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How will injuries to Aaron Rodgers, Leonard Fournette shape big games?

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Aaron Rodgers does no longer believe his standing to be questionable heading into the Packers’ recreation in opposition to the Vikings. (Mike Roemer / AP, report)

September 16 at 10:06 AM

NFL Week 2

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Aaron Rodgers reportedly will play

It’s only Week 2 and already one very, very big question is looming in the NFL.

Aaron Rodgers, the Packers’ two-time NFL MVP hurt his knee in the “Sunday Night Football” game last week, motoring off to the locker room on a cart. But as grim as the injury looked, he walked onto the field in the second half and, well, you likely know the rest. He led Green Bay to a 24-23 victory over Chicago in what will go down as one of the legendary performances of his career.

If you think he was motivated for a prime-time game against a division rival, just wait until the Packers host the Vikings, the team that essentially ended his season when Anthony Barr broke his collarbone on Oct. 15. It’s another big division game and Rodgers, who did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, did join the team for its light, hour-long practice Saturday (the team does not practice on Fridays). On Sunday, multiple reports indicated that he would start and will continue to try to play through the pain. There is no ligament damage in his knee, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, however the harm may just take as much as two months to heal, in step with resources. For now, he’s going to attempt to play during the ache and hope there can be no additional harm.

Their wisdom of Rodgers’s hyper-competitiveness led the Vikings and Mike Zimmer to arrange all week to stand him. “He walks on water, so I’m positive he’s gonna play,” Zimmer mentioned. Nonetheless, he isn’t more likely to be the standard cell, rambling Rodgers. He was once, to make use of his phrase, a “statue” within the pocket when he returned closing Sunday and this Vikings protection is a ways more difficult than the Bears outfit he confronted closing week.

Smart decision by way of Zimmer to arrange his Vikings for Rodgers. Handiest thrice since changing into a starter has he been not able to play the week after an harm, in step with ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. He broke collarbones in 2013 and 2017 and had a concussion in 2010.

“Aaron goes to be Aaron,” Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes mentioned (by way of ESPN’s Courtney Cronin). “I’ve observed Aaron sit down within the pocket and nonetheless drop dimes. He’s going to regulate to the sport. If he can’t be cell, he’s going to regulate to it. They’re going to run course ideas for him to get the ball out rapid. They’re going to determine our protection — we need to modify to their offense.”

In the second one part in opposition to Chicago, he was once saved most commonly to the pocket and had a mean time of two.82 seconds to throw, the third-highest time he’s had since 2011. He finished 28 passes from the pocket for the sport.

As he confirmed closing week, his arm is solely nice.

A Saturday wonder about Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns’ proficient extensive receiver whose troubles with substance abuse continuously saved him off the sphere, wasn’t anticipated to play Sunday on account of a hamstring harm, however the Browns introduced Saturday night that they’d be liberating him Monday. Gordon, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, was once a overdue arrival on the Browns’ facility on Saturday and “was once no longer himself,” which raised a crimson flag for a conceivable relapse inside the group. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the problem stems from the hamstring harm, which was once came upon Saturday after being a complete player in follow all week. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the expectancy is that the Browns will industry Gordon ahead of Monday and that more than one groups have already made inquiries.

Gordon neglected coaching camp this summer season, announcing he wanted to concentrate on his psychological well being.

Everyone wins at the Cousins carousel

Week 1’s effects left nobody grumbling in regards to the cascading quarterback strikes prompted partially by way of Kirk Cousins within the offseason. All 5 males have been winners: Cousins, Case Keenum (who went from Minnesota to Denver), Alex Smith (who got here from Kansas Town to Washington), Patrick Mahomes (who changed Smith in KC) and Sam Darnold, the rookie drafted by way of the Jets after their advances have been spurned by way of Cousins. Can they do it once more in Week 2?

Roethlisberger sure, Bell no

Ben Roethlisberger isn’t announcing how he harm his elbow, describing the harm as a bruise and announcing he intends to play regardless of being indexed as questionable for the Steelers’ house opener in opposition to Kansas Town. The Chiefs gave up 424 yards passing closing week to San Diego, so that you in point of fact can’t blame him.

