As the 2023 National Football League (NFL) season progresses, the ninth week yielded a triumphant start for the Steelers last Thursday. Continuations of the current season include an array of twelve other games that were scheduled for Sunday, where the concluding injury reports for the week were disclosed by the 24 participating teams on Friday.
One of the central concerns involves the Dolphins, who announced offensive tackle Terron Armstead as uncertain to participate due to a knee injury, following his stint on injured reserve.
Items of interest on the Dolphins’ injury roster incorporate a set of additional players listed as questionable.
These consist of cornerback Xavien Howard and Justin Bethel due to groin and foot injuries respectively, wide receiver River Cracraft with a shoulder injury, cornerback Nik Needham suffering from an Achilles injury, tight End Durham Smythe with an ankle issue, and center Connor Williams dealing with a groin problem.
However, guard Robert Hunt and safety Brandon Jones will be unable to participate due to hamstring and concussion concerns, respectively.
The Chiefs have listed linebacker Willie Gay and wide receiver Richie James as questionable due to their respective lower back and knee injuries.
Further complications arise in the form of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire who, due to illness, has been officially ruled out of participating in the upcoming games. In response to the resulting situation, the Vikings declared their defensive tackle Dean Lowry will not be playing due to a groin injury.
There’s a similar narrative in place for the Atlanta Falcons, with the team declaring wide receiver Drake London, safety DeMarcco Hellams, and fullback Keith Smith as ruled out – impacted by groin, hamstring, and concussion injuries respectively.
The situation is a wee bit complex for the Arizona Cardinals. Their quarterback Kyler Murray is questionable for his 2023 debut owing to a knee affliction, while offensive lineman Trystan Colon and running back Emari Demercado have been declared unfit to compete.
Expanding on this, a host of other players from the Cardinals, including linebacker Krys Barnes, wide receiver Greg Dortch, defensive lineman Kevin Strong, and wide receiver Michael Wilson remain in the questionable area.
Each of these players is dealing with injuries ranging from hamstrings to shoulder issues. On the brighter side, quarterback Deshaun Watson will no longer appear on the injury list and is expected to be starting on Sunday’s game.
For the Browns, offensive tackle Dawand Jones has been given a questionable designation due to a shoulder injury. Other players on the Browns who have been definitively ruled out include cornerback Greg Newsome II, wide receiver David Bell, and defensive end Alex Wright each dealing with groin, knee, and knee injuries respectively.
Offensive tackle Jedrick Wills was absent from practice on Wednesday due to foot and ankle issues but does not appear on the final report.
Tuesday saw Rams head coach Sean McVay hint at a decision about quarterback Matthew Stafford’s play status, given his thumb injury, would be made closer to game day. However, he was officially listed as questionable on Friday.
Team members like offensive tackle Rob Havenstein, wide receiver Puka Nacua, cornerback Cobie Durant, and defensive tackle Larrell Murchison have been delineated as questionable as well due to injuries varying from calf to knee issues.
On the bright side, linebacker Ernest Jones and tight end Hunter Long are definitively out due to knee and hamstring injuries respectively. For the Packers, safety Rudy Ford and linebacker Quay Walker are the only players with designations, carrying the questionable tag following calf and groin injuries. The Commanders have announced that wide receiver Curtis Samuel will not be playing in the upcoming games.
The Teatriots’ roster reveals the absence of wide receiver DeVante Parker and offensive tackle Calvin Anderson for the next game due to a concussion and illness respectively.
Wide receiver Tyquan Thornton, defensive lineman Christian Barmore, linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, tight end Pharaoh Brown, offensive tackle Trent Brown, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, cornerback Jonathan Jones, offensive lineman Vederian Lowe, and defensive lineman Deatrich Wise have all been marked as questionable due to various injuries.
The Bears have shared that quarterback Justin Fields is back in practice, although he sees a doubtful comeback in the upcoming games due to his right thumb injury. Offensive tackle Braxton Jones is also questionable due to a neck problem.
The Bears have confirmed that linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, guard Nate Davis, safety Jaquan Brisker, and linebacker Terell Smith will not be able to participate in the coming game.
Over at the Saints, linebacker Ty Summers will not play due to concussion and hamstring issues. Meanwhile, defensive end Malcolm Roach and running back Kendre Miller have received questionable designations due to ailments. Let’s look at the Seahawks now; guard Phil Haynes, guard Anthony Bradford, running back Kenny McIntosh, and nose tackle Austin Faoliu sit on the questionable list.
The Buccaneers will not have guard Matt Feiler and defensive end Logan Hall due to knee and groin problems respectively. The Texans’ running back Dameon Pierce will not play in the team’s attempt to bounce back from their loss to the Panthers last week.
The Colts have ruled out cornerback JuJu Brents and offensive tackle Braden Smith due to quad and hip/wrist injuries. Several players, including linebacker Zaire Franklin, wide receiver Josh Downs, offensive tackle Blake Freeland, and safety Rodney Thomas, have been listed as questionable due to their respective issues.
Lastly, the Raiders will not have linebacker Divine Deablo, fullback Jakob Johnson, linebacker Luke Masterson, and tackle Thayer Munford for head coach Antonio Pierce’s inaugural game due to varying injuries.
The Cowboys’ offensive tackle Tyron Smith practiced Friday, but he and offensive lineman Chuma Edoga are both listed as questionable. However, linebacker Baylon Spector and linebacker A.J. Klein will not play for the Bills, while Bengals’ running back Joe Mixon is listed as questionable, but head coach Zac Taylor anticipates his participation in Sunday night’s game.