NFL Week 17: Latest Injury Updates for Each Team
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The weekly slate of NFL injuries began early for one NFL team, as the Cincinnati Bengals were left to face the Baltimore Ravens without BenJarvus Green-Ellis after the running back suffered a hamstring injury during warm-ups.
Cincinnati wasn't the only team bitten by the injury bug. Atlanta lost cornerback Dunta Robinson to a head injury, and Pittsburgh lost fellow cornerback Keenan Lewis to a knee injury.
As the action continues throughout the day, keep checking here for the latest injury news and updates from around the league.
Dunta Robinson had to leave the game and didn't return.
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Dunta Robinson, CB
The Atlanta Falcons were dealt an early blow when starting corner Dunta Robinson suffered a head injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was ruled out for the rest of the game, according to the Falcons' official Twitter handle:
John Abraham, DE
The Falcons lost another starter to injury when defensive end John Abraham suffered what appeared to be a serious left ankle injury. The veteran pass-rusher had to be carted off the field.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 5:15 p.m. ET
Falcons fans can breathe a sigh of relief, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora:
Falcons fans should breathe easier. I'm told that John Abraham, who left game with injury, is "fine." not expected to miss time— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2012
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INJURY UPDATE: Starting DE John Abraham is helped off the field by two trainers, then he's carted off to the locker room. #atltb12— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) December 30, 2012
Cincinnati was forced to play without its top running back.
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BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB
The Bengals lost their starting running back before the first snap took place, as BenJarvus Green-Ellis suffered a hamstring injury in pregame warm-ups and did not play against the Baltimore Ravens:
Chris Crocker, S
Safety Chris Crocker suffered a right quad injury against the Ravens and is doubtful to return:
INJURY UPDATE: Chris Crocker has a right quad injury. His return is doubtful. #BALvsCIN— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 30, 2012
Cleveland's rookie class has been decimated by injuries.
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Josh Gordon, WR
The Cleveland Browns suffered another injury to their rookie class Sunday when receiver Josh Gordon went down with an ankle injury and did not return, according to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland:
#Browns WR Josh Gordon (ankle) will not return.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 30, 2012
John Greco, G
Browns offensive guard John Greco suffered a knee injury and is doubtful to return, according to Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Press box announcement: #Browns John Greco suffered a knee injury. Return is doubtful.— Tom Reed (@treedPD) December 30, 2012
Darryl Sharpton's role has grown since Brian Cushing's injury.
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Darryl Sharpton, LB
In a loss against the Indianapolis Colts, the Texans suffered yet another injury to their linebacker group, as third-year pro Darryl Sharpton suffered a hip injury and is questionable to return:
LB Darryl Sharpton is questionable with a hip injury.— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 30, 2012
Joe Reitz already suffered a concussion this year.
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Joe Reitz, LG
The news wasn't all bright for the Colts on Sunday. Left guard Joe Reitz suffered a head injury and had to be replaced by backup Jeff Linkenbach. Reitz has already suffered a concussion this season, so this could be a situation to watch.
#Colts LG Joe Reitz, head injury, return questionable. Backup is Jeff Linkenbach.— Paul Kuharsky (@espn_afcsouth) December 30, 2012
Casey Matthews suffered a concussion in Week 17.
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Casey Matthews, LB
The Philadelphia Eagles' rough season got worse Sunday when linebacker Casey Matthews suffered a concussion and was ruled out for the rest of the game:
LB Casey Matthews suffered a concussion and is out for the remainder of the game.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) December 30, 2012
Brett Keisel was one of several starters who couldn't finish the game for Pittsburgh.
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Brett Keisel, DE; Keenan Lewis, CB; David DeCastro, OG
Despite finishing the season with a win, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a rough regular season finale, losing three starters. Defensive end Brett Keisel and cornerback Keenan Lewis left the game with knee injuries, and first-round pick David DeCastro exited the game because of a stinger, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
#Steelers Keisel out of game for good (knee), as are Keenan Lewis (knee) and David DeCastro (stinger).— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) December 30, 2012
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Cam Newton, QB
Although he only left the game briefly, Newton isn't necessarily in the clear just yet from a health standpoint.
Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer has the latest:
Cam will get his ankle and ribs x-rayed tomorrow. he said adrenaline helped him come back in the game and finish it.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 30, 2012
Newton managed to help Carolina finish its season on a high note with a 44-38 road victory over the New Orleans Saints. For a team that showed promise in winning five of its last six games, Panthers fans can only hope that Newton's injury isn't serious.
