The 2021 NFL preseason is in the books and now we wait the long 10 days until the kickoff of the regular season. And while most teams made it through training camp relatively unscathed, there were a few squads who weren’t so lucky in their final tune-up.
In this space, we will update you on all the latest injury news from the week, starting with a recap from the final week of the preseason games:
Fri, Sept 3
– The Cardinals placed Jordan Phillips on the IR. It’s still unclear what the diagnosis is on the defensive end’s ailment.
– Falcons starting guard Josh Andrews will start the season on the IR. He is recovering from surgery after breaking his hand in practice earlier this week.
– The Ravens placed wide receivers Miles Boykin and Rashod Bateman on the IR. Boykin has missed two weeks of practice with a hamstring injury and Bateman is recovering from groin surgery.
– Danny Trevathan and rookie tackle Teven Jenkins will start the season on the Bears’ IR. Trevathan has been dealing with a nagging knee injury and while Jenkins is recovering from back surgery.
– The Browns placed linebacker Jacob Phillips on the IR. However, he is expected to return when he’s eligible in Week 4.
– Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson missed practice on Thursday with a groin injury. Tackle La’el Collins is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he’s still sitting out of practice with a neck issue.
– Bradley Chubb was absent from Broncos practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury. The linebacker is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Tight end Noah Fant is still not practicing due to a leg injury that has sidelined him for a couple weeks.
– Lions defensive end Da’Shawn Hand was placed on the IR with a groin injury. Hand hasn’t practiced since suffering the injury three weeks ago. He also missed three weeks last year with a groin injury.
– Whitney Mercilus suffered a hamstring injury during the Texans’ preseason finale. Despite this, he is still expected to be ready for the regular season.
– The Colts placed T.Y. Hilton (neck) on the IR. He is expected to return after recovering from surgery. Speaking of returning, Carson Wentz, Ryan Kelly and Zach Pascal all returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.
– Jaguars rookie Travis Etienne will spend the entirety of 2021 on the IR after undergoing foot surgery on Thursday. His recovery is expected to take four months.
– Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive on Wednesday. Kansas City will be without Kyle Long for at least the first six weeks of the season as the veteran remains on the PUP list. He is dealing with a leg injury.
– The Rams placed pass rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on the IR with a stinger. He will be eligible to return in Week 4.
– Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. was expected to have a breakout season, but he could miss the whole season with a knee injury. This is a surprising move considering the injury was expected to minor as recently as earlier this week.
– N’Keal Harry will start the season on the IR after suffering a shoulder injury against the Eagles in Week 2 of the preseason.
– For the first time in training camp, Saquon Barkley took off the non-contact jersey. The Giants also got good news from Kenny Golladay (hamstring) as practiced with the team on Thursday. However, he didn’t sound confident when asked about his Week 1 status.
– Jets receiver Jamison Crowder is dealing with a groin injury, but he is expected to be ready for Week 1.
– The Steelers placed Stephon Tuitt on the IR for undisclosed reasons. Tuitt is dealing with a knee injury, but Mike Tomlin has alluded to Tuitt going through some personal things.
– Trey Lance is expected to miss more time with his finger injury. He could be back as soon as Monday. Meanwhile, Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) is on track to be ready for Week 1 after running sprints on Thursday.
– Bobby Wagner has been absent from Seahawks practice all week after undergoing a knee procedure. However, Pete Carroll told reporters it is a treatment the linebacker does every year and won’t affect Wagner’s status for Week 1.
– Buccaneers running back Giovani Bernard missed practice on Thursday with a high-ankle sprain. The injury is considered “mild” and Bernard is still expected to suit up Week 1.
– The Titans placed backup running back Darrynton Evans on the IR with a knee injury.
– The Washington Football Team expected Curtis Samuel to return to practice full-time on Monday. The former Panther is dealing with a groin injury.
Wed, Sept 1
– Malcolm Butler was placed on the reserve/retired on Tuesday. He’s been away from the team while dealing with a personal matter.
– Panthers safety Juston Burris is dealing with a “minor hip injury” according to Matt Rhule. He should return at some point this week.
– The Bears placed Tarik Cohen on the PUP list. He is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered last season and will be out for at least the first six weeks of 2021.
– Packers All-Pro David Bakhtiari will start 2021 on the PUP list. He will miss at least six games. He tore his ACL last season during practice prior to the postseason.
– Trevor Lawrence should have all his receivers at his disposal come Week 1, according to Urban Meyer. Marvin Jones Jr. (shoulder), Tavon Austin (quad) and D.J. Chark Jr. (finger) will be ready for the regular season.
– Anthony Barr has been absent from Vikings practice for almost a month now, dealing with a knee injury. He is considered “50-50” to be ready for Week 1.
– Former Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore will start the season on the PUP list. He will miss the next six weeks as he deals with a quad injury. However, some view this move as strictly financial.
– The Saints moved Michael Thomas to the PUP list. Thomas is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery and will be eligible to return in Week 7.
