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NFL Week 7: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2013

NFL Week 7: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

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    One injury can turn a season upside down for NFL teams, and there were a few big ones in Week 7.

    The NFL is a league of superstars, and when those stars are lost, immense pressure is placed on their teammates to pick up the slack.    

    The following injuries could prove to have lasting consequences for the teams affected by them.   

David Baas, C

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    The New York Giants finally captured their first win of the season on Monday night, but the team may have lost their starting center in the process.

    David Baas went down with an apparent knee injury during the first series of the game and did not return.

    Per Art Stapleton of The North Jersey Record, Baas will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity. 

    Baas will go for an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity of his knee injury. Made it sound like an MCL, but did not know for sure. #NYG

    — Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 22, 2013

    Baas didn't sound very optimistic about the injury per Dan Graziano of ESPN.com:

    "I can't catch a break," said Giants C David Baas, who's having MRI on his knee Tuesday and isn't optimistic.

    — Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) October 22, 2013

Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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    While the Indianapolis Colts earned an important win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, they reportedly lost a big key to their season in Reggie Wayne.

    The veteran receiver adjusted his body going for an underthrown pass and limped off the field. Although there was no contact on the play, he tore his ACL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:

    "Confirmed and crushing: tests showed Colts WR Reggie Wayne has a torn ACL. His season and streak of 189 straight games is over."

    Still, Colts owner Jim Irsay was hoping for positive MRI results. He tweeted:

    "Prayers and much love for #87 Reggie...let's pray his right knee gets miracle news!!!!!! Love that man and pray for good news!!!!!"

    Wayne has not missed a single game since his rookie season in 2001, but the latest injury could end up costing him the rest of the year.

    As a result, T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will be asked to step up to replace the No. 1 receiver. 

Champ Bailey, CB, Denver

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    Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey can't catch a break this season.

    According to the Broncos official Twitter feed, Bailey did not return to their game against the Colts after suffering a left foot injury. 

    Bailey was hurt in the second quarter of Sunday night's game in Indianapolis. It is the same foot that kept him out of the first five weeks of the season. 

     

    UPDATE: by Brian Mazique at 5:09 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21

    Per Mike Klis of The Denver Post, Bailey's injury has caused Broncos head coach John Fox to call the future Hall of Famer "week to week." It isn't exactly a definite timetable for return, but it is the latest.

    John Fox, who pretty much calls all injured players "day to day'' said Champ Bailey is "week to week.'' Translation: Champ out til after bye

    — Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 21, 2013

    ---End of Update---

Brian Cushing, LB, Houston Texans

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    After missing most of the 2012 season with a knee injury, Brian Cushing suffered another vicious hit to the same knee on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

     

    UPDATE: by Rob Goldberg at 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21

    While we already knew Cushing would be out for the season, he certainly had a positive attitude when talking to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports:

    "Just got a text from Brian Cushing. Tough man! Broke his leg & tore his LCL, out for year. Says he will kill his rehab & come back stronger."

    ---End of Update--- 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 8:47 p.m ET on Sunday, Oct. 20

    Cushing's season is officially over after it was discovered he'd torn his LCL and fractured his fibula, as noted by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, who confirmed an NFL Network report:

    "Can confirm NFL Network report Brian Cushing out for season with torn LCL and a fractured fibula. Will undergo surgery."

    ---End of Update---

     

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    Jamaal Charles blocked Cushing low on a blitz pickup, sending the linebacker to the turf in agony, as noted by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora:

    "Brian Cushing is writhing on the field after taking a blow to his left knee. Does not look good."

    John McClain of the Houston Chronicle noted Cushing was carted off the field, and Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reported seeing the linebacker hobbling around on crutches before heading in for an X-ray:

    "Brian Cushing is being carted off," McClain tweeted. "Texans have lost Cushing and Foster. Tate has been out but should return. Trail 17-13."

    Per Darlington:

    "Texans LB Brian Cushing is currently on crutches in the underbelly of Arrowhead Stadium. I watched him enter x-ray room about 5 minutes ago."

    Cushing is one of the most important defenders on Houston's roster. His athleticism and instincts allow him to roam from sideline to sideline, and he's a player the Texans can't replace. 

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati Bengals

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    The Cincinnati Bengals feature one of the NFL's top defenses, thanks in part to the exceptional play of cornerback Leon Hall. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 8:51 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 20

    After leaving Sunday's game with an Achilles injury, Hall was ruled out for the rest of the season after it was discovered his tendon did tear, as noted by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

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    Hall exited his team's Week 7 game against the Detroit Lions with an Achilles injury, as noted by Geoff Hobson of the Bengals.

    Coley Harvey of ESPN reported that he injured his right leg, which means he's suffered an Achilles injury on both sides of his body since 2011:

    "We were just told this was a right Achilles injury for Leon Hall. He injured his left Achilles in 2011. So not the same one."

