NFL Week 3 Injuries: Justin Herbert, Alvin Kamara listed as questionable; Michael Pittman has decided to return

We’re in the middle of week 3 in the NFL thanks to the Steelers and Browns kicking us off on Thursday night and now we have the main dish on the deck that features a full list of games on Sunday. Obviously, injuries will be a key storyline to follow at the start of the weekend, especially with most of the teams across the league submitting their final injury reports.

Despite a stellar start to the season, the Bills’ defense looks like they could be down a number of key weapons when they travel to Miami to face the Dolphins. Meanwhile, the status of Chargers superstar quarterback Justin Herbert also remains fluid as they prepare to host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

With the teams that have finished training week, have released their final injury reports and presented the game states for week 3. Below, you will find each of these reports and a breakdown of some of the more serious injuries.

All NFL odds come from Caesars Sportsbook.

Kansas City will once again be without starting kicker Harrison Butker as he continues to deal with a left ankle injury. In place of him, Matt Ammendola will likely keep the job of kicking after scoring both of his field goals and all three of his extra points in the Chiefs’ week 2 win over the Chargers. Meanwhile, receiver Mecole Hardman (heel) practiced fully on Friday after being a limited participant earlier in the week and has no designation.

The biggest news for the Colts is that they will have a boost in the game in reception as Michael Pittman Jr. does not carry a designation after being a full participant in Friday’s free practice. Pittman missed last week’s match due to a quadriceps injury. Newcomer Alec Pierce will also play after canceling the concussion protocol. As for Leonard, he was left out, but coach Frank Reich noted this week that the linebacker had a “really good week”. He also hasn’t suffered any setbacks, so his return could be around the corner.

Lions rookie pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson returned to training on a limited basis on Friday after missing the first two workouts of the week due to a thigh injury. It is officially questionable. Meanwhile, running back star D’Andre Swift has also been flagged as questionable after consecutive days of limiting.

Neither Booth nor Smith have been training all week, so seeing them excluded isn’t entirely surprising. That said, Hendricks’ status will be worth monitoring after he appeared on the injury report Friday as a limited participant due to a toe injury and is now moot.

Collins hasn’t been training all week, but the team is still listing him as questionable and is hoping he can play in week 3. If he can’t, chances are D’Ante Smith or Hakeem Adeniji will get the nod to start with. the right contrast.

With the Jets, they are still holding back quarterback Zach Wilson as he continues to recover from a preseason knee injury, but this may be the last week he was sidelined. In his absence, Joe Flacco will continue to play under the center. Meanwhile, Davis and Fant were the only two questionable Jets that were limited on Friday with the rest listed as full-fledged participants.

Analysis to come.

Analysis to come.

The promising sign for New Orleans is that both quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Alvin Kamara have been able to train all week, albeit on a limited basis. The fact that neither of them have suffered a setback is encouraging that they will be able to go in week 3.

Christian McCaffrey competed in full on Friday and has no designation after an ankle injury forced him to skip free practice on Wednesday and be restricted on Tuesday.

Buffalo Bills (-5.5) to the Miami Dolphins

  • Invoices: S Micah Hyde (neck), CB Dane Jackson (neck), DT Ed Oliver (ankle), DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring) OUT; WR Gabe Davis (ankle), TE Dawson Knox (foot), C Mitch Morse (elbow), S Jordan Poyer (foot), DT Time Settle (calf) DISCUSSIBLE
  • Dolphins: TE Cethan Carter (concussion), TE Hunter Long (ankle) OUT; T Terron Armstead (toe), DT Raekwon Davis (knee), CB Xavien Howard (groin), WR Cedrick Wilson Jr. (ribs, toe) DISCUSSIVE

Buffalo’s defense will be missing a number of key players when they face the Dolphins, including Hyde, Oliver and Phillips. Oliver’s exclusion is a bit surprising considering he was limited in rehearsal for the whole week. All the other players already excluded did not go to the training pitch at all. Meanwhile, Gabe Davis has been limited all week and is officially questionable, but this week he told reporters that he is “100%” optimistic that he will play.

Miami is still hoping Terron Armstead can play in week 3 despite not training at all this week, officially listing it as questionable. When asked this week, coach Mike McDaniel said “he is literally in the air”.

Analysis to come.

Analysis to come.

Analysis to come.

Analysis to come.

Jacksonville Jaguars to Los Angeles Chargers (-3)

Jacksonville had been remarkably healthy all week but cornered Shaquill Griffin in his final injury report after he appeared on Friday with a hip injury. It is officially questionable. Outside of him, everyone else should be in their own right.

The Chargers officially listed quarterback Justin Herbert as questionable for Sunday’s match against Jacksonville after sustaining a rib cartilage fracture in week 2. Herbert was restricted Wednesday and Thursday but was held out of Friday’s session. The line for this game at Caesars Sportsbook dropped from -7 to -3 by Chargers on Friday. For Herbert, it could depend on pain tolerance and both sides determine whether interpreting it is worth the risk. Meanwhile, Keenan Allen also did not train on Friday after being restricted earlier in the week. Neither JC Jackson nor Corey Linsley trained all week.

Bakhtiari was restricted on both Thursday and Friday, which is an encouraging sign that he could make his debut in week 3. That said, coach Matt LaFleur noted that we won’t really know his status until Sunday, so it looks like a real deal. game time decision. Despite being listed as questionable, wideout rookie Christian Watson did not train on Thursday or Friday due to a hamstring injury. On a more positive note, Allen Lazard does not carry a designation after returning to free practice on a limited basis on Friday after missing Thursday’s session.

Tampa Bay will lose its first two wide receivers in week 3. Not only is Mike Evans serving a one-game suspension, but Chris Godwin has now been barred due to a hamstring injury that kept him out last week. Tom Brady – who was listed in the injury report with a right finger injury – does not carry a designation. That said, the veteran quarterback may be playing with limited weapons as Gage, Jones, and Perriman are all listed as questionable.

Analysis to come.

Analysis to come.

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