Injury Update – NFL Week 2

By Matthew Gajewski, September 12, 2018
Leonard Fournette Jacksonville Jaguars

With the first week of NFL action in the books, many fantasy teams will be making their first trip to the waiver wire. This weekend’s action included a variety of injuries, including some season-enders. With week 2 quickly approaching, here is what you need to know about this week’s injuries.

Devonta Freeman

Late in Thursday’s contest Devonta Freeman sustained a knee injury and did not return to the game. Ian Rapoport reported after the game that the injury does not appear to be serious. For now, Freeman sounds like a good shot to suit up, but practice participation could play a role in his availability.

Marcus Mariota

Sustaining an elbow injury, Marcus Mariota appears legitimately questionable for Week 2. Coach Mike Vrabel said that Mariota was still being evaluated on Monday. He did also mention that Mariota looked “ok”. This could come down to a true game time decision.

Aaron Rodgers

After suffering a scary knee injury in the first half, Aaron Rodgers miraculously returned to rally the Packers past the Bears. On Monday coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers will continue to collect information on Rodgers’ injury and that he was uncertain if he would start Week 2. With Rodgers returning in the second half of Week 1, he should be considered probable for Week 2’s match-up.

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette injured his hamstring during the second quarter, before being ruled out shortly thereafter. Coach Doug Marrone said Fournette’s injury is minor, but hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger. With T.J. Yeldon filling in nicely, the decision whether to sit Fournette could come down to Sunday.

Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen left Sunday’s game after re-injuring his surgically repaired right foot. Olsen was spotted on crutches and in a walking boot following the game. The Panthers decided to keep Olsen off injured reserve for the moment, but Olsen should see an extended absence either way. Rookie Ian Thomas appears next in line at the tight end position for Carolina.

Doug Baldwin

After missing all of preseason with a left knee issue, Doug Baldwin sprained his right MCL in Sunday’s loss. Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Baldwin could be out a couple of weeks. Tyler Lockett should take over as Russell Wilson’s primary receiver while Baldwin remains week-to-week.

DeSean Jackson

After torching the Saints for 146 yards and two touchdowns, DeSean Jackson sustained a concussion and did not return to the game. Practice time will be crucial for Jackson as he battles concussion protocol.

Marquise Goodwin

Marquise Goodwin suffered a quad injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Goodwin briefly returned for a series before the 49ers ended his day. Soft tissue injuries can be particularly troubling for players relying on speed. Goodwin looks questionable for Week 2.

Delanie Walker

In addition to Marcus Mariota, the Titans also lost Delanie Walker on Sunday. Walker sustained a gruesome ankle dislocation with additional ligament damage. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that this injury will end Walker’s season. The Titans will turn to second-year, third-round pick Jonnu Smith in his absence.

Will Fuller

Narrowly missing last Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, Will Fuller will battle to return for the Texan’s Week 2 match-up. Fuller’s status came down to a game time decision, indicating he is nearing full health. Fuller has a better shot at Week 2, but he isn’t out of the woods yet.

 

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