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NFL Week 6 injuries: Aaron Rodgers held out attributable to thumb injury; Kyle Pitts returns to practice


We’re five weeks into the 2022 NFL regular season and the injuries are starting to pile up for a lot of teams.

With 32 teams, meaning there’s a variety of injury news coming in and it may be hard to maintain up with all of it. That is why here at CBS Sports we be certain that to bring you all of the up-to-date information on who is predicted to play and who could possibly be missing time.

We’ll start with Thursday’s matchup between the Washington Commanders and Chicago Bears and proceed with the remainder of the Week 6 matchups.

Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears

Dotson didn’t take part in practice this week, so he’ll be sidelined for the Week 6 opener. That ought to give Brown one other opportunity to shine after scoring two touchdowns last week, but he’s officially listed as questionable. Meanwhile, Wentz can be down one other goal as Thomas faltered throughout the week, officially being limited on Monday before being held out the ultimate two sessions of the week. 

The Bears have only one player listed on their final injury report, but Cruikshank was in a position to practice fully all week, even on Wednesday after the primary two sessions of the week’s walk-throughs. Wideout N’Keal Harry, who was activated off injured reserve this week, doesn’t carry a designation entering Week 6. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson (quad) also carries no designation after practicing fully all week. 

Baltimore could possibly be getting a lift to its pass rush in brief order as outside linebackers Tyus Bowser and David Ojabo returned to practice on Wednesday for the primary time this season. This opens the 21-day window for them to be moved to the 53-man roster or revert to season-ending IR. Meanwhile, wideout Rashod Bateman and left tackle Ronnie Stanley were each missing from the session. On Monday, head coach John Harbaugh did say that Bateman, who missed last week attributable to a foot injury, “might have the ability to return back” this week.

Recent York was again without two key receivers in Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) to start the week of practice. Corner Cor’Dale Flott (calf), punter Jamie Gillan (Not Injury Related), and safeties Tony Jefferson (foot) and Jason Pinnock (ankle) were also held out. Meanwhile, running back Saquon Barkley (shoulder) and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (knee, neck) were amongst those limited. 

Jacksonville is comparatively healthy heading into Week 6 as they’ve just 4 players listed as limited during Wednesday’s practice. Wide receiver Zay Jones (ankle), linebacker Foye Oluokun (calf), defensive tackle Davon Hamilton (foot), and defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi (quad) participated on a limited basis.

Stephon Gilmore and Yannick Ngakoue were each held off form on Wednesday, however the team notes that the veterans were merely given a rest day. Running back Jonathan Taylor (ankle), defensive end Kwity Paye (ankle), linebacker Shaquille Leonard (concussion, nose, back), center Ryan Kelly (hip), defensive tackle Eric Johnson II (illness), and cornerback Tony Brown (concussion) however were out attributable to injury. Running back Nyheim Hines (concussion) was limited.

After missing the last two games attributable to a high ankle sprain, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. On the very least, that sets up the likelihood for him to return this week in Cleveland. Meanwhile, Recent England had 10 other players listed a limited: wideout Nelson Agholor (hamstring), center David Andrews (back), defensive lineman Lawrence Guy (shoulder), running back Damien Harris (hamstring), cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle), linebacker Raekwon McMillan (thumb), wideout Jakobi Meyers (knee), cornerback Jalen Mills (hamstring), defensive lineman DaMarcus Mitchell (concussion) and tight end Jonnu Smith. Harris is reportedly expected to miss a few weeks attributable to that hamstring injury, so Rhamondre Stevenson would see the lion’s share of labor out of the backfield. 

As for the Browns, they didn’t have safety Ronnie Harrison (illness), cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (ankle, knee, elbow), and guard Joel Bitonio (elbow) at practice. Wideout Amari Cooper was given a rest day. Defensive end Myles Garrett (shoulder, biceps, hand) was amongst those limited. 

Tee Higgins (ankle) didn’t practice together with tackles La’el Collins (rest) and Jonah Williams (knee). Meanwhile, running back Samaje Perine (abdomen) and tight ends Devin Asiasi (ankle) and Hayden Hurst (groin) were limited. 

Jameis Winston was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, which is an encouraging sign that he could possibly be making his return this week. Nonetheless, several heavy hitters for Recent Orleans were still sidelined, including receivers Michael Thomas (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle), and Chris Olave (concussion). Cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen)  also missed this session. 

Because the Bucs gear up for his or her Week 6 matchup in Pittsburgh, they were without Jaelon Darden (tooth), Russell Gage Jr. (ankle), Akiem Hicks (foot), Julio Jones (knee), Sean Murphy-Bunting (quad), Carl Nassib (illness) and Logan Ryan (foot) on Wednesday. Mike Edwards (elbow), Chris Godwin (hip/knee), and Donovan Smith (elbow) were all limited. 

The Steelers had eight players missing from the opening practice of the week: cornerback Cameron Sutton (hamstring), cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring), cornerback Levi Wallace (concussion), safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee), defensive tackle Montravius Adams (hip), offensive lineman Mason Cole (foot), tight end Zach Gentry (knee), and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (back). Tight end Pat Freiermuth (concussion) was limited.

