Week 8 Essential NFL Practice News & Notes for Thursday
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Mariota may be able to make his return this week, but at this point he says he’s “not sure” about his availability. The local media seems mixed about his chances of playing this week. The Titans play early on Sunday.
Browns QB Josh McCown (right shoulder, ribs) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. McCown is being called “day to day” so there is a chance that he’ll miss Week 8. The Browns play early on Sunday.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. We think he’s going to play. If he does, it’s a big boost for Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Heath Miller. The full participation is a good sign. Owners can pencil him in for Sunday.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right thumb) took full practice reps again Thursday. Smith has a nice matchup with the Lions this week, and the probable return of Jeremy Maclin can only help. Consider him a Week 8 Sneaky Start.