NFL Week 1: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent ISeptember 8, 2013

NFL Week 1: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

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    Injuries are an unfortunate part of the NFL

    No matter how much protective gear the players wear, bumps and bruises are bound to occur every single week. The best anyone can hope for is that the players who do get injured can return swiftly to action. 

    Week 1 brings with it unadulterated excitement for a new season, but unfortunately there have already been a few notable injuries during the early action on Sunday. 

    Here's a look at the top players who got banged up in Week 1. 

Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots

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    Shane Vereen had a monster game for the New England Patriots in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, totaling 159 yards. He was called into extensive duty after starting running back Stevan Ridley lost a fumble, and he helped spark a come-from-behind win with his fine play. 

    Unfortunately, Vereen broke his hand on the first play of the game and will undergo surgery that will put him out of the lineup for "a few weeks," as noted by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports:

    Big hit for patriots, RB Shane Vereen broke a small bone in his wrist on 1st play yesterday, scheduled for surgery today. Out few weeks

    — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 9, 2013


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 7:49 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 10

    The Patriots will be without Vereen until at least Week 10 after placing him on the injured reserve with a designation to return, as noted by NFL: AroundTheLeague:

    Shane Vereen designated for return, ineligible to play until after @Patriots' Week 10 bye

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 10, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    It's a big blow to the Patriots, as Vereen is an explosive runner and the team's best receiver out of the backfield. 


Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots

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    The Patriots hoped wide receiver Danny Amendola would be an able replacement for Wes Welker this year, but the oft-injured receiver didn't take long to end up on the sideline on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5:52 p.m. ET

    The Patriots will likely play without Amendola on Thursday night against the New York Jets after he was absent at the team's walkthrough on Tuesday, as noted by Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald:

    Danny Amendola's chances of playing Thursday against the Jets took a hit today, as he wasn't spotted at the start of the Pats' walkthrough.

    Furthermore, a source told Karen Guregian that Amendola is "almost certain" to miss this week's game, and the Patriots aren't sure how much time he could actually miss.


    ---End of Update---

    Amendola limped off the field in the second quarter and appeared to be testing his groin, as noted by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, and ESPN's Matthew Berry reported his return as questionable:

    Amendola comes off the field gingerly, looks like he's testing his groin

    — Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 8, 2013

    Amendola's return is questionable.

    — Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) September 8, 2013

    After some time in the locker room, Amendola did manage to make a return to the game, as noted by the team's official Twitter account:

    Danny Amendola back in the game for the Patriots.

    — New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 8, 2013

    The receiver has missed time in each of the past two seasons, and it will be interesting to see if he can stay healthy this year. 


Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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    Dallas Cowboys fans held their breath as a lower leg injury forced Dez Bryant to the sideline on Sunday Night Football against the New York Giants.


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:56 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 10

    After an MRI revealed a "mild foot sprain," the Cowboys expect Bryant to play this weekend but don't know how much he'll practice, as noted by ESPN's Ed Werder:

    WR Dez Bryant MRI indicates mild foot sprain. Cowboys expect him to play vs KC but unsure how much he will practice this week with injury

    — Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 10, 2013


    ---End of Update---


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 9:13 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 9

    Bryant will undergo an MRI on his sore left foot, but he was not wearing a walking boot on Monday, as noted by Tim MacMahon of ESPN

    Dez Bryant is going to get an MRI on his sprained left foot. He's in flip flops, not a walking boot. "It hurts a little," he said.

    — Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) September 9, 2013


    ---End of Update--- 

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 4:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 9

    Monday provided good news for Dallas. ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins reported Bryant's X-rays on his foot came back negative and that he is dealing with a sprained foot:

    Dez Bryant has sprained left foot. X-rays were negative.

    — Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) September 9, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirmed that Dallas trainers were examining Bryant.

    They are working on Dez Bryant's foot/ankle on the sideline.

    — Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) September 9, 2013

    The former first-round pick later returned to the game. He finished with four receptions for 22 yards.

Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Washington Redskins

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    The Washington Redskins finished their game against the Philadelphia Eagles without outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. 


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 7:52 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 10

    After leaving the game and heading to the locker room for concussion evaluations on Monday night, Kerrigan was cleared to practice on Tuesday, as noted by Chris Russell of ESPN Radio 980:

    #Redskins Mike Shanahan: says Kerrigan was cleared to go today and could have practiced if they weren't off.

    — Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) September 10, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    As noted by NFL AroundTheLeague, Kerrigan left the game and was being tested on the sideline with concussion symptoms. A bit later, the Washington Redskins announced that he was being taken back into the locker room for further evaluations:

    Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan being evaluated for a concussion. Questionable to return.

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 10, 2013

    #Redskins LB @RyanKerrigan91 is being taken into the locker room to be further evaluated by team doctors. Shanahan will have more postgame.

    — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) September 10, 2013

    Kerrigan is a mainstay for Washington, having logged 16 sacks the past couple of years. He added another sack of Michael Vick on Monday night before leaving the game. 

Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets

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    The New York Jets can hardly afford to lose wide receivers, but Jeremy Kerley could miss Thursday's game against the New England Patriots.


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 7:56 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 10

    Kerley missed practice on Monday, and he sat out again on Tuesday with his concussion. Rex Ryan wouldn't rule him out of Thursday's game against the Patriots, as noted by Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, but it looks more and more as if he'll be held out:

    Kerley didn't practice. Ryan won't officially rule him out -- yet. #Jets

    — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 10, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    He sat out of Monday's practice with a concussion, as noted by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

    Team spokesman says team trainers erred on the side of caution and held Jeremy Kerley out of practice today due to a concussion. #nyj

    — Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 9, 2013

    Interesting to me is the fact that Kerley passed the same tests on Sunday and returned to the game after suffering the blow that kept him out of Monday's practice, as noted by's Matt Ehalt. 

    The Jets were already thin at the receiver position, and rookie quarterback Geno Smith will be hard pressed to lead his team to victory at home against the Patriots. 

Jason Peters, OT, Philadelphia Eagles

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    During the second quarter of the Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters exited the game, as noted by Jordan Raanan of

    Jason Peters out fo the game here with some sort of injury. Allen Barbre in. #Eagles

    — Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 10, 2013

    Thankfully for the Eagles and their fans, it didn't take long for the big left tackle to get back onto the field, as noted by Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

    #Eagles LT Jason Peters back out on the field.

    — Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) September 10, 2013

    If Peters comes back out of the game, it would be a big blow to the Eagles. He's the team's best offensive lineman and one of its leaders. 

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert sustained a lacerated hand on Sunday which forced him out of the game in the final minutes against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

    On Monday, John Oehser of the O-Zone reported that Gabbert would miss the team's second game as a result, saying he was "definitely out":

    Gabbert sustained a laceration on throwing hand. Definitely out Sunday.

    — John Oehser (@JohnOehser) September 9, 2013

    Starting in his stead will be veteran Chad Henne, who made a few starts in 2012 with mixed results.

    If Henne plays well, it's conceivable that Gabbert may not get his starting job back. Gabbert was atrocious against Kansas City before getting injured, completing just 45.7 percent of his passes while throwing zero touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Zach Sudfeld, TE, New England Patriots

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    With Rob Gronkowski still recovering from multiple offseason surgeries, the New England Patriots are in a tight spot at the tight end position. 

    It's not going to get any easier going forward, either. 

    Zach Sudfeld, who came on strong in the preseason with eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, pulled a hamstring on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, as noted by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe:

    To further brighten your day, I'm told Zach Sudfeld pulled a hamstring yesterday. Didn't play in 4th quarter. Hooman only healthy TE

    — Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 9, 2013

    It's going to be interesting to see what kind of magic act Tom Brady can conjure, given the team's lack of talent and depth at the receiver and tight end positions. 


Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

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    A rib injury plagued Tony Romo throughout his 2012 campaign. After being sandwiched by a pair of New York Giants defenders in the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys season opener, ESPN suggested that he may be experiencing Déjà vu.


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 3:09 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 9

    Cowboys fans can breathe easy. X-rays on Romo's ribs came back negative, as noted by Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan (via CBS Dallas), and the quarterback is expected to play next week:

    Tony Romo probably won’t escape discomfort this week. But he’s dodged a serious-injury bullet with the Cowboys saying their quarterback underwent X-rays on Monday morning looking for damage in the area of his ribs and that the results are negative.

    “We feel optimistic with the tests coming back negative,’’ Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones tells 105.3 The Fan’s Elf and Slater. “He’ll be sore but something he’ll be able to play with, as it looks right now.’’


    ---End of Update---

    Tony Romo is injured. Looked like a shot to the ribs. Kyle Orton in the game for Dallas.

    — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 9, 2013

    Romo had completed 25-of-33 passes for 188 yards, one touchdown and one interception before exiting the game. Kyle Orton played one game for the Cowboys last season and completed nine-of-10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants

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    Prince Amukamara has become no stranger to injury. After missing nine regular season games in 2011 and three in 2012, he got more familiar against the Dallas Cowboys.

    The New York Giants' official Twitter account confirmed that the cornerback will not return to their prime time showdown due to a head injury which resulted from a collision with Giants' safety Ryan Mundy.

    CB Prince Amukamara is out with a concussion

    — New York Giants (@Giants) September 9, 2013

    Aaron Ross replaced Amukamara in the starting lineup and Terrell Thomas stepped in at nickelback.

Morris Claiborne, CB, Dallas Cowboys

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    Amukamara wasn't the only young cover man forced to the sideline on Sunday night. Morris Claiborne injured his shoulder in the game, as well. 


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 3:18 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 9

    The Cowboys are "cautiously optimistic" about Claiborne's shoulder after revealing he won't need any surgery, as noted by Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan:

    From Inside VRanch: #cowboys feel cautiously optimistic about @MoClaiborne shoulder. No procedure necessary.

    — mike fisher (@fishsports) September 9, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas Cowboys' trainers examined cornerback Claiborne's shoulder in the second half.

    Morris Claiborne has a left shoulder injury. His return is questionable.

    — Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 9, 2013

    Claiborne played 15 games for the Cowboys in 2012 and recorded one interception. With his exit, Orlando Scandrick entered the starting lineup across from Brandon Carr and B.W. Webb moved to the nickel.


LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers, already without rookie halfback Le'Veon Bell due to a foot injury, lost another runner on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

    Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported that LaRod Stephens-Howling, who split carries with starter Isaac Redman, tore his ACL in the Steelers' 16-9 loss. 

    More bad news for the Steelers: RB LaRod Stephens-Howling suffered a torn ACL today.

    — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 9, 2013

    Felix Jones, who Pittsburgh traded for in late August, will likely see an increased number of carries as a result. Jones didn't touch the football against Tennessee.

Dan Connor, LB, New York Giants

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    The New York Giants may have just got more thin at linebacker.

    Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported that Giants starting inside linebacker Dan Connor has been forced to the sideline with a reoccurring injury. 

    Dan Connor has a burner, return questionable. Had same problem in last preseason game. #nyg

    — Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 9, 2013

    Mark Herzlich entered the game as his replacement. Connor recorded 56 combined tackles for the Giants last season.

Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions

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    Reggie Bush was dinged up against the Minnesota Vikings, as noted by Tim Twentyman of the Detroit Lions:

    Bush said he dislocated his left thumb and pulled a groin a groin early in the game

    — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 8, 2013

    It didn't appear to hinder his performance, however, as Bush sparked the Lions to a win with 191 total yards (90 rushing, 101 receiving) and a touchdown. 

