We got a taste of NFL football on Thursday night with the Buffalo Bills beatdown of the defending Super Bowl champions.

With 14 games scheduled for Sunday, and an additional contest slated for Monday, we’re only a few days away from the NFL season being in full swing.

With that in mind, it’s important to keep an eye on these practice reports to see what key NFL players might be missing or limited in this weekend’s action due to injuries.

Also, be sure to bookmark our NFL Injured Reserve Tracker which will be updated weekly throughout the season.

Saints at Falcons, 1:00 PM

Saints Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Tre’Quan Smith
WR Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Dwayne Washington
RB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Paulson Adebo
CB Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Landon Young
OT Hip DNP DNP LP Questionable
Michael Thomas
WR Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Erik McCoy
C Calf LP LP FP (-)
Pete Werner
LB Groin LP LP FP (-)
J.T. Gray
DB Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Tyrann Mathieu
FS Illness (-) (-) DNP Questionable

– With rookie left tackle Trevor Penning on the IR, James Hurst will start for the Saints in Atlanta.

Hurst started 10 games at left tackle for the Saints last year, including a Week 18 matchup against the Falcons where he earned a season-high 90.1 pass-blocking grade on Pro Football Focus.

– The biggest question for New Orleans is the health of Michael Thomas. The former All Pro led the NFL in receptions in 2018 and 2019, but hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury in 2020.

Thomas is currently dealing with a hamstring injury that has limited him in practice in recent weeks. Jameis Winston will have to rely on Jarvis Landry and rookie Chris Olave if Thomas is absent.

Falcons Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Drake London
WR Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Darren Hall
CB Quadriceps LP LP LP Questionable
Parker Hesse
TE Personal DNP (-) (-) (-)

Drake London hasn’t touched the field since injuring his knee in the Falcons’ preseason opener. The rookie wide out was limited in practice this week and is expected to go through a workout on Saturday afternoon that will determine his availability for Sunday.

If London is out, it will be up to Olamide Zaccheaus and Bryan Edwards to earn most of the targets against the Saints.

Browns at Panthers

Browns Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Jadeveon Clowney
DE Illness/Elbow DNP FP FP (-)
Jack Conklin
OT Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Grant Delpit
SAF Hip LP LP FP (-)
A.J. Green
CB Hip FP FP FP (-)
Ronnie Harrison
DB Hamstring FP FP FP (-)
Chris Hubbard
OT Elbow FP FP FP Questionable
Isaiah Thomas
DE Hand FP FP FP (-)
Greedy Williams
CB Hamstring LP DNP DNP Out
Chase Winovich
DE Hamstring LP FP FP (-)
Mike Woods
WR Hamstring LP LP DNP Questionable

Greedy Williams was moved to the IR, meaning he will miss the first four games due to his hamstring injury.

His absence does thin the depth in the Browns secondary, but they still have Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome II starting at cornerback.

Panthers Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Eddy Pineiro
K Left Hip FP FP FP (-)
Giovanni Ricci
TE Hip LP LP FP (-)
Christian McCaffrey
RB Shin (-) FP FP (-)
Brandon Smith
LB Thigh (-) (-) LP Questionable

– Some folks were worried when Christian McCaffrey popped up on Thursday’s injury report. However, the running back suffered a minor cut on his shin and was a full-go in Friday’s session.

– Despite returning from injury this week, Bradley Bozeman is expected to sit behind Pat Elflein at center.

Bozeman was brought in from Baltimore to replace Elflein, but after missing most of training camp, it will be Elflein taking the first snaps on Sunday.

49ers at Bears

49ers Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Daniel Brunskill
OT Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
George Kittle
TE Groin DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Dre Greenlaw
LB Elbow LP LP LP (-)
Arik Armstead
DE Knee FP FP FP (-)
Oren Burks
ILB Knee FP FP FP (-)
Jimmy Garoppolo
QB Right Shoulder FP FP FP (-)
Mike McGlinchey
OT Knee FP FP FP (-)

George Kittle suffered a groin injury in practice on Monday and didn’t return to the field all week. He’s considered questionable heading into the weekend.

