T.J. Yeldon stepped in as the primary back in Fournette's absence, finishing with 14 carries for 51 yards, as well as three catches for 18 yards and a score. Fournette had nine carries for 41 yards plus three receptions for 14 yards.
--The Tennessee Titans sustained a trio of key injuries in their opener against the Miami Dolphins, with quarterback Marcus Mariota, left tackle Taylor Lewan and tight end Delanie Walker all going down.
Mariota hurt his elbow on a hit by William Hayes after handing off to Derrick Henry early in the third quarter. He later returned, before exiting for good in favor of Blaine Gabbert. Lewan was ruled out with a concussion after taking a vicious, blind-side hit during an interception return early in the fourth quarter.
Walker went down with a gruesome injury to his right leg or ankle late in the fourth quarter after his foot was pinned underneath a defender while he was tackled. Trainers quickly tended to Walker and put the leg in an air cast before carting him off the field.
Henderson got rolled up on by a few players after Patriots defensive end Keionta Davis hit quarterback Deshaun Watson from the opposite direction. Rookie Martinas Rankin, a third-round draft pick who spent most of training camp on the physically unable to perform list, took over at right tackle. Cornerback Kevin Johnson also left for the Texans after being diagnosed with a concussion.
On the Patriots' side, running back Jeremy Hill left with a knee injury after taking a helmet to the knee in the third quarter. He did not return. Hill had four carries for 25 yards and one catch for 6 yards before departing.
--Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson left early against the Saints due to a concussion and did not return.
Jackson had his head slammed to the turf while making a 35-yard catch down the right sideline midway through the fourth quarter. He finished his day with five grabs for 146 yards, including 58- and 36-yard touchdowns.
Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves also left and did not return after suffering a shoulder injury. Tampa Bay wideout Mike Evans left briefly with an apparent arm injury but returned, finishing with seven catches for 147 yards and a 50-yard score.
The 33-year-old spent much of last season on injured reserve after breaking his right foot, and he aggravated the issue after returning in the second half of the season.
Williams dislocated his kneecap and tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in July, but he opted for rehab instead of surgery and made a surprisingly quick return to the field for Week 1. It was unclear if the Sunday injury was related to the previous issue. Guard Amini Silatolu, who was returning from meniscus surgery, replaced him at right tackle.
Baldwin got his right knee rolled up on while he was blocking, and trainers tended to him before he limped off the field. He returned briefly before the Seahawks deemed him out just after halftime. He did not catch his only target in the game.
Baldwin, who turns 30 later this month, missed all of the preseasons with soreness in his left knee, telling reporters in late August he was "about 80 to 85 percent" and would probably deal with the issue for the rest of the season.
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