Week 2 NFL injuries: Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Marcus Mariota all questionable to play
Three starting quarterbacks are in danger of missing Sunday’s Week 2 action after being listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
Packers star Aaron Rodgers didn’t practice at all this week after leading his team to a comeback win over the Bears on Sunday night on a sprained knee. However, the team isn’t ruling out he’ll suit up for Week 2, listing their starter as questionable for the game. The Packers are already carrying two backups behind Rodgers in DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle, so we won’t necessarily be tipped to Rodgers’ status based on what the Packers do in terms of roster moves on Saturday.
Steelers signal caller Ben Roethlisberger was able to practice in full on Friday following two missed practiced due to an elbow injury. Indications are that he’ll be out there for what could be a shootout with the Chiefs. Joshua Dobbs would get the call if Roethlisberger can’t go.
Titans starter Marcus Mariota practiced in full on Wednesday, but he was limited on both Thursday and Friday, putting his status in doubt. Coach Mike Vrabelthat he expects both Mariota and backup Blaine Gabbert to play in the team’s matchup with the Texans.
Below, we’re covering every final injury report as it’s released on Friday and Saturday to get you all the information you need to know before making your bets or setting your Fantasy lineups. Check back throughout the weekend for updates as they become available.
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Colts at Redskins (-6)
- Colts: OT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), OT Denzelle Good (knee, wrist), DT Denico Autry (ankle), CB Chris Milton (concussion) OUT; RB Marlon Mack (hamstring), DT Grover Stewart (shoulder), S Clayton Geathers (knee) QUESTIONABLE
- Redskins: S Troy Apke (hamstring) OUT; WR Paul Richardson (shoulder), WR Maurice Harris (concussion), OT Morgan Moses (knee) QUESTIONABLE
The Colts looked like they might have Castonzo back for this game after he showed up as a limited participant on Wednesday, but he missed the next two days of practice and will leave the team shorthanded on the offensive line again. Mack was able to practice in full for the first time on Friday, improving his chances of making his debut this week. Richardson popped up on the injury report for the first time on Thursday, though he was listed as practicing in full. He didn’t practice at all on Friday and looks on the wrong side of questionable at this point.
Panthers at Falcons (-6.5)
- Panthers: WR Curtis Samuel (illness), WR Damiere Byrd (knee), TE Greg Olsen (foot), G Trai Turner (concussion) OUT
- Falcons: RB Devonta Freeman (knee), WR Russell Gage (knee), G Ben Garland (calf) OUT; CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
The Panthers have massive issues on the offensive line with Turner out and right tackle Daryl Williams on IR. The team could end up playing a free agent signed this week at left tackle in Chris Clark, with rookie Taylor Moton moving to the right side. That would mean three spots on the IR would have new starters, a tough task for any offense to overcome. We saw the effect of the injuries shortly after the final report was announced, as the Falcons moved to -6.5 in many books. The Falcons will be missing their top running back, which is a huge blow to his Fantasy owners. Tevin Coleman figures to get all the work he can handle, with rookie Ito Smith mixing in as well.
Vikings at Packers (NL)
- Vikings: C Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder) OUT
- Packers: S Josh Jones (ankle) OUT; QB Aaron Rodgers (knee), WR Davante Adams (shoulder), LB Oren Burks (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
The Vikings are relatively healthy for this game, but the already shaky offensive line will be missing a starter with Elflein remaining sidelined. Brett Jones took his place in Week 1 as the offensive line gave up three sacks while allowing just 3.6 yards per carry in a win over the 49ers. Rodgers didn’t practice all week but draws a questionable tag for the key matchup with the defending NFC North champs. He’s almost certainly a gametime decision, so we’ll have to wait until Sunday to see how he feels. Top target Davante Adams is also questionable after limited sessions on Thursday and Friday.
Chargers (-7.5) at Bills
- Chargers: OT Joe Barksdale (knee), DE Joey Bosa (foot), CB Craig Mager (hamstring) OUT; WR Travis Benjamin (foot) QUESTIONABLE
- Bills: DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring), CB Taron Johnson (shoulder) OUT; WR Ray-Ray McCloud (knee) QUESTIONABLE
The Chargers remain without key pass rusher Joey Bosa, who could still miss multiple weeks as he deals with a foot injury. Barksdale played just 15 snaps in the opener before suffering his injury and giving way to Sam Tevi. The rest of the receiving corps could see a bump in targets if Benjamin can’t go, but it would likely be J.J. Jones to play the deep-ball role in the offense. The Bills will also be down a pass rusher with Lawson missing practice for the entire week. That should press Trent Murphy into a bigger role.
