After a brutal week of injuries in week 2, we’ll all be watching a lot of players heading into Sunday and Monday’s games. Here’s the most updated forecast on the this week’s injury report:
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Arizona Cardinals
In another issue for the NFL, Dwyer is out, probably for the whole season, which is great news for Andre Ellington owners. Ellington, for that matter, is still on the injury report but is expected to play against the 49ers on Sunday.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Pierce is questionable for Sunday’s game against Cleveland with a thigh injury. He practiced on Friday but was limited. It’s best to sit him even if he does play as he has been largely ineffective. Look for Justin Forsett to get more carries and potentially even some for Lorenzo Taliaferro if Pierce is out.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
Watkins ribs are strong enough that all signs point to him playing this week against the Chargers.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers
Williams practiced Friday and it’s looking more and more likely that his thigh has healed enough to allow him to play Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
Benjamin has also fully returned to practice after injuring his knee, so consider him probably for Sunday’s game as well.
Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
Jeffery and Marshall, hamstring and ankle respectively, have not practiced all week, but expect them both to play Monday against the Jets. It appears as if holding them out of practice is simply to give them more time to rest for Monday’s matchup. Consider them both strong WR1 plays.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Green was a full participant in Friday’s practice and he looks good to go on Sunday against the Titans.
Ben Tate, RB, Cleveland Browns
Tate is still out with a knee injury, so expect Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell to continue to share carries in his absence.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Romo missed practice on Wednesday, but it’s looking likely he’ll play against the Rams on Sunday. Romo could be a borderline QB1 play this week.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Of course, the presence of his top target, Bryant, plays a big roll in that. His shoulder limited him in practice on Friday and he’s still listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Follow this closely, but at the moment, I would expect him to play.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Foster is still listed as questionable with a hamstring injury but all reports seem to indicate he’ll be on the field against the G-Men.
Hakeem Nicks and T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Nicks has been sick and Hilton has been slowed by a groin injury, but expect them both to play on Sunday against Jacksonville.
Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lee is likely out with a hamstring injury, which means Hurns has a chance to set up in spite of his injured ankle. Hurns is currently listed as probable. Look for him to play and have nice numbers this week.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is shaping up to be a gametime decision. Considering he’s playing a late game on Sunday, either make sure to have another back ready to if he’s held out, or just sit him this week.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
Decker’s hamstring has kept him out of practice all week and might keep him out of Monday night’s game as well. Rex Ryan stressed that Decker doesn’t have to practice to play, which is true, but unless you have a handcuff for Monday, Decker looks like a Jet to be benched.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Oakland Raiders
Jones-Drew is on track to play this Sunday with his surgically repaired hand, but he’ll only be part of a committee with Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray. MJD is not a good play.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
Gates has been fantastic so far this year. All signs point to him playing on Sunday against the Bills.
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
His teammate, Allen, has been limited in practice all week and is still questionable for Sunday. Gates stock rises even more if Allen is out.
Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers
San Fran’s top two TEs are still questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. As of right now, third stringer Derek Carrier is line to get the start.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
Jackson’s shoulder still has him limited in practice and listed as questionable, but I don’t think anyone expects him to miss playing his old team in Sunday’s showdown against the Eagles.