The similar aim can’t be ascribed to working again Le’Veon Bell, whose holdout continues and has now value him $1.7 million. It’s simply any other alternative for James Conner.

Fournette questionable for heavyweight matchup

The Patriots and Jaguars will meet in a rematch of the AFC championship recreation gained by way of the Patriots and Jacksonville working again Leonard Fournette is questionable with a hamstring harm. Early stories Sunday indicated that he would no longer have the ability to play and Trainer Doug Marrone mentioned Friday that the verdict may just “move all of the strategy to recreation time.”

In information this is more likely to please Tom Brady, defensive lineman Calais Campbell is indexed as questionable with a knee harm.

Control Rob Gronkowski and Jalen Ramsey as Ramsey’s “excursion of NFL gamers he has trash talked” continues. Remaining month, he wasn’t too prime at the Patriots’ tight finish. “I don’t suppose Gronk’s just right,” Ramsey mentioned. “Let me say, I don’t suppose Gronk is as nice as folks suppose he’s. . . . Any time Gronk has been matched up with a nook, he’s had an excessively dangerous recreation, and that nook has had an excellent recreation.”

Remaining week, he was once extra measured. “I could be loopy, I don’t care,” Ramsey mentioned. “He’s just right, don’t get it twisted, he’s just right. You announcing this to me is meant to deliver concern to me or one thing? I don’t concern no guy, length. So he’s going to have to return available in the market and line up on me.”

A coarse get started for brand new head coaches, skilled or no longer

New coaches, irrespective of enjoy, have been Zero-7 at the first week of the NFL season. Sure, that’s traditionally terrible.

Some NFL historical past by way of the numbers

A complete of 765 issues have been scored in Week 1 (47.eight in step with recreation), third-most in NFL historical past on Kickoff Weekend, in step with the NFL. (There have been 791 issues scored in 2012 and 788 in 2002 season openers.) How nutty was once Tampa Bay’s 48-40 victory over New Orleans? The 88 issues are probably the most scored in one recreation on Kickoff Weekend in NFL historical past. The report of 87 was once set by way of Philadelphia and Washington (Philly gained 45-42) on Sept. 28, 1947.

The Rodgers rule is being enforced

Flags are flying with the brand new “Aaron Rodgers Rule,” which requires defenders to be flagged for touchdown on a quarterback with all or maximum in their frame weight because the quarterback units as much as throw. Defenders have been flagged 15 occasions for roughing-the-passer consequences in Week 1.

Bringing up numbers from Stats LLC, the Superstar-Tribune’s Ben Goessling stories that roughing-the-passer consequences made up five.nine p.c of the flags thrown in Week 1, just about double the three.1 p.c determine from closing yr.

The rule of thumb was once enacted after the Vikings’ Anthony Barr landed on Rodgers closing fall with all his weight, breaking his collarbone and proscribing him to at least one recreation the remainder of the season.

Headline Information

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‘Challenge accepted’: Dak Prescott responds to Giants’ trash talking. (Read more)

First up, Andrew Luck: The Redskins start a stretch of facing elite quarterbacks begins with a visit by Andrew Luck and the Colts. (Read more)

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Injuries

Olsen hurt: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen refractured his foot against the Cowboys last week and will be evaluated monthly.

Mixon has surgery: Bengals running back Joe Mixon will miss two-to-four weeks after having arthroscopic surgery for a knee injury he suffered Thursday night in a victory over Baltimore.


Fantasy Football

The best of the best: The fantasy football players you absolutely must have in your Week 2 lineup. (Read more)

Week 2 Cheat Sheet: Choice fantasy advice. (Read more)

The Bell conundrum: Here’s what fantasy owners should do with Le’Veon Bell. (Read more)

Week 2 Start/Sit: Bench Aaron Rodgers. We mean it. Really. You can thank — or blame — Neil Greenberg. (Read more)

ATS Betting Tips/Picks

The top trends and insights from Las Vegas. (Read more)

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