It seemed like the 2020 NFL season would never occur, but we’re headed to Week 2 and despite some oddities, one of the things that has remained a constant is injuries affecting teams with playoff aspirations. We’ve already seen big names like Le’Veon Bell, Richard Sherman, and Michael Thomas suffer injuries and it’s only been one week.

Here’s a rundown of all the guys currently listed on practice reports, as well as projected starters who are currently off the roster nursing long-term ailments:

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 PM

Panthers

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Dennis Daley
G Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Kawann Short
DT Foot DNP LP DNP Out
Yetur Gross-Matos
DE Concussion LP DNP DNP Out

Injured Reserve: CB Eli Apple, ankle.

  • A weak Carolina pass rush gets even worse with both Short and Gross-Matos out. The Panthers produced a league-low 6.7% pressure rate last week and now are without Short, who ranked 25th among DL in pressure rate, in his last healthy season in 2018. In addition, Short ranked 14th in run defense grade in 2018, according to PFF. The Panthers were hopeful he’d stabilize the worst DVOA run defense in the NFL last season, so this is a big blow. After one week, Carolina ranks 29th in run defense. The backup to Short is Zach Kerr, who received a PFF run defense grade of 59.6 and produced 0 pressures on 24 snaps last week. Tom Brady, Ronald Jones, and that Tampa offense are licking their chops. 

Buccaneers

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Antony Auclair
TE Calf LP DNP DNP Out
Mike Evans
WR Hamstring LP LP FP (-)
Chris Godwin
WR Concussion DNP DNP LP Out
Donovan Smith
T Knee LP LP FP (-)

PUP: S Justin Evans, foot.

New York Giants at Chicago Bears, 1:00 PM

Giants

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Carter Coughlin
LB Hamstring DNP LP LP Questionable
Golden Tate
WR Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable

Bears

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Robert Quinn
OLB Ankle LP LP FP Questionable
Khalil Mack
OLB Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Akiem Hicks
DT Illness (-) DNP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: CB Artie Burns, knee.

  • Not much needs to be said about the brilliance of Mack. He produced 6 pressures alone last week against Detroit, 33% of the Bears total pressures. Mack’s backup is a fifth-round rookie from Tulsa, Trevis Gipson, who produced 0 pressures in his debut last week. Quinn missed last week so his addition would be a bonus. Against a bad Giants OL and a turnover-prone QB like Daniel Jones, the Bears pass rush fully healthy could be the difference the Bears need to win Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 PM

Vikings

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Cameron Dantzler
CB Rib DNP DNP DNP Out

Injured Reserve: DE Danielle Hunter, undisclosed.

PUP: LB Ben Gedeon, undisclosed.

  • An already poor Vikings cornerback situation gets even worse this week with the loss of third-round rookie starter Cameron Dantzler. Aaron Rodgers torched this secondary last week, including Dantzler, but he did at least receive the highest coverage grade by PFF last week. His backup is Holton Hill, who was picked on to the tune of 11 targets on only 35 coverage snaps last week. He allowed 7 receptions for 87 yards and a 118 QB rating in coverage. Hill graded out as the 93rd rated CB last week out of 95 CBs. Philip Rivers is salivating.

Colts

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Jack Doyle
TE Ankle/Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Zach Pascal
WR Ankle DNP LP FP Questionable
Julian Blackmon
S Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Justin Houston
DE Calf (-) DNP DNP Questionable
Isaiah Rodgers
CB Ankle (-) DNP FP Questionable
Michael Pittman Jr.
WR Toe (-) LP DNP Questionable

Injured Reserve: TE Trey Burton, calf; RB Marlon Mack, Achilles.

  • The Colts WR and TE groups look battered. Doyle has been declared out and his backup Mo Allie-Cox will have to step up. The Colts ran 11 personnel on 81% of plays last week, so with Doyle out expect more 3 WR sets. The problem is that two of the Colts top 4 WRs, Pascal and Pittman, were limited all week and are listed as Questionable. T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell should see plenty of targets on Sunday.

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 PM

Falcons

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Julio Jones
WR Hamstring LP LP LP (-)
Jake Matthews
T Knee DNP LP LP Questionable
Marlon Davidson
DT Knee LP LP LP Doubtful
Deadrin Senat
DT Ankle (-) LP LP (-)
Kendall Sheffield
DB Foot DNP DNP DNP Out
Charles Harris
DE Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
  • The depth along the Atlanta DL takes a hit with two linemen out, Marlon Davidson and Charles Harris, along with a third, Deadrin Senat, limited all week. The Dallas offense could wear down this defensive front.

