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Football Injury Report: Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey among rash of Week 2 NFL injuries

DraftKings Live recaps all the injury news from a busy Week 2 early window.

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The story of the early window in Week 2 was many NFL sidelines turning into a M.A.S.H. unit. DK Live recaps some of today’s most noteworthy NFL injuries from Week 2 below. To see get more and receive push notifications for breaking NFL news, download the DK Live app. You can also get immediate football news by following DK Live on twitter at @dklive.

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Report: Saquon Barkley (knee) feared to have suffered torn ACL

In a Week 2 filled with injuries, one of the top players in all of fantasy football may be dealing with a significant one. Barkley planted and cut hard on his right leg and was thrown to the ground early in the second quarter against the Bears. Barkley was carted back to the locker room, giving way to Dion Lewis ($4,500) and Eijhaa Penny ($4,000). ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Giants fear a torn ACL for Barkley but will not know for sure until further tests on Monday. Just a short time later, Sterling Shepard ($5,500) limped off to the locker room with a toe injury and will also not100 return. Darius Slayton ($5,000) and Golden Tate ($4,900) will try to pick up the slack. — Zach Thompson

Christian McCaffrey (ankle) exits early vs. Buccaneers

We already saw one top back go down on Sunday in Saquon Barkley (knee), now there’s another star with a potential injury. McCaffrey ($10,000; 24.8 DKFP) limped off the field after scoring his second rushing touchdown of the game and had to be replaced in the backfield by Mike Davis ($4,000). It appeared with the game out of hand (the Buccaneers were up double digits) the Panthers wanted to use an abundance of caution with their young star but it’s unclear the extent of the injury. Davis will continue to get the lion’s share of work at running back. — Kenny Ducey

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and Raheem Mostert (knee) exit early vs. the Jets

The 49ers built a 21-3 lead at halftime against the Jets but suffered significant injuries. Both Garoppolo ($5,700; 13.24 DKFP) and Mostert ($6,400; 18.7 DKFP) had big first-half contributions but will not be able to return for the rest of the game. Garoppolo was replaced by Nick Mullens ($4,100), while Jerrick McKinnon ($4,200) and Tevin Coleman ($4,000) will share work in the backfield in place of Mostert. After the game, coach Kyle Shanahan said that Jimmy G is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, which means Mullens will likely start next week. — Zach Thompson

Justin Herbert makes a surprise start for the Chargers with Tyrod Taylor (chest) injured

The Chargers shocked everyone by starting Herbert ($5,100) in place of Taylor ($5,300; chest), who was questionable to play due to a chest injury he sustained after pregame warmups. Taylor was later ruled out, meaning Herbert will take on the Chiefs tough defense in his debut. The No. 6 overall pick from last year’s draft started strong and even ran for a touchdown on the team’s first drive. — Zach Thompson

Report: Drew Lock (shoulder) expected to miss two-to-six weeks

The Broncos lost starting QB Lock ($5,400; -.2 DKFP) after the second-year signal caller took a big hit from the Steelers’ Bud Dupree while stumbling forward after avoiding initial pressure. Lock fumbled the ball and immediately grabbed his throwing arm. Lock headed to the locker room and was replaced by Driskel ($4,100) after going just 1-for-5 for 20 yards. After the game, Lock was in a sling and is now dealing with an AC joint sprain, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Legwold. He will undergo an MRI on Monday and is expected to be sidelined two-to-six weeks. — Zach Thompson

Davante Adams (hamstring) injured vs. the Lions

The Packers trailed early but turned things around against the Lions. Early in the fourth quarter, the team announced that Adams ($8,100; 6.6 DKFP) was dealing with a hamstring issue and could be done for the day. Adams is by far the Packers’ top WR, and while he is sidelined there will be significantly more work for Allen Lazard ($5,300), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($4,600) and RB Aaron Jones ($7,100) who was already very involved as a receiver out of the backfield. — Zach Thompson

Courtland Sutton (knee/leg) exits early vs. the Steelers

Sutton ($6,000; 9.6 DKFP) had three catches for 66 yards in his season debut for the Broncos but was forced to leave the game due to knee and leg cramps. The good news is that his shoulder looked good in his first action of the season and the cramping is not likely to be a long-term issue. Unfortunately, Denver is also dealing with an injury to QB Drew Lock (shoulder). The fantasy potential of Sutton and everyone in the Denver offense is obviously closely tied to the health of Lock moving forward. — Zach Thompson

Breshad Perriman (ankle) Chris Hogan (ribs) injured vs. the 49ers

The Jets’ WR corps was already without Jamison Crowder (hamstring) on Sunday and Perriman ($3,800) had a couple catches early for 12 yards before leaving with an ankle injury. After his second catch, he was brought to the locker room for evaluation late in the first quarter. Chris Hogan ($3,200) left in the third with a rib injury, leaving New York with two healthy wideouts in Braxton Berios ($3,000) and Josh Malone ($3,000). — Zach Thompson

Parris Campbell (knee) carted off the field vs. the Vikings

For the second week in a row, the Colts have lost a key offensive player to injury. While taking an end-around carry in the first quarter against the Vikings, Campbell took a low hit from Harrison Smith and immediately grabbed his knee. The Colts announced that Campbell ($4,500) he remained down on the field for a significant amount of time and was forced to leave on a cart and has now been ruled out for the remainder of the game after initially being called questionable to return. Michal Pittman ($3,500) and Zach Pascal ($3,700) could be in line for more targets as secondary options behind T.Y. Hilton ($5,700). — Zach Thompson

Report: Nick Bosa (knee) and Soloman Thomas (knee) feared to have torn ACLs

The 49ers were already banged up coming into their matchup against the Jets on Sunday, but they suffered a pair of significant losses on the defensive side of things in the first quarter. Bosa was carted off the field with what appeared to be a significant knee injury after his leg buckled under him while he was defending a running play. Thomas’ leg also buckled under him on a pass rush and also had to be carted off later in the first quarter. After the game, coach Kyle Shanahan said that the 49ers fear that both injuries are torn ACLs. — Zach Thompson

Cam Akers (ribs) exits early vs. Eagles

Akers ($4,500; 1.3 DKFP) had to leave just four minutes into this contest after injuring his ribs on a rush up the middle in the red zone. He was part of a timeshare in the Rams’ backfield with Malcolm Brown ($5,700) and Darrell Henderson Jr. ($4,600) anyway but still had seen three early carries and picked up 13 yards on them. Brown and Henderson will get the remainder of carries this one, with Henderson perhaps being the better option in the passing gam. He was the first to get involved, making a 12-yard grab. — Kenny Ducey

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