NFL Injury Report Week 3: Team-by-Team Updates, Inactive List and More

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots attempts to run through a tackle after catching a pass against the Indianapolis Colts during the game on November 18, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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It's only mid-September, but already key injuries have begun to play a major role in how the standings are shaping up.

While the NFL has placed a greater emphasis on player safety in recent years, you wouldn't know it by glancing at the weekly injury reports and inactive lists. A slew of big hits in Week 2 sidelined a handful of notable players, including Andre Johnson, Eddie Lacy and Brandon Meriweather.

On top of those stars who have been banged up in the early goings, there's a handful of big names who are hoping to make their 2013 debuts any day now.

Below we'll check up on the status of some notable banged-up players and get you set for Week 3 with a complete list of inactives.

Andre Johnson, Houston Texans, WR

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans works out on the field before the start of the game against the Tennessee Titans  at Reliant Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Status: Active

Houston Texans superstar wideout Andre Johnson hadn't practiced much this week after suffering a concussion in Week 2's overtime win over the Tennessee Titans. But according to ESPN's Tania Ganguli, Johnson is "on course to play" this weekend.

Johnson was hit hard by Titans safety Bernard Pollard in the fourth quarter in Week 2. Though it won't aid Johnson's recovery, Pollard has since been fined $42,000 for the hit, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport on Twitter:

Johnson appears likely to suit up for Sunday's showdown in Baltimore. That's great news for the Texans' offense, obviously.

The 32-year-old has yet to catch a touchdown pass this season, but has been targeted 29 times through the first two weeks, reeling in 20 balls for 222 yards. 

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots, TE

Status: Out

Don't expect to see Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who underwent offseason surgeries on his back and forearm, in pads against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to The Boston Globe's Michael Whitmer, the Patriots are "leaning toward keeping Gronkowski out of Sunday's game."

According to a league source via Whitmer, Gronkowski is healthy enough to participate, but the coaching staff wants to give him more practice time before putting him in a game where the intensity is much higher.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.New England won 52-28.  (Photo by Rick
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Although the struggling Pats offense could definitely use Gronkowski, at 2-0, New England isn't under a ton of pressure to rush him back to the field.

Whitmer adds that Gronkowski has been listed as questionable in each of the past two weeks despite limited participation in practice during the week. Although he could be back any week now, it doesn't appear as if we'll see Gronkowski catching passes from Tom Brady in Week 3.

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers, RB

Status: Out

After suffering a concussion early on in Week 2's win over the Washington Redskins, Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy's status remains uncertain for Sunday's Week 3 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne.

According to Dunne, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy has announced that James Starks will get the start at running back this weekend, but hasn't yet ruled out Lacy.

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers rushes the ball and is hit by Reed Doughty #37 of the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Redskins 38-20. (Pho
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Lacy has carried the ball just 15 times for Green Bay this season, averaging 3.4 yards per carry with one touchdown. If Lacy doesn't see the field at all in Cincinnati, Green Bay fans can feel somewhat confident with Starks in the backfield.

The veteran started for the Packers during their Super Bowl run in 2010 and rushed for 132 yards and a score on 20 carries against Washington in Week 2.

Ed Reed, Houston Texans, S

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Ed Reed of the Houston Texans looks on against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 9, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Status: Active

Veteran safety Ed Reed will make his return to Baltimore with the Houston Texans in Week 3. But the question is: Will he play or watch from the sidelines?

Reed is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and was a game-time decision coming into Week 2 before being put on the inactive list at the last minute.

While no one seems to know for sure what the 35-year-old's status is heading into the weekend, keep in mind that Reed could be added to the mix at any point, as pointed out by The Houston Chronicle's John McClain on Twitter:

Reed played 11 seasons with the Ravens and helped the franchise win its second Super Bowl championship last February, so you can bet he'll be itching to get on the field this Sunday. 

Full Inactives List

Inactive lists will be updated as they become available via

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

Raiders Inactives: QB Matt McGloin, SS Tyvon Branch, LB Sio Moore, T Menelik Watson, G Lucas Nix, OL Antoine McClain and WR Juron Criner

Broncos Inactives: QB Zac Dysert, CB Quentin Jammer, CB Champ Bailey, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Joel Dreessen, OL Chris Kuper, OL Winston Justice

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers

Bears Inactives: WR Marquess Wilson, CB C.J. Wilson, RB Michael Ford, G James Brown, OT Jonathan Scott, DE David Bass, DT Zach Minter.  

