Week 2 Injury Report: Breaking Down the AFC East Inactives

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Week 2 Injury Report: Breaking Down the AFC East Inactives
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Game-day actives and inactives can have a huge impact on the games. 

So here's one easy spot to keep track of all the inactives around the AFC East, accompanied with my thoughts on how they could impact the game.

 

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New England Patriots

RB Shane Vereen
WR Greg Salas
CB Alfonzo Dennard
TE Daniel Fells
DE Jake Bequette
DE Justin Francis
DT Marcus Forston

What It Means: Nothing changes here, except offensive lineman Nick McDonald comes off the list and wide receiver Greg Salas is put on it.

Shane Vereen continues to miss time due to injury, and this marks his 13th regular-season game as an inactive out of a possible 18 games thus far in his career. 

 

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Arizona Cardinals

QB John Skelton
WR LaRon Byrd 
RB William Powell
LB Jamaal Westerman
G Senio Kelemete
T Pat McQuistan
TE Jim Dray

What It Means: Kevin Kolb is starting, but we've known that for some time. 

Linebacker Jamaal Westerman is a familiar name for Patriots fans, who remember him from his days with the New York Jets. Westerman played primarily on special teams, but he had a sack of quarterback Tom Brady in the first Pats-Jets showdown last year.

 

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Buffalo Bills

QB Tarvaris Jackson
RB Fred Jackson
DB Delano Howell
DE Kyle Moore
LB Kirk Morrison
OL Sam Young
OL Collin Brown 

What It Means: The Bills got a big game out of running back C.J. Spiller against the Jets last week, but Fred Jackson's value to the offense is underrated with his awareness in blitz pickup.  

Not listed is wide receiver David Nelson, who the Bills will be without for the season. I wrote about these losses earlier in the week, but to recap, Spiller will obviously have a much larger role, as well as wide receiver T.J. Graham, who was a notable inactive last week and is absent from the absent list this week.

 

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Kansas City Chiefs

QB Ricky Stanzi
WR Devon Wylie
S Kendrick Lewis
RB Cyrus Gray
TE Steve Maneri
DL Allen Bailey
NT Anthony Toribio

What It Means: Both cornerback Brandon Flowers and linebacker Tamba Hali are active after missing last week's 40-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The offense was not a problem for the Chiefs in that game; it was the defense's inability to make stops.

The Bills are getting a Chiefs defense at full strength this week.

 

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Miami Dolphins

RB Daniel Thomas
DL Tony McDaniel
WR Anthony Armstrong
TE Michael Egnew
QB Pat Devlin
TE Will Yeatman
LB Ray Feinga

What It Means: Egnew remains a disappointment, and it appears he will be inactive until he has fully proven to the coaching staff that he's ready to go for game day. 

Daniel Thomas suffered a concussion in their Week 1 loss to the Texans and has yet to be fully cleared for contact. 

 

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Oakland Raiders

QB Terrelle Pryor
LS Nick Guess
OG Tony Bergstrom
OT Joe Barksdale
OG Lucas Nix
WR Juron Criner
DE Jack Crawford

What It Means: Most notable is the name not on the list: long snapper Jon Condo. The Raiders lost their long snapper in the process of losing 23-6 to the Chargers on Monday Night Football, but six days were long enough for him to pass the necessary concussion tests.

The Raiders have another injury, though, to their entire roster: They'll be wearing all-black in the sweltering 84-degree heat in Miami.

 

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New York Jets

TE Dustin Keller
CB Darrelle Revis
LB Bryan Thomas
T Dennis Landolt
QB Greg McElroy
G Caleb Schlauderaff
DT Damon Harrison

What It Means: We knew Revis and Keller were going to be inactive as of this past Thursday, but what we don't know is how their losses will impact the game. The Steelers will likely attack cornerback Ellis Lankster and wait to see if he can step up to the challenge in man coverage on either wide receiver Antonio Brown or Emmanuel Sanders.

 

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Pittsburgh Steelers

LB Stevenson Sylvester
S Troy Polamalu
QB Charlie Batch
RB Rashard Mendenhall
LB James Harrison
NT Alameda Ta'amu
G/T Kelvin Beachum

What It Means: The speculation has come to an end, and Polamalu and Harrison will both miss the game, as will Mendenhall. These absences may help even the playing field a bit for the Jets, who may not have to worry as much about an aggressive Steelers defense.

 

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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