Week 2 was brutal in terms of injuries, as the list of running backs this week is longer than ever. There are plenty of big names on the injury report, so your backfield's depth may be tested this week. It's always hard to trust a player that has been injured all week, even if they have been solid for your team so far. Let's analyze the first wave of running back injuries and their playing status for Sunday below, and then be sure to check out the rest here. Don't forget about the WR and QB/TE injury updates as well.
Note: if a game date and time isn't included, the player is playing at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
Questionable – Hamstring
Murray played in Week 2 (although was ineffective with 13 carries for two yards and five receptions for 53 yards), but injured his hamstring in practice on Wednesday. He sat out Thursday, but returned to full practice on Friday. He is on track to play, but based on his Week 2 performance, plus the matchup, is a RB2 on name value only. The Jets have not allowed a rushing touchdown yet this year and the longest run they've allowed has been 18 yards.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Questionable – Quad/Groin
It's already been said that Ivory will be a game-time decision with his groin/quad injury. Because there is a chance Ivory could make the injury worse by playing through it, fantasy owners should not count on having him in Week 3. He did put in a limited practice on Friday, but the Jets will likely rest him this week. Bilal Powell will get the start but is a RB3. The good news is fantasy owners will know early if Ivory is playing or not.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
Questionable – Knee
While Stewart hasn't exactly been spectacular so far this season (18 carries for 56 yards in Week 1, 17 carries for 62 yards in Week 2), he is the lead back on a team that likes to run the ball. He missed practice with a knee injury on Wednesday, but put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He will likely suit up and play against a terrible Saints defense. He is a RB2 with upside for Week 3.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Questionable – Knee
Coming back from ACL reconstructive surgery, this may be the week fantasy owners get to see Gurley in action. He's put in full practices, but he has yet to the see the field in the NFL. The Rams will likely ease Gurley into game action, putting him on a snap count and not using him in red zone opportunities right away. Gurley, as long as he's healthy and productive, should emerge as the lead back for the Rams, but the team is playing it safe with him. Fantasy owners should continue to stash Gurley, but don't start him this week, even if he's active.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (Sunday, 4:05 p.m.)
Probable – Quad
After giving fantasy owners a scare in Week 2, Hyde appears good to go for Week 3. He did not have a concussion and the thigh injury was just a bruise. Hyde participated in full practices this week, and is a low RB1 for Week 3.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Questionable – Foot
After acting as a touchdown vulture in Week 2, Taliaferro missed practice this week with a foot injury. He had missed time earlier this year with a knee injury, so this is a new issue. Taliaferro did practice on Friday, but he may not suit up on Sunday. At this point, he is not a fantasy option. If healthy, he has some value as a touchdown vulture, but do not take the chance to start him this week.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m.)
Doubtful - Knee
Ellington got in his first practice, a limited session, on Friday, after injuring his PCL in Week 1. The original timeline on the injury was two to three weeks. He should be able to practice this coming week, and assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, should play in Week 4. However, expect Week 3 to be more Chris Johnson (RB2) and David Johnson (RB3).
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys
Out – Rib
Coleman broke his ribs in Week 2 and has been ruled out for Week 3. Devonta Freeman will be the lead back, but is a RB3 at best. Coleman may end up missing next week as well, depending on how the ribs heal and how he manages the pain.
— 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.