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NFL Week 2: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2017

NFL Week 2: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

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    The NFL is home to some of the most explosive athletes on the planet, which is why fans are treated to jaw-dropping highlights every single week. 

    Unfortunately, injuries are also part of the game we love. 

    As these elite athletes fly around on the gridiron, they propel their bodies toward one another at high speeds, creating cataclysmic impacts that human bodies sometimes just can't handle. 

    With that in mind, here's a look at the marquee players who suffered injuries in Week 2.  

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Dre Kirkpatrick can't catch a break. Injuries robbed him of much of his rookie campaign, and now the Cincinnati Bengals confirmed the cornerback suffered a strained hamstring and wouldn't return against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Dre Kirkpatrick has a strained hamstring and is out. #PITvsCIN

    — Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 17, 2013

    Kirkpatrick recorded a tackle before he was forced to exit the game.

Michael Johnson, DE, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Michael Johnson sustained a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. He was going to get evaluated, and his return to the game was listed as questionable (h/t Cincinnati Bengals).

    Michael Johnson has gone in for evaluation of possible concussion. His return is questionable. #PITvsCIN

    — Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 17, 2013

    Prior to exiting the game, Johnson recorded one tackle and a pass deflection.

Robert Geathers, DE, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Robert Geathers was knocked out of the Cincinnati Bengals' Week 2 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to NFL.com's Around the league, the defensive end suffered an elbow injury.

    Bengals DE Robert Geathers is out for the rest of the game with an elbow injury.

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 17, 2013

    That's all that is known about the injury, so there's no telling how badly Geathers might be affected.

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

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    Vernon Davis left Sunday Night Football in the fourth quarter according to NBC sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya:

    TAFOYA: SF TE Vernon Davis is ruled out for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury

    — SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 16, 2013

Eric Reid, S, San Francisco 49ers

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    A collision sent San Francisco 49ers' rookie starting free safety Eric Reid to the turf in the second quarter of their Sunday night showdown against the Seattle Seahawks. And he stayed down.

     

    UPDATE: by David Daniels at 11:30 ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    Comcast SportsNet's Matt Maiocco reported that Reid has been diagnosed by 49ers trainers with a head injury.

    Craig Dahl is the 49ers' safety. Eric Reid is out with a concussion.

    — Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 16, 2013

    Dahl started 16 games on the St. Louis Rams last season.

    ---End of Update--- 

     

    The USA Today's Lindsay Jones tweeted updates about the huge hit.

    49ers safety Eric Reid is still on his back on the turf, surrnounded by docs and Jim Harbaugh.

    — Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) September 16, 2013

    Eric Reid is sitting up now, so that's good.

    — Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) September 16, 2013

    Reid recorded an interception against the Green Bay Packers last week in his first career start.

Russell Okung, OT, Seattle Seahawks

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    Russell Wilson better have his head on a swivel. An injury forced his blindside protector, starting Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung, to the locker room according to NBC Sports' Michele Tafoya. 

    TAFOYA: Okung going back for x-rays on his left foot. His return is questionable at this time.

    — SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 16, 2013

    The injury forced rookie undrafted free agent Alvin Bailey isn't the starting lineup.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 8:36 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    Okung suffered a partial tear of his plantar plate against the 49ers, as noted by Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, who added information to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter: 

    Seahawks LT Russell Okung has a tear of a toe ligament, as @AdamSchefter noted. Source says it's a partial tear of the plantar plate.

    — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by David Daniels at 12:24 AM ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    Okung has been ruled out for the rest of the game according to Tafoya:

    TAFOYA: Russell Okung officially ruled out for the rest of the game with the foot injury

    — SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 16, 2013

Ian Williams, NT, San Francisco 49ers

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    The San Francisco 49ers let nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga walk via free agency this past spring, thanks to the emergence of third-year nose tackle Ian Williams out of Notre Dame.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:29 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    The 49ers lost Williams for the season. He's undergoing surgery on his broken ankle on Monday, as noted by Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group:

    #49ers Ian Williams (broken left ankle) having surgery today and out for the year, Jim Harbaugh says.

    — Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by David Daniels at 10:50 ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    San Francisco will be without the anchor of its defense for longer than a game.

    Comcast SportsNet's Matt Maiocco reported that Williams' leg injury turned out to be a broken foot. A source also told Comcast SportsNet that the nose tackle will be out "a while."

    The 49ers' defense has had success on Sunday night without him, allowing just a field goal up until the two minute warning of the first half.

     

    UPDATE: by David Daniels at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    San Francisco will be without the anchor of its defense for the remainder of its prime time showdown. Its official Twitter account reported that Williams will not return.

    Ian Williams is OUT with a leg injury. #SFvsSEA

    — San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 16, 2013

    ---End of Update---
     

    Before the first quarter was in the books in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, however, Williams was injured after getting cut by an offensive lineman on a running play. He limped off the field, as noted by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:

    Ian Williams is being helped off the field, favoring his left lower leg.

    — Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 16, 2013

    In his stead, veteran Glenn Dorsey came into the game, and it appears the depth of San Francisco's defensive line will be tested early this year. 

Duke Ihenacho, S, Denver Broncos

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    Denver Broncos starting safety Duke Ihenacho surprised many with a monster showing in Week 1 to help spur the blowout win against the Baltimore Ravens.

    He was playing well once again in Week 2 before getting carted out of the game with an ankle injury, as noted by Lindsay Jones of USA Today Sports:

    Missed this earlier: Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho carted off with ankle injury.

    — Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) September 15, 2013

    The Broncos were already thin on defense before Ihenacho's injury. If he's out for any length of time, then it'll put more pressure on Payton Manning and his offense to continue putting points up in bunches to overcome a suspect secondary on defense. 

Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions

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    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush was banged up on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals—the second week in a row he's been injured. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:32 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    Bush received good news on Monday when an MRI showed no structural damage to his left knee, as noted by Pro Football Talk: 

    Per league source, MRI shows no structural damage to Reggie Bush's knee.

    — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 7:48 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    Bush will undergo "a battery of tests...including an MRI" Monday on his banged up left knee, as noted by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:

    Jim Schwartz said Reggie Bush will undergo a battery of tests tomorrow including an MRI

    — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    After injuring his knee in the second quarter, Bush attempted to come back into the game, but his knee didn't hold up. As noted by Dave Birket of the Detroit Free Press, Bush was seen on the sidelines without his helmet anywhere near him. Birkett later tweeted that Bush looked to be done for the day:

    Reggie Bush does not have his helmet on or in his hands on the sideline.

    — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 15, 2013

    Both Bush and Patrick Edwards appear done for the day for the #Lions.

    — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

    He went down in the second quarter, holding his knee, as noted by ESPN.com's Matthew Berry:

    Oh boy... Reggie Bush down on the field, holding his knee...

    — Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) September 15, 2013

    SI.com's Chris Burke noted he was questionable to return with a brace on his knee, and Tim Twentyman of the Lions noted that the running back had his helmet on and looked ready to return to action:

    Reggie Bush with a brace on his knee now, per FOX .Questionable to return.

    — Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) September 15, 2013

    Reggie Bush has his helmet and looks like he'll go back into the game. #DETvsAZ

    — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 15, 2013

    As we saw from Bush in Week 1, his ability to make game-changing plays as a runner and a receiver puts stress on opposing defenses. With Calvin Johnson occupying two and sometimes three defenders deep, Bush can gash defenses underneath. 

     

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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    Larry Fitzgerald was rehabbing a sore hamstring all week long leading up to the Week 2 contest between the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 8:01 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    After leaving the game early with a sore hamstring in Week 2, Fitzgerald assured reporters that he'd play in Week 3, as noted by Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com:

    Fitz: "No question" he will play next week. Said he just couldn't finish today. Asked if he was 80 percent coming in, said he wished he was

    — Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

    He labored on the field and managed to catch just two passes for 33 yards before going out of the game. As noted by NFL: AroundTheLeague, he left the game after struggling to run with his injury:

    Larry Fitzgerald out of the game for Cardinals. Was struggling to run with that hamstring injury.

