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Football Daily Dose

Dose: Injury Roundup

by Nick Mensio
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Rob Gronkowski has been listed as limited in every practice since the season began, and that didn’t change Tuesday. But Gronkowski said he “feels decent,” and beat writer Jeff Howe reported Gronkowski had a “different attitude” at Tuesday’s walkthrough. Gronkowski donned pads and showed more of a “willingness to be out there” than the first two practice weeks. Howe “thinks” Week 3 against the Texans on Thursday night is when Gronkowski will make his awaited debut. We’ll surely have more updates on Gronkowski after practice Wednesday and into Thursday.

Jimmy Garoppolo was playing out of his mind in the first half of the Week 2 win over the Dolphins, but he took a crunching hit from MLB Kiko Alonso and was done for the day with a right shoulder injury. He’s reportedly dealing with a sprained AC joint. Garoppolo didn’t practice Monday, but the Patriots listed him as limited on Tuesday, though that could be a flat-out lie with New England always seeking a competitive advantage by being opaque with their injuries. The Boston Herald reports the team is “putting pressure” on Garoppolo to play Thursday night, as they are clearly not comfortable with rookie Jacoby Brissett under center. Garoppolo is in pain, but he can’t do any further damage to the injury by playing through it. Either way, expect the Patriots to try and run the ball a ton Week 3.

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Arian Foster’s Week 2 injury was announced as a hamstring issue, but USA Today’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday that Foster is actually dealing with a strained groin. It’s notable since Foster missed much of last summer after sports-hernia surgery. But this doesn’t sound overly serious. Coach Adam Gase is calling him day to day, and Pelissero calls Foster “iffy” for Week 3 against the Browns. ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports the Dolphins are “cautiously optimistic” Foster will play Sunday. Foster’s lengthy injury history combined with the Dolphins being double-digit favorites over the Browns may lead the Dolphins to rest the veteran. Jay Ajayi would lead a backfield committee.

Rashad Jennings left the Giants’ Week 2 win over the Saints with his left thumb “heavily wrapped.” He’s expected to miss some practice reps this week, but Jennings is fully expected to play against the Redskins. Coming off a total clunker against the Saints, Jennings’ owners are surely fuming, but he gets another dream spot Week 3. He’s someone to consider heavily in daily fantasy on the cheap.

Jay Cutler tossed a brutal interception late in the third quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Eagles and immediately left the field to head to the locker room. He reportedly first injured his hand Week 1 and then aggravated it again Monday night, likely on his lost fumble before the pick. Cutler has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb and is day to day. Considering how awful he was Week 2 and on a short week, odds are Brian Hoyer will get the start Sunday night at the Cowboys. It’s not much of a downgrade, though certainly not an upgrade either, for the Bears’ offense.

Both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker were dinged up in last Thursday night’s win over the Bills. Marshall suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury, but managed to come back in the game and escape with only an “MCL injury.” He was non-committal on his Week 3 status on Tuesday. Eric Decker is dealing with a sore shoulder, but said he isn’t concerned about his availability for Week 3 against the Chiefs. Both will be must-starts if they play, with Quincy Enunwa getting a bump if one misses.

 

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In Other News…

The Chargers lost do-it-all RB Danny Woodhead to a torn ACL in Week 2. It’s going to be a big loss for the Bolts, but Melvin Gordon’s emergence should help soften the blow. To replace Woodhead in some passing situations, the Charger signed Dexter McCluster on Tuesday. McCluster played for OC Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee and was part of the Titans’ final cuts this summer. He’s immediately on the PPR radar, though there’s no way we expect McCluster to fill Woodhead’s entire role. Gordon is going to take on more responsibility and is in a cake spot against the Colts this Sunday.

Christine Michael’s lost fumble on the Seahawks’ final drive deep in Rams territory this past Sunday was a wart on his Week 2 box score. Aside from that, he looked like Seattle’s best offensive player not named Tyler Lockett. Michael took a back seat to Thomas Rawls to open the game, but out-rushed Rawls 60 to -7 on 10 carries to seven for Rawls. Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that it looked like Michael was “shot out of a cannon” in the loss. With Rawls dealing with a bruised leg and clearly not back to his 2015 self, Michael needs more run. Week 3 presents a get-right spot for the Seahawks offense at home against the 49ers. This backfield still needs to sort itself out, but Michael isn’t making it easy on Rawls. Michael has outplayed him every step of the way this year.

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Quarterback & Running Back Slants

Several free agent running backs worked out for teams on Tuesday, including Kerwynn Williams (Seahawks, Joique Bell (Lions), C.J. Spiller (Packers), and Ronnie Hillman (Chargers). … ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett isn’t worried about Mark Ingram’s down stat lines through two weeks. … LeSean McCoy is being sued for his role in a Philadelphia bar fight last February. … Coach Jay Gruden said he has “total faith” in Kirk Cousins after two down games. … Case Keenum will remain the Rams’ starter Week 3 at the Bucs. … Owner Jerry Jones again said Ezekiel Elliott’s fumbles won’t have any affect on his workload moving forward. … Doug Martin underwent an MRI on his hamstring Tuesday. We’re awaiting results. … Adrian Peterson’s return from a torn meniscus will depend on the Vikings’ course of action on how to treat it.

Wide Receiver & Tight End Slants

The Lions signed WR Aaron Dobson. He had workouts with a handful of teams after being part of the Patriots’ final cuts. … The Colts are awaiting further test results on Donte Moncrief’s shoulder. … Texans rookie slot WR Braxton Miller (hamstring) missed another practice Tuesday. … Coach Doug Pederson said Zach Ertz (ribs) will be a game-time decision Week 3 against the Steelers. … Jimmy Graham (knee) said he feels “like a beast” coming out of the Week 2 loss to the Rams. … Sammy Watkins said he’ll keep playing through his sore foot. … Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) said there’s a “good possibility” he returns to the team Week 7 when first eligible. … Markus Wheaton said his shoulder is fine. Expect him to make his season debut Week 3.

Nick Mensio

Nick Mensio has been covering the NFL for NBC Sports Edge since 2012. He can be found on Twitter at @NickMensio.