Thursday night’s Week 3 match-up between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans, which ended with a New England shutout, featured a third-string rookie quarterback (Jacoby Brissett) due to Tom Brady’s suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury. Not to mention the long-awaited return of the ailing TE Rob Gronkowski.
And the rest of Week 3 isn’t lacking in injury-related story-lines, either. Here’s a few updates from a slew of injuries suffered by star players around the league over the first two weeks of the season:
Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots (sprained AC joint): Garoppolo left last week’s match-up with a shoulder injury, forcing him to miss Thursday night’s win over Houston. But, while it originally didn’t look like good news for Garoppolo, it now appears that he could potentially be ready for Week 4. Brady, obviously, will be back from his four-game suspension in Week 5 though.
Jay Cutler, Bears (thumb): Cutler has taken a lot of flack over the years, and now he’ll likely take even more following Chicago’s slow start and the fact he’ll miss Week 3 due to a thumb injury.
Josh McCown, Browns (broken collarbone): McCown will not start Week 3’s match-up with Miami, meaning rookie quarterback Cody Kessler will make the start in his place. It will mark the third starting quarterback this year for Cleveland, and the fifth different starting quarterback over the last five games. Ouch.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings (torn meniscus): At first, AP was expected to only miss a few games, but news then broke that he opted for surgery and would be out for about 3-4 months. He’s hoping to be back in time for the playoffs (if Minnesota makes it, of course). But that doesn’t do your fantasy team any good, does it?
Danny Woodhead, Chargers (torn ACL): Sadly, Woodhead joins teammate Keenan Allen on San Diego’s injured reserve, as he suffered a season-ending torn ACL last week.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers (hamstring): With Stewart missing some time due to a hamstring injury suffered last week, Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to make the start in Carolina’s backfield today.
Ameer Abdullah, Lions (torn ligament in foot): The Lions believe the 23-year old running back could miss the remainder of the 2016 season with a torn ligament in his foot.
Doug Martin, Buccaneers (hamstring): Martin had a fantastic 2015 season, but his 2016 season has already started off pretty tough. Martin will miss some time with a hamstring injury, leaving Charles Sims with No. 1 RB duties. Martin could miss about three weeks of time.
Arian Foster, Dolphins (groin): Well, I think we could all see this one coming at some point this season. Foster suffered a groin injury last week and has been listed for out today. The injury supposedly isn’t too serious, but it’s serious enough to keep him sidelined for this week.
Corey Coleman, Browns (broken hand): The Browns’ rookie receiver suffered a broken hand in practice, and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. It isn’t even October yet, and things have looked worse and worse for the Browns in 2016.
Delanie Walker, Titans (hamstring): Walker had a fantastic Week 2 performance, catching eight passes for 83 yards and his first TD of the season. But his hamstring injury will keep him out of Week 3 action for Tennessee.
DeMarcus Ware, Broncos (ulna fracture): Ware will miss some time after suffering a fractured ulna and getting surgery this past week. He’ll reportedly miss about 4-6 weeks.
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