San Francisco didn’t have star pass rusher Nick Bosa (groin) for the opening practice of the week. That said, Kyle Shanahan did keep the door open for him playing this week, saying he “has a probability to play but he doesn’t feel well enough to go today.” Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (knee) didn’t practice, nor did tackle Trent Williams (left ankle). Guard Aaron Banks (knee), tight end Tyler Kroft (knee), safety Tarvarius Moore (hamstring) and wide receiver Danny Gray (illness) were all limited.

Kyle Pitts returned to Falcons practice on Wednesday after missing time attributable to a hamstring injury. He was limited in the course of the session but told reporters that he expects to play in Week 6 against San Francisco. Edge rusher Ade Ogundeji (shoulder) was also limited. Left guard Elijah Wilkinson (knee) and inside linebacker Mykal Walker (groin) didn’t practice in any respect.

Jermaine Johnson was the lone Jet missing from practice on Wednesday attributable to an ankle injury. Tackle Duane Brown (shoulder), defensive end Carl Lawson (ankle) and linebackers C.J. Mosley (hip) and Quincy Williams (ankle) were limited. 

Aaron Rodgers sat out of Wednesday’s practice attributable to a thumb injury that he suffered on the ultimate hit of Green Bay’s loss to Recent York last week. Nonetheless, head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters that he doesn’t “think we have now much concern for game day,” Christian Watson (hamstring) and Tipa Galeai (hamstring) were also held out. David Bakhtiari (knee), Elgton Jenkins (knee) and Devonte Wyatt (quad) were limited.

Minnesota had Akayleb Evans (concussion) Alexander Mattison (shoulder), and Za’Darius Smith (knee) limited in practice on Wednesday. No player missed the session. 

Tua Tagovailoa (concussion, ankle) was limited on Wednesday, but head coach Mike McDaniel has already stated that the quarterback is not going to play in Week 6. The Dolphins were without Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) on Wednesday together with tackle Terron Armstead (toe), linebacker Melvin Ingram (rest), Raheem Mostert (knee) and Durham Smythe (hamstring). With Tagovailoa already ruled out and Bridgewater still not cleared, rookie Skylar Thompson is slated to make his first profession start. Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill (quad, foot) and Jaylen Waddle (groin) were full participants. 

Jaycee Horn (ribs), Laviska Shenault Jr. (hamstring), cornerback Stantley Thomas-Oliver (thigh), and Christian McCaffrey (rest) didn’t practice in Carolina on Wednesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield (ankle) also didn’t practice and can likely be out for multiple weeks attributable to his injury, thus thrusting P.J. Walker into the starting spot. C.J. Henderson (knee), Stephen Sullivan (back) and Xavier Woods (hamstring) were all limited. 

The Rams held out wideout Cooper Kupp (foot), tight end Tyler Higbee (ankle), defensive tackle Aaron Donald (foot), wideout Brandon Powell (hip) and center Brian Allen (knee). Because it pertains to Kupp, Higbee and Donald, McVay said that the team will limit them this week, however it mustn’t impact their status. David Long Jr. (groin), Cobie Durant (hamstring) and Taylor Rapp (ribs) were limited. 

Arizona ran a walk-through practice on Wednesday, so these participation statuses are a projection. That said, the team held out James Conner (ribs), Rodney Hudson (knee), Trayvon Mullen Jr. (hamstring), Matt Prater (right hip), and Darrel Williams (knee). 

Seattle began the week of practice without seven players: WR Dee Eskridge (illness), WR Penny Hart (hamstring), G Gabe Jackson (knee, hip), WR Dareke Young (quad), DE Shelby Harris (hip), and NT Al Woods (knee). Running back Rashaad Penny was listed as a nonparticipant because he’s technically still on the roster, but he’ll soon move to season-ending IR. 

The Bills welcomed back All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White to practice on Wednesday, but Sean McDermott already told reporters that he is not going to be making his debut against the Chiefs this week and is not going to play Sunday. Still, this can be a positive step in his recovery from a torn ACL he suffered last season. Running back Taiwan Jones (knee) was the lone Bills player out from practice for injury reasons, while Dawson Knox (foot, hamstring) and Jordan Poyer (ribs) headlined those that were limited. 

In Kansas City, the Chiefs had 4 players missing from Wednesday’s opening session: Bryan Cook (concussion), Rashad Fenton (hamstring), Chris Lammons (hip), and Tershawn Wharton (knee). Harrison Butker (left ankle) was limited, as was Frank Clark (illness) and Mike Danna (calf). 

Dak Prescott (thumb) didn’t practice on Wednesday, which suggests we may get one other week of Cooper Rush under center. Star linebacker Micah Parsons (groin) and running back Rico Dowdle (ankle) also didn’t practice. Tight end Dalton Schultz (knee), defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (chest) and tackle Jason Peters (chest) were limited.

Cornerback Josh Jobe (shoulder) was the one player missing from practice on Wednesday. Philadelphia did run only a walk-through practice, so this report is merely an estimation. That said, Jason Kelce (ankle), Jordan Mailata (shoulder), and Kenneth Gainwell (rib) were amongst those listed as limited. 

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