thigh)

Probable: QB Joe Flacco (illness), CB Lardarius Webb (back), OT Eugene Monroe (knee), CB Asa Jackson (concussion)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said tests on Harry Douglas' injured left foot were negative Friday morning, but Smith said Douglas' playing status won't be updated until next week.

Douglas was injured in the first half of Thursday night's 56-14 win over Tampa Bay. He did not return to action, although he walked around behind the bench.

"We've got a couple of days to get some treatment,'' Smith said of Douglas. "And we'll have an injury report on Wednesday.''

Douglas had two catches for 14 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Buccaneers. After he exited, Eric Weems saw more time at receiver. That could be the same plan if Douglas doesn't return for next Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Smith previously indicated receiver Roddy White was close to playing against Tampa Bay coming off a hamstring injury, so it appears White will be ready to face the Vikings.

 
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The chances are growing that the struggling Oakland Raiders' defense could have the daunting task of playing against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday without starting linebackers Sio Moore and Nick Roach.

Moore
Moore has an ankle injury he suffered against Houston and Roach has been out with a concussion suffered against Green Bay on Aug. 22. Moore hasn’t practiced this week and Roach has been limited, but not cleared, for full contact, and coach Dennis Allen didn’t sound overly optimistic that would change. There is no clear answer to when Roach -- who played every defensive snap for Oakland last season -- will return.

“That’s something that we continue to look at and see if this is going to get better,” Allen said. “Obviously, number one, any time you have a concussion there’s a concern, and then obviously with the length of time that it’s taken, there’s even a little bit more concern. He seems to continue to get a little bit better every day, and so hopefully he’ll keep getting better.”

The Raiders have clearly missed Roach, as they've given up a league-high 400 rushing yards in the first two games, and would miss Moore, who's been one of Oakland's most active defenders. Miles Burris has been playing for Roach but could move outside for Moore, with Kaluka Maiava playing in the middle in that scenario.

"Well, we’ve got a couple of linebackers that we can use,” Allen said. “So we’ll take the healthy bodies that we have and we’ll have a lineup and put them out there.

Because of the injuries, Oakland is likely to add a linebacker to the active roster Sunday. A likely candidate to be moved up is rookie Bojay Filimoeatu, who was promoted from the practice squad last week, then released, then put back on the practice squad this week.

They made room by cutting rookie defensive lineman Shelby Harris. Harris was a seventh-round pick and is the first draft pick to get cut this season. The Raiders hope to put him back on the practice squad. The Raiders also cut Kaelin Burnett from the injured reserve.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- After an early evening Thursday practice, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher made it clear that a decision on the starting quarterback will again be made before Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Hill
But the decision could be a little more difficult this week with veteran Shaun Hill making progress toward a return from an injured thigh. Hill remains limited on the official injury report but did more Thursday than he did Wednesday. Austin Davis continued to get the vast majority of the work with the first-team offense.

"Shaun was limited today," Fisher said. "He did more, but we're still day to day. It will most likely be a pre-game decision like it was last week."

The Rams worked Hill out before last week's game against Tampa Bay and decided he could be active as a third quarterback capable of taking shotgun snaps in an emergency. He could follow a similar path this week if the Rams decide to go with Davis on game day.

Elsewhere on Thursday's injury report, the Rams did not have guard Rodger Saffold because of an illness and cornerback Brandon McGee was downgraded from limited participation to did not participate because of a foot injury. Center Scott Wells, who did not practice Wednesday, returned to full participation Thursday.

Here's the full breakdown:

Did not participate: WR Tavon Austin (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), OL Barrett Jones (back), Saffold (illness), McGee (foot)

Limited participation: Hill (thigh/calf)

Full participation: Wells (not injury related)

Joseph, Fiedorowicz practice fully

September, 18, 2014
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HOUSTON -- Two Houston Texans moved from the limited participation list to the Texans' lengthy full participation list on today's injury report -- cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot) and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot).

Fiedorowicz missed last week's game in Oakland. Earlier this week, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said it looked like Fiedorowicz would probably be ok to play, but they haven't made any final determinations yet.

