Jordy Nelson had barely even broken a sweat, Rob Gronkowski had already posted monster stats, and Rob Kelley was on his way to a good performance — didn't matter, as the injury bug bit all three at various points on Sunday. Along with Greg Olsen, Jordan Reed, Randall Cobb, DeMarco Murray, and others, it was definitely a bloody Sunday that is sure to cause a lot of waiver wire activity ahead of Week 3.
The initial prognosis for some isn't good, while the jury is still out on others. Here are the latest news and updates.
Nelson only lasted a handful full of plays on Sunday night before a quad injury sent him limping to the sidelines. Nelson was able to get off the field on his own power and work on the exercise bike on the sideline, so there's reason to be optimistic, but at the same time, it's never good for a player to essentially miss an entire game, especially one as big as last night's contest against the Falcons.
At 32, Nelson is no picture of health, so every bump and bruise has to be taken seriously. If he misses time, Davante Adams would see a bump in targets, and it's possible someone like Geronimo Allison could have some sleeper appeal.
Rob Gronkowski injury news
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Gronk's groin injury "is not believed to be serious," which is obviously good news for all Gronk owners. The big tight end rode a bike on the sideline and said he was "good" after the game.
Of course, nothing can be taken for granted with Gronk, whose body is pretty well beat up at this point in his career. While it seems unlikely he'll miss extended time with this injury, it's certainly possible he sits out Week 3. Dwayne Allen would start if Gronk can't go.
Rob Kelley injury update
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Sunday that Kelley might have fractured a rib in Week 2's win against the Rams. If that's the case, Kelley will likely be out for multiple games.
Enter rookie Samaje Perine, who ran 21 times for 67 yards in Kelley's absence. The average isn't good, but the fact Perine was trusted with that many carries — and didn't fumble — bodes well for his outlook going forward. If Perine plays well, it's possible Kelley won't get the starting job back when he returns from injury.
Randall Cobb injury news
Cobb was having another solid game on Sunday night, catching six of nine targets for 60 yards, before exiting in the fourth quarter because of a should injury. It's unclear how serious the injury is, as the Packers were getting beaten soundly at the time they took Cobb out, but it's clearly something to watch.
Cobb has been rejuvenated this season, already seeing 22 targets. His absence would mean more targets for Martellus Bennett, Ty Montgomery, and Davante Adams.