We have only completed one week of the regular season, but there are still plenty of injuries to talk about already. This is football, after all, and injuries come with the sport. Unfortunately, this includes seeing several big names and fantasy-football-relevant players on the sidelines or hobbled this week.
With this in mind, let’s look at some quarterbacks and tight ends showing up on injury reports this week. Which players will miss significant time? Which players will see game action this week? Here is an updated report to keep all your injury news for QBs and TEs in one place.
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Injury Update for Top QBs
Here is the latest news on fantasy-relevant quarterbacks for Week 2.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, New York Jets
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard the news already. Aaron Rodgers suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the entire year. His New York Jets 2023 season will end with four total snaps played.
In his stead, Zach Wilson will be the Jets’ starting quarterback until further notice. Wilson struggled his first two seasons, but he’ll try to turn things around in 2023 as the new signal-caller for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
Anthony Richardson, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Anthony Richardson was able to pass and run for a touchdown in his NFL debut with the Indianapolis Colts. But the quarterback had to leave before the end of the team’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday when he injured his knee after a short run.
However, the news has been positive this week for the rookie as Richardson has been able to practice and is not listed on the Colts’ injury report as of Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, we should expect to see him on Sunday in Texas when the Colts take on the division-rival Houston Texans.
Injury Update for Top TEs
Here is the latest news on fantasy-relevant tight ends for Week 2.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
The league’s best tight end, Travis Kelce, did not play Week 1 in the Kansas City Chiefs’ defeat to the Detroit Lions. And Chiefs fans want to know if Patrick Mahomes’ best weapon will be available in Week 2 after a tough performance by Kansas City’s receivers last Thursday.
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On Wednesday afternoon, head coach Andy Reid said Kelce would practice in a limited capacity during the week. This may not sound great, but video of Kelce at Chiefs practice makes it look like he is doing alright.
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I would be surprised if Kelce does not suit up this Sunday when the Chiefs take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Florida.
Update: Kelce will play on Sunday, per Andy Reid.
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Another premiere tight end, another non-active player from Week 1. Analysts and managers nearly unanimously consider Mark Andrews the TE2 in fantasy football. But like Kelce, Andrews had to miss the Baltimore Ravens’ first game of the year. He was sidelined with a quadriceps injury he had dealt with for the entire preseason.
Andrews returned to practice on Wednesday, and there is hope he can return to the lineup on Sunday. The Ravens could use his services as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the division-rival Bengals.
Darren Waller, TE, New York Giants
After joining the New York Giants this past offseason, many experts and analysts believed Darren Waller would be the top target for the G-Men this year. He has a history of success in the NFL to back this theory, but also a history of injury to argue against it.
The injuries are certainly still in the mix in 2023, as Waller has been dealing with hamstring pain for weeks. It kept him out of the Giants’ practice on Wednesday — his status for this weekend is unknown. Waller also explained that he believes the issue is not as much with the muscle in his upper leg but a nerve causing the pain.
This injury should be closely monitored for Sunday when the Giants play the Arizona Cardinals. It could be an issue that lasts well into the regular season.
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pat Freiermuth left with a chest injury during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ home-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Freiermuth returned to the game, a positive sign for Steelers fans and fantasy managers.
Head coach Mike Tomlin announced to the media that Freiermuth would be limited early in the week in practice, but the expectation is that he will be able to suit up on Sunday when the Steelers play the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.
Greg Dulcich, TE, Denver Broncos
Our last tight end update is the only one where we can be sure we won’t see action this coming week. Greg Dulcich reportedly will be sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring injury he has dealt with multiple times before.
While not a premier tight end, Dulcich was seen as a dark horse to have a strong 2023 season for fantasy managers. That hope will be on hold for a few weeks as Dulcich tries to get healthy. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, will rely on Adam Trautman to be the top target out of the tight end room. Trautman could be an interesting add to your fantasy teams if he is available.