As Week 4 of the NFL season 2023 approaches, there are a number of high-profile injuries to keep an eye on. Saquon Barkley, the starting running back for the New York Giants, is still recovering from a high ankle sprain he sustained against the Arizona Cardinals; Jaylen Waddle, the starting wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, missed last week’s game due to a concussion; and Bryce rookie and Anthony Richardson, two rookie quarterbacks, have both already lost time due to injury.
Let’s take a look at the health of each team in the league as we enter Week 4. The final injury report for Thursday night’s game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers will be revealed, and we’ll also discuss the Wednesday injury reports for all NFL teams who will play on Sunday.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons (-3) in London
Cordarrelle Patterson, the Falcons’ starting running back, and Josh Ali, their starting wide receiver, both missed significant time in practice due to injuries. Calais Campbell, a defensive lineman, sat out yesterday to recuperate.
The Jaguars’ wide receiver Zay Jones and linebacker Devin Lloyd both sat out of practice with injuries; Jones has a knee and Lloyd a thumb. Shoulder issues hindered the effectiveness of linebacker Josh Allen, defensive back Andrew Wingard, and defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi.
New Orleans Saints -3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive end Vita Vea (pectoral), defensive lineman Calijah Kancey (calf), and cornerback Jamel Dean (neck/shoulder) were all absent from Wednesday’s practice for the Bucs. Carlton Davis, a cornerback, was limited due to a toe ailment.
New Orleans Saints QB Derek Carr (right shoulder), OG Cesar Ruiz (concussion), CB Paulson Adebo (hamstring), and TE Foster Moreau (ankle) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. At this time, Carr’s prognosis is “week to week” due to his sprained AC joint.
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-3).
On Wednesday, the Dolphins were without left tackle Terron Armstead (back/ankle/knee), pass rusher Jaelan Phillips (oblique), and offensive lineman Connor Williams (groin). Limited participation was also seen from running back Salvon Ahmed (groin) and safety DeShon Elliott (ankle/groin). After missing Sunday’s game with a concussion, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has returned to full participation.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd (ankle), safety Micah Hyde (hamstring), safety Jordan Poyer (knee), and cornerback Taron Johnson (hip) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.
Commanders tight end Logan Thomas was limited Wednesday as he worked back from his concussion. Cornerbacks Emmanuel Forbes Jr. (elbow) and Benjamin St-Juste (neck) were listed on the injury report, but both were full participants.
Eagles safety Sydney Brown (hamstring), safety Justin Evans (neck), and wide receiver Quez Watkins (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Punt returner Britain Covey (hamstring), defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (knee), linebacker Zach Cunningham (ribs), and offensive guard Cam Jurgens (groin) were limited participants.
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens (-3) in Cleveland
Injured Ravens wideout, Rashod Bateman, wideout Odell Beckham Jr., safety Kyle Hamilton, running back Justice Hill, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, linebacker David Ojabo, and lienbacker Odafe Oweh all missed Wednesday’s practice. Center Limited participation was given to Tyler Linderbaum (ankle), Ronnie Stanley (knee), and Marcus Williams (pectoral).
Kareem Hunt, the new Browns running back, injured his ribs and groin on Monday and did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. Limited players were quarterback Deshaun Watson (right shoulder), cornerback Greg Newsome II (elbow), and running back Jerome Ford (shoulder).
Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos (-3 points)
Three Broncos players were unable to participate in Wednesday’s practice due to injuries: linebacker Frank Clark (hip), inside linebacker Josey Jewell (hip), and nose tackle Mike Purcell (ribs). Jerry Jeudy (knee) and Justin Simmons (hip) both had restricted practices due to injuries.
Safety The Bears were without Eddie Jackson (hamstring) and Jaylon Johnson (cornerback) for Wednesday’s practice.
Indy Colts vs. Los Angeles Rams (-1)
Puka Nacua, who has been garnering a lot of media attention after setting a record for most catches in a game by a rookie wide receiver with 15, was hampered in practice due to an oblique strain.
Despite missing last week’s game due to a concussion, the Colts’ No. 4 choice from this April’s draft, Anthony Richardson, returned to full participation in practice. Dallis Flowers (cornerback) and Ryan Kelly (tackle) both returned from injuries that sidelined them earlier in the season. Stars DeForest Buckner (groin) and Quenton Nelson (toe) did not participate in practice, which is not good news.