Cowboys

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Amari Cooper
WR Ankle (-) LP FP (-)
Aldon Smith
DE Tooth (-) DNP DNP (-)
Tyron Smith
T Neck (-) DNP DNP Questionable

Injured Reserve: T La’el Collins, hip; TE Blake Jarwin, knee; LB Sean Lee, pelvis; LB Leighton Vander Esch, clavicle.

  • Major injuries along the Cowboys OL. RT La’el Collins is already on IR but the bigger concern is on the left side with LT Tyron Smith Questionable. Smith is consistently one of the best LT in the NFL and having both bookend tackles out is a concern. Smith’s backup is undrafted rookie FA Terence Steele out of Texas Tech. This could be a major issue against ATL DE’s Dante Fowler and Takk Mckinley who pressured Russell Wilson nine times last week.
  • LB is also a possible concern for the Cowboys with both Sean Lee and Leighton Vander Esch both out this week. Backup Joe Thomas stepped in nicely during the game last week with 3 tackles, no missed tackles along with 2 rush stops. Thomas showed himself well last year, finishing with higher pass coverage and run defensive grades, according to PFF, than both Lee and Vander Esch. Depth could be a concern but otherwise, Dallas could be ok.

San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets, 1:00 PM

49ers

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Richie James
WR Hamstring DNP DNP IR Out, moved to IR
George Kittle
TE Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Jason Verrett
CB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Ahkello Witherspoon
CB Concussion DNP LP FP (-)
Dee Ford
DL Neck (-) DNP DNP Questionable

Injured Reserve: WR Deebo Samuel, foot; WR Jalen Hurd, knee; CB Richard Sherman, calf.

PUP: C Weston Richburg, knee.

  • The SF injury report is loaded with CB injuries. Richard Sherman was placed on IR and Jason Verrett is listed as out. Ahkello Witherspoon has a concussion but will play. K’waun Williams plays almost exclusively in the slot and I’d expect this to continue Sunday. This leaves third-year CB Emmanuel Moseley, Witherspoon, Ken Webster, and Dontae Johnson as healthy CBs on the outside in this game. Moseley ranked 46th in QB rating allowed last year and Witherspoon 101st at CB. Moseley was picked on by Kyler Murray last week, allowing 7 receptions for 61 yards on 8 targets to DeAndre Hopkins alone. Luckily the Jets are dealing with their own WR issues so this is not the week where the secondary could be exploited.
  • On offense, the Niners received a huge blow with the loss to TE George Kittle to go along with the mash unit at WR. Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, and Richie James are all on IR. The big drop off from Kittle to backup Ross Dwelley will really be felt with the run blocking. Kittle was graded as a top 6 run blocker among TEs in 2018 and 2019 while Dwelley rated at 49th among TEs last season. With all of these injuries look for the Niners to run more and target RBs out of the backfield to compensate.

Jets

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
La’Mical Perine
RB Ankle DNP LP LP Questionable
Jamison Crowder
WR Hamstring LP DNP DNP Out
Joe Flacco
QB Neck LP LP LP Out
Avery Williamson
LB Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Tarell Basham
LB Hip (-) LP LP Questionable

Injured Reserve: RB Le’Veon Bell, hamstring; WR Denzel Mims, hamstring; LB Patrick Onwuasor, knee.

 

  • Two areas of concern for the Jets are at WR and LB. Rookie Denzel Mims is on IR and Sam Darnold’s favorite WR Jamison Crowder has been declared out. Crowder was targeted last week on 12 of Darnold’s 32 attempts and accounted for 53% of Darnold’s passing yards with 115. Breshad Perriman, Chris Hogan, and Braxton Berrios are going to be Darnold’s main targets at WR Sunday.
  • At LB, Avery Williamson and Tarell Basham, are questionable. Williamson missed all of last season as well as last week’s game against Buffalo, but in 2018 was graded as one of the best run defenders in the NFL at LB. If he can play Sunday it would be a big boost against a San Francisco team that will most likely focus on the run game with all of their injuries at WR and TE. Basham was solid last week, leading the Jets in pressures with three. His backup is Frankie Luvu who received only 69 snaps last year after 443 in 2018. On those snaps, he has generated a good pressure rate of 11.6%.

Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 PM

Rams

No starters listed on the final injury report.

Injured Reserve: LB Travin Howard, knee.

