Our initial NFL injury report for the 2023 season is now live with the season officially underway. The good news first. Teams found themselves relatively healthy throughout the preseason slate. The bad news? Two star quarterbacks remain on the injury report with other important figures just recently going down to injury.
In an article that will be updated throughout the 2023 NFL season, here’s our 2023 NFL injury report with up-to-the-minute updates. Bookmark. Do your thing.
NFL injury report
NFL injury report: Quarterbacks
|Joe Burrow||Bengals||Calf||Jake Browning||Starting|
|Kyler Murray||Cardinals||ACL||Colt McCoy||Out indefinitely|
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
- Update: Burrow got in a full practice on Thursday and will be good to go Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns
Burrow suffered a calf injury in the Bengals’ first training camp practice, leading to some major concern in the process. He was ultimately diagnosed with a calf strain. Initially, head coach Zac Taylor said that Burrow would miss several weeks. However, there’s been a much more positive update on Burrow’s status for Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.
“Today was a really good day for him. It was encouraging to see,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said on Monday. “Continuing to take it day to day right now.”
At this point, it looks like Burrow will indeed suit up against Cleveland. It remains to be seen just how close to 100% the NFL MVP candidate will be.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Update: Murray was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List to open the season, meaning he’ll miss at least four games of action.
Murray suffered a torn ACL back in Week 14 of last season. Initially, it seemed like he’d miss a good chunk of the 2023 season. That’s no longer the case from an on-field perspective. However, there are rumors coming out of the desert that Murray might not play at all this season as Arizona potentially tanks for USC star Caleb Williams.
The Cards made multiple trades prior to their preseason finale, including adding veteran quarterback Joshua Dobbs to the mix. He’s now slated to start Week 1 against the Commanders.
NFL injury report: Running backs
|Jonathan Taylor||Colts||Ankle||Evan Hull||OUT|
|Breece Hall||Jets||ACL||Dalvin Cook||Probable|
|Jeff Wilson||Dolphins||Undisclosed||Raheem Mostert||OUT|
|Marlon Mack||Cardinals||ACL||N/A||OUT for season|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||Falcons||Undisclosed||Bijan Robinson||OUT|
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
After being unable to trade him, Taylor was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List ahead of Week 1 due to an ankle injury. This means that he’ll miss the first four games of the season.
As for Taylor, he’s an obvious RB1 option in fantasy football leagues once he returns. The question here is whether it will be with the Indianapolis Colts or another team.
Breece Hall, New York Jets
Update: Breece Hall returned to limited practice this week and will play Week 1
Hall was in the midst of a brilliant rookie season when the former second-round pick went down to a torn ACL seven games in. He had tallied 681 total yards while averaging 6.9 yards per touch in six full games. Back on Aug. 15, Hall was activated off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List — a clear indication he’ll be ready to go Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. If not, recently signed Pro Bowler Dalvin Cook will be RB1. Track our NFL injury report for further updates on his status.
Jeff Wilson, Miami Dolphins
Wilson was placed on injured reserve after Miami cut its roster to 53, meaning that he’ll miss the first four games of the season. Head coach Mike McDaniel noted that the veteran is dealing with a plethora of injuries but would not specify. Wilson tallied 559 total yards at a clip of 5.5 yards per touch in eight games last season after being acquired from the San Francisco 49ers. Raheem Mostert (1,091 total yards, 5 TD) becomes the clear RB1 in Miami with Wilson sidelined.
Related: Updated 2023 NFL power rankings
NFL injury report: Tight ends
|Travis Kelce||Chiefs||Knee||Noah Gray||OUT|
|Darren Waller||Giants||Hamstring||Daniel Bellinger||Playing|
|Mark Andrews||Ravens||Undisclosed||Isaiah Likely||OUT|
|George Kittle||49ers||Groin||Charlie Woerner||Playing|
|Zach Ertz||Cardinals||ACL||Trey McBride||Playing|
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
- Update: Kelce has been ruled out for Thursday’s opener against the Lions.
This Pro Bowl tight end suffered a hyperextended knee during practice on Tuesday, placing his availability for Thursday night’s season opener in question. Kansas City believes that Kelce’s ACL is intact, which is good news.
But when it comes to the short-term, we won’t know more about Kelce’s availability until Wednesday. If he’s unable to play, the expectation is that the likes of wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore will see more targets. Kelce, 33, is averaging 96 receptions for 1,230 yards and eight touchdowns over the past seven seasons. He remains quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ favorite target.
