Here are the most significant NFL players who got banged up in Week 2:
T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Watt suffered a groin injury in the first half against the Vikings, and was originally declared questionable to return before being designated as out.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Olsen sustained a right foot/ankle injury in the first half of the game against Buffalo, and limped to the locker room with no shoe on that foot. He was originally declared probable to return, but then declared out at the start of the second half. He was subsequently spotted on crutches.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Gronkowski headed into the medical tent along the sideline after taking himself out of the game following a third-quarter catch. Gronkowski was slow getting up after the play, but walked off the field under his own power, then sat on the bench as multiple members of the medical/athletic training staff surrounded him. The team subsequently declared that Gronk was questionable to return, due to a groin injury.
DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns: A migraine knocked Kizer out of the Browns’ contest vs. the Ravens, and he was declared questionable to return. Kizer completed 6 of 11 passes for 81 yards, but had an interception (on a throw off Duke Johnson Jr.’s hand) and a fumble lost on a sack. Kevin Hogan stepped in to replace him, but Kizer returned with 8:19 left in the third quarter.
Marshal Yanda, OG, Baltimore Ravens: Yanda sustained a left ankle injury and was declared questionable to return.
Brandon Williams, DT, Baltimore Ravens: A foot injury sidelined Williams against the Browns, and he was declared questionable to return.
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears: An arm injury sent Wright to the sidelines during Chicago’s game against Tampa Bay.
Kwon Alexander, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alexander left the game against the Bears with a hamstring injury. His return is doubtful. Rookie Kendell Beckwith slid over to Alexander’s spot with Adarius Glanton stepping into the strong-side role.
Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans: Taylor was injured on punt coverage in the first half of the game against the Jaguars, and was seen grabbing his left foot/ankle area. He was attended to on the field and walked off under his own power. He made his return late in the second quarter.
Jaylen Watkins, S, Philadelphia Eagles: Watkins injured his hamstring in the first half of the game against the Chiefs, and was declared out.
Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo Bills: Dareus sustained an ankle injury in the first quarter of the game against the Panthers and was evaluated on the sideline. He returned late in the second quarter.
Trey Hendrickson, DE, New Orleans Saints: The rookie defensive end was injured in the first half while tackling Mike Gillislee, and was attended to by medical personnel on the field. He then got up and walked slowly to the Saints’ sideline before heading back to the locker room for further evaluation. He is questionable to return.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Maclin left the game after being tackled in the first quarter, and was examined for a left shoulder injury. He returned on the Ravens’ next drive.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: James was injured on the first drive of the game for the Steelers’ offense, and was examined on the sideline. James returned on the Steelers’ following possession.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Bradford, who has been dealing with pain, swelling and discomfort in his left knee following Minnesota’s Week 1 win over the Saints, was one of seven players the Vikings made inactive on Sunday. Bradford went through warm-ups shortly after 10 a.m. ET, during which he did not do much to test the strength of his left knee. Bradford did some light throwing and dropped back a few times on passes, but he did not run or exhibit much footwork at Heinz Field.
Bradford’s left knee is the same one in which doctors repaired his torn ACL in 2013 and again in 2014. Backup Case Keenum will start in his place against Pittsburgh.
Kevin Johnson, CB, Houston Texans: Johnson, the Texans’ 2015 first-round pick, was ruled out with a left knee injury in the third quarter of their 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. He was checked out on the field by the Texans’ medical staff before walking off the field without any assistance. He had four tackles before his injury. However, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Johnson suffered a sprained MCL and is expected to miss four to six weeks, pending further testing.
Johnathan Joseph, CB, Houston Texans: Joseph injured his shoulder while making a tackle in the first half of Thursday’s win over the Bengals, and he did not return to the game. An MRI on Joseph’s injured shoulder did not reveal any serious damage; however, further testing will be done.
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