NFL Injury Report: Latest News on Chris Godwin, Michael Thomas, More Injuries
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There’s a bevy of new injuries to track heading into Week 2, so we’ll be monitoring them all in the run-up to kickoff.
This article will aggregate all relevant injury information as daily practice reports are released in the table below. On Friday, we’ll add game status designations. The table will be updated every day in the run-up to kickoff with a final active/inactive update for every relevant player.
We’ll also add further context to the latest updates on key players below the table.
Week 2 NFL Injury Report
Week 2 NFL Injuries
Patriots RB James White (personal): White is a surprise addition to the Patriots’ inactive list Sunday night. He will miss the game due to a death in the family.
Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (concussion): Godwin was officially ruled out for Week 2 on Saturday afternoon as he remains in the concussion protocol. Mike Evans, who played through a hamstring injury in Week 1, should now be closer to 100% after getting in a full practice session on Friday.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle): Thomas was also ruled out on Saturday after missing practice all week with a high ankle sprain. Thomas reportedly “felt fantastic” in Friday’s practice, leaving some hope that he may be able to return in Week 3. Consider him week-to-week for now.
Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quad): According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cooks is expected to suit up in Week 2 against the Ravens. Cooks played just over half of the team’s snaps in Week 1 and following a long week of rest after playing on Thursday in Week 1, it wouldn’t be surprising to see his snap share increase in Week 2. Teammate Duke Johnson (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday.
Colts WRs Zach Pascal (ankle) and Michael Pittman Jr. (toe): The Colts are short-handed heading into Week 2 as they are expected to take the field without Jack Doyle (ankle/knee) and Marlon Mack (Achilles). Fortunately, Pascal and Pittman — who were both questionable — are officially active and available to play in Week 2. They will provide depth at the receiver group behind T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell today against the Vikings.
Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring): Tate is expected to make his season debut in Week 2, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. RapSheet’s report says that Tate should be at full strength although hew was limited in practice all week.
49ers TE George Kittle (knee): Earlier in the week, head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Kittle may have a chance to play in Week 2 despite missing practice, but those hopes were put to bed Friday afternoon as the team ruled its star tight end out for Week 2. Shanahan said today of Kittle, “A normal person, we probably would have ruled him out earlier in the week. But we never do that with George because of what he has shown us over the three years we’ve been with him.” Shanahan continued to say that Kittle will continue rehabbing the knee in hopes of returning to action in Week 3.
Steelers RB James Conner (ankle): Earlier in the week, it looked like Conner was unlikely to suit up in Week 2 after he left the Steelers’ Week 1 victory over the Giants and was unable to practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. Things have quickly turned around since then and Conner was able to practice in full on both Thursday and Friday. Conner does not have a game status designation heading into the weekend and he should now be expected to get the start for Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle): Optimism around Thomas’ Week 2 status appears to be growing on Friday after the star receiver reportedly “felt fantastic” in Thursday’s practice. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there is a “little glimmer of hope” that Thomas will be able to play Monday night when New Orleans takes on Las Vegas. Thomas was again listed as a DNP (did not participate) on the Saints’ Friday practice report.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders (hamstring): Sanders was somewhat surprisingly inactive in Week 1, but all indications are that the Eagles’ lead back is ready to make his season debut in Week 2 after he was able to practice in full each day this week. Philadelphia did kick the tires on Devonta Freeman, bringing in the free agent RB for a visit, but the team’s potential interest in Freeman does not appear to be a reflection on Sanders’ injury status.
Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring): Crowder will miss Week 2 with a hamstring injury that held him out of practice on Thursday and Friday of this week. The good news is that head coach Adam Gase said Crowder is not a candidate for IR, making a long-term absence unlikely. Gase identified Braxton Berrios as a player who could step up in Crowder’s absence.
Titans WR A.J. Brown (knee): Brown was officially ruled out for Week 2 by head coach Mike Vrabel this afternoon, and there is a chance that Brown may be sidelined for multiple weeks with the injury. Corey Davis will now operate as the lead dog at receiver for Tennessee, while Kalif Raymond and Cody Hollister will be in line to play an increased number of snaps this weekend.
Colts TE Jack Doyle (ankle/knee): Head coach Frank Reich told members of the media that Doyle would be held out of Week 2 after a week of missed practice. Trey Burton (calf) is already on IR, leaving Mo Alie-Cox in line to command the lion’s share of snaps at tight end for Indianapolis this weekend. Alie-Cox served as Doyle’s backup in Week 1, catching two passes for 20 yards in 29 snaps played.
Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring): Parker exited the Dolphins’ Week 1 loss to the Patriots after playing only 23 snaps and was limited in practice throughout this week. He is officially questionable to play. Parker’s hamstring has been giving him trouble dating back to the offseason, making him hard to trust in the event he is able to play in Week 2.
Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quad): Cooks is officially listed as questionable to play in Week 2, although he was able to play through the same quad injury in Week 1. With a long week of recovery after Houston opened the 2020 season last Thursday night against Kansas City, Cooks seems likely to be on the field in Week 2.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring): Unsurprisingly, the Lions ruled Golladay out for Week 2 after he was unable to practice at all this week due to a hamstring injury sustained in last Wednesday’s practice. There’s no indication how long Golladay may be sidelined, but if there’s any silver lining, it’s that Detroit has not yet placed Golladay on IR, which would require a three-week minimum absence.
Raiders WR Henry Ruggs (knee): Ruggs has now missed consecutive practices this week with the same knee injury that caused him to briefly exit the Raiders’ Week 1 victory over the Panthers. Ruggs ultimately played 42-of-61 snaps in that game, catching three passes for 55 yards, including a long reception of 45 yards. Coach Jon Gruden commended his rookie receiver for playing through pain, saying, “I like the fact that he came back and played through something. That’s what the great ones do.” Ruggs’ Week 2 status is currently unclear and may depend on his Saturday practice participation.
Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip): Landry is officially active for the Browns Thursday night. Landry did miss practice on Tuesday, but his Week 2 status never truly seemed to be in doubt.
Titans WR A.J. Brown (knee): Brown did not appear to be limited in Week 1, playing 66-of-78 total snaps and finishing with a 5-39-0 receiving line on eight targets, but his Week 2 status is very much now in doubt. Brown was a midweek downgrade, having missed Thursday’s practice after being limited on Wednesday and the Titans added depth to the receiver group on Thursday, promoting Nick Westbrook-Ikhine from its practice squad. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown is dealing with a bone bruise and his status is considered week-to-week. Corey Davis — who broke out with a 7-101-0 receiving line in Week 1 — was back at practice Thursday as a limited participant after sitting out Wednesday’s practice with a hamstring injury.
Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder): Sutton was able to return to practice on Wednesday as a limited participant after missing practice on Thursday and Friday of last week. Head coach Vic Fangio updated Sutton’s status on Thursday, saying his receiver “did fine” in practice. Fangio also said the team would see how Sutton’s shoulder responds over the next couple of days before making a decision on his Week 2 availability.
Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring): Crowder’s Week 2 status is now up in the air after he missed Thursday’s practice with a hamstring injury. Crowder also battled a hamstring issue during the offseason, but was able to play 48-of-53 snaps in Week 1, turning in a 7-115-1 receiving line. Head coach Adam Gase said of Crowder’s status: “We’re still evaluating him. If we can get him back out there, that’s a good sign. We’ll see how the rest of the week plays out.”
Bills WR John Brown (foot): After popping up as a surprise DNP (did not participate) on Wednesday’s practice report, Brown was a full go on Thursday. He should be ready to go in Week 2 barring a late week downgrade.
Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip): Landry is officially questionable to play on Thursday night against the Bengals, though he does intend to play according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Landry was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice after sitting out on Tuesday.
Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (concussion): It was revealed Wednesday that Godwin had been placed in the concussion protocol with what head coach Bruce Arians described as delayed-onset symptoms. “He did not show any symptoms Monday or Tuesday and then showed up today with some,” said Arians. “So we’re going to be very, very cautious with that.” Godwin’s Week 2 status will now depend on how quickly he can clear the concussion protocol. Teammate Mike Evans did play in Week 1, but was limited to only one catch by some combination of a lingering hamstring injury and Marshon Lattimore’s coverage.
49ers TE George Kittle (knee): Kittle is unlikely to practice at all this week due to a sprained knee he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, but there is hope that the star tight end will be available when the 49ers take on the Jets this Sunday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media on Wednesday, “He fully expects to be there Sunday. We’ll give him the whole week.” Kittle played through a broken bone in his ankle last season and he will undoubtedly make every effort to be on the field this weekend.
