It took just one week for some teams to be decimated with injuries. The Bears left tackle situation is a mess and the Ravens have gone through what seems to be about 30 running backs in the last couple days.
Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of all the biggest injury storylines heading into Week 2:
Kelvin Beachum is considered day-to-day with rib injury. The right tackle left midway through the third quarter of the Cardinals win over the Titans.
Justin Murray filled in for Beachum and didn’t allow a quarterback pressure in 13 opportunities. Murray has experience at right tackle, making 12 starts there in 2019 for Arizona.
The Falcons didn’t suffer any new injuries on Sunday.
The Ravens are all sorts of banged up right now with Gus Edwards, Marcus Peters, Nick Boyle, Rashod Bateman and J.K. Dobbins all sitting on their IR. Edwards, Peters, and Dobbins are all done for the season and while the running backs have been replaced by a couple veterans, the loss of Peters loomed large on Monday night.
Derek Carr threw for 207 yards on 24 attempts, completing two-thirds of his passes in the second half of the Raiders come-from-behind win.
The Bills didn’t suffer any new injuries on Sunday against the Steelers.
Nickel corner Myles Hartfield will miss is headed to the IR with a “significant wrist injury.” The Panthers do have veteran AJ Bouye on his way back from a suspension, but he won’t be available until Week 3.
The Panthers re-signed Corn Elder, who played over 300 snaps in the slot for Carolina in 2020, breaking up three passes and allowing two touchdowns.
The Bears didn’t have any updates on either of their injured left tackles on Monday. Jason Peters left prior to halftime with a groin injury and Larry Borom couldn’t finish the game after suffering an ankle injury. Already without Teven Jenkins, who had back surgery in August, the Bears finished the game with Elijah Wilkinson at left tackle.
Despite allowing a sack, Pro Football Focus graded Wilkinson’s pass-blocking efforts higher than Peters or Borom.
Trae Waynes’s Bengals debut will have to wait another week as he is expected to miss Week 2 with a hamstring injury. Waynes spent all of 2020 on the IR after signing a huge deal with Cincinnati in the offseason and could miss Week 3 as well if he’s already ruled out this early in the week.
Eli Apple was Waynes’s replacement on Sunday and struggled, allowing completions on all seveon of his targets for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Odell Beckham Jr. was a surprise inactive on Sunday. Kevin Stefanski was tight-lipped about his star receiver’s health, but it sounds like he could be a game-time decision for Week 2. Jedrick Wills Jr. left the game early with an ankle injury that isn’t considered serious. Chris Hubbard struggled as his replacement, allowing a sack and three quarterback pressures.
Randy Gregory is headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list after a positive test on Monday. He will replace Zack Martin, who was activated from the list and should be a go for Week 2. Michael Gallup will miss at least three weeks after being sent to the IR with a calf injury.
Jerry Jeudy suffered perhaps the most gruesome-looking injury on Sunday, but luckily escaped with just a high-ankle sprain. Expected to miss just 4-6 weeks, K.J. Hamler could get some more looks out of the slot in Jeudy’s absence. Hamler caught three passes and led all healthy Broncos receivers in yards with 41.
Jeff Okudah ruptured his Achilles on Sunday and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season. The 2020 third overall pick has had a rough time gaining any traction in the NFL, starting just six games as a rookie, and will now miss his entire sophomore season.
The Lions are expected to add another cornerback soon, considering their depth chart is now headlined by three rookies.
Green Bay Packers
Safety Darnell Savage didn’t make it all the way through the Packers’ loss on Sunday, exiting early with a shoulder injury. However, with the Packers slated to play on Monday Night Football this week, Matt LaFleur thinks Savage could be good to go for Week 2.
Second-year veteran Henry Black could fill in if Savage is inactive. Black has played a total of 41 defensive snaps in his career.
The Texans may have won their first game of the David Culley era, but they lost defensive tackle Vincent Taylor in the process. Taylor is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing ankle surgery. The journeyman is on his fourth team in four years and hasn’t made much of an impact in any of his stops.
Marcus Cannon and Geron Christian split time at right tackle with starter Charlie Heck on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Despite spending all of training camp on the PUP list, Cannon was the Texans’ highest-graded pass blocker on PFF.
Right tackle Braden Smith has a foot injury and will be “monitored throughout the week,” according to Frank Reich. The Colts struggled to protect Carson Wentz, who was hit five times as he threw on Sunday, four more than any other quarterback.
Left tackle Eric Fisher is “day-to-day” and could be good to make his 2021 debut in Week 2. Replacement Julie’n Davenport was a disaster, allowing a pair of sacks and six pressures.
The Jaguars didn’t suffer any new injuries this week.
Kansas City Chiefs
Frank Clark is close to returning from a hamstring injury that has hampered him since training camp. Clark was limited in practice all week, but was inactive on Sunday after warming up. He seems to be on-track to return in Week 2.
Another surprise inactive was Tyrann Mathieu, who was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday, but still didn’t suit up on Sunday. Andy Reid told reporters that was his doing and he was protecting the safety since Mathieu hadn’t practiced in nearly two weeks. He should be a go for Week 2.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders suffered a pair of injuries to their defensive line in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s win. Gerald McCoy was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury and Yannick Ngakoue left moments earlier with a hamstring injury.
