With injuries starting to pile up across the NFL, the rumors of their severity and the talk of possible season-ending surgery for a few of the biggest stars in the league is terrible news for the fans of these teams.
While the NFL as a whole continues to take great strides in keeping its biggest stars healthy, there is no question that many of the top names in the league are still suffering devastating injuries at an alarming rate.
All of the following stars are pushing through pain right now, but the end of the road for their seasons may be closer than it appears.
Mario Williams, DE, Buffalo Bills
While the Buffalo Bills fans that were so excited by the addition of star defensive end Mario Williams have been utterly disappointed by his performance to start the season, there may be more to the story.
Williams has been battling an injury to his left wrist that may need surgery.
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24, 3:45 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
Bills defensive end Mario Williams underwent surgery on his wrist and will return to practice next week, according to Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey via the team’s website.
The update on Mario is he had a procedure done to relieve some discomfort in his wrist and we expect him back for practice next week. That's all I know at this point.
While there is always a chance for a setback in the recovery, the fact that the high-priced veteran will be back on the field by next week is great news for Bills fans.
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Tim Graham of The Buffalo News is reporting about Williams’ injury and what’s next:
Williams, the Buffalo Bills pass-rusher and record-holder for the NFL's richest defensive contract, is considering surgery on his injured left wrist while the team is on its bye, The Buffalo News has learned.
The wrist injury has plagued the veteran for the last few weeks at least, but the vague terms in which the team has described the ailment have masked the severity. If Williams does undergo surgery, that will be devastating news for the Bills' chances at redemption this season.
Jon Beason, LB, Carolina Panthers
It has been clear from the play of star linebacker Jon Beason that there is something wrong physically, but the veteran has tried to play through his ailment. After weeks of suffering, Beason’s knee injury finally needs to be addressed.
The news isn’t good for Carolina Panthers fans.
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24, 1:10 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer is reporting on Beason’s status:
The team placed Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason on injured reserve with a knee injury, coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday.
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Beason told Mike Solarte of News 14 Charlotte about his knee issues and the likelihood of season-ending surgery:
I've been pretty banged up, it's been week to week, and we decided to take another look at the knee, see what's going on. [I] got the MRI yesterday and it didn't look good so I'm probably going to have to have surgery and if I do that, I'm going to end up on the IR. So that's probably what we're going to do, moving forward, probably early next week. But, it's part of the business, man. You can't control injuries.
As if the moping Cam Newton wasn’t bad enough, now the 1-5 Panthers are going to be without their defensive leader. As much as the drafting of Luke Kuechly will help fill the void left by Beason, Carolina is in serious trouble.
Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers
As much as many fantasy football owners and Green Bay Packers fans want star wide receiver Greg Jennings to rush back into the lineup, the team is taking the smart path and exhausting every resource to find out what is wrong and giving the injury the proper time to heal.
Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com is reporting on Jennings' trip to a specialist and what it could mean for his status going forward:
…an NFL source said Tuesday evening that Jennings was out of town Tuesday visiting a specialist to get another opinion on his injury. Whether that means Jennings will be cleared to return to action or there is something more amiss with the groin than first thought is unclear. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Jennings…could be sidelined until after the team’s bye week.
There is little doubt that this is still devastating news despite the recent offensive success of Green Bay. With Jennings in the lineup, there is no question the team would be better, but since the Packers are playing well without him, the franchise is smart to concentrate on just getting him healthy.
Charles Woodson, S, Green Bay Packers
As if the Green Bay Packers fans weren’t dealing with enough drama, there are reports out now that the broken collarbone that will sideline Woodson for six weeks could end his season and possibly his career with the Packers.
Tom Silverstein of AOL Sporting News is reporting on the injury and the worst-case scenario:
Woodson, 36, will miss six weeks with a broken collarbone, and if the injury doesn't heal the way doctors hope, he could be done for the year. This is probably Woodson's last year with the team. Having suffered a broken collarbone twice and due $9 million next year, it's hard to imagine the team bringing him back.
There is little doubt that Green Bay will let Woodson go next season, but it will welcome him back with open arms this year if he can return healthy. The secondary is in serious need of help, and if Woodson doesn’t return, the Packers must look elsewhere for a safety.
Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are desperately trying to turn their team around after a mediocre start to the season, but yet another devastating injury has derailed their efforts. This time, the injury is to star middle linebacker and team-leading tackler Sean Lee.
David Moore of the Dallas Morning News is reporting on Lee’s season-ending toe injury:
LB Sean Lee has played his last game for the Cowboys this season. The club has determined he will require surgery on his injured right toe.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) October 24, 2012
Lee has been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL in 2012, rounding into form as one of the best defensive players in the NFC. Without Lee guarding the middle, the Cowboys’ run defense will be a shell of what it has been, and the team’s record will reflect that.
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