Final injury report
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers released their final injury reports for Week 2 Thursday Night Football, and there are no surprises. Bucs tight end O.J. Howard and running back Ronald Jones were on the practice participation reports this week as full participants, and do not show up on the final report.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is listed as questionable with a back injury. He did not practice on Monday or Tuesday, but was a full participant on Wednesday. If you are looking to start Olsen, he will be available on Thursday barring anything unexpected.
Tuesday injury report
The Panthers and Buccaneers wrapped up their second practice of the week as they continue preparations for Week 2 Thursday Night Football. Both reports were almost identical to Tuesday, with one exception. The Panthers gave running back Christian McCaffrey the day off, but it is not injury related. Expect him back at practice on Wednesday.
Greg Olsen did not practice for a second straight day due to his back injury. Olsen told local media on Tuesday that he got “jacked up” in Sunday’s loss to the Rams. He said the short week is not ideal, but he plans on playing. If he is your starting tight end, expect him to play, but it might be worth having a backup handy in case Olsen aggravates his back injury.
Ronald Jones and O.J. Howard were once again full participants, and there is no reason to think either will be unavailable on Thursday. It is worth noting that Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said that Peyton Barber remains the starting running back and Jones will step in as needed — and then they’ll go with the hot hand. Jones was significantly better than Barber in Week 1, but considering how awful Jones was last season, it makes sense he’ll have to earn the starting job.
Monday injury report
The NFL kicks off Week 2 later this week, and with one week of action completed, injury reports are going to develop into a more significant issue. There were plenty of injured players heading into Week 1, but given how few starters play in the final preseason game, Week 1 is when we start to see players really start to gather bumps and bruises.
The Carolina Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football to open Week 2, and we have a few notable names on the report. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen did not practice, listed as having a back issue. Among Bucs skill position players, Bucs tight end O.J. Howard and running back Ronald Jones were listed as full participants. Howard has an ankle issue while Jones has a toe issue.
Fantasy impact: Olsen had four receptions on nine targets for 36 yards in the Panthers season-opening loss to the Rams. He did not appear to come off the field with an injury, so it remains to be seen if this is an injury or a veteran’s day off. If he practices on Tuesday or Wednesday, then we’ll know he is likely fine. Olsen remains a favorite of Cam Newton, and while he is no longer a stud tight end, he’s a decent option if you waited a bit in your draft.
Howard and Jones likely are simply dealing with some basic bumps and bruises, thus the “full” designation. Howard had four receptions for 32 yards on Sunday, but also had a fumble and a drop that resulted in an interception. He faces a Panthers defense that was poor against tight ends last year, and gave up Jared Goff’s lone Week 1 touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Higbee. Howard is a must-start in Week 2.
Jones rushed 13 times for 75 yards and added an 18-yard reception in Week 1. He easily out-worked Peyton Barber and should be the starter on Thursday. Jones has much still to prove, but after Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown combined for 150 yards on 25 carries against Carolina, he’s a solid RB2 and a good start on Thursday.