New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski became the first tight end in NFL history to have three consecutive seasons with 10 or more receiving touchdowns during Sunday's 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Gronkowski also exited the game with what Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports is a broken bone in his forearm that will keep him out for four-to-six weeks.
In addition to Gronkowski, first-round defensive end Chandler Jones suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return. Jones had played in 90.63 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps entering Sunday's game and has a team-high six sacks on the season, but his status for Thursday night's game against the New York Jets is in question. Colts No. 2 wide receiver Donnie Avery suffered a concussion and veteran defensive end Cory Redding was carted to the locker room with a hip injury.
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion in the final two minutes of Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Washington Redskins. McCoy had 15 carries for 45 yards and six receptions for 67 yards against the Redskins, but his touchdown drought reached a third consecutive game. One can't help but wonder why the Eagles had their top running back in the game in the final two minutes of a blowout loss. An update on McCoy's status is expected on Monday.
The Dallas Cowboys lost left tackle Tyron Smith to a high left ankle sprain in the first half of their 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Jermey Parnell replaced Smith, who is unlikely to play against the Redskins on Thanksgiving.
"It's high ankle, which bothers the daylight out of you," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. "But he was in good enough shape with it to go in, but we know how those things are. But man is he a focused young man and if anybody could fight through this level — and don't ask me what level I'm talking about — but the trainers were a little more than usual optimistic that it might not be as bad as it can be."
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert injured his right elbow on the opening series and was ably replaced by veteran Chad Henne, who completed 16 of 33 pass attempts for 354 yards with four touchdowns in the 43-37 overtime loss to the Houston Texans. Gabbert was initially listed as "probable" to return, but was downgraded to "questionable" then "doubtful" as Henne put points on the scoreboard.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was questionable to play on Sunday, but played and caught three passes for 33 yards before limping off in the fourth quarter of the 23-19 win over the Arizona Cardinals due to the same ankle that hobbled him during the week. Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel injured his right shoulder in the first quarter, but though he would return, he was unable to finish the game. For the Cardinals, cornerback Patrick Peterson was slowed by a hamstring injury in the loss.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe injured his neck and left tackle Branden Albert suffered a back injury in a 28-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Losing Albert hurt a Chiefs offensive line that was playing without right guard Jon Asamoah and center Ryan Lilja on Sunday. Bengals cornerback Terence Newman suffered a concussion on Sunday.
Detroit Lions left tackle Jeff Backus started his 186th consecutive game, but missed the second half of the 21-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a hamstring injury that could jeopardize his streak as the Lions have a short week with the Texans coming to town on Thanksgiving. 2012 first-round pick Riley Reiff would start at left tackle if Backus is unable to play.
Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee injured his right knee in the second quarter of a 30-23 win over the San Diego Chargers and would not return. McGahee had seven carries for 55 yards before his injury, leaving the ground game responsibilities to rookie Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball, who combined for 18 carries and 78 yards. McGahee is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, Mike Klis of The Denver Post reports. In the same game, Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer injured his calf and would not return.
In the Sunday night game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta and Steelers running back Isaac Redman left after suffering concussions in the first half. Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich appeared to injure his right (throwing) shoulder when he fell into the end zone at the end of his 31-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the game. Leftwich would remain in the game, but would frequently grimace in pain and favor his right shoulder. In the fourth quarter, Leftwich took a clean shot to the ribs from blitzing Ravens safety James Ihedigbo but would again remain in the game.
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