It’s just Week 2, but there are already injury issues affecting many teams. Some of the players on this week’s injury report are among the biggest stars in the game.
There are some situations that were being monitored through the week, and some are still up in the air with about 48 hours before kickoff. The biggest names among defenders who will likely be out are Los Angeles Chargers end Joey Bosa (ruled out with a foot injury) and Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (listed as doubtful). There are many key injuries among key offensive players heading into Week 2:
Devonta Freeman out, Leonard Fournette questionable
A pair of running backs who went early in your fantasy drafts are dealing with injuries.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who came out of the season opener at Philadelphia, has been ruled out of Sunday’s game according to Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Tevin Coleman is a capable backup but it hurts Atlanta’s depth against Carolina.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is questionable. He came out of last week’s game with a hamstring injury and hasn’t practiced yet this week, but Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he was still confident Fournette could play against the Patriots.
Titans to play two quarterbacks?
The strangest injury situation comes out of Tennessee.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he anticipates quarterback Marcus Mariota playing. That’s great. However, he might not play the whole game. Vrabel said he anticipates Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert playing against the Houston Texans, according to Terry McCormick of Titan Insider.
That’s interesting. Maybe it’s a ploy by Vrabel to throw off the Texans. But if Mariota, who injured his elbow in Week 1 and came out of the game because he couldn’t feel his hand, is healthy enough to play you’d think he’d play the whole game. Is Vrabel not happy with Mariota’s play? Quarterbacks are almost never put on “pitch counts.” Is Mariota not really healthy yet? It’s an odd situation. We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.
Ben Roethlisberger ready, Packers wait on Aaron Rodgers
The Steelers and Packers both had their quarterbacks out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. One of them returned to practice on Friday.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a full participant in Friday’s practice. That’s a relief after he sat out Wednesday and Thursday with what he termed a bruised elbow. He appears to be good to play against the Chiefs.
The Packers still aren’t tipping their hands as it relates to Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers, who suffered what he called a sprained knee last Sunday, didn’t practice this week. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said nothing has changed with Rodgers’ status, though Rodgers “feels better than he did at the beginning of the week.” McCarthy said Saturday’s light practice will give the Packers an idea if Rodgers will play against the Minnesota Vikings.
Eagles without a trio of offensive players
The Eagles will go into Tampa Bay without three key offensive players.
We already knew quarterback Carson Wentz would be out. Nick Foles will start again. But running back Darren Sproles, who played a lot in Week 1, and receiver Alshon Jeffery were both ruled out. Jeffery is still working back from a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery.
Without those key players, the Eagles could be challenged by a Buccaneers team that looked good in a Week 1 upset of the Saints.
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