Sheard (knee) participated in individual drills for the first time since spraining his MCL, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Sheard's injury occurred during the Patriots' preseason opener against the Saints. While he didn't participate fully, his return is an encouraging sign that the defensive end is nearing a return. He'll be expected to slide into the starting lineup once fully healthy.
Harbor was "shaken up" during Tuesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.
With Rob Gronkowski missing practice Tuesday and Bryce Williams still sidelined, Harbor's unspecified injury further taxes the Patriots' short-term depth at tight end. The team's current healthy options at the position are Martellus Bennett, AJ Derby, Bear Pascoe and Steven Scheu.
Williams has missed several days of practice with an undisclosed injury.
Clearly behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett on the Patriots' tight end depth chart, Williams is competing for depth slotting at the position along with Clay Harbor, A.J. Derby, Steven Scheu and Bear Pascoe.
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.
Brady (suspension) completed three of nine passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Jimmy Garoppolo started and played the first three drives, before giving way to Brady for the next four series. Brady made a few beautiful throws, including a 33-yard touchdown to Chris Hogan, but he also got quite lucky on an easy dropped interception. Brady is unlikely to play in the Patriots' final exhibition, which means his next game action will come Week 5 in Cleveland, after he serves a four-game suspension.
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.
Butler missed the Pro Bowl due to a sprained knee, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. "There was a play on third down [in the AFC championship game] when I made a tackle or something like that and bent my knee back," Butler said Friday in San Francisco. "It swelled up pretty bad. I didn't feel it during the game because of all the adrenaline pumping. When we got back, it swelled up pretty bad, and the team just decided it was a good thing to sit me out."
Butler became instantly famous with his game-winning interception of Russell Wilson in last year's Super Bowl, and the loss of Darrelle Revis in free agency elevated him to the Patriots' No. 1 cornerback. The pseudo promotion worked wonders, as Butler notched 67 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, and two interceptions while regularly drawing the opponent's top wide receiver over the course of his second campaign. While his recovery effort won't include surgery, rest and regular icing sessions have been his regimen to date.
Butler didn't return to Saturday's game versus the Eagles due to an ankle injury.
The Colts may have removed Butler as a precautionary measure with Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle) out for at least the next month and starting CB Patrick Robinson tending to a groin injury. Butler's practice participation in the coming days will impart the severity of the injury, one way or another.
Smith has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Eagles due to an ankle injury, Kirk Larrabee of 247sports.com reports.
Smith is one of six Colt's cornerbacks who will not be playing on Saturday, leaving the team with just half of their corner's available for the game. The specifics of Smith's injury is unknown beyond being an ankle issue, and it's unclear when he'll be able to return. Look for Christopher Milton and Frankie Williams to see some extra reps with Smith out.
Whitehurst (hamstring) has been placed on injured reserve, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
With Andrew Luck (kidney) and Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) uncertain for Week 17, there's some chance Stephen Morris could get the start in a game that's unlikely to have any impact on the playoff picture. In addition to needing a win and a Texans loss, the Colts need at least six other games to go in their favor to hand them the strength-of-victory tiebreaker. Whitehurst, meanwhile, is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Davis has ligament damage in ankle and is expected to miss at least first month of season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had only termed Davis' injury as "week to week" but this report would indicate he'll be out much longer. With Davis, Patrick Robinson (groin), Darius Butler (hamstring) and Jalil Brown (ankle) all hurt, the Colts signed Antonio Cromartie on Monday.
Anderson (knee) will not play in the Colt's preseason game against the Eagles on Saturday, Mike Chappell of indysportscentral.com reports.
Anderson missed time this offseason and training camp as he recovered from a torn ACL. Though he was removed from the PUP list earlier this week, the team is being cautious and will sit him for the team's third preseason game. He may see the field for Indianapolis' final preseason game, next week Thursday against the Bengals.
Robinson (groin) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles, Mike Chappell of indysportscentral.com reports.
Robinson is one of seven players in the Colt's secondary that will not play in Saturday's tilt, leaving the team extremely thin at the position. Robinson hasn't practiced this week but is considered day-to-day and he could return for the team's final preseason matchup, next Thursday against the Bengals. Look for Frankie Williams to see a significant increase in reps with so many players out.
Hilton (hamstring) won't play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Colts, Mike Chappell of CBS 4 Indianapolis reports.
Hilton continues to deal with a hamstring injury from the exhibition opener last Saturday against the Bills. Meaningful action is still weeks in the future, so the Colts won't force Hilton into action until he bucks the ailment. With targets up for grabs, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett should benefit from increased attention from Andrew Luck.
Moore (hamstring) will remain sidelined for Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles, Mike Chappell of IndySportsCentral.com reports.
Moore is dealing with what originally was listed as a "pretty significant" hamstring injury. He's currently considered week-to-week and is slated to miss a second consecutive preseason game on Saturday. Moore doesn't appear to be on the brink of a return and isn't guaranteed to be ready for the team's preseason finale, let alone their Week 1 matchup with the Lions. We'll likely see his status updated once he's back at practice, which should give us a better indication of a potential return date in the future.
Brown (ankle) will not play in Saturday's game against the Ravens according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Brown will be on the sidelines for a second straight game this preseason as he continues to nurse an ankle injury, for which no timetable has been announced. Once healthy, the 28-year-old figures to compete for backup cornerback role with Tevin Mitchel (shoulder) and Darius Butler (hamstring), who are both also nursing injuries.
Langford (knee) is expected to be ready for Week 1, according to team doctors.
Earlier in the preseason, Langford suffered damage to cartilage in his knee but it shouldn't deter him from taking the field Week 1. Until then, look for Zach Kerr and Sterling Bailey to lead the charge at defensive end for the remainder of the preseason.
Green (calf) returned to practice Monday, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Green hadn't practiced since the Colts' opening day of training camp due to a sprained calf, so he'll be eager to catch up on the reps he missed while sidelined. If Green's development goes well, the rookie second-rounder could compete for Indianapolis' starting free safety job.
Jones will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL policy on PEDs, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Jones missed the entire 2015 season due to torn ligaments in his ankle and did not participate in spring practices. He may have been sidelined to start the season even without the suspension, but this still hurts Indy's depth on the defensive line.
Geathers (foot) is considered doubtful for the team's regular season opener, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Geathers has been dealing with a foot injury that he suffered during the offseason and despite original expectations that it wasn't a long-term injury, it appears he won't be ready in time for Week 1. He's been limited to biking and treadmill work recently and hasn't done any cutting, which makes it seem as if Geathers could still be a ways off from a return to the field. T.J. Green is currently the leading candidate to start at free safety for the Colts.
McNary (groin) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports.
A reserve inside linebacker, McNary hasn't seen much of the field since Jerrell Freeman returned from an injury in Week 15. McNary finishes his season with 14 tackles in 13 appearances, after registering 28 takedowns in 15 games last season. His contract runs through 2016, but there's a good chance he'll have to compete for a roster spot next year.