A Cowboy wide receiver with a bum shoulder and a Bengal wideout with a bad toe are both planning on being on the field in Week 3. Here’s the latest on those wide receiver injury situations and more.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis Rams
Questionable – Shoulder
Bryant injured his shoulder last week against Tennessee yet finished the game with 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. He missed one day of practice, was limited the other two and is listed as Questionable, but Bryant said he’ll be “ready to roll” on Sunday and who am I to not believe him? Unless something changes before kickoff (1 p.m. ET), leave Bryant in your starting lineup and hope he can pick up where he left things off last week.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans
Probable – Toe
After missing practice time last week because of a foot issue, Green didn’t even make it through the first quarter against Atlanta after suffering what has been called a turf toe injury. Initially his chances of playing this week did not look good, but Green was a full practice participant on both Thursday and Friday. His Probable designation is a good indicator he will play and other than doing a courtesy check before kickoff to make sure he’s active, I think you need to have one of the NFL’s best wide receivers in your lineup.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys
Questionable – Knee
Austin left last week’s game early with a knee injury and missed all of practice this week. He’s listed as Questionable, but I would be surprised if he plays and even more surprised if anyone was willing to trust the second-year pro at this point. All he’s done in the first two games is catch three passes for 34 yards, and all of that came in Week 1. A disappointment as a rookie last season, it’s probably past time to quit waiting on Austin and take a chance on someone else instead.
Already Ruled Out:
Odell Beckham, New York Giants – Beckham’s NFL debut will have to wait at least one more week, as a lingering hamstring issue will sideline him for a third straight game. Jerrel Jernigan (foot) was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, leaving Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle as the primary wide receivers. Cruz and Randle should be rostered, but given the Giants’ offensive struggles it’s hard to have a lot of confidence in either right now.
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals’ No. 2 wide receiver is still recovering from foot surgery. The hope is he will be back following the Week 4 bye. With A.J. Green also dealing with an injury, Mohamed Sanu could be a sneaky pickup.