Week 3 NFL Injury Report With Betting Insight
Few NFL games have been heavily impacted by injuries through the first two weeks of the 2015 season. There have been some bumps and bruises along the way, some inactives and some guys forced from games, but for the most part no glaring injury changed a game one way or the other.
In week one Mike Evans didn’t play and Alshon Jeffery wasn’t 100%. Their respective teams, the Buccaneers and Bears, were likely going to lose, with or without them. The story was much the same last week, but in week three things are a little different with two star quarterbacks going down and various ailments hindering other NFL squads.
We’re here each week to point out the injuries that may be a big deal when it comes to how the games turn out. Not all will, but all of the below player injuries need to be tracked or considered up until game day when it comes to your NFL bets:
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints – OUT
Brees suffered a shoulder injury last week and has been unable to generate the power he’s used to. He’s already been ruled out for the Saints week two road matchup with the Panthers. Luke McCown gets the start in a certain loss for the Saints.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys – OUT
A broken clavicle has sent Romo to designated for return/IR, which means he’s out for week three and should miss the next four months. Brandon Weeden starts for Dallas, who will also be without star receiver Dez Bryant. The Falcons are an easy pick in week three.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears – OUT
Cutler injured his hamstring last week and was recently ruled out. Jimmy Clausen is going to get destroyed in Seattle this week, making the Seahawks the easiest best, possibly ever.
Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns – ACTIVE
McCown returns from a concussion to send Johnny Manziel back to the bench. We liked the Browns slightly more with Manziel under center, so the Raiders could be looking at the mild upset win this week.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks – Questionable
Beast Mode’s calf issue seemingly comes out of nowhere and now he’s at risk of sitting out or being limited against the Bears this week. Fred Jackson is a capable fill-in option, though, and there’s no way Seattle loses their home opener and drops to 0-3.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans – Doubtful
Foster had some faint home of suiting up this game but the early word has been he’ll be out at least one more game. The Texans haven’t formally ruled him out, but he’s very unlikely to play at home against the Buccaneers. Look for him to possibly return in week four.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers – Questionable
Lacy got his ankle rolled up on last week and is iffy for a Monday night showdown with a solid Chiefs squad. Green Bay takes a minor hit if he can’t go, but Aaron Rodgers simply doesn’t lose (or play bad, at least) at Lambeau Field. His presence would obviously help the Packers, but they’re safe picks, regardless of his status.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills – Probable
Shady continues to deal with a nagging hamstring issue but all signs suggest he’s very close to 100%. He figures to be his normal self at Miami this week, but this game is still a virtual toss-up.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – Questionable
Murray has been extremely sluggish to start the year and now he’s got a hamstring issue. That’s bad news even if he’s active in a brutal road matchup with an elite Jets front seven. Pick the Eagles at your own risk in week three.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets – Questionable
Ivory looked great in week one, but has now battling a groin and leg issue in back to back weeks. He simply can’t stay healthy, so there’s a decent chance the Jets hold him out to get him back to 100% for week three. Facing the inept Eagles at home, New York is a strong pick with or without their top running back.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals – Doubtful
Ellington had some minor hope of returning this week, but it sounds like the Cardinals won’t rush him back. He’s likely out, but it won’t matter either way with AZ at home against the Niners. They look ready to get off to a nice 3-0 start.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams – Probable
Gurley could make his long awaited pro debut this week, as he’s seemingly fully recovered from his torn ACL. He is expected to be pretty limited, however, so don’t let his presence sway you one way or another when it comes to picking the Rams vs. Steelers battle this week.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears – OUT
Jeffery has already been ruled out and will miss his second game in a row due to lingering leg issues. The Bears don’t stand a chance in Seattle this week.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans – Probable
Hopkins is dealing with concussion symptoms but is reportedly fine and is likely to suit up in week three. Houston is at home against the Buccaneers and if Hopkins is active they’ll have a decent shot at getting their first win of 2015.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers – Questionable
Adams is banged up but, like running back Eddie Lacy, is tentatively expected to face the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Green Bay can find a way to win without him, but he certainly help their cause.
Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers – Questionable
Green reportedly sustained his second concussion of the year but is already shaping up as a likely active for week three. He could be held out at the last second, but so far it sounds like he’s good to go. San Diego will probably need him if they want to take down the Vikings in Minnesota this week.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys – Questionable
Witten is another tight end on the mend, as he’s dealing with numerous injuries heading into week three. It doesn’t sound like he wants to sit out, but he could be limited if he does play. Dallas is severely under-manned this week, so they look like tough bets at home against a good Falcons team.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans – Questionable
Walker sat out of week two with a wrist issue, but has a chance to suit up in a huge divisional clash with the Indianapolis Colts. Walker certainly offers rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota a nice safety blanket if he plays, but the Colts are still going to be the heavy favorites either way.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OUT
ASJ hurt his shoulder last week and is going to miss about a month of action. It’s a big blow for Tampa Bay’s passing game as they head into Houston against a tough Texans defense. This game still feels like a toss-up, but Houston may have the slight edge.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins – Questionable
Cameron is dealing with a groin issue and could sit this week if he’s not ready. He could prove quite useful in a tough matchup with the Buffalo Bills, but if he’s not active Miami could be a little under-manned in the passing game.
Luke Kuechly, ILB, Carolina Panthers – Doubtful
Kuechly continues to be held out due to lingering concussion symptoms. He’s nearing a return to the field, but with Carolina 2-0 and at home this week, it doesn’t look like the team minds waiting for him to get back to speed. The Panthers face a Drew Brees-less Saints squad, so odds are they don’t need their star inside linebacker to secure the win.
Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets – Questionable
Revis Island still has a pretty good chance to suit up this Sunday, but he’s somewhat in doubt due to a groin issue. Revis is still expected to play against the Eagles, but if he’s out the matchup gets significantly better for Sam Bradford and Philly.
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