The NFL’s preseason schedule is coming up and we’re expecting the usual number of marquee plays from teams.
Here are the biggest stories to watch in the league’s opener.
The Steelers, Steelers, Browns, Jaguars, and Titans are all expected to play their first preseason games this week.
The Ravens, Seahawks, Colts, Patriots, and Chargers all played their first three preseason games last year, but they didn’t have a first-team offense until the first week of the season.
While most of the first-round draft picks were not expected to make an impact until the final weeks of the regular season, there are some that were expected to contribute this season.
The Steelers, Jaguars and Titans could all see significant changes in the first weeks of training camp.
In this article, we take a look at each team’s preseason injury reports, look at the players who are most likely to be out, and offer some potential targets for the starters.
Antonio Brown (ankle) was ruled out of the preseason opener against the Ravens because of a hip flexor injury.
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said Brown was dealing with the injury, but there were no further details.
He could miss two to three weeks.2.
DeAndre Hopkins (knee) is out for the season, coach Mike Tomlin said on Thursday.
Hopkins missed a game last season after injuring his knee in the season opener against Baltimore.
Antonio Bryant (kicker) is expected to be activated off injured reserve after being activated from the PUP list.
Bryant missed two games last season with a calf injury.4.
Josh Gordon (knees) is doubtful to play in the preseason after suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Steelers.
The Ravens are expected to release Gordon this offseason.
Chris Clemons (foot) is listed as questionable for the Steelers’ preseason opener.
Clemons was injured in the third quarter of last year’s game against the Chiefs.6.
Michael Floyd (shoulder) is unlikely to play, but he’s expected to return this year, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Browns were expected at least to play a preseason game this year.
Brandon Weeden (back) is a long shot to play this year but should be healthy enough to compete, according the Browns.8.
Chris Polk (ankel) is questionable for Week 1.
Polk injured his ankle in the final preseason game of last season, and the Browns said he was doubtful to be able to practice this week, but coach Mike Pettine said it was all in the past.9.
Josh Allen (shin) is not listed as probable for Week 2, but Pettine told reporters Allen would play against the Jaguars.10.
DeShone Kizer (foot, ankle) is likely to miss a week with a sprained ankle.
He will undergo a physical on Wednesday, according a source.