Steelers RB James Conner (ankle): Conner was forced from the Steelers’ Week 1 victory over the Giants early in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. In his stead, Benny Snell garnered all but one of Pittsburgh’s rush attempts over the final three quarters, turning in a 19-113-0 rushing line. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Monday that the team will “leave the light on” for Conner, presumably meaning that Conner remains the starter when healthy despite Snell’s impressive performance. Rookie Anthony McFarland was inactive in Week 1, but could factor into the passing game in the event Conner is unable to go in Week 2.
Bills WR John Brown (foot): Brown impressed in the Bills’ opener, racking up six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets, but he missed Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury. It’s unclear when the injury was sustained. At the moment, Brown’s Week 2 status does not appear to be in jeopardy, but his practice participation will be worth monitoring over the next couple of days.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring): Golladay is now one week removed from a hamstring injury he suffered in practice, but he remained a “DNP” (did not participate) in Wednesday practice. Golladay was given a “doubtful” tag in Week 1 and never seemed particularly close to playing after sustaining the injury. As long as Golladay continues to miss practice, it’s hard to imagine him returning to play on Sunday.
Jets RB Le’Veon Bell (hamstring): The Jets placed Bell on IR on Monday, leaving New York without its starting running back for at least three weeks. Rookie running back La’Mical Perine (ankle) also looks iffy to play in Week 2, leaving the Jets backfield to Frank Gore, Josh Adams and Kalen Ballage, who the Jets signed to a contract on Monday.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle): It was revealed on Monday that Thomas’ injury is worse than was originally believed and the expectation is now that the star receiver will be sidelined for several weeks.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders (hamstring): According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Sanders is currently “on track” to play Week 2 after missing the Eagles’ opener. Sanders’ practice participation on Wednesday reinforces Schefter’s report, as the running back was able to practice in full after being a limited participant throughout last week. Backfield mate Boston Scott, who was forced from Philadelphia’s Week 1 loss with an undisclosed injury, was not listed on the Eagles’ Wednesday injury report.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (toe): Lindsay is believed to have sustained a turf toe injury in Week 1, though he is currently awaiting a second opinion. Assuming the initial diagnosis is confirmed, Lindsay will likely be sidelined for a few weeks. The Broncos will lean on Melvin Gordon — who rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in Week 1 — and Royce Freeman in Lindsay’s absence.
49ers CB Richard Sherman (leg): The 49ers made a surprising move today when they placed Sherman on injured reserve. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, it is believed that Sherman’s current injury is related to a torn Achilles that he suffered in 2017. Sherman is not expected to miss significant time, though he is required to miss at least three games by being placed on IR.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle): It was revealed Monday that Thomas suffered a high-ankle injury during New Orleans’ Week 1 victory over Tampa Bay. Thomas did not play his full complement of snaps in the fourth quarter, though the game was in hand by that point. It sounds like Thomas has a chance to play in Week 2, but this will be one of the bigger stories to track throughout the week.
Jets RB Le’Veon Bell (hamstring): Bell injured his hamstring during the second quarter of the Jets’ loss to the Buffalo Bills. He briefly returned to the game before he was ultimately forced back out only five plays later. Jets head coach Adam Gase said after the game, “I’m mad at myself that I let him go back in there in the second half.” Rookie RB Lamical Perine is considered week-to-week with a high-ankle sprain, leaving lead-back duties to Frank Gore and Josh Adams if Bell is unable to go in Week 2.
Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (knee): Jarwin suffered a non-contact knee injury in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ loss to the Rams on Sunday night. An MRI confirmed a torn ACL, and Jarwin will miss the remainder of the 2020 season. Blake Bell is next up on the depth chart, though he may split duties with Dalton Schultz moving forward.
Colts RB Marlon Mack (Achilles): Mack was carted off the field with a lower-leg injury sustained on his third reception of the game. An MRI on Tuesday confirmed an Achilles tear, and Mack’s season is likely over as a result. Nyheim Hines was heavily involved in the Colts’ game plan even before Mack’s departure, while rookie Jonathan Taylor converted 15 touches into 89 total yards. Taylor and Hines will likely form a one-two punch in the backfield for Indianapolis in Mack’s absence.
Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring): A hamstring injury caused Parker to be limited in practice leading up to Week 1, and it appears he re-aggravated the injury in Sunday’s loss to New England. Parker left the game in the third quarter after catching four passes for 47 yards. He did not return. After the game, head coach Brian Flores said of Parker, “We’ll take a look at him over the course of the week. I don’t have a status update. Obviously, he didn’t return, so we’ll see what it looks like tomorrow and in the coming days.”