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In a weekend headlined by injuries to star offensive players who saw their Sundays shortened, one of the most notable injuries didn't become evident until the day after. Although Saints running back Mark Ingram played a full game against the Browns, but he was diagnosed with a broken hand Monday. He will miss at least a month of action, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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.
Despite practicing on Thursday and Friday, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin won't play this afternoon against the Rams. That's according to reports from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport and FOX Sports' Jay Glazer. Bobby Rainey is expected to start in his place. Martin missed chunks of last week's game versus the Panthers due to a knee injury. He was expected to play, but something has obviously changed.
The Panthers decided to deactivate defensive end Greg Hardy shortly before the kickoff of their game today against the Lions. The move was first reported by NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats in July. Hardy appealed his conviction and will face a jury trial in November. He played in Week 1, recording four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
Doug Martin, who injured his left knee Sunday in the Buccaneers' season opener, is expected to play in Week 2 versus the Rams. Martin missed practice Wednesday, but was on the field Thursday and Friday. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest. Martin rushed nine times for 9 yards and caught two passes for 7 yards in Week 1 before exiting with the injury.
Doug Martin is expected to have the opportunity to redeem himself after a 9-yard performance in Week 1. The knee injury he sustained against the Panthers calmed down enough to allow Martin to practice on Thursday and Friday. Martin is expected to play, but he is officially listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Tampa Bay's late-afternoon kickoff versus the Rams.
According to Saints reporter Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, wide receiver Kenny Stills (quad) plans to travel to Cleveland with the team. His status for the game against the Browns remains uncertain, but he is listed as probable on the Saints' injury report.
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.
Quarterback Cam Newton practiced on Friday. Now, the Panthers will wait to see how his body responds tomorrow to the activity before making a determination on his playing status for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Head coach Ron Rivera said after practice that Newton took all of his scheduled reps with the first-team offense and "looked pretty good" on the field. Rivera also indicated that a final decision on Newton's Week 1 availability will be made either early Sunday morning or even Saturday; he won't wait until pre-game warmups to make his call.
Newton, who has been managing a hairline fracture in his ribs for a couple of weeks, was limited in practice Thursday and sat out Wednesday's session.
After being held out of throwing drills in Thursday's practice, Newton told the AP's Steve Reed he "[doesn't] want to put [the Panthers] in jeopardy" if he's not ready to play this weekend. Newton sat out Wednesday's practice after experiencing soreness due to a fractured rib. He worked out in handoff drills Thursday wearing a flak jacket. Both Newton and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera previously suggested the fourth-year QB would be ready for the team's season opener in Tampa Bay.