This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 9 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
If the last few weeks are a harbinger of what's to come, the NFL's 100th season isn't going to lack for intrigue and excitement. The summer alone has already seen one jaw-dropping retirement, two prominent running back holdouts and arguably the most tumultuous, conflict-ridden first-year relationship between a superstar offseason acquisition and his new team ever. With that situation coming to a head Saturday and one major contract issue still unresolved, the first injury report of the 2019 campaign includes two of the biggest non-health-related absences ahead of any Week 1 in recent memory. There are also several important Fantasy assets sporting questionable designations as of Sunday morning, so without further ado, let's dive right into all the information you need to get your teams' seasons off on a winning note:
All projected starting quarterbacks are healthy heading into Week 1, with the only signal-callers on the injury report backups who were already expected to be in street clothes for their respective teams' openers:
The Buccaneers' Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) is reportedly close to returning, but he'll cede backup duties against the 49ers to Ryan Griffin to start the 2019 campaign. Should Jameis Winston suffer any type of injury Sunday that requires his exit for at least one play, Griffin would see the first regular-season