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 15, 2013

    Fitzgerald is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL and the Cardinals need him on the field, so it's imperative that he get healthy soon. Even if it means sitting him out a week or two, it might be time for shelve him until he's 100-percent healthy. 

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    After missing the entire 2012 season with a foot injury, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew hoped to rebound with a huge season in 2013.

    But the former league-leading rusher from 2011 exited the game in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders with an ankle injury and is questionable to return, as noted by Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:

    Jones-Drew now questionable to return with ankle sprain

    — Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 15, 2013

    With him or without him, the Jaguars are struggling to move the ball on offense this year, but there's no doubt the team is better of with him in the lineup. 

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

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    Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 76 yards in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans to help the Houston Texans win in overtime.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 1:12 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    After being evaluated for a concussion on Sunday, the Texans expect Johnson to be in the lineup in Week 3 when the team travels to Baltimore, as noted by the Houston Chronicle

     

    ---End of Update---

    After the game, Johnson was unavailable for interviews because he was being evaluated for a concussion due to a hit from Bernard Pollard, as noted by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:

    Andre Johnson wasn't able to do interviews cause of concussion protocol after hit by Bernard Pollard that knocked him out of game.

    — John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 15, 2013

    Through two games, the veteran has caught 20 passes for 222 yards, helping Houston open the season with two wins. Needless to say, losing him for any amount of time would be challenging for Matt Schaub and the Texans. 

Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers

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    The scariest moment of Week 2 occurred when Malcom Floyd was struck in the head by DeMeco Ryans..

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:38 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    Floyd was able to fly home with the team on Sunday, but he's still out indefinitely, as noted by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. He's seeking a second opinion on his neck, which will be protected by a brace for at least a week: 

    #Chargers WR Malcom Floyd, who was carted off, getting a 2nd opinion. But out indefinitely, source says. In a neck brace for at least a week

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:09 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    After the Chargers defeated the Eagles, head coach Mike McCoy was happy to report that Floyd was "doing fine," as noted by Michael Gehlken of the Union-Times:

    Mike McCoy says Malcom Floyd is "doing fine." Tests have checked out. "It was great for the organization to get a win for Malcom."

    — Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) September 15, 2013

     

    This is terrific news, as Floyd was carted off the field after his scary-looking collision with Ryans. 

    ---End of Update---

    The blow appeared to twist Floyd's neck at an awkward angle, and he was laid out on the ground for a long time while being treated by team doctors, as noted by Eagles Insider: 

    DeMeco Ryans just leveled Malcom Floyd on first play of second half. Doctors attending to Floyd on field.

    — Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) September 15, 2013

    Floyd was eventually carted off the field, as noted by Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead, as players from both teams gathered around him in prayer for his safety:

    Malcolm Floyd Taken Off the Field on a Stretcher Following Scary Collision With Eagles' DeMeco Ryans http://t.co/Tg4pvVi54S via @thebiglead

    — Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) September 15, 2013

    Floyd was on fire before getting injured, too. He had caught five passes for 102 yards on the day against the Philadelphia Eagles.  

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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    The Indianapolis Colts signed Darrius Heyward-Bey this offseason to add more speed to the receiving corps. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:35 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    MRI results on Heyward-Bey's shoulder came back negative on Monday, and head coach Chuck Pagano expects him to return to practice no later than Thursday, as noted by Tom James of the Tribune-Star:

    Pagano: MRI on DHB was negative. Should be back in practice Wednesday or Thursday.

    — Tom James (@TribStarTJames) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    Though it was first reported that Heyward-Bey had injured his ribs, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that he actually injured his shoulder, as noted by Phillip B. Wilson, who also noted the receiver has an MRI scheduled:

    #Colts coach says DHB came down hard on shoulder. MRI scheduled.

    — Phillip B Wilson (@pwilson24) September 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

    The former first-round pick injured his ribs during the team's Week 2 contest against the Miami Dolphins, however, as noted by Tom James of the Tribune-Star:

    Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey out with a rib injury. Return is questionable.

