Injuries continue to hit teams hard early in the season. Few teams left Week 3 at 100%.
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Here’s a team-by-team look at all the major NFL injury news as we turn our attention toward Week 3.
Arizona Cardinals Injuries
A.J. Green is expected to miss at least one game after suffering a bone bruise in his knee. The good news is Rondale Moore is expected to join Hollywood Brown and Greg Dortch for Week 4.
Brown had his best day as a Cardinal on Sunday, catching 14 passes for 140 yards on 17 targets.
Elsewhere on the offense, Justin Pugh is considered day-to-day with an elbow injury. He is expected to play against Carolina, but Max Garcia is the backup option.
The eight-year veteran has made 52 starts in the NFL.
Atlanta Falcons Injuries
Elijah Wilkinson was inactive for the Falcons’ Week 3 win over the Seahawks. However, the team expects him to rejoin practice on Wednesday.
Wilkinson missed Sunday’s game due to a personal matter, so if he’s back, there shouldn’t be any question about his availability.
Baltimore Ravens Injuries
The Ravens were down to their fourth left tackle of the season after Patrick Mekari suffered a sprained ankle in the win over New England.
Ronnie Stanley hasn’t played since Week 1 of last season and was inactive again due to his ankle injury. Ja’Waun James is done for the year thanks to a torn Achilles.
Rookie Daniel Faalele really struggled against the Patriots, allowing a pair of sacks in his first NFL action.
Buffalo Bills Injuries
The Bills were missing six defensive starters on Sunday, including both of their Pro Bowl safeties. While Jordan Poyer is considered day-to-day with his foot injury, Micah Hyde is expected to miss the rest of the season due to his neck injury.
Jaquan Johnson was torched by Miami in Week 3, allowing four catches for 75 and a touchdown on four targets.
Damar Hamlin played better in his first-career start, notching a sack and two stops in the run game.
Carolina Panthers Injuries
Carolina’s secondary is banged up at the moment with both Donte Jackson and C.J. Henderson dealing with neck injuries.
Matt Rhule told reporters he expects both guys to be back this week, but Keith Taylor would be the next man up if something goes awry this week.
Taylor allowed 30 catches on 43 targets as a rookie last season
Chicago Bears Injuries
David Montgomery is considered day-to-day with knee and ankle injuries after leaving the Bears’ win early on Sunday.
With Montgomery limited on Sunday, Khalil Herbert turned in the best performance of his young career, rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns on just 38 offensive snaps.
However, the Bears do seem confident Montgomery will suit up in Week 4.
Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
The Bengals have a short week with a Thursday night showdown against the Miami Dolphins looming on the horizon.
One guy who will be active on Thursday is Joe Mixon who was limited in Monday’s practice. Mixon has struggled this season, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry through three weeks despite leading the NFL in total touches.
Cleveland Browns Injuries
All-Pro edge rusher Myles Garrett was involved in a car accident on Monday and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
According to Garrett’s agent, the star defensive end suffered no broken bones and is expected to be released from the hospital shortly. Expect him to pop up on this week’s injury report, but luckily this doesn’t seem to be a long-term situation.
Dallas Cowboys Injuries
Both Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz were inactive for the Cowboys’ Monday night game against the Giants.
Rookie tight end Peyton Hendershot got his first action, catching three passes for 43 yards.
Edge rusher DeMarcus Lawrence did suffer a foot injury on Monday night, but did return for the end of the game. He had three sacks prior to the injury.
Denver Broncos Injuries
Defensive tackle D.J. Jones suffered a concussion on Sunday night against the 49ers. He’s currently in protocol and won’t be able to return until he clears it later in the week.
Veteran Mike Purcell get a season-high 29 snaps with Jones out and earned a team-high 87.6 run defense grade from Pro Football Focus.
Detroit Lions Injuries
D’Andre Swift could be inactive for the next two weeks as he deals with ankle and shoulder injuries. While he’s fought through the pain, Dan Campbell told reporters Swift could be held out until after the team’s Week 6 bye.
Swift has just 17 touches over the last two weeks and Jamaal Williams had 107 yards from scrimmage against the Vikings and rushed for two touchdowns.
