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Injuries: Panthers place QB Taylor Heinicke on IR

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Quarterback Taylor Heinicke was thrust into the Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback slot ahead of Week 16 when Cam Newton was shut down with a shoulder injury.

Unfortunately for Heinicke, his days as the Panthers' starter didn't last long as he was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a left elbow injury. Heinicke was injured during Carolina's Week 16 loss to the Falcons.

Newton remains injured, though he has not been placed on injured reserved, and Kyle Allen is likely to get the start with Carolina also signing Garrett Gilbert as a back-up.

Guard Trai Turner (ankle) and defensive tackle Kawann Short (calf) did not practice on Wednesday for the Panthers.

Here are other injuries we're monitoring on Wednesday:

1. With the Eagles' playoff hopes hanging in the balance, some good news was delivered by Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson on Wednesday.

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters (quad) is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, Pederson said. Peterson, a nine-time Pro Bowler, left the Eagles' Week 16 game against the Texans due to the injury.

Peters didn't practice on Wednesday, though, and defensive end Michael Bennett (foot), safety Corey Graham (illness), cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring) and quarterback Carson Wentz (back) were also DNPs. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (hip) and receiver Mike Wallace (ankle) were limited.

2. Packers receiver Davante Adams finds himself with some injury problems heading into the final game of a terrific season. Adams did not practice on Wednesday, but said he expects to play Sunday in the finale against the Lions. Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark (elbow) was sent to injured reserve on Wednesday. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (knee/groin) was a full participant, while cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin), receiver Randall Cobb (concussion), tight end Jimmy Graham (knee/thumb), linebacker Clay Matthews (back) and tackle Jason Spriggs (concussion) did not participate.

3. Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (quad) and Alec Ogletree (concussion) could return to action for Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys, New York coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. However, neither practiced on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard (hip) was a limited participant.

4. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's (stinger) status is up in the air heading into Sunday's must-win against the Colts. He did not practice on Wednesday and characterized his status as day to day.

5. Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) was limited on Wednesday, as were linebacker Kiko Alonso (knee/hamstring), defensive tackle Ziggy Hood (hamstring), offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (knee) and quarterback Ryan Tannehill (shoulder/ankle).

6. Bills running back Chris Ivory (shoulder) has not played in the previous two games, but "should be in good shape this week," coach Sean McDermott said on Wednesday. He was a full participant in practice.

7. Colts tight end Eric Ebron (concussion protocol) will be limited for Wednesday's practice, while center Ryan Kelly (neck) and safety Clayton Geathers (knee) will not practice.

8. Browns cornerback Denzel Ward, center J.C. Tretter (ankle), defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) and linebacker Tanner Vallejo (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Tight end David Njoku (knee) was limited.

9. Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (wrist), whose season is over, will undergo surgery for what Denver coach Vance Joseph called a "serious" injury on Wednesday, adding that he was looking at three to four months of recovery.

10. Cowboys guard Zack Martin did not practice Wednesday and is unlikely to play on Sunday against the Giants. Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford (neck) also will not practice on Wednesday, but is reported to be doing much better following a scary injury Sunday in which he was carted off the field. Defensive lineman David Irving (ankle) also did not practice and linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) was a limited participant.

11. Bears safety Eddie Jackson (ankle), linebacker Aaron Lynch (elbow) and receiver Allen Robinson (ribs) did not participate at practice.

12. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (ankle/foot), who has missed multiple games this season due to injury, was a limited participant on Wednesday, as was quarterback Cody Kessler (shoulder). Kicker Josh Lambo (groin), cornerback A.J. Bouye (toe) and offensive tackle Josh Wells (concussion) are also expected to miss practice.

13. Lions receiver Kenny Golladay (chest), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle), defensive back Quandre Diggs (back), defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (knee) and cornerback DeShawn Shead (knee) missed practice on Wednesday. Running back LeGarrette Blount (knee) and cornerback Jamal Agnew (knee) were limited and quarteback Matthew Stafford practiced in full despite a lingering back injury.

14. Rams coach Sean McVay said running back Todd Gurley (knee) and safety Lamarcus Joyner (ankle) were day to day, but would be doing work with the training staff on Wednesday.

15. Texans receivers DeAndre Hopkins (knee) and Keke Coutee (hamstring) were limited participants on Wednesday, as were defensive end J.J. Watt (knee) and running back Lamar Miller (ankle).

16. Patriots receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) was a limited participant on Wednesday.

17. Jets receivers Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Jermaine Kearse (achilles) did not practice on Wednesday, nor did kicker Jason Myers (hip).

18. Niners running back Matt Breida (ankle), receivers Marquise Goodwin (calf) and Dante Pettis (knee) and offensive tackle Joe Staley (non-injury) did not practice on Wednesday.

19. Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson (Achilles) and defensive end Carl Nassib (shoulder) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, while defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee/shoulder) and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (shoulder) were limited.

20. Falcons receiver Julio Jones (hip/ribs) and running back Tevin Coleman (groin) were each absent from practice on Wednesday. Linebacker Deion Jones (foot) was a limited participant.

21. Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung (ankle) was limited at practice. Running back Austin Ekeler (neck) and wideout Keenan Allen (hip) were both full participants.

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