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Week 2 wasn't nearly as devastating as Week 1, but let's cycle through the key injuries and the ramifications they will have going forward:

Andre Johnson, WR (HOU): Johnson left Sunday's contest in the fourth quarter after grabbing seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Originally deemed as cramping, an MRI revealed a sprain and Johnson is now doubtful for next week. Hard to speculate, but it looks like he'll miss a couple of games. While the Texans are thin at wide receiver, and many owners will reach to grab preseason star Jacoby Jones off the waiver-wire, I think tight end Owen Daniels benefits the most if Johnson's out.

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Justin Miller, CB/KR (NYJ): Justin Miller, a Pro Bowl returner for the New York Jets, appears to be lost for the season with a knee injury. In fantasy leagues where special teams and defenses are grouped as one, the Jets' defense take a hit. If you are wondering about the ramifications, Leon Washington's value should increase a little bit as he takes over the role. He's not being used much in the running game, so he doesn't offer much value outside of receptions and returns.

Plaxico Burress, WR (NYG): The New York Giants are dealing with a rash of injuries already and can ill afford to lose Plaxico Burress for any prolonged period of time, especially since they just lost rookie wide receiver Steve Smith for two to four weeks (fractured shoulder blade). Burress has been battling a sprained ankle through training camp and may have re-aggravated it. He also sprained his pinky finger. Even while battered and bruised, Burress said he's fine and will play next week. He is a No. 1 fantasy wide receiver, especially considering how much the Giants will be playing from behind this year.

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Randy Thomas, G (WAS): A week after losing right tackle, Jon Jansen, for the season, the Washington Redskins will now have to deal without Randy Thomas (triceps) for possibly the rest of the season. The Redskins have now lost the whole right side of their offensive line, which means more blocking for tight end Chris Cooley and likely less yardage for running backs Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts. No team can lose two starters of this caliber and continue without missing a beat.

Kevin Jones, RB (DET): Kevin Jones skipped the PUP list before the season and -- as per his word -- made it back prior to the six weeks he would have had to miss if he wasn't physically unable to perform. Jones is probable to return for this week, although head coach Rod Marinelli says he'll only get 15-20 touches. The Detroit Lions running game is bleak without Jones and it looks like they've lost confidence in Tatum Bell. Jones is an excellent receiver out of the backfield, which makes him a much better fit -- and a greater asset -- to this offense.

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