Last Updated: Sept. 16 @ 8pm ET
With Week 1 in the books, it’s time to take a look at the NFL injury report and who went down. Fantasy football owners were biting their nails one hour into Sunday with names like Elijah Mitchell, Tee Higgins, and Najee Harris going down. Are there injuries considered serious? How about the rest of the league and the injuries suffered throughout all of Week 1? Let’s dive into what we know now so you can attack your fantasy football waiver wires, use your IR spots accordingly, and look to acquire some winning pieces on the trade block to fill the voids. Let’s go!
2022 NFL Injury Report Week 2
NFL Quarterback Injury Report
Dak Prescott, DAL - Thumb
In Sunday night’s battle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dak Prescott exited the fourth quarter with a thumb injury that we’ve come to find out is a fractured thumb. Prescott has undergone successful surgery and is expected to return sometime between the end of October and the beginning of October, when Dallas returns from their bye week., according to Ian Rapoport.
THAT BEING SAID, a new report has come out on Tuesday, September 13th, suggesting Prescott could actually return to the field even earlier than that. ESPN’s Tom Pelissero mentioned it could actually be a 4-to-6 week timeline.
Mac Jones, NE - Back
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 5:00 pm EST - And just like that, the craziness swirling around Mac Jones this week is all for nothing. Despite a back injury and an illness, he's been removed from the injury report and will play in Week 2.
UPDATE: 09/15 - This is probably one of the worst weeks of Mac Jones' career as he was dealing with a back injury and now some sort of illness. The illness is reportedly non-COVID related.
UPDATE: 09/15 - Mac Jones practiced in full on Wednesday which makes it all the more certain he'll be ready to go for the Patriots' Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers barring any setbacks.
There have been conflicting reports about what Mac Jones’ back injury was, but Jones doesn’t seem all too worried about it. The latest news was back spasms, however. Jones said he’ll be back at practice on Wednesday.
Zach Wilson, NYJ - Knee
It’s encouraging news that we’re going to see Zach Wilson working with his receivers this week in practice, but he will not participate in any team drills. It won’t be until at least Week 4 that we see Wilson take the field this season, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
NFL Running Back Injury Report
Elijah Mitchell, SF - Knee
In the second quarter of the 49ers Week 1 game, Elijah Mitchell suffered a nasty-looking injury that ended up being an MCL sprain that will keep him out for at least eight weeks. This is a TOUGH blow for the 49ers to lose their starting running back, so we should expect to see a healthy dose of Jeff Wilson Jr. and Deebo Samuel along with some Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price.
Najee Harris, PIT - Foot
UPDATE: 09/15 - As expected, Najee Harris is fully expectant to be ready for the Steelers' Week 2 game against the Patriots.
Good news in Steelers camp was the tests ran on Najee Harris’ injured foot came back negative and the expectation is that he’ll be good to go for their Week 2 match-up against the Patriots, according to Adam Schefter.
Alvin Kamara, NO - Ribs
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - We have not seen Alvin Kamara on the practice field this week which is concerning. Kamara has been listed as questionable this week and it's definitely concerning we did not see him practice at all.
UPDATE: 09/15 - So we did see Alvin Kamara take the field on Wednesday's practice, but it was in a limited capacity. He was seen without pads but there doesn't seem to be much concern about Kamara for Week 2. Everything is pointing to him suiting up.
It was peculiar to see the line Alvin Kamara finished up with in Week 1, but it makes sense that there was some type of injury involved. He was apparently dealing with a ribs injury but will be fine moving forward according to head coach Dennis Allen.
J.K. Dobbins, BAL - Knee
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 5:00 pm EST - Dobbins got through a full week of practice unscathed, but his status is still undecided as he's listed as questionable for the Ravens' Week 2 match-up against the Dolphins. It's obviously great news that he practiced in full this week.
