Peyton Manning was terrific in Week 1, but last night he looked an awful lot like a guy who's lost his fastball. Can't wait to see what he does in Week 3.
On to the news:
- Bears head coach Lovie Smith said Monday that RB Matt Forte's sprained ankle isn't the dreaded "high ankle sprain" that was originally reported on Friday. Forte didn't practice Monday and isn't expected to be out there today, but the Chicago Tribune reported that he jogged off the field after practice and was "moving just fine for a player with a sprained right ankle." You should still plan to be without Forte for Week 3, but he could return sooner than you expected.
- Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw reportedly suffered a sprained neck on Sunday, and his status for Thursday's game against the Panthers is very much in doubt. Andre Brown is owned in just 0.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and after running for 71 yards on 13 carries in Bradshaw's stead against the Bucs, he's a very interesting Week 3 pickup.
- The Patriots don't know exactly how long TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) will be out, but you should plan for it to be at least a few weeks. We'd suggest Baltimore's Dennis Pitta (14.8 percent owned) as a replacement, as he leads all tight ends with 24 targets in two games, and is tied for the lead at that position with 13 receptions.
- As far as how the Pats will deal with Hernandez's absence, they could turn to Wes Welker, who was on the bench until Hernandez got hurt in the first quarter on Sunday. The Boston media is full of theories about why Welker didn't start on Sunday, but he was targeted 11 times (five receptions, 95 yards) against the Cardinals, and they almost have to use him extensively now.
- Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles carried only six times Sunday because of soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. Charles is expected to play in Week 3, and while I'd still plan to start him, this is definitely a worrisome development.
- Lions RB Mikel Leshoure returns this week from a two-game suspension, and is "expected to take over as the starter before long," according to the Detroit Free Press, and Pride of Detroit thinks he "should play quite a bit." That doesn't necessarily mean you should start Leshoure in Week 3, but he should be owned in all formats.
- Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin probably won't practice Wednesday after suffering another hip contusion against the Ravens. His status for Week 3 is TBD.
- Chargers RB Ryan Mathews appears on target to make his 2012 debut this week against the Falcons.
- The Redskins' D is in dire straits, as LB Brian Orakpo (torn pectoral muscle) and DE Adam Carriker (torn quad tendon) are done for the season. The Bengals visit D.C. this week, if you're on the fence about starting any of them.
- The Jets aren't yet sure if CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) will return this week against the Dolphins.
- The Steelers are close to getting RB Rashard Mendenhall back, but they might wait until after their Week 4 bye to suit him up.
- The Jaguars seem to think that RB Rashad Jennings (knee) will be ready to return Sunday at Indianapolis. His role is likely to be as Maurice Jones-Drew's caddy, though.
- The Vikings sound a little worried about overworking WR Percy Harvin, who has 18 receptions and seven rushes through the first two games. If you're a Harvin owner, it'll help you to know that the Vikes probably don't have the luxury of easing off the gas with Harvin.
- In Cardinals' news, it sounds like Kevin Kolb will start again at QB this week, and that Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams will keep sharing the running workload. I figured that head coach Ken Whisenhunt would back away from Williams after his late-game fumble in New England, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
- My colleague Joel Beall will be in the FOXSports.com fantasy football chat room today at 3 p.m. ET. Make sure to send him some questions!
See you back here later this morning with a baseball post, and on Friday with a new football entry.