Three quarterbacks temporarily left their games Sunday after getting crunched: Marc Bulger, Ben Roethlisberger and Chad Pennington. You'll find none of those names below, because I reserve spots on this list primarily for guys who left games and couldn't return. Bulger, Roethlisberger and Pennington missed but a scant few plays before coming back in, but it's Big Ben on whom I want to focus.
Roethlisberger was sacked nine times on Sunday, so I guess you could say the Baltimore pass rush got to the Steelers. And on the biggest hit of the day, a sack by underrated Ravens LB Bart Scott, Roethlisberger went down in a heap (not Todd Heap) and had to leave the game. Scott later told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "It was a dream shot. You dream as a child of hitting the quarterback like that." And of Scott's hit on Roethlisberger, linebacker Terrell Suggs said, "I was 30 yards down the field and I heard it." For his part, Roethlisberger said, "That's probably the hardest I've ever been hit in my life."
First of all, let's just say that if Bart Scott was dreaming of hitting a quarterback like that when he was a child, I'm glad I wasn't the dude trying to steal his lunch money. Next, let's also recall that Roethlisberger was hit by an oncoming car this offseason. And Scott's hit was still the hardest he's ever experienced?
Man, that's some hit.
Anyway, let's take a look at the rest of Sunday's (and Thursday's) key injuries:
Jeff Garcia, Phi – Garcia left the Eagles' final series of Sunday night's game with a strained forearm. He told reporters he could've continued, and should be fine going forward.
Sage Rosenfels, Hou – According to the Houston Chronicle, Rosenfels injured his right hand making a second-quarter tackle. Rosenfels was the holder for a 59-yard field goal attempt which was short, and Rosenfels had to help tackle the Jets' Justin Miller. This may be part of the reason David Carr wasn't pulled from Sunday's game.
Ronnie Brown, Mia – Probably the most significant fantasy injury of Week 12 took place during Miami's Thanksgiving win over Detroit, when Brown broke his left hand. He's already had surgery on the fracture, and is currently wearing a cast on the hand, which is his primary ball-carrying hand. Brown has already been ruled out for Week 13, and he could conceivably miss more time as well. Sammy Morris takes over as Miami's primary RB, with some assistance from Travis Minor.
Frank Gore, SF – Gore rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss in St. Louis, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports "stadium X-rays on his lower leg were negative and the team will know more today after further examination." Gore also told reporters he was "all right."
Anthony Thomas, Buf – The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports that Thomas suffered a sprained ankle early in Sunday's win against Jacksonville, which explains why he was limited to only four carries.
Chris Perry, Cin – There are conflicting reports about whether Perry broke his right ankle or foot when Browns linebacker Andra Davis rolled on him, but either way, Marvin Lewis said Perry will have surgery to have a screw inserted, and will miss the rest of the season.
Hines Ward, Pit – Ward re-aggravated his hyperextended knee in the third quarter of Pittsburgh's loss in Baltimore, and didn't return.
Brian Clark, Den – Kick returner Clark was "banged up" on the game's final play, according to the Denver Post, but left the field under his own power and wasn't listed on the team's post-game injury report.
Dallas Clark, Ind – Clark sprained his knee in the second quarter of Sunday night's game against Philadelphia while being tackled on a short gain. NBC reported that X-rays were negative, but Clark is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.
Joe Klopfenstein, StL – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Klopfenstein suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Rams' win Sunday and had to leave the game. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.
Ryan Diem, Ind – Diem appeared to injure his back in the second quarter of Sunday night's game and didn't return. The Indianapolis Star reports the injury was "termed a back muscle problem."
Adam Meadows, Den – Denver's new starting right tackle, Meadows departed Thursday's game in the first quarter with a left hamstring injury. He did not return. The Denver Post reports that "it appears Meadows likely will be able to play Dec. 3 against Seattle."
Dan Buenning, TB – Second-year starting guard Buenning tore his right ACL, according to the Tampa Tribune, and is out for the season. Buenning also missed four games earlier this year with a seriously sprained ankle.
Ryan Tucker, Cle – Tucker left another game with his "undisclosed illness," according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The mysterious ailment apparently allows Tucker to start games, but according to Romeo Crennel "flared up" in the middle of Sunday's loss yet again.
Orpheus Roye, Cle – Roye hurt a knee in the first half of Sunday's game, and didn't return. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports the "extent of the injury is unknown."
Kendrick Clancy, Ari – Clancy reportedly sprained his ankle in Sunday's loss in Minnesota; the Arizona Journal-Constitution reports Clancy has had ankle troubles all season.
James Reed, KC – The Kansas City Star reported that Reed suffered a groin injury in the first half of Thursday's game against the Broncos. "Coach Herm Edwards said Friday that Reed is the biggest concern as the team takes the weekend off before preparations begin for the Browns."
Victor Adeyanju, StL – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Adeyanju fractured his right forearm on Sunday when Moran Norris landed on him. The Post-Dispatch speculates that Adeyanju will miss the rest of the season.
Justin Bannan, Bal – Bannan dislocated his big toe in the first quarter of Sunday's win over Pittsburgh, according to the Baltimore Sun, and will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Thomas Johnson, Hou – The Houston Chronicle reports that Johnson left Sunday's game in New York early with a hamstring injury. The Chronicle claims Johnson will be "day-to-day this week."
Junior Seau, NE – Seau suffered a grisly injury tackling Bears' RB Cedric Benson, breaking his arm. Seau is certainly out for the year, and considering he was already planning on retiring, is likely done for his illustrious career.
Dan Cody, Bal – Cody told the Baltimore Sun that he tore the PCL in his left knee, though he'll have an MRI Monday to be sure.
Leon Joe, Chi – Joe hurt his hamstring in the first half of Sunday's game and didn't return.
Troy Polamalu, Pit – Bill Cowher told reporters Polamalu suffered a "significant" knee injury, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the paper reports Polamalu suffered a sprained MCL and will miss at least two games, the first games he'll miss in his NFL career.
Fred Smoot, Min – The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Smoot left the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against Arizona with a bruised shoulder.
Tye Hill, StL – The Associated Press reports that Hill hurt his quad in the second half of Sunday's win against San Francisco, and didn't return.
Todd Johnson, Chi – The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Johnson left Sunday's game in New England with an injured ankle, and was seen walking with a protective boot after the game. Johnson is the replacement for the injured Mike Brown, casting more uncertainty into the Bears' secondary.
Antoine Bethea, Ind – This Colts rookie safety has seen more time than expected in the Indy secondary because of injuries to key players, but he left Sunday night's game with what the Indianapolis Star called a "shoulder bruise."
DeJuan Groce, NO – The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Groce left the fourth quarter of the Saints' win in Atlanta with "a sprained neck and jaw," but that X-rays were negative.
Michael Lehan, Mia – Lehan aggravated his broken nose in Thursday's win at Detroit, according to the Miami Herald. Lehan had surgery after the game to stabilize the nasal fracture, and his status will be monitored going forward.
Jason Bell, NYG – Newsday reports that Bell had a cast on his right arm after Sunday's game, and that he finished the game despite the fact that he evidently broke his right forearm.
Fernando Bryant, Det – The Detroit Free Press reported that Bryant suffered a "mild" concussion late in Thursday's game. Easy for them to say.
Derrick Johnson, Atl – According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnson, primarily a special-teams player, broke his arm making a special teams tackle. His status for next weekend hasn't been determined.
- Bart Scott