When asked Sunday for a timetable for his return to full action, Mitchell -- who dislocated his left elbow on Aug. 11 -- said he didn't "have an answer for that," CSN New England reports.
On the plus side, Mitchell -- who has returned to the practice field in a limited capacity -- while sporting a large brace around his elbow, noted Sunday that he's "feeling good...feeling a lot better than the day it happened." Once he's able to play without restrictions, Mitchell could emerge as a candidate to claim the Patriots' "X" receiver role, but for now his early-season fantasy upside is somewhat stalled by his elbow issue. Beyond that, it may take some in-season injuries for Mitchell to merit lineup consideration, given that there are plenty of other options in the Patriots' passing attack, namely fellow wideouts Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan (and Danny Amendola to a lesser degree), as well as the team's talented tight end combo of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.
Ninkovich, who tore his triceps on Aug. 9, was present at the start of Sunday's practice before moving on to the Patriots' lower field to do conditioning work, ESPN.com reports.
Initial Boston Herald reports suggested that Ninkovich's return would be a matter of "weeks, not months." While it's unclear when the defensive end might be able to practice fully, his presence on the field Sunday, in any capacity, is a positive sign nonetheless.
Williams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.
As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.
Brady (suspension), who returned to the team Tuesday following an excused absence, downplayed the thumb injury he sustained in advance of last Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Brady accidentally sliced his right thumb on a pair of scissors before the contest, and when asked about the injury Tuesday, the QB noted that his thumb feels "good" now, adding that "it took a few days. I wanted to go (Thursday) and Coach [Bill Belichick] said it's probably best if we just take it easy." Moreover, Brady put forth the notion that he would have played last Thursday if it had been a regular-season game. While his playing status for this Friday's preseason tilt at Carolina has not yet been determined, Brady's four-game suspension to start the coming season is clearly more relevant from a fantasy perspective than his thumb issue, which turned out to be minor.
Jones worked on the side at Tuesday's practice, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "It's feeling pretty good," he said of his left shoulder. "I'm moving fast in my healing process right now. I'm taking big strides."
There have been conflicting reports about the nature of the injury, ranging from an AC joint sprain to a "second degree separation," according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. In fact, Jones, the running back, has been diagnosed with a second-degree AC sprain. While participation in practice is out of the question for the foreseeable future, his activity on a side field was more focused on his legs than the shoulder, which foretells that the injury is less severe than previously implied. Furthering that belief, he wasn't wearing a sling afterward or appear to be dealing with noticeable pain while sitting at his locker. When Jones was queried about his Week 1 availability, he said he'll "definitely" be available, but only time will tell whether he'll uphold that expectation.
Crowder (knee) will not play in Friday's tilt with the Bills.
Crowder has been dealing with a collection of injuries this preseason. He missed practice on Tuesday due to soreness in his knee, and it appears Washington will play it safe and give the wideout the night off on Friday. Crowder will be joined by rookie wideout Josh Doctson (Achilles) on the sideline on Friday, leaving plenty of opportunities for bottom-of-the-depth-chart receivers to make an impact once the starters are taken out.
Reed (thumb) is expected to play in Friday's tilt against the Bills, Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post reports. Reed said during Monday's practice, "I definitely need to get out there on that field and go against somebody else other than our own team, work on dodging tackles and getting out of the way."
After missing the first two preseason games with a sprained thumb, Reed is confident he'll be on the field come Friday night. While an official report may not come until Friday morning, the tight end has gone on record saying he feels physically fine for Friday's matchup. He was active in individual drills and during 1-on-1's in Monday's practice.
Daniels will miss the 2016 season after suffering a torn labrum during the first week of training camp, Brian McNally of CBS DC reports.
Daniels, a 2016 seventh-round pick out of Boston College, will undergo surgery Monday to repair the injured shoulder. A long road to recovery awaits the 23-year-old, but he'll hope to make a comeback and secure a roster spot in 2017.
Galette will have surgery to repair his torn right Achilles tendon, ruling him out for this season.
Galette's injury was revealed last week, but there remained a small hope that he may be able to avoid surgery and eventually play this year. However, upon since announcing his decision to undergo surgery, Galette can now be ruled out for the entire 2016 campaign, marking his second straight season lost due to an Achilles injury. With Galette sidelined once again, the Redskins will hope Preston Smith can build on his eight-sack rookie season and work with Trent Murphy at Washington's outside linebacker position opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
The NFL has suspended Redd indefinitely for a violation of the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bans of this variety are due to continued positive tests, which is evident as Redd has yet to serve a four-gamer for a similar violation due to his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL. Once healthy enough to return to the field, he'll have to bide his time and do his due diligence considering NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be in charge of any reinstatement effort.