NFL Injury Report: The Key Injuries You Need To Know About Heading into Week 2
The worst part of the game of football is the injury sheet.
The NFL has the best collection of talent. Teams and fans (not to mention the injured players themselves) lose out when players fall in the fight to stay in playing condition.
Here are some of the injuries that will dominate the discussion for the next few days going into Week 2.
QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is no stranger to the injury list. That's why so many were scared after he hobbled to the sidelines several times during the Lions Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the hobbling became pretty frequent toward the end of the game, all signs point to Stafford being fine for Week 2.
It appears the pain is little more than cramps.
RB Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers
Not much to see with the knee injury to San Diego Chargers running back Mike Tolbert. While Tolbert was visibly limping, he immediately downplayed the impact.
“Just a part of football,” said Tolbert, to Signonsandiego.com. “Put a little dirt on it and go on.”
Expect Tolbert back in the lineup for Week 2.
QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts' fill-in quarterback Kerry Collins has done little to make anyone forget about the loss of Peyton Manning. While Collins made some pretty solid passes, overall, the Colts' offense was stagnant during their Week 1 blowout loss to the Houston Texans.
It appears that a change in surgery plans will have Manning ready faster than anyone would have expected. Manning will have bone from his hip fused to his vertebrae.
The surgery is expected to be a lot more invasive and painful.
While initial reports had Manning out nearly six months, the new surgery could reduce his recovery time to six to eight weeks.
If the Colts can remain competitive until that point, Manning's return would be much appreciated.
RB Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
It was a mixed day for fantasy owners of St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson. While he did break off a 47-yard touchdown run on his first run of the game, it turned out that run would be his only run of the game.
While the severity of the injury to his quad has yet to be determined (Jackson will undergo an MRI Monday), it looks like it could be a setback for a team primed to take the NFC West.
If Jackson won't be able to play, look for the team to rely on Cadillac Williams. While Williams has a long injury record in his career, he did perform ably, filling in versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
Bradford sustained a nerve injury in his right index finger in the fourth quarter after hitting it on a defender's helmet during an incomplete pass.
Expect Bradford to be back for the Rams Monday night matchup with the New York Giants.
"I don't see any way I'm not going to be on the field, to be honest with you," Bradford said of his availability to BND.com.
WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
The comedy of injuries for the Rams also includes wide receiver Danny Amendola, who dislocated his elbow when he hit the ground awkwardly in the fourth quarter.
While there hasn't been a confirmation on the amount of time Amendola could be out, speculation is his season could be over.
QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton could miss substantial time after he injured his wrist on a tackle from Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor. That may not be the story if you listen to Dalton himself.
Results haven't come back from an MRI scheduled for Sunday night, but Dalton says he expects to play next Sunday.
LB Jon Beason, Carolina Panthers
While the story of the Carolina Panthers' loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday was the impressive debut of quarterback Cam Newton, fans may have reason for concern with the loss of linebacker Jon Beason.
Beason reinjured his left ankle and had to be carted off in the third quarter. While the results of an MRI have not been released, Beason had been limited in practice due to the very same ankle injury.
Given the previous injuries, don't be surprised if Beason misses a little time.
WR Roy Williams, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears wide receiver Roy Williams was dismissive when asked about a groin injury that pulled him from the team's big win over the Atlanta Falcons.
“Get some treatment,” he said to the Chicago-Sun Times, “and see what happens.”
All signs point to Williams being fine for next week.
LB James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers
Even worse than the injury to the Pittsburgh Steelers' pride is the potential loss of linebacker James Harrison.
However, Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin said in the team's postgame press conference that Harrison's injury "doesn't appear to be serious."
Look for Harrison to be fine for Week 2.