Running back Arian Foster (hamstring), guard Ben Jones (ankle/knee) and safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow) were limited today, as they were yesterday.

Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee), receiver DeAndre Hopkins (illness) and safety Shiloh Keo (calf) did not practice. Clowney actually made a brief appearance in the locker room during the open period today. He had a sleeve on his surgically repaired knee, but no brace, and didn't appear to have a limp. Clowney had arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago. Hopkins caught a bug, but is expected to play Sunday.

For the New York Giants, punter Steve Weatherford, who didn't practice yesterday, returned to practice on a limited basis. Linebacker Jon Beason (foot/ankle), receiver Odell Beckham (hamstring) and linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) did not practice. In addition to Weatherford, offensive tackles James Brewer (back) and Charles Brown (shoulder) were limited.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings were without linebacker Chad Greenway -- because of a broken hand and a rib injury -- at practice on Wednesday, as well as right tackle Phil Loadholt (ankle) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder).

Tight end Kyle Rudolph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes joined those three players on a list of Vikings starters who missed practice time on Wednesday. Rudolph was limited with an abdominal injury, which showed up on the Vikings' injury report for the first time, while Rhodes was limited because of the groin injury he played with last Sunday. Coach Mike Zimmer said Rhodes will be "fine" to play on Sunday, after he played last week's game against the New England Patriots.

Linebacker Brandon Watts, who missed the Vikings' first two games with a knee injury, also practiced in a limited capacity for the first time this season. Wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) was limited, and linebacker Michael Mauti (foot) was a full participant.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods was added to Wednesday's injury report with an ankle injury.

Woods was not listed on the team's unofficial injury report Monday, so it's likely that he suffered the injury during Wednesday's practice.

Meanwhile, linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) was limited in his return to practice on Wednesday.

"I felt pretty good," Rivers said. "Moving around pretty well and [will] just keep taking it day by day."

Did not participate:
S Jonathan Meeks (neck/placed on injured reserve)
LB Randell Johnson (knee)

Limited participation:
LB Keith Rivers (groin)
DT Stefan Charles (hip)
WR Robert Woods (ankle)

Full participation:
WR Sammy Watkins (ribs)
TE Lee Smith (toe)
TAMPA, Fla. – Bucs All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy officially is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game in Atlanta.

McCoy has a broken hand, but there’s some reason for optimism after he took part in Wednesday’s practice on a limited basis. McCoy and coach Lovie Smith have said a game-day decision will be made.

Linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins have been declared out. Defensive end Michael Johnson (ankle) and running back Doug Martin (knee) are listed as questionable.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews, who suffered an ankle sprain in the season opener against New Orleans, said he expects to play against Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

In the same breath, Matthews cautioned that the decision is not up to him.

Matthews
"We'll see what coach says," Matthews said.

The Falcons had a walkthrough Monday. Had it been a full practice, Matthews would have been a limited participant along with Julio Jones (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee), while Roddy White (hamstring) would have been held out. White was expected to have his practice schedule limited coming off a left knee injury, so the hamstring is a new addition to the equation.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said he anticipated the limited players -- Matthews, Jones, and Shembo -- to be full participants during Tuesday's practice.

"I hope that I can," Matthews said about going through a full practice. "We'll see what the coaches allow me to do. But I'm going to go out there and do some stuff, so we'll see how it goes."

Matthews returned to the field last Friday for some light drill work.

"I'm feeling better," he said. "They're doing a really good job with treatments and all that stuff to get me back as soon as possible. It's feeling better every day. I'm excited to see how this week goes for the game. I know they're going to do a good job and get me taped up and ready for the game."

It would make sense for the Falcons to be extra cautious with Matthews. Not playing him Thursday would give him extra time to get fully healthy for the team's Sept. 28 trip to Minnesota.

Whenever Matthews returns, it wouldn't be a surprise to see current left tackle Gabe Carimi shifted back over to right tackle as the starter, considering how Lamar Holmes struggled in Sunday's 24-10 loss to Cincinnati. Carimi graded out well.

"Wherever I'm needed, I think I'm pretty versatile," Carimi said.

