Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season altered the course for a lot of teams. Quarterbacks were knocked out and numerous star players were lost for the season. Here’s a team-by-team look at what injuries are the most concerning following a devastating week.
TE Maxx Williams was inactive in Week 2 with an ankle injury and has now been placed on the injured reserve. The veteran tight end started 10 games for Arizona last year, but didn’t record a catch in Week 1. Dan Arnold started at tight end on Sunday and caught two passes for 26 yards.
The Falcons avoided a major blow after the injury to Kaleb McGary was classified as a “minor MCL sprain.” The right tackle is expected to miss next week, but his absence shouldn’t extend much beyond that. Second-year veteran Matt Gono should make his first career start next week in McGary’s place. Takk McKinley suffered a groin injury on Sunday as well, but Dan Quinn said it shouldn’t be a long-term issue either.
Slot cornerback Tavon Young has been lost for the year with a torn ACL, which shouldn’t sound too unfamiliar for Ravens fans. The Temple product missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL and all of 2019 with a neck injury. In fact, since signing a lucrative contract extension in February of 2019, Young has played just 38 defensive snaps for Baltimore. Veteran Jimmy Smith should see an increase of snaps in Young’s absence.
We’re still waiting for an update on the Bills’ linebackers who were absent from the team’s Week 2 victory over Miami. However, starting guard Jon Feliciano is nearing his anticipated Week 4 return date, which would quell some of the issues plaguing the Bills offensive line. However, that potential return comes one week after Buffalo’s matchup with Aaron Donald and the Rams.
Carolina was dealt a tough blow on Sunday when Christian McCaffrey limped off the field in the fourth quarter. On Monday, the team announced he will miss 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain. The Carolina offense has relied heavily on McCaffrey in 2020, handing him the ball 41 times and targeting him nine times in the passing game. Mike Davis should slide into the starting role and he was productive on Sunday, catching all eight of his targets for 74 yards.
Chicago may have been the only team spared of the carnage in Week 2. No starters are dealing with any injuries and Robert Quinn was able to make his 2020 debut in Week 2.
Starting tight end CJ Uzomah was lost for the season on Sunday with a torn Achilles. Drew Sample got nine targets in the Bengals’ Week 2 loss, so he should be expected to get the bulk of the snaps at tight end. Sample may be in for a big game next week against an Eagles’ defense that allowed 3 touchdowns to Tyler Higbee on Sunday.
The Browns pass rush may be in trouble after Olivier Vernon was inactive on Thursday night with an abdominal injury and Adrian Clayborn left the game early with a hip issue. However, there were some positives for the Browns, CB Greedy Williams practiced with the team for the first time all year on Monday and T Jack Conklin looks to be on track to be back in the lineup in Week 3.
The Cowboys made a thrilling second-half comeback on Sunday, but they did it without the services on star pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, who didn’t play following a first-half knee injury. Mike McCarthy downplayed the severity of Lawrence’s injury, so he should be counted on to be ready in Week 3. Perhaps more concerning is the condition of Tyron Smith, who was inactive on Sunday with a neck injury. The Cowboys already have tackles Cam Erving and La’el Collins on the IR and tried to bring in veteran reinforcements, but were rebuffed by Jared Veldheer.
Denver’s passing attack took a massive hit on Sunday. Second-year quarterback Drew Lock left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury. It was later determined to be a “severe rotator cuff strain” and Lock is expected to miss a substantial amount of time. However, wide receiver Cortland Sutton received even worse news after his MRI on Monday revealed he tore his ACL and will be done for the season. Jeff Driskel will take over for Lock, however Denver signed Blake Bortles on Tuesday, but he is expected to serve as Driskel’s backup once he’s through the COVID-19 protocol. The Broncos do have a stable of wide receivers who can replace Sutton’s production including rookies Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler.
