College football Week 3 injury report

Photo by Steve Nehf / The Denver Post
Photo by Steve Nehf / The Denver Post /

Incredibly, we are entering Week 3 of the college football season, and here are some stars who may not make it onto the field this weekend.

Last week, we were treated to some incredible football, as teams are starting to make their move towards the College Football Playoff. There is a nice slate of games to check out in Week 3 as well, most notably Miami (FL) against Florida State, and Clemson versus Louisville. There are some big name players slated to miss those games, and some who will have to be a game time decision.

Here is a look at our college football Week 3 injury report.


Luke Falk, Washington State

In their stunning come from behind victory in Week 2, the Washington State Cougars actually held out Luke Falk with a head injury. The team is going back to their star quarterback against the Oregon State Beavers this weekend, as he has been cleared to go. The Cougars have a high-octane offense, and should be able to dispose of the Beavers regardless of whether or not Falk plays.

Shane Buechele, Texas

The Texas Longhorns will likely be without quarterback Shane Buechele this weekend, as he continues to battle back from a shoulder injury. The Longhorns have a tough game coming up on Saturday, as they will do battle with the No. 4 ranked USC Trojans. The team may have to go with a three-man rotation at quarterback against a solid Trojans defense.

Max Browne, Pittsburgh

The former starting quarterback at USC, Max Browne left the school after Sam Darnold took over for him as the starter during last season. Browne has found himself once again starting for a major program, as he transferred to Pitt. However, Browne injured his head against Penn State last weekend, and there are still questions as to whether he will play.

Chazz Surratt, University of North Carolina

Chazz Surratt is currently battling an ankle injury for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and the word was he may be left out of the team’s game against Old Dominion this weekend. However, he actually practiced this week, and should be available come game time. The Tar Heels are the far superior team in this game, so expect a win for them on Saturday.

Running Backs

Mike Weber, Ohio Sttae

The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off a bad loss to the Oklahoma Sooners last weekend, though they should have running back Mike Weber back this week. The Buckeyes will take on Army in Week 3, and the plan is to get Weber more carries. Ohio State lost some of its shine this past weekend, and should rebound in a big way against Army.

Sony Michel, Georgia

Sony Michel is battling an ankle injury, and is one of a long list of Georgia Bulldogs currently nursing an injury. Luckily for Bulldogs fans, Michel is probable to play this weekend, as the team take on Stamford. The combination of Michel and Nick Chubb is one of the best running back tandems in the SEC, and the team needs both of them if they are going to withstand the injury to starting quarterback Jacob Eason.

Kerryon Johnson, Auburn

For the Auburn Tigers, they were supposed to have a dominant one-two punch at running back this season. However, both Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson have been dealing with injuries, and Johnson is questionable for this weekend’s game against Mercer. The Tigers are a threat to do some damage in the SEC this season, but need to start getting their players healthy.

Tre Bryant, Nebraska

The Nebraska Cornhuskers should have their star running back in action this week, as Tre Bryant appears healthy from a knee injury. Bryant and his Cornhuskers teammates will take on Northern Illinois this weekend, in a game they should certainly win. Nebraska lost a high-scoring affair to Oregon last weekend, 42-35.

Wide Receivers

Michael Pittman Jr., USC

The USC Trojans have a rivalry game this weekend, as they will take on the Texas Longhorns. Quarterback Sam Darnold has made a key weapon out of Deontay Burnett, and he should have another one of his weapons back this week. Michael Pittman Jr. is still battling an ankle injury, but he is now longer listed as doubtful for the game.

Jordan Lasley, UCLA

Jordan Lasley and the UCLA Bruins are off to a hot start to the 2017 college football season, as quarterback Josh Rosen has proven to be one of the best in the country at his position. Rosen may be without one of his best targets this weekend, as Lasley is dealing with an undisclosed injury. UCLA is off to a 2-0 start, and with a win against Memphis, they should be rolling as they head into Pac-12 play.

Ryan Newsome, Arizona State

The Arizona State Sun Devils are off to a horrible start this season, and are currently one of the worst teams in the Pac-12. However, they may be getting one of their top weapons on offense back in Week 3, as wide receiver Ryan Newsome looks ready to return. He has sat out the last two games, and has yet to take the field for the Sun Devils after transferring from Texas.

Evidence Njoku, Miami (FL)

The Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles will do battle in a serious rivalry game this weekend, and the entire country is pumped up for it. The Hurricanes may be without one of their best wide receivers in the game, as Evidence Njoku is dealing with a pulled hamstring. He injured himself last game, and at current time, it is up in the air as to whether he will suit up on Saturday.

Tight Ends

DeAndre Goolsby, Florida

The Florida Gators have been dealing with injuries and suspensions this season, and the hits just keep on coming. However, tight end DeAndre Goolsby practiced this week, and all signs point to him being ready for Saturday’s tilt against Tennessee. The Gators versus the Volunteers usually makes for good football, and Florida could certainly use their tight end in this one.

Alex Marshall, Florida State

Alex Marshall may not be ready for the Seminoles big game this weekend, as he is dealing with a hand injury. The tight end is a big part of what they do on offense, so having him out could spell trouble for the Seminoles Freshman quarterback. Florida State takes on rival Miami this weekend.

Mark Andrews, Oklahoma

In the team’s solid victory over Ohio State this past weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners saw their big tight end go down due to injury. Mark Andrews left the Ohio State game with a knee injury, which looked pretty serious at the time. However, he is expected to play this weekend, as the Sooners look to take the next step towards a possible College Football Playoff berth.

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Defensive Stars

Dylan Moses, Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide are once again the best team in college football, thanks to a solid offense, and an even better defense. This weekend, linebacker Dylan Moses may be sitting out, as he is dealing with an undisclosed injury. It should not matter much, as the Tide is expected to roll over Colorado State on Saturday.

Arden Key, LSU

Arden Key has yet to play this season, though that should all change this weekend. The star defensive end for the LSU Tigers has been dealing with a shoulder issue, but all signs point to him suiting up against Mississippi State. Key is slated to be one of the top-5 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft next April.

Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Jaire Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in the country, but the Louisville Cardinals may be without his services this weekend. Alexander and his Cardinals teammates will be taking on the Clemson Tigers, who are once again one of the best teams in the country. The cornerback is listed as day-to-day with a leg injury, and he will likely be out on Saturday.

Scott Pagano, Oregon

Scott Pagano has missed the first two games of the season for Oregon, though the team has gotten out to a 2-0 start. On Saturday, Pagano will return to the Ducks defensive line, as his foot appears to be healed up. The Ducks will take on Wyoming and star quarterback Josh Allen, so having Pagano back is a definite plus.

Elijah Taylor, Notre Dame

Elijah Taylor has been dealing with a foot injury for Notre Dame, and his status for this weekend is still up in the air. The Fighting Irish will take on Boston College in a rivalry game, and the team is hoping Taylor will make his 2017 debut. Taylor hurt his foot back in March, and if the Irish can get him back, it is a serious upgrade to their defense.