With LeSean McCoy coming off of minor surgery to repair a dislocated thumb, Mike Gillislee was set to see a possible uptick in snaps and carries. He has earned it, stepping in admirably for McCoy on multiple occasions over the last two years. It's certainly concerning, then, that Gillislee was unable to finish Wednesday's practice after leaving with a hamstring injury.
While no specifics were provided aside from the fact that he tweaked the hammy, an injury to that particular part of the body is sure to have a negative effect on a running back. The team has already dealt with the same effects with McCoy earlier in the year, and they rushed him back to action against the Miami Dolphins the Sunday following his injury. We all know how that turned out: McCoy was ineffective (8 carries for 11 yards), and he ended up missing the following game against New England after he aggravated the injury against Miami. Hopefully, the team was being precautions with Gillislee, and if the injury is more than just a mild twinge, they have learned from their mistakes and will hold him out of the contest. If Gillislee can't go, Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams will be in line for a heavier workload as McCoy’s backups, and that's assuming that he is fully able to go with his thumb injury (for the record, he and the team have been consistent in saying that he will play without limits on Sunday).
Other injury updates/listings for the week include:
Robert Woods (knee)—doubtful
Corbin Bryant (shoulder)—questionable
Lorenzo Alexander (ankle)—questionable
Tyrod Taylor (right shoulder soreness)—questionable; he said he will be full-go Sunday
Robert Blanton (foot)—questionable
Shaq Lawson (thumb)—questionable; the team’s own website has "More Playing Time for Shaq” as a major headline, so this probably is of no concern
Jerry Hughes (hand)—questionable
Charles Clay (knee)—questionable
Cordy Glenn (back)—questionable