Week 7: Injury Roundup

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Quarterbacks were hit hard on Sunday with Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford and Nick Foles all suffering game ending injuries or worse.  This definitely was a tough day for a lot of players. Let’s take a look at some of the more pertinent injuries in the NFL below.

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Jay Cutler left the game after he was sacked by Chris Baker and all early reports point to Cutler having a serious groin injury. The Bears have already signed Jordan Palmer to backup Josh McCown who played well in relief of Cutler, completing 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown with four rushing attempts for 33 yards. He already looks like a good pickup even if the Bears get lucky and Cutler is only out a short time. Cutler will have an MRI to give a more extensive picture of the injury and we should have a better timetable.

Profootballtalk.com reports Sam Bradford tore his left ACL in Sunday's Week 7 loss to Carolina. Kellen Clemens came in relief for Bradford in the fourth quarter and will most likely be the starter in Week 8. Look for the Rams to bring in the usual suspects for tryouts. No matter who they have at quarterback going forward, Bradford's absence will hurt the passing game. Zac Stacy may be the only Rams player worth owning going forward.

Nick Foles left Sunday’s game against the Cowboys to be evaluated for a head injury and didn’t return. Matt Barkley came in and played poorly, just as Foles had done all game himself. Michael Vick will be pushed to start as soon as possible.

Reggie Wayne left the Sunday night game with a right knee sprain.  The extent of the injury is hard to know, but he does have the bye week to get healthy. T.Y. Hilton would get a huge bump if the injury happens to sideline Wayne for any games. UPDATE: Wayne has a torn ACL and is out for the season. T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will be the receivers in two-wide sets while Lavon Brazill will come in on three-wides.

Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. This is the second Achilles tear for Hall in as many seasons. He is the Bengals best cornerback and one of the reasons the Bengals defense has been playing so well.

Doug Martin was hit hard by William Moore on an incompletion and was done for the day. X-Rays came back negative, but he was spotted with his arm in a sling following Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He will get more tests and we should know more on Monday, but with a short turnaround for the Thursday night game against Carolina, he’ll most likely have trouble being ready. Mike James replaced him against the Falcons and would be the lead back if he can’t play. UPDATE: Martin's injury is now being reported as a labrum tear in his left shoulder and he is likely out for the season. UPDATE Part Deux: Now coach Greg Schiano is saying this isn't a season ending injury, but is giving no timetable for a return. The chances of him playing soon remain slim.

Jermichael Finley was hit hard by Tashaun Gipson in the fourth quarter and stayed down on the field for about six minute while he was examined. he then was stretchered off the field, but did have movement in his extremities. We are still waiting for more information, but after an earlier concussion and this being a neck injury, they will be extremely cautious with Finley.

Fred Jackson looked to have suffered a serious knee injury in the first quarter, but returned to the game and toughed it out, scoring a key rushing touchdown in their win over the Dolphins. We’ll see how he feels after the adrenaline subsides, but it is a good sign he returned and played well.

Arian Foster injured his hamstring and didn’t return to the Kansas City game. This is the same injury that held him back in practice. Foster says it isn’t severe and they have a Week 8 bye, but with Ben Tate in reserve they won’t hurry him back.

Other Injury Notes:

C.J. Spiller never left the game with a serious injury, but he often asked out of the game because of his balky ankle. He is clearly not 100% and hasn’t been for a while. . . . Texans ILB Brian Cushing is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn left LCL and broken leg. This is the same knee he tore his ACL in last season. The Texans are in the midst of a nightmare season.  . . . Washington DB Reed Doughty left the Bears game with a concussion.  . . . Colts CB Greg Toler left Sunday night's game against the Broncos with a groin injury.  . . . Champ Bailey reinjured his foot against the Colts Sunday night. It took him multiple weeks to be healthy enough to play the first time, so this may be another long recovery.