Week 6: Injury Roundup

Chet Gresham
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The NFL was a triage station this weekend. There were many notable names leaving games with injuries on Sunday so let’s get right to it and see where we stand after the carnage.

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DeMarco Murray left the Sunday night game with a left knee sprain after totaling 50 yards on nine touches including a touchdown. There are a wide range of scenarios for a MCL sprain depending on the severity, so speculation would be premature right now. With Lance Dunbar out with a hamstring injury, rookie Joseph Randle saw the bulk of the touches after Murray left and scored a touchdown. If Dunbar is able to go he would most likely form a committee with Randle.

Jimmy Graham has what looked to be a left ankle or foot injury, but there hasn’t been any official update on his status yet. He had it taped up and was cleared to return, but came back out for good after a few plays. With a bye next week he’ll have extra time to heal.

Larry Fitzgerald's latest hamstring injury is to his right leg, while his earlier injury was to his left hamstring. Cardinals’ beat writer Kent Somers reported that Fitzgerald could “barely bend over” after the game.  In Week 7 the Cardinals have a fast turnaround to play a Thursday night game so Fitzgerald may have a tough time getting ready for that matchup. Their bye comes in Week 9.

Cecil Shorts landed on his shoulder early in the Denver game and couldn’t return. At first the injury was called a shoulder sprain, but now ESPN’s Josina Anderson says the Jaguars are worried that he "could have fractured a rib closer towards the sternum." We’ll know more after a MRI on Monday.

Randall Cobb took a helmet to the knee after a 15-yard reception that knocked him from the game. He was seen on the sidelines on crutches afterward, but all reports have been positive to it not being a long-term injury. We should know more on Monday as to the extent.

James Jones was unable to return to the game after a lower leg injury and was seen with a full leg brace on the sideline. Initial fears were of a knee injury, but he was later seen with ice on his shin.  The Packers feel like they dodged a bullet, but we’ll know more Monday.

Matt Schaub had his ankle/leg rolled up on a sack by Chris Long. The close up image didn’t look good, but we are still waiting on tests to know the extent of the damage. T.J. Yates is next in line, but showed that he wasn’t up to the task this week.

Danny Amendola was hit hard on an end-around and looked to immediately be knocked unconscious. This has the look of an injury that won’t be a quick turnaround to playing again, but that of course is speculation.

Mike Goodson injured his knee in the fourth quarter against the Steelers. The initial rumblings aren’t sounding good. Beat writer Manish Meta quotes a person close to Goodson saying, "it doesn’t look good.” This would help Bilal Powell continue to see work in the passing game, which he needs, to have any upside.

Joique Bell‘s postgame X-rays on his ribs didn’t show any fractures and he was seen joking around with teammates after the game. He told the Detroit News, "It just popped out. I'll just take it day by day, do the proper rehab for it and try to get back as soon as possible."

Thad Lewis who did an admirable, if not great job in a bad situation for the Bills, had X-rays on his foot come back negative. They will need to do an MRI to see if there is any damage to the ligaments, so he’s not out of the woods yet. The Bills flew in Matt Flynn just in case.

Other Injury Notes:

Calvin Johnson played limited snaps against the Browns on Sunday and came out of the game no worse for the wear.  . . . Calais Campbell suffered a scary neck injury, was carted off the field and was taken to the hospital, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter doctors say he will be “sore, but ok”.  . . . Demarcus Ware left the Sunday night game with a strained right quadriceps injury and was able to walk off on his own power, but he did not return.  . . . Shutdown corner Aqib Talib has been diagnosed with a strained hip flexor. All indications at the moment point to the injury not being serious.  . . . Seahawks DE Chris Clemons hyperextended his elbow in the win over Tennessee. It appears there is no long-term damage, but he may miss next week.  . . . Patriots’ tackling machine Jerod Mayo left Sunday’s game after hurting his shoulder. He left the stadium with his arm in a sling, but there is no word on the extent of the damage.  . . . Jets’ DB Kyle Wilson left the Steelers game with a head injury. They'll need all hands on deck after springing leaks lately in the secondary.