Biggest Week 8 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Latest on Davante Adams, David Johnson

Cardinals running back David Johnson had quite a short outing in Week 7, while Packers wideout Davante Adams has been out since Sept. 26. Will their teams have these electrifying offensive talents back on the field in Week 8?

Our NFL Nation reporters update those situations as well as the top injury question for every other team, with intel gathered directly from the source:

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Has linebacker Matt Milano‘s hamstring healed? The Dolphins attacked the void Milano left in the Bills’ defense when he sat out in Week 7, but Eagles tight end Zach Ertz poses a larger threat than anyone Buffalo faced last weekend. Milano’s ability to cover opposing tight ends and running backs is crucial as the Bills host a desperate Philadelphia squad. However, Buffalo was notably cautious in bringing Devin Singletary and Taron Johnson back from similar injuries. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

The Dolphins’ top two defensive backs — cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) and safety Reshad Jones (chest) — missed Sunday’s game with injuries, and are a huge part of Miami’s defense. Both could be in position to be game-time decisions again Monday, but coach Brian Flores said each is “close” to returning. Early prediction is that both will be able to play, but we will need to watch their practice participation throughout the week. — Cameron Wolfe

Starting right guard Shaq Mason did not practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, and his potential absence would be another blow for a Patriots offensive line that has been forced to deal with multiple injuries since the start of the season. Jermaine Eluemunor, who was acquired in an early-season trade from the Ravens, would be one option to fill in. James Ferentz would be the other. — Mike Reiss

Quarterback Sam Darnold, who had the nail removed from his left big toe, is expected to play despite sitting out Wednesday. The lost practice reps shouldn’t be dismissed as no big deal, particularly after his poor performance Monday night. Linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) could miss the game — and perhaps longer — after aggravating his injury. The team is very concerned. Positive news: Tight end Chris Herndon (hamstring) practiced for the first time and could make his 2019 debut. — Rich Cimini


Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown is expected to return after this week’s bye, after missing the past two games with an ankle injury. Despite the absence, Brown still leads Baltimore wide receivers with 21 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns. “[I’m] very optimistic that we’ll be full strength coming out of the bye,” coach John Harbaugh said. In addition to Brown, the Ravens should get back cornerback Jimmy Smith and inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor. — Jamison Hensley

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been out for the past two games with a knee injury. He was limited at practice on Wednesday, a sign that he could be available for Sunday’s game against the Rams in London. However, the Bengals re-signed Anthony Zettel one day after waiving him, which indicates Dunlap could be on the mend for another week. “We’ll kind of get through these next few days and see where he’s at,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. — Ben Baby

Safety Damarious Randall (leg) was Cleveland’s only player to sit out Wednesday’s practice, and he’s being termed day-to-day. The rest of the team, including corners Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams, who’ve been out since Week 3 with hamstring injuries, has been practicing. This means that the Browns are as healthy coming out of the bye as they’ve been since the season started. — Jake Trotter

With running back James Conner (quadriceps) and wide receiver James Washington (shoulder) all but assured to play Monday after extra healing time during the bye week, the biggest injury question shifts to the other side of the ball in the health of linebackers T.J. Watt and Mark Barron. The Steelers are already down a linebacker with Anthony Chickillo heading to the commissioner’s exempt list, and they can’t afford to take much more of a hit at the position. Watt (abdominal injury) and Barron (hamstring) are expected to practice in a limited capacity throughout the week and let their participation dictate their game availability. With the woeful Dolphins on the horizon, don’t be surprised if the team is extra cautious with the pair. — Brooke Pryor


Wide receiver Will Fuller and corneback Bradley Roby are both dealing with hamstring injuries and are not expected to play Sunday. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hamstring/neck) was listed as limited in the Texans’ walkthrough Wednesday, but said he is on track to play against Oakland. — Sarah Barshop



With Will Fuller V out, Matthew Berry prefers Kenny Stills to Keke Coutee off the waiver wire in Week 8.

Starting cornerback Pierre Desir did not practice due to a hamstring injury. There’s no reason yet for concern over Desir’s status for Sunday’s game against Denver. That’s because Desir didn’t practice one day last week and still played against Houston. — Mike Wells

Injuries have devastated the Jaguars at linebacker. Coach Doug Marrone said Leon Jacobs (hamstring), Najee Goode (toe) and Quincy Williams (hamstring) are doubtful to play Sunday. That means Jacksonville will have to rely on Donald Payne and Malcolm Smith, who signed this week, and Joe Giles-Harris, whom it promoted from the practice squad. Payne has been with the Jaguars before, and Smith played in the same defensive scheme when he was with Seattle. — Mike DiRocco

Tight end Delanie Walker is the biggest injury question once again this week. Walker played only five snaps against the Chargers after being listed as questionable heading into the game due to an ankle injury. Walker re-aggravated the ankle injury Sunday, and didn’t practice on Wednesday. Jonnu Smith stepped up in place of Walker and had three receptions for 64 yards against the Chargers. — Turron Davenport


Right tackle Ja’Wuan James was the Broncos’ most expensive free-agent acquisition this past offseason and has played just 10 snaps after suffering a knee injury in the season opener in Oakland. But James has practiced for the past three weeks and is poised to return to the lineup. This means that for the first time, the Broncos will have some flexibility on an offensive line that has struggled at times, particularly last Thursday night against the Chiefs. And this week, coach Vic Fangio alluded to the fact that if James plays against the Colts on Sunday, it’s possible left tackle Garett Bolles‘ playing time will be affected. Bolles is once again struggling to avoid penalties, and with James on the sideline, the player who would have replaced Bolles in the lineup — Elijah Wilkinson — was starting at right tackle. But when James is back in the lineup, Fangio said “we’ll probably see all three of those tackles.” — Jeff Legwold

Patrick Mahomes (knee) practiced Wednesday but didn’t look during the brief media viewing period like a quarterback who would be ready to play Sunday. Mahomes was fourth of four in the quarterback line and moved around stiffly. So it appears Matt Moore will start under center for the Chiefs on Sunday night and be backed up by undrafted rookie Kyle Shurmur, who was promoted from the practice squad this week. — Adam Teicher

Defensive end Melvin Ingram returned to practice as a limited participant Wednesday. Ingram has missed three games with a hamstring injury, but Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said it’s possible that the South Carolina product returns to action Sunday against the Bears. Joey Bosa could use the help. Bosa leads the Chargers with five sacks, but the person behind him is slot defender Desmond King, with 2.5. — Eric D. Williams

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs will be questionable to play this weekend, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday, due to the shoulder injury he suffered on his first carry of the game Sunday at Green Bay. Jacobs took a painkilling injection and returned to rush for a career-high 124 yards. If he cannot play against the Texans, expect DeAndre Washington to get the bulk of the carries. And on the receiver front, Tyrell Williams practiced for the first time since before the Colts game in Week 4, as plantar fasciitis has sidelined him since. His return would be a boost for the passing game. — Paul Gutierrez


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