NFL injury report: Week Three names include Reggie Bush, Rob Gronkowski and Ray Rice
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: September 21, 2013 11:20pm
Ray Rice is a game time decision for the Ravens
The injury status of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been upgraded to questionable, but he is still a 50-50 call to play on Sunday - and he is just one of a number of star players struggling for fitness for week three.
Play makers such as Reggie Bush, Ray Rice and Dez Bryant have all been slowed by injury, and with big games on the line, Fantasy Football points to play for and money to be made in betting it pays to try and keep track of all the injury news.
Here are some of the big injury lines ahead of this week's games...
Rob Gronkowski - Has been upgraded to questionable as he continues to recover from arm and back surgeries this off-season. He's still been limited in practice all week so even if he does see the field it may only be in a limited fashion.
With running back Shane Vereen out, receiver Danny Amendola doubtful and rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld struggling with a hamstring injury, Tom Brady could badly do with the Gronk coming back to face Tampa Bay.
Ray Rice - Is worryingly a game time decision for champions Baltimore, with the star running back struggling with a hip injury which has seen him miss practice all week. John Harbaugh though says he doesn't need to practice to play against Houston, so is keeping his fingers crossed Rice can extend his 43-game starting streak.
Ed Reed - Could well get on the field for the first time since he joined the Texans from the Ravens, and ironically face his former team-mates, if he is fit enough after missing the first two games following hip surgery.
Andre Johnson - Has been cleared to play in week three for the Texans after the wide receiver suffered a concussion next week - he should still get plenty of targets if he's back up to speed.
Reggie Bush - Should play for Detroit against Washington after returning to practice on Friday following his knee problem - and apparently not looking too bad with a knee bandage on. The Redskins have been poor against the run so far though so Bush's Fantasy owners may not get full value as back-up Joique Bell has already shown he is capable to carrying the load.
Roddy White & Julio Jones - Are both 'probable' for banged-up Atlanta's game in Miami. White is still getting over his pre-season ankle sprain and has not been himself at all this season, so it'll be interesting to see if there's any improvement. The Falcons are managing Jones' knee complaint but up to now it has not affected his performances one bit.
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Steven Jackson - Is out for around three weeks after picking up a thigh injury which was later changed to a hamstring problem. This is a worry for Atlanta who brought the experienced back in as the missing piece of their offence, so they'll try and nurse the 30-year-olf through the season from now on.
Eddie Lacy - was knocked out of last week's game, literally, by a concussion on his first carry, and James Starks stepped in with a 100-yard game as his replacement. Lacy has been recovering well but Green Bay have already said Starks will get the start this week.
Larry Fitzgerald - has prospered from the introduction of Carson Palmer at quarterback, but his hamstring injury has been causing him problems. He's listed as questionable but practiced on Friday and should be fine to take the field against the Saints.
Rashard Mendenhall - Is also listed as questionable for the Cardinals with a toe injury that sprung up out of nowhere during the week. The running back was already nursing a knee injury and is a virtual ever-present on the injury list, but he's also expected to play Sunday.
Mark Ingram - Is questionable for the Saints for the game with a toe injury and he hasn't practised all week. Considering the fact Pierre Thomas has out-performed him when given the chance it would be no surprise to see him and Darren Sproles take the majority of the snaps even if Ingram can play.
Maurice Jones-Drew - Returned to practice on Friday for the Jaguars but was limited and is questionable with a foot injury. With the Jags so poor so far, and facing a tough game in Seattle MJD might be well advised to not rush back for that one!