After a devastating Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, things settled down a bit in Week 3, but we still had a number of starters lost for the season and a few stars whose status for the next couple weeks are up in the air.
Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of all the biggest injury news coming out of Week 3:
The Cardinals are left searching for answers at safety with Pro Bowler Budda Baker set to undergo thumb surgery that should force him to miss at least one game. The Cardinals also lost S Chris Banjo to a hamstring injury on Sunday, two weeks after he replaced Jalen Thompson, who is currently on the IR. Arizona is so desperate for bodies at safety, they are reportedly bringing TJ Ward, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2017, in for a workout this week.
The Falcons collapsed again on Sunday, playing without six starters, including Julio Jones, and losing WR Russell Gage (concussion) and DT Grady Jarrett (hip) in the process. The Jarrett injury is especially damning for a team that has registered just six sacks through three games. Atlanta played Sunday without DE Takk McKinley as well. Dante Fowler and Charles Harris are the only other Falcons to record a full sack.
Baltimore didn’t suffer any major injuries on Monday night, but tight end Mark Andrews came up limping at one point. Andrews was able to finish the game, but he will probably be limited in practice early this week. Backup tight end Nick Boyle caught a touchdown pass against Kansas City.
The Bills have avoided catastrophic injuries through three weeks, but the number of guys who are banged up continues to grow. WR John Brown suffered a calf injury and LT Dion Dawkins missed eight snaps with a shoulder injury. However, some good news for Buffalo was the return of their linebackers. Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano combined to miss just one defensive snap after being inactive in Week 2.
The Panthers were without the left side of their offensive line on Sunday. Left tackle Russell Okung missed the game with a groin injury and left guard Dennis Daley has yet to play in 2020 due to an ankle injury. Running back Mike Davis averaged just 3.5 yards per carry on Sunday against a Chargers defense that ranks 21st in rushing yards per attempt, though he did add eight catches on nine targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in the passing game.
Two weeks after signing a multi-year extension, RB Tarik Cohen will be lost for the year with a torn ACL he suffered against the Falcons. Cohen was the clear number two in the Bears backfield behind David Montgomery, but it’s unclear who will take over Cohen’s snaps. Cordarrelle Patterson is the only other Bear to receive multiple carries this season.
Cincinnati has remained pretty healthy all season, with the exception of Geno Atkins who hasn’t played yet in 2020 due to a shoulder injury. The Bengals’ run defense is really struggling through three weeks. Opponents are averaging five yards per carry against the Bengals, who have allowed over 150 yards on the ground in each game this year.
The Cleveland defense has been pretty banged up, but Kevin Stefanski said on Monday that LB Tae Davis, DE Olivier Vernon, and CB Greedy Williams are all progressing and could be back soon. Some bad news for the Browns though, return specialist JoJo Natson tore his ACL and is out for the season. D’Ernest Johnson is next in line to replace Natson.
The Cowboys’ offensive line hasn’t received much good news this week. Left tackle Tyron Smith is still slowly progressing from his neck injury and RT La’El Collins remains on the IR for at least another week. Collins’s replacement, Terence Steele was forced out of Week 3’s game with the flu and forced All-Pro guard Zack Martin to kick out to tackle. Center Joe Looney also missed some time on Sunday with an ankle injury, however that shouldn’t hinder his ability to play next week.
The Broncos have a quick turnaround with a Thursday night game against the Jets looming. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey was placed on the IR with a season-ending biceps injury and LB Austin Calitro joined him with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, defensive starters CB Bryce Callahan, DE Shelby Harris, S Kareem Jackson, and LB Jeremiah Attaochu were listed on Monday’s injury report. Luckily for Denver, they’re facing the hapless Jets who are averaging less than 13 points per game this season.
The Lions have gone two-straight games without their top cornerback Desmond Trufant, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Complicating matters is the conditioning of rookie first-round pick CB Jeff Okudah, who needed to come out of the game twice on Sunday simply because he was tired. The Lions offense is getting healthier, however, as both WR Kenny Golladay and G Halapoulivaati Vaitai made their 2020 debuts in Week 3.
Green Bay Packers
Linebacker Christian Kirksey suffered a pectoral injury on Sunday night and has already been ruled out for the Packers’ Week 4 game. However, with Green Bay’s bye scheduled for Week 5, it’s possible he only misses one game. The Packers linebacker depth is very thin at the moment with Rashan Gary suffering an ankle injury on Sunday. Ty Summers might be in line to get the first start of his career next week. The TCU product played 72 percent of the Packers defensive snaps on Sunday after exclusively playing special teams his rookie year.
Safety AJ Moore was placed on the IR Monday after injuring his hamstring against the Steelers in Week 3. His recovery time is still unknown, however it looks like the Texans are very interested in signing veteran free agent Earl Thomas to fill Moore’s spot for the time being.
One week after losing Parris Campbell and Marlon Mack for the season, WR Michael Pittman Jr. sustained a leg injury that could lead to him missing multiple games after undergoing surgery. However it wasn’t all bad news for Indy, CB Rock Ya-Sin should be back after missing Week 3 with a stomach illness and TE Trey Burton could practice with the team for the first time in the regular season after recovering from a calf injury.
Jacksonville was without C Brandon Linder on Thursday, but they also lost wide receiver D.J. Chark to a chest/back injury. Doug Marrone sounded confident last week that Chark wouldn’t miss much time, if any, but as of Monday, Chark was still undergoing tests on his injury. Keelan Cole was Jacksonville’s most productive wide receiver on Thursday night, catching 4 passes for 43 yards.
