The first injury report of the 2016 NFL season is here, and fortunately for the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, things are looking about as good as expected. It’s actually a practice participation report, and the only notable players appearing on it were Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
Neither player practiced for the Broncos on Monday, though we won’t get an official designation as to their game status until the report is released following Wednesday’s practice session.
In addition to those two, offensive linemen James Ferentz and Ty Sambrailo were listed as limited participants, while offensive linemen Max Garcia and Darion Weeks, running back Kapri Bibbs, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and defensive end Billy Winn were all listed as full participants.
For the Panthers, only three names appeared on the practice report, with safety Dean Marlowe, linebacker A.J. Klein and defensive tackle Vernon Butler listed as limited participants with hamstring, back and hand injuries, respectively.
On Wednesday, the official injury report with game statuses will be released, and it will be the first time using the new system implemented by the league. The NFL elected to do away with the “probable” designation, meaning all players who fell under that designation previously will now be listed as “questionable.”
The only descriptions for the designations are as follows: “out” means a player will not play, “doubtful” means a player is unlikely to play and “questionable” means a player is uncertain to play.
The Broncos and Panthers will kick off the NFL season on a Thursday edition of “Sunday Night Football” on Sept. 11, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.