It is unknown why Thomas did not participate in the early portion of practice that was open to the media. He was able to practice on Friday which bodes well for him to play Sunday. Thomas has looked like a favorite of QB Drew Brees and possibly the best WR for the Saints.
The Redskins have altered Reed's diagnosis a number of times, eventually settling on injuries to his rib and sternum. If pain tolerance is the name of the game, his return to practice Thursday was a positive development. For one thing, he was seen working with Redskins wideouts during individual drills, per Master Tesfatsion of The Washington Post. For another, he was relatively active. Friday's injury report will ultimately provide the last word on his availability for Sunday night's contest against the Raiders.
Hitchens is about a month removed from suffering a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee and is halfway through his recovery timetable, but it's still good to see him rehabbing at this point. The 25-year-old could return following the Cowboys' Week 6 bye at the earliest, but there remains a lot of work to be done before a definitely return date is set.
It appeared that Anderson could be listed as a non-participant in practice for the second straight day after he was spotted working out with a team trainer on a side field at the beginning of Thursday's session, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, but the wideout evidently took part in at least some team drills. Anderson's involvement during Friday's practice will be more telling regarding his status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, but at this point, his availability looks like a major question mark. If cleared to play Sunday, Anderson would likely start as he has in the Jets' first two contests, but he'll be hard pressed to offer fantasy owners useful production while Josh McCown is behind center.
Thursday marks Campanaro's second consecutive missed practice as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury. He played just under 12 percent of Baltimore's offensive snaps last week, garnering one carry for five yards in that span. Even if Campanaro returns to practice Friday and gets the green light for Sunday, it's unlikely that he'd see much more than a fringe role against the Jaguars.
Paea's injury doesn't appear to be too serious, as it is a lingering problem that the team keeps a close eye on. It looks like the Cowboys are just taking precautionary measures with the defensive tackle and Paea likely won't miss any time as a result.
Diagnosed with a left high-ankle sprain after Week 1, Cunningham has required just a week and a half to achieve a full practice. The Bears still have one question mark in the backfield, though, as Jordan Howard's right shoulder continues to ail him. If Howard's snap count is kept in check Sunday versus the Steelers, Cunningham may receive reps beyond kick-return duties, but Tarik Cohen and even Taquan Mizzell are better candidates to pick up carries and targets.
Gathers was placed on injured reserve to start the season after suffering a concussion in mid-August. The concussion is apparently a fairly serious one, as the former Baylor basketball star is yet to step back onto the practice field since suffering from the head injury. With an injury this serious, the Cowboys will likely stay extra cautious with the young tight end who should plenty of promise prior to getting hurt.
This is a new ailment for Houston as he was not present on Wednesday's injury report. Stay tuned for more information as the weekend approaches, but at this point Houston is still expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
As a precautionary measure, Engram was placed in the concussion protocol, where he remains embedded. He sustained his activity level for a second straight practice Thursday, but he also continued to don a non-contact jersey. Due to the murky nature of head injuries, he's a tossup to suit up Sunday in Philadelphia, which could force Rhett Ellison and Shane Smith into more prominent roles in the offense.
As has been the case since the start of training camp, the health of Newton's surgically repaired throwing shoulder is of greater concern to the Panthers than the ankle issue, which he picked up coming out of Sunday's win over the Bills. According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said his main goal with Newton is about "managing the week" heading into each game, suggesting that the quarterback may be in store for limited practice reps for much of the season to ensure his shoulder gets sufficient rest. Any lack of practice time probably won't result in much tangible change in Newton's fantasy stock week in and week out, but the long-term absence of favored target Greg Olsen (foot), who was moved to injured reserve Tuesday, is a more negative development for the former MVP's future outlook.
Benjamin's full involvement intimates that the Panthers' decision to hold him out of practice entirely a day earlier was mostly precautionary. While the wideout could still wind up with an injury designation heading into Sunday's matchup with the Saints, if Benjamin is able to practice Friday in any capacity, it's likely that he'll be a safe lineup option in Week 3. He'll draw a favorable matchup against a Saints defense that was picked apart by Tom Brady for 447 yards and three touchdowns through the air last Sunday.
Bishop has moved back and forth between the Jets' active and practice rosters over the last two seasons. Most recently, he played 12 defensive snaps in the team's loss Sunday to the Raiders. He's made three career starts and recorded 17 tackles.
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