Week 1 of the 2020 season is in the books and while some teams are healthy, others have already been decimated by injuries at key positions. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of the biggest injury concerns as we head into Week 2:
The Cardinals are dealing with three injuries along their offensive line. Rookie tackle Josh Jones missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury he suffered in training camp while tackle DJ Humphries and center Mason Cole suffered injuries during Sunday’s win against the 49ers. The next tackle on the depth chart is Joshua Miles who played just 3 snaps in 2019.
The Falcons are pretty healthy following Week 1. Only rookie DT Marlon Davidson and backup CB Kendall Sheffield are currently questionable to play against Dallas this week, however Dan Quinn downplayed the severity of both injuries during his press conference on Monday. Expect a light injury report from Atlanta this week.
Ronnie Stanley left Sunday’s game early with an ankle injury and never returned. However, John Harbaugh didn’t sound too concerned on Monday, saying he expects Stanley to rejoin the team at practice come Wednesday. If Stanley’s ankle is worse than expected, there isn’t much experience behind him on the depth chart; Tyre Phillips is a rookie and Will Holden has played just 11 games in his career.
Both of the Bills top linebackers, Tremaine Edwards and Matt Milano, were injured on Sunday, but Sean McDermott described their injuries as “day-to-day,” so there is hope that both will be available for their game in Miami this week. The next man up would probably be special teams ace Tyler Matakevich or Tyrel Dodson, who recorded a sack in Week 1.
The Panthers were already missing Eli Apple, who is on the IR with foot and ankle injuries, but they lost another starting cornerback just 11 snaps into the season when Donte Jackson exited with an ankle injury of his own. Rookie fourth-round pick Troy Pride Jr. was pressed into duty, making 7 tackles, but failing to record a pass breakup. Things won’t get easier for Matt Rhule’s young defense as they have Tom Brady and the Buccaneers scheduled for Week 2.
The Bears are very healthy following Week 1, but the Robert Quinn missed the Week 1 victory with an ankle injury. Chicago recorded just one sack and five QB hits, none of which came from star Khalil Mack. Quinn’s status for Week 2 is still up in the air with the Giants on the schedule for Week 2.
Tough luck for the Bengals, who are stuck with a short week heading into their Thursday night matchup with the Cleveland Browns. The defensive line is in shambles as DTs Geno Atkins (shoulder) and Mike Daniels (groin) were held out of Monday’s practice. Starting guard Xavier Su’a-Filo is expected to miss a few weeks with an ankle injury and kicker Randy Bullock was limited on Monday with two injured calves, although Zac Taylor down-played the severity of his injury.
As banged up as Bengals are, things may be worse for the Browns, who had to put TE David Njoku on the IR, which should lead to a larger role for Austin Hooper in the offense. Neither of Cleveland’s tackles practiced on Monday, with Jedrick Wills Jr. suffering from a leg injury and Jack Conklin banged up with finger and ankle injuries. Chris Hubbard is the top backup tackle, but he missed Week 1 with an ankle injury. Kendall Lamm (26 career starts) replaced Wills Jr. on Sunday and should be in line to start on Thursday night if the rookie can’t go.
The big news out of Dallas is the broken collarbone suffered by Leighton Vander Esch, which should sideline the linebacker for 6-8 weeks. The Cowboy defense is already pretty thin at LB with Sean Lee currently on the IR with a sports hernia. Joe Thomas replaced Vander Esch in base defense on Sunday night, recording five tackles and a QB hit. The Cowboys also lost TE Blake Jarwin for the year with a torn ACL. His replacement, Dalton Schultz caught one pass for 11 yards on Sunday night.
The Broncos pass rush was a concern heading into Monday night, but Bradley Chubb playing was a welcome sight. However, things look bleak with the wide receivers right now. Both Cortland Sutton (shoulder) and KJ Hamler (hamstring) were inactive. As a result, Drew Lock threw for only 216 yards on 33 pass attempts and Jerry Jeudy was the only wide receiver to eclipse 30 yards.
The Lions lost both starting cornerbacks, Justin Coleman and Desmond Trufant, on Sunday with hamstring injuries. Adding insult to injury, rookie first-round pick CB Jeff Okudah missed all of Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury as well. As a result, Detroit brought in four free agent cornerbacks to work out with Aaron Rodgers, Kyler Murray and Drew Brees scheduled as their next three opponents.
Green Bay Packers
Right tackle Billy Turner missed Week 1 with a knee injury. Right guard Lane Taylor was lost for the season with a knee injury that required surgery. However there is some positive news in Green Bay as left guard Lucas Patrick should be able to return from his shoulder injury in Week 2. Rookie Jon Runyan or veteran Elgton Jenkins could start for Taylor next week against Detroit depending on Patrick’s status.
Brandin Cooks fought through a quad injury to play in Week 1, but recorded just two catches for 20 yards. His health should improve as we move toward Week 2 and the Texans’ game against the Ravens. Running back Duke Johnson is “day-to-day,” per Bill O’Brien, but with David Johnson in the backfield, it shouldn’t be a huge loss if he can’t go.