Kansas City Chiefs
Guard Andrew Wylie missed Monday night’s game with a stomach illness, however, star defensive tackle Chris Jones left the game early with a groin injury. That’s another tough break for a defensive line that is already missing Alex Okafor.
Los Angeles Chargers
Chris Harris suffered a foot injury on Sunday that is expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks. The four-time Pro Bowl cornerback struggled against the deep ball so far this season, allowing 19.4 yards per completion. Former All-Pro returner Desmond King II and Michael Davis should see an increase in snaps with Harris out for a couple of months.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams remain incredibly healthy, even with Joseph Noteboom on the IR. Without their left guard, Los Angeles allowed just two sacks and averaged over five yards per carry against Buffalo.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are dealing with a rash of injuries at wide receiver. Henry Ruggs was inactive on Sunday with a hamstring injury and Bryce Edwards was wearing a walking boot in the locker room on Monday. Jon Gruden told reporters he is “concerned” about the pair of rookies. Meanwhile, Rico Gafford also left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. In their absence, Hunter Renfrow was the Raiders leading receiver, catching six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
High-priced CB Byron Jones, who missed last Thursday’s game with groin and Achilles injuries, was not present at the start of Dolphins practice on Monday. The former Cowboy played just four snaps in Week 2 before bowing out. Rookie Noah Igbinoghene got the start in Jones’s place in Week 3, so far in 2020, he’s allowed 10 completions for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Miami defense will have their hands full on Sunday when they host Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The Vikings defense is in shambles right now, ranking 31st in points per drive and 30th in yards per drive. They’ve mustered only three sacks, however, they could be getting some help as Danielle Hunter is reportedly coming back at some point this season. The defensive end has been on the IR all season with a herniated disc in his neck. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends. Anthony Barr is done for the year with a torn pectoral and starting cornerbacks Cameron Dantzler and Mike Hughes were both absent on Sunday with rib and neck injuries, respectively.
The Vikings also had to shut down their facility on Monday after playing the Tennessee Titans. This is expected to be just a precautionary measure as there has yet to be a positive test to come from Minnesota.
New England Patriots
The Patriots still aren’t dealing with any major injuries, however, James White missed his second straight game due to personal reasons, and his status for Week 4 remains in question.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints lost left guard Andrus Peat to a high ankle sprain on Sunday night. He is expected to miss some time and is a candidate for the IR. Veteran backup Nick Easton should be next in line to start at left guard.
New York Giants
Safety Jabrill Peppers left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and Joe Judge wouldn’t commit to him being available on Sunday this early in the week. Julian Love would replace Peppers in the starting lineup, he has an interception this year, but also allowed three completions for 63 yards through the first two weeks.
New York Jets
The Jets remain banged up and have to deal with a short week. However, LT Mekhi Becton has a shot at playing on Thursday after his MRI results were encouraging. However right tackle George Fant is out. The wide receivers remain mostly in question as Jamison Crowder is a game-time decision and Chris Hogan was limited in Monday’s practice, but Breshad Perriman is out. The Jets currently rank last in passing yards and 28th in net yards per attempt.
The Eagles lost TE Dallas Goedert in the first half on Sunday and he is expected to miss multiple games. The loss of Goedert will be a huge one for the Eagles, who play with two tight ends more than any other team in the NFL. However, in Goedert’s absence, slot receiver Greg Ward played 71 snaps and caught eight passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Richard Rodgers is the only other tight end currently on the Eagles active roster.
Wide receiver Diontae Johnson left Sunday’s game with a concussion. If he were to miss Week 4, Chase Claypool could see an increase in snaps. The rookie WR currently leads the NFL in yards per reception (25.4).
San Francisco 49ers
One week after losing four starters, the 49ers lost TE Jordan Reed for 6-8 weeks with a knee injury. Reed caught two touchdown passes in relief of George Kittle, but was limited to only two catches before exiting on Sunday. It’s still too early to tell if Kittle, or Jimmy Garoppolo for that matter, will be available in Week 4.
The Seahawks suffered a number of injuries on Sunday, but perhaps none more important than the groin injury suffered by S Jamal Adams. Pete Carroll indicated it “will be a struggle” for Adams to get healthy in time for Week 4. Adams had a sack in each of the Seahawks’ first two games, but was replaced by Ryan Neal on Sunday. Neal has just five career tackles.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin missed Week 2 with a concussion and now his status for Week 4 is in question after suffering a hamstring injury against the Broncos. Mike Evans only had two catches for two yards on Sunday, but Scotty Miller has been a revelation this year, racking up 167 yards on 10 catches one year after having just 13 catches all season.
The Titans facility will be closed until Saturday after the team had three players test positive for COVID-19. The Titans are supposed to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, however, no decision has been made on the game yet. With the Titans hosting a virtual week of practice, expect very little news or updates on injured players such as Adoree’ Jackson or AJ Brown.
Washington Football Team
Washington ranks second in the NFL in sacks with 13 after three weeks, but they are down a pair of key defensive linemen after their Week 3 loss in Cleveland. Defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis was lost for the season with a torn biceps and rookie defensive end Chase Young is set to receive an MRI on his groin. However, Young announced on Twitter his injury is “nothing major.” Veteran Ryan Kerrigan could start on Sunday if Young is unable to go.