A wild and (mostly) unpredictable Week 2 led to some outstanding football -- and some pretty violent injuries. We saw QBs and skill position players go down for a significant length of time -- and that's before we get to two significant defensive injuries that could spell defeat in Week 3. With an eye on fantasy football in particular, here are the 10 biggest injuries that will shape the third week of this NFL season.
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Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Patriots (shoulder)
Garoppolo played well enough for six quarters that he generated a completely fake quarterback controversy in New England. Now, he's out for at least Week 3 against the Texans after suffering a sprained AC joint in the Patriots' win over Miami. New England reportedly hopes he'll be able to return for Week 4 -- just don't ask Bill Belichick about it.
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Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings (knee)
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Monday that Peterson tore the meniscus in his right knee. For mortal human beings, that would mean a somewhat lengthy recovery, but Zimmer didn't dismiss the idea of Peterson playing this weekend against the Panthers. That seems unlikely, however, so if you need a fantasy replacement, check out our expert's suggestions.
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears (thumb)
Cutler reportedly suffered ligament damage in his right thumb in Week 1, not Monday night against the Eagles. He then aggravated the injury in Week 2, leaving the game in the third quarter. He told reporters afterward that he's concerned: "As a quarterback, you kind of need your right thumb. ... So we'll see what it is." Cutler also noted that he had surgery when he fractured the same thumb in 2011. Chicago plays Dallas on Sunday; the Cowboys could see a boost on defense and offense (more three-and-outs for Chicago means more possessions for Dallas) if Cutler is out.
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Josh McCown, QB, Browns (shoulder)
Playing quarterback for the Browns is about as stable a job as playing drums for Spinal Tap. McCown injured his left shoulder in Cleveland's come-from-ahead loss to the Ravens on Sunday yet stayed in the game -- only to find out that he'll miss Week 3 against the Dolphins. McCown, of course, filled in for Robert Griffin III, who injured his shoulder in Week 1. Cleveland signed Charlie Whitehurst to bolster its QB depth chart on Monday; he'd be wise to protect his shoulder. And you'd be wise to start Miami's defense in fantasy if you can. Rookie Cody Kessler is likely the next man up for Cleveland.
Arian Foster, RB, Dolphins (groin)
Miami tried to keep Foster healthy by limiting him in practice -- the plan was for the Dolphins running back to skip Wednesday practices this year -- but he suffered a groin injury in the second quarter against the Patriots on Sunday. As of Tuesday, it was unclear whether Foster would miss Miami's Week 3 game against the Browns. Given that it's Cleveland, we wouldn't be surprised if the Dolphins took the opportunity to rest Foster.
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Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers (hamstring)
The 29-year-old running back suffered a hamstring injury early in Carolina's blowout win over the 49ers, and coach Ron Rivera expects the injury to keep Stewart out in Week 3: "If it's a hamstring, which every indication points to that, it's going to be at least a week. We'll see how severe." Rivera also sounded confident in Stewart's backups, Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne. If Whittaker is unavailable in your league, and if your league is particularly deep, it might be worth taking a chance on Artis-Payne.
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Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers (knee)
Woodhead will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in Week 2. Second-year RB Melvin Gordon, who has 3 TDs on the year, will take on an even bigger role for San Diego. Other running backs who suffered injuries last week include Tampa Bay's Doug Martin (hamstring) and Seattle's Thomas Rawls (upper leg), both of whom are expected to play this week.
Ware was set to undergo surgery Tuesday on his fractured right forearm, and coach Gary Kubiak told reporters earlier this week that he expects the Broncos linebacker to miss four to five weeks. Denver plays the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday; while the Broncos' outstanding defense should be able to make up for Ware's absence, Andy Dalton & Co. could be slightly more productive than we'd usually expect against Denver.
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Darius Butler, CB, Colts (hamstring)
Butler was on his way to a pick-six before suffering a non-contact hamstring injury on the return. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said that the Indianapolis CB is "week-to-week" and is unlikely to play in Week 3 against the Chargers. The Colts secondary is pretty banged up, with injuries to Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson, as well. Philip Rivers could have a big day against Indianapolis, even with several of his top playmakers on the sideline.
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Letroy Guion, DT, Packers (knee)
Through two weeks, Green Bay has the best run defense in the league (based on yards per attempt). It's the Packers' pass defense that's been a problem. After Guion suffered a sprained MCL in Week 2, though, Green Bay could be in trouble Sunday against a Lions run game that's averaging 5.4 yards per carry, third best in the NFL. And if the Packers struggle against the run, then they're really in trouble against the pass. On the bright side, the Packers have their bye in Week 4, and Guion could be back for Week 5.