Quarterback updates for Sunday
- Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen was able to participate in a limited fashion on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Allen is dealing with a sprained UCL in his elbow and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Backup Case Keenum would start if Allen can’t go.
- Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford is still in concussion protocol but got in a limited practice on Friday. Stafford would have to have a “full football workload” on Saturday in order to be cleared out of the protocol, coach Sean McVay said. John Wolford would start if Stafford does not clear.
- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is dealing with a hamstring injury and going to be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Rams. Colt McCoy would start if Murray can’t go.
- Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill was limited on Friday after being a full participant on Thursday. He’s officially questionable for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Rookie Malik Willis would start a third straight game if Tannehill can’t play.
Green Bay Packers CB Eric Stokes likely done for the season
- Stokes suffered a knee and ankle injury last Sunday against Detroit and was carted off.
- The former first-round pick has started all nine games this season, earning a subpar 53.7 PFF grade.
- The Packers, losers of five straight, have been torched by injuries over the last week. They also lost All-Pro candidate Rashan Gary for the season due to a torn ACL and wide receiver Romeo Doubs for the next few weeks due to an ankle injury. They had 17 players listed on their initial injury report entering this week.
Los Angeles Chargers waive former first-round DT Jerry Tillery
- Tillery was the Chargers’ first-round pick in 2019 and is in the final year of his rookie contract. The team attempted to trade him before the trade deadline but found no takers.
- “This was not an easy decision but, after careful consideration, it was a necessary one that is in the best interest of both team and player,” general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. “We wish Jerry all the best moving forward in his career.”
- Tillery has earned a 61.4 PFF grade on the year after earning 35.5, 43.9 and 46.3 grades in his first three seasons.
Indianapolis Colts All-Pro LB Shaquille Leonard suffers setback, headed to IR
- Leonard has had a rough season with a multitude of injuries and now will miss at least four games with a back and ankle issue. He’s played in just three games and 74 total snaps on the year.
- Leonard’s setback is another twist in what has to be a wild week for the Colts. The team fired Frank Reich on Monday and hired former All-Pro center Jeff Saturday as his replacement.
- They will get running back Jonathan Taylor back from his ankle injury but will be without backup Deon Jackson.
- Quarterback Matt Ryan is also back from his shoulder injury, but he’s going to serve as Sam Ehlinger‘s backup.
More news and notes around the NFL
- Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro T.J. Watt (pectoral) told reporters he will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Watt has not played since Week 1.
- Saints WR Jarvis Landry (ankle) has no injury designation and is on track to return Sunday against the Steelers after missing the last five games. CB Marshon Lattimore (ab), C Erik McCoy (calf), G Andrus Peat (tricep) and LB Pete Werner (ankle) are all out.
- The Titans will be short-handed on defense this week, as they ruled out DT Jeffery Simmons, S Amani Hooker, EDGE Bud Dupree, LB Zach Cunningham and CB Josh Thompson for Sunday’s game against the Broncos.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has cleared concussion protocol and will Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Winfield, PFF’s highest-graded safety, has missed the last two weeks.
- The Cleveland Browns ruled out LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (knee) and TE David Njoku (ankle) for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.
- The Los Angeles Rams activated rookie RB Kyren Williams off IR and he will play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
- The Kansas City Chiefs ruled out WR Mecole Hardman (abdomen) for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.