The Carolina Panthers will have their starting quarterback for Week 2, but may be without their No. 1 running back. Meanwhile Green Bay’s workhorse should be back on the field after suffering a concussion last week. Here are some other QB and RB injuries you need to know about before setting your starting lineup.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions
Probable – Ribs
Newton was held out of the season opener because of bruised ribs, as the Panthers decided to err on the side of the caution. The move paid off as backup Derek Anderson led them to a road victory over the Buccaneers. But Newton is the franchise quarterback for a reason. He got in a good week of practice and head coach Ron Rivera has already said that Newton will start today. He may not run as much as usual, but if Newton’s your guy, you need him to put him in your lineup.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers vs. New York Jets
Probable – Concussion
Lacy spent more time on the sideline than on the field last week against Seattle due to a concussion he sustained. Not the first concussion the second-year back has had as a pro, Lacy was a late returnee to practice this week as he went through the league-mandated tests and protocols. The good news for Lacy owners is he’s listed as Probable, which means he has cleared the required tests and is able to play. The matchup against the Jets is better than last week, but it’s still no walk in the park. Also don’t be surprised if James Starks gets a few more carries to take some of the load off of Lacy. Still, Lacy is a must-start RB1 in any league.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
Questionable - Shoulder
Palmer was a somewhat surprise appearance on the injury report, but he’s reportedly dealing with a shoulder issue. He hasn’t thrown much this week due to what head coach Bruce Arians is calling a “nerve issue.” Palmer is listed as Questionable and that along with the curious diagnosis is enough reason to be concerned. Palmer was one of the biggest surprises of Week 1, but those looking to cash in on this Cardinal and the appealing matchup with the Giants better have a Plan B in place.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Probable – Shoulder
Moreno showed up on the injury report earlier this week because of a shoulder issue, which limited him in practice. However, it appears to be a minor issue, as he is listed as Probable for today’s interesting AFC East matchup with Buffalo. Moreno is the NFL’s leading rusher after one week, as he gashed New England for 134 yards. His stock may have been slipping entering the season, but those who took a shot on Moreno have already been rewarded. He’s a solid RB2 play this week.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions
Questionable – Thigh
Williams missed practice both Thursday and Friday because of a thigh injury. He is listed as Questionable to play against the Lions and it’s probably best to find a different option for your lineup. If Williams does miss this game, Jonathan Stewart and MikeTolbert figure to see more work, especially since the Panthers may not let Cam Newton run that much after missing Week 1 because of bruised ribs. Stewart could be a flex option for those looking for help.
Shaun Hill, QB, St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Questionable – Quad
Already down one quarterback because of Sam Bradford’s torn ACL, Hill suffered a quad injury last week against Minnesota. He has not been able to practice, is listed as Questionable and head coach Jeff Fisher said Hill will be a “game-time decision.” Hill wasn’t exactly the most appealing fantasy option to begin with, so it’s probably best to stay away from any Ram QB as Austin Davis will make his first career NFL start if Hill can’t go.