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NFL Week 3 Injuries: Justin Herbert, Alvin Kamara Listed as Doubtful; Michael Pittman returns

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We’re in the middle of week 3 in the NFL thanks to the Steelers and Browns kicking us off on Thursday night and now we have the main course on deck with a full set of games on Sunday. Of course, injuries will be an important storyline to follow as we head into the weekend, especially with most of the teams in the league submitting their latest injury reports.

Despite a great start to the season, it looks like the Bills defense will need some major weaponry as they travel to Miami to defeat the Dolphins. Meanwhile, the status of Chargers superstar quarterback Justin Herbert also remains fluid as they prepare to host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Now that the teams have concluded training week, they have released their latest injury reports and rolled out the game statuses for Week 3. Below you can find all these reports and an overview of some of the biggest injuries.

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Kansas City will again be without starting kicker Harrison Butker as he continues to struggle with a left ankle injury. In his place, Matt Ammendola will likely keep his spades after scoring both of his field goals and all three of his extra points in the Chiefs’ Week 2 win over the Chargers. Meanwhile, receiver Mecole Hardman (heel) rehearsed Friday after being a limited participant to start the week and wears no designation.

The biggest news for the Colts is that they will get a boost in the receiving game as Michael Pittman Jr. bears no designation after being a full participant in Friday’s practice. Pittman missed last week’s game due to a quad injury. Rookie wideout Alec Pierce will also play after clearing concussion protocol. As for Leonard, he’s been ruled out, but head coach Frank Reich noted this week that the linebacker had a “very good week.” He hasn’t had any setbacks yet, so his return could be just around the corner.

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Lions rookie pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson returned to training on a limited basis on Friday after sitting out the first two practice sessions of the week due to a thigh injury. He is officially doubtful. Meanwhile, starring D’Andre Swift was also listed as questionable after back-to-back days of being limited.

Neither Booth nor Smith have been practicing all week, so it’s not entirely surprising that they’re being ruled out. That said, Hendricks’ status will be worth keeping an eye on after he appeared in the injury report Friday as a restricted entrant due to a toe injury and is now in doubt.

Collins hasn’t trained all week, but the team is still calling him doubtful and hoping he can play in week 3. If he can’t, D’Ante Smith or Hakeem Adeniji will likely get the nod for starting the right tackle.

With the Jets, they’re still holding off quarterback Zach Wilson as he recovers from a preseason knee injury, but this could be his last week out. In his absence, Joe Flacco continues to play below center. Meanwhile, Davis and Fant were the only two questionable Jets to be restricted on Friday, with the rest listed as full-fledged participants.

Analysis is coming.

Analysis is coming.

The promising sign for New Orleans is that both quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Alvin Kamara were able to practice all week, albeit on a limited basis. The fact that neither of them have had a setback is encouraging that they can go in week 3.

Christian McCaffrey was a full-fledged competitor on Friday and bears no designation after an ankle injury forced him to miss Wednesday’s practice and be limited on Tuesday.

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Buffalo Bills (-5.5) at Miami Dolphins

  • bills: S Micah Hyde (neck), CB Dane Jackson (neck), DT Ed Oliver (ankle), DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring) OUT; WR Gabe Davis (ankle), TE Dawson Knox (foot), C Mitch Morse (elbow), S Jordan Poyer (foot), DT Time Settle (calf) DOUBT
  • dolphins: 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. (ribs, toe) REQUEST

Buffalo’s defense will miss a number of key players when it takes on the Dolphins, including Hyde, Oliver and Phillips. It’s a little surprising that Oliver is being ruled out as he was limited in practice all week. All the other players who had already been banned didn’t make it onto the practice field at all. Meanwhile, Gabe Davis has been restricted all week and is officially in doubt, but told reporters this week that he is “100 percent” optimistic he will play.

Miami still has hopes that Terron Armstead can play in Week 3, despite not having practiced at all this week, leaving him officially labeled as doubtful. When asked about it this week, head coach Mike McDaniel said, “It’s literally in the air.”

Analysis is coming.

Analysis is coming.

Analysis is coming.

Analysis is coming.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers (-3)

Jacksonville had been remarkably healthy all week, but did list corner kick Shaquill Griffin in his latest injury report after showing up Friday with a hip injury. He is officially doubtful. Outside of him, everyone should be a full-go.

The Chargers have officially designated quarterback Justin Herbert as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville after suffering a fracture to his costal cartilage in week 2. Herbert was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but was kept out of Friday’s session. The line for this game at Caesars Sportsbook dropped from Chargers -7 to -3 on Friday. For Herbert, it can come down to pain tolerance and both sides determine if it’s worth the risk to play him. Meanwhile, Keenan Allen also didn’t train on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Neither JC Jackson nor Corey Linsley practiced all week.

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Bakhtiari was restricted on both Thursday and Friday, which is an encouraging sign that he could make his debut in Week 3. That said, head coach Matt LaFleur noted that we won’t know his status until Sunday, so he seems like a real decision from the playing time. Despite being listed as doubtful, rookie wide-out Christian Watson was out of practice on Thursday or Friday due to a hamstring injury. On a more positive note, Allen Lazard has no designation after returning to training on a limited basis on Friday after missing Thursday’s session.

Tampa Bay will be among the top two wide receivers in week 3. Not only is Mike Evans serving a one-game suspension, but Chris Godwin has now been ruled out due to a hamstring injury that sidelined him last week. Tom Brady – who was on the injury report with a right finger injury – has no designation. That said, the veteran quarterback may be playing with limited weapons as Gage, Jones, and Perriman are all listed as questionable.

Analysis is coming.

Analysis is coming.

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