Eagles

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Brandon Graham
DE Concussion DNP LP FP Questionable
Javon Hargrave
DT Hamstring, Pectoral LP LP FP (-)
Derek Barnett
DE Hamstring FP FP FP Questionable
Alshon Jeffery
WR Foot DNP DNP DNP Out
Lane Johnson
T Ankle FP LP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: T Andre Dillard, biceps; DE Vinny Curry, hamstring.

PUP: G Brandon Brooks, Achilles.

  • The Eagles are relatively healthy. It’s a miracle! The Eagles will need all of the DL help they can get so getting at least two of the three linemen listed above is crucial against the Rams high powered offense.

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 PM

Lions

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Hunter Bryant
TE Hamstring DNP DNP LP Out
Kenny Golladay
WR Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Desmond Trufant
CB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Halapoulivaati Vaitai
T Foot DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Jason Cabinda
LB/FB Ankle LP LP FP (-)
Joe Dahl
G Groin (-) LP DNP Out
C.J. Moore
S Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Darryl Roberts
CB Calf DNP LP LP Questionable
Nick Williams
DT Shoulder LP LP LP Out

Injured Reserve: FB Nick Bawden, undisclosed; CB Justin Coleman, hamstring.

  • The Lions might have the worst injury report in the NFL this week. They are decimated in the secondary with slot CB Justin Coleman on IR, No.1 corner Desmond Trufant out, and Darryl Roberts Questionable. The good news is first-round pick Jeffrey Okudah will be back but that slot corner position could be an issue as Roberts is the backup in that spot. In any event, Rodgers will be targeting this secondary all day.
  • On the OL, the Lions will be missing starting guard Joe Dahl and Tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is Questionable. Dahl was graded as the 23rd best pass blocking guard last year by PFF, 27th overall, so he will be missed. Dahl’s backup is Logan Stenberg, a fourth-round rookie from Kentucky.

Packers

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Montravius Adams
DL Toe LP LP LP Questionable
Kenny Clark
DL Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Josiah Deguara
TE Shin/Ankle LP DNP DNP Questionable
Raven Greene
S Quadricep LP LP LP Questionable
Randy Ramsey
LB Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Equanimeous St. Brown
WR Knee LP DNP DNP Out
Lane Taylor
G Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
  • Losing DT Kenny Clark is a big blow for GB. Clark was graded by PFF as the 13th best DL last year, fourth in pass rush grade. He generated 62 pressures and eight sacks last season. In addition, depth could be an issue as his backup Montravius Adams is Questionable as well. This should negate the loss of Dahl for the Lions at guard.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 PM

Bills

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Tremaine Edmunds
LB Shoulder LP LP DNP Out
Jerry Hughes
DE Calf (-) LP FP (-)
Isaiah McKenzie
WR Hamstring (-) LP FP (-)
Matt Milano
LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Del’Shawn Phillips
LB Quad DNP DNP DNP Out

Injured Reserve: G Jon Feliciano, pectoral; CB Josh Norman, hamstring.

  • Buffalo will be down two starting linebackers with Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano as well as backup Del’Shawn Phillips out. They will be left with starter A.J. Klein along with backups Tyrel Dodson and Tyler Matakevich as the only truly healthy linebackers. Milano is a stud in coverage, grading as fourth-best among all LBs last season and allowing only 6.6 yards per reception while in coverage. Edmunds is much better at run defense than coverage, grading 24th in run defense among LBs last season. Dodson did not play last season and Matakevich has only played 158 snaps in five seasons. This is music to the ears of TE Mike Gisecki and potentially RB Matt Brieda if he runs some routes out of the backfield.

Dolphins

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Clayton Fejedelem
DB Pectoral LP LP LP Doubtful
Xavien Howard
CB Knee LP LP FP (-)
Byron Jones
CB Achilles LP LP FP (-)
DeVante Parker
WR Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Elandon Roberts
LB Concussion DNP DNP LP Out

Injured Reserve: LB Vince Biegel, Achilles.

  • If the Dolphins want to be able to move the ball on this stout Buffalo defense, they will need to have DeVante Parker in the lineup. If he is out that thrusts Preston Williams into the No. 1 role and the unenviable task of facing Tre’Davious White.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 PM

Jaguars

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Josh Allen
DE/LB Calf DNP LP FP (-)
Tyler Davis
TE Knee DNP DNP DNP Out

Injured Reserve: TE Josh Oliver, foot; S Jarrod Wilson, hamstring.