    — Tom James (@TribStarTJames) September 15, 2013

    With tight end Dwayne Allen struggling with his own injury, this puts more pressure on second-year players Coby Fleener and T.Y. Hilton to step up and perform. Given Andrew Luck's abilities as a passer, however, this team should be fine for the time being on offense. 

Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns

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    The Cleveland Browns drafted quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round last year, and he won the starting job over Jason Campbell this summer for the chance to run Norv Turner's offense.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:42 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    Weeden will undergo an MRI to ascertain what may be wrong with his thumb, as noted by Chris Mortensen of ESPN:

    Browns QB Brandon Weeden is getting an MRI on thumb, per sources

    — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:14 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

    After suffering a thumb injury in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, Weeden told reporters that it was too early to tell if he'd be able to play in Week 3, as noted by Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer:

    #Browns Weeden (sprained thumb) said it's too early to tell if he'll be back for next week's game in Minnesota.

    — Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

    But with the game on the line in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, Weeden was replaced by Campbell after he suffered an injury to his thumb, as noted by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:

    Brandon Weeden (thumb) off for medical attention and Jason Campbell enters needing 99yds to try to tie the game. Wally Pipp, anyone?

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 15, 2013

    Campbell is a seasoned veteran who has started 71 career games. He's more than capable of running things until Weeden returns, whenever that may be. 

Tyvon Branch, S, Oakland Raiders

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    The Oakland Raiders feature one of the thinnest rosters in the NFL in terms of talent/depth, so losing a skilled starter like Tyvon Branch will be difficult to overcome. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 1:01 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 14

    Bad news for the Raiders and Branch. As noted by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Branch suffered a "significant" injury thought to be a fractured fibula and is out indefinitely:

    Oakland S Tyvon Branch suffered what Raiders say is "significant" injury thought to be fractured fibula that will sideline him indefinitely.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

    Branch left the game with a leg injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as noted by Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times:

    SS Tyvon Branch is out for the rest of today's game after he suffered a leg injury in the first quarter. #Raiders

    — Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) September 15, 2013

    This puts even more pressure on the youngsters up front to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and to stuff the run, as Branch is one of Oakland's top defensive backs and one of its most talented players. 

Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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    The Baltimore Ravens cannot afford another injury to a skill-position player on offense this year after losing Dennis Pitta.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4:45 p.m. ET

    After leaving the game against the Cleveland Browns, Ray Rice and the Ravens received a bit of good news. As noted by Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Rice suffered a hip flexor strain, but he's not scheduled for an MRI, which is a good sign:

    Chykie brown has a knee strain. Ray Rice has hip flexor strain. Not scheduled for MRI at this point.

    — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

    Unfortunately, Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice was forced out of the game against the Cleveland Browns with a hip injury, as noted by the Ravens. It was reportedly a non-contact injury, as noted by Bleacher Report's Will Carroll:

    Ray Rice is up and limps off to the sideline, surrounded by doctors. He's headed to the locker room.

    — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 15, 2013

    Ray Rice out. Hip injury. Did not see the play. Told non contact and "stuffed" it.

    — Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) September 15, 2013

    Losing Rice for any amount of time could be catastrophic to a team that is already struggling to move the ball effectively on offense. Bernard Pierce will start in his stead, and though he's a phenomenal runner, he isn't as dynamic catching passes out of the backfield. 

Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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    The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran running back Steven Jackson this offseason to give them a potent rushing attack.

    Unfortunately, he exited Sunday's contest against the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter with a leg injury, as noted by the Falcons on Twitter:

    INJURY UPDATE: Falcons RB Steven Jackson has a thigh injury incurred midway through 1st Qtr. His return is questionable. #STLvsATL

    — Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) September 15, 2013

    Without Jackson in the lineup, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will be counted on to provide balance in the running game. But neither of them is as accomplished an inside runner as Jackson, which means the Falcons will likely rely more on the passing game. 

Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Atlanta Falcons

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    The Falcons suffered a rash of minor injuries on Sunday.

    Sean Weatherspoon was one of the starters who got banged up during the game against the St. Louis Rams. He suffered a "foot strain," as noted by Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, and will undergo more tests on Monday:

    ...LB Sean Weatherspoon's injury was preliminarily labeled a "foot sprain" that wasn't believed to be serious. More tests were coming today.

    — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 16, 2013

    Weatherspoon is one of the best defenders on Atlanta's roster. Losing him for any amount of time would be a challenging prospect. 

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

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    Rookie running back Eddie Lacy got off to a nice start for the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, taking his first carry 10 yards for a first down. 

    But his first carry was unfortunately his last of the day, as Lacy suffered a concussion and was ruled out for the game, as noted by the Packers on Twitter:

    #Packers RB Eddie Lacy out for the game with a concussion. #WASvsGB

    — Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 15, 2013

    If Lacy misses more time, the Packers will lean heavily on veteran James Starks, who has been a reliable third-down back throughout his career. 

Asante Samuel, CB, Atlanta Falcons

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    After missing the opening game with a thigh injury, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel didn't make it out of the first half in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 12:57 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    Samuel and the Falcons got good news on Monday, as noted by Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, who reported the cornerback merely "tweaked" his quad on Sunday and left the game for precautionary reasons:

    Slight update on 2 Falcons injuries: CB Asante Samuel "tweaked" his quad and left more as a precaution than anything, per source and...

    — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

    As noted by the Falcons on Twitter, Samuel exited the game after re-aggravating his injury and was listed as questionable to return:

    INJURY UPDATE: Falcons CB Asante Samuel just left game with a thigh injury. His return is questionable. #STLvsATL

    — Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) September 15, 2013

     

Brandon Meriweather, S, Washington Redskins

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    After knocking Eddie Lacy out of the game, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather also was injured.

    Meriweather was hurt after helmet-to-helmet contact with Green Bay Packers running back James Starks, as noted by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and the Redskins confirmed that he's out of the game:

    Brandon Merriweather injured after helmet to helmet contact with James Starks.

    — Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) September 15, 2013

    #Redskins S @BMeriweather31 has been ruled OUT. HC Mike Shanahan will give further update after game. #HTTR

    — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) September 15, 2013

    Washington's secondary was already in deep trouble before Meriweather's departure. It was a point of weakness in last year's squad, and his absence puts more pressure on the front seven to generate sacks and quarterback hurries. 

Donald Thomas, OG, Indianapolis Colts

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    The Indianapolis Colts signed offensive guard Donald Thomas as a free agent this spring to start at left guard. The team desperately needed an upgrade at the position, and Thomas was looking decent to start the season. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 1:08 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    Thomas will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his torn quad muscle, as noted by IndyStar.com:

    "Thomas, who signed a four-year, $14 million free-agent contract in March, tore the quadriceps tendon in his right leg in the first quarter. He’ll undergo season-ending surgery."

     

    ---End of Update---

    Unfortunately, Thomas was carted off the field early in the team's game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2, and Pro Football Talk reported he has a torn quad muscle:

    Colts OL Donald Thomas has torn quad muscle, per league source.

    — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 15, 2013

    This is an injury that will likely keep him out the rest of the season, which means the Colts need to get creative the rest of the way in 2013 in order to keep quarterback Andrew Luck from getting pressured up the middle. 

Branden Albert, OT, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Branden Albert is an outstanding offensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he's struggling with a shoulder injury in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:44 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16

    Head coach Andy Reid told reporters that Albert has a shoulder sprain but is expected to play on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, as noted by Adam Teicher of ESPN:

    Reid said Branden Albert has AC sprain in shoulder but should be OK to play vs. Eagles

    — Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) September 16, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    As noted by Reid Ferrin of KCChiefs.com, Albert left the game for a while with his injury before returning to the field of play:

    #Chiefs T Branden Albert (left shoulder) is out, his return is questionable. #DALvsKC

    — Reid Ferrin (@KCChiefs_Reid) September 15, 2013

    Branden Albert is back in the game. #DALvsKC

    — Reid Ferrin (@KCChiefs_Reid) September 15, 2013

    The Chiefs need Albert to stay healthy this year to ensure quarterback Alex Smith stays upright. Losing him would likely force rookie tackle Eric Fisher to the left side. 

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