UPDATE: 09/15 - It was a big step for the Ravens lead back on Wednesday as J.K. Dobbins took the field in a full capacity, which obviously puts things in motion for his Week 2 status. Nothing is for certain just yet, but Dobbins could be back against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
We did not see J.K. Dobbins in Week 1 but things look good in the Dobbins’ camp moving forward. He was reportedly close to playing and it shouldn’t be too much longer before we see him take the field. We need to wait and see how this week in practice plays out for Dobbins to have a better feel for where he’s at.
Kenneth Walker III, SEA - Abdomen
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - Kenneth Walker III is no longer listed on the injury report for Week 2, so he'll be available for his first NFL regular season game.
UPDATE: 09/15 - We saw the return of Kenneth Walker III to Seahawks practice on Wednesday and all systems go for his Week 2 status as he'll make his debut against the 49ers. It is interesting to see how the Seahawks backfield snap share played out in Week 1 as Rashaad Penny played 38 snaps, 21 on passing downs. Second in line was Travis Homer who played 13 of his 19 snaps on passing downs. Walker could fill that role and more considering Penny is not much of a pass catcher.
After not practicing the week leading up to the Seahawks' first game of the year, Kenneth Walker III was listed as questionable and ultimately ruled out. We’re unsure when we’re going to see him next, so let’s watch the practice reports throughout the week to see if it looks like he’s going to play in Week 2.
Damien Williams, ATL - Ribs
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - After leaving Week 1 with the ribs injury, Williams said he was going to be fine, but I guess that means in a couple of weeks because he's been ruled out of Week 2's contest due to the rib injury.
UPDATE: 09/15 - Although Damien Williams suggested he would be fine this week after leaving Week 1's game, he has yet to be seen on the practice field this week after missing Wednesday's practice. They also signed B.J. Baylor to their practice squad on Wednesday, whether or not there is any correlation to Williams' injury.
It was interesting to see the Atlanta Falcons backfield play out the way it did early on as Damien Williams out-snapped Cordarrelle Patterson early on and then Williams suffered a ribs injury. He only played 10 snaps and after the injury, Patterson went on and played 49 snaps and looked great while doing so. We’ll have to see how impactful Williams’ injury is and if it keeps him out moving forward, but he could be a name you look towards on the waiver wire.
D'Andre Swift, DET - Ankle
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - Swift got in a full practice on Friday for the first time this week and has officially been listed as questionable according to head coach Dan Campbell. That being said, the fact he got in a full practice is a great sing he'll be out there for Week 2.
UPDATE: 09/15 - After missing practice on Wednesday, D'Andre Swift is not practicing on Thursday as well, which is definitely concerning. We'll have to see what happens on Friday and Saturday so definitely make sure we're hip to the news because if he does miss Week 2, Jamaal Williams will be the next man up.
NFL Wide Receiver Injury Report
Chris Godwin, TB - Hamstring
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - Godwin has been ruled out, as we expected, for the Bucs Week 2 contest.
After leaving the first game of the year, Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin received some partially good news. His knee came out of the game just fine! That said, he tweaked his hamstring which will keep him sidelined for some time. How much time, we’re not exactly sure, but games will be missed.
Keenan Allen, LAC - Hamstring
UPDATE: 09/15 - Keenan Allen has officially been ruled out of Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
With the Chargers being on a short week and playing on Thursday night, it’s looking very unlikely that their star wide receiver Keenan Allen will miss their Week 2 game against the Chiefs. He hurt his hamstring in the Chargers' Week 1 victory and left the game and did not return. Los Angeles didn’t have practice in Week 1 but if they did, Allen was a projected DNP.
Tee Higgins, CIN - Concussion
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - Higgins is expected to be available in Week 2 after practicing in full on Friday and after being cleared from the concussion protocol.
During the Bengals Week 1 loss to the Steelers, Tee Higgins took a nasty spill where his head bashed against the turf, causing him to leave the game and not return. He’s officially in concussion protocol but things are seemingly OK as head coach Zac Taylor said “the conversations are encouraging.”
