Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is still down. Will he be out for Sunday’s game against the Panthers?
The Pro Bowler is not practicing Thursday and remains in the concussion protocol. Godwin has been sidelined all week after taking a hit to the helmet versus the Saints. He led Tampa Bay with six receptions for 79 yards in the Week 1 loss.
Three days before the Bucs return to the playing field, Godwin’s availability for Week 2 doesn’t appear promising. The team had to prepare last week without fellow star wideout Mike Evans, who said he’s feeling better. Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich acknowledged to reporters that with Godwin out of practice, the game plan is being adjusted accordingly.
“It does some just because of who he is,” Leftwich said. “Just like it was last week with Mike. Because of who they are it changes a lot.”
Here are the other news, injuries and transactions we’re tracking Thursday:
- New York Jets coach Adam Gase said wide receiver Jamison Crowder will not practice after injuring his hamstring Wednesday. The veteran is being evaluated and his status for Sunday’s game against the 49ers is up in the air. Gase said rookie running back La’Mical Perine (ankle) will return as a limited participant Thursday.
- Wide receiver Russell Shepard announced via Instagram he’s retiring from the NFL after seven seasons. Also a special teams ace, he collected 60 catches and 45 tackles for the Giants, Panthers and Buccaneers. The 30-year-old turned down an offer to play just a few weeks ago, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
- Former Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson is currently visiting the Panthers, per the wire, while ex-Jets center Jonotthan Harrison is visiting the Bills.
- Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring) is participating in individual drills for the second consecutive day. Linebacker Elandon Roberts is in the concussion protocol.
- Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who’s been battling an ankle injury, told reporters Thursday he’s “ready to go.“
- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (knee) was limited in Thursday’s practice. Defensive end Tyron Smith (tooth) and offensive tackle Tyron Smith (neck) did not practice.
- Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia told reporters he’s seen progress from wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) but he will not practice Thursday. Neither will defensive lineman Nick Williams (shoulder). Cornerback Desmond Trufant (hamstring) remains out, while offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot) continues working on the side.
- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (calf) returned to practice Thursday in a limited capacity.
- Arizona Cardinals tight end tight end Maxx Williams (ankle) did not practice against and offensive lineman Josh Jones (ankle) remained limited. Safety Jalen Thompson, who injured his ankle in Week 1 versus the 49ers, was placed on injured reserve. The team also signed safety Curtis Riley from the Steelers’ practice squad.
- Cleveland Browns wideout Jarvis Landry, who’s listed as questionable with a hip injury, is expected to play Thursday against the Bengals, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. The Pro Bowler sat out Tuesday’s practice and was limited Wednesday as a precaution.
- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) hasn’t been ruled out of Monday’s game versus the Raiders but would not comment any further on his status. Pelissero and Rapoport reported Wednesday that Thomas, after initially planning to play through his injury, is expected to miss several weeks.
- Carolina Panthers defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (concussion) did not practice. Coach Matt Rhule said he got hit in the eye during a one-on-one pass rushing drill yesterday and then concussion symptoms manifested so he was placed in the protocol. Defensive tackle Kawann Short (foot) was limited.
- Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters wide receiver Courtland Sutton, who sat out the opener, made it through Wednesday’s practice fine but remains questionable for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) is still sidelined. Fangio said offensive tackle Garett Bolles, who was limited Wednesday, has “got a little issue with his elbow that he’s working through.”
- Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (foot) returned to practice Thursday and was full-go. Linebackers Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder) remained limited while linebacker Matt Milano (hamstring) remained out.
- Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring) and cornerbacks Xavien Howard (knee) and Byron Jones (Achillles) were again limited in practice. Linebacker Elandon Roberts is still in concussion protocol.
- Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (knee) did not practice after being limited Wednesday. Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (illness) was also out and wide receiver Corey Davis (hamstring) was limited.
- Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (quad), running back Duke Johnson (ankle) and defensive end J.J. Watt (hip) all remained limited in practice.
- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) was limited for the second consecutive day.
- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (hip) and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (hip) were limited.
- Indianapolis Colts defensive end Justin Houston (calf) did not practice Thursday and rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (toe) was limited. Safety Malik Hooker (illness) returned to practice, wide receiver Zach Pascal (ankle) was limited and tight end Jack Doyle (ankle/knee) remained out.