The Week 2 fate of a pair of Chicago wide receivers could go down to the wire. Those are just a few of the injury stories we are keeping tabs on.
Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, WRs, Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers
Questionable – Hamstring; Questionable – Ankle
Last week was not a good one for Chicago, who not only lost at home in overtime to Buffalo, but also saw its top two wide receivers get hurt. Jeffery sustained a hamstring injury that kept him on the sideline for the rest of the game, while Marshall hurt his ankle, but was able to return. Both wideouts missed the majority of practice this week and are listed as Questionable for tonight’s game in San Francisco. Right now, Marshall’s chances of playing appear higher, but given the late kickoff it may be best to leave both on the bench and look elsewhere. Even if either plays, expectations should be tempered due to their health and the matchup with a 49ers defense that’s ready to come after Jay Cutler, who is missing two of his primary protectors up front.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Atlanta Falcons
Probable – Foot
Green missed some practice time this week because of a foot issue, but he’s Probable and head coach Marvin Lewis said he will play. This is more a team being cautious with their No. 1 wide receiver, who finished his Week 1 effort with an electrifying 77-yard touchdown reception. Green is a bona fide WR1 who only leaves your lineup when he’s on bye.
Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns
Probable – Quadriceps
Stills missed last week because of a quad injury, which was still limiting him in practice this week. However, he’s been upgraded to Probable, so there’s a chance he will play today. That doesn’t mean he should be plugged into your lineup right away, as rookie Brandin Cooks looked quite comfortable last week and Drew Brees also has Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Pierre Thomas to throw to. Stills could provide sneaky production down the road, but he’ll most likely only be valuable in deeper leagues.
Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants vs. Arizona Cardinals
Out – Hamstring
The wait for the debut of the Giants’ No. 1 pick will continue, as Beckham will miss a second game because of a lingering hamstring issue. Those who have stayed with Beckham this long may as well continue to ride it out, but strong showings from either Rueben Randle or Jerrel Jernigan could push Beckham even further down the pecking order.