New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a right shoulder injury. Brady is coming off a game where he set a career-high with 65 pass attempts and his appearance on the injury report could be more of an issue of rest than anything else. Eighteen Patriots were "limited", with the usual suspects highlighting the list. Wide receivers Brandon Lloyd (knee) and Wes Welker (ankle), tight ends Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) and Aaron Hernandez (ankle), starting offensive linemen Logan Mankins (ankle/calf), Dan Connolly (back), Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee) and Nate Solder (abdomen), defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle), linebackers Dont'a Hightower (hamstring/shoulder), Jerod Mayo (elbow) and Brandon Spikes (knee/ankle), cornerbacks Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring/knee) and Aqib Talib (hip) and safety Patrick Chung (shoulder).
Of that group, most, if not all, are expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who had six players absent on Wednesday, including running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who had hoped to return on Sunday, despite missing the last eight weeks of what is a 2-12 season for the Jaguars with a foot injury. The Jaguars were also without running back Rashad Jennings (concussion), center Brad Meester (foot) and middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (groin), while defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (calf) and cornerbacks Derek Cox (hamstring), Rashean Mathis (groin) and Aaron Ross (calf) were "limited".
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin (knee) practiced fully on Wednesday and will likely start against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Redskins were without linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) and right tackle Tyler Polumbus (head) was limited during Wednesday's practice. The Eagles announced that running back LeSean McCoy was cleared to play and will start against the Redskins. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (back) was limited.
Guard T.J. Lang (concussion), wide receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and center Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder) were among nine Green Bay Packers not practicing on Wednesday. Lang could play against the Tennessee Titans, but that will not be determined until later in the week. Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (shoulder) and safety Charles Woodson (collarbone) were limited on Wednesday. Woodson has yet to be cleared to return to full duty. Four Titans were out on Wednesday, including center Kevin Matthews, who has an ankle injury, and first round wide receiver Kendall Wright, who has a rib injury. Neither player is expected to play against the Packers.
Six members of the Seattle Seahawks did not participate in Wednesday's practice, including wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee), cornerbacks Walter Thurmond (hamstring) and Marcus Trufant (hamstring) and defensive tackles Alan Branch (ankle) and Jason Jones (knee). Running back Marshawn Lynch was limited with a back injury. Seattle's opponent this week, the San Francisco 49ers, practiced without defensive tackle Justin Smith, who injured his left elbow in Sunday night's 41-34 win over the New England Patriots. The 49ers led by 21 points before Smith's injury, a lead they'd cough away in the fourth quarter. 49ers linebacker Clark Haggans (shoulder) did not practice, while linebacker Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), cornerback Tarell Brown (shoulder), linebacker Tavares Gooden (ribs), receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder), running back Bruce Miller (shoulder), linebacker Aldon Smith (shoulder) and defensive tackle Will Tukuafu (concussion) were limited.
The Atlanta Falcons practiced without wide receiver Roddy White (knee) and safety William Moore (hamstring) on Wednesday. Moore has missed the last two games and could miss Saturday night's game against the Detroit Lions. White has yet to miss a game in his NFL career and will likely do whatever it takes to keep that streak intact. For the Lions, tight end Brandon Pettigrew missed practice with an ankle injury that kept him out of Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Safety Louis Delmas (knee) also missed practice, while wide receiver Calvin Johnson was limited with a knee injury. Delmas is a "50-50" shot to play on Saturday night, while Johnson is a safe bet to suit up.
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (foot) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff (groin) did not practice and wide receiver Dez Bryant (finger) and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (elbow) were limited on Wednesday. Murray is expected to return to practice later this week and should play against the New Orleans Saints, who were without right tackle Zach Strief (ankle) and only had cornerback Patrick Robinson (groin) on a limited basis on Wednesday.
