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The Injury Report: Week 2 - 3 comments

By Matt Grant

Philadelphia Eagles v Carolina Panthers

Every year, the injury bug starts hitting fantasy football players hard immediately (Tom Brady owners from last year are shaking their heads ‘yes’). This year was no different, as Anthony Gonzalez, Troy Polamalu, and Donovan McNabb were just three players to succumb to injury in Week 1. Who else is banged up heading into Week 2?

Arizona
Anquan Boldin, WR – Expected to play Sunday with a hamstring injury. Continue to watch this situation and see if he puts in a full practice Friday. He has been limited thus far.
Steve Breaston, WR – Re-aggravated his knee injury in warmups of last weeks game. Game time decision this week. Urban will fill in if Breaston is a no go.

Atlanta
Jason Elam, K – Limited in practice but expected to play. Should not be limited in game situation.

Baltimore
Ed Reed, S – Limited in practice with a concussion, but Reed is a gamer and should play.
Terrell Suggs, LB – Did not practice with concussion. Expected to play.

Buffalo
Paul Posluszny, LB – Will not play this week.

Carolina
Chris Harris, S – Didn’t play last week after re-aggravating his knee and will probably be a game-time decision this week. Expect a big day out of Michael Turner, and Jerious Norwood could break a long one as well.
Jonathan Stewart, RB – Coach Fox has said he is resting Stewart and isn’t in any danger of missing this week’s game against Atlanta.
Jeff Otah, T – Limited participant in practice, but is expected to play.

Chicago
Charles Tillman, CB – Expected to play.
Brian Urlacher, LB – Out for the season.

Cincinnati
Brian Leonard, RB – Limited in practice but should be fine. Might see more Bernard Scott this Sunday.
Andre Smith, T – Out for awhile with a broken foot. Might not contribute until late in the year.
David Jones, DB – The nickel back is out indefinitely. Upgrade your slot receiver matchups against the Bengals until he gets back.

Cleveland
James Davis, RB – Did not practice with shoulder injury. Probably will only see limited snaps if he plays at all.
Jerome Harrison, RB – Expected to play.
Jamal Lewis, RB – Expected to play but might be limited. This is an interesting situation to watch unfold as the ancient Lewis is already getting dinged up and there are backs behind him dinged up as well.

Dallas
Tony Romo, QB – Fully expected to play.

Denver
Knowshon Moreno, RB – Will play this week and should see more touches.
Kyle Orton, QB – Reportedly isn’t bothered by his finger injury and should start Sunday.

Detroit
Jason Hanson, K – Full participant in practice.

Green Bay
Brandon Jackson, RB – Expected to miss Week 2. Deshawn Wynn will fill in on third downs.
Atari Bigby, S – Out with knee injury. Rouse is a decent backup and won’t downgrade the Packers D too much.
Greg Jennings, WR – Limited participant in practice but fully expected to play.
Mason Crosby, K – Limited in practice, but the Packers haven’t signed a replacement kicker, so he should play.

Houston
Kevin Walter, WR – Expected to play.
Matt Schaub, QB – Fully expected to play.
Eugene Wilson, S – Expected to play.

Indianapolis
No significant injuries to report.

Jacksonville
No significant injuries to report.

Kansas City
Matt Cassel, QB – Expected to play, but still limited in practice. Start Cassel only if you are desperate.

Miami
No significant injuries to report.

Minnesota
No significant injuries to report.

New England
Jerod Mayo, LB – Will not play this week. Expected to miss at least a month.
Wes Welker, WR – Limited in practice with knee injury, but expected to play.

New Orleans
Jammal Brown, LT – Expected to be out until at least Week 6 after sports hernia surgery. This hurts Brees’ value; he won’t have strong blindside protection like he usually does.
Pierre Thomas, RB – Questionable to play. Mike Bell is the starter again if he doesn’t go. Expect a split if Thomas does play.
Jeremy Shockey, TE – Expected to play. Keep on eye on his status however.

New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks, WR – Expected to miss several weeks with foot injury.
Kevin Dockery, DB – At least limited. Questionable to play.
Aaron Ross, DB – Will not play.

New York Jets
Kris Jenkins, DT – Limited in practice but expected to play.

Oakland
Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR – Very unlikely to play this week. Unknown who will take over return duties.

Philadelphia
Donovan McNabb, QB – Not expected to play this week with rib injury. Kevin Kolb will get the start but should be avoided.
Todd Herremans, LG – Expected to miss a couple weeks. The Eagles’ line is in rough shape to start the season.
DeSean Jackson, WR – Limited with groin injury. Expected to play but is a situation to monitor. He is already a shaky start with Kolb expected under center.

Pittsburgh
Lawrence Timmons, LB – Will probably play but is expected to split duties.
Troy Polamalu, S – Not expected to play.

San Diego
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB – Wearing a boot to protect his injured ankle. Very unlikely to play and if he does he will be splitting with Sproles and Michael Bennett against the Ravens, and he might be without 2 starters on the offensive line. Bench him.
Nick Hardwick, C – Sprained ankle, questionable to play.
Louis Vasquez, G – Questionable with knee sprain.

San Francisco
No significant injuries to report.

Seattle
Walter Jones, T – Not expected to play Week 2.
Chris Spencer, C – Not expected to play Week 2. The Seahawks’ offensive line is not in good shape and this does not bode well for the health of Matt Hasselbeck.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR – Missed several practices with back spasms. Not expected to miss the game, but check to be sure before kickoff.
LeRoy Hill, LB – Expected to be out at least six weeks. Seattle is strong at LB so his absence shouldn’t hurt too much.

St. Louis
No significant injuries to report.

Tampa Bay
Antonio Bryant, WR – Still having knee issues. Probably won’t play this week.

Tennessee
Jared Cook, TE – Did not practice, but is expected to play. Scaife will be out this week, so he probably isn’t worth starting but is worth keeping an eye on.
Bo Scaife, TE – Not expected to play.

Washington
No significant injuries to report.

 
Matt is a graduate student at the University of Michigan (GO BLUE). He spends entirely too much time on fantasy football and his wife reminds him of this on a regular basis. You can catch up with Matt in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of mattUTD20.
 
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3 Responses to “The Injury Report: Week 2”

  1. User avatar Navyseal says:

    Thanks for ther updates, Matt!

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  2. spider321 says:

    Anthony Gonzalez is not a significant injury?

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  3. spider321 says:

    ooops. Just saw you mentioned him at the top. ;)

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