The Falcons find themselves 0-1 heading into the Steven Jackson Bowl, with the running back facing his old team for the first time. Jackson is healthy, but two other key offensive weapons are not for the Falcons.
Receivers Roddy White (ankle) and Julio Jones (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday, and both are listed as questionable, although Falcons head coach Mike Smith said White would play.
Still, White couldn’t help issue his Twitter followers some salient fantasy advice for Sunday heading into the big game.
As far as fantasy if I don't participate in practice than don't start me it's a red flag
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 9, 2013
Jones’ status is not any more clear. The Falcons also have others banged up: Also listed as questionable are cornerback Asante Samuel, who missed Week 1 with a thigh injury; defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux; linebacker Sean Weatherspoon; and left tackle Sam Baker.
For the Rams, their biggest concern might be defensive end Chris Long, who is listed as questionable with a hip injury. He’s never missed a game in his six NFL seasons, so you know he’s hurting if he’s missing practice. Good news, though, as running back Daryl Richardson is probable and should play.
Now for the rest of the injury news for all of Week 2’s Sunday games:
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills: Once more, the Bills will be without their two best defensive backs: corner Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and safety Jairus Byrd (foot), the latter of whom is listed doubtful. He’s not going to play, per most reports. Most of the Panthers are listed as probable, although running back Kenjon Barner (foot) is out, making running back depth an issue again.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens: Ravens right tackle Michael Oher, who has never missed a game but got hurt in the opener, is probable. Running back Bernard Pierce (thigh) is questionable, but most feel he’ll try to go. Receiver Jacoby Jones is out indefinitely. Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) will make his NFL debut; he’s listed probable after missing Week 1. But defensive defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf) is doubtful.
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs: Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is questionable with a knee, but the good news is that corner Mo Claiborne and receiver Dez Bryant are both probable. Chiefs Jamaal Charles said he’s ready to go following a quad injury.
Denver Broncos at New York Giants: Cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) will be out again. So will tight end Joel Dreesen. The Giants have green-lit corner Prince Amukamara (concussion) and safety Antrel Rolle (groin) to play, but their secondary depth in general is shaky.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals: Could Larry Fitzgerald miss a game for the first time since Week 13 of the 2007season? He’s listed questionable, slowed by a hammy. But head coach Bruce Arians didn’t seem overly concerned. Tight end Rob Housler, though, is still out. So, too, is Lions right tackle Jason Fox. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley is questionable with a shoulder, and safety Don Carey is doubtful, unlikely to play with a hamstring. Reggie Bush might have three injuries — finger, groin, knee — but he’s probable and will play.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders: Two Raiders for sure are out: offensive tackle Menelik Watson (knee) and tight end David Ausberry (shoulder). Chad Henne replaces an injured Blaine Gabbert in the starting lineup, but Henne likely won’t have tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf) again.
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (hip) might in danger of missing Sunday’s game. He didn’t practice Friday and is listed as questionable. Running back Vick Ballard was placed on IR; his season is over. But linebacker Pat Angerer (concussion) is expected to return. Dolphins rookie corners Will Davis (toe) and Jamar Taylor (groin) are still out.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears: Kevin Williams is expected to make his season debut Sunday. He was held out with a knee injury suffered in the preseason but should go at Soldier Field. Six other Vikings are listed as probably, so it should be all hands on deck. The Bears are also in good shape, with cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) and Julius Peppers (flu) likely to go.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Former Saint and current Bucs guard Carl Nicks (toe) would love to play against his old team. He’s questionable and could play, but how good of shape will he be in after missing a month of work? The Saints’ defense can’t take too many more hits, as tackle Brodrick Bunkley (calf) is doubtful and four others are listed as questionable: tackle Akiem Hicks (knee), corner Patrick Robinson (foot), safety Roman Harper (knee) and corner Jabari Greer (back).
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles: Eagles corner Bradley Fletcher is out with a concussion, which leaves them shorthanded — and short, in terms of height — at the position. The Chargers are banged up on defense, too. Manti Te’o still hasn’t practiced and won’t go. The rest of their defensive injuries involve players listed as probable, though.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans: Ed Reed (hip) is a game-time decision. Although his teammates jokingly gave him a walker for his 35th birthday, it appears Reed is moving around better and could play. He practiced on a limited basis. Four Titans are questionable: linebacker Zaviar Gooden (ankle), running back Shonn Greene (knee), right tackle David Stewart (calf) and wide receiver Damian Williams (hamstring).
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers: The concern over tight end Jermichael Finley’s toe has been downgraded, as he’s listed as probable. But offensive guard Josh Sitton (back) and safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), who missed last week, both are listed as questionable. Interesting that Redskins kicker Kai Forbath is listed questionable with a groin. If he can’t go, the Redskins need to add a kicker before the game.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks: Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Cliff Avril is "ready to go" in his first game with the team in a crucial game, and we might see Chris Clemons make his return from ACL surgery, but corner Brandon Browner (hamstring) is doubtful. The only 49ers listed on the injury report: running back LaMichael James, who is questionable with a knee.