The Latest Preseason NFL Roster Buzz After Week 2

Amelia AhlgrenContributor IIIAugust 22, 2012

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 24: Vincent Brown #86 of the San Diego Chargers can't pull in the over-thrown pass in front of Chris Brown #23 of the Detroit Lions during a NFL game at Ford Field on December 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.   
The Lions won 38-10  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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From a viewer's perspective, the NFL preseason feels like a blur of backups and meaningless plays, but the preseason can have major implications for Week 1 starting lineups.

Here's a roundup of post-Week 2 preseason roster buzz.

The Sleeper Who was Put to Rest

Vincent Brown looked ready to catch fire after Week 1 of preseason play, hauling in four catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Brown is entering his second NFL season, and fantasy gurus had the San Diego State product on their sleeper lists.

Rumor had it that Brown was even outplaying slated starter and former Saint Robert Meachem during training camp.

But Week 2 of the preseason took an unfortunate turn for the rising star. Brown broke his ankle on a touchdown play in the third quarter (sort of a shame that he was still playing at that point in the game).

With Vincent Jackson now wearing a Buccaneers uniform and Eddie Royal recovering from a groin injury, San Diego's wideout situation was not ideal coming into Week 2 of the preseason. But San Diego's receiving roster took an even bigger hit with Vincent Brown's injury.

Forecast Still Cloudy in Seattle

The quarterback battle rages on in Seattle.

Pete Carroll announced on Tuesday that Russell Wilson will start for the Seattle Seahawks in their Friday matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wilson went 10-of-17 for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, while Matt Flynn completed less than 50 percent of his passes (6-for-13) to gain just 31 yards.

Of course, Flynn was facing Denver's starting D. But Wilson has kept this position battle alive with a magnificent energy, and far be it from Carroll to let Matt Flynn's three-year, $19.5 million contract dictate the winner.

Austin Collie's Collision has Collateral 

Wideout Austin Collie suffered a concussion as the Indianapolis Colts faced the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

Collie's concussion is perhaps his fourth in three seasons, with three confirmed and one suspected since 2010.

Although he felt good on Monday, head injuries are pretty serious and complicated matters. It is unclear what his status is going forward.

From a roster perspective, losing Collie for any regular season games would dole a pretty big blow to a thin Colts receiving corps.

Collie's backup, Donnie Avery, is nursing an injury of his own, and the remaining depth at the receiver slot is mostly covered by rookies—save for the veteran presence of fan favorite Reggie Wayne.

Locker Locks It Up

Week 2 saw Jake Locker beat out veteran Matt Hasselbeck to earn the starting role under center on the Tennessee Titans.

The development is not exactly a shock. Hasselbeck is old, and handing over the starting job was more a matter of when, not if.

But it wasn't like Locker leapt from the gate in Week 2 to demonstrate that he unquestioningly deserves the role.

The roster move is more symbolic of the fact that the Titans are opening a new chapter than a decisive position battle victory.

Jets Veteran Clings to Starting Role

The New York Jets have yet to score a touchdown this preseason, but their problems on offense are not limited to Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow .

Veteran right tackle Wayne Hunter struggled during the Jets' Week 2 matchup against the New York Giants, allowing 2.5 sacks in the game.

Hunter was noticeably absent from the Jets' Tuesday practice after having a personal talk with head coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan deflected speculation that Hunter will lose his starting role, explaining, "Right now to say we're in the market for a starting tackle, I don't believe that to be an accurate statement."

But despite Ryan's outward vote of confidence, it appears that Hunter's NFL fate is hanging by a thread.


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