Steelers Inactives: CB Cortez Allen, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Derek Moye, CB Isaiah Green, G Cody Wallace, QB Landry Jones, DT Hebron Fangupo.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks

Jaguars Inactives: QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Mike Brown, S Winston Guy, CB Alan Ball, CB Dwayne Gratz, TE Marcedes Lewis and DT Abry Jones

Seahawks Inactives: S Jeron Johnson, FB Spencer Ware, LB Malcolm Smith, DT D D'Anthony Smith, DE Benson Mayowa and DT Jordan Hill

Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers

Colts Inactives: C Samson Satele, WR Da'Rick Rogers, S LaRon Landry, LB Pat Angerer, WR David Reed, DT Montori Hughes and RB Kerwynn Williams

49ers Inactives: QB B.J. Daniels, WR Chris Harper, RB LaMichael James LB Nathan Stupar, G Joe Looney, WR Jon Baldwin and TE Vernon Davis

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Bills Inactives: S Jairus Byrd, K Dustin Hopkins, CB Stephon Gilmore, CB Ron Brooks, C Doug Legursky, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Chris Gragg

Jets Inactives: QB Brady Quinn, LB Ricky Sapp, G Will Campbell, T Ben Ijalana, T Oday Aboushi, WR Ryan Spadola and LB Scott Solomon

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins

Falcons Inactives: S Kemal Ishmael, RB Steven Jackson, S Zeke Motta, LB Jamar Chaney, G Harland Gunn, T Sam Baker and DT Travian Robertson

Dolphins Inactives: QB Pat Devlin, CB Jamar Taylor, CB Dimitri Patterson, LB Josh Kaddu, G Danny Watkins, G Dallas Thomas and DT Paul Soliai

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals

Packers Inactives: CB Jarrett Bush, RB Eddie Lacy, CB Casey Hayward, FB John Kuhn, S Morgan Burnett, G Lane Taylor and DE Josh Boyd

Bengals Inactives: CB Brandon Ghee, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, RB Rex Burkhead, G Mike Pollak, OT Anthony Collins, WR Ryan Whalen and DE Margus Hunt

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

Texans Inactives: QB Case Keenum, WR Lestar Jean, LB Sam Montgomery, G Cody White, OT Duane Brown, LB Justin Tuggle and DE Tim Jamison

Ravens Inactives: LB Arthur Brown, DL Chris Canty, WR Jacoby Jones, RB Ray Rice, C Ryan Jensen, WR Deonte Thompson and WR LaQuan Williams

Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints

Cardinals Inactives: QB Ryan Lindley, RB Ryan Williams, LB Kevin Minter, T Bobby Massie, RG Earl Watford, TE D.C. Jefferson and DT Dan Williams

Saints Inactives: RB Mark Ingram, CB Rod Sweeting, S Roman Harper, S Isa Abdul-Quddus, NT Brodrick Bunkley, WR Nick Toon and DE Tom Johnson

Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins

Lions Inactives: RB Reggie Bush, QB Kellen Moore, S Don Carey, G Leroy Harris, T Jason Fox, WR Patrick Edwards and DE Devin Taylor.

Redskins Inactives: QB Rex Grossman, RB Evan Royster, TE Fred Davis, OG Josh LeRibeus, DT Chris Baker, S Jose Gumbs and K Kai Forbath

Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings

Browns Inactives: QB Brandon Weeden, LB Quentin Groves, OL Patrick Lewis, OL Martin Wallace, OL Shawn Lauvao, TE Keavon Milton, DL Amonty Bryant.

Vikings Inactives: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, TE Rhett Ellison, S Mistral Raymond, LB Gerald Hodges, G Jeff Baca, DT Chase Baker and DE George Johnson

St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys

Rams Inactives: RB Zac Stacy, G Barrett Jones, G Brandon Washington, T Mike Person, T Rodger Saffold, TE Mike McNeill and DE Gerald Rivers

Cowboys Inactives: RB Joseph Randle, LB Ernie Sims, OG David Arkin, T Darrion Weems, TE Andre Smith, NT David Carter and DE Anthony Spencer

New York Giants at Carolina Panthers

Giants Inactives: QB Ryan Nassib, CB Corey Webster, RB Michael Cox, T David Diehl, T Brandon Mosley, TE Adrien Robinson and DT Johnathan Hankins

Panthers Inactives: CB Josh Thomas, RB Kenyon Barner, S Quintin Mikell, CB D.J. Moore, CB James Dockery, DE Frank Alexander and DT Dwan Edwards

San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans

Chargers Inactives: QB Brad Sorensen, S Brandon Taylor CB Shareece Wright, LB Manti Te'o, LB Tourek Williams, OT D.J. Fluker and WR Malcolm Floyd

Titans Inactives: RB Shonn Greene, DT Sammie Lee Hill, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, C Brian Schwenke, T Byron Stingily, LB Zaviar Gooden and DL Lavar Edwards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots

Buccaneers Inactives: QB Dan Orlovsky, CB Mike Adams, DE Steven Means, TE Luke Stocker, TE Tom Crabtree, T Gabe Carimi and DT Derek Landri

Patriots Inactives: WR Danny Amendola, LB Steve Beauharnais, TE Rob Gronkowski, DL Chris Jones, WR Matt Slater, T Will Svitek and RB Leon Washington

Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles

Chiefs Inactives: QB Tyler Bray, LB Nico Johnson, OL Eric Kush, TE Anthony Fasano, TE Travis Kelce, DT Jaye Howard and LB Josh Martin

Eagles Inactives: QB Matt Barkley, CB Roc Carmichael, CB Jordan Poyer, T Matt Tobin, T Dennis Kelly, DE Damion Square and TE Emil Igwenagu

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