Week 1 of the 2014 NFL regular season is finally upon us, and it’s time to decipher the latest injury reports and find out the status for the biggest names in football.
With top stars like Rob Gronkowski, Cam Newton and Bernard Pierce all dealing with injuries as the season begins, fantasy owners and football fans alike are looking for the status of their favorite players.
Here is the latest news, status updates and team-by-team inactives for the opening week of the season.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Gronkowski is one of the most talented offensive tight ends in the NFL, but he is coming off yet another serious knee injury. After missing all of the preseason, Gronk told Phil Perry of CSNNE.com and Doug Kyed of NESN.com about his Week 1 status:
Gronkowski says he's playing Sunday. "It's gonna be an honor to be back out there with my teammates." pic.twitter.com/5E6INBnuz9— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 1, 2014
Gronk says he doesn't expect to play every snap. "Getting my feet wet."— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) September 1, 2014
Gronkowski was limited in practice on Wednesday, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald:
Pats practice report: Buchanan (ankle), Gronk (knee), Chris Jones (ankle), Siliga (hand) all limited.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 3, 2014
New England will be looking to acclimate their star tight end back into game shape, so fantasy owners and Patriots fans should ease their expectations. When Gronkowski plays Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, his snaps will be limited.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Derek Anderson will start at quarterback in place of Cam Newton today. #CARvsTB— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 7, 2014
Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
With Ray Rice suspended, the Baltimore Ravens have been forced to lean heavily on backup running back Bernard Pierce, but he suffered a concussion during preseason action. According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and Clifton Brown of Comcast SportsNet, he has already returned to practice and should play in Week 1:
Bernard Pierce also returned to practice— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 30, 2014
Peirce is active. This is great news for fantasy owners and Ravens fans. Pierce will be a major contributor on the ground against the Cincinnati Bengals and likely will be a top target for QB Joe Flacco in the shot-yardage passing situations.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
After being selected fourth overall in the NFL draft, Watkins injured his ribs twice during the preseason, but he was listed as probable for Week 1 against the Chicago Bears. He is active.
According to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com and Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, he returned to practice this week and was a full participant:
Sammy Watkins participating in practice. LB Randell Johnson working on side. TE Lee Smith not on hand (toe). #Bills— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) September 1, 2014
Sammy Watkins was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 3, 2014
Watkins has the talent to be a top receiver in the league, but his quarterback E.J. Manuel has shown inconsistency with the deep pass. While the talent may be there, it will take time for Watkins to showcase his skill at the NFL level.
Full Inactive List
San Diego at Arizona
Chargers: S Jahleel Addae, DT Ryan Carrenthers, CB Chris Davis, WR Dontrelle Inman, DT Ricardo Mathews, RB Branden Oliver, LB Tourek Williams
Cardinals: QB Logan Thomas, S Tyrann Mathieu, LB Glenn Carson, LB Alex Okafor, G Earl Watford, TE Darren Fells, DE Kareem Martin
NY Giants at Detroit
Giants: WR Odell Beckham Jr., T James Brewer, DT Jay Bromley, T Charles Brown, DT Markus Kuhn, OL Adam Snyder, DE Kerry Wynn.
Lions: WR Ryan Broyles, S Don Carey, S James Ihedigbo, T Cornelius Lucas, QB Kellen Moore, WR Kevin Ogletree, DE Larry Webster.
Indianapolis at Denver
Colts: WR Da’Rick Rogers RB Zurlon Tipton S Sergio Brown LB Henoc Muamba C Khaled Holmes OT Joe Reitz DL Montori Hughes.
Broncos: G Ben Garland, RB Ronnie Hillman, WR Nathan Palmer, T Michael Schofield, LB Danny Trevathan, DT Mitch Unrein, CB Kayvon Webster.
Carolina at Tampa Bay
Panthers: QB Cam Newton, WR Brenton Bersin, S Tre Boston, C David Foucaults, G Andrew Norwell, TE Brandon Williams, DE Kony Ealy.
Buccaneers: CB Rashaan Melvin, S Bradley McDougald, T Kevin Pamphile, G Rishaw Johnson, T Kadeem Edwards, DE Da'Quan Bowers, DE William Gholston.
San Francisco at Dallas
49ers: QB Josh Johnson, WR Quinton Patton, CB Chris Cook, DL Tank Carradine, DL Quinton Dial, T Anthony Davis, G Marcus Martin
Cowboys: Dustin Vaughan, Korey Toomer, Jack Crawford, Donald Hawkins, Darrion Weems, Anthony Spencer, Terrell McClain.
