NFL 2014 Week 4 Injury Update: Several Stars Set To Return

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 | 0


As is usually the case in the NFL, a multitude of injuries are affecting several elite players. Week 3 didn’t see nearly as many as the insane Week 2, but there are still several top stars that may or not play in Week 4.

Let’s break down the key injuries in our Week 4 injury update.

Starting with tonight’s Washington Redskins vs. New york Giants showdown, Washington receiver DeSean Jackson will play despite a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. The speedster caught an 80-yard touchdown against his former team in week 3, but ultimately Philadelphia edged out the Eagles.

Hobbled by an ankle injury in the Detroit Lions’ Week 3 win over Green Bay, wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed another practice today. His status remains questionable.

Similar to Johnson, Chicago Bears star wideout Brandon Marshall missed another practice today with an ankle injury. He played hurt in the Bears’ Week 3 win over the New York Jets but was rendered ineffective with only 1 catch. He’s questionable for the Bears’ Week 4 showdown against rival Green Bay.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was upgraded at practice today, and head coach Andy Reid said he’ll most likely play against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football as he has shown progress on an ankle sprain.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been playing on a snap count in the early stages this season, but he said that he’s going to start increasing his snaps:

“It’s just progressing every week but it’s getting to the point where we can start rolling more and more.”

It remains to be seen how much Gronkowski will be utilized.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was held out of Wednesday’s practice with back tightness but was back on Thursday and will start the team’s home game against New Orleans in Week 4.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said he’d be ready to go in Week 5 after missing two games with a nerve injury in his shoulder.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is set to play in his team’s Week 4 game at Minnesota after sitting out Week 43 with a hamstring injury.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said he’s close to 100 percent after missing time early on with a knee injury. With backup Bobby Rainey fumbling twice in the Bucs’ blowout loss to Atlanta in Week 3, the stage could be set for Martin to re-establish himself as the clear-cut starter.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was limited in today’s practice. He’s dealing with the hamstring issue that has nagged him for much of his career after receiving a huge workload in Week 1 and Week 2. His return is unknown.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker missed practice today with a strained wrist. There’s apparently a very good chance that he does not play against the Indianapolis Colts in week 4.

Finally, Locker’s tight end Delanie Walker got in a limited session in practice today and is questionable.

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