NFL Injury Report Week 2: Team-by-Team Updates, Inactive List and More

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst ISeptember 11, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball while defended by Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL season opener at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Week 2 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. 

In this running post, we'll keep you up-to-date on all injuries and injury reports in the lead-up to not only Thursday's night game, but also the rest of the Week 2 schedule. 

Inactive lists will also be posted as they become available later in the week. 


[SUN 9/16 6:15 P.M.] The inactive list for Sunday night's Lions-49ers matchup is given below. 

Detroit Lions: QB Kellen Moore, CB Chris Houston, S Louis Delmas, CB Bill Bentley, LB Travis Lewis, T Jason Fox and T Corey Hilliard.

San Francisco 49ers: WR A.J. Jenkins, WR Ted Ginn Jr., RB LaMichael James, RB Brandon Jacobs, G Joe Looney, TE Garrett Celek and NT Ian Williams.


[SUN 9/16 2:55 P.M.] A bunch of injury news to report from the early games. 

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has left with a leg injury, and he's not expected to return. Backup Chad Henne has taken over with Jacksonville down, 27-7. 

Gabbert was just 7-of-19 for 53 yards and a score when he went down. 

Cardinals tight end Todd Heap left with a knee injury. He's questionable to return. 

Raiders receiver Denarius Moore left with cramping. Nothing about the exit pointed to Moore re-injuring his hamstring.


[SUN 9/16 2:55 P.M.] The Eagles could be dealt a big blow if center Jason Kelce's injury is as bad as it appeared to be on the field. 

The outside of Kelce's knee buckled in on contact, and it appeared as if there could be extensive ligament damage. He was helped from the field in obvious pain. 

The Eagles are officially calling the injury a sprain, but don't be surprised if Kelce has a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. That injury would certainly end his season. 


[SUN 9/16 2:05 P.M.] Late-game inactives are starting to roll in. Here's the list, again via

Seahawks: LT Russell Okung, OG James Carpenter, WR Charly Martin, RB Kregg Lumpkin, DB Winston Guy, DB Jeremy Lane and DL Jaye Howard. 

Redskins: QB Rex Grossman, S Brandon Meriweather, S Jordan Pugh, G Josh LeRibeus, G Adam Gettis, WR Pierre Garçon and NT Chris Baker.

Jets: CB Darrelle Revis, TE Dustin Keller, QB Greg McElroy, LB Bryan Thomas, DL Damon Harrison, OL Caleb Schlauderaff and OT Dennis Landolt.

Steelers: S Troy Polamalu, RB Rashard Mendenhall, QB Charlie Batch, ILB Stevenson Sylvester, G Kelvin Beachum, OLB James Harrison and NT Alameda Ta'amu.

Chargers: TE Antonio Gates, OT Jared Gaither, NT Antonio Garay, LB Jonas Mouton, DB Brandon Taylor and DB Shareece Wright.

Cowboys: WR Cole Beasley, WR Andre Holmes, C Phil Costa, NT Jay Ratliff, LB Kyle Wilber, S Matt Johnson and CB Mario Butler.

Rams: S Darian Stewart, RB Terrance Ganaway, G Shelley Smith, DT Matt Conrath, G Rok Watkins, and DT Michael Brockers.

Titans: Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, quarterback Rusty Smith, running back Javon Ringer, linebacker Colin McCarthy, safety Al Afalava, tackle Mike Otto and guard Deuce Lutui.



[SUN 9/16 1:50 P.M.] The Washington Redskins are making receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) inactive for their game against the St. Louis Rams this afternoon. Aldrick Robinson will start in his place.

The rest of the late afternoon inactives will be rolling in shortly.


[SUN 9/16 1:45 P.M.] Injury updates coming in from the early games. 

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Aaron Hernandez's ankle is not broken. Hernandez hurt the ankle when it was rolled up on in the first half. He's officially questionable to return, but there's a zero percent chance Hernandez is coming back. 