In his only game with Trey Lance last season, Kittle had just one catch for 29 yards on two targets. Third-year pro Charlie Woerner is the backup option if Kittle is inactive.

Bears Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Velus Jones
WR Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Dominique Robinson
DE Knee LP LP FP Questionable

– Rookie third-round pick Velus Jones Jr. is expected to be inactive after missing practice all week due to a hamstring injury.

Equanimeous St. Brown and Byron Pringle should slide into the starting lineup next to Darnell Mooney.

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Steelers at Bengals

Steelers Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Diontae Johnson
WR Shoulder/Cramps LP LP FP (-)
Marcus Allen
LB Hamstring LP FP FP (-)
Chukwuma Okorafor
OT Back (-) DNP FP (-)
Cameron Heyward
DE Coach’s Decision (-) DNP FP (-)

Bengals Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Devin Asiasi
TE Quad DNP DNP DNP Out
Mitchell Wilcox
TE Ankle LP LP FP Questionable
Drew Sample
TE Knee FP FP FP (-)
Trent Taylor
WR Hamstring (-) LP LP Questionable

Eagles at Lions

Eagles Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Derek Barnett
DE Ribs LP FP FP (-)
Javon Hargrave
NT Toe LP FP FP (-)
Miles Sanders
RB Hamstring FP FP FP (-)
Josiah Scott
CB Hamstring LP LP FP (-)

– The Eagles enter Week 1 healthy, with the exception of backup left tackle Andre Dillard, who is currently on the IR after breaking his arm last week.

Should starting left tackle Jordan Mailata go down, it will Jack Driscoll protecting Jalen Hurts’s blindside.

Lions Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Tommy Kraemer
G Back DNP DNP DNP Out
Levi Onwuzurike
DT Back DNP DNP DNP Out
Frank Ragnow
C Groin LP DNP LP Questionable
Ifeatu Melifonwu
DB Hamstring LP LP LP Doubtful
Julian Okwara
LB Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Chris Board
LB Knee LP FP FP (-)
John Cominsky
DE Illness DNP FP FP (-)
Austin Seibert
K Right Groin LP FP FP (-)

– The interior of the Lions offensive line is banged up with Halapoulivaati Vaitai on the IR and Tommy Kraemer ruled out with a back injury.

Detroit hasn’t confirmed who will suit up at right tackle with Dan Campbell telling reporters center Frank Ragnow or left guard Jonah Jackson could slide over with Evan Brown or Logan Stenberg being elevated into the starting lineup.

Colts at Texans

Colts Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Shaquille Leonard
OLB Back FP LP LP Out
Dennis Kelly
OT Knee LP LP LP Questionable

– The Colts have ruled out Shaquille Leonard for Sunday’s season opener. The All Pro linebacker underwent back surgery early in training camp, but has been active in practice in recent weeks.

Zaire Franklin will start in the middle of the Colts defense against the Texans. Franklin has played over 34 defensive just once in his career, all the way back in 2018.

Texans Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Rasheem Green
DE Thigh DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Mario Addison
DE Thigh LP DNP DNP Doubtful

– The loss of Mario Addison and possibly Rasheem Green will be tough for a Texans’ defense that pressured opposing quarterbacks just 20 percent of the time last season.

The duo combined for 13.5 sacks last year for Buffalo and Seattle, the Texans had 32 sacks as a team in 2021.

Patriots at Dolphins

Patriots Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Jakobi Meyers
WR Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Ty Montgomery
WR Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Isaiah Wynn
OT Back LP LP LP Questionable
Joshuah Bledsoe
DB Groin (-) LP LP Questionable
Shaun Wade
CB Ankle (-) (-) LP Questionable

– Once again, it is tough to gauge the availability of any injured Patriots due to every player being listed as limited and questionable.

However, if Jakobi Meyers is inactive, it will leave the receiving corps very thin with Tyquan Thornton already on the IR.

Currently Nelson Agholor, DeVante Parker and Kendrick Bourne are the only healthy receivers on the roster.