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Dimitri Patterson, CB; LB Kevin Barnett
The Dolphins' secondary is already thin with Nolan Carroll inactive for Sunday's game against New England.
Newly acquired CB Dimitri Patterson's left ankle injury will make it even more difficult for Miami to stop the high-octane offense of the Patriots, as Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports:
Dimitri Patterson has an ankle injury and his return is questionable. Bryan McCann will likely finish the game. R.J. Stanford is up next.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) December 30, 2012
The news got worse for the Dolphins in the fourth quarter. Already trailing 21-0, the team's official Twitter page reported that Barnett would not return due to a concussion:
LB Kevin Burnett is OUT with a concussion. #MIAvsNE— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 30, 2012
New England Patriots
The Patriots can't afford to lose Rob Ninkovich.
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Rob Ninkovich, DE; Daniel Fells, TE
New England is on a roll against the Miami Dolphins, but suffered what could be a devastating loss when defensive end Rob Ninkovich went down with a hip injury. The veteran defender had to be helped off the field. Tight Daniel Fells hurt his hand, and both players are questionable to return, according to the Pats' official Twitter page:
#Patriots injury update: Rob Ninkovich has a hip injury & Daniel Fells has a hand injury. Both are questionable to return.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 30, 2012
Fells returned to action, but Ninkovich did not. Thankfully, New England now has a bye week in the first round of the playoffs after Sunday's 28-0 victory.
St. Louis Rams
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Rocky McIntosh, LB
The Rams linebacker was being evaluated for a concussion in the second quarter, and according to the team's official Twitter page, he will not return to Sunday's game at Seattle:
McIntosh (head injury) will not return to game. Mario Haggan replaced him.— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) December 30, 2012
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WR Jerome Simpson
FOX Sports sideline reporter Pam Oliver noted during the broadcast that Simpson was laughing on the sidelines, but that he was the only one doing so.
Simpson is being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms, according to 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero:
Looks like Simpson is undergoing a concussion test. Two #Vikings doctors checking on him on the bench.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 30, 2012
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CB Patrick Peterson; LB Paris Lenon
The Cardinals' season has been a disaster since a 4-0 start. They are likely to round out the 2012 campaign on a 1-11 streak, and got some bad news health-wise against NFC West rival San Francisco on Sunday.
Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com has the latest:
LB Paris Lenon questionable to return with a left hand injury.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 30, 2012
CB Patrick Peterson questionable to return with a hamstring injury.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 31, 2012
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WR Dez Bryant; WR Miles Austin
Austin was able to return to the field, but left once again in the fourth quarter. NBC reported on its telecast that Bryant has a back injury and was taken to the locker room to be evaluated in the fourth quarter as well.
Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas had the news on Bryant's back:
Dez Bryant has a lower back issue and his return is questionable.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) December 31, 2012
After QB Tony Romo's third interception, it became irrelevant whether Bryant returned, as Redskins RB Alfred Morris iced the game with a late TD in Washington's 28-18 victory.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Miles Austin was questionable to return to the game against the Redskins, as reported by Washington's official Twitter page:
Cowboys WR Miles Austin is QUESTIONABLE to return to action. #HTTR— Redskins (@Redskins) December 31, 2012
But those concerns were eventually unfounded, as Austin gutted it out with the NFC East title and a playoff berth at stake. Nick Eatman broke the news:
Miles Austin is back on the field— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) December 31, 2012
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Nose tackle Jay Ratliff heads the list of inactives for the Cowboys ahead of the battle for the NFC East title in D.C. with the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.
Bryan Broaddus has the report:
Cowboys Inactives: Tanner, Kowalski, Arkin, Leary, Callaway, Weems, Ratliff— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) December 31, 2012
Dallas could definitely use Ratliff to help stymy the Redskins' No. 1 rushing attack.
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The Redskins are enjoying pretty good health for the most part. QB Robert Griffin III isn't on the inactive list as expected, and should have more mobility on his injured knee than last week.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 10:24 p.m. ET
The Redskins' offensive line takes a hit, as reported by the team's official Twitter page:
Lichtensteiger returned in the fourth quarter.
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The team's official Twitter page has the complete list of Redskins who won't be in action in FedEx Field on Sunday night: