We are in the middle of Week 3 in the NFL thanks to the Steelers and Browns kicking us off on Thursday night and now we have the main course on deck that features a full slate of games on Sunday. Of course, injuries will be a key storyline to follow as we enter the weekend, especially with the bulk of the teams across the league submitting their final injury reports.
Despite a stellar start to the season, the Bills defense will be down a number of key weapons when it travels to Miami to take on the Dolphins. Meanwhile, the status of Chargers superstar quarterback Justin Herbert also remains fluid as they are preparing to host the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With teams finishing up the week of practice, they’ve released their final injury reports and rolled out game statuses for Week 3. Below, you’ll be able to find each of those reports and a breakdown of some of the biggest injuries.
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Kansas City will once again be without starting kicker Harrison Butker as he continues to deal with a left ankle injury. In his place, Matt Ammendola will likely retain kicking duties after hitting both of his field goals and all three of his extra points in the Chiefs’ Week 2 win over the Chargers. Meanwhile, receiver Mecole Hardman (heel) practiced fully on Friday after being a limited participant to begin the week and carries no designation.
The biggest news for the Colts is that they’ll be getting a boost in the receiving game as Michael Pittman Jr. does not carry a designation after being a full participant in practice on Friday. Pittman missed last week’s matchup due to a quad injury. Rookie wideout Alec Pierce will also play after clearing the concussion protocol. As for Leonard, he has been ruled out, but head coach Frank Reich noted this week that the linebacker had a “really good week.” He also hasn’t suffered any setbacks, so his return could be around the corner.
Lions rookie pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday after sitting out the first two practices of the week due to a thigh injury. He is officially questionable. Meanwhile, star running back D’Andre Swift was also listed as questionable after back-to-back days of being limited.
Neither Booth nor Smith practiced all week, so seeing them ruled out isn’t totally surprising. That said, Hendricks’ status will be worth monitoring after he popped up on the injury report on Friday as a limited participant due to a toe injury and is now questionable.
Collins did not practice all week, but the team is still listing him as questionable and holding out hope he can play in Week 3. If he cannot, either D’Ante Smith or Hakeem Adeniji will likely get the nod to start at right tackle.
With the Jets, they are still holding back quarterback Zach Wilson as he continues to recover from a preseason knee injury, but this could be the final week he’s sidelined. In his absence, Joe Flacco will continue to play under center. Meanwhile, Davis and Fant were the only two questionable Jets that were limited on Friday with the rest listed as full participants.
- Ravens: T Ronnie Stanley (ankle) DOUBTFUL; RB JK Dobbins (knee), CB Marlon Humphrey (groin), TE Isaiah Likely (groin), CB Marcus Peters (not injury related), WR James Proche II (groin), DB Brandon Stephens (quad), CB Damarion Williams (ankle ) QUESTIONABLE
- Patriots: S Joshuah Bledsoe (groin), CB Cody Davis (calf), S Kyle Dugger (knee), DL Davon Godchaux (back), LB Raekwon McMillan (thumb), WR Jakobi Meyers (knee), CB Jalen Mills (hamstring), S Adrian Phillips (ribs) QUESTIONABLE
Baltimore saw Ronnie Stanley not participate in practice on Friday after being limited throughout the week, so he’s trending in the wrong direction heading into the weekend. Meanwhile, each player listed as questionable was a full participant during Friday’s session except for Isaiah likely, who was limited. Starting receiver Rashad Bateman did not practice on Friday, but the team notes that it was not injury related and he carries no designation.
Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers and safety Kyle Dugger returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday after both were held out on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, linebacker Raekwon McMillan is heading in the opposite direction as he did not practice Friday after being limited throughout the week.
Despite being questionable, the Texans listed Collins and Deculus as nonparticipants on Friday, so they are not trending positively heading into the weekend. Quarterback Davis Mills was listed on the injury report with a right thumb injury, but was a full participant all week and carries no designation.
Roquan Smith did not practice all week due to a hip injury, but the team is not closing the door on him playing as they have officially listed him as questionable. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson did not practice on Friday after popping up on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant due to a quad injury.
The promising sign for New Orleans is that both quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Alvin Kamara were able to practice all week, albeit on a limited basis. The fact that neither suffered a setback is encouraging that they’ll be able to go in Week 3.
Christian McCaffrey was a full participant on Friday and carries no designation after an ankle injury forced him to miss Wednesday’s practice and be limited on Tuesday.
Buffalo Bills (-5.5) at Miami Dolphins
- Bills: S Micah Hyde (neck), CB Dane Jackson (neck), DT Ed Oliver (ankle), DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring) OUT; WR Gabe Davis (ankle), TE Dawson Knox (foot), C Mitch Morse (elbow), S Jordan Poyer (foot), DT Time Settle (calf) QUESTIONABLE
- Dolphins: TE Cethan Carter (concussion), TE Hunter Long (ankle) OUT; T Terron Armstead (toe), DT Raekwon Davis (knee), CB Xavien Howard (groin), WR Cedrick Wilson Jr. (ribs, toe) QUESTIONABLE
Buffalo’s defense will be missing a number of key players when it takes on the Dolphins, including Hyde, Oliver and Phillips. Oliver being ruled out is a bit surprising considering that he was limited throughout practice for the entire week. All the other players already ruled out didn’t hit the practice field at all. Meanwhile, Gabe Davis was limited all week and is officially questionable, but told reporters this week that he’s “100 percent” optimistic he’ll play.
