Biggest Week 6 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams


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As we enter Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season, the injuries are really starting to pile up. From those dinged up in Week 5 to those who’ve been out longer than that, here’s the latest update from our 32 NFL Nation reporters:

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AFC EAST

What’s going on with the Bills’ right tackles? Ty Nsekhe missed last weekend’s game against the Titans with an ankle injury, and Cody Ford left early with a head injury. Ford will spend the bye week in concussion protocol — and one hopes, for the Bills’ sake, that’s all the time he’ll spend in it. With those two injured, Ryan Bates is the only healthy right tackle currently on the roster. — Marcel Louis-Jacques


The Dolphins look as healthy as they have all season coming out of the bye week, with no notable injured players missing practice Wednesday. That should mean the return of receiver Albert Wilson, who has been out since Week 1 with a calf injury. — Cameron Wolfe


Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday, which means more of the load falls on Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon as the top two targets, with undrafted Jakobi Meyers elevating to the No. 3 role. In addition, running back Rex Burkhead (foot) is in jeopardy of missing his second consecutive game, which means more of Sony Michel, James White and Brandon Bolden at running back. — Mike Reiss


Quarterback Sam Darnold (mono) is back and will start Sunday, but one of his favorite targets is not. Tight end Chris Herndon, eligible to play this weekend, injured a hamstring during his four-game suspension and is listed as week-to-week. He’s not expected to play Sunday. It could be a multiple-game injury, meaning the tight-end production is likely to remain negligible. Middle linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game. — Rich Cimini

AFC NORTH

Tight end Mark Andrews missed his sixth practice in the past five weeks, but history says he’ll play Sunday. Andrews previously dealt with a foot injury. Now he’s dealing with a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a handful of plays last game. Andrews could be in line for a big outing against the Bengals, who have allowed an NFL-worst 15.2 yards per catch to tight ends. — Jamison Hensley


The Bengals are already thin at left tackle, and Andre Smith‘s status for Sunday’s game is in question. The team’s third-string tackle, Smith is batting an right ankle injury. John Jerry is in the mix to start if Smith is out. If Smith doesn’t play, the Bengals’ next man up at the position could be Alex Redmond, who has very limited experience at the spot. — Ben Baby


Will starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams finally be ready to play after each missed the past three games with hamstring injuries? Both were limited participants in Wednesday’s practice, which is a positive sign. Cleveland will need all the help it can get Sunday against Seattle’s Russell Wilson. — Jake Trotter


Quarterback Mason Rudolph took a vicious hit that knocked him out of the Ravens loss, but he seems to be progressing quickly from Sunday’s concussion. He’s still in the protocol, but he was a limited participant in Wednesday’s padded practice. Coach Mike Tomlin wouldn’t speculate about Rudolph’s availability for Sunday night’s tilt against the Chargers, but it’s not entirely out of the question that he plays. Much will depend on his response to Wednesday’s practice, and if he can’t go, undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges will make his first NFL start on the national stage. — Brooke Pryor

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Dan Orlovsky, Marcus Spears and Jack Del Rio break down the adjustments the Steelers will have to make with Devlin Hodges at quarterback.

AFC SOUTH

Wide receiver Kenny Stills, who has a hamstring and ankle injury, did not play in Week 5 against the Falcons. Coach Bill O’Brien said he will have a better idea Friday whether Stills will play at Kansas City. If he is inactive Sunday, expect slot receiver Keke Coutee to see more playing time again. — Sarah Barshop


The Colts hope their bye week will be enough time for their starting safeties to return from injuries. Clayton Geathers missed the Week 5 victory at Kansas City due to a concussion. He has to clear concussion protocol before he can return to playing. Malik Hooker, who is optimistic he’ll be back after the bye, has missed the past two games with a knee injury. — Mike Wells


Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back) returned to practice Wednesday for the first time in three weeks, but it was on a limited basis, and he spent most of his time working with trainers off to the side. Coach Doug Marrone said the report from the back specialist Ramsey visited matched what the club’s medical team had determined, and the plan is to take things “step by step.” That’s an early indication that Ramsey is likely to miss his third game in a row when the Jaguars host New Orleans on Sunday. This will be the game where the Jaguars would miss him the most, because he would be shadowing Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who leads the NFL in receptions (45) and receiving yards (543). — Mike DiRocco

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Dan Orlovsky and Marcus Spears react to Jalen Ramsey returning to practice for the Jaguars amid trade talks.