We won’t know the extent of the injuries until later in the week, but losing either could mean a bigger role for Clelin Ferrell, who was a healthy scratch on Sunday.
Los Angeles Chargers
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga is day-to-day with a lower back injury. Brandon Staley didn’t sound too concerned about Bulaga’s status for Week 2.
Storm Norton would be Bulaga’s replacement against the Cowboys if he is inactive. Dallas’s defense struggled to pressure Tom Brady in Week 1, notching just one quarterback hit all night.
Los Angeles Rams
Defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day suffered a knee injury on Sunday night. However, it is not something that should affect his ability to play in Week 2. Greg Gaines would be the next man up for the Rams, the third-year vet played 25 defensive snaps on Sunday and tallied a quarterback hit.
Raekwon Davis injured his knee on Sunday, but Brian Flores didn’t have an update on the severity. It will be something worth monitoring ahead of the Dolphins home opener against Buffalo this week, although Davis did return to the game after getting injured. John Jenkins is Davis’s current backup.
The Vikings didn’t suffer any new injuries on Sunday, but both Christian Darrisaw (groin) and Anthony Barr (knee) were inactive. Without Darrisaw, the Vikings struggled to protect Kirk Cousins with Rashod Hill earning a 47.5 pass-blocking grade from PFF for his efforts filling in at left tackle.
The Vikings turned to Nick Vigil to take Barr’s snaps on Sunday. He responded with a sack and eight tackles.
New England Patriots
Starting right tackle Trent Brown suffered a calf injury and is considered “day-to-day.” Yasir Durant is the backup, the former Chief has played just 73 snaps in his career.
New Orleans Saints
Marshon Lattimore injured his thumb in the first half on Sunday and will have surgery to fix a chipped bone. The cornerback hasn’t been added to the IR yet, but is considered week-to-week.
Veteran Desmond Trufant could be elevated to the starting lineup in Lattimore’s absence. He struggled in Detroit last season, allowing a completion percentage of 69 percent when targeted.
New York Giants
Quick turnaround for the Giants, who will play Washington on Thursday night. Saquon Barkley seems to be good to go, although he was limited to just 29 snaps and 10 carries on Sunday.
Evan Engram (calf) didn’t practice on Monday, but Joe Judge is hopeful his tight end will be ready for Thursday. Kyle Rudolph did receive five targets from Daniel Jones on Sunday, but caught just two passes for eight yards.
New York Jets
Despite losing Lamarcus Joyner for the season with a torn triceps, the big news of the week for the Jets is Mekhi Becton’s knee. The former first-round pick dislocated his kneecap on Sunday and is expected to miss at least four weeks.
Former Washington Football player Morgan Moses was Becton’s replacement on Sunday and performed admirably, earning the highest pass-blocking grade on the team from PFF. Prior to Sunday, Moses had started 96-straight games at right tackle.
The Eagles are really thin at safety after Marcus Epps suffered a concussion early in the game on Sunday. Rodney McLeod was inactive against the Falcons as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last season. K’Von Wallace and Anthony Harris were the only two healthy safeties on the roster by the end of the game.
As for Zach Ertz, who left with a hamstring injury briefly on Sunday, Nick Sirianni told reporters the team is just being cautious with the veteran tight end. Ertz caught two passes for 34 yards on Sunday while playing 58 percent of the offensive snaps.
Robert Spillane was a surprise scratch on Sunday after injuring his shin during pregame warmups. However, Mike Tomlin expects the linebacker to be ready for Week 2.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers will miss Jason Verrett for the rest of the season after the cornerback tore his ACL. Perhaps San Francisco’s best coverage corner last season, Verrett loss looms large for a team already thin in the secondary.
The 49ers have Josh Norman in the fold, but Dre Kirkpatrick is also an option and even Richard Sherman has an outside shot at rejoining the time in a big role.
Raheem Mostert also injured his knee on Sunday and will sit out all of 2021 after only expecting to miss eight weeks. Elijah Mitchell put up a historic performance in Mostert’s absence, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown. The Niners also have JaMycal Hasty and Ohio-State-product Trey Sermon on their roster.
Rashad Penny is expected to join the Seahawks IR after injuring his calf on Sunday. With Penny out, Chris Carson dominated the backfield touches for Seattle, playing 78 percent of the snaps and carrying the ball 16 times. DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer combined to play just five snaps and received just one carry.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sean Murphy-Bunting going on the IR with an elbow injury. The cornerback’s timeline for return is unclear as Bruce Arians told reporters it could be four weeks or he could miss the entire season.
Jamel Dean filled in for Murphy-Bunting on Sunday, allowing five completions and a touchdown on nine targets. Dean started the Bucs entire playoff run in 2020.
Taylor Lewan in and out of the game on Sunday with cramps. When he was in the game, Lewan was exposed by Chandler Jones, who finished the day with five sacks and two forced fumbles.
This shouldn’t have any effect on Lewan’s availability for Week 2 and for the Titans sake, hopefully the cramps were the root of his struggles.
Washington Football Team
Washington brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick to solidify their quarterback position, but after suffering a hip subluxation, Fitzpatrick is headed to the IR and expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
While speculative rumors about Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III fly about, Taylor Heinicke will be under center for Thursday’s game against the Giants. Heinicke started Washington’s playoff game last season, throwing for 306 yards and averaging nearly seven yards per attempt in a 31-23 loss ot the Buccaneers.