By the third week of the season, the fantasy injury report just seems to be getting longer and longer. Long enough in fact, that there's more than enough names to go around each position. Note that these are the fantasy-relevant players that may be truly questionable. Some players appear on the injury report with a probable tag after practicing all week, and they will be active on Sunday. Week 2 was apparently a bloodbath in the NFL, and we're here to analyze the aftermath.
Note: if a time isn't indicated, the player is playing at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos (Sunday, 8:30 p.m.)
Probable - Ribs
Stafford was on the injury report after getting banged up in Week 2. He was slow to get up after taking some brutal hits, but he did put in full practices all week. He should play Sunday night, but the question is how well. The Denver defense has allowed the fewest yards through the air this season. Stafford hasn't been lighting up the stat sheet in his first two matchups (532 total yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions). The matchup and the injuries make him a QB2 this week.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Out – Shoulder
Brees was ruled out on Friday after he reportedly didn’t have any “zip” on his throws in practice. Luke McCown will fill in, which means all Saints pass catchers can be downgraded. Unfortunately for Brees' owners, the timetable for his return depends on how quickly he can get back to throwing like he is capable of.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Out – Hamstring
Cutler has been ruled out with a hamstring injury he sustained during the game in Week 2. Jimmy Clausen will take the reins in what should be a blowout game in Seattle. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) also has been ruled out already. Avoid all Bears if possible this week. Cutler may be back in Week 3 depending on how fast the hamstring heals.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts
Probable - Wrist
After missing Week 2 with a wrist injury, Walker is on track to play today. He practiced in full all week, and especially with all of the other injuries at tight end, is a TE1 for Week 3. He did score a touchdown in Week 1 and he has a good shot at finding the end zone again against the Colts.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons
Probable – Ankles/Knee
Even though he’s dealing with two sprained ankles and a sprained knee, the expectation is that Witten will play today. After all this is the same durable guy who played through a lacerated spleen last year and countless other injuries. A couple of sprains isn't going to stop him. However, with Brandon Weeden at the helm, it's hard to trust Witten this week. He's a TE2 in case Weeden uses him to check down, but don't expect too much.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Questionable – Groin
Cameron injured his groin in Week 2, but was able to put in some practice time this week. It appears that he will play on Sunday, based on the practice reports. The Bills were torched by Patriots tight ends in Week 2, but Cameron isn't exactly Rob Gronkowski. However, Cameron is still a low-end TE1 if active. He does play in a late game, so be sure to have a backup, just in case.
Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings
Questionable – Head
Green showed up to practice on Tuesday with concussion-like symptoms. He either suffered a concussion in Sunday's game or is still dealing with symptoms from his earlier concussion. Either way, he has to pass through the concussion protocol before being cleared to play. Based on either how close the concussions were or how long the symptoms have lasted, it is a good bet that Green sits out Week 3.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans
Out – Shoulder
Seferian-Jenkins has a strained shoulder and will be out for the next four to six weeks. Brandon Myers is the tight end in Tampa Bay, but is not worth rostering in fantasy leagues.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Out – Ankle
Allen is dealing with an ankle sprain, and has already been ruled out for Week 3. Fire up Coby Fleener as a TE1 as long as Allen is sidelined. Follow the practice reports this coming week to get an early idea on Allen’s Week 4 status.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos
Out – Hamstring
Pettigrew missed Week 2 and he has been ruled out for Week 3 with a hamstring injury. This bodes well for Eric Ebron owners. It is unclear when Pettigrew will return.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.