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Next Man Up: Week 2 Injury Review

The Doc is back in the office, @ReflipeWThenuz delves into all the injury news you need to know before week 3.

Introduction

Every week players across the NFL suffer injuries. This weekly article will explore the injuries that affect your dynasty squads. We will briefly discuss both the injured players themselves and the players who stand to benefit or suffer as a result. To make them easier to follow, we will break down the injuries by division. Without further ado, let us examine the regular season Week 2 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East

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Miami Dolphins

Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa was knocked out of his team’s Week 2 loss to the division rival Bills with bruised ribs. Early tests have come back negative. Team officials say it will come down to a pain tolerance issue for the former first-round pick. The Dolphins will turn to former Colts and Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett if Tagovailoa misses time. Brissett filled in last week when Tua went down and completed 24 of 40 for 169 and an Interception. Look for Miami to possibly lean a bit more on the rushing attack if Brissett gets the nod. 

AFC South

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Indianapolis Colts

Carson Wentz was knocked from his team’s Week 2 loss with injuries to both ankles. This is a rare occurrence to injure both ankles in the same game. Unfortunately for Wentz, the Colts, and his dynasty owners, the injuries seem to keep piling up. This situation will need to be monitored as the week progresses ahead of next week’s divisional matchup against the Titans. If Wentz sits out, it will mean a substantial downgrade for all of the Colts’ offensive weapons as second-year QB Jacob Eason would be thrust into action. Eason looked over his head in spot duty after Wentz exited against the Rams, going two of five for fifteen yards and an interception. 

Houston Texans

Veteran QB Tyrod Taylor was forced from his team’s Week 2 loss to the Browns with a  hamstring injury. T-Mobile seems to be enjoying a renaissance season in Houston under first-year HC David Culley. On the heels of an impressive Week 1 victory, he had the Texans in a close matchup against the Super Bowl contender and one of his previous teams, the Cleveland Browns. We do not know the severity of the injury at this time or the length of a possible Tyrod absence. However, with a short week on tap, it appears the Texans have already ruled him out for Thursday Night Football this week and will instead turn to rookie QB Davis Mills. Expect Mills to take his lumps as a first-time QB against a stout Carolina defense. This should mean a downtick for Houston weapons outside of Brandin Cooks, who is destined to be a target hog. 

Houston WR Nico Collins was also knocked out of Week 2 with a shoulder injury. He opened the game against the Browns with a pretty pass from Tyrod Taylor for 32 yards before exiting. Beat writers have suggested the injury is not minor, and Collins is certainly doubtful on a short week heading into Thursday Night football. Reports out of Texans camp indicate Collins will miss between 3-4 weeks. With the promising rookie forced to miss game action, look for Houston to rely that much more on Brandin Cooks as well as the possible season debut of former Bears 2nd round pick Anthony Miller. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Receiver Laviska Shenault suffered a shoulder injury in his team’s Week 2 loss. The injury seems to be relatively minor as the team has already announced he will play on Sunday. However, keep an eye out for any news throughout the week. If he were to miss time, you could look for DJ Chark and Marvin Jones to soak up some additional looks. 

Starting TE James O’Shaughnessy suffered an ankle injury in his team’s Week 2 defeat. He has had a surprising start to the season with seven catches for 72 yards. Early indications are that he will miss the next 3-4 weeks, with short-term IR a real possibility. Moving forward, Jacksonville will be forced to turn to an uninspiring combination of Chris Manhertz and Luke Ferrell. 

AFC North

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Cleveland Browns

Jarvis Landry was forced from his team’s Week 2 victory with a knee injury. The early word is that the slot dynamo is dealing with a relatively minor MCL injury. It is too early to determine if he will miss time and, if so, how much. Landry has indicated on his Twitter that he will be wearing a knee brace, at least for now. His absence would be a sizable hit to the Cleveland passing attack moving forward. Look for Donovan Peoples-Jones and rookie Anthony Schwartz to fill the top two spots. However, it is also possible that former All-Pro teammate Odell Beckham could be back for Week 3 and take on a much more significant role with the injury to his former College Teammate and best friend. Keep an eye out for news on Landry’s knee as information trickles out of Cleveland. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson hurt his knee on the last play of the game. He seems to have avoided disaster as the team indicates he has a chance to play on Sunday. If he were to miss the game, you could look for James Washington to fill in alongside Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster. 

AFC West

The AFC West made it through Week 2 relatively healthy.

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NFC East

The NFC East escaped Week 2 without any significant fantasy-relevant injuries. 

NFC South

The NFC South emerged from Week 2 intact from a dynasty fantasy football standpoint. 

NFC North

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Chicago Bears

Andy Dalton exited his team’s Week 2 victory over his former team with a knee injury. There was some initial concern of an ACL injury. However, early testing indicated that it was a mild sprain and a bone bruise. His status moving forward is up in the air at this moment. Was he forced to miss time; it could be the end of his run as the Chicago starter. Rookie first-round pick Justin Fields would see the first starting action of his career. It would be difficult to see the team turning back to the veteran after the genie is out of the bottle. Week 3 would be a difficult start to his career on the road against Cleveland. Still, Fields is blessed with unique athletic talent and could represent a fantasy boost for his skill players moving forward, particularly David Montgomery in the read-option rushing attack. 

Minnesota Vikings

Star RB Dalvin Cook seems to have suffered a minor ankle injury late in the Vikings’ Week 2 loss. There is no indication he is in danger of missing any game action. However, if he did miss time, Alexander Mattison would be a quality insertion in your lineup. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for any information on the oft-injured superstar. 

NFC West

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San Francisco 49ers

The entire 49ers backfield was hobbled in the team’s Week 2 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Starter Elijah Mitchell injured his shoulder and was forced from the game before returning late in the fourth quarter. JaMycal Hasty suffered an ankle injury after ripping off a couple of nice runs. We do not yet know the severity of Hasty’s ankle, but it will be a situation to monitor moving forward. Finally, rookie third-round pick Trey Sermon entered the game after injuries to both players ahead of him on the depth chart and immediately suffered a concussion on his first carry as he was hit and fumbled the ball. He is currently in the league’s concussion protocol and will be monitored throughout the week. 

Look for San Francisco to promote former Lions RB Kerryon Johnson from the practice squad, depending on the outcome of their three injured RBs. The team has also brought in several free agents for visits. At this point, it appears that Mitchell will be able to play next week, but it is truly anybody’s guess how the rest of the depth chart will look and play out, given Shanahan’s proclivity to play the hot hand. 

Los Angeles Rams

Darrell Henderson suffered a rib injury in his team’s Week 2 victory. We do not yet know the severity of the ailment as Henderson did not return to the game, and the team has not released any further information on his status moving forward. However, you can virtually guarantee additional work for Sony Michel moving forward. The former Patriots’ first-round pick filled in when Henderson went down and looked serviceable with ten carries for 46 yards. Even if Henderson manages to get back on the field next week, look for the team to employ more of a committee moving forward to keep their RB’s as healthy as possible moving forward. 

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