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Eleven injuries to track heading into the NFL's Week 2

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Tuesday is the off day for most NFL teams, so it gives us a chance to take stock of what just happened and look ahead. Here are eleven injury situations we'll be monitoring throughout the week:

1. Two players to watch as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears get ready for Thursday Night Football: The status of Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (groin) and Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (leg) remain up in the air.

2. The Philadelphia Eagles aren't sure if they will have Jeremy Maclin available against the Baltimore Ravens. Based on Baltimore's Week 1 effort, the Eagles will need all the help they can get.

3. The Tennessee Titans expect quarterback Jake Locker to play against the San Diego Chargers, although he'll wear a brace on his non-throwing shoulder.

4. We'd be shocked if Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton plays in the next few weeks because of his ankle sprain. That means Kevin Kolb has a chance to take over the team's starting job.

5. The New York Jets reportedly expect cornerback Darrelle Revis to play in Week 2 despite a concussion suffered in the season opener.

6. The St. Louis Rams lost high-priced center Scott Wells to a fractured foot. He's on injured reserve Left tackle Roger Saffold is expected to be out with a neck injury. Their offensive line is in rough shape and it's only Week 2. They host the Washington Redskins Sunday. RGIII 2-0?

7. After the Oakland Raiders' loss to the San Diego Chargers, coach Dennis Allen said wideout Denarius Moore was close to playing. We'd expect to see Moore return next week.

8. The Buffalo Bills expect Fred Jackson to miss 3-4 weeks with his foot injury, so C.J. Spiller will be the man for a while.

9. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan stopped short of promising Pierre Garcon would return in Week 2 after hurting his foot against the Saints.

10. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said that he expects defensive end Dwight Freeney to return to action sooner than later from his ankle injury. So we don't really know.

11. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is expected to return to practice this week from suspension. He's also getting over a knee injury. Look for him to play a limited role this week.

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