Speaking Monday, coach Andy Reid confirmed Jamaal Charles suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Week 2 loss to the Broncos. Reid said it "doesn't look to be a real severe one, but it does have the component of a high-ankle sprain." There have been indications that Charles' sprain is more on the mild side, but he's still considered week-to-week and could miss up to a month of action.
Enter Knile Davis. On Tuesday, Reid said the offensive game plan won't change much with Davis in the lineup. In three games Charles has missed, Davis is averaging 27.3 touches for 97.0 total yards and has scored six touchdowns. Reid simply drops Davis into Charles' every-down role and keeps the plan the same. Against the Broncos, Davis' nine targets in the passing game led the team. Davis is well worth the No. 1 waiver priority and a good chunk of an FAAB budget as a true RB1 thanks the Reid's scheme. The thing working against Davis this week is that he'll have to face the Dolphins. Miami is Pro Football Focus' far-and-away top-ranked defense through two weeks. The Dolphins are No. 1 against the run in PFF's metrics, and have the league's top-ranked pass rush. Kansas City has one of the tougher schedules.
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In Other News…
After the Vikings' reinstatement of Adrian Peterson on Monday was met with a firestorm, Profootballtalk reports the team could "reverse course" on its decision. The NFL has begun looking into the case, Minnesota's governor has called for the Vikings to suspend Peterson, and the team has also lost some sponsorship. Good money is on the Vikings suspending Peterson and once again deactivating him for Week 3. Luckily for Peterson owners, there are plenty of running backs on the waiver wire this week, including Knile Davis, Khiry Robinson, and Donald Brown. All three are better options than the ploddiest of all plodders Matt Asiata.
Update: The Vikings announced early Wednesday morning that they're placing Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, requiring the running back to stay away from the team until further notice.
Roddy White popped up on the injury report Monday with a hamstring injury. It's a new issue and raised concern among the fantasy football landscape. White missed both Monday and Tuesday's practice sessions. But the Falcons aren't concerned about his availability for Thursday night's divisional tilt with the Bucs. White isn't a guy that needs to practice to play. He'll be a borderline WR1/2 for Week 3.
Vernon Davis left the stadium on crutches after Sunday night's loss to the Bears with a left ankle injury. A Monday MRI revealed no structural damage, but a deep bruise. It's likely a mild, "low" sprain for Davis, meaning there's a chance he could suit up for Week 3's dream matchup against the Cardinals. We'll keep an eye on Davis the remainder of the week, but he's avoided serious injury.
Quarterback & Running Back Quick Slants
The NFLPA has officially filed an appeal on Ray Rice's indefinite suspension. Rice is arguing he's being punished twice for the same crime. While that may be true, there's no chance he plays in the NFL this season. … Coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (shoulder) could miss a day, or it could be a month before he returns. Consider him week-to-week. … Lamar Miller (ankle) practiced Tuesday. … Doug Martin (knee) again participated in practice Tuesday, and was working with the first-team offense. Bobby Rainey is down the waiver-wire pecking order at running back. … The Panthers expect DeAngelo Williams (quad) to return to the lineup this week. … LeSean McCoy said Darren Sproles' 26 touches through two games don't bother him. McCoy is still "getting his" with 51 touches through two games. McCoy owners need to relax. … Khiry Robinson's role will expand with Mark Ingram (hand) expected to miss a month.
Wide Receiver & Tight End Quick Slants
The Giants placed Jerrel Jernigan on season-ending I.R. with a mid-foot sprain. Corey Washington and eventually Odell Beckham will fill in as the Giants' No. 3 receiver. … Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) escaped Week 2 with no setbacks. … Jaguars placed Marcedes Lewis (ankle) on short-term I.R. Toby Gerhart's already-in-the-toilet stock takes another big hit. … Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) remained sidelined at practice Tuesday. … Josh Gordon pled guilty to DWI charges in North Carolina and has been sentenced to 12 months' probation. He'll avoid further discipline from the NFL. … Julio Jones (ankle) practiced again Tuesday. … Zach Ertz played 76 percent of the snaps Monday night against the Colts. That's up from 60 percent in Week 1. … Davante Adams out-snapped Jarrett Boykin 37-25 as the Packers' No. 3 receiver in Week 2.