Week 1 NFL Injury Round Up: Rob Gronkowski, Andre Ellington and More
Whether you’re betting on the week one NFL games or preparing for fantasy football this week, staying on top of all of the key injuries in the league is crucial to your success. Let’s run down the major injury fall out from Thursday night’s game and brush over all the big names that need to be monitored going into Sunday and Monday, as well:
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Lacy was the lone big name injury in this one, as he sustained a concussion. He has 10 days to get ready for week two, but could be held out as a precaution. James Starks would start in his place. Tackle Bryan Bulaga and tight end Andrew Quarless also suffered injuries, but both are believed to be minor.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Brady was held out of practice on Thursday due to a minor calf issue. The Pats always do this. There’s probably nothing to see here.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
The Gronk (knee) is nearing 100% but the Pats have been quiet about his availability this Sunday. It does sound like he’ll play, but he could be limited and we won’t know anything for sure until right before kickoff.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington has a sore foot and even had an MRI done, so there might be reason for concern this week. He has a tough matchup against a solid Chargers run D, while Jonathan Dwyer would be in line to start if he sat out.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Another Cardinal at less than 100%, it’s not good to see Fitz on the injury report so early. He apparently has just general knee soreness and is expected to be “fine” for week one.
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree was dealing with some calf soreness, but returned to practice on Thursday and is reportedly “good to go” for his matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. If 100%, Crabtree could destroy a bad Dallas defense this week.
Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints
Stills is looking at a solid second season in New Orleans and has a good matchup against the Falcons, but he may not play. Stills did not practice Thursday as he deals with a sore quad. It looks like he could sit out week one as a precaution. Rookie stud Brandin Cooks could be in for a big role in his pro debut.
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