- Stephania Bell, Fantasy Sports
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Here are some of the key fantasy-relevant injury situations that I'm following heading into Week 2 of the NFL season.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys, (foot): On Tuesday, we learned that Bryant had suffered a foot sprain in Sunday night's game, but that both he and the team were optimistic about his chances of playing this week. Their optimism is supported by the fact that Bryant was a full participant in both Wednesday and Thursday practices. According to the Dallas Morning News, Bryant says his foot "feels great." He appears to be on track for Sunday.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions, (finger, groin): In a post earlier this week, we outlined just what Bush had to endure as he racked up points for his fantasy owners in Week 1. We also noted that coach Jim Schwartz made it clear that they weren't going to lighten his workload in games. Heck, they didn't even lighten it in practice this week. Bush was a full participant on both Wednesday and Thursday, making it appear he will also be a full participant Sunday.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers, (toe): Finley suffered a toe injury in the first game of the season. He did not practice Wednesday, but was able to return on a limited basis the next day. This was a bit of a surprise, since coach Mike McCarthy had expressed doubt Finley would practice Thursday. According to ESPN.com, McCarthy noted Finley was making progress and hoped he would be able to go again on Friday. While it's a good sign that Finley was out on the field a day earlier than that, it's still not clear whether he'll be able to push off hard enough or cut sharply enough to be game ready come Sunday. First things first: let's see what he's able to do on Friday.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams, (foot): Richardson was given a day off on Wednesday to rest a sore foot, but he did return to limited work on Thursday. The team has not offered any specifics as to the nature of Richardson's foot ailment, but according to ESPN.com, Richardson says the foot feels "great," adding, "It ain't nothing a cold tub can't take care of." We'll see. Teammate Isaiah Pead was suspended for Week 1, but rejoined his team at practice this week and could be available Sunday.