Biggest NFL injury questions for Week 2

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

Will Odell Beckham Jr. be ready in time for Monday night? NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league for Week 2.

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Buffalo Bills

The Bills have virtually no injury questions entering Sunday's game against the Panthers. Only one player, reserve defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, did not practice Wednesday. All 22 of Buffalo's starters are healthy, and the team has only two players on injured reserve: WR Jeremy Butler and TE Keith Towbridge. The Bills are remarkably healthy. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are as healthy as they have been since the start of training camp with last week's hurricane cancellation. Center Mike Pouncey (hip) has been on a straight practice schedule in terms of reps; he will be someone to monitor Sunday against the Chargers. -- James Walker

New England Patriots

LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and WR Danny Amendola (head) are the biggest injury question marks, as both left the season opener in the second half because of injuries and were not at practice Wednesday. Hightower is a defensive captain and signal-caller who was on the field for the first time in the opener after sitting out the preseason. Meanwhile, Amendola's importance to the team has increased since Julian Edelman was lost to a season-ending knee injury, as he was the No. 3 WR and top punt returner. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets

The Jets have issues at tight end. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is suspended for one more game, Eric Tomlinson (elbow) and Jordan Leggett (knee) are both banged up and recently acquired Neal Sterling has not played a game with them. That leaves Will Tye, whose asset is receiving, not blocking. This will pose a problem because they will need someone to "chip" Raiders edge-rusher Khalil Mack. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens

RB Danny Woodhead will be out at least four weeks because of a hamstring injury. "It's a little unpredictable," coach John Harbaugh said. Baltimore could add a running back from another team or promote either Jeremy Langford or Alex Collins from the practice squad. This could also mean an increased role for receiver Michael Campanaro. "It is a logical assumption because those types of underneath routes are things that 'Camp' can do," Harbaugh said. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

When will rookie WR John Ross make his debut? Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Ross could have played in Week 1, but the Bengals are apparently being cautious with the first-round pick, who tweaked his knee in the preseason. Ross has been a full participant in practice, but the short week makes it tricky for him to return. -- Katherine Terrell

Cleveland Browns

The Browns will be without DE Myles Garrett (ankle) again on Sunday, but hope that G Kevin Zeitler can play after having a procedure on an injured thumb Tuesday. Zeitler missed practice Wednesday, but coach Hue Jackson said he hoped Zeitler would return Thursday or Friday. "I think Kevin will be up and ready to go [on Sunday]," Jackson said. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers could face quarterback Sam Bradford without two of their top pass-rushers. DE Stephon Tuitt (bicep) dodged major damage and could be available this week, but regaining flexibility and strength in his arm could take some time. LB Bud Dupree (shoulder) wants to play but needs clearance from coaches. He did not get it last week as a game-time decision. Dupree is eager to make his season debut and probably will rehab diligently this week as a result. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans

The Texans had 21 players on the injury report after their season-opening loss to the Jaguars, including four players who were in the concussion protocol: tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson and wide receiver Bruce Ellington. Houston put Fiedorowicz on injured reserve Tuesday, and coach Bill O'Brien said it's unlikely that the other three play because it's a short week. The team's lone tight end to play Thursday will be Evan Baylis, who was signed to the active roster from the practice squad Wednesday. In three preseason games, Baylis had four catches for 32 yards. -- Sarah Barshop

Indianapolis Colts

Starting inside linebacker Antonio Morrison's status against the Cardinals is in question because of an elbow injury. He did not practice Wednesday and the Colts re-signed LB Sean Spence, who was released when rosters were trimmed to 53 players, as added insurance because of lack of depth at the position. Rookie ILB Anthony Walker also did not practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are relatively healthy, but CB Jalen Ramsey missed practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. They have been cautious with him since he returned in camp from offseason core muscle surgery, and that's the approach they are taking with him regarding the ankle, too. Ramsey played well against Houston last week and the Jaguars need him at full strength this week against a Titans team with significantly more weapons on the outside than the Texans had last week. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

The Titans will be without starting safety Johnathan Cyprien on Sunday and at least the rest of September due to a hamstring injury. Da'Norris Searcy, who started 14 games for them last season, will replace him. They will get starting CB LeShaun Sims back after he missed Week 1 because of a groin injury. -- Cameron Wolfe


Denver Broncos

Guard Ron Leary is currently in the concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday. It means Leary, who was the Broncos' top target in free agency, is a significant question mark for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, his former team. The Broncos will look to either Connor McGovern or Billy Turner to play left guard if Leary is not cleared to play. McGovern played in Leary's spot in the second half of the Broncos win over the Chargers on Monday night. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs

Both Daniel Sorensen and Eric Murray should get playing time as the Chiefs try to replace safety Eric Berry, who is out for the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon last Thursday. The team has high expectations for Sorensen, who has been a valuable defender in many of Kansas City's defensive rotations, as well as Murray, a college cornerback who impressed the Chiefs at training camp this year. But the Chiefs are aware how difficult Berry will be to replace. "You know you are not going to replace Eric Berry with another Eric Berry," coach Andy Reid said. "That's not what happens. We have obviously got some guys here between Murray and Sorensen that we know can play and we feel comfortable with. But the Eric Berrys only come around every once in awhile. He's a heck of a player." -- Adam Teicher

Los Angeles Chargers

Rookie receiver Mike Williams is finally getting close to taking the field. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said the Clemson product's work with the team's training staff has intensified, with Williams running full-speed sprints and making cuts. Lynn is hopeful that Williams can begin practicing with the rest of the team in a week or two, and will be healthy enough to play in a game as early as October. Williams did not practice Wednesday. -- Eric D. Williams

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