Injury Status: Week 2

Thu Sep 17 9:46am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Unfortunately, this injury list is really long this week. The injuries really piled up in Week 1, leaving some fantasy teams already scrambling this early in the season. There are some big-name players that got hurt, including Michael Thomas and LeVeon Bell. It was a rough start to the injury front. Hopefully, things start to calm down some going forward. As always, keep an eye on the player notes for the latest, but here is what we know right now.

Duke Johnson, RB, Texans. Johnson was forced from the game last week because of a sprained ankle. He has been limited in practice this week, but seems to have a decent shot to play. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest, but consider Johnson a little better than 50/50 to play right now.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos. Lindsay suffered a turf toe injury Monday and had to leave the game early. He is not expected to play this week and could miss a few weeks of action. The good news is his injury isn’t considered to be a long-term issue. He avoided the worst. But even with that said, get other options ready to play the next few weeks. Royce Freeman moves up to No. 2 on the depth chart for Denver.

Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles. Sanders is already practicing in full this week and right on track to return to action Week 2. He should start and get near his normal workload as the lead back in the Eagles offense.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions. Golladay missed the opener because of a hamstring injury and is yet to return to practice this week. It is not looking good for him to play unless he has a big turnaround late in the week. Marvin Jones should serve as the top receiver for the Lions while Golladay is out of action. 

Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs. Godwin is in the concussion protocol. He is up in the air for this week. We will know his status later in the week as he goes through the steps to be cleared to play. We wouldn’t rule him out but get other options ready. He is a question mark right now.

Mike Evans, WR, Bucs. Evans is practicing on a limited basis this week after being active for the Week 1 game. His hamstring injury seems to be getting better. The early week practice reports have been positive for Evans. He could get more work this week after playing limited snaps in the opener, especially if Godwin is unable to play.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos. Sutton was not able to play last week after injuring his shoulder during practice. He was a game-time decision but was unable to go. He is practicing some this week and seems to have a better chance to play. He probably is another game-time decision for this week but seems to be trending to playing.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns. Landry played almost the entire game last week but suffered a hip ailment during the game. He has been limited in practice and is listed as questionable for his Thursday night game. Consider him a game-time decision. We would expect him to play but keep an eye on the inactives Thursday to be sure.

John Brown, WR, Bills. Brown played last week but suffered a foot injury during the game. He is out of practice right now and seems to be in real danger of missing the Week 2 game. He’ll need to get in some practice before the week is out if he hopes to play. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. It doesn’t look good right now, though.

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins. Parker played last week with his hamstring injury but wasn’t able to finish the game, leaving early. He is practicing this week, though, and reports are he is doing a little better with the injury. He seems likely to play and could even get more playing time if he keeps progressing. 

George Kittle, TE, 49ers. Kittle injured his knee last week and will be held out of practice all week. The 49ers aren’t ruling him out, though, and hope he can still suit up. Consider him a true game-time decision, but Kittle seems to have a pretty good shot to play. He played through the injury last week and produced.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints. Thomas will miss a few weeks of action because of a high-ankle sprain. The Saints put him on Injured Reserve, meaning he’ll miss at least three games. This opens the door for Tre’Quan Smith to grab some more targets at receiver with Emmanuel Sanders serving as the No. 1 receiver for the Saints.

James Conner, RB, Steelers. Conner had to leave last week’s game because of a sprained ankle. He is out of practice to start the week and looking iffy to play. The Steelers claim he avoided a serious injury, but nothing is certain with his status this week. Benny Snell will start for the Steelers if Conner is unable to play.

Golden Tate, WR, Giants. Tate was out last week because of a hamstring injury. He is able to practice on a limited basis this week. He is inching closer to playing but looks like a game-time decision for Week 2. 

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery remains out of practice because of a foot injury. He is not expected to play this week and could be out a few more weeks of action.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
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Greg Zuerlein Oct 20 12:40am ET

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Michael Gallup Oct 20 12:30am ET

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Cedrick Wilson Oct 20 12:30am ET

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Tony Pollard Oct 20 12:20am ET

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Amari Cooper Oct 20 12:20am ET

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CeeDee Lamb Oct 20 12:20am ET

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Andy Dalton Oct 20 12:10am ET

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Ezekiel Elliott Oct 20 12:10am ET

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John Brown Oct 19 9:40pm ET

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Gabriel Davis Oct 19 9:40pm ET

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Cole Beasley Oct 19 9:30pm ET

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Stefon Diggs Oct 19 9:20pm ET

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Mecole Hardman Oct 19 9:10pm ET

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Devin Singletary Oct 19 9:10pm ET

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Zack Moss Oct 19 9:10pm ET

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Josh Allen Oct 19 9:00pm ET

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Darrel Williams Oct 19 9:00pm ET

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