Kyle Allen

Welcome to week 2 of the 2020 NFL season! If your team escaped week 1 with a win, congratulations; if not, don’t panic, it’s only week 1 and you have plenty of time to right the ship! Unfortunately, week 1 was riddled with injuries to fantasy relevant players, but I’ve got you covered. Let’s get to it…

Quarterbacks:

Week 1 was kind to the QB position. There are currently no starting QBs listed on an NFL injury report at this time. 

Running Backs:

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (ankle): OUT, IR

Mack tore his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, and will miss the remainder of the season. Next Man Up:Rookie Jonathan Taylor looked like he was well prepared to take over as the primary back in the Colts offense on Sunday and Nyheim Hines dazzled in the passing game. Both are fantasy relevant in all formats and should be rostered if available.

Duke Johnson, Houston Texans (ankle): QUESTIONABLE

Johnson suffered an ankle sprain early in the Texans week 1 matchup and missed the rest of the game. He was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, and is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Next Man Up: David Johnson is the clear number 1 in this offense and the only one who warrants roster consideration. 

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos (turf toe): QUESTIONABLE

Lindsay suffered a turf toe injury against the Titans and has yet to practice as a result. This is an injury that happens when the great toe is hyperextended; essentially a sprain of the big toe where it meets the foot. Recovery varies from a week if mild to months if the injury causes ligament damage requiring surgery. Luckily for Lindsay and the Broncos, his injury is not of the more severe variety. He has not practiced yet this week, but head coach Vic Fangio said that he is, “day-to-day.” Next Man Up: Melvin Gordon took 67% of Denver’s RB snaps and is the clear number 1 in this offense. However, if Lindsay was to miss time, Royce Freeman, who received praise in camp, may get yet another opportunity to prove himself.

Le’Veon Bell, (hamstring): OUT, IR

Le’Veon Bell has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in week 1. He is eligible to return as early as week 5. Next Man Up: The New York backfield is a mess. Frank Gore appears to be the incumbent for the starting role, with some combination of Josh Adams, La’Michal Perine (who is dealing with an injury of his own), and newly signed Kalen Ballage filing in behind him. I am avoiding this backfield at all costs.

La’Mical Perine, New York Jets (ankle): QUESTIONABLE

Perine suffered a low ankle sprain on September 1st. He did not participate in practice on Wednesday, but was able to practice in a limited fashion on Thursday. He is currently questionable for week 2. However, with Le’Veon Bell headed to injured reserve, this backfield is wide open. If Perine can get healthy, he has an outside chance of earning a solid workload in New York.

James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers (ankle): QUESTIONABLE

Conner suffered an ankle sprain in the Steelers’ Monday night tilt against the Giants. While it is not clear at this time if he will be ready to go for week two, a Steelers source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that they are, “optimistic for a timely return.” Next Man Up: Benny Snell looked fantastic filling in for Conner and arguably out shined him before Conner went down. Jalen Samuels contributed in the passing game, but Snell is the name to know should Conner miss any time.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (hamstring): QUESTIONABLE

Sanders missed week 1 with a hamstring injury that he sustained in camp. Despite this, he has put together a full week of practice thus far and looks to be ready to go for week 2. He slots in as the starting running back for the Eagles, and with Boston Scott’s mediocre week 1 showing, has an opportunity to run away with the majority of the work in this backfield.

Wide Receivers:

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (toe): QUESTIONABLE

Johnson did not practice on Wednesday and was listed on the team’s injury report with a toe injury. While it is unclear if the Steelers are being cautious or giving a day for recovery after a Monday night game, this is something to keep an eye on over the next few days.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (knee): QUESTIONABLE

A simple peak at the report for his teammate above will give you all you need to know. It’s unclear if this is a true “injury” or just early season aches and pains. Keep an eye on the Steelers’ practice reports for Thursday and Friday for more. Next Man Up: Should JuJu or Johnson miss any time, James Washington is the man to roster. Washington looked great in week 1, scoring a touchdown while dragging multiple defenders with him, and saw nearly twice as many snaps as rookie Chase Claypool.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (ankle): DOUBTFUL

