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Thursday's NFL injury and roster news for Week 8

Andy Dalton still remains in the concussion protocol.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy told reporters he was able to attend the quarterbacks meeting but will not practice today.

Dalton suffered the concussion after taking a shoulder to the helmet in the Cowboys' Week 7 loss.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Dalton is unlikely to play Sunday night against the Eagles. If he isn't cleared, rookie Ben DiNucci will start. He's been taking first-team practice reps this week.

Here are other injury and roster news we're tracking on Thursday:

  • Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson did not return after suffering a toe injury. The Panthers announced the following COVID-19 replacements for game day: guard Mike Horton, defensive back Natrell Jamerson and receiver Marken Michel. Horton ended up among the inactives for Thursday Night Football.
  • Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley, who had three catches for 42 yards in the first half before exiting, was ruled out for the remainder of the game with an ankle injury. Following the game, coach Raheem Morris said there was no update. Defensive end Charles Harris was ejected in the third quarter after being flagged for unneccessary roughness on a late hit on Teddy Bridgewater. After temporarily exiting in the first half to be evaluated for a concussion, cornerback Kendall Sheffield exited again later in the game for a possible head injury. He did not return. Atlanta elevated linebacker Edmond Robinson from the practice squad to the active roster as a COVID replacement for TNF.
  • The New York Giants placed left guard Will Hernandez on the reserve/COVID-19 list, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.
  • Chicago Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack (ankle) did not practice for a second consecutive day. Receiver Allen Robinson (concussion) and receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson (quad) were also absent from practice for a second day in a row. Defensive back Eddie Jackson (knee) was limited.
  • Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones (groin) was a full participant on Thursday a day after he was limited. Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) did not practice.
  • New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas returned to practice in a limited capacity.
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has a sprain and small break in his throwing thumb and his status is uncertain for when they return from the bye, Rapoport reported, per a source informed. The team was not aware of the injury and Minshew wasn't on the report, Rapoport added.
  • New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman recently had surgery on his knee that had been bothering him all season, Rapoport reported. He will not play against the Bills Sunday. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (knee) was limited at practice.
  • Miami Dolphins wideout DeVante Parker (groin) as limited at practice and wideout Jakeem Grant (illness) did not participate.
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (groin) was limited at practice.
  • Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly (knee) did not participate at practice.
  • Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (ankle) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (Achilles) did not participate at practice.
  • New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman (ankle) did not participate at practice.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (shoulder) was limited at practice. Wideout Chris Godwin (finger) did not practice.
  • Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson (knee/ankle) was limited in his return to practice.
  • Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson (abdomen) was limited at practice.
  • Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (calf) did not practice again.
  • After logging a DNP on Wednesday, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (concussion) was listed as a limited participant in practice.
  • The Buffalo Bills are expected to sign linebacker Darron Lee, Rapoport reported. The former Jets and Chiefs player will need to pass a physical and COVID-19 protocols first and it's uncertain if he'll join the 53-man roster or practice squad.
  • San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander (ankle) and safety Jimmie Ward (quad) were upgraded to limited after sitting out Wednesday.
  • Seattle Seahawks running backs Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring); safety Jamal Adams (groin), cornerback Shaquill Griffin (concussion/hamstring) missed another practice.

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