First, the good news: WR Kenny Golladay is expected to make his debut in Week 3 after missing the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury. The bad news: Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Joe Dahl both remain absent, leaving Detroit with a pair of holes along their offensive line. It’s been tough sledding for Matthew Stafford, who has completed just 58 percent of his passes through two games, but getting his favorite target back should help a bit. But Dahl remains on the IR and Vaitai has yet to make his Lions debut.
Green Bay Packers
The biggest name appearing on the Packers injury report is WR Devante Adams, who left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. However, Matt LeFleur told reporters that holding Adams out of the end of Sunday’s game was mostly precautionary. However, Green Bay still has some issues on the offensive line with C Corey Linsley suffering a sprained thumb on his snapping hand. The depth behind Linsley is sparse, so it will be intriguing to see just who LeFleur turns to if he can’t go next week.
Officially, there weren’t any new injuries suffered by Texans on Sunday, but Will Fuller’s role was dramatically reduced for the much of the game due to an apparent hamstring injury and Houston added two veteran receivers to their practice squad on Monday. The Houston receiving corps has struggled so far in 2020, with both of Deshaun Watson’s touchdown passes going to tight ends.
The Colts suffered two blows on Sunday. WR Parris Campbell was carted off the field with a knee injury. Fortunately, it wasn’t an ACL tear, but it was a PCL injury, and he is out indefinitely. Safety Malik Hooker suffered a torn Achilles and is out for the season. Rookie Julian Blackmon should slide into Hooker’s role. Blackmon made an impressive NFL debut in Week 2 aver recovering from an ACL tear of his own.
Jacksonville has a short turnaround with a game scheduled on Thursday night, but they remain one of the healthier teams in football. DJ Chark suffered a chest injury on Sunday, but he was limited in Monday’s practice. Perhaps more importantly, veteran center Brandon Linder is considered day-to-day and has a shot at playing on Thursday night after sustaining a knee injury on Sunday. Even if he can’t go Thursday, avoiding the IR is a huge win for Linder after what looked like a scary injury. Tyler Shatley would get the call in place of Linder. The seven-year vet has started 15 games in his career for the Jags.
Kansas City Chiefs
Not much news out of Kansas City. Sammy Watkins left Sunday’s game with a head injury and Frank Clark bowed out early with an illness, but as of now, we’re still waiting on official updates on both guys.
Los Angeles Chargers
Perhaps the oddest injury of the week goes to Tyrod Taylor who was scratched minutes before kickoff due to a chest injury that stemmed from a pregame injection. Rookie Justin Herbert stepped in and played well, but apparently Anthony Lynn wasn’t impressed and Taylor will be the starter should he be healthy enough to start in Week 3.
Los Angeles Rams
Rookie RB Cam Akers left the game in the first half with a rib injury, but the Los Angeles offense didn’t skip a beat in his absence. In fact, Darrell Henderson had a career day, gaining 121 yards from scrimmage and a rushing touchdown against the hapless Eagles. However, G Joe Noteboom injured his calf and Sean McVay already ruled him out for Week 3. Second-year guard Coleman Shelton could make his first career start against Buffalo.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are dealing with some offensive line woes. Right tackle Trent Brown was inactive on Monday night and RG Richie Incognito left the game after aggravating an Achilles injury. Backup tackle Sam Young was also inactive with a groin injury.
Byron Jones suffered a groin injury on Sunday and didn’t practice on Monday. As of now, his status for Thursday night is questionable at best. Xavien Howard was limited in Monday’s practice with a knee injury, however, that seems precautionary after he played 98 percent of the defensive snaps in Week 2.
The Vikings defense has struggled with Danielle Hunter on the IR and things are only getting worse with Anthony Barr joining him with a season-ending pectoral injury. Minnesota has registered just two sacks through the first two weeks of the season and with mobile quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson on the schedule in the next few weeks, things look bleak for the 0-2 Vikings.
