It’s time to dig into Week 2 in the NFL, which means it’s also time to take a look at the most recent injury list. The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals suffered a couple of player setbacks last night as the Browns took down the Bengals 35-30, and they both have until September 27 to make some adjustments.
In the meantime, a number of teams are dealing with their own issues heading into this Sunday and Monday’s action.
Sanders In For Eagles, Thomas Out For Saints
Now the situation is better for Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders. He skipped Week 1 due to a hamstring injury. The Eagles injury report indicates that Sanders is expected to play in Week 2. His injury was apparently not as severe as thought, and the team is positive he can come back this week.
The report also informs that Sanders fully participated in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. The Eagles will play the LA Rams this Sunday and the odds are fairly even. The Eagles are getting -106 to -112 for the Rams, with an Over/Under of 45.5. With a win already this season, the favorite is expected to capture another victory.
According to the latest out of the New Orleans Saints, receivers Michael Thomas and A.J. Brown are at risk of not being able to play in any games for some time. Running back Latavius Murray rolled onto Thomas’ left ankle by accident in Week 1, and the Saints hoped it wouldn’t be a serious injury.
However, the reality painted a different picture. Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain that could leave him out of the league for several weeks. This represents a big loss for his team.
On Thursday, head coach Sean Payton declined to talk about the injury affecting Thomas. For the moment, Thomas won’t play in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders, even though he has commented that he feels like he’s capable of getting back on the field. His status for Week 3 is also uncertain now. The upcoming contest between the Saints vs. the Raiders will be played on Monday, and the moneyline is currently on the Saints at -245, with the Raiders getting +195.
A.J. Brown Down For The Count
The Tennessee Titans won over the Denver Broncos in Week 1, taking the victory without having to sideline any player. The situation is different now, however, as Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown suffered a bone bruise, so he will be out of the game this weekend. Both Brown and Corey Davis are two of the go-to guys on the Titans squad, so losing Brown is going to make a difference. Fortunately, Tennessee still has a lot of talent, which is why it’s getting -400 to the Jags’ +320 this weekend.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner suffered an ankle injury in Monday Night Football last week, but will probably play in Week 2. He was injured in the first half of the game against the New York Giants, and some people wondered if he could be ready for Week 2. The concern became bigger when he couldn’t participate in practice on Wednesday; however, things flipped on Thursday.
If everything pans out, Conner will be ready for the next game. The Steelers will take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday and they could really use Conner’s ability on the field. Expecting him to be in the game, oddsmakers are giving the Steelers -334 to the Broncos’ +270.
Brady Looks To Come Out Of His Shell
The Carolina Panthers will play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this coming Sunday. Quarterback Tom Brady struggled a bit during his debut with the Bucs, but he managed to survive. The Panthers won’t scare any quarterback this season, and this is a great opportunity for Brady to shine.
He’s never begun a season 0-2 in his career, and looks to overcome the loss to the Saints last week. Based on the lines, he won’t have any problem, as the Bucs are getting -455 – the Panthers sit at +340. Neither team currently has any major injuries they want to talk about.
The Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans are set to battle it out this coming Sunday. Undoubtedly, the Ravens are better now than previous season. There got off on the right foot in Week 1, while the Texans were forced to take a loss at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. With a healthy squad ready to suit up on Sunday, the Ravens are getting -334 against the Texans, who could be looking at keeping linebacker Peter Kalambayi on the sidelines. With defensive end J.J. Watt still questionable, Houston is only getting +270 and a lot of grief.