IRJ.J. Watt DL HOU (9) 8 hours ago
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Watt is likely out for the remainder of the season, leaving his odds of returning from IR as "slim".
While there are no long-term concerns with the injury, the chances we see Watt take the field again this season seem highly unlikely. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year recorded eight tackles and 1.5 sacks in the first three weeks of the season before aggravating his back injury. Watt's absence leaves a enormous hole in the Texans defense, which is expected to be filled by Devon Still and the newly signed Antonio Smith.
QTajae Sharpe WR TEN (13) 8 hours ago
Sharpe (hamstring) was limited at practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com reports.
We'll have to see how the Titans list Sharpe for Sunday's game against the Texans, but he's coming off a Week 3 effort in which he led Tennessee wideouts with 51 snaps on offense (out of a possible 68), catching three of seven targets for 48 yards in the process. Meanwhile, fellow WR Rishard Matthews was on the field for 43 snaps, followed by Andre Johnson (36) and Harry Douglas (27).
QMarcus Peters DB KC (5) 8 hours ago
Peters (illness) did not participate in practice on Thursday.
Thursday marks the second straight day Peters was held out of practice due to the flu. He has been joined on the sideline by fellow starting cornerback Phillip Gaines, who has missed the past two practices due to a knee injury. If both defensive backs are ruled out for Sunday, the Chiefs will be forced to go with Steven Nelson and Kenneth Acker as the starting cornerbacks, with very little depth behind them.
QDelanie Walker TE TEN (13) 8 hours ago
Walker (hamstring) was limited at practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com reports.
While the tight end said he's improving, Walker acknowledged Thursday that he doesn't expect to know his Week 4 playing status until Saturday. As a result, look for Walker to draw an official questionable destination for Sunday's 1:00 ET tilt against the Texans. With Walker inactive this past Sunday, Anthony Fasano, Jace Amaro and Phillip Supernaw handled the Titans' Week 3 tight end duties.
QPhillip Gaines DB KC (5) 8 hours ago
Gaines (knee) did not participate in practice on Thursday.
Gaines, who played through the knee injury last Sunday, continues to miss practice time, leaving him questionable for Week 4. If he can't make a go of it this week, look for Steven Nelson and Kenneth Acker to see increased reps.
QDeSean Jackson WR WAS (9) 8 hours ago
Jackson (knee/ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice. Afterward, head coach Jay Gruden said Jackson will be "ready to go" Sunday against the Browns, barring a setback.
Jackson followed up no practice Wednesday with individual drills (at the very least) one day later, so he appears to be trending in the right direction. Ultimately, Friday's injury report will forecast his Week 4 availability, but the big-play receiver would be sorely missed Sunday from a corps that expects to be without rookie Josh Doctson (Achilles) for multiple games.
QTamba Hali LB KC (5) 9 hours ago
Hali (hand) did not practice Thursday.
Hali missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday due to an undisclosed hand injury. The veteran linebacker missed practice time last week due to a knee aliment, but ultimately played through the injury in Week 3. The same routine could be in place this week, although some form of participation in Friday's practice would be a crucial step in assuring Hali's status for Sunday. In any case, Frank Zombo will be ready to play in Hali's absence, should he be ruled out for Week 4.
OUTJonathan Stewart RB CAR (7) 9 hours ago
Stewart (hamstring) isn't expected to suit up for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Stewart hasn't hit the practice field since injuring his hamstring in Week 2. Following another DNP at Thursday's practice, head coach Ron Rivera said he doesn't have a timetable for Stewart beyond this Sunday, but the running back is nonetheless in the midst of logging a multi-game absence. If he's among the Panthers' inactives in Week 4, as expected, Cameron Artis-Payne will handle primary RB duties, while Fozzy Whittaker serves in a change-of-pace role.
QVirgil Green TE DEN (11) 9 hours ago
Green (calf) did not practice Thursday.
Green, who has not practiced since suffering his calf injury against the Colts on Sep. 18, is considered "day to day" by the Broncos. That said, unless he returns to practice Friday, and looks good in doing so, we'd expect him to miss Sunday's game against the Bucs. In that case, John Phillips and Jeff Heuerman would continue to handle the Broncos' tight end duties in Week 4.
QJay Cutler QB CHI (9) 9 hours ago
Cutler (thumb) didn't take part in Thursday's practice, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Head coach John Fox more or less termed Thursday's DNP a precautionary measure, which lines up with Fox's contention Wednesday that Cutler will be evaluated "day-to-day" this week. Speaking of Wednesday, Cutler was unable to do a "whole lot" during his limited showing. As a result, his activity level Friday will likely hold a lot of sway toward his potential to play Sunday against the Lions. Another absence from Cutler would place Brian Hoyer under center for the second consecutive game.