Carimi also has some familiarity with the next opponent. He played for the Buccaneers last season and was drafted by Chicago when first-year Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith was coaching the Bears.

Decker injures hamstring, set for tests

September, 15, 2014
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GREEN BAY -- The New York Jets suffered a potentially costly injury Sunday, as wide receiver Eric Decker exited in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury.

Decker
It's the same hamstring that nagged Decker throughout training camp, except this time the injury is believed to be more severe. He will have tests Monday, presumably an MRI. Asked the severity, Decker said curtly, "Don't know. Find out tomorrow." He said the injury is "hard to gauge."

Decker walked off the field clutching his right hamstring. He went to the trainers' table on the sideline, where doctors tried to stretch out his leg.

Clearly, the Jets would miss Decker, their No. 1 receiver, the $36 million free agent. He was their leading receiver in the 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers, catching four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 29-yard slant-and-go. On the downside, he also had a killer drop.

The passing attack revolved around Decker and Jeremy Kerley. They were targeted 15 times; the other wideouts and tight ends were targeted a total of seven times. David Nelson was a non-factor, with only one late catch.

The Jets reported no other injuries.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants lost another game Sunday, and lost two key defensive players as well.

Middle linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Walter Thurmond suffered injuries in the Giants’ 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and their availability for next week and beyond is uncertain.

Beason
Beason and Thurmond both exited the game in the second half and did not return. Beason suffered a toe injury, and will undergo an X-ray and MRI. Coach Tom Coughlin said he thinks it is the same toe Beason injured in the spring, which caused him to miss the entire preseason.

Thurmond suffered a pectoral injury and said he will have tests done Monday as well.

“It’s kind of sore right now,” Thurmond said. “Hopefully it’s not too bad, where I can come back very quickly from this. I’ll know more in the next couple days.”

Beason was credited with turning the Giants’ defense around last season after coming over via trade from the Carolina Panthers in October, and he was named a defensive captain prior to the start of this regular season.

His injury left the Giants very thin at linebacker, since rookie Devon Kennard was inactive due to a hamstring injury. Mark Herzlich, primarily a special teams player, had to enter in Beason’s place.

Thurmond is the Giants’ third cornerback but plays a lot, with teams using three and four wide-receiver sets so frequently. Trumaine McBride stepped in for Thurmond -- McBride did play very well last season for the Giants after replacing the injured and ineffective Corey Webster.
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns listed tight end Jordan Cameron and linebacker Barkevious Mingo as questionable for Sunday’s game against New Orleans even though neither practiced all week.

Coach Mike Pettine said he “absolutely” hopes to have Cameron on the field, but a decision on whether he’ll play will come Sunday when inactives are due.

Petttine said he has no rule that requires players to practice during the week to play on Sunday.

Alford
Cameron
“Ive seen guys that for a large part of the season would do nothing but walk through and go out there and play at a high level,” Pettine said.

He called any decision on practice and playing an individual decision based on the circumstances. Cameron is a big part of the Browns offense, but he barely played in the second half against Pittsburgh and the Browns had 288 yards of offense and scored 24 points.

Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge replaced Cameron. If he can’t play the Browns would activate recently signed tight end Gerrell Robinson.

Mingo would be replaced by Jabaal Sheard.

Running back Ben Tate met the media for the first time since hurting his knee in the opener. He said he hurt it on a 25-yard run with just less than 7 minutes left in the first half and felt it when he tried to return to the game.

“It just didn’t feel right,” he said.

Tate would not say how long he’d be out, but did say: “The bye week comes at a good time.”

Which would indicate he probably is unlikely to play next week against Baltimore but could return in Tennessee after the bye.

DeAngelo Williams (thigh) questionable

September, 12, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams did not practice on Friday for the second straight day with a thigh injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Detroit Lions.

Williams did run prior to practice, but his status for the game is up in the air.

"I'm concerned,'' coach Ron Rivera said. "He's a running back and he's got to rely on that burst. Based on what he ran today, I've got to see where he is tomorrow. If he's the slightest big hampered by it, [he'll sit].''

