This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 8 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
Against no shortage of obstacles, the NFL has made it to its first Sunday of the 2020 regular season following a successful Thursday night opener between the Texans and Chiefs. Considering the erratic national health landscape, injury reports will likely never be under heavier scrutiny than during this season, when teams will strive to maintain the near-perfect track record they've somehow each managed with respect to largely COVID-19 infections thus far. Due to the diligence of clubs and players, the Week 1 injury landscape is essentially like that of any other season's, consisting of the usual array of bumps and bruises, some likely the byproduct of a limited offseason that was devoid of any preseason games. With plenty of news on the docket, let's jump right into the latest as of early Sunday morning:
The Jets' Joe Flacco (neck) will not be available to serve as Sam Darnold's backup for Sunday's Week 1 tilt against the Bills, nor is he expected to be active for the next two games as he finishes his recovery from his offseason neck surgery. The good news for New York is Flacco has passed a physical and is already practicing in limited fashion, but for at least the opener, New York is down to fourth-round rookie James Morgan