Chiefs tight end Kevin Boss left in the first half with a head injury.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard also left in the first half with a chest injury. 

Both Ahmad Bradshaw and Domenik Hixon are out for the remainder of the Giants' Week 2 contest with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bradshaw hurt his neck and Hixon suffered a head injury.


[SUN 9/16 12:45 P.M.] Two potentially devastating injuries situations are developing in the early games. 

The first comes from New England, where tight end Aaron Hernandez had his right leg rolled up on by receiver Julian Edelman. Hernandez was in obvious pain, and he needed help getting off the field. He's in the locker room getting checked for an ankle injury.

The second is with Giants offensive lineman David Diehl, who went down in a heap with a lower leg injury. His injury also appeared to be very serious, potentially something with his knee. 

We'll update you as we know more. 


[SUN 9/16 11:30 A.M.] One final inactive list to get to. 

Dolphins: TE Michael Egnew, QB Pat Devlin, RB Daniel Thomas, RT Will Yeatman, OT Ray Feinga, DT Tony McDaniel, and WR Anthony Armstrong.


[SUN 9/16 11:20 A.M.] Notable players who are active in the early afternoon games: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, Raiders receiver Denarius Moore, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, Panthers receiver Steve Smith and Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers. 

Inactive notables are Cardinals quarterback John Skelton, Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Patriots running back Shane Vereen, Browns running back Brandon Jackson, Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger, Buccaneers tackle Jeremy Trueblood and Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara. 


[SUN 9/16 11:00 A.M.] Inactive lists for the early afternoon games, via

Texans: WR DeVier Posey, QB John Beck, CB Roc Carmichael, CB Brandon Harris, LB Bryan Braman, T Andrew Gardner and G Brandon Brooks.

Raiders: QB Terrelle Pryor, WR Juron Criner, LS Nick Guess, RG Tony Bergstrom, OT Joseph Barksdale, RG Lucas Nix, and DE Jack Crawford. 

Patriots: RB Shane Vereen, WR Greg Salas, CB Alfonzo Dennard, TE Daniel Fells, DE Jake Bequette, DL Justin Francis and DL Marcus Fortson.

Browns: RB Brandon Jackson, WR Jordan Norwood, S Ray Ventrone, LBs James-Michael Johnson and Tank Carder, and OL Oniel Cousins. 

Ravens: LB Paul Kruger, WR LaQuan Williams, CB Asa Jackson, T/G Jah Reid, TE Billy Bajema, DE DeAngelo Tyson and DT Byron Hall.

Chiefs: WR Devon Wylie, RB Cyrus Gray, S Kendrick Lewis, NT Anthony Toribio, DE Allen Bailey, and TE Steve Maneri.

Panthers: QB Jimmy Clausen, TE Ben Hartsock, DL Frank Kearse, DB D.J. Campbell, LB Kenny Onatolu, OL Bruce Campbell and OG Mike Pollak.

Buccaneers: T Jeremy Trueblood, CB Anthony Gaitor, RB Michael Smith, CB E.J. Biggers, LB Najee Goode, OT Derek Hardman and DE George Johnson. 

Jaguars: CB Derek Cox (hamstring), LB Daryl Smith (groin), RT Cameron Bradfield (ankle), RB Rashad Jennings (knee) and Eben Britton (ankle). 

Bills: RB Fred Jackson, LB Kirk Morrison, OLs Colin Brown and Sam Young, DB Delano Howell, DE Kyle Moore, and third quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. 

Cardinals: QB John Skelton, TE Jim Dray, WR LaRon Byrd, RB William Powell, LB Jamaal Westerman, OG Senio Kelemete and OT Pat McQuistan.

Bengals: RB Bernard Scott, DE Carlos Dunlap, CBs Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick, TEs Donald Lee and Richard Quinn, and WR Ryan Whalen.