Michael Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain against the Buccaneers when teammate Alvin Kamara rolled up on the back of his foot. He initially would not allow the team’s athletic trainers to assess his injury, but he is now expected to miss multiple weeks. The encouraging note here is that the Saints have yet to place him on injured reserve, which likely means the Saints believe that he will not miss more than 3 weeks. Next Man Up: When Deebo Samuel went down, Emmanuel Sanders looked unstoppable last season. He led the NFL in week 1 with 4 red zone targets and figures to be the Saints leading receiver in week 2 should Thomas find himself sidelined.

AJ Brown, Tennessee Titans (knee): QUESTIONABLE

Brown was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a bone bruise in his knee. He looked like he may have been playing through pain on Monday night, but his slowed pace may be attributed to the altitude in Denver. In any sense, Brown’s knee ailment is a new injury and should be watched over the next couple of days. He is currently listed as questionable for week 2, but looks like he will likely be unavailable.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (hamstring): QUESTIONABLE

Davis, unlike his teammate, was unable to practice on Wednesday. He came into week 1 as a game time decision with a hamstring injury, but ended up leading the team in yards and receptions. It is entirely possible that he is being rested after a Monday night game and travel day, but the practice reports from Thursday and Friday should tell us more. Next Man Up: If Davis or Brown misses week 2, tight end Jonnu Smith likely stands the most to gain in the Titans’ aerial attack. 

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (shoulder): QUESTIONABLE

Sutton missed week 1 with a shoulder injury, but has returned to practice. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but looks to ramp up his activity as the week progresses. If he is able to clear his injury designation, he will likely jump in line ahead of Jerry Jeudy as the primary receiver for Drew Lock. 

KJ Hamler, Denver Broncos (hamstring): QUESTIONABLE

Hamler, who has yet to make his NFL debut due to a nagging hamstring injury, practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday. He is still listed as questionable, but should be ready to go for week 2. If Hamler and Sutton can both return in week 2, the Broncos passing attack will receive a huge shot in the arm that is sure to boost the value of QB Drew Lock and help lighten the load on the backfield in Philip Lindsay’s absence. 

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (hamstring): QUESTIONABLE

For the second week in a row, Golladay is battling a hamstring injury. He was unable to practice on Wednesday, and is still listed as questionable for week 2. Next Man Up: Danny Amendola was the Lions’ leading receiver in week 1, but dynasty managers would be wise to remember the name Quintez Ceephus. Ceephus was second in WR snap count and led the team in targets in week 1. Ceephus’s value is sure to climb if Golladay doesn’t play, and, with Amendola (34) and Marvin Jones (31) becoming unrestricted free agents in 2021, his role is only growing.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (concussion): QUESTIONABLE

Godwin suffered a helmet to helmet hit in the Bucs’ game against the Saints on Sunday. He initially tested negative for a concussion, but began to develop symptoms during the beginning of the week. He has been held out of practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but was permitted to do some non-contact aerobic exercise on Friday. Due to the delay in onset of symptoms, Godwin may miss week 2, according to one long time NFL team physician, “late developing symptoms often are associated with multi-week absences before clearance.”

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (hamstring): QUESTIONABLE

Godwin’s running mate in Tampa was limited in practice on Wednesday due to the hamstring injury that limited his production in week 1. While he played over 90% of the team’s snaps, his usage was limited, only recording 4 targets. He caught 1 pass for a 2 yard TD. Next Man Up: if either Godwin or Evans were to miss time, look for Scottie Miller, the Buccaneer’s 2nd leading receiver from week 1 to be heavily featured again.

Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (quadriceps): QUESTIONABLE

Cooks was limited in both Wednesday and Thursday’s practice due to a quad injury that has been lingering since training camp. While he played just over 50% of the Texans snaps on Thursday night, he did not look like his usual self. With a few extra days of rest over the weekend and a full practice week, keep an eye on the injury report as Cooks could be primed for a return to form in week 2.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (hamstring): QUESTIONABLE

Parker practiced last week with a compression sleeve on his leg and was questionable entering Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. While he did play, he was largely ineffective and only saw 37% of Miami’s offensive snaps. He has been limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday this week and looks to rebound for week 2. Next Man Up: If Parker misses time, Preston Williams is the clear #1 in this offense, but the name to remember outside of Parker and Williams is Isaiah Ford.

Denzel Mims, New York Jets (hamstring): OUT, IR

The Jets have placed rookie Denzel Mims on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He is eligible to return as early as week 5. 

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets (hamstring): OUT

Crowder recorded a limited practice on Wednesday, but did not practice on Thursday or Friday due to a hamstring injury. He is now listed as out for Sunday’s game. Next Man Up: With Mims on the IR and Crowder’ sidelined for week 2, Breshad Perriman and TE Chris Herndon should expect to see the lion’s share of targets this week. They should be relatively cheap DFS plays and high upside weekly fliers if the injury bug has struck your squad early.

Tight Ends:

Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys (knee):

The Cowboys confirmed what many feared watching the Cowboys’ week 1 loss to the Rams. Blake Jarwin has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2020 season. Next Man Up: Without Jarwin at TE, Dak is going to need a big target in the red zone, and I expect him to look for CeeDee Lamb a lot more often. Lamb’s length and contested catch ability give him incredible upside in Jarwin’s absence.

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (knee): OUT, IR

Njoku has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a sprained MCL in week 1. Njoku will be eligible to return as soon as week 5. It is unclear of how severe the injury is, but this leaves Austin Hooper as the clear #1 tight end in Cleveland.

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (knee): QUESTIONABLE

Kittle hyperextended his left knee against the Cardinals in week 1. He was able to return to play, but played more as a decoy, receiving 0 targets in the second half. He has yet to practice this week, but still carries a questionable designation. The 49ers obviously want him to play, and he has expressed equal sentiments, but we ultimately will not know until the 49ers final injury report comes out prior to game time on Sunday.

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (back): QUESTIONABLE

Everett suffered a back injury in the second quarter of the Rams’ Sunday Night Football appearance in week 1. He did not practice Wednesday, but was able to practice with the team on Thursday. He is listed as questionable, but appears to be moving in the right direction to play in week 2. 

IDP:

Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles (hamstring): QUESTIONABLE

Barnett has been dealing with injuries throughout training camp, first an ankle, and most recently a hamstring. He missed week 1, but has since begun practicing and turned in a full practice on Wednesday. Expect him to make his season debut this week despite his injury designation.

Vernon Butler, Buffalo Bills (hamstring): QUESTIONABLE

Butler missed week one with a hamstring injury, but the Bills front 7 seemed just fine without him. He practiced fully on Wednesday and looks good for week 2. He is questionable for Sunday, but expected to play.

Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears (knee): QUESTIONABLE

Mack was limited in practice on Thursday due to a knee injury. He took part in 86% of the Bears defensive snaps in week 1 despite a questionable designation during the week. The limited practice is most likely precautionary, and Mack is expected to be ready to go against the Giants on Sunday.

Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers (groin): DOUBTFUL

Packers DT Kenny Clark was unable to practice on Thursday due to a groin injury. Unless things take a rapid turn for the better he will not be able to play in week 2.

Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills (hamstring): DOUBTFUL

Milano has not yet practiced this week due to a nagging hamstring strain. He is hopeful to return for week 2’s matchup with Miami, but the Bills’ athletic trainers are less optimistic. He is currently listed as doubtful.

Remember, injury status is a moving target and the majority of these situations are liable to change between now and game time this weekend. Keep an eye on your roster, and monitor the official injury reports closely. When in doubt, play the healthy player, and remember, the best ability is availability! That concludes the week 2 injury report, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me via Twitter @kallen_4. Good luck this week!

Kyle Allen – Injury Writer/Editor
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Twitter: @kallen_4