Williams, 31, led Carolina (1-0) with 72 yards rushing in last week's 20-14 victory over Tampa Bay. He practiced full on Wednesday, then came in with a sore thigh on Thursday.

"It's the burst you always worry about,'' Rivera said.

Williams led the team in rushing with 843 yards last season and is the team's all-time leader with 6,627 rushing yards and 46 rushing touchdowns.

He has dedicated this season to his mother, who died of breast cancer in May. He died his hair pink for the opener at Tampa Bay.

Stewart
If Williams doesn't play, Jonathan Stewart will get the start. Stewart has missed most of the last two seasons with ankle injuries, but said prior to this season he felt the best he has in three years.

Stewart has 4,036 career rushing yards. He had a career-best 1,133 yards in 2009 when he and Williams became the first pair of backs to rush for more than 1,100 yards on the same team in the same season.

Rivera said Stewart would split carries with Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker if Williams can't play. Whittaker led the team in rushing during the preseason.

Meanwhile, tight end Greg Olsen returned to practice after leaving on Thursday to be with his son T.J., who is recovering from his third open heart surgery since being born in 2012 with a congenital heart defect.

Rivera didn't go into details but said things were going well for Olsen's son.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Right tackle Bryan Bulaga is no better than a 50-50 bet to play in Sunday's game against the New York Jets and still has to show Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy that he can go the distance in practice.

For that reason, plus some soreness in his left knee, Bulaga was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. The Packers do not practice on Fridays anymore but will hold a short practice on Saturday. If there's a change to a player's status, the team will update that on Saturday.

Bulaga
"I think he needs to go out and be able to do the move-the-ball segment and show that he can go through and sustain a drive," McCarthy said Friday. "[That] would be usually what you’re looking for when you have someone coming off that type of injury."

If Bulaga can't go, Derek Sherrod, who struggled in his relief assignment last week against Seattle, would make his first career start.

The only player ruled out against the Jets was starting inside linebacker Brad Jones, who has a quadriceps injury and is coming off a poor showing. Jamari Lattimore, who started four games last season, is expected to start in Jones' place.

As expected, running back Eddie Lacy (concussion) was listed as probable after he was fully cleared on Thursday.

For information on the Jets’ injury situation, including the status of cornerback Dee Milliner, click here.

Here's the Packers' full injury report:

Out
LB Brad Jones (quadriceps)

Questionable
RT Bryan Bulaga (knee)

Probable
TE Brandon Bostick (fibula)
CB Demetri Goodson (concussion)
RB Eddie Lacy (concussion)

Mathieu hopeful to 'squeeze in' Sunday

September, 11, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. – This might be the week Tyrann Mathieu returns to the field, more than nine months after tearing his ACL and LCL.

With the game plan installed, Mathieu said he might be part of it.

Mathieu
“Hopefully, I can squeeze in there, possibly,” he said.

During his Wednesday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu has looked better in coverage this week and has improved his body control. Mathieu’s snaps with the first team have also increased, Arians added.

A decision was going to be made Thursday if Mathieu would play this week, Arians said on the radio, but he doesn’t meet with the media until Friday. Arians has said in the past that a realistic goal for Mathieu’s return was the first week of October, which comes after Arizona’s bye week.

Whenever Mathieu returns, he wants it to be in the same role he had as a rookie.

“I don’t want to just be a certain package guy,” he said. “If I’m out there, obviously I want to be out there every down.”

The decision to play Mathieu at free safety and nickel corner would mean he’d take the places of Rashad Johnson (free safety) and Jerraud Powers (nickel corner). Both had good camps and preseasons, and Powers had Arizona’s lone interception on Monday night, but Mathieu’s value comes in his ability to play three positions. He doesn’t have to come off the field when Arizona switches to its base, nickel or dime packages, decisions that would force Johnson and Powers to shift positions or even sub out.

Mathieu doesn’t think it'll be tough to crack the starting lineup, but getting healthy might be the first step toward returning to his old position. He’s seen himself make the same strides Arians has noticed.

“I’m not thinking about cutting and thinking about my knee anymore,” Mathieu said. “Not any concerns tackling. Not really worried about that.”

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