Houston Texans -3 at Pittsburgh Steelers
On Wednesday, the Steelers were short eight players due to injuries and other absences. Among them were cornerback Patrick Peterson (unrelated to injury), wide receiver Allen Robinson (ankle), and tight end Connor Heyward.
Five Texans players did not show up to practice on Wednesday. Laremy Tunsil (offensive tackle), Robert Woods (wide receiver), and Austin Corbett (offensive tackle, hand) were all sidelined. Shaq Mason (guard) and Shaquill Griffin (cornerback) were among those with restricted availability due to injuries.
Titans vs. Bengals (-2), Cincinnati.
On Wednesday, Bengals tight end Irv Smith and wide receiver Charlie Jones both sat out due to hamstring and thumb injuries, respectively. Joe Burrow, the starting quarterback, participated fully despite still dealing with a calf ailment.
Peter Skoronski (abdomen), a first-round selection for the Titans, did not participate in Wednesday’s practice as he continues to heal from an appendectomy. Teair Tart, who is nursing a knee ailment, didn’t play either. Treylon Burks (WR) and Harold Landry (DE) were both restricted due to injuries (Knee and Hamstring, respectively).
Carolina Panthers -3.5 at Minnesota Vikings
Marcus Davenport (ankle), Josh Metellus (shoulder), and Byron Murphy (hip) did not participate in Vikings practice due to injuries. Harrison Phillips, a defensive lineman, also missed Wednesday’s practice but for different reasons.
Although the Panthers are still struggling with some ailments, reigning No. 1 overall selection Bryce Young played in full after missing last week’s game with an ankle issue. Frankie Luvu (hip), Taylor Moton (ankle/rest), and Xavier Woods (hamstring) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice for Carolina. The injury Woods suffered on Sunday against the Seahawks is said to force him to miss four to six weeks of action. Jonathan Mingo (wide receiver), C.J. Henderson (cornerback), and Miles Sanders (running back) were among the restricted participants due to injuries.
Raiders of Las Vegas against. Chargers of Los Angeles (-5.5)
Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterback for the Raiders, was the main attraction on the team’s injury report. A concussion prevented him from training. Defensive end Maxx Crosby (knee) was among those who were restricted in practice, while linebacker Curtis Bolton (knee) did not participate at all.
Joey Bosa (hamstring/toe), Gerald Everett (sickness), Alohi Gilman (heel), Derwin James (hamstring), Corey Linsley (illness), and Kenneth Murray Jr. (groin) were among the Chargers’ players who did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. Austin Ekeler, who has been out with an ankle injury, returned to limited participation in practice on Wednesday. Eric Kendricks (linebacker) and Rashawn Slater (offensive tackle) both had injury setbacks (hamstring and ankle, respectively).
Dallas Cowboys against. New England Patriots (-7).
On Wednesday, the Patriots practiced with a few limited players. Offensive lineman Cole Strange (knee), defensive tackle Christian Barmore (knee), defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (ankle), and defensive back Jonathan Jones (ankle).
Five Cowboys players (center Tyler Biadasz (hamstring), WR CeeDee Lamb (rest), DE Demarcus Lawrence (rest), OG Zach Martin (ankle), and OT Tyron Smith (knee)) did not participate in practice today.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals (-14)
James Conner, Arizona’s starting running back, has been dealing with a back ailment and has been restricted in practice. Linebackers Krys Barnes (finger), Jonathan Ledbetter (finger), and Josh Woods (ankle) were all inactive on Wednesday.
Deebo Samuel, a star wide receiver, missed time during practice because of rib and knee issues. Jauan Jennings, another wideout, also went down with a shin injury and had to sit on the bench. Trent Williams, the offensive lineman, took a day off.
New York Jets (-9.5) vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs’ injury report was rather lengthy this week. Patrick Mahomes, who seemed to injure his ankle in Sunday’s game against the Bears, was nonetheless a full participant despite being labeled as questionable with the injury. Defensive end Chris Jones (groin) and wide receiver Kadarius Toney (toe) were also on the list of players with restricted participation. Even though he’s nursing an abdominal ailment, running back Isiah Pacheco took part in every aspect of practice.
The Jets’ injury report was much shorter than the opponent’s. Two starters on offense, offensive lineman Mekhi Becton and running back Breece Hall, were both hampered due to knee ailments.