New England Patriots
The Patriots are relatively healthy across the board, but their depth at tight end is getting thin. Matt Lacosse opted out of the season back in August and rookie third-round pick Dalton Keene has yet to make his debut as he deals with a neck injury. New England could use the rookie’s pass-catching ability in their lineup soon as Ryan Izzo has been their most productive tight end with three catches for 43 yards through two games.
New Orleans Saints
The loss of Michael Thomas looms large over New Orleans after the Saints offense sputtered in their Week 2 loss to Las Vegas. Thomas is expected to miss at least another two weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 1. Alvin Kamara was the Saints leader receiver in Week 2, but Tre’Quan Smith had a productive night, catching 5 passes for 86 yards.
New York Giants
Star running back Saquon Barkley tore his ACL on Sunday and will miss the remainder of 2020. The Giants are left with little depth in their backfield now, Dion Lewis notched just 20 yards on his ten carries after Barkley’s departure. Reinforcements might be on the way, as it was reported New York is interested in adding Devonta Freeman, who would represent a huge upgrade over their current crop of backs.
New York Jets
No position group has been hit harder than the Jets wide receivers. Rookie Denzel Mims started the year on the IR, Jamison Crowder was inactive in Week 2 and both Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Chris Hogan (ribs) were injured on Sunday. As of this writing, Braxton Berrios is the only healthy receiver on the Jets roster and he did have a career day in Week 2, catching 6 passes for 59 yards.
The Eagles seemed to finally be getting healthy, getting four starters back in Week 2, but left guard Isaac Seumalo was lost in the second half with a knee injury. Doug Pederson announced on Monday that Seumalo will be placed on the IR. Matt Pryor replaced him on Sunday and should be the projected starter in that spot, unless Philadelphia adds a veteran free agent.
Just like their cross-state rivals, Pittsburgh is dealing with offensive line issues too. Zach Banner and Stefen Wisniewski have landed on the IR and David DeCastro has yet to play in 2020 after suffering a knee injury during a preseason scrimmage. In their place, rookie Kevin Dotson started at guard and Chukwuma Okorafor made his fifth career start at right tackle.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were devastated by injuries on Sunday, although the prognosis has changed quite a bit once they got their MRI machine. Jimmy Garoppolo has a sprained ankle and Kyle Shanahan says “there’s a chance” he plays in Week 3. Running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman both suffered knee injuries. Mostert shouldn’t be out too long, while Coleman is expected to miss multiple weeks. However, things are much worse on the defensive side of the ball. Both Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas suffered torn ACLs and are out for the season. If that wasn’t enough, Dee Ford suffered a back injury. Rookie Javon Kinlaw and career backup Kerry Hyder are projected to now start on the defensive line.
Two Seahawks saw their season come to an end due to torn ACLs on Sunday: LB Bruce Irvin and S Marquise Blair. Blair saw extended snaps after the ejection of Quandre Diggs, who will reclaim his starting spot next week. Rookie first-round pick Jordyn Brooks should take over for Irvin after playing a total of 15 defensive snaps through two weeks. Seattle placed WR Phillip Dorsett on the IR on Tuesday. He missed both games this season with a sore foot and now can’t return until after the Seahawks’ Week 6 bye.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay got healthier this week. Mike Evans was fully cleared to play in Week 2 and Chris Godwin, who was inactive against Carolina, cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol on Monday and is good to resume practicing with the team.
The Titans secondary is getting thin with Adoree’ Jackson already on the IR, Johnathan Joseph suffered a leg injury on Sunday. Rookie seventh-round pick Chris Jackson could see an increase in his snaps after playing 38 in Week 2, should Joseph be limited in Week 3 against the struggling Vikings.
Washington Football Team
Starting right guard Brandon Scherff will miss multiple weeks after suffering a knee injury on Sunday and was placed on the IR on Tuesday. Veteran Wes Schweitzer will get the start after filling in for Scherff on Sunday. The former Atlanta Falcon has made 36 starts in his career, with 16 of them coming at right guard.