It’s apparently another week where the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t trade Jalen Ramsey, but it’s also another week where he’ll have to sit out anyway. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone ruled Ramsey out of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers after Ramsey missed all of this week’s practice with a back injury that has been ailing him since a Week 3 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Of course, Ramsey is not giving in on his demand to be traded from the Jaguars, but Jacksonville isn’t budging. The Jaguars have turned down offers that include two first-round picks and intend on keeping Ramsey in Jacksonville. Ramsey can play the “cat-and-mouse” game and just milk the back injury until he gets his wish, but the trade deadline isn’t for a few weeks. Ramsey seems prepared to sit out for as long as he can. He’s guaranteed to miss his second straight game.
In other injury news, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been coming out of the team’s Week 4 bye as he continues to recover from mono. And even though Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked good when working out with the team this week based on clips that surfaced on social media, he’s .
For the latest updates and analysis of the injuries heading into Week 5, check out our rundown below.
Nothing of note for the Ravens after tight end Mark Andrews avoided the final injury designation after he was a full participant in practice Friday. Andrews was battling a foot injury and did not practice Wednesday, but he’s good to go for Sunday. Smith-Schuster didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, but the Steelers surprisingly listed him as a full participant Friday. He’ll likely be a game-time decision for Sunday. Diontae Johnson could have an expanded role if Smith-Schuster can’t go. McDonald was listed as a full participant in Friday’s practice, as was James Conner, who avoided a final injury tag.
The Bears will go with Chase Daniel at quarterback this week with Trubisky sidelined. Hicks has a shot of playing in London after getting a limited session in on Friday. For the Raiders, Williams didn’t practice at all this week and figures to miss this game, while Nelson was also sidelined on Friday. If neither guy can suit up, we could see a lot of Hunter Renfrow and Trevor Davis against this elite Bears defense.
- Cardinals: WR Christian Kirk (ankle), DL Zach Allen (neck), LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), OL Jordan Mills (knee), S Charles Washington (shoulder) OUT; LB Terrell Suggs (back), P Andy Lee (hip), OL Justin Pugh (shoulder), WR Damiere Byrd (hamstring), CB Tramaine Brock (back), LB Ezekiel Turner (hand/hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
- Bengals: WR A.J. Green (ankle), T Cordy Glenn (concussion), DE Kerry Wynn (concussion) OUT
The Cardinals have a long injury list, but the status of Terrell Suggs (a Thursday addition to the injury report) is still unknown. Suggs did not practice Friday and hasn’t since Wednesday. Larry Fitzgerald missed practice Wednesday, but it wasn’t injury related. Byrd hasn’t practiced all week so his status doesn’t look good for Sunday. Green will miss another week for the Bengals recovering from that ankle injury, but his return is soon (just not this week). Safety Shawn Williams was a limited participant in practice Thursday (knee), but will play Sunday and avoided an injury designation. Ditto with defensive end Carlos Dunlap, a full participant Friday.
Ramsey is the only notable absence on the Jaguars, and he could have already played his final game with Jacksonville. Defensive end Josh Allen (knee) was limited in practice all week, but was a full participant Friday. Quarterback Gardner Minshew (knee) was also limited in practice all week, but fully participated in practice Friday. Both will play Sunday. The Panthers continue to be hit hard by injuries heading into this matchup, with Kyle Allen continuing to fill in for Newton and two offensive linemen already ruled out. Burns was able to practice in full on Friday, improving his outlook to play, but McCoy missed the last two days of practice and Reid was only able to manage a limited session on Friday.
The Vikings are pretty healthy coming into this one, and didn’t slap a final designation on receiver Stefon Diggs after he missed the first practice of the week. He should be good to go on Sunday. Barkley tried defying the odds for the Giants and playing two weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain, but New York will be cautious and sit him Sunday after he was a limited participant in practice. The Giants did get good news with Wayne Gallman, a full participant in practice Friday and avoiding injury designation (neck). Golden Tate will make his season debut after missing the first four games (suspension).
The Patriots will leave most of us guessing with Edelman and Burkhead, as both were limited participants in practice Friday. Edelman appeared injured against the Bills last week, not getting a target until the second half. Wide receiver Josh Gordon (knee) and defensive end Michael Bennett (shoulder) were full participants in practice Friday. Both will play Sunday. McLaurin is the one to watch for the Redskins as he has been a limited participant in practice all week. He was questionable last week and didn’t play, so we’ll see what the Redskins decide to do Sunday. Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy will need McLaurin as he gets the start for Keenum, who was a limited participant in practice Friday.
- Jets: QB Sam Darnold (illness), LB Jordan Jenkins (calf) OUT; LB C.J. Mosley (groin), OL Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee) DOUBTFUL; WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring), WR Josh Bellamy (shoulder), DL Quinnen Williams (ankle), TE Dan Brown (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
- Eagles: CB Ronald Darby (hamstring), WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen), DT Timmy Jernigan (foot), CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck), TE Alex Ellis (knee) OUT; CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
Tests showed Darnold had an enlarged spleen as a side effect of mono, so he’s still out. Luke Falk will get the start at quarterback while David Fales (who the Jets signed Friday) will be the backup. Mosley did not practice all week, so he’s highly unlikely to play (same with Osemele). Thomas and Williams were limited participants in practice Friday, so it’s unclear if they’ll suit up in the Jets first game after their bye week.