    The extent of this injury isn't yet known, but this could prove to be a devastating blow to Cincinnati's defense. 

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

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    Jay Cutler was sacked hard by Chris Baker on Sunday in Washington and was forced from the game, putting the Chicago Bears in a bind on the road.

     

    UPDATE: by Tom Kinslow at 1:33 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21

    The Chicago Bears have since ruled Jay Cutler out for at least four weeks with his groin injury.

    ---End of update---



    UPDATE: by Rob Goldberg at 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21

    Whether good or bad, the Bears will know what kind of situation there are dealing with as of Monday afternoon after the results of an MRI come through, according to Zach Zaidman of WBBM News Radio:

    "Marc Trestman tells @WBBMNewsradio the #Bears will probably have the results of Jay Cutler's MRI later this afternoon."

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 20

    Bad news for Cutler and the Bears.

    ESPN's Michael C. Wright reported Cutler was carted out of the stadium on Sunday.

    ---End of update---

     

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    As noted by Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, he went back into the locker room with what appeared to be a leg injury. Grant Paulsen of the Redskins noted Josh McCown came into the game as Cutler's replacement.

    After being examined, Cutler was found to have a groin injury, as noted by ESPN's John Clayton, and he was ruled out for the rest of the game, as relayed by the Bears on Twitter:

    If Cutler ends up needing multiple weeks to recover from this injury, then the Bears will need to figure out something quick at the quarterback position. McCown is currently the only other quarterback on the roster, and he's not a starting-caliber player.  

Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers

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    The Green Bay Packers were already decimated by injuries before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. 

    Add Jermichael Finley to the long list after he left the game in the fourth quarter following a scary collision with Tashaun Gipson, who was flagged for an illegal hit to the head.

     

    UPDATE: by Brian Mazique at 5:37 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21 

    Per the Green Bay Packers Official Twitter Account, Finley was up and doing daily activities. This is a good sign for him as far as the bottom line. No information yet on how or if the injury will affect his career moving forward.

    MM-Jermichael Finley spent evening in hospital, there's a lot of studies going on. He's up, performing daily activities, in good spirits.

    — Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 21, 2013

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by Rob Goldberg at 10:33 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21

    Finley spent the night in the hospital and was under intensive care, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

    "Packers TE Jermichael Finley in ICU after his neck injury. He has not had surgery as of early this a.m. and status uncertain. Monitoring."

    Thankfully, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that his overnight stay was only precautionary:

    " TE Jermichael Finley spent the night at a hospital after suffering a neck injury. Source: 'Precautionary. He's going to be fine.'"

    Tom Pelissero of USA Today followed:

    " TE Jermichael Finley continues to undergo tests but isn't expected to need surgery. Word so far all sounds positive."

    Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports later added:

    "Feel like we need some good news so here goes: Packers TE Jermichael Finley did some walking around this morning. Great to hear."

    Rapoport also reported that Finley will likely leave the ICU today.

    ---End of update---

     

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    As noted by Michael Fabiano of NFL.com, he was taken off the field in a stretcher with a neck injury:

    "Jermichael Finley was stretchered off the field with an apparent neck injury. Hope he is OK."

    Tom Pipines of Fox 6 reported Finley was able to move his extremities without issue:

    " list Jermichael Finley as having neck injury. Thankfully movement in all his extremities."

    There is no doubt the Packers will approach this injury with care, but they'll also want him back on the field ASAP. He's their first-string tight end and a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. 

Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams

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    Kellen Clemens could be starting at quarterback for the St. Louis Rams for the foreseeable future. 

    Sam Bradford suffered what appeared to be a brutal knee injury in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers and was carted off the field.

     

    UPDATE: by Rob Goldberg at 10:35 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21

    The worst fear was realized after an MRI showed a torn ACL for Bradford, ending his season, according to the team's official Twitter account:

    "An MRI confirmed that #Rams QB Sam Bradford suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). He will miss the remainder of the 2013 season."

    ---End of Update--- 

     

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    The injury was first noted by NFL: AroundTheLeague, and ESPN's Tony Softli captured an image of the quarterback being taken into the locker room.

    Bradford was struggling against Carolina, having thrown just one touchdown to go along with an interception before leaving the game. But he'd thrown six touchdowns in his previous two contests, and losing him long-term would greatly hinder St. Louis' playoff chances.  

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

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    The already injury depleted Houston Texans lost one of their biggest offensive weapons on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

    Arian Foster only carried the ball four times before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. He was taken into the locker room, as noted by Jim Nantz on the CBS broadcast, via Michael Fabiano of NFL.com, who later reported Andrew Siciliano as saying his day was officially done.

    Foster is dealing with a mild hamstring pull according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

    Foster has been coming back strong after starting out the season poorly. Thankfully for Houston, Ben Tate is a serviceable—if not excellent—replacement. 

Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

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    The Buffalo Bills have had a heck of a time staying healthy this year, and the team's rash of injuries continued to spread against the Miami Dolphins. 

     

    UPDATE: by Rob Goldberg at 10:41 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21

    A potentially scary moment for Fred Jackson turned out to be better than expected. After the running back suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of the Bills' Week 7 game, he returned to action a short time later.

    However, Jackson believes this injury will affect him in the future, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak:

    "It's just going to be something I have to deal with," Jackson said. "I don't know how long, but it's going to be something I have to manage and I hope I can keep it under control."

    ---End of Update---

     

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    Fred Jackson was injured in the first quarter against the Dolphins, as noted by the Bills on Twitter:

    "Fred Jackson takes a screen for 1st down yardage. Is down on the play, being looked at by trainers."

    He didn't need the cart, but he was seen limping on the sideline while testing his leg, as relayed by James Walker of ESPN.

    Chris Brown of the Bills noted Jackson's return to the game after he ran up and down the sideline.

    Given his history of lower-body injuries, it appears Jackson dodged a bullet in this game. For fantasy owners, however, it would be wise to keep an eye on this injury next week before starting Jackson in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints.

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have enough problems without adding "injury bug" to the list. 

    Second-year stud running back Doug Martin was having himself a nice game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons before he was forced to leave with a shoulder injury. 

     

    Update by Brian Mazique on Monday, Oct. 21 at 5:40 p.m. ET

    Per Will Carroll, Bleacher Report's resident injury expert, Martin's return depends on the stability of his shoulder.

    Doug Martin's return is going to depend on shoulder stability and pain tolerance. Period. That's it.

    — Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) October 21, 2013

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. ET

    From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

    "As if the #Bucs needed more bad news: I'm told the shoulder injury to RB Doug Martin is serious. Could be out several weeks or longer."

    Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports followed:

    "Source tells @FOXSports1 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suffered what's believed to be a torn labrum in his shoulder. Season possibly over."

    Greg Schiano, however, has not ruled out Martin for the season just yet, per Scott Smith of Buccaneeers.com

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:18 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 20

    After leaving Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, Martin wore a sling in the locker room but told reporters he didn't think he suffered a shoulder separation, as noted by Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune:

    "Bucs RB Doug Martin had his left shoulder in a sling but said he doesn't think he suffered a shoulder separation. More tests due on Monday."

    ---End of Update---

     

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    ESPN's John Clayton reported Martin was taken back into the team's locker room with a shoulder injury, and Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times noted his return to the game was questionable.

    In his stead, Mike James struggled to find running lanes and wasn't nearly as effective between the tackles. Losing Martin for any amount of time would be a critical blow to Tampa Bay's already pitiful offense. 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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    DeSean Jackson is one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL when healthy. 

    He was forced from the game against the Dallas Cowboys, however, when he suffered an ankle injury. As noted by Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jackson ended up walking off the field under his own power, but it was touch and go for a minute:

    "DeSean Jackson is down and holding his ankle. Tried to get up, went back down."

    Thankfully for the Eagles, Jackson made his way back into the game, as relayed by the team on Twitter.

    This injury is worth monitoring throughout this upcoming week, however. If Jackson is less than 100 percent heading into Week 8's contest against New York Giants, then his production could be limited. 

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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    After breaking out with a three-touchdown performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6, Nick Foles struggled versus the Dallas Cowboys at home before leaving the game in the second half. 

    As reported by ESPN's John Clayton, Foles was being evaluated for a head injury, and the Eagles later noted he was out for the rest of the game.

    Matt Barkley is the only healthy quarterback on Philly's roster right now, and the rookie could potentially be pressed into action as the starter next weekend if Foles and Michael Vick are both unable to go.   

     

    Update by Brian Mazique at 5:53 p.m. ET on Monday

    Per Pro Football Talk, Foles was officially diagnosed concussion. There is no word yet on who will start for the Eagles in Week 8.

    Chip Kelly: Nick Foles has a concussion http://t.co/F6e0SOEYrw

    — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 21, 2013

     ---End of Update---

Riley Reiff, OT, Detroit Lions

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    The Detroit Lions picked up a winner when they drafted offensive tackle Riley Reiff in 2012. He has been a stalwart for this team, which badly needed the offensive line help before his arrival.

    Reiff left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a hamstring injury, however. He went back into the team's locker room, as noted by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and ESPN NFL Nation reported he was questionable to return.

    Thankfully for the Lions and their fans, Reiff made it back into the game in the second half, as Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press noted.

    If Reiff's hamstring flares up this upcoming week, then Detroit will be hard-pressed to protect Matthew Stafford. The team is extremely thin at the offensive tackle position.    

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