NFL Injuries: Players Who Will Benefit Most from Injured Teammates

Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 15, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 11:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates following a touchdown during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at EverBank Field on December 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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One person's loss is another's gain.

Injuries happen in football every week, but the show must go on. Some players can't handle the work load, while others thrive with the opportunity.

Here are three players who will benefit most from injured teammates in Week 2:

Note: Injuries are via CBSSports.


Maurice Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew was supposed to be eased into the fray because of his holdout situation. Well, after Week 1, it appears that he is going to get a hefty workload earlier than expected.

Rashad Jennings injured his knee in Week 1 and will be out Week 2 versus Houston.

For at least the first couple games of the season, Jennings and Jones-Drew were expected to share carries. Now that Jennings is out for Week 2, Jones-Drew will be back to top form against a team he is very well aware of in the AFC South division.

Jones-Drew has scored six touchdowns in the past five games against Houston. Maybe in some sneaky way, Jennings' injury for this game might help Jacksonville when it's all said and done.

Prediction: Jones-Drew totals 100 yards and two touchdowns. 


C.J. Spiller

No Fred Jackson means C.J. Spiller will receive the majority of the carries, just like he did in Week 1 against the New York Jets. Spiller racked up 169 yards on 14 carries. Expect his carries to increase and his overall usage to increase Sunday against Kansas City in the home opener.

Kansas City gave up 132 yards rushing per game on the ground last season. Spiller and the Bills will have their chances to put up points in a perennial shootout Sunday afternoon.

Prediction: Spiller grabs 130 total yards and a touchdown. 


Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman

Both Steelers running backs will both benefit from Rashard Mendenhall, who is listed as doubtful. Redman and Dwyer combined for 20 carries and 63 yards against Denver in Week 1.

Under Todd Haley, the Steelers actually showed something of a running game, despite it not being too effective. At least they proved that they are willing to run the ball.

With Troy Polamalu and James Harrison out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense will want to run the football to keep the Steelers defense off the field.

Dwyer and Redman will receive carries, especially down by the goal line, because both are bruising running backs who are capable of carrying defenders after the initial contact.

Prediction: Dwyer and Redman combine for 120 yards and two touchdowns.