NFL Week 3 Injury News: Gronkowski out, Miller set to return

Gronkowski is out, Reed is active and Miller is probable in Week 3. (USATSI)

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C.J. Spill done for the day

Bills running back C.J. Spiller left with a knee injury in the second half of their game against the Jets. He will not return.

Patrick Willis won't return

San Francisco inside linebacker Patrick Willis left with a groin injury in the second half of the Colts game, and he has been ruled out for the day.

Lions DL Jason Jones done for season

Lions defensive lineman Jason Jones was carted off the field with a leg injury during Sunday's game against the Redskins. And according to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, Jones' season is over after suffering a ruptured patella tendon.

Knee injury forces early exit for Andre Johnson

<a href= wide receiver <a href= was hit on the knee and was clearly hobbled for much of Sunday's game against the Ravens in Week 3. Johnson tried to play through the injury, but was finally forced to leave the game in the second half, and was unable to return.

Johnson brought in five passes for 36 yards in the game, while being targeted six times. He caught a few of his balls after suffering the injury, but was clearly hobbled as he tried to move around the field. He had a long reception of just 12 yards.

The extent of the injury is not yet clear, but the team will likely give an update on his status after the game.  - Chris Towers

Aldon Smith ready vs. Colts

<a href= outside linebacker <a href=, who was listed as probable with a back injury, is active for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Smith also is dealing with an off-field issue -- his arrest on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession early Friday -- but coach Jim Harbaugh indicated he'd let the league mete out any discipline. Smith has 3.5 sacks this season. - Larry Harstein

Eric Reid is active for 49ers

<a href= safety <a href=, who was questionable after suffering a concussion, is active for Sunday's game against the Colts. The rookie is off to a great start with nine tackles and two interceptions this season. - LH

Miles Austin leaves game with hamstring injury

<a href= wide receiver <a href= left the team's Week 3 game against the Rams with a hamstring injury. He is questionable to return. Austin had two catches for 22 yards at the time of his injury. - Nando Di Fino

Vernon Davis inactive vs. Colts

<a href= tight end <a href= (hamstring) won't play against the Colts Sunday, which means he'll miss a chance to face off against his brother, Vontae, Indy's best cornerback.

Clay Matthews leaves game vs. Bengals

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bengals after suffering a hamstring injury.

James Starks questionable to return with knee injury

Packers running back James Starks rushed for 55 yards in the first half of Sunday's game against the Bengals, but he is questionable to return after suffering a knee injury. Rookie Jonathan Franklin is the only other active running back on the roster.

Jermichael Finley leaves in 1st quarter with concussion

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley left with 6:50 to go in the first quarter after taking a blow to the head from a Bengals' defender. He's out for the game after suffering a concussion.

Carlos Dunlap playing in Week 3

<a href= defensive lineman <a href=, who was limited in practice leading up to the game because of a thigh injury, is active for Week 3 against the Packers. He was listed as probable on Friday's injury report. - Scott White

Dunlap has half a sack so far this season after recording six last season.

Hakeem Nicks dressed to play Week 3

<a href= wide receiver <a href= is active Week 3 at Carolina after being excused from practice Friday. He was listed on the injury report as probable (not injury related). - Michael Hurcomb

Danny Amendola officially ruled inactive

<a href= wide receiver <a href= has been ruled inactive for the Week 3 home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Amendola was listed as doubtful on the official injury report entering Sunday's game due to his groin injury. He missed the Week 2 game as well due to the issue and will hope to return to action Week 4 at Atlanta. - Jeff Lippman

Fred Davis is inactive for Lions game

Redskins tight end won't play Sunday because of an ankle injury.

Mike Wallace will play vs. Falcons

Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace will suit up against Atlanta, reports CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Falcons WRs Julio Jones, Roddy White expected to go against Dolphins

Atlanta wideouts Julio Jones and Roddy White are expected to play, but White could be limited with a high-ankle sprain, reports CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Eddie Lacy inactive vs. Bengals

Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy made the trip and has been cleared to return from his concussion but he will not play Sunday against the Bengals.

Rashard Mendenhall to play Week 3

Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (toe) is will play in Week 3 at New Orlean. The running back, who only practiced Friday in a limited capacity, was listed as questionable. - MH

Larry Fitzgerald will play Sunday

<a href= wide receiver <a href= (hamstring) is will play Week 3 at New Orleans, according to CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora after being limited in practice Friday -- the only day of the week he practiced. - MH

Reggie Bush is out vs. Redskins

Lions running back Reggie Bush won't play Sunday at Washington. Bush, who has been dealing with a knee injury since last Sunday, was listed as questionable heading into the game. Joique Bell is in line to pick up the reps Bush won't take.  