Dolphins Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Salvon Ahmed
RB Heel LP LP LP Questionable
Tanner Conner
TE Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Chase Edmonds
RB Groin LP FP (-) (-)
Myles Gaskin
RB Neck LP FP (-) (-)
Alec Ingold
RB Hamstring LP LP FP (-)
Nik Needham
DB Quad LP LP FP (-)
Eric Rowe
CB Pectoral LP LP LP Questionable
Andrew Van Ginkel
OLB NIR/Illness LP LP LP Questionable
Jaylen Waddle
WR Quad LP FP (-) (-)
Raekwon Davis
DT Knee (-) LP LP Questionable
Connor Williams
G Knee (-) (-) FP (-)

– Speaking of healthy receivers, it seems Jaylen Waddle will be available after being removed from the injury report on Friday. He was limited earlier in the week due to a quad injury.

Ravens at Jets

Ravens Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Nick Boyle
TE Ankle/Rest (-) DNP FP Unspecified
Travis Jones
DT Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
J.K. Dobbins
RB Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Marcus Peters
DB Knee/Rest LP LP DNP Questionable
Ronnie Stanley
OT Ankle LP DNP DNP Doubtful

Ronnie Stanley is expected to miss Sunday’s game after being limited in practice earlier in the week.

Eight-year vet Ja’Wuan James is expected to slide into Stanley’s spot, blocking Lamar Jackson’s blindside. James has played just 18 snaps at left tackle in his career, none since 2018.

Jets Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Duane Brown
OT Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Out
Zach Wilson
QB Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
George Fant
OT Knee LP LP FP Questionable
Justin Hardee
DB Calf LP FP FP Questionable
Conor McDermott
OT Ankle LP LP FP Questionable
D.J. Reed
CB Knee LP LP FP Questionable

Joe Flacco will start at quarterback with Zach Wilson still sidelined with a knee injury he suffered in the Jets’ preseason opener.

Following a midseason trade from Philadelphia, Flacco saw action in two games for the Jets last season, completing 64 percent of his passes and averaging 8.05 yards per attempt.

This will be his first game against the Ravens after spending 11 years in Baltimore.

– Blocking Flacco’s blindside will be George Fant, who moves back to left tackle with Duane Brown on the shelf with a shoulder injury.

Fant spent 840 snaps at left tackle last season, allowing just one sack and 14 quarterback pressures. He will be replaced on the right side of the line by rookie Max Mitchell.

Mitchell was a fourth-round pick in April and started two preseason games at right tackle, allowing three pressures and earning a 47.8 pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus.

Jaguars at Commanders

Jaguars Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Foley Fatukasi
DT Calf LP LP LP Questionable
Cam Robinson
OT Ankle (-) (-) LP (-)

Commanders Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Kamren Curl
SAF Thumb DNP DNP DNP Out
Cam Sims
WR Concussion LP LP LP (-)
Logan Thomas
TE Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Cole Turner
TE Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
John Bates
TE Calf FP FP FP (-)
Phidarian Mathis
DT Ankle FP FP FP (-)
Trai Turner
G Quad FP FP FP (-)

– Washington will start the season with Chase Young on the IR. The former Defensive Rookie of the Year suffered a torn ACL last season and is still working his way back from that.

James Smith-Williams should get the snaps in place of Young. The former 7th-round pick has three sacks in two seasons.

Chiefs at Cardinals

Chiefs Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Deon Bush
DB Foot FP FP FP (-)
Malik Herring
DE Abdomen FP FP FP (-)
Trey Smith
G Shoulder FP FP FP (-)
JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR Knee FP FP FP (-)
Darian Kinnard
G Elbow (-) FP FP (-)
Frank Clark
DE Illness (-) DNP LP (-)

Cardinals Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Markus Golden
DE Toe DNP LP FP (-)
Trayvon Mullen
CB Toe DNP DNP DNP Out
J.J. Watt
DE Calf DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Aaron Brewer
LS Ankle LP FP FP (-)
Zach Ertz
TE Calf LP DNP LP Questionable
Justin Pugh
G Neck LP LP LP Questionable
Zeke Turner
LB Shoulder LP LP FP (-)
Jonathan Ward
RB Shoulder LP LP FP (-)
Cody Ford
OT Ankle (-) LP DNP Out
Rondale Moore
WR Hamstring (-) LP DNP Out
Byron Murphy
CB Illness (-) (-) DNP Questionable

– The Cardinals are down two starting receivers this week with Rondale Moore out and DeAndre Hopkins serving the first game of his suspension. Kyler Murray will turn to AJ Green and the newly-acquired Hollywood Brown to carry most of the passing offense.