– While Joe Judge wasn’t ready to give an answer on Saquon Barkley’s availability for Week 1, the Giants head coach did admit he is unsure if Evan Engram will be ready after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday.
Tues, Aug 31
– The Cardinals placed Darqueze Dennard on the IR. The former Bengals cornerback is dealing with an undisclosed injury and will be ineligible to return this season.
– Nick Boyle has been removed from the Ravens’ PUP list. While this doesn’t necessarily mean Boyle is ready to return from his knee injury in time for Week 1, he is now eligible to play before Week 6.
– Texans wide receiver/returner Andre Roberts returned to practice on Monday and head coach David Culley told reporters he thinks Roberts will be ready to go when Week 1 rolls around.
– Carson Wentz headlines a list of three Colts who landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. Joining the quarterback are starting center Ryan Kelly and wide receiver Zach Pascal. Despite being unvaccinated, Wentz is eligible to return to the Colts after just five days, provided he remains asymptomatic and tests negative.
– Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith was not present at Monday’s practice. It’s unclear what caused the absence.
– Giants first-round pick Kadarius Toney (undisclosed) is still on track to be ready for the regular season. The prognosis for Evan Engram isn’t as positive as his status for Week 1 is in doubt after suffering a calf injury on Sunday.
– Eagles safety Rodney McLeod returned to practice for the first time this season after being removed from the PUP list. However, the veteran wouldn’t commit to being ready to start Week 1. Also added to the Eagles active roster was second-round pick Landon Dickerson. The second-round pick spent the entire offseason on the NFI list, but also wouldn’t say whether he’d be good to go in the season opener.
– 49ers rookie Trey Lance ended up with a “small chip in his finger” and will miss roughly one week according to Kyle Shanahan.
– Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller suffered a minor injury to his elbow on Sunday. However, Bruce Arians told reporters to not be concerned about his slot receiver.
– Titans right guard Nate Davis became the latest player to be added to the Tennessee reserve/COVID-19 list. That is now a dozen players/coaches who are sidelined due to COVID-19.
Mon, Aug 30
– The Cardinals’ COVID-19 woes may be over as they expect to get guard Justin Pugh and cornerback Robert Alford back from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.
– J.K. Dobbins suffered a torn ACL in the Ravens’ preseason finale. He will miss the rest of the season.
– Bears safety Deon Bush suffered a stinger on Saturday afternoon. The severity of his injury remains unknown.
– Trae Waynes (hamstring) remains day-to-day according to Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. As a result, Eli Apple was held out of the Bengals’ final preseason game to ensure his health for Week 1.
– Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) sat out the Browns’ final preseason game on Sunday, but he and Jarvis Landry both worked out with the first-team offense on the field prior to the game.
– Hopefully the final update in the Dak Prescott saga, Jerry Jones told reporters that his quarterback is “good to go” for the start of the regular season. Meanwhile. both Tyron Smith and Leighton Vander Esch sat out the Cowboys’ preseason game due to a non-COVID illness.
– Matt LaFleur was unwilling to tell reporters if Packers All-Pro David Bakhtiari would be activated from the PUP list prior to the start of the season. The left tackle tore his ACL at the end of last season.
– T.Y. Hilton will miss multiple weeks to start the season after injuring his neck. On the positive side, the Colts are expected to activate Quenton Nelson from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday and Carson Wentz should be a full participant in all team drills moving forward.
– Running backs Darrel Williams (head) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) sat out the Chiefs’ final preseason game. However, it doesn’t seem like either one is in jeopardy of missing Week 1.
– The Dolphins placed linebacker Vince Biegel on IR after he suffered a torn Achilles. The former Saint has now missed two straight seasons after being traded to Miami from New Orleans.
– Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. is expected to miss the start of the regular season after undergoing a minor procedure to fix a meniscus injury. As a result, Tyler Conklin could receive the bulk of the snaps at tight end for the Vikings, provided he is healed up from his hamstring injury. Conklin didn’t play a single snap in the preseason.
– Evan Engram suffered a calf injury against the Patriots on Sunday. Joe Judge told reporters after the game that his tight end and wide receiver Darius Slayton (ankle) are optimistic about their prognoses.
– Jets head coach Robert Saleh is “very very optimistic” that Denzel Mims (hip) will be ready to go for Week 1. Mekhi Becton is also expected to be ready to go after suffering a concussion at practice.
– 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw sat out of Sunday’s game with a hip injury. However, this move seems to be mostly precautionary.
– Seahawks defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche “tweaked something” and will miss about a week, according to Pete Carroll.
– The Buccaneers are the latest team to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak. Ndamukong Suh tested positive and guards Earl Watford and Nick Leverett joined Suh on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
– Starting center Ben Jones became the 11th player to land on the Titans reserve/COVID-19 list. That list remains headlined by Ryan Tannehill and Mike Vrabel, who were both absent from the Titans’ final preseason game.