Shonn Greene Injury: Updates on Jets RB's Head

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets reacts after he scored a touchdown against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The injury-ravaged backfield of the New York Jets got a little thinner on Sunday afternoon as Shonn Greene was injured in the second half of his team's game against the New England Patriots

UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 12:35 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

As expected, Shonn Greene will not miss any time and will be the starting RB when the Jets take on the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.

Last week, Greene was the victim of a brutal collision with the Pats' Jerod Mayo and many initially thought he may have suffered a concussion. 

However, he's been practicing just fine since then and isn't listed on the Jets official inactive report for Week 8. That should dispel any notion that Greene suffered any lingering effects from Mayo's hit.



UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 7:36 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Great news for the Jets as it appears Greene must not have sustained a concussion and he looks to be ready to come back in the game. Yahoo passed along the update. 

Shonn Greene is back from locker room and has his helmet on.

— Y! Fantasy Football (@YahooFootball) October 21, 2012

Had Greene been found to have a concussion, it is very unlikely he would be on the sidelines in his helmet as he would not be able to re-enter. At the time of writing this game is in overtime. 

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The Jets tweeted along this update. 

#RL RB Shonn Greene (head injury) has been taken to the locker room for evaluation, the result of his collision with LB Jerod Mayo.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 21, 2012

It was a nasty hit that knocked Greene from the game, and it was amazing he held onto the ball. Still, this is a big blow to the Jets. 

At the time of leaving the field, Greene had 16 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown. While those numbers are not overly impressive, they were desperately needed. Fellow running back Bilal Powell was inactive for this game as he is dealing with shoulder issues, and Joe McKnight, while active, missed the whole week of practice with ankle issues. 

Of course, the Jets are no strangers to dealing with injuries. They have been assaulted by them this year, and somehow they are managing to keep it all together. They entered this week at 3-3, and at the time of writing, they are tied at 23 with the Patriots late in the fourth quarter. 

The obvious concern is that Greene sustained a concussion. If that turns out to be the case, Greene will be on the shelf until he passes the NFL's concussion protocol, and the Jets will be desperately hoping for a swift return of Powell—the team's second-leading rusher. 

Greene is having a solid year. He entered this game leading the Jets with 378 yards on the season gained at 3.5 yards per carry to go with four touchdowns. 

The yards per carry number leaves a lot to be desired, but Greene has not enjoyed the most fantastic offensive line play, and he has still been able to consistently get positive yards.