Summary of NFL's Week 2 injuries

9/17/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Week 2 was not quite as kind to the players from a health standpoint as the NFL's opening weekend was. Several teams saw key players go down with injuries. Here is a list of the significant injuries suffered by notable players:

WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI): Played through a hamstring injury on Sunday, but had to hit the sidelines in the final quarter, saying he "just couldn't finish." Fitzgerald insists that he will definitely play Week 3 against the Saints, but may be significantly less than one hundred percent healthy.

DE Kroy Biermann (ATL): Achilles injury has forced the Falcons to place Biermann on injured reserve, ending his season. Losing the versatile defender is a huge loss for the Falcons.

Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) runs with the ball for a touchdown with defense by St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY SportsRB Steven Jackson (ATL): Injured his thigh while scoring a touchdown early in Sunday's game - already ruled out for Week 3 and expected to miss 2-4 weeks. Jacquizz Rodgers will become the lead back, prompting the Falcons' offense to pass even more often.

CB Asante Samuel (ATL): Tweaked the thigh that kept him from playing in the opener. Reports suggest he left as a precaution, making it sound like he should be a go for Week 3.

LB Sean Weatherspoon (ATL): Tough luck for the Falcons this week - Weatherspoon injured his foot and has been placed on injured reserve/designation to return. The earliest he can come back is Week 11.

RB Ray Rice (BAL): Went down with a scary non-contact hip injury on Sunday, but it is being called a strained hip flexor and isn't expected to be too serious. Rice will sit out of practice this week and be reevaluated before Sunday's game.

S Charles Godfrey (CAR): Placed on injured reserve with a torn Achilles. Huge blow to the Panthers' defense, as Godfrey was the best player in their secondary.

S Quintin Mikell (CAR): As if losing one starting safety wasn't enough, Mikell went down with an ankle injury on Sunday as well. His Week 3 status is in doubt.

CB Josh Thomas (CAR): One more injury to a beat-up Panthers secondary. Thomas suffered a concussion on Sunday and looks doubtful for Week 3.

TE Martellus Bennett (CHI): Injured his shoulder on Sunday but played through it and scored an impressive game-winning touchdown. He should continue to play through the injury, but acknowledged that it will "probably" be an issue going forward.

DE Robert Geathers (CIN): Left Monday night with an elbow injury and did not return - the extent of the injury is unknown. Geathers was relegated to a rotational role behind promising youngster Carlos Dunlap this year, so this shouldn't be too tough to overcome for the Bengals.

CB Dre Kirkpatrick (CIN): Strained his hamstring on Monday night and did not return. I only considered him "notable" because he was a first-round pick last year, but he is fourth on the depth chart at cornerback. If he misses time, it won't be a significant loss for the Bengals.
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