With the NFL’s Week 1 slate set to begin on Thursday, several notable players are monitoring injuries entering the weekend. From Christian McCaffrey to Duane Brown, some major players are potentially questionable heading into their respective season openers.
Christian McCaffrey added to injury report
The Panthers added McCaffrey (shin) to the injury report on Thursday. According to the Charlotte Observer’s Ellis L. Williams, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said McCaffrey is “fine” and practiced fully. Williams reported that Rhule said McCaffrey suffered a cut from a cleat in practice on Wednesday.
Kicker Eddy Pineiro, who is battling a left hip injury, was a full participant for a second consecutive practice. Fullback Giovanni Ricci (hip) was a limited participant again.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott limited but not concerned
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was a limited participant in practice on Thursday with an ankle injury.
However, according to The Athletic’s Jon Machota, Prescott told reporters that he was “good to go.” He added, “I promise you I’m great.”
The Cowboys dealt with a handful of notable injuries this offseason. They are currently trying to figure out how to replace Tyron Smith (knee) at left tackle effectively. The team signed former Eagles All-Pro Jason Peters to the practice squad this week, and they have also considered moving Tyler Smith to the blindside.
Jets OT Duane Brown still sidelined
Brown, the Jets’ starting left tackle, missed a second consecutive practice with a shoulder injury. The Jets brought Brown in to replace Mekhi Becton after the left tackle was placed on the IR with a knee injury.
With Brown sidelined heading into Friday, the Jets might need to roll with Connor McDermott or rookie Max Mitchell at left tackle. New York is already set to start Joe Flacco at quarterback in place of Zach Wilson (knee) against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders appears ready for Lions
Eagles starting running back Miles Sanders (hamstring) had been sidelined for the last two weeks of training camp. However, he has practiced as a full participant through Thursday and spoke with reporters following his second consecutive workout.
When asked if he was ready to play on Sunday against the Lions, Sanders replied, “Absolutely, ready to go.”
Sanders will lead a backfield featuring Kenny Gainwell, Boston Scott, and the newly added Trey Sermon. Sanders will likely be eased back into action with Gainwell and Scott splitting reps behind him.
Defensive end Derek Barnett (ribs) and defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (toe) practiced in a full capacity on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Cornerback/safety Josiah Scott (hamstring) was the only limited participant in practice on Thursday.