– Complicating matters further is the health of tight end Zach Ertz, who has been dealing with a calf injury for over a month now. Ertz led the Cardinals in targets and receptions after he was acquired from the Eagles in a midseason trade last year.

Rookie second-round pick Trey McBride could get his first-career start if Ertz sits. The Colorado State product had 90 catches for 1121 yards as a senior in 2021.

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Packers at Vikings

Packers Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
David Bakhtiari
OT Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Mason Crosby
K Right Knee FP FP FP (-)
Tipa Galeai
LB Elbow FP FP FP (-)
Jake Hanson
C Shoulder FP FP FP (-)
Elgton Jenkins
OT Pectoral/Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Allen Lazard
WR Ankle DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Dallin Leavitt
DB Shoulder FP FP FP (-)
Yosh Nijman
OT Knee FP FP FP (-)
Darnell Savage
DB Hamstring LP LP LP (-)
Robert Tonyan
TE Knee LP LP LP (-)
Christian Watson
WR Knee FP FP FP (-)

– Both of the Packers’ starting tackles are listed as questionable after being limited in practice all week. Yosh Nijman would start at left tackle if David Bakhtiari is unavailable and Royce Newman is the backup plan at right tackle.

Bakhtiari is still working back from an injury he suffered in the 2020 postseason, but was arguably the best left tackle in the NFL prior to that, earning first or second team All Pro nods in the previous five seasons.

Allen Lazard was presumed to be the Packers top wide receiver this season, but he will likely miss Week 1 after sitting out practice for the past two weeks due to an ankle injury.

Rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs could compete for snaps opposite Sammy Watkins and Randall Cobb on Sunday with Lazard out.

It’s also worth noting Watkins has 20 catches for 376 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1 over the past three seasons.

Vikings Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Jonathan Bullard
DL Bicep LP LP FP Questionable
Lewis Cine
DB Knee (-) LP DNP Questionable
Alexander Mattison
RB NIR/Personal (-) DNP DNP (-)

Alexander Mattison is expected to play on Sunday despite missing practice for the last two days due to personal reasons.

It remains to be seen how the Vikings new coaching staff will utilize the former third-round pick, but he had 10 touches in just one game where Dalvin Cook was healthy last year.

Giants at Titans

Giants Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Dane Belton
DB Clavicle LP LP LP Questionable
Azeez Ojulari
LB Calf LP LP LP Doubtful
Sterling Shepard
WR Achilles LP LP LP (-)
Kayvon Thibodeaux
LB Knee LP LP LP Doubtful

Kayvon Thibodeaux will have to wait at least one more week to make his NFL debut after being limited in practice all week with a knee injury he suffered during the first week of the preseason.

With fellow edge rusher Azeez Ojulari also listed as doubtful, it could be difficult for the Giants to generate pressure with Jihad Ward and Tomon Fox as their primary edge rushers against Tennessee.

New York ranked 29th in pressure rate last season, but the addition of Wink Martindale should add some aggressive to their scheme. His Ravens blitzed at the sixth-highest rate in 2021.

Titans Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Lonnie Johnson
CB Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Elijah Molden
CB Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Chance Campbell
LB Knee LP DNP DNP Out
Jamarco Jones
OT Triceps LP LP LP Out
Ola Adeniyi
LB Neck (-) LP DNP Questionable

– The Titans lost their best pass rusher for the season last week when Harold Landry suffered a torn ACL in practice.

Tennessee will rely on Denico Autry and Bud Dupree to pressure the quarterback in Landry’s absence.