As for safety Tracy Walker, he will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn Achilles against Minnesota.
Juju Hughes filled in for Walker on Sunday, but 2021 third-round pick Ifeatu Melifonwu could also work in as well.
Green Bay Packers Injuries
David Bakhtiari made his long-awaited return, albeit in a rotation at left tackle. He had the highest pass-blocking grade on the Packers and already voiced his expectation to play a full game as early as next week.
Jaire Alexander suffered a groin injury against the Buccaneers, but it isn’t expected to be a major issue.
He will undergo tests this week, but if he’s unavailable Rasul Douglas can start on the outside with Keisean Nixon filling in the slot.
Houston Texans Injuries
The Texans remain one of the healthier teams in the NFL, although they’re still without Justin Britt who left the team following Week 1 due to personal reasons.
The team hasn’t given an update on the center in over a week. Scott Quessenberry has struggled, allowing two sacks in two starts.
Indianapolis Colts Injuries
Yannick Ngakoue credits a healthy back for his breakout performance in Week 3. The edge rusher told reporters after the game he’s been dealing with a back injury since training camp and felt healthy for the first time all season against the Chiefs.
The edge rusher had his first sack of the season and added a pair of quarterback hits.
Stephon Gilmore did miss some time on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, but returned to make a game-sealing pass breakup that was intercepted.
Jacksonville Jaguars Injuries
Shaquill Griffin was a late addition to the Jaguars’ injury report last week and ended up sitting out the team’s win over the Chargers due to a hip injury.
Tre Herndon filled in and played well against the banged-up Chargers (more on that below), allowing just two catches on three targets in 41 coverage snaps.
Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
Harrison Butker might be close to coming back after the Chiefs released Matt Ammendola from their practice squad on Monday.
Although, Ammendola really struggled in the team’s loss to Indianapolis on Sunday, missing a field goal and an extra point. Kansas City could add another kicker to their practice squad this week if Butker isn’t ready.
Las Vegas Raiders Injuries
Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin exited early after suffering a knee injury against the Titans. Fellow starter Nate Hobbs also left the game after entering concussion protocol.
Sam Webb and Amik Robertson finished the game for the Raiders with Robertson allowing a 16 yard catch.
The Raiders were without Hunter Renfrow, who was inactive due to a concussion he suffered in Week 2. With Renfrow sidelined, Mack Hollins had a career day, catching eight of his 10 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown.
Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
Where to begin with the Chargers?
Rashawn Slater is out for the season after rupturing his biceps. Storm Norton filled in and struggled, allowing three quarterback hits and five additional pressures on just 28 pass-blocking snaps.
Joey Bosa suffered a severe groin injury and is expected to miss a significant amount of time depending on further testing this week.
All-Pro center Corey Linsley sat out Sunday due to a knee injury.
JC Jackson has inflammation in his surgically-repaired ankle.
Oh, and Justin Herbert is still dealing with a rib injury.
Los Angeles Rams Injuries
The Rams placed Van Jefferson on the IR on Saturday. The wide receiver is recovering from a torn ACL, but will miss at least three more games following this move.
Despite the move, the Rams are adamant that Jefferson didn’t have a setback and expect him back by Week 7 when he’s eligible to return.
Miami Dolphins Injuries
Tua Tagovailoa was checked for a concussion on Sunday, but was able to return to the game. However, he is currently dealing with back and ankle injuries that could lead to Teddy Bridgewater starting for Miami on Thursday night against the Bengals.
Bridgewater played three snaps on Sunday and made a start against the Bengals last year, throwing for just 95 yards on 22 attempts in a 15-10 loss.
Minnesota Vikings Injuries
Dalvin Cook is considered day-to-day after exiting Sunday’s game early due to a shoulder injury.
Cook missed time last year with a shoulder injury, but the team expects him to wear a harness while playing through the injury like he did late last season.
Alexander Mattison played a season-high 28 snaps on Sunday, gaining 44 yards on eight touches and adding a rushing touchdown.