Miami is still holding out hope that Terron Armstead will be able to play in Week 3 despite not practicing at all this week, officially listing him as questionable. When asked about it this week, head coach Mike McDaniel said “it is literally up in the air.”
The Eagles are pretty healthy heading into Week 3, listing only guard Landon Dickerson on the final injury report due to a foot injury. He did not practice with the team on Friday and is questionable.
Washington will have safety Kamren Curl when they take on the Eagles in Week 3 after dealing with a thumb injury he suffered against the Chiefs in the preseason that required surgery. He was a full participant all week. Meanwhile, Toohill and Wise did not practice all week so their status is not too surprising.
Renfrow and Perryman were sidelined all week due to injury and were unable to take any positive steps on Friday, so the team has ruled them out for Week 3. Every questionable player was able to practice on a limited basis on Friday expect for running back Josh Jacobs, who is dealing with an illness. He did not practice on Thursday or Friday is not traveling with the team to Tennessee on Friday.
Taylor Lewan did not practice all week due to a knee injury, so he’ll be sidelined for Week 3. Rookie wideout Kyle Phillips was able to practice on a limited basis despite a shoulder injury, but that team is doubtful he’ll be able to play As for Zach Cunningham, his situation will be worth monitoring this weekend as he did not practice Friday after appearing on the injury report on Thursday with a knee injury.
Wilkinson practiced with Atlanta on Wednesday, but was not present on Thursday and the team has since noted that he’ll be out for this game due to a personal matter. In his absence, the Falcons will look to either Colby Gossett or Chuma Edoga to take over at left guard.
Seattle will be without defensive end Shelby Harris when they take on the Falcons. Harris suffered a glute injury during last week’s loss to the 49ers. Meanwhile, if Justin Coleman is unable to play, rookie Coby Bryant is expected to work as Seattle’s nickel corner.
Rams defensive back Jordan Fuller appeared on the injury report Thursday as a hamstring injury limited him and was downgraded Friday as a non-participant. He is officially questionable.
After missing Wednesday’s practice due to an ankle injury he suffered in Week 2, James Conner was able to return on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday, and is officially questionable to play against the Rams. Neither Moore nor Turner practiced this week so they were ruled out.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers (-3)
Jacksonville had been remarkably healthy all week, but did list cornerback Shaquill Griffin on his final injury report after he popped up on Friday with a hip injury. He is officially questionable. Outside of him, everyone else should be a full-go.
The Chargers have officially listed quarterback Justin Herbert as questionable for Sunday’s matchup against Jacksonville after he suffered a fracture to his rib cartilage in Week 2. Herbert was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but was held out of Friday’s session. The line for this game at Caesars Sportsbook fell from Chargers -7 to -3 on Friday. For Herbert, it could come down to pain tolerance and both sides determining if playing him is worth the risk. Meanwhile, Keenan Allen also did not practice Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Neither JC Jackson nor Corey Linsley practiced all week.
Bakhtiari was limited on both Thursday and Friday, which is an encouraging sign that he could make his debut in Week 3. That said, head coach Matt LaFleur noted that we won’t truly know his status until Sunday, so he seems like a truth game-time decision. Despite being listed as questionable, rookie wideout Christian Watson did not practice on Thursday or Friday due to a hamstring injury. On a more positive note, Allen Lazard did not carry a designation after returning to practice on a limited basis on Friday after missing Thursday’s session.
Tampa Bay will be down its top two wide receivers in Week 3. Not only is Mike Evans serving a one-game suspension, but Chris Godwin has now been ruled out due to a hamstring injury that kept him out last week. Tom Brady — who was listed on the injury report with a right finger injury — does not carry a designation. That said, the veteran quarterback may be playing with limited weapons as Gage, Jones and Perriman are all listed as questionable.
- 49ers: RB Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle), TE Tyler Kroft (knee), OL Daniel Brunskill (hamstring) OUT; DT Arik Armstead (foot), OL Colton McKivitz (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
- Broncos: CB Darius Phillips (hamstring) OUT; WR Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring), LB Jonathon Cooper (hamstring), WR KJ Hamler (knee, hip), WR Jerry Jeudy (rib, shoulder), LB Josey Jewell (calf), DE Dre’Mont Jones (neck), G Quinn Meinerz (hamstring), DT Mike Purcell (elbow), CB Patrick Surtain II (shoulder), T Billy Turner (knee) QUESTIONABLE
The major news out of San Francisco is that tight end George Kittle is set to make his 2022 debut after missing the first two games due to a groin injury. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Kittle will have no restrictions. As for not-so-positive news, Armstead did not practice all week due to a foot injury that officially listed him as questionable.
Denver had a large number of questionable players for Sunday, including receiver Jerry Jeudy and cornerback Patrick Surtain II. Both were able to practice on Friday with Jeudy being listed as a limited participant while Surtain practiced fully.
Analysis to come.