Autry is coming off his best season in the NFL, 9.0 sacks and 18 quarterback hits, although Dupree had a career-low 3.0 sacks in his first year with the Titans.

Raiders at Chargers

Raiders Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Divine Deablo
LB Wrist (-) (-) FP (-)

Chargers Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
J.C. Jackson
DB Ankle DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Donald Parham
TE Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Isaiah Spiller
RB Ankle FP FP FP (-)
Drue Tranquill
LB Back (-) (-) LP Questionable

J.C. Jackson is listed as doubtful after not practice all week due to an ankle injury. Expect Michael Davis to fill in on the outside with Bryce Callahan handling the majority of the snaps in the slot.

Davis was the Chargers’ most-targeted defender a year ago, yielding a 55-percent completion percentage and 13.0 yards per reception.

Callahan was the NFL’s best slot corner in 2020, but injuries slowed him in 2021 and he allowed a career-worst passer rating of 97.4 when targeted, over 50 points higher than his passer rating allowed the year prior.

Buccaneers at Cowboys

Buccaneers Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Giovani Bernard
RB Ankle LP LP FP (-)
Russell Gage
WR Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Chris Godwin
WR Knee FP DNP FP Questionable
Zyon McCollum
CB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Logan Ryan
DB Hamstring LP LP FP (-)
Tristan Wirfs
OT Abdominal LP FP FP (-)
Mike Edwards
DB Illness (-) LP FP (-)

– The interior of the Buccaneers offensive line is in shambles after the retirement of Ali Marpet and the injuries to Aaron Stinnie and Ryan Jensen.

Left guard Luke Goedeke and center Robert Hainsey will be making their first-career NFL starts on Sunday, although right guard Shaq Mason spent five years with Tom Brady in New England.

– As for Chris Godwin, he is questionable after shedding his knee brace and non-contact jersey in practice this week.

He is returning from a torn ACL at the end of last season. Prior to the injury, Godwin was averaging a career-high 7.0 receptions per game.

Scotty Miller can handle the slot receiver duties if Godwin is held out on Sunday.

Cowboys Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Michael Gallup
WR Knee LP LP LP Out
Jourdan Lewis
CB Hamstring LP FP FP (-)
Dak Prescott
QB Ankle (-) LP FP (-)
Jayron Kearse
DB Neck (-) (-) DNP Questionable

– The Cowboys will rely on rookie Tyler Smith to replace Tyron Smith at left tackle while the All Pro is on the IR. Tyler Smith, a first-round pick from Tulsa spent most of his college career at left tackle, but spent the offseason working at left guard with the Cowboys prior to the injury.

Michael Gallup’s absence isn’t expected to last much longer, but he is out on Sunday after being limited in practice all week. With James Washington already on the IR, Dallas is really relying on CeeDee Lamb to carry the passing offense.

Rookie third-round pick Jalen Tolbert is expected to be the number two receiver with Noah Brown and Dennis Houston filling in behind him.

Broncos at Seahawks

Broncos Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Thu Fri Sat Game Status
Randy Gregory
DE Shoulder/Knee LP LP (-)
K.J. Hamler
WR Knee/Hip LP LP (-)
Josey Jewell
ILB Calf LP DNP (-)
Billy Turner
OT Knee LP LP (-)
Jonas Griffith
LB Elbow FP FP (-)

Seahawks Injury Report for Week 1

Player Position Injury Thu Fri Sat Game Status
Kenneth Walker III
RB Hernia DNP DNP (-)
Tyler Ott
LS Shoulder DNP DNP (-)
Artie Burns
CB Groin DNP DNP (-)
Alton Robinson
LB Knee DNP DNP (-)
Jake Curhan
OT Elbow LP FP (-)
Damien Lewis
G Knee/Ankle LP LP (-)
Sidney Jones
CB Concussion LP FP (-)
Boye Mafe
LB Shoulder LP FP (-)
Ryan Neal
DB Ankle LP FP (-)
Gabe Jackson
G Knee LP FP (-)
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