The last thing teams need in the second-to-last game of the regular season is more injuries. Unfortunately, there will undoubtedly be some—lots of them probably. That is just the nature of this violent business.
It is also the nature of our business to keep you informed on the stuff that impacts the sports world, and almost any injury this close to the playoffs is going to carry some impact.
So, consider this your home for Week 16 injuries.
The news does not look good for Scott Chandler. The Bills tweeted out that news.
Hopefully, the cart was just precautionary.
The Bills secondary is bad enough as it is. This is not going to help.
S Da'Norris Searcy has a groin injury and is questionable to return #BUFvsMIA— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 23, 2012
The fact that Ernie Sims was playing at all was not good news for the Cowboys. It meant he was already filling in for injured players. Things got worse.
LB Ernie Sims' return is questionable, per press box announcement.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 23, 2012
The Cowboys are now insanely thin at ILB.
As if the above linebacker injury was not enough for the Cowboys
Ware is diagnosed with right shoulder strain... questionable return.— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) December 23, 2012
Looks like the x-ray room is the next stop for Ware. ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins hit us with that news.
Demarcus ware said he's getting an x-ray on his shoulder.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) December 23, 2012
It appears that Packers corner Davon House may have re-aggravated an injury.
Davon House (shoulder) is questionable to return. It looked like they were looking at the same side he had the subluxation on last August.— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) December 23, 2012
Packers weapon Randall Cobb had another scintillating performance, but it ended with a bit of bad news.
Cobb heading to the locker room right now.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) December 23, 2012
This injury ended his day.
Brooks Reed made his return to the field, but it did not last long. The Texans tweeted out the news.
Injury update from the Texans sideline: LB Brooks Reed has a groin injury. His return is questionable. #TexansGameday— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 23, 2012
This has to be frustrating for Reed, who was playing in his first game since Nov. 22.
The Texans tweeted out slightly concerning news about one of their stars.
ESPN's Adam Schefter followed up with this.
Arian Foster left Sunday's game with irregular heartbeat. He told team he's ok, prob could've played, but Texans played it safe, rested him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2012
Rest easy, Texans fans. Foster should be ready to go next week.
The Chiefs defensive front had been playing all season like it has been injured. This time, DE Tyson Jackson really was injured.
Tyson Jackson questionable to return with left foot injury. #Chiefs— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) December 23, 2012
Jackson has widely been considered a bust, but he had been showing some signs of life this season.
The Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan brought some troubling news to an already troubled Saints secondary.
Saints will be without CB Jabari Greer (concussion) the rest of the way. Elbert Mack starting in his spot on the left side.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) December 23, 2012
Greer will now have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol before taking the field again.
Palmer took a big shot, and his ribs appear to have taken the worst of it. The Raiders tweeted out the news.
QB Carson Palmer has a rib injury, his return is questionable.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) December 23, 2012
That questionable status did not last long. The Raiders hit us with this update.
QB Carson Palmer and S Tyvon Branch will also not return.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) December 23, 2012
Matt Leinart took over for Palmer, but Terrelle Pryor has seen some action on a few plays.
Along with the man playing right behind the offensive line, one of those linemen was also lost with an injury.
G Mike Brisiel is being evaluated for a head injury, return is questionable.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) December 23, 2012
The Steelers' injury woes just keep on rolling. Cornerback Curtis Brown is the latest victim.
Curtis Brown questionable return with left ankle injury— Tom Bradley (@TomScrapBradley) December 23, 2012
Steelers Broadcast Network's Tom Bradley hit us with that news.
Heath Miller's wonderful season may have come to an end. The Observer-Reporter of Washington's Dale Lolley passed along this news.
Miller being helped off. Not putting weight on knee. #Steelers— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) December 23, 2012
It is far too early to write off Miller for next week, but this does not sound good.
The Rams were picking up injuries left and right. However, the majority of them only appeared to be temporary.
Rams injury report: S Craig Dahl has a shoulder injury, probable to return. For the Bucs, Leonard Johnson & Tiquan Underwood have returned.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 23, 2012
The Buccaneers just keep taking on damage. They tweeted out the latest.
Buccaneers injury update: CB E.J. Biggers has a groin injury and his return is questionable.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 23, 2012
Talented defensive tackle Marvin Austin has struggled to stay on the field. A torn pectoral muscle cut short his 2011 rookie campaign, and the second-round pick out of North Carolina suffered more on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Tom Rock of Newsday has the latest on Austin's condition:
Marvin Austin is back on the sideline with a brace on his knee. Canty riding a stationary bike behind the bench.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) December 23, 2012
Rock mentions Austin's fellow DT Chris Canty, who was having a strong showing, but also has his status in question for the rest of the game:
Canty came off and flung his helmet. Knee.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) December 23, 2012
Jeff Zrebic of the Baltimore Sun tweeted out some bad news for Ravens fans about standout receiver Anquan Boldin, who left Sunday's huge win against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants:
Anquan Boldin's return is doubtful because of a shoulder injury.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) December 23, 2012
Boldin led the team with 58 catches for 828 yards entering Week 16.
Any hopes the newly crowned AFC North champions have of a deep playoff run could be dashed if their top receiver misses extended time.
First-round pick QB Brandon Weeden went down in the third quarter. It doesn't look like good news for the Browns, according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi:
Brandon Weeden walking to locker room surrounded by doctors. He's probably done for the day.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 23, 2012
Backup Colt McCoy came in on a third down play, and proceeded to be sacked. It could continue to be a long afternoon in Denver, with the Browns trailing the Broncos 21-6.
Grossi provided more specificity on Weeden's situation, and his status as to whether he will return or not:
Brandon Weeden (right shoulder) questionable.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 23, 2012
Brandon Weeden now officially downgraded to out. Still no specifics on extent of right shoulder injury.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 23, 2012
Broncos CB Tracy Porter got banged up again on Sunday in a collision with Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon. It was not good news for the former New Orleans Saints Super Bowl hero, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:
#Bears running back Matt Forte has been ruled out. He just slowly made his way into the locker room.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) December 23, 2012
Talented tight end Rob Housler got knocked out of Sunday's home clash with the Chicago Bears' ferocious defense.
The team's official Twitter page had the latest on Housler's status:
With his speed and hands, Housler is a key building block for the Cards' future. But the future is not today for Ken Whisenhunt's reeling team.
Justin Smith is such a key cog in the Niners' dynamic defense, but he will unfortunately not be on the field for Sunday night's massive NFC West showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.
Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News took to Twitter to break that news:
Justin Smith is inactive, 49ers announce.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) December 24, 2012
Winning at CenturyLink field was going to be hard enough. Smith's absence makes the task that much more difficult. Helping the cause, however, will be the return of WR Mario Manningham, as reported by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com:
With 49ers WR Mario Manningham back on field after missing two games with shoulder injury rookie A.J. Jenkins goes back to inactive list.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) December 24, 2012
The Seahawks' official Twitter page tweeted the inactives list ahead of Sunday's epic home matchup with the division rival San Franciso 49ers:
SEA Inactives: CB M. Trufant, CB W. Thurmond, CB D. Shead, G R. Johnson, G J. Moffitt, T M. Person, DT J. Howard. #SFvsSEA— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 24, 2012
Seattle looks like a dangerous team, but the absence of Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond in the secondary make the unit very thin.
That will especially be true moving forward if they can't get on the field and shutdown CB Richard Sherman doesn't win the appeal against his four-game suspension.