Week 1 Injury Report: Breaking Down the AFC East Inactives

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer ISeptember 9, 2012

The showdown will go down as scheduled.
The showdown will go down as scheduled.Al Bello/Getty Images

The injury reports are in for Week 1, and there is a lot of news to digest. So here's the injury report for every AFC East team and their opponents, with some quick thoughts on what the impact could be on the game.


Buffalo Bills

QB Tarvaris Jackson
WR T.J. Graham
S Delano Howell
LB Kirk Morrison
DL Kyle Moore
OL Sam Young
OL Colin Brown

What it means: Perhaps the biggest news isn't who's on the list, but instead who isn't on it. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson has been limited in practice with a groin injury, and his status for Week 1 was in question until now. The much-anticipated showdown between Johnson and Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will go down as scheduled, but will Johnson be able to get off Revis Island with tightness in his groin?

Also notable is the absence of T.J. Graham; the wide receiver was brought in for his speed and ability to force defenses to respect the deep pass. That plan has a wrench thrown in it with him out for Week 1.


New York Jets

QB Greg McElroy
WR Clyde Gates
S Eric Smith
DT Damon Harrison
TE Caleb Schlauderaff
T Dennis Landolt
DT Sione Po'uha

What it means: I wrote about the absences of Po'uha and Smith on Friday when they first became apparent, but to sum it up, those absences won't have much impact. The defensive line is deep, and Smith's role figured to be small today since he is limited in coverage.

Wide receiver Clyde Gates just joined the team a week ago, so he may not be ready to go from a preparation standpoint.


New England Patriots

TE Daniel Fells
DL Justin Francis
DL Jake Bequette
DL Marcus Forston
RB Shane Vereen
CB Alfonzo Dennard
OL Nick McDonald

What it means: Vereen's absence has been known for some time and paves the way for a big day from running back Stevan Ridley. Three rookie defensive linemen will miss today's game, so the Patriots' depth on the line could be tested late in the game. The absence of offensive lineman Nick McDonald drops the Patriots' total offensive line to just seven players; they're knocking on wood hoping to avoid an injury today.

Tennessee Titans

RB Rusty Smith
RB Javon Ringer
LB Zac Diles
T Mike Otto
T Byron Stingily
DE Pannel Egboh
DT Sen'Derrick Marks

What it means: Running back Chris Johnson figured to get a big workload, but that is even further reinforced by the absences of running backs Rusty Smith and Javon Ringer.

Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks is considered a solid interior pass-rusher and the Titans would have liked to have him around to take advantage of what could be a shaky interior line for the Patriots.


Miami Dolphins

QB Pat Devlin
RB Lamar Miller
TE Will Yeatman
LB Ray Feinga
TE Michael Egnew
WR Rishard Matthews
LB Sammy Brown

What it means: The Dolphins are without three of their rookies on offense, which is not good news for an offense that already lacked big-play threats. Running back Lamar Miller was considered a solid "spell" option behind Reggie Bush, but without him, Bush's workload could be heavier than anticipated.

If the struggles of tight end Michael Egnew—as televised on Hard Knocks—are any indication, he wasn't poised to contribute much in Week 1.

Houston Texans

WR DeVier Posey
QB John Beck
CB Roc Carmichael
CB Brandon Harris
OLB Bryan Braman
T Andrew Gardner
G Brandon Brooks

What it means: Like the Bills, the more important names are the ones that aren't listed: Linebacker Brooks Reed, defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver Andre Johnson are all good to go for today's game.

I don't think I need to tell you that's not good news for the Dolphins, but I just told you anyway.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.


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