Several tight ends have already been ruled out for Week 2 because of injuries. Here are the names you need to know before setting your lineup.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings
Probable – Knee
Gronkowski will probably remain a fixture on the injury report this season. Not only is he coming back from a serious knee injury, but the Patriots have been known to be very liberal, shall we say, when it comes to players’ injury statuses. That said, as long as Gronk is listed as Probable he should play. How much is the question. Last week in limited snaps Gronk still made his presence felt (44 yds., TD), but his owners just need to understand the risk that comes with employing the immensely talented, yet injury-prone tight end.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints
Questionable – Shoulder
Cameron re-aggravated a shoulder injury last week, which held him out of practice this week. It’s a sprained right AC joint, which he initially suffered in August. The good news is that to this point, there doesn’t appear to be any serious concern regarding the injury. Even with the Questionable designation, head coach Mike Pettine said he’s hopeful he’ll have his tight end today. That said, it’s probably safest to go a different route unless you have the time and patience to wait until his status is known before kickoff.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Probable – Hamstring
A lingering hamstring issue has been enough of a problem to keep Gates out of practice. However, he’s listed as Probable and it could be the team just resting their veteran to make sure he’s fresh for the game. Gates’ fantasy outlook is somewhat cloudy to begin with because of the presence of Ladarius Green. Gates remains the starter, but Green’s definitely lurking, especially if injuries continue to be a problem for the former. That said, Gates is a risky enough option this week because of the matchup with the Seahawks. Consider yourself warned.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. St. Louis Rams
Out – Ankle
The Bucs’ second-round choice has been ruled Out for today’s game because of an ankle injury. Seferian-Jenkins’ NFL debut last week was limited to two targets and one catch for 26 yards, but it will be at least another week until he’s back on the field. The rookie still offers plenty of upside, so for now I would stay the course, find a replacement and hope Seferian-Jenkins’ ankle heals quickly.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Out – Hamstring
Reed has already been ruled Out because of a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him for several weeks. Niles Paul will get the starting nod in Reed’s absence and could be a stealth add for Reed owners or someone not happy with their current TE situation. Paul led the team last week with 86 yards receiving on just four catches.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons
Out – Dislocated elbow
Eifert dislocated his elbow last week and has been placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. He won’t be eligible to return to the field until Week 10 at the earliest. Jermaine Gresham will take Eifert’s place in the starting lineup and is worth considering if your league starts more than one TE.