Marlon Mack tore his Achilles on Sunday and will be done for the season. Jonathan Taylor is expected to take over as the starting running back, he led the team with 15 touches and 89 yards from scrimmage. Nyheim Hines should also factor into Indy’s offense, however it sounds like the Colts are working out veteran backs, including Lamar Miller. The Colts host the Vikings on Sunday and a good rushing attack could be key: Minnesota allowed 4.9 yards per carry to Green Bay in their Week 1 loss.
Jarrod Wilson suffered a hamstring injury late in the Jags game on Sunday and was subsequently placed on the IR. Andrew Wingard should get the start in his place after nabbing an interception in Week 1.
Kansas City Chiefs
Cornerback Charvarius Ward is the only starter who could miss the Chiefs’ Week 2 game after suffering a broken hand last Thursday night. However, given the long layoff, it remains possible he could still start. Kansas City’s secondary is already thin with Bashaud Breeland serving a four-game suspension. Rashad Fenton, who recorded a pick and four pass breakups as a rookie in 2019, would be the next man up.
Los Angeles Chargers
Trai Turner was a game-time decision on Sunday, but was held out as a precaution, per Anthony Lynn, who went on to predict the guard will start in Week 2. Turner’s return would be a welcome sight for a team without starting center Mike Pouncey, who is dealing with a hip injury. Los Angeles managed just one touchdown and averaged less than 4 yards per carry against Cincinnati in Week 1.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams remain healthy, as Sean McVay told reporters they aren’t dealing with any significant injuries.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders were down to their third-string right tackle on Sunday after Trent Brown left the game with a calf injury and backup Sam Young followed with a groin injury. Jon Gruden refused to update the media on Monday, but the Brown injury is concerning. He lasted just three plays before exiting and had been dealing with the injury all training camp.
DeVante Parker left at halftime with a hamstring injury and his status for Week 2 is still up in the air. Brian Flores wouldn’t commit to Parker’s availability against the Bills. Preston Williams is expected to pick up the slack in Parker’s absence. The second-year receiver caught two of his seven targets for 41 yards on Sunday.
Danielle Hunter is currently on the IR and remains the only Vikings starter dealing with any injury. However, Minnesota failed to record a single sack against Green Bay in Week 1. Hunter is out for at least another two weeks while he deals with an unspecified injury.
New England Patriots
All Patriots starters seem to be healthy following Week 1. However, tackle Jermaine Eluemunor played only about 75 percent of the offensive snaps and defensive tackle Adam Butler seemed to injure his arm, although he continued to play the rest of the game.
New Orleans Saints
Star receiver Michael Thomas limped off the field with a high ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter. Despite Thomas’s initial belief that he could tough it out in Week 2, tests revealed the injury is worse than expected and the All Pro receiver will miss “several weeks.” With Thomas out, Emmanuel Sanders and Deonte Harris could pick up extra targets.
New York Giants
Golden Tate was inactive on Monday night due to a hamstring injury. Darius Slayton had a huge night in his absence, leading the Giants with six catches, 102 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
New York Jets
Le’Veon Bell injured his hamstring in the Jets loss on Sunday and the bad news continued as Adam Gase told reporters the running back could be out “a couple weeks.” On Tuesday, the Jets announced Bell was placed on the IR and will miss at least the next three games. Even worse, backup running back La’Mical Perine’s status for Week 2 remains uncertain after missing Week 1 with an ankle injury. That leaves the ageless wonder Frank Gore as the only healthy running back on the Jets roster right now.
The Eagles allowed eight sacks on Sunday while missing three offensive linemen. However, the Eagles defensive line is getting thin too as Javon Hargraves remains out, Vinny Curry is expected to miss four weeks with a hamstring injury and Brandon Graham is in concussion protocol. However, Josh Sweat looked like a bright spot, recording a sack and grading out well on Pro Football Focus. He could be a breakout candidate with extended playing time.
It was a rough Monday night for the Steelers offensive line. Stefen Wisniewski left the game with a pectoral injury and didn’t return. Later, tackle Zach Banner was carted off the field after suffering an apparent knee injury. Running back James Conner was also limited with an ankle injury.
San Francisco 49ers
George Kittle was officially diagnosed with a sprained knee after a scary scene on Sunday. Kyle Shanahan wouldn’t commit to his star tight end’s status, but he hasn’t been officially ruled out for Week 2. Former Washington Football Player Jordan Reed could start in Kittle’s place after making two catches against the Cardinals. Rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk missed the opener with a hamstring injury, but Shanahan said he would be “surprised” if Aiyuk didn’t suit up in Week 2.
The Seahawks escaped Week 1 without any injuries besides some bumps and bruises, per Pete Carroll. However, WR Phillip Dorsett was inactive as he is still dealing with a foot injury, but there is a possibility he plays in Week 2. In his absence, both DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett were able to post over 90 yards receiving against Atlanta.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay is the healthiest team in the NFL right now with zero starters on the IR or suffering from a reported injury.
Tennessee placed Adoree’ Jackson on the IR before Monday’s game, so he will be out at least two more weeks nursing a knee injury. The Titans secondary was dealt another blow on Monday night when CB Johnathan Joseph left the game with an apparent arm injury. Rookie Kristian Fulton could be in line for a start in Week 2 if Joseph is unable to go.
Washington Football Team
Washington made it through Week 1 without any new injuries, however starting CB Kendall Fuller was inactive with a knee injury. Jimmy Moreland started in his spot and intercepted Carson Wentz to set up a touchdown in the second half.