MIN: Vikes QB Sam Bradford expected to start Week 2
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 4:33pm
ESPN’s Ben Goessling is reporting that Sam Bradford is expected to start for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Goessling reports that Bradford took all the first-team reps for the Vikings at practice, indicating he will get the nod on Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers.
Bradford told the media earlier this week he felt much more comfortable with the playbook, the story said. Shaun Hill was average last week in the team’s win and it’s expected Bradford will be an upgrade at the position as well as an upgrade for the Viking receivers. But, expect Bradford to improve as the weeks go by. Green Bay is 11th in allowing fantasy points to QBs so it’s not a great matchup for Bradford.
NFL: Week 2 MNF Injury Report – Eagles TE Zach Ertz OUT vs. Bears
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 4:28pmEagles at Bears
TE Zach Ertz (rib), CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring)
CB Kyle Fuller (knee)
As was reported earlier in the day, Zach Ertz will be out for Week 2 against the Bears with a displaced rib. Trey Burton is expected back for the Eagles this week and is expected to work with Brent Celek to replace Ertz at TE. Neither figure to be a great fantasy option.
NYJ: Jets WR Brandon Marshall’s knee is ‘fine’
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 12:36pm
On Thursday night, a facemask tackle of Jets receiver Brandon Marshall caused his knee to twist in a way that the human knee typically doesn’t. He feared the worst possible outcome; he ended up with the best.
“Brandon is fine,” Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Friday. “He has a sore knee. He got some treatment, but he’s walking around pretty good.”
It seemed certain that Marshall had a serious knee injury on Thursday. Instead, he returned after a brief absence, played well, and by all appearances won’t miss a beat, according to the story.
PHI: Eagles rule out TE Zach Ertz for MNF
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 12:28pm
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will be forced to sit out Monday’s game against the Bears with a rib displacement suffered in Week 1, coach Doug Pederson said Saturday.
This wasn’t a surprise as Ertz was trending that way since the news broke about his rib. He’s officially week-to-week according to the team but there’s no timetable for his return outside of that. Trey Burton and Brent Celek will take over. Burton is a guy the team is high on and someone to keep an eye on in this contest.
NE: ‘Wouldn’t be surprised’ if TE Rob Gronkowski sits Week 2
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 12:25pm
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially questionable for Sunday’s home opener against the Miami Dolphins, and several followers on Twitter have asked my thoughts on if he’ll play.
Based on what I saw in a limited peek at practice this week, my feeling is that it wouldn’t be a surprise if Gronkowski remains sidelined. He is still limited. For example, when players went through a gauntlet in which teammates whacked them with pads in an attempt to jar the ball free, Gronkowski only played the role of the “whacker” and never ran through.
Former Pats assistant coach Michael Lombardi was quoted in the story as saying Bill Belichick’s philosophy is if a player is injured a team is better off playing a backup. That may especially be true in Week 2 after coming off a Week 1 win without Tom Brady. It’s only one opinion, but owners should prepare a backup plan.
SEA: TE Jimmy Graham ‘ready to play in all situations’
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:11am
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham played 17 snaps in Week 1, but the team is ready to ramp up his workload, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
“He’s ready to go,” Carroll said ahead of the Seahawks’ road meeting with the Los Angeles Rams. “He had his best week, and he’s ready to play in all situations.”
Graham (ruptured patellar tendon) ran nine routes in Week 1 and was used as a blocker on the other eight snaps. He caught just one pass for 11 yards, but it came on the Seahawks’ final, game-winning drive. Against the Miami Dolphins, the Seahawks played with two tight ends on 11 of 78 snaps. Luke Willson played 78 percent of the snaps. Graham is way down our list at 25 so it’s probably better to take a wait-and-see approach this week, especially if you have a better option to fall back on.
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