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The status of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery may be the focus of the biggest injury story today, but there sure are many names to track this morning -- Jordan Cameron, Carson Palmer, DeAngelo Williams, Toby Gerhart, Cecil Shorts and more. For the latest on all of today's banged-up NFL'ers, refresh this post consistently starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern when the active/inactives reports officially come out.
Titans RB Bishop Sankey should see his offensive role "gradually grow" throughout the season, according to ESPN's Titans beat reporter Paul Kuharsky. Sankey carried the ball six times for 25 yards in Sunday's season opener. Meanwhile, RB Shonn Greene took 15 carries for 71 yards. Kuharsky says that will change as the season progresses.
Jaguars SS Johnathan Cyprien has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Redskins, according to the Florida Times-Union. Cyprien suffered a concussion in the Jaguars' Week 1 matchup against the Eagles and was unable to pass the concussion protocol this week. He did not practice all week.
Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts was on a plane headed to Washington with his teammates today, but that doesn't mean he will be on the field with them Sunday. Shorts is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury that kept him inactive for Week 1. However, he has made the trip to our nation's capital -- well, close to it -- and the Jags will test him out before tomorrow's game to see if he can give them anything.
After taking the day off Thursday for what appears to be general rest, Colts WR Reggie Wayne was back at practice Friday and was listed as a full participant.
Colts running back Trent Richardson had this to say when asked about the split between he and fellow running back Ahmad Bradshaw: "I think it's going to be a good, equal load. Ahmad knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. ... We work well together."
Bill O'Brien wasn't lying.
The Texans' first-year head coach said during the preseason that he was going to lean on running back Arian Foster. That's what he did in Week 1, and that's what he'll continue to do.
"He said that all offseason, and (it's) not lip service," Foster said about O'Brien promising to use him as much as possible. "That's what he wants to do."
Foster ran the ball 27 times against the Redskins while two other Texans RBs, Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue, received a single carry each. Overall, Houston had a 34:22 run-to-pass ratio in its win over the Redskins. Foster finished with 29 total touches and 120 yards.
And we made it! Welcome back for another season, kids. Whether you are a defending champ or a first-timer, it's just an exciting day. It's Week 1. Today has that new-season smell. I hope you're as psyched for the action as we are.
To help you out this morning, this post will be updated continuously between 11:30 a.m. Eastern and the early kickoffs with the latest news about today's injured stars.
Obviously, the top name everyone's watching is Cam Newton. Can he go with his fractured ribs? Unfortunately, his game doesn't kick off until the late afternoon, but if we see anything about his status, we'll pass it along in this post. We'll also be updating the statuses of Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Jordan Reed, Garrett Graham, Sammy Watkins and many others. Keep refreshing this page for all of the latest.
Jadeveon Clowney couldn't make it through his first NFL regular-season game, and it looks like he might miss the next month or so. Clowney departed Sunday's Texans-Redskins game in the second quarter. He has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus, which will require arthroscopic surgery. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, he could miss 4-6 weeks. Clowney recorded one tackle for a loss before heading to the locker room under his own power.
Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser is reporting WR Cecil Shorts has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He missed most of preseason due to hamstring injury that he aggravated before Thursday's practice. He missed practice on Friday. Shorts was projected to be Jacksonville's No. 1 receiving option but has had a history of injury issues, and this year doesn't appear to be any different.