Colts: RB Delone Carter, QB Chandler Harnish, LB Pat Angerer, WR Austin Collie (concussion) , RE/OLB Dwight Freeney (ankle), RT Winston Justice and LG Joe Reitz. 

Vikings: WR Jarius Wright, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, CB Brandon Burton, S Robert Blanton, LB Marvin Mitchell, LB Audie Cole and C Mark Asper. 

Saints: WR Devery Henderson, CB Johnny Patrick, RB Chris Ivory, RB Travaris Cadet, DL Tyrunn Walker, OT Bryce Harris and DL Turk McBride.

Giants: CB Prince Amukamara, LB Keith Rivers, WR Jerrel Jernigan, RB Da'Rel Scott, DE Adewale Ojomo, RT James Brewer, and TE Adrien Robinson.

Eagles: RB Dion Lewis, QB Trent Edwards, CB Curtis Marsh, WR Riley Cooper, OT Dennis Kelly, OL Nate Menkin and DE Vinny Curry.


[SUN 9/16 10:00 A.M.] Some quick injury bits to cover from ESPN's Adam Schefter this morning. 

For starters, Schefter reports that San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is unlikely to play against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. He is still recovering from a broken clavicle suffered during the Chargers' preseason opener. 

Schefter has better news for the Carolina Panthers, who should get both Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart on the field Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. 

Smith missed practice time this week with a knee issue, and Stewart has missed most of the last three weeks with a sprained ankle. Stewart will make his 2012 season debut if he's ready to go this afternoon. 

We'll have the early afternoon inactive lists as they become available. 


[SAT 9/15 11:15 A.M.] A bunch of injury news from Friday to get you caught up on. 

Unquestionably the biggest injury report came on Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a concussion. Revis still hasn't gotten the green light from an independent neurologist on participating in contact drills. 

Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney was also ruled out after spraining his ankle in Week 1. 

Other players in danger of missing Sunday: Colts receiver Austin Collie (concussion, questionable), Titans receiver Nate Washington (calf, questionable), Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (clavicle, questionable), Eagles receivers DeSean Jackson (hamstring, questionable) and Jeremy Maclin (hip, questionable), Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot, questionable), Steelers linebacker James Harrison (knee, questionable), Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (questionable), Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee, doubtful) and Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (ankle, doubtful). 

Not all will miss Week 2, but their statues should be monitored as Sunday approaches. 


[THUR 9/13 6:20 P.M.] Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (shin) is active and will start tonight for the Chicago.  

Dane Sanzenbacher, Jeremy Jones, Edwin Williams, Matt Toeaina, Jonathan Scott, Kyle Adams and Nate Collins are the Bears' seven inactives for Thursday night. 

2011 second-round pick Stephen Paea will start at defensive tackle for Toeaina. 


[THUR 9/13 6:05 P.M.] Packers receiver Greg Jennings is inactive tonight vs. the Chicago Bears with a groin injury. Green Bay ruled him out as one of their seven inactives for Thursday night's NFC North clash. 

James Jones will start in his place. 

Other inactives: Jennings, Davon House, James Starks, C.J. Wilson, Sean Richardson, Terrell Manning and Jarrett Boykin. 


[THUR 9/13 12:20 P.M.] Discouraging news coming out Philadelphia Thursday.

Receivers Jeremy Maclin (hip) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) both sat out practice, which puts Maclin on the edge for playing Sunday and Jackson mysteriously onto the injury list. 

Maclin was already iffy for Sunday, but it's likely now that he'll be listed as doubtful. Jackson didn't have a known injury before Wednesday, so the possibility exists that he pulled something in yesterday's practice. 

Either way, it's disheartening news for a receiving core that lacks depth behind the top two receivers. The Eagles play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.


[THUR 9/13 12:10 P.M.] Both the Detroit Lions and New York Giants received positive news regarding their dinged up receivers Thursday. 

The Lions happily welcomed back All-Pro Calvin Johnson, who missed Wednesday's practice with an apparent foot injury. Anwar Richardson of MLive first reported the news. 