Texans (-2.5) at Titans
- Texans: CB Kayvon Webster (Achilles) OUT; WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot), WR Will Fuller (hamstring), WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), WR Sammie Coates (hamstring), DE Christian Covington (thigh, knee), OLB Jadeveon Clowney (back, elbow), OLB Duke Ejiofor (hamstring), CB Johnson Bademosi (knee) QUESTIONABLE
- Titans: OT Taylor Lewan (concussion), OT Jack Conklin (knee), S Kendrick Lewis (foot) OUT; QB Marcus Mariota (elbow), TE Luke Stocker (calf), OT Dennis Kelly (illness), OLB Derrick Morgan (knee), OLB Harold Landry (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
A lot of potentially consequential injuries in this game. The Texans had eight players limited in practice all week, including four receivers. Top wideout DeAndre Hopkins is dealing with a foot issue that may limit him even if he does play. Key pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is dealing with multiple injuries. But despite Houston’s issues, it pales to what the Titans are going through. Mariota practiced in full on Wednesday but was limited the rest of the week before drawing a questionable tag. If he plays, he won’t have either of his starting tackles, and key reserve Dennis Kelly is also in danger of missing the game. Top tight end Delanie Walker went on IR earlier in the week, but receiver Corey Davis was upgraded to a full session Friday and avoided an injury designation.
Chiefs at Steelers (-5)
- Chiefs: TBA
- Steelers: G David DeCastro (hand), DE Tyson Alualu (shoulder), CB Joe Haden (hamstring) DOUBTFUL; QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow), TE Vance McDonald (foot), DE Cameron Heyward (knee), CB Artie Burns (toe) QUESTIONABLE
Roethlisberger was able to practice in full on Friday after sitting the rest of the week, and while he’s questionable for the game, the expectation is that he’ll play. Joshua Dobbs would be in line to start if Big Ben is sidelined. B.J. Finney is likely to start at right guard in place of DeCastro. McDonald and Heyward both practiced in full on Friday and seem on the positive side of questionable, while Burns was added to the injury report on Friday as being limited.
Dolphins at Jets (-2.5)
- Dolphins: WR Devante Parker (finger), DE William Hayes (finger), LS John Denney (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
- Jets: LB Josh Martin (concussion) OUT, S Marcus Maye (foot) DOUBTFUL
The Dolphins look like they’ll have Parker back for this matchup after he practiced in full on Thursday and Friday. One player who won’t be with the team for a while is guard Josh Sitton, who was placed on injured reserve on Friday. The Jets will be without Martin for a second straight week as he recovers from a concussion. Maye also missed last week’s game with a foot issue, and the Jets will see how he feels Sunday morning before making a definitive decision on his status. The Jets had several other players on the injury report throughout the week, but none appeared in danger of missing the game.
Eagles (-3.5) at Buccaneers
- Eagles: QB Carson Wentz (knee), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) OUT; WR Shelton Gibson (knee) QUESTIONABLE
- Buccaneers: DT Vita Vea (calf), CB Brent Grimes (groin) OUT; WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder, concussion), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) QUESTIONABLE
The Eagles already knew they wouldn’t have Wentz or Jeffery for this game, but Sproles is a new absence for the team after playing a big part in the first half of the season opener. Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement will be more involved in the game plan with Sproles on the sidelines. The Bucs are down their top two cornerbacks with Grimes ruled out and Vernon Hargreaves on IR. Jackson missed practice on Wednesday but was upgraded to limited on Thursday and to practicing in full on Friday, putting him on track to play. Pierre-Paul’s status is more in doubt after seeing just two limited sessions this week.
Browns at Saints (-9.5)
- Browns: DE Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle) OUT; LB Christian Kirksey (shoulder, ankle) QUESTIONABLE
- Saints: DT Tyeler Davidson (foot) OUT
The Browns will be without one of their pass rushers as Ogbah was unable to practice all week. However, the rest of their injury report is relatively positive, with Kirksey listed as questionable despite being limited all week. Defensive backs Damarious Randall and E.J. Gaines practiced in full on Friday and both avoided final designations as a result. The Saints had three players limited on Thursday, including two key offensive linemen in Terron Armstead and Andrus Peat, but all three players practiced in full on Friday and avoided final injury designations.
Cardinals at Rams (-13)
- Cardinals: TBA
- Rams: TBA
Analysis to come.
Lions at 49ers (-6)
Analysis to come.
Patriots (-1) at Jaguars
- Patriots: TBA
- Jaguars: TBA
Analysis to come.
Raiders at Broncos (-6)
- Raiders: TBA
- Broncos: TBA
Analysis to come.
Giants at Cowboys (-3)
- Giants: OLB Olivier Vernon (ankle) OUT; ILB Tae Davis (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
- Cowboys: C Travis Frederick (illness), DE Datone Jones (knee), S Xavier Woods (hamstring) OUT; DE Randy Gregory (concussion) DOUBTFUL
Vernon will miss a second straight week as he recovers from a high ankle sprain, and the Giants must do a better job of putting pressure on the quarterback this week if they’re going to get their first win. Both Sterling Shepard and Wayne Gallman are good to go after full practices Friday. Gregory was upgraded to a limited session on Friday but remains a longshot to play on Sunday night. The team does have Demarcus Lawrence available after he missed Wednesday’s practice with a groin injury. Dak Prescott was on the injury report all week while dealing with an ankle issue but was never in danger of missing this start.
Seahawks at Bears (-3.5)
Analysis to come.