Tuesday, December 5, 2023

NFL Week 8 injury report: Buccaneers’ Baker Mayfield, Chris Godwin questionable for ‘Thursday Night Football’

Injuries are unfortunately a reality in the NFL, and all 32 clubs have had to weather health-related storms through seven weeks. Deshaun Watson is still dealing with a shoulder injury, Ryan Tannehill could miss significant time with an ankle injury suffered in London, Daniel Jones hasn’t played in a couple weeks due to a neck issue and the San Francisco 49ers have several banged-up stars.

Let’s take a look at the injuries around the NFL. Below, we will break down the final injury report for Thursday night’s matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills, and the midweek injury reports for the other 28 NFL teams set to play on Sunday. 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills (-8.5)

Buccaneers: OG Matt Feiler (knee), S Kaevon Merriweather (ankle) OUT; WR Chris Godwin (neck), QB Baker Mayfield (knee), DT Vita Vea (groin) QUESTIONABLE 

Bills: TE Dawson Knox (wrist), LB Baylon Spector (hamstring), TE Quintin Morris (ankle) OUT; DT Ed Oliver (toe) QUESTIONABLE

For the Bucs, Godwin is questionable with a neck injury, but he was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. Mayfield has described his knee issue as something that just requires pain tolerance, and he is officially listed as questionable to play despite being limited on Tuesday, and a full participant on Wednesday. Vea’s outlook appears to be a bit more bleak, as he did not practice at all this week. 

Not too many surprises on the Bills’ injury report this week. Knox will be out indefinitely due to wrist surgery, and Morris did not practice all week. Oliver was a limited participant in practice all week with a toe injury. Star quarterback Josh Allen was listed on the injury report with a right shoulder injury, but he was a full participant every day. 

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (-9.5)

Defensive end Keion White was the only Patriot who missed practice Wednesday, as he sat out with a concussion. Offensive tackle Calvin Anderson (illness), defensive tackle Christian Barmore (knee), offensive tackle Trent Brown (ankle/knee), defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (ankle), tight end Hunter Henry (ankle), wide receiver Ty Montgomery (knee), offensive guard Cole Strange (knee), linebacker Josh Uche (ankle/toe), cornerback Shaun Wade (shoulder) and defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. (shoulder) were limited participants. 

The Dolphins had a lengthy injury report. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill (hip), safety Jevon Holland (concussion), fullback Alec Ingold (foot) and running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) missed practice on Wednesday. Wide receiver River Cracraft (shoulder), cornerback Xavien Howard (groin), cornerback Kader Kohou (neck), defensive back Nik Needham (Achilles), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee), cornerback Cam Smith (foot), wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (back) and offensive lineman Connor Williams (groin) were limited participants. 

Dallas Cowboys (-6.5) at Los Angeles Rams

All Cowboys were healthy at practice. Defensive back Juanyeh Thomas was the only player listed on the injury report, as he was a full participant with a hamstring injury. 

New York Giants at New York Jets (-3)

Running back Gary Brightwell (hamstring injury) was the only Giant who did not practice Wednesday. Running back Saquon Barkley (elbow), kicker Graham Gano (left knee), cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (neck), quarterback Daniel Jones (neck), offensive tackle Evan Neal (ankle), center John Michael Schmitz (shoulder), pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee), left tackle Andrew Thomas (hamstring) and tight end Darren Waller (hamstring) were limited participants. 

For the Jets, wide receiver Randall Cobb (shoulder) and offensive guard Joe Tippmann (quadriceps) did not practice. Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (knee), cornerback Michael Carter II (hamstring) and wide receiver Irvin Charles (shoulder) were limited participants. In good news, cornerbacks Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed were full participants after recently suffering concussions. 

Indianapolis Colts (-1) New Orleans Saints

Cornerback JuJu Brents (quad), tight end Kylen Granson (concussion), defensive tackle Eric Johnson II (ankle), running back Zack Moss (elbow/heel) and offensive tackle Braden Smith (hip/wrist) did not practice for the Colts on Wednesday.

Saints offensive lineman James Hurst (ankle) and star running back Alvin Kamara (illness) did not practice. Tight end Juwan Johnson (calf), defensive back J.T. Gray (hamstring), offensive tackle Landon Young (hip), offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (concussion), linebacker Demario Davis (knee), safety Tyrann Mathieu (foot), safety Marcus Maye (hamstring) and quarterback Taysom Hill (chest) were limited participants. 

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (PICK)

Analysis to come.

Houston Texans (-3) at Carolina Panthers

Texans defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (knee) and wide receiver Robert Woods (foot) missed practice on Wednesday. Tight end Brevin Jordan (foot), offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (knee) and defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (calf) were limited participants. Wide receiver Tank Dell (concussion) returned to practice as a full participant. 

Safety Vonn Bell (quadriceps), wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (ankle) and tight end Stephen Sullivan (illness) did not practice for the Panthers. Carolina had several players listed as limited participants, including offensive guard Austin Corbett (knee), linebacker Frankie Luvu (hip), right tackle Taylor Moton (knee) and safety Xavier Woods (hamstring). Running back Miles Sanders returned to practice as a full participant with his shoulder issue. 

Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5) at Washington Commanders

Cornerback Bradley Roby was the only Eagle who did not practice Wednesday, as he sat out with a shoulder injury. Defensive tackle Milton Williams was limited with a heel injury, while safety Reed Blankenship was a full participant with his rib issue.

For the Commanders, linebacker Cody Barton (ankle), offensive guard Saahdiq Charles (calf) and wide receiver Curtis Samuel (foot) did not practice. Offensive lineman Sam Cosmi (hip) and tight end Cole Turner (ankle) were limited participants. 

Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5) Pittsburgh Steelers

Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones sat out of practice with a knee injury. Cornerback Tyson Campbell (hamstring), safety Andre Cisco (hamstring), quarterback Trevor Lawrence (knee), offensive tackle Walker Little (knee) and offensive guard Brandon Scherff (ankle) were limited participants.

For the Steelers, offensive guard Nate Herbig (illness) and defensive back Levi Wallace (foot) missed practice. 

Atlanta Falcons (-2.5) at Tennessee Titans

Falcons linebacker Tae Davis missed practice Wednesday, as he is in the concussion protocol. 

For the Titans, quarterback Ryan Tannehill (ankle) and rookie tight end Josh Whyle (concussion) did not practice. Center Aaron Brewer (neck) and cornerback Roger McCreary (hamstring) were limited participants. Titans fans will be happy to hear wide receiver Treylon Burks (knee) and defensive tackle Teair Tart (toe) were full participants. 

Cleveland Browns at Seattle Seahawks (-3.5)

Analysis to come.

Baltimore Ravens (-8.5) at Arizona Cardinals

Analysis to come.

Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) at Denver Broncos

Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton was not at practice Wednesday due to his wrist injury, as he’s expected to miss roughly two months. Safety Mike Edwards (elbow), running back Jerick McKinnon (groin) and wide receiver Justin Watson (elbow) were full participants. 

Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5)

Linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither (knee) was the only Bengal who did not practice Wednesday. Offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (groin) was limited. 

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Chargers (-8.5)

For Chicago, safety Jaquan Brisker (illness), offensive guard Nate Davis (ankle), quarterback Justin Fields (thumb), defensive back Terell Smith (illness) and offensive tackle Darnell Wright (shoulder/toe) did not practice Wednesday. Safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and offensive tackle Braxton Jones (neck) were limited participants. 

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