The Giants also got Hakeem Nicks (foot) back at practice, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger. Nicks had sat out Wednesday as a precaution. 

Neither receiver appeared destined to miss any time Sunday, but a return to practice today guarantees both will play in Week 2, barring any set back. For Johnson, the "Madden curse" dies for Week 2. 


[WED 9/12 3:25 P.M.] Any worry about the status of Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker were likely put to rest Wednesday. 

According to John Glennon, Locker said after practice today that his injured shoulder felt "great" today and that he did "everything he wanted."

Locker dislocated his left shoulder Sunday while trying to make a tackle against the New England Patriots. 

Barring a set back, Locker will start this Sunday. Matt Hasselbeck would start if there's any set back before then.  


[WED 9/12 3:00 P.M.] Earlier in this thread, we mentioned that Calvin Johnson was held out Lions practice Wednesday. Now we know why. 

According the Lions official site, Johnson was held out with a foot injury. It is not believed to be serious, as Johnson played on it for the entire game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. 

Barring some kind of set back, Johnson should be ready to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. 


[WED 9/12 2:55 P.M.] According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers held out James Harrison (knee), Troy Polamalu (calf) and Jonathan Dwyer (foot) Wednesday. 

Dwyer is the interesting name on this list, as no injury was known following the Steelers' win over the Denver Broncos Sunday night. It's possible Pittsburgh is keeping Dwyer out as a precaution after getting a nice work load in Week 1. 

It's certainly a situation worth monitoring, especially after Dwyer earned himself a bigger role moving forward. Any new injury could put a damper on that momentum he built Sunday.


[WED 9/12 2:40 P.M.] A couple of injury updates for NFL receivers Wednesday afternoon. 

Titans receiver Kenny Britt (knee) and Seahawks receiver Golden Tate (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, while Panthers receiver Steve Smith (knee) was limited and Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) sat out. 

Smith's issue shouldn't be a huge deal, especially considering he practiced today. Garcon left Sunday's win over the Saints and could miss Week 2, although the staff has been optimistic about his quick return. 

Britt and Tate should each have a role in their respective offenses in Week 2, given there are no setbacks during practice this week.


[WED 9/12 1:40 P.M.] After missing more than two weeks with an ankle injury, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart returned to practice Wednesday. 

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reported Stewart's return. 

Considering how poor DeAngelo Williams was in Week 1, the Panthers can't get Stewart back fast enough. Assuming he's healthy throughout the week with no setbacks, expect Stewart to resume a role in the Panthers running and passing game. 



[WED 9/12 1:35 P.M.] Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson missed Wednesday's practice, but head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't disclose why, according to Anwar Richardson of

More than likely, the Lions are just giving Johnson a day off. No known injury would be responsible for an absence. If there's any additional days missing this week for Johnson, then worry. 


[WED 9/12 12:45 P.M.] The Packers official injury report for Week 2 against the Chicago Bears is out. 

Receiver Greg Jennings (groin) and running back James Starks (toe) are listed as doubtful, with starting defensive end C.J. Wilson (groin) questionable. 

Young linebackers Terrell Manning (out, concussion) and Jamari Lattimore (doubtful, hamstring) were also on the list.  

The likely loss of Jennings stings the most, but the Packers have other receiving options. Expect for both James Jones and Randall Cobb—Green Bay leading receivers from Week 1—to have even bigger roles in Thursday night's key NFC North clash. 


[WED 9/12 11:50 A.M.] Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Wednesday that receiver Austin Collie (concussion) will be a full-go when Indianapolis hosts the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. 

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reported the news. 

Pagano also told reporters that linebacker Dwight Freeney is day-to-day after spraining his ankle Sunday.


[WED 9/12 11:45 A.M.] Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is not practicing Wednesday, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger. 

