It looks like the waiver wire will be running full steam this week as a number of key players left Week 2 games in an assortment of splints and walking devices. Here is what we know right now before the MRI machines are warmed up and official injury reports are filed.
Patriots need more blue tents
Rob Gronkowski was off and rolling against the New Orleans Saints Sunday when he landed awkwardly after a catch. It was the type of landing that could have tweaked his achy back, but the team reported it was a groin injury that had Gronkowski riding the stationary bike for the rest of the game. There was no word from the team as far as his status for next week.
Chris Hogan told reporters after the game that he was fine and did not have any serious issues. There were times during the game, however, where he appeared unable to put full weight on his knee. He was limping noticeably for the most part, although he kept coming back onto the field, catching all eight of his targets on the night. Despite Hogan’s assertion that he was fine, we look forward to seeing how he is listed on the injury report.
It’s a good thing the Patriots game ended when it did because it was almost at the point where running backs had to man all the skill positions. Third receiver Phillip Dorsett went out with an undisclosed knee injury in the fourth quarter. Although initial reports said he could return, he was held out for the rest of the game, which was already in hand. Dorsett caught all three of his targets on the night before the injury.
Rex Burkhead looked like he would be the focus of the Patriots’ offense when he caught Tom Brady’s first touchdown pass. But his role diminished as every running back touched the ball in the first half. Burkhead was knocked out of the second half with a rib injury. There was no way to determine if it is serious or not yet.
Another tight end injured
The Panthers’ Greg Olsen limped into the locker room barefoot in the first half as the sideline reporter was told he would probably return. He did not. After the game, Olsen said he had a foot fracture which could knock him out of a bunch of games. Further evaluation will reveal just how many games he might miss.
A pair of Packers and a Brown
Jordy Nelson came up gimpy with a quad injury while running a pattern early in the game. He did not return. The seriousness of the problem will be ascertained via MRI.
Meanwhile, Randall Cobb accounted for 70 total yards in Nelson’s absence before he exited the game with a shoulder injury. He did not appear to be in a lot of distress after the game, but Green Bay is becoming another team you might have to buy a program for to recognize the names catching passes.
Last season, the Browns’ Corey Coleman broke his hand in Week 2, wrecking his rookie season. In this season’s Week 2, the Browns are worried he may have broken the same hand again in a collision with cornerback Marlon Humphrey. He will have further x-rays tomorrow.
Running backs with issues
Jordan Howard is supposed to be Chicago’s lead back but he had fewer carries than Tarik Cohen for the second straight week. Howard was listed as playing with a shoulder injury to start the game, but left the locker room in a sling, indicating an exacerbation of that injury may have been to blame.
Rob Kelly found his groove this week running for 78 yards on 12 carries for the Washington Redskins before leaving the game with a chest injury. Head coach, Jay Gruden, said after the game that Kelly might have broken a rib on his final play.
Double trouble in Dallas
The Cowboys found themselves with only two able-bodied cornerbacks when Chidobe Awuzie aggravated a hamstring injury and Nolan Carroll was knocked out with a concussion. Orlando Scandrick was already out of the game with a broken hand suffered last week.
Is this an injury?
Cleveland quarterback DeShone Kizer was taken out of Sunday’s game to get treatment for a migraine headache. Kevin Hogan covered for well over a quarter before Kizer returned midway through the third. It will be interesting to see if this becomes a regular problem for the Browns’ rookie passer.
Each of these players will have to be monitored for Week 3 playing status. There was also a rash of defensive injuries and offensive line injuries we’ll be keeping an eye on to learn if they could impact fantasy outlooks during the week.
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