There were more big injuries in Week 2. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community after the second weekend of NFL games:
Sam Bradford, QB Minnesota Vikings – Bradford was a late scratch for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury. He’s apparently suffering from a bone bruise and took a pain-killing injection. The Vikings are expecting Bradford to be available for their Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Minnesota’s offense struggled with Case Keenum under center Sunday. Stefon Diggs was held to just two receptions for 27 yards. Keenum will get another start if Bradford can’t play.
Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts – Luck missed another game while he recovers from shoulder surgery and he’s already been ruled out for Week 3. Fantasy owners will have to wait at least another couple of weeks before seeing Luck on the field again. Jacoby Brissett will start his second straight game for the Colts.
Dak Prescott, QB Dallas Cowboys – Prescott is dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. He was battered all day by the Broncos defense but Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the injury isn’t serious. Prescott should be good to go when the Cowboys face the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.
Rex Burkhead, RB New England Patriots – Burkhead left Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a rib injury. He caught a 19-yard touchdown reception before getting injured. Burkhead should be considered questionable for this week’s game against the Houston Texans.
Jordan Howard, RB Chicago Bears – Howard entered last week’s game battling a shoulder injury. He only carried the ball nine times. Howard was seen after the game with his arm in a sling. If Howard is forced to miss time, impressive rookie Tarik Cohen will see even more touches going forward.
Rob Kelley, RB Washington Redskins – Kelley suffered a rib injury in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. It was first believed Kelley had fractured his ribs but he’s day to day with a rib cartilage injury. If Kelley can’t play this week versus the Oakland Raiders, Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson will handle the workload in the Redskins backfield.
DeMarco Murray, RB Tennessee Titans – Murray is dealing with a hamstring injury and is listed as day to day. Titans coach Mike Mularkey called it hamstring tightness. Derrick Henry took over in the second half Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Look for Henry to handle a full workload and be an RB1 this week versus the Seattle Seahawks if Murray is out.
Terrance West, RB Baltimore Ravens – West is dealing with a soft tissue injury and is listed as day to day. Javorius Allen out-touched West 43 to 16 on Sunday but that is likely due to the injury. West should be considered questionable for this week’s game against the Jaguars. Allen will be an every-down back in that game if West is unable to play.
Danny Amendola, WR New England Patriots – Amendola missed Sunday’s game against the Saints with a concussion and knee injury. The Patriots are hurting at receiver right now. With Amendola’s long injury history, he should be considered questionable for Week 3.
John Brown, WR Arizona Cardinals – Brown missed Sunday’s game against the Colts with a quad injury. He’s expected to miss Week 3 as well. J.J. Nelson will continue to see an increase in targets with Brown out. After two games, Nelson is fantasy football’s No. 2 highest scoring receiver.
Randall Cobb, WR Green Bay Packers – Cobb injured his shoulder late in Sunday night’s game versus the Atlanta Falcons. The MRI came back negative and the injury isn’t believed to be serious. Cobb is considered day to day. It sounds like Cobb will be able to play this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. If he can’t go, Geronimo Allison will see more snaps.
Corey Coleman, WR Cleveland Browns – Coleman broke his right hand and will need surgery. NFL.com reported Coleman will be out six to eight weeks. The Browns are down to Rashard Higgins and running back playing receiver Duke Johnson as its two main options in the passing game.
Corey Davis, WR Tennessee Titans – Davis left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. He’s listed as day to day. It’s an aggravation of the hamstring injury that cost Davis most of training camp. It’s unlikely Davis plays this week in a tough matchup versus the Seattle Seahawks.
Jordy Nelson, WR Green Bay Packers – Nelson suffered a quad injury early in the first quarter against the Falcons Sunday night. He sunk fantasy owners by not recording a catch. Nelson’s status wasn’t updated at the time this article was published. He should be considered questionable for Week 3.
Tyler Eifert, TE Cincinnati Bengals – Eifert is dealing with back and knee injuries. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Eifert’s Week 3 status is in doubt. The Bengals nightmare start to the 2017 season keeps getting worse. A.J. Green’s production actually decreases slightly without Eifert in the lineup because it allows defenses to double-team him more.
Rob Gronkowski, TE New England Patriots – Gronkowski is dealing with a groin injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory over the New Orleans Saints. The injury isn’t believed to be serious. The Patriots will obviously always be cautious with Gronk, so he should be considered questionable for Week 3. Dwayne Allen will draw the start if Gronk can’t go.
Jimmy Graham, TE Seattle Seahawks – Graham is dealing with an ankle injury. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Graham is questionable for this week’s game against the Titans. Luke Wilson will get the start if Graham is forced to sit. Wilson is a mid-level TE2.
Greg Olsen, TE Carolina Panthers – Olsen broke his foot in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. He will have surgery and miss six to eight weeks. It’s a big blow to a Panthers offense already struggling through the first two games. Ed Dickson will be Carolina’s starting tight end until Olsen returns.
Jordan Reed, TE Washington Redskins – Reed is day to day with a bruised chest. It wouldn’t be the NFL season if Reed wasn’t on the injury report. He’s expected to play in Week 3 against the Raiders but with Reed, you never know. Vernon Davis is next in line at tight end for the Redskins.