No surprises regarding the Eagles’ injuries, since Jackson did not practice all week and will miss his third straight game. With Ellis out, the Eagles have just two healthy tight ends in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Jones was a limited participant in practice all week, but the Eagles are thin at cornerback so he may be active (even if he doesn’t play). Defensive end Derek Barnett (groin) was a full participant Friday and avoided the injury designation. Tackle Jason Peters was limited (knee), but he wasn’t on the final injury report.
Buccaneers at Saints (-3)
Wide receiver Chris Godwin (hip) and linebacker Shaquil Barrett (groin) were full participants Friday and avoided the injury designation. Both will play Sunday for the Buccaneers. No surprises for the Saints, but wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) and defensive end Cameron Jordan (calf) were full participants in Friday’s practice after being limited earlier in the week.
Brown, the Falcons’ starting right guard, did not clear concussion protocol. Ty Sambrailo is in line to start at right guard. The Falcons’ offensive line is banged up, but center Alex Mack (elbow), tackle Kaleb McGary (knee) and guard Wes Schweitzer (shoulder) avoided the injury designation. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (elbow) was a full participant in Friday’s practice and will play Sunday. Stills was a limited participant in practice all week, so his status is up in the air for Sunday. He’s the only question mark on the Texans injury report. Carlos Hyde has been battling a shoulder injury, but he was a full participant in practice this week.
Good news for the Bills. Allen was a full participant in Friday’s practice, but he is still listed as questionable for Sunday. A full practice is typically a good sign Allen will play, but he’s still in the concussion protocol. Bills head coach Sean McDermott admitted if Allen clears, he won’t have a problem playing him vs. the Titans. If Allen can’t play, Matt Barkley will get the start for the Bills. Singletary was limited in practice again Friday and is questionable for Sunday. If Singletary can’t go, Frank Gore will receive the majority of the carries for the second consecutive week. The Titans are relatively healthy heading into this one. Wake has not practiced all week, so his status will be one to monitor Sunday.
The Broncos did receive some good news on the injury front as Emmanuel Sanders (quad) was a limited participant in practice Friday, but he avoided an injury designation. He’s expected to play Sunday. Jewell did not practice all week. Los Angeles has a long list of players on the injury report, but there’s a lot of good news for the Chargers. Williams and Benjamin are expected to play after being full participants in practice Friday while Green was also a full participant, so the Chargers aren’t expected to be thin at tight end. Badgley is unlikely to play, but Long (who handles kicking duties when Badgley is out) was a full participant in practice all week and avoided injury designation. Jackson is unlikely to go, but the Chargers will have some snaps for Melvin Gordon as they look to expand his role this week.
Adams and Williams did not participate all week for the Packers, so their status for Sunday shouldn’t be surprising. Running back Aaron Jones should see a bulk of the touches with Williams out while Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison are in line to replace Adams’s production. Tight end Jimmy Graham got veteran’s rest all week, but he will play Sunday after being a limited participant Friday. The Packers linebacker situation is in flux with Fackrell and Burks both questionable after being limited participants in practice Friday. Blake Martinez (shoulder/foot) was limited all week, but also avoided injury designation. King was initially ruled doubtful but upgraded by the Packers on Saturday. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and guard Zack Martin avoided injury designation for the Cowboys. Gallup and Collins are expected to play, . Amari Cooper (ankle) was a full participant in practice.
- Colts: S Clayton Geathers (concussion), DL Tyquan Lewis (ankle), S Malik Hooker (knee), LB Darius Leonard (concussion), WR Parris Campbell (abdominal) OUT; WR T.Y. Hilton (quad), RB Marlon Mack (ankle), CB Rock Ya-Sin (hip), S Rolan Milligan (knee), LB Anthony Walker (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
- Chiefs: WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder), T Eric Fisher (groin), LB Dorian O’Daniel (hamstring) OUT; RB Damien Williams (knee), Sammy Watkins (shoulder, hamstring), DE Alex Okafor (hip) QUESTIONABLE
Quite the laundry list of injuries for the Colts, but Mack was a full participant in Friday’s practice so chances are very good he’ll play Sunday. Hilton missed last week’s game with the quad injury and was a limited participant in practice Friday. Geathers and Leonard did not clear concussion protocol even though Leonard was a limited participant all week. The Chiefs will be without Hill, as head coach Andy Reid announced earlier Friday he wasn’t playing. Watkins was a surprise injury designation after being a limited participant in practice Friday after fully practicing all week. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (ankle) and running back LeSean McCoy (ankle) avoided injury designation. Williams is likely to play after being a full participant all week.
- Browns: TBA
- 49ers: TBA
Analysis to come.