The injury reports have been filed and player availability for Week 2 has become more clear. We take a look at player designations and practice participation levels to get the best idea of who’s playing this week and who isn’t. Updates will still filter in as Saturday goes on, especially for the GTD (Game Time Decision) folks. So let’s take a look at the guys who have all of us racking our brains as we head into Week 2.
Keep in mind, if a guy isn’t listed here, he’s already been ruled out or I’m not concerned enough about the injury to discuss. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at z_dahdul for breaking news and up to the minute analysis as news breaks this weekend.
(injury and designation in parentheses)
Dez Bryant (sprained foot, Probable): Bryant doesn’t seem concerned about his sprained foot at all after practicing all week without limitation. He looks like he’ll be a full go against the Chiefs. I may be the minority here, but keep an eye on him during the game to see if there are any signs of re-injury. I don’t like the combination of a speedy, athletic WR and a sprained foot, even if it is mild. But it is great news that he was able to practice without issue all week. I think he’ll be just fine and will hopefully get more touches this week after being doubled all game against the Giants.
Tony Romo (bruised ribs, Probable): Romo was also a full participant this week after bruising his ribs during last week’s contest. He was reportedly moving well and didn’t show any signs of discomfort. The expectation should be that he wears some protective gear over the ribs to protect the apparent cartilage strain in order to allow Romo to stay upright and mobile. He should be ready to go against a rough Kansas City defense.
Roddy White (high ankle sprain, Questionable): Now this is a tough situation. White played last week despite reports that he wasn’t 100% and it was clear early on that he wasn’t right. This week, he was just a limited participant in practice again and even took to twitter to “warn” folks before playing him. With White only being a limited participant again in practice all week, you can’t feel too comfortable throwing him in your lineup again this week. High ankle sprains (this is what White is reported to have) don’t heal quickly and I just don’t know how much better he’ll be just seven days after being hobbled on the field during week 1. If you have a legit fourth WR, you may be better off going that route until White can show he’s healthy. If you don’t, then 75% of White is probably better than a low level waiver wire pickup.
Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring strain, Questionable): Fitz suffered a mild hamstring strain during Sunday’s loss to the Rams. It looked to be nothing more than a minor issue and would not limit him at all in Week 2. However, Fitz re-injured the hamstring during practice on Wednesday, causing him to leave practice early. He did practice Thursday and Friday and was moving around well during individual WR drills on Friday, so it looks like he’s on track to play against the Lions on Sunday. He’ll most likely continue to get treatment on the hamstring over the weekend and is considered a game time decision. This is tricky considering the Cardinals-Lions game is a 4pm ET kickoff, which leaves you with limited options on the off chance he doesn’t play. My money is on Fitz playing and not being terribly limited as he’s only missed 4 games his entire career.
Reggie Bush (groin strain, dislocated thumb, Probable): We talked about Bush earlier this week and it appears that he’s made progress all week, as he was a full participant each and every day. Coach Jim Schwartz even stated that there will not be a snap count limitation this week on Bush, so it looks like there is no concern about him heading into week 2. Joique Bell did play very well in week 1, so expect him to continue to get some carries, but it looks like this groin strain and thumb dislocation won’t limit Bush in any way this week. Expect him to be a full go.
Jermichael Finley (sprained big toe, Probable): Looks like Finley will be out there Sunday against the Redskins as he was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. There’s no doubt Finley will have to play through pain, as it’s impossible to run and cut without placing strain on the big toe, which basically means you can only protect the area to an extent. Every time he goes to push off, he will feel pain. Every time he engages a defender while blocking, he’ll feel pain. So just know that he’s not going to be close to 100% going into Sunday’s game, but he will definitely suit up and play.
Julio Jones (knee injury, Questionable): This one caught fantasy owner by surprise this week. Jones was a limited participant in practice on both Thursday and Friday, which is where the questionable injury tag came from. There is no word on what type of knee injury Jones suffered and he really didn’t look to be hobbled at all during last Sunday’s contest, so it’s tough to speculate exactly what’s going on with Jones’ knee. To me, if he’s active, you play him without a doubt. He may be a guy that bears watching as Sunday gets closer, so keep an eye on him and make sure he’ll be active before you get him in your lineup.
Jamaal Charles (quadriceps strain, Probable): Charles did not practice Wednesday (precautionary), was limited Thursday, and a full participant Friday. This doesn’t seem to be anything more than a minor strain, so it looks like he’ll be good to go heading into Sunday’s contest against the Cowboys. Expect a big game from Charles.
Daryl Richardson (foot injury, Probable): Richardson could be seen limping off the field last week against the Cardinals after he suffered an apparent foot injury. He got the day off Wednesday as a precaution, but was able to return to practice as a full participant on Thursday and Friday. With Isaiah Pead back from suspension this week, Richardson may get a few less carries as both a precaution and a way to get Pead some much needed touches. Either way, Richardson will be fine this week and remains a solid RB2/Flex option.
Owen Daniels (groin strain, sore back, Probable): Daniels took a beating in Monday’s night come from behind win over the Chargers and appears to have paid a small price for his breakout game. Both the groin strain and sore back are considered minor in nature and his ability to at least practice to some extent all week is a good sign for his availability and usage this coming Sunday. Expect a motivated Texans offense this Sunday when the face a trash-talking Titans team this Sunday.