Sixteen games were just played over a five-day span. I haven't slept much or seen my family much, but it was a lot of fun. Let's do it 16 more times, shall we?
Brooks: Backup plans
Bucky Brooks analyzes the impact of early injuries to notable players, including Ryan Mathews and Trent Richardson. **More ...**
Tuesday is the off day for most NFL teams, so it gives us a chance to take stock of what just happened and look ahead. Here are eleven injury situations we'll be monitoring throughout the week:
- Two players to watch as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears get ready for Thursday Night Football: The status of Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (groin) and Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (leg) remain up in the air.
- The Philadelphia Eaglesaren't sure if they will have Jeremy Maclin available against the Baltimore Ravens. Based on Baltimore's Week 1 effort, the Eagles will need all the help they can get.
- The Tennessee Titans expect quarterback Jake Locker to play against the San Diego Chargers, although he'll wear a brace on his non-throwing shoulder.
- We'd be shocked if Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton plays in the next few weeks because of his ankle sprain. That means Kevin Kolb has a chance to take over the team's starting job.
- The New York Jets reportedly expect cornerback Darrelle Revis to play in Week 2 despite a concussion suffered in the season opener.
- The St. Louis Rams lost high-priced center Scott Wells to a fractured foot. He's on injured reserve Left tackle Roger Saffold is expected to be out with a neck injury. Their offensive line is in rough shape and it's only Week 2. They host the Washington Redskins Sunday. RGIII 2-0?
- After the Oakland Raiders' loss to the San Diego Chargers, coach Dennis Allen said wideout Denarius Moore was close to playing. We'd expect to see Moore return next week.
- The Buffalo Bills expect Fred Jackson to miss 3-4 weeks with his foot injury, so C.J. Spiller will be the man for a while.
- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan stopped short of promising Pierre Garcon would return in Week 2 after hurting his foot against the Saints.
- Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said that he expects defensive end Dwight Freeney to return to action sooner than later from his ankle injury. So we don't really know.
- Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is expected to return to practice this week from suspension. He's also getting over a knee injury. Look for him to play a limited role this week.