NFL Week 7 Injury Update: Star Receivers Miss Practice Again

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | 0


After a long list of unfortunate season-ending ailments in week 6, several key injuries continue to impact high-profile players and teams heading into Week 7.

At the top of list sit two of the league’s top wide receivers, as Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson and Cincinnati Bengal A.J. Green both were both held out of practice Thursday. Johnson has been dealing with a high ankle sprain for several weeks now, and Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell said he wouldn’t rule out sitting Johnson through the teams Week 9 bye.

However, there is also a chance that Johnson will play against the Saints in Week 7, although he will only do so if he feels he is able to play to his normal standards.

Green has been bothered by a nagging toe injury he suffered in Week 2. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wouldn’t rue Green out in Week 7, but he appears highly doubtful. Reports have him coming back in Week 8.

Another Detroit Lion continued to practice today, with running back Reggie Bush getting in a limited session due to an ankle injury. Unlike ‘Megatron,’ Bush is slated to play against the Saints this weekend.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is not slated to play in the contest, however, as he’s expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder issue. Saints coach Sean Payton said he was still “optimistic” about Graham’s chances to play on Sunday, but it appears to be an outside shot right now.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker practiced for the second day in a row today, but it’s still appearing that he will miss another game with a wrist injury. Backup Charlie Whitehurst continues to get most of the first-team reps in practice.

Titans running back Shonn Greene missed practice again, further opening the door for rookie Bishop Sankey to take over the reigns as the team’s starter.

San Diego Charger running backs Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown also missed practice again. Dealing with a sprained MCL, Mathews has already missed a month and has not even been cleared to resume running yet. His backup Brown will most likely miss a second straight game with a concussion, signifying another huge workload for undrafted free agent surprise Branden Oliver.

Carolina Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin was held out of practice Thursday, apparently still dealing with post-concussion symptoms stemming from the team’s Week 6 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Panthers are optimistic Benjamin will be cleared to play tomorrow, but coach Ron Rivera stated the blatantly obvious when he said being without Benjamin for the team’s showdown with Green Bay on Sunday would be a “considerable loss.”

Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart practiced again on Thursday and is set to start for the running back-starved Panthers against Green Bay.

Finally, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, who returned to individual drills this week, got in two limited practices this week as he attempts to take back his starting position. Still healing from the serious ankle injury he suffered in Week 2, he’s not set to play this week, but the team’s Week 8 contest with Dallas on Monday Night Football could be a real possibility.

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