NFL Injuries That Will Have Biggest Impact in Week 5
Week 5 of the NFL season is full of new and troublesome injuries. Injuries are a part of the game, but there are some that impact the way that a team goes about its business and directly affect the outcome of football games.
That much is happening this week in the NFL.
Sure, some injuries could clear themselves up as some of the key players participation comes down to a game-time decision.
However, those types of scenarios usually involve a player competing at less than 100 percent and that will impact outcomes as well.
Indianapolis Colts LB Pat Angerer, CB Vontae Davis and DE Dwight Freeney
The Colts defense has been bad at stopping anyone so far in 2012. Although they’re coming off of a bye week, they have not been able to get healthy and will be severely challenged by the high-octane offense of the visiting Green Bay Packers in Week 5.
Defensive end standout Dwight Freeney will officially be a game-time decision, according to Kareem Copeland of NFL.com.
Copeland also noted that cornerback Vontae Davis and linebacker Pat Angerer were already declared out for the matchup.
If the Colts had any hope of pulling the upset, it rested on its defenses’ ability to keep things close and pray Andrew Luck could combat the pass rush of the Packers and make some magic happen at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Chances are that these injuries will be too much to overcome for the 1-2 Colts.
New York Giants WRs Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden
New York Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden are doubtful to play against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Sure, the Giants are facing the winless Browns. The Browns have struggled to defend the pass while cornerback Joe Haden has served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
But part of what makes the Giants offense so special is the ability of Eli Manning to take the top off of a defense. Without his favorite big targets in Nicks and Barden, he may have a tougher time doing that than some expect.
Cleveland may be 0-4, but they have stuck in there and competed in every single game this season. The loss of these two home-run threat receivers could be the edge the Browns need to shock the Giants.
If it isn’t because of them, it may be due to the other significant injuries on the Giants' roster. Their team is the most banged up of any in the league with seven starters or key role-players slated as out or doubtful for the matchup.
Cornerback Jayron Hosley, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, offensive tackle David Diehl, linebacker Keith Rivers and safety Kenny Phillips are the others unlikely to play along with Nicks and Barden.
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill and TE Dustin Keller
The New York Jets are in shambles are losing both wide receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season.
With Holmes already shelved for the year, the Jets' embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez will likely be without wide receiver Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller. That leaves Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens as the likely No. 1 and No. 2 options for Sanchez.
With cries from the media and fans to play Tim Tebow more, if not name him the starter, things may get ugly for Sanchez and the Jets’ offense on Monday Night Football this week against the undefeated Houston Texans.
They can’t rely on the running game either because it’s been non-existent to this point in the season.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer with Bleacher Report and also covers the NFL and the Cleveland Browns for the site.
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