New England Patriots Injuries
Mac Jones suffered a severe high ankle sprain on Sunday and will miss an undetermined amount of time. He could opt for surgery, but a trip to the IR seems in store for the Alabama product.
With Jones out, the Patriots will turn to Brian Hoyer to remedy their struggling offense.
Since 2016, Hoyer is 1-12 as a starter, completing 61.4-percent of his passes, throwing 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
New Orleans Saints Injuries
The Saints’ receiving corps is banged up with Michael Thomas (toe), Jarvis Landry (foot), and Tre’Quan Smith (concussion) all dealing with injuries.
Luckily, the team doesn’t think Thomas’s injury is too serious, although his participation in practice this week might be limited.
Landry’s status for Week 4 is questionable as well, although his production has taken a dip after a big Week 1.
New York Giants Injuries
The Giants were dealt a tough blow on top of their first loss of the season when Sterling Shepard was carted off the field in the closing seconds after suffering a serious knee injury.
With Shepard expected to miss the rest of the season, the Giants can turn to former first-round pick Kadarius Toney, who was inactive, or high-priced vet Kenny Golladay, who didn’t record a catch on three targets.
Richie James and David Sills V combined for six catches and 56 receiving yards against the Cowboys.
New York Jets Injuries
The Jets signed former Chief Mike Remmers to their practice squad after George Fant suffered a knee injury on Sunday.
While Fant’s injury isn’t terribly serious, missing Week 4 is a serious possibility.
One guy who will be on the field against Pittsburgh is Zach Wilson, who is expected to be cleared to return to the field as soon as Tuesday. Joe Flacco completed just 53% of his passes on Sunday and tossed a pair of interceptions in the loss.
Philadelphia Eagles Injuries
The Eagles remain healthy, although Dallas Goedert did miss some time against the Commanders due to a shin injury. He was able to return and finish the game.
Darius Slay also missed a series late in the first half, but he attributed that to cramping after the game. Among cornerbacks who have been targeted 20 times, Slay’s 29.3 passer rating allowed is the lowest in the NFL.
Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries
Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon suffered a hamstring injury on Thursday night against the Browns and left the game in the third quarter.
Levi Wallace get 22 snaps across from Cameron Sutton against the Browns and the former Bill allowed one catch and had a pass breakup.
San Francisco 49ers Injuries
Trent Williams is expected to miss at least four weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Broncos. The 49ers relied on a rotation of Colton McKivitz and Jaylon Moore to replace the All-Pro against the Broncos.
Moore played seven snaps, allowed a sack and a quarterback hit. McKivitz allowed a single pressure in 10 pass-blocking snaps.
According to Kyle Shanahan, McKivitz will get the nod at left tackle until Williams is healthy enough to return.
Seattle Seahawks Injuries
Running back Travis Homer was the only Seahawk to suffer an injury on Sunday. However, the running back is dealing with sore ribs that aren’t broken according to Pete Carroll.
Homer played just two snaps in Week 3 and has fallen behind both Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Walker III in the team’s backfield.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries
The Buccaneers were down to their third-string left tackle on Sunday with Donovan Smith inactive with his elbow injury. Brandon Walton allowed a sack and three pressures against the Packers.
Todd Bowles was noncommittal about the status of Smith or Chris Godwin heading into this week.
Mike Evans will return in Week 4 after serving his suspension. Julio Jones is also expected to return for the first time since Week 1. Both guys could aid a passing offense that sputtered last week.
Tennessee Titans Injuries
Taylor Lewan was moved to the IR on Saturday and will mess the rest of the season. Dennis Daley filled in on Sunday and earned the team’s highest pass-blocking grade on PFF.
Daley has 13 career starts at left tackle including three last year for the Panthers. Daley has carried a PFF pass-blocking grade under 37 in each of the past two seasons.
Washington Commanders Injuries
The Commanders’ offensive line struggled to protect Carson Wentz without the presence of starting center Chase Roullier.
Wes Schweitzer started at center and the Commanders allowed nine sacks and 22 pressures on 58 dropbacks. Things don’t get easier for Washington with Dallas’s elite pass rush on the schedule for next week.
The Cowboys are third in the NFL in pressure percentage.