NFL Week 2 Injury Report – Early Games:
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Browns – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
- Danny Woodhead was placed on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1. Reports out of Baltimore indicate that the running back is expected to make his return after their Week 10 bye, making him out for the next 9 weeks. Typically, a grade II hamstring strain is consistent with a 4-8 week recovery timeline. It is not uncommon for players coming off a major knee surgery to have recurrent soft tissue injuries, as is the case for Woodhead. Of note, Woodhead dealt with hamstring issues off and on during training camp, so the Ravens are smart to keep him out for an extended period of time to let him heal. In the meantime, Javorius Allen will see a major uptick in usage and is expected to be utilized as the pass-catching back on 3rd down.
Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Jordan Howard (Q) was a limited participant in practice all week while dealing with a shoulder injury. There has never been a concern that Howard will miss Sunday’s game, but his usage remains uncertain. If Howard’s usage is reduced, expect rookie sensation, Tarik Cohen to get a bump this week.
- Markus Wheaton (Q) was also a limited participant in practice all week. He missed the Bears’ opener against the Falcons with a fractured pinky finger from the preseason. With Kevin White and Cam Meredith both already on the shelf, he may be thrust into the lineup, even at less than 100%.
- Kevin White was placed on injured reserve after suffering a fractured scapula in Week 1. For the third consecutive year, his season is over due to a fracture. His NFL future is uncertain.
Buccaneers – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Sam Bradford (Q) was a limited participant in practice all week while dealing with knee soreness. He didn’t seem to be injured on Monday night in Week 1, but this is definitely a situation to monitor heading into Week 2, as reports indicate that the Vikings staff decided to order a precautionary MRI, which was negative. Of note, Bradford does have a lengthy injury history in his knee, after tearing his ACL twice. It’s not uncommon for players to have an increase in swelling and soreness for a few years after the surgery. He seems likely to suit up on Sunday, but owners planning to start him should have a backup plan just in case.
- Vance McDonald (Q) was added to the Steelers’ injury report on Thursday with a back injury, missing practice both Thursday and Friday. He is trending towards missing Sunday’s game against the Vikings. As a result, Jesse James will see the majority of snaps at TE.
New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints
- Danny Amendola (O) will not play in Week 2 after injuring his knee and suffering a concussion in Week 1 against the Chiefs. Look for James White and Rex Burkhead to see more targets out of the backfield and occasionally slide into the slot.
Saints – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Eagles – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
Chiefs – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Titans – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
- TJ Yeldon is expected to play in Week 2 after missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury. While Leonard Fournette will certainly see the lion’s share of the carries, Yeldon could see some work on 3rd downs.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts
- John Brown (O) will not play Sunday due to a quadriceps injury. Brown dealt with a quad strain for the majority of training camp but was able to suit up in Week 1, playing in 63/75 offensive snaps for the Cardinals. It’s possible this type of volume was too much too soon, as muscle strains are very easily aggravated, especially within the first two weeks of returning to play. Early reports indicate that Brown could miss multiple games, so you will likely see his name on this list again next week. In the meantime, expect Larry Fitzgerald to feast in the short to intermediate passing game and Jaron Brown and JJ Nelson to see more time on the field, especially as a deep threat.
- David Johnson was placed on injured reserve after having surgery on his wrist to repair a torn ligament after suffering a dislocation in Week 1. The timeframe for this injury is roughly 8-12 weeks, but I lean towards the latter of the two. While the consensus #1 overall pick in drafts is out, expect the Cards to utilize an RBBC with Kerwynn Williams leading the way.
- Andrew Luck (O) will again sit out as he continues to rehab from off-season shoulder surgery. This continues to be a week-to-week situation to monitor. Newly acquired QB, Jacoby Brissett, will start in place of Scott Tolzien, who looked terrible in Week 1. Until we see some life in this Colts offense, TY Hilton and Donte Moncrief are essentially unstartable.
Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers
- LeSean McCoy was taken off the Bills’ Week 2 injury report at the end of the week while being a limited participant during the week with groin “tightness” and soreness. Shady has a history of frequently popping up on the injury report, but almost always manages to play. He was given a rest day on Friday and is expected to handle a heavy workload in Week 2 against the Panthers.
- Charles Clay was a limited participant in practice this week while being banged up with a shoulder injury. Like McCoy, he often finds himself on the injury report, so this is not a serious injury. Clay will suit up for Week 2 and remains a strong streaming option at TE.
Panthers – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
NFL Week 2 Injury Report – Late Games:
New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders
Jets – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
- Amari Cooper was limited on Wednesday then upgraded to full for the rest of the week while dealing with some soreness in his knee. Cooper’s Week 2 status is not in doubt.
Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Jay Ajayi is not in danger of missing Week 2 but has been dealing with soreness in his knee. It’s no secret that Ajayi has a history of knee issues, so this is not surprising. Expect Ajayi to pop on the injury report off and on throughout the season because of his knee.
- Mike Williams (O) has finally returned to practice on Friday after missing almost all of training camp with a back injury. He won’t play in Week 2. Look for Williams to make his debut sometime in the next 2-3 weeks, as he will require time to get back to game speed.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
- George Kittle was limited on Wednesday then upgraded to full on Thursday and Friday. He’s in no danger of missing Week 2 after dealing with a minor hamstring injury late in training camp.
- Thomas Rawls will make is 2017 debut in Week 2 against the Niners after missing Week 1 while continuing to rehab a high ankle sprain. I’m waiting to play Rawls until I see how the backfield touches shape up in Week 2.
Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Josh Doctson (Q) appears likely to either miss Week 2 or be limited on Sunday if he goes with a hamstring injury. His final status will be given early on Sunday morning, so he is a name to monitor.
Rams – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
Cowboys – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
Broncos – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Packers – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
Falcons – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 2 Injury Report
NFL Week 2 Injury Report – Monday Night Football
Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
Official injury reports for the MNF games are not available, as teams have until Saturday evening to post their final report with the extra day of practice.
- Golden Tate was seen wearing a splint on his finger after last week’s game. He was limited early in the week in practice then upgraded to full. He will play in Week 2 without hesitation.
- Odell Beckham Jr. (Q) sat out the New York’s Week 1 matchup against the Cowboys while recovering from his ankle injury that he suffered in week 2 of the preseason. He warmed up with the team in Week 1, indicating that he was close to playing. After getting in limited practice sessions on Thursday and Friday, the belief is that OBJ will go Monday night against the Lions. However, he’s not a lock to suit up, so his status is worth monitoring on Sunday and Monday. Even at less than 100%, if OBJ is active, you play him.