JuJu Smith-Schuster, KC - Shoulder
After playing the entirety of Week 1 and running the most routes of all Kansas City Chief receivers, JuJu Smith-Schuster has popped up on the Week 2 injury report as a limited practice participant. There’s nothing at the current moment that would lead us to believe he’ll miss Thursday’s game, but this is definitely something to monitor considering he missed time during the offseason for it.
Allen Lazard, GB - Ankle
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - We saw Lazard log another full practice on Friday as the Packers listed him as questionable for Week 2. Things are definitely trending in the right direction for Lazard.
UPDATE: 09/15 - Look what we have here! Allen Lazard back on the practice field as the Packers take the field for their first practice of the week. Lazard looks spry from what we saw and things are definitely trending in the right direction for the Packers WR1.
After missing the Packers' first game, Allen Lazard could see his first action in Week 2 as they take on the Bears on Sunday night. There has been absolutely no news regarding this ankle injury being anything serious, so seeing the Packers open as 9.5-point favorites for Week 2 maybe let us in on the secret that Lazard is suiting up for this game as Green Bay possibly gets their number one receiver back.
Rondale Moore, ARI - Hamstring
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - Moore has been ruled out for Week 2.
UPDATE: 09/15 - We still haven't see Rondale Moore on the practice field, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned it was still early in the week and he could practice at some point before their Week 2 meeting with the Raiders. Continue to monitor this situation.
After missing Week 1, Rondale Moore has been listed as day-to-day, but one has to think his Week 2 playing time will be contingent on how much practice he can get in. Hamstring’s can be tricky, so we’ll have to monitor his status throughout the week.
Wan'Dale Robinson, NYG - Knee
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - Robinson has been ruled out for Week 2.
UPDATE: 09/15 - Wan'Dale Robinson once again will not practice on Thursday as the Giants injury report did not change from Wednesday to Thursday.
UPDATE: 09/15 - We saw Wan'Dale Robinson off to the side of practice on Wednesday wearing a knee brace and although he was deemed “day-to-day” by head coach Brian Daboll, it seems unlikely he'll be available in Week 2, but we'll continue to monitor this week's practice reports.
It looks as if the Giants avoided potential disaster with rookie wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson and his knee. It is a knee injury, but head coach Brian Daboll has said that Robinson is listed as day-to-day and that’s all. We should find out more about Robinson’s status for Week 2 as the week goes on.
Julio Jones, TB - Knee
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - Jones practiced on Friday and has been listed as questionable for Week 2. The fact that he practiced on Friday bodes well for his status this week.
UPDATE: 09/15 - Say it ain't so. Say it ain't freakin' so. Julio Jones is hurt…AGAIN? We're unsure if this is the Bucs managing the oft-injured receiver or actually something serious, but Jones didn't practice on Wednesday and isn't practicing again on Thursday.
Michael Pittman, IND - Quadriceps
This isn't an injury Pittman sustained in Week 1 when he was arguably the best player on the field, but something that popped up in Wednesday's practice. It's now left his Week 2 status in doubt and this is for an offense already down a receiver in Alec Pierce.
NFL Tight End Injury Report
George Kittle, SF - Groin
UPDATE: 09/16 @ 8 PM EST - It was a great sign for Kittle Week 2 status that Kittle practiced on Friday. He was seen moving very well and it didn't look like there were many limitations at all.
UPDATE: 09/15 - The 49ers tight end did not practice on Wednesday and the 49ers are hopeful that George Kittle will be available in Week 2, but we'll have to continue to monitor the news as the week progresses.
There has been nothing decided on George Kittle’s status for Week 2 just yet. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan met with reporters via a conference call and told them just that. Kittle traveled with the team in Week 1 in hopes he would play but sat out due to the groin not being where the team wanted it to be.
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