Injuries in Week 14 can derail a team's playoff chances, and that means either fantasy or actual NFL teams.
In other words, it's kind of a big deal.
They can also be terribly difficult to keep track of. This will make that daunting task easier.
We will track significant injuries and separate them by team and then update them as information becomes available.
Consider this your home for Week 14 injuries.
Mark Dalton, the VP of Media Relations for the Arizona Cardinals, tweeted that defensive tackle Dan Williams is dealing with a hamstring injury in the team's embarrassing game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Injury update: DT Dan Williams, hamstring, return questionable— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) December 9, 2012
We'll monitor Williams' status, but with the game at 48-0 midway through the third quarter, it's unlikely Arizona risks anything.
Defensive lineman Henry Melton fell to an injury early on Sunday. ESPN's Jeff Dickerson tweeted out the news.
Henry Melton taking a cart ride back to the locker room. #Bears— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) December 9, 2012
Riding out on a cart is never a good sign for a player's long-term status.
However, his injury might not be as bad as the cart would indicate. The Chicago Tribune's Fred B. Mitchell tweeted out this update.
Bears Henry Melton (shoulder) and Shea McClellin (knee). Return questionable— Fred B. Mitchell (@kicker34) December 9, 2012
McClellin is also a defensive lineman, so the Bears could obviously use at least one of these guys to return to action.
Jay Cutler left this game in late in the fourth, but it was not immediately clear why. ESPN's Kevin Seifert tweeted out the confusion over his absence.
No announcement on Jay Cutler. If he had concussion symptoms, he would be in the locker room. He's on the sideline.— Kevin Seifert (@espn_nfcnblog) December 9, 2012
Stay tuned—something more is going to come out of this story.
The surging Bengals don't want any injuries as they make a playoff push. Unfortunately, linebacker Rey Baualuga suffered a knee injury. The Bengals tweeted out the news.
INJURY UPDATE: Maualuga has a right knee injury. His return in questionable. #DALvsCIN— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 9, 2012
At least his injury was not severe enough for him to immediately be ruled out of the rest of the game.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne was involved in a scary moment after a brutal collision and the stretcher was called out.
However, as NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweets, this was not as bad as feared.
Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne has a facial laceration (bloody face) per press box announcement. Return questionable— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2012
It is borderline amazing that Claiborne's injury was not more severe.
The Detroit Lions' starting tight end left against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football with an ankle injury. Detroit Free Press beat writer Dave Birkett had the news on the extent of his injury on Twitter:
Pettigrew has an ankle injury. Officially questionable to return, but didn't have his helmet when he left field— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 10, 2012
Detroit has comically underachieved this year, and Pettigrew's injury is just icing on a bad piece of cake for the team. The injury doesn't sound too serious, but you never can tell with ankles. We'll keep an eye on this going forward.
Overcoming adversity is nothing new to this year's Colts, and that is a good thing because they have suffered a rash of injuries in this week's game vs. the Titans.
Fleener has returned to the game. Satele out with an ankle injury. Justice out with a biceps injury. Both return is questionable.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) December 9, 2012
That would be offensive linemen Samson Satele and Winston Justice. For Andrew Luck and the Colts' sake, let's hope these guys return.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is battling some sore ribs. The initial news came from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
#Chiefs D. Bowe ribs, questionable.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 9, 2012
Bowe's return has since been ruled out. The Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher tweeted out that news.
Bowe will not return to game— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) December 9, 2012
Obviously, this is a huge blow to the Chiefs' struggling passing attack.
Offensive tackle Branden Albert has struggled with back problems, and those problems have knocked him out of Sunday's contest.
Browns RapidReports tweeted the update.
T Albert (back) return questionable for Chiefs— Browns RapidReports (@CBSBrowns) December 9, 2012
Aqib Talib was doing a nice job of shadowing the Texans' Andre Johnson around the field, unfortunately his hip forced him out of action.
The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe
Aqib Talib has a hip injury, and his return is questionable.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 11, 2012
The Patriots have a 28-0 lead in the third, which may make his return less likely.
The Giants continue to lose secondary players. Will the endless pit continue to spit out replacements?
Starting cornerback Prince Amukamara is questionable to return to the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints after suffering a hamstring injury. Mike Garafolo tweeted the news:
Prince Amukamara questionable to return with a hamstring injury.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 10, 2012
With the playoffs still in sight and Atlanta and Baltimore still on the schedule, this is one to keep an eye on.
As if the Jets needed any more injuries, AP sportswriter Mark Long reports the offense has suffered another blow.
Jets WR Stephen Hill down and injured. Hurt his right knee during PI on Jaguars CB Derek Cox— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) December 9, 2012
With that, a bad passing offense just got worse.
New York Daily News writer Manish Mehta had a report after the game that the Jets would know more about Hill's injury on Monday.
I've been told Jets WR Stephen Hill will undergo MRI tomorrow. NYJ hopeful it's a bone bruise or meniscus damage.... and not ACL damage #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 10, 2012
It was a nasty-looking injury, so all the Jets can do now is hope Hill isn't added to the long list of receiver problems they've had this season.
Concussions in the NFL keep mounting. Tight end Brent Celek is the latest victim. The Eagles tweeted out the news.
TE Brent Celek is out with a concussion.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) December 9, 2012
Meanwhile, Comcast SportsNet let it be known that this will end Celek's day.
Celek will now have to go through the league's concussion protocol before he can return to action.
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha suffered a scary injury.
Eagles Insider tweeted out how it unfolded.
CB Nnamdi Asomugha injured on pass breakup where he was flipped over by TE Dallas Clark. Being attended to by trainers on field.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) December 9, 2012
However, Eagles Insider passed along a more promising update.
CB Nnamdi Asomugha has a neck injury and a thigh bruise. Return is questionable.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) December 9, 2012
CSN's Geoff Mosher tweeted out even more promising news.
Nnamdi back in the game #EaglesTalk— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) December 9, 2012
The Steelers offensive line suffered a blow with Willie Colon leaving the game.
Willie Colon out for rest of game with knee injury for #Steelers.— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) December 9, 2012
This tweet is not only bad news for the game, but it doesn't bode well for Colon and the Steelers moving forward.
Defensive end Vaughn Martin was forced out of action in just his first series on Sunday. Chargers.com's Ricky Henne tweeted out the news.
Vaughn Martin is out for the game with a groin injury.— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) December 9, 2012
The Chargers have little reason to try and rush anyone back from injury at this point.
Rodger Saffold has joined Branden Albert as offensive linemen struggling with back issues.
LT Rodger Saffold has back injury. Return questionable.— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) December 9, 2012
Given the impact these guys face on a play-to-play basis, I'm surprised there aren't a whole lot more back injuries among the players locked in the trenches.
Tennessee Titans TE Jared Cook, who has dealt with multiple injuries this season, suffered another against the Indianapolis Colts. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean broke the news that Cook doesn't look likely to return in Week 14.
Jared Cook injured shoulder in game and didn't return— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) December 9, 2012
Tennessee is out of the playoff mix, so there's no need for a youngster like Cook to rush back, especially if he figures in the team's long-term plans.
Robert Griffin III
When Redskins fans hear their team has an injury issue, there is one player they do not want it to be. Unfortunately, this injury is all about that one player.
CBS' Dave Richard tweeted out the bleak news.
RG3 tried to come back after getting hurt a few plays ago but got hit and is being helped off the field. Kirk Cousins coming in.— Dave Richard (@daverichard) December 9, 2012
Griffin was trying to gut out this injury late in the fourth quarter, but his leg would not let him continue.
The Washington Examiner's Rick Snider gave us an update on the star rookie's condition.
RG3 has right knee strain, return doubtful.— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) December 9, 2012
Now it's time to start hoping this strain doesn't keep him out of next week's action. Preliminary reports like this one from Albert Breer are keeping things positive in Washington.
Griffin smiling: "I'm gonna be alright. Nothing's broken." MRI tonight, but he says, "shouldn't be ACL. I know what that feels like."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 9, 2012
Griffin tore his ACL in 2009 while at Baylor, so he certainly knows the pain and extent of that injury. Lucky for the Redskins, the MRI came back negative on Griffin's knee and the team is calling it a knee sprain. NFL Insider Jay Glazer had the report:
RG3 had his MRI and it showed NO torn ligament. Right now they are calling it a knee sprain— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 10, 2012
That's great news for Washington, but you have to wonder if RG3's reckless abandonment for his body is going to get him in some serious trouble in the near future. Kirk Cousins saved the day on Sunday, but this is a troubling trend for the No. 2 overall pick.