When I asked him about the injury: ‘I can’t say’ | Mike Sando

When I was asked on Wednesday if he could name his top 10 injured players, I got a lot of answers.

Here are my top 10.


Brandon Graham, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs have been looking for a strong safety in the secondary and Graham fits that bill.

The team signed veteran Dont’a Hightower to a four-year, $60 million contract in April.

Graham will play safety this season and will play well for the Bucs.


J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans.

Watt was selected by the Texans with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Watt has been the most consistent player for the Texans this season, finishing with a sack, six tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, and two interceptions.


DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans.

Murray is averaging 5.8 yards per carry, but has averaged just 2.7 yards per rush in the first four games of the season.

Murray will start at running back in Tennessee, but will need to improve his overall production if he is going to play in this season’s playoffs.


DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles.

Jackson has averaged 17.5 yards per reception and is tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches.

He has the chance to play the most important position in the Eagles offense, but the team needs to get more out of him in the next few games.


DeMarcus Ware, LB, Dallas Cowboys.

Ware has made two tackles for a loss in the team’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ware should start for the Cowboys in Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals.


Marcus Peters, TE, San Francisco 49ers.

Peters has made eight catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the 49ers this season.

Peters will be a major part of the 49er offense this season after having a breakout season in 2014.


Eric Reid, TE/OLB, Tennessee Panthers.

Reid is the first tight end drafted in the NFL to have a sack and two forced fumbles.

The Titans have struggled to protect Reid this season despite him playing in all 16 games.


Jordan Matthews, WR (re-signed), Philadelphia Eagles (signed), Carolina Panthers (released).

Matthews is coming off his first career touchdown catch and his third straight season with 30-plus catches.

Matthews has been a solid fantasy receiver this season with six games of at least 20 targets and six of his seven touchdowns have come from the slot.


Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Mariota has completed 58 percent of his passes in his first two starts, but he has struggled mightily when facing tougher defenses.

Tennessee has allowed multiple first downs to the Indianapolis Colts in each of his first three games.


Dez Bryant, WR/TE, Los Angeles Rams.

Bryant had five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Jarius Wright, WR in Jacksonville Jaguars (signed to a five-year deal), Indianapolis Colts (signed with Indianapolis Colts), New Orleans Saints (signed by New Orleans).

Wright is coming on strong in his second season after being released by the Jaguars in free agency.


Jason Pierre-Paul, OT in Washington Redskins (relegated to reserve), Indianapolis Broncos (released), Oakland Raiders (released) The Redskins have allowed six sacks through three games, including two by Washington guard Marcus Martin in Week 3.

Pierre-Pacers starting right tackle Jason Kelce is out with a hamstring injury.


Jason Peters, RB in New Orleans Rams (signed in free agent), Minnesota Vikings (signed).

The Rams have allowed a team-high 28 rushing yards per game, the second-highest total in the league.

Peters is averaging 6.3 yards per play, which is good for the fourth-best mark in the AFC West.


Mike Evans, WR for Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Mavericks (signed) Evans is still recovering from an injury suffered during Week 7 against the New England Patriots.

But he is showing a lot more maturity this season than he did last season.


Mike Daniels, OT for Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers (reseason-eligible), Detroit Lions (released, restructured contract) Daniels has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury.

But the Browns are giving him the opportunity to play through it. 16.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR by Cleveland Browns (reun-eligible) Hopkins has made five catches in two games for two touchdowns.



J Dezignay, CB in Baltimore Ravens (released with one year remaining) Dez, who is still injured, has not been able to return to the Ravens’ secondary this season due to the team re-signing defensive back Lamarr Houston.

DeZ was a starter at corner for Baltimore in 2016 and was able to make a name for himself this season as a deep threat. 18.

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