Another week of NFL action is in full swing, and another group of injuries to important players has hit various teams. Week 11 was unkind to a few stars and their teams. The closer we get to the playoffs, the more crucial these injuries will be for each team's bottom line.
There were a bevy of minor injuries, but most of the major players in the early games returned to action. Stay tuned to see if these minor nicks become lingering concerns.
Here's a list of the walking wounded.
Panthers stud pass rusher Charles Johnson left Monday's game against the Patriots with a knee injury according to Albert Breer of NFL.com:
Charles Johnson walking off under his own power, but limping pretty badly. Looks like a right knee injury.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 19, 2013
The Panthers dodged a bullet as he would later return in the fourth quarter according to the NFL Around the League Twitter feed:
Charles Johnson will return to the game on a limited snap count #NEvsCAR— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) November 19, 2013
Not only did Johnson come back, he registered a key QB pressure on Tom Brady on the Patriots final drive as the Panthers came away with the 24-20 victory.
It remains to be seen if there will be any lingering effects from the injury.
The Denver Broncos notched a major win over AFC West rival Kansas City on Sunday night, but it came at a big cost.
Denver tight end Julius Thomas went down with a knee injury in the second half as Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports:
Wes Welker (concussion), S Rahim Moore (lower leg injury), Julius Thomas (knee) most serious of Broncos injuries.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 18, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 18, at 3:45 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Thomas underwent tests on his knee on Monday that revealed a sprain and nothing more, per sources via Brandon Krisztal of The Denver Post:
Per a source close to #Broncos TE Julius Thomas, tests reveal just a knee sprain, he's day-to-day & hopeful to play Sun. @ NE— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) November 18, 2013
Denver will travel to Foxborough to play the New England Patriots on Sunday night in Week 12.
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Thomas was in the middle of another big day before the injury. He caught three passes for 43 yards and Peyton Manning's only touchdown in the contest.
Receiver Wes Welker is another name on the injury report. The last thing the Broncos needed heading into a matchup with Tom Brady and New England was a rash of injuries. Should Thomas miss time, the likes of Eric Decker and Co. will need to step up in a big way.
The Denver Broncos were forced to go without safety Rahim Moore in a critical AFC West matchup Sunday against Kansas City.
UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
According to Joan Niesen and Mike Klis of The Denver Post, Moore is expected to miss several weeks while he recovers from a "serious lower leg injury." Niesen and Klis add that it's unclear as to what play Moore was injured on.
Mike Adams is expected to fill in for Moore at safety in the coming weeks.
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Moore left the game with what was only classified as a lower leg injury per Mike Klis of the Denver Post
Rahim Moore is out with lower leg injury— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 18, 2013
Now is not the time for the Denver secondary to lose players. The Broncos played well enough against the Chiefs without Moore, but they'll need all hands on deck for Tom Brady and New England next week.
Moore is a starter and had racked up more than 40 tackles entering the game against Kansas City.
Legwold adds that Welker will be limited in practice this week as a result of league protocol and could return to full practice on Friday at the soonest. It remains to be seen whether Welker will be able to play in Week 12's pivotal showdown with New England, but if he can't, the Broncos' offense will be forced to move the ball without their biggest weapon in the slot.
Welker suffered the hit late in the game. The team's official Twitter account was the first to break the news:
Pro Foot ball Talk would later confirm Welker had been diagnosed with a concussion:
Wes Welker officially has a concussion, according to the Broncos.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 18, 2013
Welker was the team's leading receiver when he left the game. He brought in eight receptions for 72 yards before his exit.
The Philadelphia Eagles entered Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins on a two-game winning streak, but they had an early scare with McCoy's hamstring injury. Shady went down in the first half and his return was initially reported as questionable per the Philadelphia Eagles official Twitter account.
McCoy came back in the game after his apparent hamstring injury appeared to be a cramp. Shady scored his second touchdown in the second half and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Shady's back.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) November 17, 2013
McCoy might have had a cramp, not a hamstring issue. #Eagles— Bob Grotz (@BobGrotz) November 17, 2013
McCoy certainly seems to be OK for the long haul. He wound up with 27 fantasy football points after another stellar performance.
Washington Redskins standout tight end Jordan Reed went down with a concussion in the second half of the Skins' battle with the Philadelphia Eagles, per Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Daily News.
