Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Crockett Gillmore (calf) has a "chance" to play in Week 5 against the Browns.
Calf strains can be tricky, as evidenced by Victor Cruz, Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Bush, and Alshon Jeffery this season. Even with their pass-catcher corps in a state of depletion, the Ravens need to take a cautious approach to Gillmore's return. With Gillmore out against the Steelers last Thursday night, Maxx Williams was the Ravens' lead tight end, but rotated with Nick Boyle.
Citing a source close to the situation, Indy Sports Central reports Andrew Luck is dealing with a partially separated right (throwing) shoulder.
The partial separation is known as a "subluxed" shoulder in medical terms. Reporter Chris Hagan says the Colts "are concerned about Luck's labrum," and Luck has sent his MRI to at least three different doctors to view the injury. "The biggest concerns about Luck at the moment are pain and arm strength," per the report, and Luck's status for Thursday night's game against the Texans "is in doubt." While this situation is very much fluid, it currently looks like Matt Hasselbeck may have to make another start.
Coach Jason Garrett said Monday the Cowboys "anticipate" Lance Dunbar (knee) missing the rest of the season.
They are "anticipating" a torn ACL for Dunbar. It's believed he also may have torn his MCL. Dunbar has operated as Dallas' passing-down specialist to the point, a role that now figures to go to Darren McFadden, with Christine Michael perhaps mixing in for a few extra carries per week. McFadden is a superior pass catcher and pass blocker to current starter Joseph Randle.
Browns RB Robert Turbin (ankle) is expected to take team reps in practice this week.
Team reps -- or 11-on-11s -- are more rigorous than individual drills, which Turbin returned to last Thursday. He'll ramp up his activity this week. The Browns claimed Turbin off waivers from the Seahawks on September 10. He was dealing with a severe high ankle sprain at the time. Turbin could cut into Isaiah Crowell's workload whenever he gets back to 100 percent.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Andre Ellington (PCL) was "close" to playing in Sunday's Week 4 loss to St. Louis.
Arians' comments suggest Ellington is at least tentatively on track to return in Week 5 against the Lions. Filling in as the Cardinals' "nickel back" -- as Arians described the passing-down role -- David Johnson had an up-and-down Week 4, catching only four of his ten targets, dropping a would-be touchdown pass, and fumbling a kickoff. Arians said Johnson "played like a rookie" against the Rams. Ellington may return as Arizona's "nickel back" against Detroit. Chris Johnson is locked in as the new early-down lead dog.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak stated Monday that Demaryius Thomas (neck) is "fine."
Kubiak admitted Thomas is "sore" the day after Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings, but there appear to be no concerns with Demaryius' availability moving forward. Thomas has at least seven catches in each of the first four games. He should eat this week against Oakland's swiss-cheese pass defense.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden provided "no timetable" on Jordan Reed's recovery from his latest concussion, and revealed Monday that Reed also sprained his ankle and knee in Sunday's upset of the Eagles.
Reed is believed to have suffered at least five concussions dating back to his time at the University of Florida. In addition, he is dealing with a sprained MCL and ankle, and Gruden expressed that he is "concerned" with Reed's health. Fantasy owners can't count on Reed to play Sunday against the Falcons. Derek Carrier would be the next man up at tight end in Washington. Reed leads the Redskins with 24 receptions for 278 yards through four games.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday that DeSean Jackson (hamstring) "might" practice this week.
"They're going to see what they can get out of him," per ESPN 980 in Washington. Jackson appears to be questionable at best for this week's game against the Falcons. Jordan Reed (head/ankle/knee) seems very unlikely to play.