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Jerod Mayo is no longer listed on the Patriots' practice participation/injury report, the team's official site reports.

Impact

Mayo missed practice Wednesday to be with his wife for the birth of their child, but he's back with the team and on track to play Sunday against the Raiders.

Julian Edelman (back) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, the Patriots' official site reports.

Impact

The Patriots listed 10 players as limited Thursday, with Edelman one of those whose actual Week 3 status seems closer to probable than questionable.

Kai Forbath (groin) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

Impact

Forbath was also limited on Wednesday; however, he already played through his groin issue last Sunday, going perfect on five extra points and two field goals. As such, the Redskins are likely just allowing their kicker to rest once again in an effort to ensure he's able to kick come game-time Sunday.

Shane Vereen (shoulder) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, the Patriots' official site reports.

Impact

We'll revisit Vereen's status Friday, but so far there's nothing to suggest that his Week 3 status is in any peril.

Rob Gronkowski (knee) was one of 10 Patriots' players listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, the team's official site reports.

Impact

We'll have to see if the Patriots list Gronkowski as questionable or probable Friday, but with no reported injury setbacks, we expect that he will be fine for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Roy Helu (knee) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

Impact

Helu made an early exit from Sunday's game versus the Jaguars due to a knee injury and was listed as day-to-day to begin this week. However, with full participation completed at both Wednesday's and Thursday's practice sessions, Helu appears to be fine in advance of Sunday's divisional contest at Philadelphia.

Robert Turbin scored his first career touchdown Sunday on a three-yard pass in a loss to the Chargers.

Impact

Turbin didn't get much work as the Seahawks ran just 38 plays. He carried twice for seven yards and caught two passes for 35 yards and the touchdown.

Ricardo Lockette did not catch a pass on one target in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Impact

He carried once for two yards. Expect a similar line most weeks as Lockette is mainly a special teams player.

Devin Hester's teammate, Roddy White, is inactive for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers.

Impact

Harry Douglas and Julio Jones will start at wideout for the Falcons on Thursday, but White's absence opens the door for Hester to potentially see some added Week 3 looks, after turning in a one-catch effort this past Sunday.

Harry Douglas is starting for the injured Roddy White (hamstring), who is inactive for Thursday's contest against the Buccaneers.

Impact

As a result, Douglas is a prime candidate to produce far more than normal, if Ryan decides to look away from fellow starter Julio Jones. However, a touchdown shouldn't be expected, as Douglas hauled in just two among 132 targets a season ago.

Michael Johnson (ankle) is not included on the Buccaneers' inactive list for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Impact

Johnson missed Tampa Bay's Week 2 game due to an ankle injury and was limited in practice this week, but will be ready for kickoff Thursday. The Buccaneers' expensive offseason signing will be going against a Falcons' offensive line that has also been banged-up to begin this season.

Jason McCourty (groin), who was limited at practice both Wednesday and Thursday, remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports. "I did more today than I did yesterday,'' McCourty said. "But I will leave (my status) up to coach Whiz. He decides who is up and who is down. It's his decision to make and I'll leave it up to him."

Impact

The official designation will come Friday, but McCourty seems to be truly questionable. He left Sunday's game against the Cowboys, and was never able to return. Should McCourty fail to play, Coty Sensabaugh will likely start across from Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Mason Foster (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Impact

Foster dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's Week 2 game, so him being ruled out is hardly a surprise given the quick turnaround required for a Thursday night game. As a result of Foster's absence, Dane Fletcher will suit up at middle linebacker for the Buccaneers.

Julio Jones (ankle) is active Thursday against the Buccaneers.

Impact

Although Jones' status really wasn't in question this week, the absence of Roddy White (hamstring) from the Falcons' receiving corps Thursday is a boon to Jones' prospects. Currently, he ranks in a tie for fifth in the NFL with 22 targets through two games, which is sure to experience a healthy increase this week.

Gerald McCoy (hand) is listed as inactive for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Impact

McCoy was always hard-pressed to be ready for Thursday's game after fracturing his hand just last Sunday. While the All Pro defensive tackle tried his best to be able to play, the long break ahead Tampa Bay's Week 4 game Sept. 28 should allow McCoy added time to recover. With him out, Da'Quan Bowers (abdomen) should start Thursday's divisional clash in Atlanta.

Bobby Rainey's teammate, Doug Martin is inactive for Thursday's game against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Impact

Rainey, who recorded 174 total yards in Week 2 against the Rams, is slated to head the Bucs' Week 3 rushing attack against a Falcons' defense that has allowed five TDs on the ground, along with an average of 154.5 rushing yards through two contests.

Doug Martin (knee) is inactive for Thursday night's contest against the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Bobby Rainey is in line to start in place of Martin and is likely to receive plenty of touches against a Falcons' defense that has allowed five TDS on the ground, along with an average of 154.5 rushing yards through two games.

Dexter McCluster (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Impact

Limited Wednesday, McCluster appears on track for Sunday's game against the Bengals after returning to a full practice workload Thursday. However, if McCluster ultimately can't go, Bishop Sankey could see added work, particularly on passing downs.

Roddy White (hamstring) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Impact

White's status meandered between will-he or won't-he suit up in advance of Thursday's game, but ultimately, the short week didn't afford enough time for the wideout to work out the kinks in his injured hamstring. His absence should result in a significant target count for Julio Jones (ankle), while Harry Douglas should experience the requisite uptick in looks from Matt Ryan.

Jerome Simpson was released by the Vikings on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

The Vikings have opted to jettison the troubled wideout, after news of another arrest emerged Thursday. Simpson is currently serving a three-game suspension, but with an arraignment scheduled for Nov. 3, his legal proceedings will be the primary hindrance to latching on elsewhere. It would surprise if he played a down during the 2014 season.