Redskins' Jordan Reed being evaluated for concussion. If I were their team doc, I'd take a look at o-coordinator while I was at it, but...— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) November 17, 2013
An official tweet from the Philadelphia Eagles Insider reports Reed is officially out.
#Redskins TE Jordan Reed is OUT with the concussion— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) November 17, 2013
Reed has had a great season thus far, so any time he might miss would definitely be felt on offense for the Redskins.
The Steelers wide receiving corps took a hit on Sunday, as Emmanuel Sanders went down with an apparent right foot injury. Sanders had only one reception in the game for two yards, but he is the Steelers' second-leading receiver this season.
UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 18, at 2:55 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reports that Sanders will be fine and that no major damage was done to his foot.
Sounds like #Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders, who left yesterday’s win with a foot injury, will be OK. Source indicates nothing major.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2013
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Per Burt Lauten of the Steelers' public relations team, Sanders was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
The Steelers need a weapon that complements Antonio Brown, and Sanders' underneath abilities will be missed if he's out for an extended period.
Look for Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Markus Wheaton to see more action if Sanders misses any time.
Detroit Lions running back Joique injured his ankle and his status was listed as questionable, per Lions insider, Tim Twentyman. Bell has been the thunder to Reggie Bush's lightning this year with 691 yards on the ground coming into the game.
Bell questionable to return with ankle injury. #DETvsPIT— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 17, 2013
He had 49 yards on the ground against the Steelers before going down with the injury. Bell is one of the top running back handcuffs in fantasy football, so this will certainly be a situation worth monitoring.
UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 18, at 3:15 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Detroit Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman reports that Bell's injury is short-term and shouldn't sideline him for long:
Nothing long term on the injuries to Joique Bell and Glover Quin— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 18, 2013
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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 17, at 6:40 p.m. ET
Kyle Meinke of MLive offers an update on Bell's injured ankle here.
Joique Bell said he's battling tendonitis in his lower right leg. Update on him, Quin, Ansah: http://t.co/IrePSrgIQO— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) November 17, 2013
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Kearse had touchdown receptions the last two games, but he may be out of action for a bit after suffering a concussion, per the Seahawks' official Twitter account:
Carroll confirmed that Jermaine Kearse had a concussion but there were no other notable injuries. #MINvsSEA— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 18, 2013
The 23-year-old was close to becoming one of those sleeper pickups in fantasy football and a nice playmaker for the Seahawks. We'll have to wait and see the severity of his head injury to find out if he'll miss an extended period.
One of the most important cogs to the San Francisco 49ers' dominant offensive line went down on Sunday. Mike Iupati was carted off with a knee injury and did not return to the game. Former NFL sideline physician Dr. David J. Chao tweeted this:
#49ers LG MIke Iupati has been announced out. By video review, appears to have L knee MCL sprain. Hopefully not too severe but done for day.— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) November 17, 2013
Iupati made his first Pro Bowl in 2012 and was having another strong season, though he was battling nagging knee issues. We'll have to wait and see how serious this injury is.
Update at 12:30 a.m. ET on Nov. 18
Iupati was seen after the game in a brace per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle:
#49ers LG Mike Iupati had large brace on left knee and his left leg was wrapped after game.— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 18, 2013
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Saints' cornerback Jabari Greer suffered a graphic and unfortunate leg injury in the team's 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. He was covering Jon Baldwin on a pass attempt when he leaped and came down wrong on his left leg.
It bent and twisted unnaturally and Greer went down in a heap. Per Larry Holder of The Times Picayune, head coach Sean Payton says the injury is serious:
Payton said Jabari Greer sustained a serious injury. Tough to see that happen to a player like Greer.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) November 18, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 18, at 3:25 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Saints head coach Sean Payton announced that Greer was with his family on Monday, one day after suffering a gruesome leg injury, per WWL-TV Sports on Twitter:
Payton said Greer's spirits are "as well as you could expect." Said he's hanging in there and is with his family.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) November 18, 2013
According to NBC Sports' Josh Alper, Payton described the injury as "significant" and will have more information on Tuesday.
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Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen was forced from the team's road loss to the Dolphins in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. He caught three passes for 45 yards before exiting the contest as the result of tripping after stepping on the foot of Dolphins cornerback Nolan Caroll, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.
Gehlken provided a post-game statement from Allen, in addition to a preliminary diagnosis: