San Francisco and Cleveland may both be without their starting tight ends for Week 3. Are there any other big targets who may not play today?
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers at Buffalo Bills
Probable – Hamstring
The hamstring issue is still there, as it limited Gates’ practice participation on Thursday. However, he was a full go on Friday, is listed as Probable and oh yeah, he’s coming off of a three-touchdown performance against the defending Super Bowl champions. Do I really need to say anything more?
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Questionable – Ankle/Knee
Davis left last week’s game with what was reported to be an ankle injury, but apparently he’s also dealing with a knee issue. Those two injuries combined with the fact he didn’t practice at all this week and his Questionable designation and it sounds like a backup plan is in order. The late afternoon kickoff only reinforces this strategy, as waiting until after the 1 p.m. ET games start to make a decision could end up shrinking your replacement pool even more.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Questionable – Shoulder
As was expected, Cameron missed last week because of the shoulder injury he re-aggravated in the opener. He is listed as Questionable, but was able to return to practice in a limited capacity. Cameron will be a game-time decision again. It’s an early game, but I wouldn’t include Cameron in your game plan this week unless you simply don’t have another option.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders
Probable – Knee
Here’s that man again. Yes, he’s on the injury report. Yes, he’s listed as Probable. And yes he will play barring something unforeseen happening in warmups. But for Gronkowski, it still comes down to how much playing time he will get. After seeing limited snaps in Week 1, his total actually decreased in Week 2. He did catch a TD in the opener, but those who took a chance on him in the draft are hoping for much more than just four catches and around 40 yards per game. Depending on your options, you may want see if a trip to the bench is what Gronk needs to get him going.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Questionable – Abdomen
Rudolph practiced all week, but in a limited capacity due to an abdomen injury. He’s listed as Questionable for today’s game and his owners would be wise to check on his status before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff to make sure he’s playing.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Questionable – Knee
He’s yet to miss a game, but it’s pretty clear that Clay is not at 100 percent. He’s shown up on the injury report several times with a knee issue that has impacted his practice participation and earned him a Questionable designation. A pleasant surprise last season, Clay has nine catches for 58 yards through two games. While he may remain in the Dolphins’ starting lineup, he probably shouldn’t be in yours unless it’s as a TE2.
Already Ruled Out:
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Rams – Eifert dislocated his elbow in the opener and is on injured reserve with a designation to return. The soonest he will be back on the field is Week 10. Jermaine Gresham will take Eifert’s place in the starting lineup and is TE2 material and could be a borderline TE1 option depending on the matchup.
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars – Lewis went on the injured reserve/designated for return list earlier this week because of a high ankle sprain. Unless you have an IR spot and/or are smitten with Lewis, there’s no reason to hold onto him or even stash him away on your roster.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins – Reed will be out an extended period of time due to a hamstring injury. Niles Paul has replaced Reed in the starting lineup and has already thrust himself into TE1 consideration following his eight-catch, 99-yard effort that also included a touchdown last week against Jacksonville.