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NFL Week 1 injury reports: Packers’ Jordan Love could be without top WRs vs. Bears; Darren Waller questionable

It may be just Week 1 of the 2023 season, but there is a lot of injury news NFL fans are monitoring. The tight end position, in particular, has been hit hard this week, with Travis Kelce missing Thursday night’s season opener and George Kittle currently dealing with an injury that could sideline him for the NFL’s opening weekend. Kittle has a nagging groin injury that has put his status for the 49ers‘ season opener in Pittsburgh in jeopardy, while Giants tight end Darren Waller is questionable for their opener against the Cowboys with a hamstring injury.

We’ll dig further into each of those situations as the final injury reports are coming in around the league — while also looking at each NFL team’s current injury situation entering Week 1, starting with the NFL’s opening game. 

All odds via SportsLine consensus.

The biggest name to watch here is Kittle, who has been dealing with an adductor strain since Aug. 10. The injujry caused concern from GM John Lynch, but Kittle said he is feeling “wonderful” and is “excited to play football on Sunday.” Of course his word is not final, and the questionable status remains. 

For the Vikings, Davenport was a late addition to the injury report after being a limited participant in practice Friday. Everyone else is good to go for Minnesota.

The Cardinals will already be without starting quarterback Kyler Murray, who is still recovering from a torn ACL last season, and now two of their top pass-catchers are not 100% going into the game. 

The good news for the Commanders is wide receiver Terry McLaurin was taken off the injury report Friday and is good to go.

The three players on the Saints injury report above all did not practice all week. 

Avery was downgraded from limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday to a non-participant on Friday, before being ruled out for Sunday.

Chark tried to give it a go prior to Sunday, as he was limited in Friday’s practice. The Panthers decided to give him a week to rest up, while Thielen was limited after missing Thursday’s practice. Bryce Young could be without his top two wideouts in his debut

Patterson has been limited all week with the thigh injury, appearing to be a game-time decision for the Falcons (if you’re wondering why he’s listed as “Joker” click here). Hodge was a full participant in Friday’s practice, so it appears he’ll play Sunday. 

The Ravens new star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been on the injury report (limited in practice Thursday), but was a full participant Friday. He is expected to make his Ravens debut this weekend. 

Jordan Love won’t have his top wide receiver for Sunday’s showdown with the Bears, as head coach Matt LaFleur has ruled out Watson. Doubs is officially listed as questionable and was limited in practice Thursday. 

For the Bears, Cole was limited in Friday’s practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury. He’s likely a game-time decision. Safety Jaquan Brisker (groin), safety Eddie Jackson (ankle) and defensive end DeMarcus Walker (calf) were limited participants earlier in the week, but were all full participants Friday. 

  • Patriots: CB Jack Jones (hamstring) OUT
  • Eagles: No injuries

Patriots cornerback Jack Jones is out with a hamstring injury he suffered at practice Wednesday and was the only New England player to sit out of Thursday’s practice.

Carter, who is coming off a career-best season in 2022, was limited in practice all week and is questionable 

Jeudy and Moss were both limited in practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Jeudy was quarterback Russell Wilson’s best target last year, as the wide receiver ended with the most yards, receptions and touchdowns on the team.

Waller was a late addition to the injury report after being limited with a hamstring injury suffered in Friday’s practice. He’ll likely be a game-time decision for Sunday. All of the other Giants on the injury report were limited Friday.

Tyler Smith, who was injured Monday, returned to the practice field Friday and took part in a simulated game. Tyron Smith took part in practice Friday. His game status will be determined by Saturday’s walkthrough. 

For the Bills, Sean McDermott told reporters Wednesday that safety Micah Hyde was back at practice after missing a few sessions with a sore back. The veteran is considered day to day, according to the head coach. Hyde was a full participant Friday.

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