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Week 1 of what will officially be the longest regular season in NFL history has arrived, and thankfully for Fantasy managers, the injury report is relatively light. Naturally, that won't hold true on many weeks as the season unfolds, but most teams appear to be blessed with fairly good health in terms of non-season-ending injuries as the 2021 campaign begins. There are a couple of notable names that appear to be trending toward gametime decisions, with further clarity to be gleaned as the morning unfolds. Without further ado, let's jump into the season-opening injury landscape:
The Texans' Deshaun Watson (coach's decision) is expected to be a gameday inactive every week for as long as he remains on Houston's roster. Tyrod Taylor will open the season as the team's starting quarterback with rookie third-round pick Davis Mills serving as his backup.
The Giants' Saquon Barkley (knee) is questionable for Sunday's Week 1 matchup against the Broncos after practicing in limited fashion all week. Barkley is coming off a multi-ligament knee tear suffered in Week 2 of last season against the Bears and did not participate in any preseason contests, but as per Saturday reports, he's been medically cleared for Sunday's game and is therefore fully expected to suit up.