NFL Week 2 injury updates on Allen Lazard, Alvin Kamara, Damien Williams and others

As the second week of the NFL season continues, injuries have caused teams to dig into their depth charts and make some changes to their rotations.

The Dallas Cowboys suffered a heavy loss in Week 1 after quarterback Duck Prescott fractured his right thumb against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Prescott will not go on the injured reserve list as the team wants him to be “considered to play for us in the next four games.”

The Seattle Seahawks also lost a star player. Safety Jamal Adams is expected to be out for the year following a quadriceps tendon injury against the Denver Broncos on Monday.

New York Giants rookie pass rusher Kyvan Thibodaux may make his NFL debut on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. On Thursday, Thibodaux said he is “really confident” in his chances of playing after missing the opener because of a sprain that MCL suffered in the second preseason game.

Here are more Week 2 injury developments from our NFL Nation reporters:

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injury: rib

Williams, who suffered a rib injury during the team’s first week loss to New Orleans, will not play against the Rams. Although it is not considered a long-term injury, it would put Atlanta in a different running position.

Rookie Tyler Allgier is likely to get some of Williams’ work, as well as perhaps a more featured running role for Cordrell Patterson. It is similar to what happened last Sunday after Williams was injured, perhaps without the same amount of carry.

— Michael Rothstein


injury: Knee

Dobbins fully participated in each exercise this week, the first time in a whole year. But it is not certain whether Dobbins will play on Sunday. Dobbins, who is officially listed as doubtful, was non-committal on whether he would play his first game since January 2021. “We’ll see,” Dobbins said Friday after practice. “That’s what I have to answer you. But I don’t know. I really don’t know. I hope I am. Maybe I am. Maybe not.” If the Dobbins don’t play, Baltimore will depend on Kenyan Drake to lift the load.

— Jamison Hensley



The Panthers had already had to adjust when Smith was named a punt returner after the veteran Andre Roberts (knee) went on injured reserve after the opener. Now he should potentially be reunited as Smith was added to the injury report on Friday. Coach Matt Roulette said Smith was on the “good side” of the suspect, but he still had to be prepared. Lavisca Schenault Jr. or DJ Moore could step into that role. Rashard Higgins or Teres Marshall Jr. could go into the third receiver spot Smith earned. Roulette said Marshall had his best practice week yet.

— David Newton


injury: ankle

Lazard has a better chance of playing this week than last week, when he was listed as suspicious and not fit for the opener in Minnesota. He made it through a full week of practice — albeit with limited reps — without a hitch and was upgraded to questionable this week. Before Lazard went ahead, injuring his ankle, he was inducted as Aaron Rodgers’ new No. 1 receiver. “I felt very positive, very strong about my potential,” Lazard said this week. “And still let the rest of the year go about moving forward. Obviously, just crash a little and get back on tracks from here.”

— Rob Demovsky


injury: Back

The start of Leonard’s season will have to wait at least another week as he continues to work his way back from off-season back surgery. Leonard said he has made progress and steadily rebuilding strength during his recovery, making next week’s home opener against the Chiefs a realistic target for the All-Pro.


Pittman began experiencing pain on Wednesday and was dropped from practice, but there is optimism that the Colts’ No. 1 receiver will be able to play against Jacksonville. Coach Frank Reich said as much: “I’m optimistic that Pitt will be fine.”

injury: hip

Buckner is listed as a suspect, but plans to test his injury Saturday before the team’s departure for Jacksonville. Chances are Buckner will play. He has missed just one game in seven seasons due to injury.

injury: Shake

Pierce took a major hit against the Houston Texans who flaunted his face mask and later developed signs of concussion. He has improved, but not enough to make it back for Sunday. This means that the Colts will need to supplement their snaps with one of their reserve receivers.

— Stephen Holder


injury: Shake

James suffered an injury on the Raiders’ final offensive play of Sunday’s defeat at the Chargers, suffering an unintentional blow to the head from Joy Bossa while diving in an attempt to fix Derek Carr’s mess. James, taken from Sophie Stadium in an ambulance after the game for inspection, has not practiced since. The new regime’s first draft choice, rookie Dylan Parham, is in line to start in the center against Memphis, a third-round pick, against Arizona. A week after I started on the Right Guard. “We will not put [Parham] In that case if we don’t think he can handle it,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniel said. [we] Feel comfortable with being able to play multiple roles.” James, who last season replaced three-time pro bowler and current Cardinals center Rodney Hudson, started all 17 regular-season games, as well as in Cincinnati. Playoff loss too.

— Paul Gutierrez


injury: back/sickness

It was an eventful week for Jones. On Wednesday he said his injured back is “fine” and he hopes to play against the Steelers. But he missed practice on Thursday due to a back-related ailment, before returning for Friday’s session. After Friday’s practice, receiver Kendrick Bourne said: “He looked good. We missed him [Thursday] But he is ready to go.” Jones was removed from the injury list on Friday and will play on Sunday.

— Mike Rees


injury: rib

Kamara has been listed as doubtful to play after not taking part in practice on Thursday or Friday due to a rib injury. Kamara left Sunday’s game against the Falcons early but was able to practice on Wednesday before being downgraded the next day. While quarterback Jameis Winston is also listed as a suspect, he practiced on a limited basis throughout the week. Kamara’s position is far less clear than Winston’s. If Kamra can’t go, Mark Ingram is likely to be his immediate backup, though he’s suspected of having an ankle injury as well.

— Catherine Terelli


injury: hernia

Walker is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday in San Francisco after missing the Seahawks opener while recovering from a hernia procedure in mid-August. Before going down during training camp, the second-round pick looked to be playing a bigger role in Seattle’s backfield with Rashad Penny. The Seahawks are looking to rely on their run game to take the pressure off QB Geno Smith, and with rain in the forecast they may have more reason to do so on Sunday in Santa Clara.

— Brady Henderson


injury: thumb

Curl was limited in practice on Friday but went through practice during the week – although there was no contact and he didn’t try to test his injured thumb by holding any passes. Curl said on Wednesday that the ligament in the thumb needs to be repaired. He was wearing a protective pad on his right hand to which the thumb was immobilized with a mini-brace. If Curl doesn’t play, Darrick Forrest will again take over on strong defense after a solid opening game. Washington can also use Jeremy Reeves if he wants more speed in three-safety sets. If Curl can play, it gives Washington an advantage from having him in the box when the commanders want a big three-safety alignment. It would also help Washington defend Detroit, running behind D’Andre Swift.

injury: hamstrings

Schweitzer is suspicious and was limited in practice during the week. He was playing for injured starter Trai Turner, who missed almost all of training camp with a quad injury. But Turner played something as an opener and even though Schweitzer was healthy, there’s a chance he would have started anyway.

— John Keemo

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