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
- Update: Mark Andrews has been ruled out for Week 1
After dealing with a quad injury for weeks, Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews is not expected to play on Sunday (Ian Rapoport). With the perennial Pro Bowl tight end sidelined, Isaiah Likely should fill the void. Baltimore is extremely high on Likely and he’ll be one of the best streaming options on Sunday.
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Update: George Kittle will play Week 1.
Kittle just recently returned to practice after missing a couple weeks with a groin injury. He’ll be good to go Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is great news for San Francisco given that it has nothing of substance behind Kittle on the depth chart.
In five games with Brock Purdy starting a season ago, the All-Pro tight end caught 22 passes for 293 yards and seven touchdowns while boasting a 69% catch rate. He’ll be a TE1 if healthy this season.
NFL injury report: Wide receivers
|Jaylen Waddle||Dolphins||Abdomen||River Cracraft||Playing|
|Cooper Kupp||Rams||Hamstring||Tutu Atwell||OUT|
|Christian Watson||Packers||Hamstring||Jayden Reed||OUT|
|Jerry Jeudy||Broncos||Hamstring||Kendall Hinton||OUT|
|Terry McLaurin||Commanders||Toe||Dyami Brown||Playing|
|Marquise Brown||Cardinals||Hamstring||Zach Pascal||Playing|
|Romeo Doubs||Packers||Hamstring||Dontayvion Wicks||Playing|
|Adam Thielen||Panthers||Ankle||Ihmir Smith-Marsette||Playing|
|Terrace Marshall Jr.||Panthers||Back||Javon Wims||Playing|
|DJ Chark||Panthers||Hamstring||Terrace Marshall Jr.||OUT|
|Tim Patrick||Broncos||Achilles||N/A||OUT for season|
|Tre’Quan Smith||Saints||Groin||Lynn Bowden||Questionable|
|Wan’Dale Robinson||Giants||ACL||Parris Campbell||OUT|
|Treylon Burks||Titans||Knee||Chris Moore||Playing|
Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
- Update: Waddle returned to full practice this week and is prepared to play the opener.
The Dolphins are optimistic that Waddle will be able to go Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers. But there is some concern over his abdominal injury.
“It’s not ideal. I’m not too worried about it. It’s more about his health and making sure he’s ready to go,” Dolphins wide receivers coach Wes Welker said about Waddle missing extensive practice time heading into the regular season.
Waddle was absolutely brilliant as a sophomore last season, hauling in 75 passes for 1,356 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished as the seventh-best fantasy receiver. If Waddle can’t go, expect an uptick in targets for fellow Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill as well as running back Raheem Mostert. Bookmark our NFL injury report for more on Waddle’s status moving forward.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Update: Cooper Kupp has officially been ruled out for Week 1 and he’ll be out through Week 4 after being placed on injured reserve.
After missing time this summer due to a hamstring injury, Kupp has suffered a setback in his return. Rams head coach Sean McVay made that announcement 10 days before Los Angeles’ season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. He’s now officially questionable to go.
Kupp, 30, also missed the last eight games of the 2022 season to injury. Back in 2021, he led the NFL in receptions (145) and receiving yards (1,947). If he’s unable to go Week 1, youngster Tutu Atwell would start in the slot for Los Angeles. He’s been impressive this summer. Stay tuned to our NFL injury report for further updates.
Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
- Update: Jerry Jeudy will not play Week 1.
Jeudy was carted off the field with a hamstring injury during practice leading up to Denver’s preseason finale. Initially, there was concern that he could be lost for the season. Instead, it’s being reported as a multi-week injury. At this point, we don’t envision the former first-round pick suiting up against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1.
If that does indeed come to fruition, Russell Wilson will likely rely a lot on Courtland Sutton in the passing game. We also wouldn’t be surprised if rookie Marvin Mims Jr. and Marquez Callaway see more targets with Jeudy sidelined.
Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
- Update: McLaurin returned to full practice on Thursday, and was removed from the injury report Friday
Washington’s decision to play McLaurin well into the second quarter of last week’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens could come back to haunt them. He suffered a toe injury in the game. And while X-rays came back negative, there’s reports that an MRI was positive for a sprained big toe.
Luckily, McLaurin is good to go in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. But we could still see second-year player Jahan Dotson will get an uptick in targets from newly installed starter Sam Howell. Dotson has shown out throughout training camp and the preseason.