    Still, the groin issue is one to keep an eye on going forward, as injuries of this type can linger for weeks. 


Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Jamaal Charles is one of the NFL's best running backs, and certainly one of its most explosive playmakers. 


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:33 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 8

    Chiefs fans and fantasy owners across the nation can breath easy. As noted by Pro Football Talk, Charles is "fine" to "totally fine" for his return to action next week:

    Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is "fine" to "totally fine" after leaving big win with quad injury

    — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 8, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    He suffered a vicious hit against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third quarter, as noted by Mark Long of the Associated Press, and Michael Fabiano of NFL Network reported his return to the game as questionable:

    Jamaal Charles getting helped off field after viscious hit

    — Mark Long (@APMarkLong) September 8, 2013

    Jamaal Charles has a quad ailment - questionable to return.

    — Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) September 8, 2013

    The Chiefs need Charles healthy this year if the team has any hope of being a surprise AFC playoff team. If he needs to take some time off to recover, rookie Knile Davis will likely be the workhorse until he returns. 

Maurkice Pouncey, C, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers have had trouble protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a few years now, and after losing All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey to a knee injury on Sunday, it won't get any easier this year. 


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4:12 p.m. ET

    Steelers head coach said Pouncey injured his ACL and MCL and will need surgery, as noted by NFL: Around the League:

    From Mike Tomlin: Pouncey injured his ACL + MCL, will need surgery. LB Larry Foote ruptured his biceps. Costly loss for Steelers.

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 8, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    Pouncey went down in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans when teammate David DeCastro "dive-blocked right into Pouncey's knees," as noted by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    RG David DeCastro dive-blocked right into Pouncey's knees.

    — Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 8, 2013

    Trainers had to cart him off the field, as noted by Bouchette, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted Roethlisberger looked "beyond concerned" at his center's injury:

    they're bringing out the cart for Pouncey. #Steelers

    — Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 8, 2013

    Big Ben looks beyond concerned as Pouncey leaves the field. Kneeling with his head down, possibly in prayer

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 8, 2013

    The official word from the Steelers, via Burt Lauten, is that Pouncey was being taken to a local hospital for an MRI on his right knee and that he would not return:

    The @steelers C Maurkice Pouncey is going to a local hospital for an MRI on his right knee. He will not return.

    — Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) September 8, 2013


Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers are a formidable team when healthy, but losing a stalwart like Larry Foote for any amount of time will be difficult to overcome. 


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 4:46 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8

    Foote ruptured his biceps, as noted by NFL: Around the League, and is likely to miss the entire season:

    From Mike Tomlin: Pouncey injured his ACL + MCL, will need surgery. LB Larry Foote ruptured his biceps. Costly loss for Steelers.

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 8, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    The veteran linebacker left the game with a biceps injury in the fourth quarter, as noted by Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest:

    Larry Foote injured his right biceps. He is out of the game.

    — Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) September 8, 2013

    The team's depth behind Foote at the middle linebacker position isn't strong. Foote is one of the leaders in the huddle, on the field and in the locker room. 


Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans

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    The Tennessee Titans brought power running back Shonn Greene aboard this year to complement the speedy Chris Johnson, but he exited the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a leg injury. 


    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 4:44 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 9

    Head coach Mike Munchak told reporters that Greene's knee is sore but that he hopes he can play against the Houston Texans in Week 2, as noted by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:

    RB Shonn Greene is sore but the injury isn't serious. Munchak said he hopes he can play vs #Texans

    — Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 9, 2013


    ---End of Update---

    Jim Wyatt of the The Tennessean noted Greene limped off the field and that his return to the game was questionable:

    Greene limping off

    — Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 8, 2013

    Greene return is Q with right knee

    — Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 8, 2013

    Tennessee will be glad when Greene is fully healthy and able to return to action. He's a quality goal-line runner with a nose for the end zone.