Each week of the NFL season, injuries alter the landscape. Football is a rough game, after all, and people frequently get hurt playing it. Oftentimes, those people have a significant impact on subsequent games. Which NFL Week 2 injuries move the needle — or don’t, as the case may be?
TheLines will examine each week’s injury report on Thursday, typically the biggest “swing” day. That is, players who miss practice Thursday often sit out, and those who can practice usually play. We’ll try to divine what effect these injuries should have on markets from game spreads to player props.
Impactful NFL Week 2 Injuries
Ravens Lose Peters, Two Offensive Linemen
CB Marcus Peters will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. He’ll be especially disappointed to miss this revenge spot against his old team.
The Ravens must go on without him, and they have Jimmy Smith penciled into the lineup. He’s also dealing with an injury, as usual, but he’ll likely play. After Tyreek Hill ran wild in Week 1, expect him to see a lot of Marlon Humphrey, which may open up opportunities for DeMarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. Keep an eye on their numbers when player props open.
Even more concerning for the Ravens, the entire left side of their line went down. They’ll particularly miss LT Ronnie Stanley. The 2019 All-Pro’s neighbor, Tyre Phillips, also sustained a serious injury.
As it was, the Ravens had a difficult time blocking the Raiders’ pass rush. A patchwork offensive line is always an issue but especially so for a team like the Ravens that relies so heavily on its running game. Will they pivot to a more passing-heavy attack, and if so, what does that mean for this matchup?
Browns Offensive Line In Shambles
One of the standout units for the Browns in their narrow loss to Kansas City was the offensive line. They repeatedly gashed the Chiefs in the first half, opening big holes for Nick Chubb.
That group of five studs might get reduced to two for Sunday’s home tilt against the Texans. Starters C JC Tretter and LT Jedrick Wills Jr. missed practice this week, and RT Jack Conklin logged a limited practice on Thursday. To add to the pain, backup swing tackle Chris Hubbard, who replaced Wills Jr., has also not practiced.
Potential replacements here include Nick Harris and James Hudson III. The former has one career start and the latter is a fourth-round rookie.
The Texans are massive underdogs as high as in the market. Even their weak pass rush can probably get home against a makeshift unit that might take the field for Cleveland.
Other NFL Week 2 Injuries To Keep An Eye On
Saints Hurting At Corner
The Saints felt short-handed enough at corner to deal for the suspended Bradley Roby. And that was before they lost Marshon Lattimore for several weeks with a thumb injury.
Now, they’ll play Roby opposite third-round rookie Paulson Adebo. Adebo acquitted himself well in his first taste of NFL action, but it’s too small a sample to know what they have here. For depth and/or nickel looks, it appears Desmond Trufant has next. He likely no longer has it, as he failed to even make the team in Chicago after signing a one-year deal this spring.
All of this presents a potential problem because the Panthers boast two strong receivers in DJ Moore and Robby Anderson, plus promising rookie Terrace Marshall Jr.
The market may still believe in this Saints defense, though, since the total got bet down to .
Will Pats Capitalize On Mekhi Becton’s Absence?
Promising rookie LT Mekhi Becton looks likely he’ll miss at least a month after getting hurt in the season opener.
The Jets will shift things around, reportedly moving RT George Fant to the left side and inserting offseason signee Morgan Moses at right tackle. Both have plenty of starting experience, with Moses performing better than Fant.
Still, it bodes ill against a Patriots defense known for bringing complex schemes to the table. Even in one-on-one situations, the Pats possess capable rushers like Chase Winovich and Matt Judon.
The market steamed this one down to 41.5 on the over/under at DraftKings Sportsbook. It bounced back a bit on Thursday. Given the tough matchup and rookie QBs’ tendencies to hold the ball too long, see where the props on total sacks and Patriots sacks open.