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Biggest Week 3 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams — Latest on Johnson, Singletary, Williams and more

Quarterbacks around the league have fallen victim to a variety of maladies in recent weeks, and following Week 2, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Cam Newton joined the ranks of passers on the shelf.

But there’s more to the sport than just the players behind center, and just about every team has a key player in question as we look ahead to Week 3. NFL Nation reporters provide the latest intel from inside every locker room:

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AFC EAST

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Running back Devin Singletary left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, the extent of which was enough to keep him out of the Bills’ practice Wednesday. With two practices to go until Buffalo’s Week 3 home opener against the Bengals, Singletary will probably need to turn in at least a limited practice or two for this staff to feel comfortable with playing the rookie Sunday. Without him, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon will shoulder the load at running back. — Marcel Louis-Jacques


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Wide receiver Albert Wilson missed Sunday’s game and Wednesday’s practice with a calf injury, and it appears he could be on track to miss his second consecutive game if it doesn’t rapidly improve. Brian Flores said safety Reshad Jones was “close” to returning after missing Week 2’s game with an ankle injury, but he too missed practice Wednesday. — Cameron Wolfe


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Starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (shoulder) missed Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, but he made the trip and worked out on the field before the game, which indicates he isn’t far from returning to action. If that return comes this week, it would be a big help for an offensive line that has been hit by a string of injuries, with starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn landing on injured reserve Tuesday. Another player to keep an eye on is fullback James Develin, who didn’t participate in practice Wednesday. Develin had missed a series of snaps in Sunday’s win as he was examined in the medical tent on the sideline. — Mike Reiss


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Where to start? Quarterback Luke Falk will make his first NFL start, replacing the ill Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) and the injured Trevor Siemian (ankle). The QB2 is David Fales, who was signed off the street Wednesday. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (ankle) is likely to return. The big question on defense is middle linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin), who was missed on many levels last week. Neville Hewitt would start in his place if he’s out again Sunday. — Rich Cimini

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AFC NORTH

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Tight end Mark Andrews didn’t practice Wednesday because of a foot injury, but there should be little concern of him sitting out Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Andrews, who leads all NFL tight ends with 220 receiving yards, missed a practice last week with the same injury, and he still produced a career-best 112 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens are trying to give him as much rest as possible so he’ll be available on game day. — Jamison Hensley


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Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green looks like he’s closer to returning to the field after he suffered an ankle injury in the preseason. Last week, Green shed his protective boot and started running again. While Green appears to be making progress as expected, he wasn’t practicing as of Wednesday and seems unlikely to be back for Sunday’s game at Buffalo. “I was always hopeful he’d be back for the early portion of the season,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “I can’t define what the early portion of the season is. Every time I see him it looks like he’s getting better.” — Ben Baby


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The Browns have two key starters going through concussion protocol in tight end David Njoku and safety Damarious Randall. Randall missed Monday Night Football, while Njoku was knocked out of the game in the first half. Both are big pieces in what the Browns do on their respective sides of the ball. But they will not be rejoining the field until they pass protocol. Also of note, Njoku is battling a wrist injury, and if he is out for an extended time, it will be a blow to the flow of Cleveland’s offense. Njoku is currently seeking a second opinion to see if surgery is necessary. The Browns have had at least one tight end on the field for almost 98 percent of the time this season, and Njoku is a big part of that. “David is a good player, so definitely him being limited right now presents problems for us,” coach Freddie Kitchens said. — Jake Trotter


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The Steelers’ week has been defined by injuries, with two starters going on IR. The most impactful, of course, is Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury. Center Maurkice Pouncey said Roethlisberger had been dealing with the injury for a couple years. “Some days he’d come in and he’d have a sore elbow,” Pouncey said. “He’s thrown a lot of football passes. Eventually it wears down on you.” While Roethlisberger eyes a 2020 return, second-year player Mason Rudolph will take over as the starting quarterback. Sean Davis‘ shoulder injury directly contributed to the Steelers’ decision to trade their 2020 first-round pick for defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. With Davis on IR, Fitzpatrick will plug a hole at free safety, and remain somewhat anchored there until he grasps more of the defense. “In the short term, we’re not going to move him around a great deal,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “This first time out we’re going to anchor him down and allow him to focus on one position and put him in the very best position to be a positive contributor to our efforts this weekend that way.” — Brooke Pryor