New Orleans at Atlanta
Saints: WR Kenny Stills, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, S Marcus Bell, FB Erik Loring, G Senior Kelemete, WR Nick Toon, NT John Jenkins.
Atlanta: QB Sean Renfree, CB Javier Arenas, LB Nate Stupar, LB Tyler Starr, C James Stone, T Ryan Schraeder, DT Corey Peters.
Minnesota at St. Louis
Rams: OL Barrett Jones, CB Trumaine Johnson, QB Case Keenum, RB Tre Mason, S Maurice Alexander, TE Alex Bayer, DL Ethan Westbrooks.
Vikings: QB Christian Ponder, CB Shaun Prater, FB Zach Line, LB Michael Mauti, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey, TE MarQueis Gray.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Browns: CBs Pierre Desir, Robert Nelson, LB Eric Martin, OL Paul McQuistan, DL Desmond Bryant, DL John Hughes, RB Glenn Winston.
Steelers: WR Lance Moore, WR Martavis Bryant, NT Daniel McCullers, CB Brice McCain, QB Landry Jones, G Chris Hubbard, OT Wesley Johnson.
Jacksonville at Philadelphia
Jaguars: OT Josh Wells, WR Cecil Shorts III, TE Clay Harbor, DE Chris Smith, OL Tyler Shatley, OL Austin Pasztor, RB Storm Johnson.
Philadelphia: QB Matt Barkley, RB Chris Polk, WR Josh Huff, CB Jaylen Watkins, OL Matt Tobin, OL Dennis Kelly, DE Taylor Hart.
Oakland at NY Jets
Raiders: WR Brice Butler, QB Matt McGlojn, CB Chimdi Chekwa, LB Nick Roach, G Tony Bergstrom, T Matt McCants, DE Shelby Harris.
Jets: DB Josh Bush, OG Dakota Dozier, LB Ikemefuna Enemkpali, T Ben Ijalana, DB Leon McFadden, DB Dee Milliner, WR Walter Powell.
Cincinnati at Baltimore
Bengals: RB Rex Burkhead, WR Marvin Jones, WR James Wright, G T.J. Johnson, LB Sean Porter, DE Will Clarke, CB Darqueze Dennard.
Ravens: CB Lardarius Webb, WR Michael Campanaro, ILB Arthur Brown, G John Urschel, OT Jah Reid, WR D.Thompson, FB Toussaint.
Buffalo at Chicago
Bills: LB Stephon Gilmore, RB Bryce Brown, S Jonathan Meeks, DE Jacquies Smith, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, TE Lee Smith
Bears: QB David Fales, CB Kelvin Hayden, FB Tony Fiammetta, LB Khaseem Greene, OL Charles Leno Jr., DE David Bass, DE Cornelius Washington
Washington at Houston
Redskins: WR Santana Moss, QB Colt McCoy, CB Tracy Porter, LB Akeem Jordan, G Spencer Long, DE Frank Kearse, T Morgan Moses.
Texans: QB Tom Savage, WR DeVier Posey, FS Shiloh Keo, OT Jeff Adams, TE Jeff Adams, TE Garrett Graham, OLB Jason Ankrah, NT Louis Nix III.
Tennessee at Kansas City
Titans: QB Zach Mettenberger, WR T.J. Graham, WR Kris Durham, LB Akeem Ayers, OL Byron Stingily, DL Mike Martin, DL DaQuan Jones.
Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, RB De'Anthony Thomas, S Kurt Coleman, CB Marcus Cooper, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, DE Damion Square.
New England at Miami
Patriots: LB Darius Fleming, OL Bryan Stark, WR Aaron Dobson, DL Chris Jones, RB James White, OL Josh Kline, DE Michael Buchanan.
Dolphins: C Mike Pouncey, LB Phillip Wheeler, LB Jordan Tripp, DT Bruce Gaston, OT Jason Fox, G Billy Turner, DE Terrence Fede.
Thursday Night Football
Packers: QB Scott Tolzien, CB Demetri Goodson, LB Carl Bradford, DT Mike Pennel, WR Jeff Janis, TE Brandon Bostick, LB Jayrone Elliott.
Seahawks: RB Christine Michael, TE Cooper Helfet, CB Tharold Simon, OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis, WR Kevin Norwood, WR Phil Bates.
*Stats via NFL.com.