The hits keep coming up front for New Orleans.
Less than 24 hours after the outlook on Marcus Davenport's took a turn for the worst, the Saints are also confronting a reality that doesn't include defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday Rankins suffered a significant ankle injury in Sunday's loss to San Francisco and it doesn't sound as if Rankins will be able to return this season, per sources informed of the situation.
Rankins has appeared in 10 games this season, recording 10 tackles and two sacks. He's played his best against the run, earning a 66.9 grade in that department (64th among all interior defensive linemen), per Pro Football Focus.
After losing Davenport, the Saints will have to turn to another reserve along the defensive line. They likely won't experience much of a dropoff when relying on a player in David Onyemata who ranked nearly 20 places higher against the run in PFF grades, but doesn't pack as much of a punch in the pass-rushing game. Still, turning to Onyemata is much better than being forced to rely on a practice squad promotion or late-season free-agent signing. If they continue to lose players at this rate, though, that could be in New Orleans' future.
Here's other NFL news we're monitoring Wednesday:
»Carolina Panthers interim coach Perry Fewell said that quarterback Cam Newton underwent successful foot surgery and is resting at his home in Atlanta. Fewell added that Greg Olsen remains in concussion protocol.
Along with Adams, first-round defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (neck) and receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/knee) are doubtful.
Running back Le'Veon Bell, who missed last week's game with an illness, is not on the injury report.
»Cincinnati Bengals wide receiverA.J. Green, who hasn't played a game this season due to an ankle injury, did not practice on Wednesday. However, coach Zac Taylor indicated Green still wants to play this year and that's why he has not been placed on injured reserve.
»Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (ankle) and running back Adrian Peterson (toe) were full participants in practice, but linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (calf) did not practice and guard Brandon Scherff (elbow/shoulder) and cornerback Fabian Moreau (hamstring) were limited.
»New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle) was limited in a walk-through practice on Wednesday. "I feel good," Jones said via the team Twitter account. "I think I've gotten a lot better. I'm just taking it day by day." Eli Manning took first-team reps on Wednesday and will continue to do until Jones is back and ready, the team tweeted.
Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) and offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler (ankle/wrist) did not practice for the Giants, while tight end Evan Engram (foot) and receiver Golden Tate (foot) were limited.
»The San Francisco 49ers announced a flurry of moves this afternoon, including that starting center Weston Richburgh, with a torn patellar tendon in his right leg, has been placed on injured reserve.
The team also signed wide receiver Jordan Matthews and cornerback Dontae Johnson.
»Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan (elbow) missed practice while cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) was a full participant.
»The Seattle Seahawks placed cornerback Neiko Thorpe on injured reserve following surgery as a result of a sports hernia injury. In a corresponding move, the team promoted cornerback Ryan Neal from the practice squad.
»Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid told the media that defensive end Frank Clark would need to see a specialist due to his stomach issues.
»New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder) did not practice . Cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle) were limited participants, while quarterback Tom Brady (right elbow) and receiver N'Keal Harry (hip) were limited participants.
»Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (shoulder), center Rodney Hudson (ankle) and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) were all limited in practice. Offensive tackle Trent Brown (pectoral) did not practice, nor did receiver Hunter Renfrow (rib).
»Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (knee) did not practice and receiver Julio Jones (shoulder) was limited.
»Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and running back James Conner (shoulder) were each full participants. Tight end Vance McDonald (concussion) and running back Jaylen Samuels (groin) did not practice.
»Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (left hand/right hand) was a full participant. Linebackers Sean Lee (pectoral/thigh) and Leighton Vander Esch (neck) did not practice; defensive lineman Michael Bennett (foot), offensive tackle La'el Collins (knee), defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (knee) and running back Tony Pollard (ankle) were limited.
»Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (toe) was a full participant, as was linebacker Blake Martinez (hand).
»Chicago Bears defensive back Prince Amukamara (hamstring), who missed last week's game, was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Linebacker Danny Trevathan (elbow) and offensive lineman Bobby Massie (ankle) did not practice.
»Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (knee) did not practice, while running back Jordan Howard (shoulder) and cornerback Jalen Mills (elbow) were limited and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) was a full participant.
»Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett (knee) did not practice, but offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (knee) was a full participant.
»Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (hamstring) and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (back/illness) did not practice, while wide receivers Andy Isabella (shoulder) and Christian Kirk (ankle) were limited.