After suffering their first defeat, the Green Bay Packers find the right time to face the winless Detroit Lions. And their job may have gotten even easier as injuries pile up for the Lions. The Lions will be without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, but might also be without running back Jahvid Best. He suffered a toe injury and is questionable for Sunday. For the Packers, cornerback Charles Woodson was limited in practice. If Best cannot start, the bulk of the work will fall on Kevin Smith and Maurice Morris.
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New York Jets cornerback Derrelle Revis, who missed most of training camp with a contract dispute, will now miss time for a different reason. The high profile cornerback is listed as out this week on the NFL injury report against the Miami Dolphins due to a hamstring injury. He will not travel with the Jets to Miami to remain in New Jersey for treatments. “I want to be out there with them, but I can’t,” he said in a report. “I am going to take my time and get back to 100 percent.” Jets linebacker Jason Taylor (elbow) was limited in practice.
The biggest injury news of the week is that the Green Bay Packers will be without running back Ryan Grant. He is out for the season with an ankle injury. The news had little impact on the NFL spreads. The Packers opened a 14-point favorite and it has gone down to 13. How much this effects the Packers will remain to be seen. The Packers are a pass-first team, but Grant was the go-to guy in the backfield, especially when the weather got bad later in the season. Brandon Jackson had 63 yards on 18 carries as Grant’s replacement last week, and may be able to fill the void. Here is a look at some of the significant injuries from the NFL injury report for week 2.
When handicapping the National Football League, it’s not only important to evaluate the players on the field, but consider who’s not on the field. Injuries are just part of the game, but this year suspensions have become a factor.