The honeymoon is over for Robert Griffin III; the former rookie of the year is being viewed as one of the reasons for Washington's early struggles. Head coach Mike Shanahan brushed off questions whether Griffin would remain the team's starter, saying, "We've got a lot of confidence in Robert."
An 0-2 start has some fans wondering if backup Kirk Cousins is the answer to turning the team's fortunes around. Griffin hasn't played poorly, but his three interceptions in two games is worrisome; he threw eight in his rookie season. The quarterback has looked uncomfortable behind center, possibly due to his ongoing recovery from off-season knee surgery.
Typically this wouldn't be a discussion, but Cousins' preseason performance has allowed a small controversy in Washington. Taking over for Griffin III, he completed 80 percent of his passes and did not turn over the ball in two preseason games.
Peyton Manning has been near-perfect in 2013, but his life could be getting a little more difficult. A Lisfranc foot sprain is set to sideline left tackle Ryan Clady for several weeks, but an exact time frame is not known at this time.
It will be the first time Clady has missed games since being drafted in 2008. Chris Clark is expected to fill in at left tackle in his absence. Clady has struggled thus far in 2013, allowing one sack and five quarterback hurries in two games.
Updates last week indicated that Gronkowski could be ready for Week 3, but would definitely be ready for Week 4. The Patriots' offense has struggled without the star tight end, as quarterback Tom Brady has been noticeably frustrated with his young receiving corps.
Carolina Panthers' safety Charles Godfrey will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with an Achilles injury, the team announced on Monday. The defensive back was injured late in the Panthers' loss to Buffalo on Sunday after he tried to stand and as unable to put weight on his leg.
The Oakland Raiders have been one of the NFL's surprise teams to start the 2013 season, but they could have a lot more trouble on defense now that defensive back Tyvon Branch has suffered a fractured fibula.