NFL Injury News: QB Injuries That Will Cost Their Teams Big Time
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Week 10 in the NFL was a scary week for quarterbacks. Some of the league's best QBs went down over the past weekend. There were a bevy of concussions and even an "unusual" shoulder injury.
Professional football is a dangerous game. Players get hurt every week. Quarterback is one of the positions that opens players up for taking some big shots. The NFL has made great strides in protecting QBs, but every once in a while a defense just gets a big hit.
Week 10 saw four of those big hits that will have a huge affect on their teams as the NFL regular season winds down.
1. Jay Cutler
Cutler took a few big shots from the Houston Texan defense, one that took him out of the game.
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Jay Cutler took a few big shots from the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, but there was one that he didn't get up from.
Cutler took a huge shot from Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins in the first half and didn't come back. Cutler has been listed as "questionable" by the Bears for next week's installment of Monday Night Football against the 49ers.
While Cutler has a lot of critics, he's still playing pretty well this season. He's thrown for over 1,800 yards with 12 touchdowns. Cutler, with a little help from the Bears' defense, has lead Chicago to a 7-2 record and the top spot in the NFC North.
If the Bears have to go on without their starting QB, their spot at the top of the NFC North won't be so safe. The Packers have been on a roll as of late and had a bye week to rest their injured players.
A hurt Cutler is exactly what the Packers need to take over.
Cutler's replacement is Jason Campbell, whose play has declined since he was the starter in Washington.
Here's the latest on Cutler's injury.
2. Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury in a close loss to the Kansas City Chiefs
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Roethlisberger, like Cutler, has been having a solid season. Big Ben has thrown for over 2,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. With all of the injuries in the Steelers backfield, they have had to rely on Roethlisberger all season.
Roethlisberger went down with a shoulder injury that team doctors called "unusual" against the Chiefs. According to ESPN, Roethlisberger is listed as out for next week's game against Baltimore.
Roethlisberger's replacement is Byron Leftwich. Leftwich has played in just two games in the last two years and hasn't thrown a touchdown since 2009.
If the Steelers are left with Leftwich for the rest of the season, they'll have a hard time making much noise in the postseason.
The most recent news for Big Ben and the Steelers isn't encouraging.
3. Michael Vick
Vick suffered a concussion at the hands of the Cowboys to add to the Eagles woes.
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Michael Vick's injury might not be all bad news to Philadelphia fans. The Eagles have struggled for the past few seasons. They have put together a great team on paper, but still haven't made it happen on the field.
Andy Reid has become known for his post-game press conferences announcing that Vick will remain his starter. Due to a huge hit from the Dallas Cowboys, Reid couldn't make that announcement in Week 10.
Vick was knocked out of the game after taking a few big shots from the Cowboys. According to ESPN, the Eagles' QB will be sidelined after what Andy Reid referred to as a "pretty significant concussion."
The Eagles' faithful might not be as nervous about Vick's health. Vick has turned the ball over 13 times this season, and has helped the Eagles lose their last five games.
Vick has been listed as doubtful for next week's game against the Redskins. Rookie Nick Foles, who made his debut on Sunday, will get the start for Philadelphia.
Foles was 22-32 for 219 yards against the Cowboys, and got positive reviews from the Philly crowd.
The latest news on Vick's injury is good news for Foles.
4. Alex Smith
Smith was concussed by the Rams' defense, which led to the NFL's first tie since 2008
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The NFC saw a third big name QB go down in Week 10 after Alex Smith took a huge hit from the Rams' defense. Smith came out of the game with "concussion symptoms" but not before throwing a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree with "blurred vision."
Smith has been a big part of the 49ers' offense this season, and losing him would be a huge blow. Smith's replacement Colin Kaepernick played pretty well, throwing for over 100 yards, but wasn't able to put the team in the position to win.
The 49ers tied the Rams on Sunday, and one has to wonder if the outcome would've changed with Smith under center.
Smith is currently listed as questionable but is making progress. The 49ers have announced that he is "doing much better". Smith and the 49ers will get an extra day to recover as they prepare for Monday Night Football against the Bears in Week 11.
The latest news on Smith's injury can be found here.