NFL Week 3 injuries: Justin Herbert, Alvin Kamara listed as questionable; Michael Pittman set to return

We’re in the middle of Week 3 of the NFL as the Steelers and Browns kicked us out on Thursday night, and now our entrees are on deck with full games on Sunday. Of course, injuries will be a key storyline as we head into the weekend, especially with the majority of teams in the league filing their final injury reports.

Despite a solid start to the season, the Bills defense looks likely to lose some key weapons as they head to Miami to take on the Dolphins. Meanwhile, Chargers superstar quarterback Justin Herbert is in shaky form as they prepare to host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As the team wraps up a week of practice, they release their final injury report and release their Week 3 game status. Below, you’ll be able to find each of these reports and a breakdown of some of the most serious injuries.

All NFL odds come from Caesars Sportsbook.

Kansas City will again be without starting kicker Harrison Butker as he continues to deal with a left ankle injury. In his place, Matt Amendola is likely to retain kicking duties after completing his two field goals and all three extras in the Chiefs’ Week 2 win over the Chargers. Meanwhile, receiver Mecole Hardman (heel) is a limited participant at the start of the week and has not been named.

The biggest news for the Colts is that they will get a boost in the catch game, as Michael Pitman Jr. was not designated after a full practice session on Friday. Pittman missed last week’s game with a limb injury. Rookie outside line Alec Pierce will also play after clearing his concussion protocol. As for Leonard, he’s been ruled out, but head coach Frank Reich noted this week that the linebacker “has had a really good week.” He hasn’t suffered any setbacks either, so his return could be just around the corner.

Lions rookie passer Aidan Hutchinson returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after missing the first two practices of the week with a thigh injury. He was officially questioned. Meanwhile, star running back DeAndre Swift was also listed as problematic after being restricted for several days.

Booth and Smith haven’t practiced all week, so it’s not entirely surprising to see them left out. That said, Hendricks’ state of concern after he appeared on the injury report as a limited player with a toe injury on Friday is now questionable.

Collins didn’t practice all week, but the team still lists him as questionable and wants him to play in Week 3. If he doesn’t play, either D’Ante Smith or Hakeem Adeniji could start at right tackle.

With the Jets, quarterback Zach Wilson continues to recover from a preseason knee injury, but this could be his final week out. In his absence, Joe Flacco will continue to play center. Meanwhile, Davis and Fant were the only two Jets in question to be restricted on Friday, with the rest listed as official participants.

Here comes the analysis.

Here comes the analysis.

A promising sign for New Orleans is that both quarterback Jaymes Winston and running back Alvin Kamara are able to practice all week, albeit on a limited basis. The fact that neither side suffered setbacks is encouraging and they will be able to play in Week 3.

Christian McCaffrey, who was a full player on Friday, was not named after an ankle injury forced him to miss Wednesday’s practice and was limited on Tuesday.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-5.5)

  • bill: S Micah Hyde (neck), CB Dane Jackson (neck), DT Ed Oliver (ankle), DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring) WR Gabe Davis (ankle), TE Dawson Knox (foot), C Mitch Morse (elbow) head), S Jordan Poyer (foot), DT Time Settle (calf)
  • dolphin: TE Cethan Carter (concussion), TE Hunter Long (ankle) OUT; T Terron Armstead (toe), DT Raekwon Davis (knee), CB Xavien Howard (groin), WR Cedrick Wilson Jr. (rib, toe)

Buffalo’s defense will be missing some key players against the Dolphins, including Hyde, Oliver and Phillips. Oliver’s exclusion is a bit surprising, considering he’s been limited in practice all week. All the other players who had already been excluded did not make it to the practice field at all. Gabe Davis, meanwhile, has been limited all week and has been officially questioned, but he did tell reporters this week that he was “100 percent” optimistic he would play.

Despite no practice at all this week, Miami is still hoping that Terron Armstead will play in Week 3, officially listing him as the man in question. When asked about it this week, head coach Mike McDaniel said: “It’s just up in the air.”

Here comes the analysis.

Here comes the analysis.

Here comes the analysis.

Here comes the analysis.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers (-3)

Jacksonville has been very healthy all week, but he listed corner Shaquille Griffin in his final injury report after popping up with a hip injury on Friday. He was officially questioned. Outside of him, everyone else should go all out.

The Chargers have officially listed quarterback Justin Herbert as a problem for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville after he suffered a fractured rib cartilage in Week 2. Herbert was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but was ruled out of Friday’s game. On Friday, Caesars Sportsbook’s odds on the game dropped from -7 to -3 on the Chargers. For Herbert, it may come down to a tolerance for pain and a decision by both sides whether it’s worth the risk to play him. Meanwhile, Keenan Allen also didn’t practice Friday after being restricted earlier in the week. JC Jackson and Corey Linsley didn’t practice all week.

Bakhtiari was limited on Thursday and Friday, an encouraging sign that he could make his Week 3 debut. That being said, head coach Matt LaFleur pointed out that we won’t really know his form until Sunday, so he looks like a real game-time decision. Despite being listed as problematic rookie Christian Watson did not practice Thursday or Friday due to a hamstring injury. On a more positive note, Alan Lazard was not designated after returning to training on a limited basis on Friday after missing Thursday’s game.

Tampa Bay will rank among the top two wide receivers in Week 3. Not only was Mike Evans suspended for one game, but Chris Godwin was also ruled out with a hamstring injury that he missed last week. Tom Brady – listed on the injury report with an injured right finger – was not specified. That said, the veteran quarterback will likely use limited weapons, as Gage, Jones and Perryman are all listed as questionable.

Here comes the analysis.

Here comes the analysis.

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