Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season features a number of pivotal divisional matchups along with some interesting matchup between the league’s leading teams and early underdogs. In the AFC West, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers will be an important decider in a division with four strong teams.
The Oakland Raiders play the Washington Redskins in primetime in an interesting inter-conference matchup.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears, shoulder: Howard entered last week’s contest with the questionable designation after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 1. His production was extremely limited, but whether that was due to the injury, the offense or a combination of both is difficult to gauge. Howard was wearing a sling after the game, so there was little doubt the shoulder was still an issue to some degree. He remained limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he was upgraded to full participation Friday and was removed from the game status injury report.
The message from his status upgrade is that the Bears expect him to play; the unknown is just how much he will be relied upon in the team’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills, wrist: McCoy was on the injury report because of his wrist last week (and a late-occurring groin issue) but played without incident. His limited production was not related to the injury, according to both McCoy and head coach Sean McDermott. As a veteran, he is expected to get additional rest during the week, which explains the off day Wednesday. After full practices both Thursday and Friday, McCoy’s removal from the game status injury report is no surprise.
Matt Forte, New York Jets, knee: Forte remains on the injury report because of his knee but also remains in line to play after fully practicing each day and being removed from the game status injury report.