- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – Rodgers is currently dealing with a sprained MCL, after being injured in Week 1 against the Bears. A defender fell on the outside of the left knee, causing Rodgers to leave the field for a period of time on Sunday. He did come back in the second half and was clearly limited as he hesitated to put full weight on the leg during his throws and mobility in the pocket. A zoomed in shot (see picture below) of Rodgers’ knee showed a brace under his socks with rods on the inside and outside of the knee in order to provide stability via external support. Rodgers hasn’t done much in practice this week, but for a guy like Rodgers, that isn’t a huge deal. I expect him to test the knee in pregame warm ups and be a game time decision on Sunday.
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – Head coach, Mike Tomlin, told reports that his QB is dealing with a minor elbow injury. It’s unclear when exactly this injury happened, but it is not expected to keep him out of Week 2. He practiced in full on Friday, so he should be ready to start on Sunday in a fantastic matchup against the Chiefs.
- Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Mariota took a direct hit to the inside of his throwing elbow, forcing him to exit the game. After coming back in, he threw an interception and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. After the game, Mariota explained that he was dealing with numbness in his hand and difficulty gripping the ball. This is consistent with an ulnar nerve contusion, which is basically a very intense ‘funny bone.’ Vrabel and the Titans have been saying they expect Mariota to be fine for Week 2, and I agree. He’ll be out there on Sunday.
- Davonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons – Devonta Freeman will not play in Week 2 after being ruled out on Friday with a knee injury. He left Week 1 early against the Eagles after taking a hit to his knee but was seen on the sideline walking. He didn’t do much in practice this week before being ruled out, so this isn’t a huge shock to owners. I’d like to know more details about Freeman’s injury before I comment on whether or not he’ll be out there for Week 3.
- Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts – The Colts starter injured his left hamstring during the team’s first preseason game on August 10, and we haven’t seen him since, as he sat in Week 1. For Week 2, Mack is trending in the right direction, especially after getting in limited practices all week. I expect Mack to be out there in Week 2.
- Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots – Burkhead popped up on the injury report on Wednesday with a concussion. He did take a bigger hit to the head on Sunday, but he didn’t miss any time. Concussion symptoms don’t always present themselves at the time of injury and can take a couple of days to affect the athlete. Reportedly, he’s been ramping up his activity in practice this week, so he’s trending in the right direction. Look for a definitive answer Sunday morning, but I do expect Burkhead to be active for Week 2.
- Sony Michel, New England Patriots – Michel’s status for Week 2 remains up in the air, as he is dealing with a lingering knee issue, which forced him to miss Week 1. Michel underwent a procedure in early August to have fluid drained from his knee due to a meniscus injury. If the meniscus was not treated during this procedure, there is a chance Michel could deal with lingering soreness, swelling, or pain off and on all season. He’s been limited in practice this week but is reportedly
- Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars – Fournette left Week 1 with a strained hamstring and didn’t return. After missing practice all week, Fournette will be a game time decision on Sunday. As we know, the greatest risk for reinjury after a hamstring strain is during the first two weeks back from injury, so it’d be smart for the Jags to sit Fournette as to not let this injury linger throughout the year. Regardless, owners will want a backup plan in place as the Jags play in the 4 p.m. EST slate. If Fournette sits, T.J. Yeldon is a great spot start.
- LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – Blount left Week 1 with a knee injury, but he finds himself on this list with a shoulder injury. The details regarding what’s going on aren’t known at this time, but this is not a serious injury. He practiced in full this week, so he will play in Week 2.
- Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles – The veteran is out for Week 2 with a hamstring injury. It looked like he’d play after getting in a limited practice on Wednesday, but he was downgraded to ‘DNP’ on Thursday, which is never a good sign. Surprisingly, Sproles played in 40% of the Eagles’ offensive snaps in Week 1 (same as Ajayi), so this opens up a clear opportunity for Cory Clement to back up Jay Ajayi. I also expect Ajayi to build on his workload from Week 1, so he is also a strong play this week.
- Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks – Baldwin has been dealing with a mysterious left knee issue all offseason, but that’s not why he finds himself on this list. He sprained the MCL of his right knee in Week 1, and this injury is expected to keep him out 2-4 weeks. Baldwin will certainly be out for Monday Night Football, and there’s a good chance he sits in Week 3 as well. Tyler Lockett, Brandon Marshall, and Jaron Brown will look to step up in his absence.
- Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers – Adams is listed on the injury report this week with a shoulder injury, but the details are unknown at this time. He didn’t appear limited at all during the team’s Week 1 win over Chicago, but after the game, he states it felt sore after landing on it while trying to make a catch. The injury is expected to be minor and not serious. He is expected to play in Week 2 after getting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday.
- DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans – Nuk is listed on the team’s injury report with a foot issue, but this is likely just a formality and nothing to be worried about. He practiced in a limited fashion all week as the team managed his reps. Owners can be comfortable with Hopkins in their lineups in Week 2.
- Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers – Goodwin left Week 1 early with a quadriceps contusion and didn’t practice all week. He’s already been ruled out for Week 2, so rookie, Dante Pettis, will start in his place. Goodwin’s status will be updated next week.
- Will Fuller, Houston Texans – Fuller sat in Week 1 with a lingering hamstring injury, but he’s expected to suit up in Week 2. Like his teammate, DeAndre Hopkins, he practiced in a limited fashion all week. He almost played in Week 1, so I do expect him to play in Week 2. If he’s out there, he provides another weapon for Deshaun Watson and opens up this Texans offense by stretching the field. Word of caution, however, he is a player who relies on speed and explosiveness. It’s possible this hamstring injury could be aggravated during a long route in which Full is sprinting at max speed.
- DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins – Parker broke his finger on August 12 and did not have surgery on it. This isn’t too surprising, but it does mean his recovery will likely follow the typical 6-8 week timeline. After not practicing last week, it’s not surprising that he didn’t play in Week 1, but there’s a good chance he does play in Week 2. He practiced in full on Thursday and Friday, so he’ll likely be active. Still, he’s a difficult guy to play in fantasy.
- Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets – Kearse injured his abdomen in late August and underwent a procedure shortly after. Details regarding this injury have been sparse, but I suspect a hernia repair. After missing Week 1, Kearse is on track to play this week after practicing in full this week. He joins a Jets receiving core that is suddenly interesting after a promising opening game from rookie, Sam Darnold.
- DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jackson is currently in the league’s concussion protocol, but he was also seen with an ice pack on his shoulder after the game. He’s been limited in practice much of the week, but he was upgraded to a full participant in practice on Friday, so he should be good to go for Week 2 against the Eagles. If for some reason he sits, Chris Godwin would make for an interesting play.
- Paul Richardson, Washington Redskins – Richardson is questionable heading into Week 2 with a shoulder injury and is not expected to play after missing practice on Friday. Head coach, Jay Gruden, reported Richardson injured his shoulder during the team’s Week 1 game against the Colts, but we don’t know specifics at this time. If he sits, Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder should see an uptick in targets from Alex Smith.
- Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers – McDonald missed all of training camp with a foot injury, and he sat in Week 1 because of it. He ramped up his activity in practice this week and is expected to be active for Week 2. With this being his first action of the 2018 season, he’s a very risky start, even with a nice matchup against the Chiefs.
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