MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — The 2017 NFL preseason schedule, game times, TV channels and live streams for Week 2 from Thursday, August 17 to Monday, August 21.
After a bright start in Week 1 where a number of expected backup players and rookies featured mostly, respective head coaches will be looking to open things up a little more in the coming fixtures.
The chief reason for preseason is to assist coaches in finding the best sequences for different situations so there is no doubt the regulars will begin to play more.
However, the fringe players will still get their chance to impress the coaches as they seek to work themselves into the regular rotations.
Three games are slated for Thursday night, including the nationally televised games between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at EverBank Field, in Jacksonville.
Live coverage of this game will be on ESPN, while WatchESPN will provide the live stream, starting at 8:00 PM ET.
A number of players are listed as questionable for both sides with respective team staffs outlining that there will be no chance taken if a player is feeling any sort of discomfort.
Among the players who will not feature for the Jaguars (1-0) is the team’s fourth overall pick in the draft, running back Leonard Fournette.
Fournette is expected to feature big for Jacksonville this season and in the future so the club will not take any chance on playing him while he continues to recover from a foot injury.
Defensive tackle Michael Bennett is still carrying a calf muscle problem and could also sit out the game against the Buccaneers, according to Jacksonville.com.
Among the players on the injury list for Tampa Bay is quarterback Ryan Griffin, who has a shoulder injury and head coach Dirk Koetter said will miss “weeks” to work on recovering.
Wide receiver Donteea Dye remains questionable for the game for the Buccaneers (0-1) with an ankle injury, while fellow receiver DeSean Jackson is still carrying a sore ankle and will be evaluated.
Another Florida team, the Miami Dolphins, will entertain Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium.
Battling time for this encounter is set for 7:00 PM ET.
One player who will not be playing in this game or take any further part this season is cornerback Tony Lippett, after he became the latest Dolphins player to suffer a significant injury this summer.
On Tuesday Miami reported that Lippett tore his Achilles tendon and will not play in the 2017 season.
Running back Jay Ajayi is out of concussion protocol, but his playing status for Thursday remains on certain.
However, Miami fans will get the chance to see Jay Cutler in action for the first time this preseason as head coach Adam Gase said on Tuesday that the quarterback will make his debut for the club on Thursday night in the team’s second preseason fixture.
Elsewhere on Thursday night, action at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will see the Eagles hosting the Buffalo Bills at 7:00 PM ET.
Rookie Nathan Peterman impressed at quarterback for the Bills in the 17-10 defeat to the Minnesota Vikings in the team’s first preseason game and fans will be hoping to see how he fares in Week 2.
Peterman went 13 for 25 for 112 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
The former Pittsburgh star has received high praises from the coaching staff and has been working with the second team this week ahead of veteran T.J. Yates.
With Yates struggling with the second team offense against the Vikings in Week 1 last Thursday, Peterman replaced him late in the third quarter and led the offense, including setting up the Bills’ only touchdown.
Below is the complete NFL preseason Week 2 schedule:
Thursday, August 17
Baltimore at Miami at 7:00 PM Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Buffalo at Philadelphia at 7:00 PM Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville at 8:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Friday, August 18
Minnesota at Seattle at 10:00 PM NFL CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Saturday, August 19
Carolina at Tennessee 3:00 PM NFL Nissan Stadium,
Kansas City at Cincinnati at 7:00 PM Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Indianapolis at Dallas at 7:00 PM NFL AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Green Bay at Washington at 7:30 PM FedEx Field, Landover
New York at Detroit 7:30 PM Ford Field, Detroit
New England at Houston at 8:00 PM NRG Stadium, Houston
Chicago at Arizona at 10:00 PM U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Denver at San Francisco at 10:00 PM NFL Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
Los Angeles at Oakland 10:00 PM Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Sunday, August 20
Atlanta at Pittsburgh at 4:00 PM NFL Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
New Orleans at Los Angeles at 8:00 PM NFL
Monday, August 21
New York at Cleveland at 8:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland