NFL Week 6: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2013

NFL Week 6: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

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    Injuries to key players are an unfortunate reality that afflicts most NFL teams on a yearly basis. 

    Losing a star player or two can cause a playoff team to suddenly become one of the league's worst, as was clearly illustrated a few years back when Peyton Manning missed the entire 2011 season with the Indianapolis Colts while recovering from neck surgeries. 

    The Colts only managed to win two games that year, almost exclusively because Manning was on the sideline instead of behind center.     

    While nobody as notable as Manning was lost for the season, there were a few big injuries in Week 6 that could have lasting implications. 

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

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    The Green Bay Packers lost Randall Cobb right before halftime on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:42 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    Tyler Dunn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported devastating news for Cobb and the Packers, noting he is expected to be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured fibula:

    Just got word from a source that #Packers WR Randall Cobb will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured fibula. http://t.co/ccgarKxY99

    — Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 14, 2013

    Source also said that Cobb "nearly broke the fibula all the way through." Was adamant that this will take 6-8 weeks to recover from.

    — Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 14, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:54 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    On Monday, head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Cobb would be sidelined with his knee injury for "multiple weeks," as noted by the Packers on Twitter:

    Blog update: #Packers WR Randall Cobb will be sidelined for "multiple weeks" with knee injury: http://t.co/vRmvfs7H8Q

    — Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 14, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:31 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 13

    After suffering what appeared to be a nasty looking knee injury, Tyler Dunn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted Cobb's injury might not be as bad as it looked:

    Injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones might not be as bad as they looked. #packers .... http://t.co/0cxYM74RVT

    — Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 13, 2013

    The team will know more later in the week, but this is good news for now. 

     

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    As noted by the Ravens on Twitter, Cobb was carted off the field and into the locker room after being hit by safety Matt Elam:

    Packers WR Randall Cobb was carted into the locker room after the hit from Elam near the end of the half.

    — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 13, 2013

    The Packers announced shortly thereafter that Cobb would not return to the game:

    WR Cobb has a knee injury and is out for rest of game for #Packers. #GBvsBAL

    — Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 13, 2013

    It was a nasty-looking hit to Cobb's knee, and it appeared to be one that could take some time to heal. 

    Losing him for any amount of time would be difficult for Green Bay to overcome. Before his injury, he'd caught four passes for 53 yards. 

    Heading into the game, he was the team's leading receiver in terms of receptions, having caught 25 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in four games.      

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

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    DeMarco Murray is a vital player for the Dallas Cowboys, and he was sorely missed after he exited the game on Sunday night with a knee injury before halftime. 

    As noted by USA Today's Lindsay Jones, he was diagnosed with a sprained left knee:

    Murray has a left sprained knee, the Cowboys announce. He's in the locker room.

    — Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) October 14, 2013

    On Monday morning, Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill reported Murray would miss the team's game in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles but "could" play the following week against the Detroit Lions:

    Per a source, DeMarco Murray will miss the Eagles game but "could" return the following week vs. Detroit..so good news thats it not longterm

    — Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) October 14, 2013

    The Cowboys struggled to run the ball without him in the lineup, totaling 19 yards on 12 carries after he left the game. 

DeMarcus Ware, DE, Dallas Cowboys

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    Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware left the game on Sunday night against the Washington Redskins with a leg injury.

    He walked into the locker room under his own power with a right quad injury, as noted by the Cowboys on Twitter:

    DeMarcus Ware has a right quad injury. Taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

    — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 14, 2013

    On Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Ware would miss 3-4 weeks with the injury, but Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas spoke to Ware, who told him he didn't think he'd miss that much time while confirming he was questionable for next weekend's game against the Philadelphia Eagles:

    DE DeMarcus Ware is expexcted to miss three to four weeks with a strained quad.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2013

    Just talked to DeMarcus Ware. He doesn't think he will miss 3-4 weeks but acknowledges he is doubtful for this week vs. Philly.

    — Todd Archer (@toddarcher) October 14, 2013

    Ware is one of the NFL's premier pass-rushers. He'll be missed, no matter how long he's out. 

Nick Perry, OLB, Green Bay Packer

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    The Green Bay Packers were already decimated by injuries on defense before Week 6, and the news on Monday didn't help matters.

    Outside linebacker Nick Perry suffered a broken foot on Sunday, as noted by Chris Havel of 107.5 The Fan, but he is expected to make a return at some point later in the season:

    Per our Chris Havel, through a source, LB Nick Perry is out with a broken foot, but will return this year. #Packers

    — The Fan 1075 (@WDUZ) October 14, 2013

    With Clay Matthews and Brad Jones both out, the team's linebacking corps is paper thin. 

Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals

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    Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell suffered a scary injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:07 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    After being admitted to a Bay Area hospital on Sunday, Campbell was back with the team on Monday. He remarkably participated in walkthroughs, and head coach Bruce Arians has his "fingers crossed" that his star defensive end will play, as noted by Darren Urban of the Cardinals:

    Calais Campbell participating in walk through. Arians said "fingers crossed" he can play Thurs. Brittan Golden (hamstring) doubtful to play.

    — Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 14, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 12:26 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    After being carted off the field on Sunday against the 49ers, "Campbell was taken to a Bay Area hospital, but he was able to move his extremities; doctors believe he'll be sore but ok," as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN:

    Cardinals DE Calais Campbell was taken to Bay Area hospital but was able to move his extremities; doctors believe he will be sore but OK.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2013

     

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    He hit his head hard on the knee of a teammate and was down on the field for quite some time before being carted off, as noted by NFL: AroundTheLeague:

    Cardinals DE Calais Campbell down on the field. Cart coming out. He was having another beast of a game.

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) October 13, 2013

    Campbell is a critical defender for Arizona. He anchors the defensive line, along with Darnell Dockett, and losing him for any amount of time will be tough to overcome.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans

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    Houston Texans fans got their wish when Matt Schaub was replaced by T.J. Yates on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:04 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Monday that Schaub was getting injections in his leg and ankle. He also said the quarterback would be an end-of-the-week decision and that he'd be getting his other two signal-callers ready to play, as relayed by the Texans on Twitter:

    "Matt is getting injections as we speak. Leg, ankle, everywhere. But we probably got a little bit lucky there." Kubiak on Schaub

    — Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 14, 2013

    Schaub starting at KC will be an end of the week decision. "I'll prepare both Case and T.J." Kubiak #Texans

    — Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 14, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:27 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 13

    Schaub left Sunday's game with what appeared to be an ankle injury and didn't return. After the game ProFootballTalk reported he'd be undergoing more tests on the "lower leg" injury:

    More tests coming for Schaub, who has lower leg injury http://t.co/LJyQqquU1d

    — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 13, 2013

     

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    Unfortunately, Schaub wasn't replaced due to performance, as he left the game with an ankle injury, as noted by SiriusXM NFL Radio:

    Matt Schaub is out in Houston...he wasn't benched though he is being treated for an ankle injury #Texans

    — SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) October 13, 2013

    After Schaub had thrown an interception that was returned for a touchdown in four straight games, it was no surprise that Texans fans cheered Yates when he took the field, as noted by Jeff Darlington of NFL.com: 

    Presented without comment: Houston's crowd goes wild as T.J. Yates takes the field because Matt Schaub got injured.

    — Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 13, 2013

    Thankfully for Schaub, his injury didn't appear to be serious, as Darlington reported he was jogging on the sideline and that he looked fine:

    Schaub is jogging on the sideline, testing the ankle. He looks fine.

    — Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 13, 2013

    Those Texans fans who cheered for Yates were soon silenced, as the backup quarterback threw an interception to rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree, who took it back 98 yards for a touchdown. 

Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

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    Jimmy Graham entered Week 6 as one of the league's hottest players at any position, but he was shut out by the Patriots on Sunday before exiting the game with a foot injury. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 8:32 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    After Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Graham was having an MRI on his knee, he updated his report, saying it was, indeed, a foot injury.

    Chris Mortensen of ESPN noted that the team has a "sense of optimism" that Graham could return after this week's bye:

    Saints TE Jimmy Graham is still having left foot evaluated but sense of optimism he will return after this week's bye.

    — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 14, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:12 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    NBC Sports' Mike Florio reports Jimmy Graham will undergo an MRI on his injured knee:

    Saints fans everywhere should be holding their breath today as the best receiver on the team gets his injured knee checked out.

    [...]

    Graham, per a league source, is getting an MRI to determine the extent of the injury suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.

     

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    Jeff Howe of the Boston Globe noted the star tight end was on the sideline getting his foot re-taped while the offense hit the field without him, but it didn't take long for him to get back into action:

    Jimmy Graham's left shoe is off on the sideline. He's getting re-taped. Offense hits field without him.

    — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 13, 2013

    Jimmy Graham is back. Check Jimmy out!

    — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 13, 2013

    Unfortunately, Graham wasn't able to stay on the field, and he ended up going back into the locker room, as reported by Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports:

    Jimmy Graham has gone to the locker room with a trainer or doctor so he is probably done for the day

    — Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) October 13, 2013

    The Saints went on to lose the game in heartbreaking fashion without Graham, 30-27, thanks to a last-second touchdown from Tom Brady to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins. 

Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots need Aqib Talib to stay healthy this year, but he exited the game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. 

    Mary Paoletti of CSN New England noted it was a hip injury that caused him to leave the game, calling his return questionable:

    Patriots announce Aqib Talib suffered a hip injury. Return is questionable.

    — Mary Paoletti (@Mary_Paoletti) October 13, 2013

    Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe noted he tried to get back into the game for a few plays after originally injuring himself, but then he walked slowly back into the team's locker room:

    Talib was on field for start of this drive, came off after a couple of plays, just walked slowly back down into locker room

    — shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) October 13, 2013

    After the game, Pro Football Talk reported he'd suffered a hip flexor:

    Per league source, Pats CB Aqib Talib has hip flexor injury.

    — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 14, 2013

    Talib is easily the Patriots best defensive back, and losing him for any amount of time will be difficult to overcome. 

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots

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    Danny Amendola just can't stay healthy. 

    He exited Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter with a head injury and was ruled out of the rest of the game, as noted by the Patriots on Twitter:

    Patriots Injury Update: Danny Amendola has a head injury & will not return to the game. #NOvsNE

    — New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 13, 2013

    Amendola signed on with the Patriots this offseason as a replacement for Wes Welker, but to this point in the season he hasn't been able to stay on the field long enough to make a big impact. 

Thad Lewis, QB, Buffalo Bills

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    With EJ Manuel out for a few weeks due to a knee injury, the Buffalo Bills started Thad Lewis at quarterback in Week 6 after he spent the first five games of the season on the team's practice squad.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:17 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    After X-rays and an MRI revealed no structural damage to Lewis' knee, head coach Doug Marrone told reporters that he felt good about Lewis being ready to play in Week 7, as noted by the Bills on Twitter. He also addressed newly signed Matt Flynn, saying he was brought in for depth:

    Doug Marrone: Thad Lewis X-rays and MRI were negative. Day to day. "I feel good about him being able to play Sunday"

    — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 14, 2013

    Marrone: Flynn signing is to ensure #Bills have quality depth. Still feel good about development of Jeff Tuel.

    — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 14, 2013

     

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    Though he played admirably in a losing cause, Lewis was seen walking around with a walking boot, as noted by WGR550's Joe Buscaglia, and Andrew Siciliano of the NFL Network reported the quarterback suffered a sprained foot:

    Thad Lewis in a walking boot on right leg

    — Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) October 13, 2013

    Officially, it's a sprained foot for Thad Lewis

    — Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 13, 2013

    For a team that was already extremely thin at the quarterback position, this injury could prove problematic in the weeks to come.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars can't afford to lose key offensive weapons, which is exactly what happened on Sunday in Denver. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:23 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    ESPN's Josina Anderson reported on Shorts' injury on Monday:

    Source: There's concern that Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts III could have a fractured rib closer towards the sternum. Shorts was very tender in that region. I was told his lung field obscured the film a bit. There was discussion of Shorts III having a CT Scan Monday morning to derive a more definitive answer thereafter.

    Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union also had a report on the injury:

    Shorts wouldn't say how serious injury is but said its AC joint under clavicle and not a shoulder injury. #jaguars

    — Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 14, 2013

    Shorts on playing Sunday: "I’m going to do what I can, we’ll see what happens. My goal is to get out there and play this week." #Jaguars

    — Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 14, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:52 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 13

    After Cecil Shorts exited the game on Sunday with a shoulder sprain, he was officially ruled out for the remainder of the game, as noted by the Jaguars on Twitter:

    Cecil Shorts has been downgraded to out. #Jaguars

    — Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) October 13, 2013

     

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    Cecil Shorts has been one of the lone bright spots for the Jaguars this year, but he was injured in the first quarter. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported Shorts suffered a shoulder sprain, and he was listed as questionable to return:

    Jax WR Cecil Shorts has shoulder sprain. Return questionable

    — Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 13, 2013

    Before getting injured, Shorts had caught 31 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville's first five games, making him a fantasy football favorite. 

James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers

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    Aaron Rodgers is quickly running out of receivers.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:28 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    In his press conference with the media on Monday, Mike McCarthy told reporters Jones has a chance to play on Sunday, as noted by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    MM: Jones has a chance to play this week. Randall does not have a chance. Will be "multiple weeks."

    — Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 14, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:48 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 13

    After leaving the game on Sunday with a leg injury, Jones likely "dodged a bullet," as noted by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, and indicated he was going to be alright:

    Sounds like #Packers WR James Jones dodged a bullet with his injury. He's indicated to people that he's OK.

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 13, 2013

     

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    In addition to losing Randall Cobb, Rodgers and the Packers watched James Jones suffer a leg injury on Sunday against the Ravens, and he was ruled out for the rest of the game, as noted by the Packers on Twitter:

    WR Jones is out for rest of game for #Packers. #GBvsBAL

    — Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 13, 2013

    Jones caught one pass for 10 yards before exiting, and he's been one of Rodgers' favorite weapons this year. Before his injury, he'd caught 19 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns in four games. 

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

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    There's no doubt Reggie Bush is the featured running back of the Detroit Lions, but Joique Bell is an integral member of their offensive attack. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:31 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    After leaving the game on Sunday with an injury to his ribs, Bell spoke to reporters, as noted by Chris McCosky of The Detroit News:

    “It just popped out,” said Bell. “The x-rays came back negative, so I’ll just take it day by day, do the proper rehab for it and try to get back as soon as possible.”

    Bell said he got bent backwards when he was at the bottom of a pile of players. He said it popped.

    “I played another play to see if I could go through it and I couldn’t,” he said.

     

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    He was unfortunately injured on Sunday in Cleveland as the Lions took on the Browns. As noted by Tim Twentyman of the Lions, he suffered an injury to his ribs and was listed as questionable to return:

    Joique Bell ribs is questionable to return.

    — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 13, 2013

    Bell never made it back onto the field, but he wasn't needed. 

    The Lions easily defeated the Browns, winning 31-17, thanks to a four-touchdown performance by Matthew Stafford, who threw three touchdowns to tight end Joseph Fauria. 

Harrison Smith, S, Minnesota Vikings

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    As if things weren't bad enough for the Minnesota Vikings, second-year safety Harrison Smith was injured on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6:34 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 14

    After being carted off the field with an injury to his foot, Smith was seen hobbling through the locker room in a boot, as noted by Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN:

    Xavier Rhodes downplayed his ankle sprain. Said it won't hold him back. Harrison Smith hobbled through locker room in a boot. #Vikings

    — Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer) October 14, 2013

     

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    As noted by NFL: AroundTheLeague, Smith was carted off the field after suffering a foot injury:

    Harrison Smith carted off for Vikings. This is beyond ugly.

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) October 13, 2013

    The Vikings already featured the NFL's No. 29-ranked pass defense before Week 6, allowing 326 yards per game. Cam Newton and the Panthers had little trouble making headway against Minnesota's defense on Sunday, and the Vikings fell to 1-4 to start the season. 

     

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