It's likely the Giants are holding out Nicks for precautionary reasons after offseason foot surgery. Monitor his situation as the week progresses. If he misses Friday, Hicks could be in danger of missing the Giants' second week. 


[WED 9/12 11:25 A.M.] Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin is expected to miss Wednesday's practice, according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia. 

Maclin is still battling a hip pointer (or flexor) he suffered during Sunday's win against the Cleveland Browns. He is the only member of the Eagles expected to miss practice Wednesday. 

Considering how many times Maclin has played through injuries, counting him out on a Wednesday doesn't seem like the right idea. He'll have a chance to play.


[WED 9/12 11:10 A.M.] Bears head coach Lovie Smith appears confident that Brian Urlacher (knee) will start and play against the Packers Thursday night, according to the Chicago Tribune

“I think Brian is good to go and everything. I just know that Brian is going to start the game this week," Smith said. He's in good shape." 

Cornerback Charles Tillman (shin) hasn't practiced this week, but Smith also had confidence he could play Thursday. If he can't go, veteran Kelvin Hayden would step into his starting spot.

Considering Packers receiver Greg Jennings (groin) may also miss, losing Tillman wouldn't be a crushing blow. 


[WED 9/12 11:00 A.M.] Darrelle Revis (concussion) is on track to play in the Jets' Week 2 contest. 

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Revis was cleared for physical activity but won't practice Wednesday. Getting cleared is just one step in the concussion protocol, but it's still an encouraging sign for his chances Sunday. 


[WED 9/12 10:55 A.M.] Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey put a 3-8 week timetable on Fred Jackson's knee injury, according to the Bills official site. 

"It’s not going to be three, but I don’t think it’s going to be eight," Gailey said. "But it’s probably somewhere in there in between. Hopefully sooner than later.”

With Jackson out for maybe as long as two months, C.J. Spiller will assume the starting role. He rushed for a Week 1-high 167 yards against the New York Jets. 

[WED 9/12 10:50 A.M.] According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union, Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings is expected to miss Jacksonville's Week 2 contest with the Houston Texans. 

Jennings, who started for the Jaguars in Week 1, injured his knee Sunday in Minnesota. Expect a much bigger role for Maurice Jones-Drew now that Jennings is likely on the shelf in Week 2. 

[WED 9/12 10:45 A.M.] ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote in his Wednesday's mailbag that he's hearing Packers receiver Greg Jennings is "doubtful" for Thursday night's game with the Chicago Bears. 

Jennings hurt his groin Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, and he hasn't practiced since. If he can't go, expect more snaps for James Jones and Randall Cobb against the Bears.


[TUES 9/11 2:30 P.M.] According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette, Packers receiver Greg Jennings missed Tuesday's practice with a groin injury. The Packers didn't have practice Monday, but Jennings would have missed it had it taken place.

Running back James Starks (toe) and fifth-round linebacker Terrell Manning (concussion) also remained out.

Defensive end C.J. Wilson (groin) and cornerback Davon House (shoulder) practiced but were limited.   


[TUES 9/11 10:50 A.M.] Although the Packers did not have an official practice Monday, the team released an injury report as if it did. Among those on the list was receiver Greg Jennings, who left Green Bay's 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers late in the fourth with a groin injury. 

According to the injury report, Jennings was listed as DNP, or "did not practice."

Also on the DNP list were starting defensive end C.J. Wilson, who also battled a groin injury Sunday, and running back James Starks (toe). 

Cornerback Davon House was listed as a limited participant as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury.


[TUES 9/11 10:45 A.M.] The Bears listed three players among those would have missed practice Monday had it taken place. Among those were Brian Urlacher (knee), Charles Tillman (shin) and Kyle Adams (shoulder). 

Left tackle J'Marcus Webb, who played well in his first start of 2012 Sunday, was listed as a limited participant with a thumb injury. At this point, the Bears likely expect the three big names—Urlacher, Tillman and Webb—to be ready to play Thursday night. 


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