The biggest injury question this week surrounds outside linebacker Cameron Wake‘s hamstring. He didn’t practice at all last week and was ruled out against the Bills. The best thing for a hamstring injury is time. Wake missed practice once again Wednesday. He and tight end Delanie Walker (knee) rode stationary bikes during practice. The Titans got a boost from Reggie Gilbert (one sack vs. Bills) while Wake was out. — Turron Davenport

AFC WEST

With cornerback De’Vante Bausby, who suffered a neck injury in the win over the Chargers, having been moved to injured reserve and cornerback Bryce Callahan still shelved with a foot injury (he hasn’t played this season), the Broncos are thin in the secondary. They would prefer Kareem Jackson to play safety — he’s had to play at nickel corner in three games this season because of the team’s injuries — but to do that, they’ll have to be confident Isaac Yiadom and Davontae Harris, who was signed just before the start of the regular season, can split the snaps Bausby was getting with the starting defense. Bausby had replaced Yiadom in the lineup, and Yiadom has been targeted plenty by opposing quarterbacks (he was called for two defensive holding penalties against the Chargers). — Jeff Legwold


The Chiefs could be without both starters on the left side of their offensive line in Sunday’s game against the Texans. Neither tackle Eric Fisher (core muscle injury) nor guard Andrew Wylie (ankle) practiced Wednesday. Newly signed veteran Stefen Wisniewski could be starting at guard against the Texans. Cam Erving has replaced Fisher since he left the lineup in Week 2, and had his worst game of the season in Week 5 against the Colts. This is a less-than-ideal scenario against Whitney Mercilus, J.J. Watt and the Texans. — Adam Teicher


The Chargers lost another starter due to injury when center Mike Pouncey was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a neck issue. That makes seven projected starters missing time for the Chargers so far this season with injuries. Pouncey had been the Bolts’ most reliable and experienced offensive lineman, with the co-captain serving as the team’s anchor up front. With Pouncey out, Dan Feeney will move from left guard to center, and Forrest Lamp will move into the starting lineup at left guard. — Eric D. Williams


With Oakland enjoying a 3-2 record after last weekend’s defeat of the Bears, Raiders coach Jon Gruden is hoping the bye week will see the return of right guard Gabe Jackson, who injured a knee in a training camp joint practice with the Rams. “I’ve been getting videos from the trainers while I’ve been in London and Indiana about Gabe’s progress and it’s exciting,” Gruden said this week. “This guy has clearly worked hard. He looks better, I think, than he’s ever looked. He’s really gotten himself in great shape. We’ll be smart about it. We hope if it’s not this coming game, hopefully it’s the next. He’s a valuable member of our team. Certainly he’ll give us a jolt when he comes back.” — Paul Gutierrez

NFC EAST

The Cowboys aren’t sure they will have either starting offensive tackle, Tyron Smith or La’el Collins, against the Jets after both players missed Wednesday’s practice. Smith did some rehab work on the field for his high right ankle sprain, but Collins was not spotted. If neither can play, then Cameron Fleming will replace Smith and Brandon Knight will replace Collins. Facing a Gregg Williams defense that likes to attack, that could compromise the Cowboys’ ability to get the ball down the field. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch did not practice because of an illness, but that does not appear to be a long-term issue at the moment. — Todd Archer


Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) is out. He wanted to play Thursday night against the Patriots but didn’t get clearance. It’s probably the smart move for the Giants, as it gives Barkley another 10 days to heal. He’s still less than three weeks removed from suffering a high ankle sprain. — Jordan Raanan


Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game with an abdominal strain. He’s hoping to return Week 7 at the Cowboys, but that will depend on how his rehab goes between now and then. The return window for Jackson is believed to be Week 7 and Week 9 against the Bears. — Tim McManus


Right guard Brandon Scherff, who has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, was limited Wednesday — but that’s a positive sign, as it is the first time he’s practiced since the injury. Tight end Vernon Davis, who missed last weekend with a concussion, was also limited. The Redskins could use his return, particularly with Jordan Reed still sidelined with his own concussion. Davis’ speed provides a mismatch down the seam and can result in big plays. The Redskins’ tight ends have combined for only 17 receptions this season, which partly explains Washington’s offensive struggles. — John Keim

NFC NORTH



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