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski out vs. Buccaneers

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was listed as questionable on the Patriots' Friday injury report, won't play Sunday, according to CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. He is on target for a return in Week 4. 

Heath Miller ready to return from knee injury

<a href= tight end <a href= (knee) is expected to make his season debut in Week 3 against the Bears, after being able to get through the entire week in practice without a setback. Miller is officially listed as probable for Sunday's game.

In other Steelers injury news, starting cornerback Cortez Allen is expected to miss his second straight start after suffering an ankle injury in the Week 1 loss to the Titans. - CT

Ed Reed to start for Texans

<a href= safety <a href=, who was a limited participant in practice will start Sunday's game at Baltimore in Week 3. Reed has missed the first two games with a hip injury but has been "as close to playing as he has been," according to coach Gary Kubiak. He'll likely be a game-time decision against his former team. - Igor Mello

Brandon Meriweather active vs. Lions

<a href= safety <a href= was able to work out on the field prior to the Week 3 game at home against the Lions. Meriweather has been ruled active for the game. He suffered a concussion making an illegal head-first hit during last week's game against the Packers. Meriweather has four tackles in the only game he's played thus far this season to this point. - JL

Champ Bailey's status still up in the air

<a href= defensive back <a href= hopes to make his season debut Monday against the Raiders, and it seems like he has a chance. Bailey is officially listed as questionable for Week 3, due to the same foot injury that has sidelined him since the preseason. - CT

Ray Rice out for Texans game

Ravens running back Ray Rice suffered a hip injury in last Sunday's win over the Browns, and he'll be inactive for Baltimore's matchup with Houston this week. Rice hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2008, and his 43 consecutive starts is the NFL's longest active streak. Second-year back Bernard Pierce looks to make his first start.

“No nervousness,” Pierce said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I'm just anxious. It's just another game. You can't really get hyped up and think it's more than that. It's just another game that we have to play."

Duane Brown downgraded, ruled out

The <a href= downgraded tackle <a href= (toe) from questionable to out Saturday, for Week 3 against the Ravens. Ryan Harris is expected to start in his place. - CT

Russell Okung placed on injured reserve/designated to return

<a href= coach Pete Carroll confirmed Friday that the team placed left tackle<a href= on injured reserve/designated for return because of a torn ligament in his left big toe. Okung suffered the injury early into last week's game against the 49ers. He will be eligible to return as early as Week 11 against the Vikings.

"It's a six-to-eight week injury, and hopefully that will all work out right for us," Carroll said, per the team's official website. "He's determined. He's kind of excited about the fact that he has chance to get back this season, as we are as well." - IM

Marcedes Lewis to miss third game, Blaine Gabbert out too

<a href= tight end <a href= has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Seahawks, despite being able to practice on a limited basis due to a calf injury. Lewis has yet to play this season, and will now target Week 4 against the Colts as his possible debut date.

<a href= was officially ruled out for Week 3 against the Seahawks, despite being able to practice on a limited basis throughout the week with a hand injury. Gabbert has now missed two games as a result of the injury, and it is not yet clear when he will be able to return.

Chad Henne will start Sunday in Seattle. - CT

Foot no issue for Daryl Richardson for Week 3

<a href= running back <a href= (foot) was a full participant in practice yet again Friday, after sitting out Wednesday's session. He is officially considered probable for Week 3 against the Cowboys, and is not expected to be limited Sunday. - CT

Reid is officially considered questionable for the game at this point. - CT

Anthony Spencer could be in danger of missing Week 3

<a href= pass rusher <a href= sat out Friday's practice session leading up to Week 3 at home against St. Louis because of a knee injury. Spencer has practiced just once this week and was ruled questionable for Sunday. - IM

Roman Harper ruled out for Week 3

<a href= defensive back <a href= was ruled out for Week 3 at home against Arizona because of a knee injury. Harper recorded three tackles (two solo) and one interceptions through two games. 

He'll try to get back on the field in Week 4 at home against Miami. - IM

Manti Te'o inactive for Week 3

<a href= linebacker <a href= was a limited participant in Friday's practice session and now has been listed as inactive Sunday  ahead of the Week 3 game at Tennessee. Te'o suffered the injury Aug. 8 in the preseason opener against Seattle and had been out six weeks with the injury before practicing this week. - IM

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