Six Baltimore Ravens did not practice on Wednesday, most notably guard Marshal Yanda (ankle), wide receiver Torrey Smith (concussion) and safety Bernard Pollard (chest). Inside linebacker Jameel McClain (neck) also did not participate in Wednesday's practice and could be headed for the injured reserve list. Surprisingly, safety Ed Reed (shoulder) was a full participant and Terrell Suggs was not listed on the report at all, despite having a torn right biceps. The Ravens will host the New York Giants, who practiced without running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee), guard Chris Snee (hip) and defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder). Bradshaw plans on playing this Sunday, but the statuses of the other three key Giants will be determined later in the week.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (abdomen/groin) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, but his pursuit of a 2,000 rushing yard season, as well as Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing yardage record, is expected to continue as planned against the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Vikings were also with first round left tackle Matt Kalil, who has an illness, and defensive end Brian Robison, who injured his right shoulder in Sunday's 36-22 win over the St. Louis Rams. The Texans continue to file a lengthy injury report, though only cornerback Alan Ball (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. Among the limited were cornerback Johnathan Joseph (groin), right tackle Derek Newton (knee), guard Wade Smith (knee/ribs), linebackers Tim Dobbins (shoulder/thumb), Brooks Reed (groin) and Darryl Sharpton (toe) and defensive end Antonio Smith (ankle).
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor continues to be sidelined with an ankle injury, missing Wednesday's practice session. Safety Troy Polamau and defensive end Cameron Heyward were also absent, but for non-injury reasons. Rookie right tackle Mike Adams was "limited" by an ankle injury that has kept him out of the last three games. Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth was limited on Wednesday, but has passed his concussion protocol tests and should suit up for Sunday' game against the Steelers. Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (illness) did not participate and kicker Mike Nugent was limited by a calf injury that has kept him in street clothes the last two games.
Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury that has kept him out of the last two games and could keep him out of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. For the Browns, first round running back Trent Richardson continues to make appearances on the team's injury reports, again listed as a "full participant" with chest, rib and finger ailments. The Browns did not have defensive end Frostee Rucker (shoulder/hip) or tight end Jordan Cameron (head) for Wednesday's practice and right guard Shawn Lauvao (head/foot) and left tackle Joe Thomas (back) were "limited".
Three Indianapolis Colts have been ruled out for Week 16's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Scheduled to miss that game are running back Delone Carter (ankle), linebacker Kavell Conner (hamstring) and center Samson Satele (ankle). In addition to those three, linebackers Dwight Freeney (ankle) and Jerrell Freeman (thumb), plus backup center A.Q. Shipley (knee) did not participate in Wednesday's practice. Right tackle Winston Justice (biceps) was limited, but appears set to return to the starting lineup this week. Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert (back) as able to practice on a limited basis, but center Ryan Lilja (back) did not participate, nor did wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin (illness) and cornerback Javier Arenas (ankle).
Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) did not participate in Wednesday's practice and is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Key Bears who were limited include wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) and defensive linemen Shea McClellin (knee) and Henry Melton (chest). The Cardinals were without wide receiver Early Doucet (concussion) and had a lengthy list of players listed as "limited participants", including defensive end Calais Campbell (calf), nose tackle Dan Williams (hamstring) and rookie left tackle Nate Potter, who has an ankle injury.
Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood (knee) was limited, but plans on playing against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday. The Bills practiced on Wednesday without defensive tackle Kyle Williams (ankle) and guard Andy Levitre (knee). For the Dolphins, wide receiver Davone Bess (back) and outside linebacker Koa Misi (ankle) continue to be sidelined and leading receiver Brian Hartline was limited by a back injury.
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring) and safety Tyvon Branch (neck/ankle) did not practice and right tackle Khalif Barnes (triceps) was limited on n Wednesday. Seven Carolina Panthers missed practice, most notably running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (toe) and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (wrist). Left tackle Jordan Gross and linebacker Thomas Davis were also non-participants, but for non-injury reasons.
The New York Jets placed second round wide receiver Stephen Hill (knee) on injured reserve and practiced without tight end Dustin Keller (ankle), wide receiver Chaz Schilens (calf/knee), guard Brandon Moore (foot/hip) and cornerback Aaron Berry (hamstring) on Wednesday. The Jets close out their home schedule against the San Diego Chargers, who were without nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin (knee) and linebacker Takeo Spikes (hamstring), but may be getting healthier on the offensive line as right tackle Jeromey Clary (knee) and left guard Tyronne Green (hamstring) were full participants.
Six very notable St. Louis Rams did not participate in Wednesday's practice. Sitting out the session were running back Steven Jackson (illness), center Scott Wells (knee) and on defense, defensive end Robert Quinn (illness), middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (back) and cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan (thigh) and Bradley Fletcher (illness). All six are expected to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who listed defensive ends Michael Bennett (shoulder) and Da'Quan Bowers (hamstring), linebacker Lavonte David (knee) and wide receiver Mike Williams (wrist) as full participants.
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