Titans

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Corey Davis
WR Hamstring DNP LP FP (-)
Kenny Vaccaro
S Illness DNP FP FP (-)
A.J. Brown
WR Knee LP DNP DNP Out
Darrynton Evans
RB Hamstring FP LP DNP Out
Malcolm Butler
CB Quad (-) LP DNP Questionable
Taylor Lewan
T Illness (-) DNP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: CB Adoree’ Jackson, knee.

  • The Jags defense catches a break with WR A.J. Brown being out. That leaves Corey Davis as the No. 1 reciever. With the way rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson played at CB last week, slot receiver Adam Humphries looks to be the biggest beneficiary of Brown’s absence.

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 PM

Broncos

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Mark Barron
ILB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Phillip Lindsay
RB Toe DNP DNP DNP Out
Garett Bolles
T Elbow LP LP LP Questionable
Tyrie Cleveland
WR Hip LP LP LP Questionable
Courtland Sutton
WR Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable

Injured Reserve: LB Von Miller, ankle; CB AJ Bouye, shoulder.

Steelers

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
David DeCastro
G Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Stefen Wisniewski
G Chest DNP DNP DNP Out

Injured Reserve: T Zach Banner, knee.

  • No team is more decimated currently along the offensive line than the Steelers, who are down three starters. G David DeCastro was the eighth-highest graded pass-blocking guard last season and allowed only two sacks on the year. G Stefen Wisniewski allowed 0 sacks in nine games last year. Fourth-round rookie Kevin Dotson and Matt Feiler take over. Dotson is unproven but Feiler was excellent at tackle last year with a top 25 PFF pass-blocking grade.

Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 PM

Football Team

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Cole Holcomb
LB Knee LP LP DNP Out

Cardinals

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Mason Cole
OL Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Kylie Fitts
LB Wrist DNP LP LP Questionable
Jalen Thompson
S Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Maxx Williams
TE Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Josh Jones
OL Ankle LP LP LP Questionable

Injured Reserve: DB Robert Alford, pectoral.

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 PM

Chiefs

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Alex Okafor
DE Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Khalen Saunders
DT Elbow DNP DNP DNP Out
Charvarius Ward
CB Hand DNP DNP DNP Out

Chargers

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Joey Bosa
DE Triceps DNP LP FP (-)
Justin Jackson
RB Quadricep DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Donald Parham Jr.
TE Illness DNP DNP FP (-)

Injured Reserve: S Derwin James, knee; C Mike Pouncey, hip.

Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans, 4:25 PM

Ravens

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Justin Madubuike
DT Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Chris Moore
WR/RS Finger DNP DNP DNP Out
Jimmy Smith
CB Hip DNP LP LP Questionable
Ronnie Stanley
T Hip DNP LP FP Questionable

Texans

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Brandin Cooks
WR Quad LP LP LP Questionable
Duke Johnson
RB Ankle LP LP LP Questionable
J.J. Watt
DE Hip LP LP LP (-)

Injured Reserve: CB Gareon Conley, ankle.

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 PM

Patriots

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Adam Butler
DL Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
Brandon Copeland
LB Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Julian Edelman
WR Knee LP LP LP Questionable
N’Keal Harry
WR Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
Josh Uche
LB Ankle (-) DNP LP Out

Injured Reserve: DT Beau Allen, undisclosed.

  • Having both WR Julian Edelman and K’Neal Harry as questionable is not ideal for an offense that is limited in the passing game. It seems like Edelman is always on the injury report but ends up playing anyways so I will assume the same here.

Seahawks

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Duane Brown
T Knee DNP LP DNP (-)
Cedric Ogbuehi
T Pectoral DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Rasheem Green
DE Neck DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Phillip Dorsett II
WR Foot LP LP DNP Questionable

Injured Reserve: G Phil Haynes, undisclosed.

New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders, (Mon.) 8:15 PM

Saints

Player Position Injury Thu Fri Sat Game Status
Marcus Davenport
DE Elbow DNP DNP (-)
Michael Thomas
WR Ankle DNP DNP (-)
Emmanuel Sanders
WR NIR DNP FP (-)
Cesar Ruiz
C/G Ankle LP FP (-)

PUP: LB Kiko Alonso, knee.

Raiders

Player Position Injury Thu Fri Sat Game Status
Trent Brown
T Calf DNP DNP (-)
Richie Incognito
G Achilles/NIR DNP LP (-)
Nick Kwiatkoski
LB Pectoral DNP DNP (-)
Henry Ruggs III
WR Knee DNP DNP (-)
Sam Young
T Groin DNP DNP (-)

Injured Reserve: WR Tyrell Williams, shoulder.