Week 2 Injury Report: Receiver Roulette
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Week 2 Injury Report: Receiver Roulette
Matt Mullin, Sports Editor
Here's a look around the league at some injured wide receivers who have questions surrounding their status heading into Week 2:
CLIPPED WINGS FOR A PAIR OF BIRDS
Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson both missed practice this week with different injuries.
Maclin, who returned to practice on Friday, suffered a hip pointer strain in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Browns. Initial reports hinted that Maclin would like miss the Eagles' Week 2 tilt with the Ravens, but his return is promising for fantasy owners, even if he was limited. Maclin did say that he is planning on playing, and I can only imagine that if the team tries to tell him to sit out, his reaction will be something like this...
Jackson strained his hamstring during Wednesday's practice, but, like Maclin, returned to practice in a limited capacity on Friday.
Both are listed as questionable and will be game-time decisions for Reid, as well as fantasy owners. However, the fact that the Eagles play early will give their owners a chance to adjust if they are held out. Keep an eye out for the inactive list, which comes out 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
Their potential absence could also have an impact on quarterback Michael Vick, who was facing a difficult matchup to begin with. If both are out, you may want to consider sitting Vick, unless you have nowhere else to turn. But that shouldn't be the case, assuming you read the Week 2 waiver watch.
REMEMBER THE TITANS?
Titans wideout Kenny Britt, who underwent season-ending surgery last year after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee, missed the team's season opener against the Patriots, but not because of the injury. Britt was suspended for one game as a result of an off-season DWI and is eligible to return this week against the Chargers.
All indications are that he will do just that, but his reps could be limited. If you have Britt on your team, it may be a good idea to give him this week off considering he may be on the sideline for a majority of the Titans' offensive plays and has little to no chemistry with Jake Locker. Then again, the 6-3 receiver can make big plays, especially in the red zone, and has the potential to rack up points in a short period of time.
Making his return even more crucial to the Titans' offense is the fact that their other top receiver, Nate Washington missed his third-straight day of practice on Friday and is listed as questionable with a leg contusion he suffered on Sunday against the Patriots.
THUMBING MY WAY INTO NORTH CAROLINE
Panthers wideout Steve Smith, who had quite an impressive run with Cam Newton in their first season together, didn't fare as well in their 2012 opener. This week, the Panthers will face a Saints team that is coming off a disappointing loss to the Redskins, and the status of two of their top playmakers is up in the air.
Smith (knee), as well as running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle), participated in Friday's practice, but only on a limited basis. Both are listed as questionable and will be game-time decisions. The good news for fantasy owners is that coach Ron Rivera expects both to play this weekend. The flip side of that coin? Stewart was listed as questionable last week but didn't play.
The Panthers will play at 1 p.m., so like Maclin and Jackson owners, those who own either of these two should have some time to adjust if they don't go.
"GARCON! CAMERIERE! YOU!"
Bonus points if you get what this headline has to do with the video it links to. I had Google help...
The Redskins opened a lot of eyes with their opening with over the Saints, but their rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, could be missing one of his top targets, Pierre Garcon. After catching four passes for 109 yards and touchdown, Garcon had to leave the game with a foot injury that coach Mike Shanahan described as similar to turf toe, but on the foot.
Garcon practiced on Friday, but Shanahan said that his status will depend more on how well he can tolerate pain than how well his foot heals. He will be a game-time decision, but even if he does play, there is no gaurantee that he will be able to stay in the game for it's entirety.
A LITTLE NICK'D UP
Despite missing two practices in the last three days, it seems as though Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks will play Sunday when they take on the Buccaneers. Nicks was sidelined with soreness resulting from surgery he had in May to repair a broken bone in his foot.
According to the New York Daily News, however, this should not come as a surprise, and there is a chance Nicks misses several practices this season in an attempt to limit the pain in his surgically repaired left foot. Although he is listed as questionable, I think starting Nicks is a safe bet this week.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Here are some other wide receivers with injury questions heading into Week 2:
Denarius Moore (OAK) - After missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury, Moore appears ready to go this week when the Raiders take on the Dolphins. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, it appears that he will only play a limited number of snaps. With Moore not 100%, and Jacoby Ford undergoing foot surgery that could land him on the PUP list, fantasy value remains high for Rod Streater, who caught a touchdown - the team's only one - and a two-point conversion in the Monday night loss to the Chargers.
Sidney Rice (SEA) - Rice is listed as probable, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said his top receiver "will play" on Sunday against the Cowboys. With a rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson and a matchup against a good secondary in Dallas, his fantasy value isn't great this week, but warrants a start in most leagues. Braylon Edwards, who was targeted the same number of times as Rice (9), could also be worth a look.
Austin Collie (IND) - Collie was cleared to play earlier this week after suffering a concussion in an August 19 preseason game against the Steelers. After practicing on Wednesday, the Colts wideout showed up on Thursday not feeling 100%, and trainers decided to hold him out of practice for a few days. He is listed as doubtful, and will likely not play when the Colts face the Vikings on Sunday.
I can't get to every player, which is why I focused on one position each of the last two weeks, but you can find the complete list of NFL injury reports right here on NFL.com.
Also, here's a link to "Everyone's Talking" for Week 2, which rounds up what fantasy writers around the country are saying.
Matt Mullin is a sports producer at philly.com. You can reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Matt on Twitter: @matt_mullin