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AFC SOUTH

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Left tackle Laremy Tunsil briefly left the Texans’ Week 2 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday with an ankle injury, but he said this week he will be ready to play the Chargers. Tunsil was listed as limited on the Texans’ injury report Wednesday. — Sarah Barshop


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All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard remains in the concussion protocol after suffering the injury in the Week 2 game at Tennessee. The Colts had only a walk-through practice Wednesday. He’ll have to pass the NFL’s protocol before he’s cleared to play. Leonard leads the Colts in tackles, with 18. Rookie Bobby Okereke is the likely candidate to start if Leonard is out Sunday. — Mike Wells


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Cornerback A.J. Bouye is questionable with a hip injury and could potentially miss his second consecutive game. If he’s unable to go Thursday night, Tre Herndon would start in his place again. He played well against Houston last week, and he’s in line to be the full-time starter if and when the Jaguars do trade Jalen Ramsey. — Mike DiRocco


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Inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard is listed as questionable due to a quad injury. The veteran linebacker only played 12 snaps against the Colts last week, after not practicing at all during the week. Although he is no longer a starter, Woodyard is one of the team captains and in a rotation with Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans for Dean Pees’ defense. If he is not able to play, rookie inside linebacker David Long could see snaps. — Turron Davenport

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AFC WEST

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With the Broncos set to face the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, cornerback Bryce Callahan‘s availability remains in question. The Broncos built at least some of their defensive plan this past offseason around the idea Callahan would play on the outside in the defense and Chris Harris Jr. could play in the slot. Callahan, who did not play in the preseason because of his foot injury and has not played in either of the Broncos’ first two games, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. When he hasn’t been in the lineup, the Broncos have been forced to move Harris to the outside and move safety Kareem Jackson down into the slot when they go into the nickel. Callahan’s availability would enable the Broncos to play the defense to its biggest strengths and also allow the Broncos to play out of the dime (six DBs) in more down-and-distance situations, which is what they would like to do. Without Callahan, they were in the dime for just one snap in the loss to the Bears this past Sunday. — Jeff Legwold


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Either Damien Williams or LeSean McCoy has been the Chiefs’ featured back on 119 of 129 plays this season, or 92 percent. Neither participated in practice on Wednesday, Williams because of a knee injury and McCoy because of a sore ankle. Darrel Williams and rookie Darwin Thompson, who between them have 10 plays this season, would be in line to get the work at running back Sunday against the Ravens if Williams and McCoy don’t play. Thompson, a sixth-round draft pick, was impressive in training camp and the preseason and looked like he would get a portion of the work in the regular season until the Chiefs signed McCoy. Coach Andy Reid said he wants to make sure Thompson knows his assignments as a pass blocker before he gets a lot of playing time. “As long as I feel like he knows what he’s doing, I’m good with it,” Reid said. “He’ll stick it up in there and hit you. It’s just a matter of seeing it. He’s young, so he hasn’t seen everything there is to see. He’s getting there. I feel comfortable with him in there.” — Adam Teicher


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Out for the first two games with a right groin issue, kicker Michael Badgley was a limited participant Wednesday and has a chance to play Sunday. Although Ty Long missed two field goals in a close loss to the Lions last week, coach Anthony Lynn said the Chargers would go with Long again if Badgley is not healthy enough to play. “Ty’s confident, and we’re very confident in Ty,” Lynn said. “If we have to kick him again, we’ll do it.” — Eric D. Williams


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For the Raiders this week, it’s not a question of which front-line guy is hurt, but which one is not hobbled by some sort of malady. Indeed, no fewer than six starters either sat out or were limited in Wednesday’s low-key practice: right tackle Trent Brown (knee), cornerback Gareon Conley (neck), middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee/shoulder), rookie running back Josh Jacobs (hip), receiver Tyrell Williams (hip) and returner Dwayne Harris (ankle). It’s early in the week, for sure, but the injuries will test the Raiders’ depth at this early junction of the season. — Paul Gutierrez

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NFC EAST

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