A few key players suffered what could be major injuries during the NFL’s Week 7 games and did not return to the field. Most of the players' statuses are yet to be determined, but some of the notable names on the injury report include Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, Raiders running back Darren McFadden, Texans safety Danieal Manning and Redskins running back Tim Hightower. It can also be noted that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan along with Chargers running back Ryan Mathews both had scares but later returned to their games.
Check out details on the injuries here.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden left the game on Sunday during the first half of Oakland’s loss to Kansas City with a sprained foot and did not return. As the league's leading rusher and the Raiders' top offensive weapon, this will be a big blow if he is to miss a few weeks.
No word yet has come out on a timetable or severity but, luckily, the Raiders' bye week is next week, so this should help the situation.
Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford brought back nightmares to Lions fans on Sunday when he was injured once again during the final drive of their game on Sunday against the Falcons. If Stafford’s injury is serious, this will definitely be the most critical injury suffered during Week 7 games.
Stafford appeared to injure his knee and ankle and the team says he will be evaluated. Stay tuned for his status.
The Houston Texans secondary took a huge hit in their blowout win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday when safety Danieal Manning left the game with a broken leg. Manning is expected to miss anywhere from four weeks to the rest of the season, depending on the severity of the injury. This is a crushing blow to the Texans' defense, whose weakest link is already their secondary.
The Washington Redskins took a few major hits in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Wide receiver Santana Moss, running back Tim Hightower and linebacker London Fletcher were all injured and did not return.
Santana Moss, whose productivity has increased as of late for the Redskins, broke his left hand and is unsure when he will return.
Redskins running back Tim Hightower went down in the third quarter of Sunday’s game with a knee injury and was helped off the field after he could not get off on his own. Hightower was having a solid day, rushing for 88 yards before leaving the game.
Reports say X-rays on the knee were negative, but an MRI will be scheduled as medical staff believe the running back likely suffered a torn ACL. There is no timetable on his return until further evaluation.
With Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting running back LeGarrette Blount out with a knee injury, back up running back Earnest Graham has been filling in as the starter. During the Bucs' Week 7 matchup with the Bears, Graham suffered a right ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return, resulting in third stringer Kregg Lumpkin carrying the load. Graham's injury is now being reported as a torn Achilles, which would end his season.
Replacing him, Lumpkin had just 15 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards, but with no one to back him, the Bucs could be in a world of hurt.
Bucs center Jeremy Zuttah also left the game after suffering a knee injury and did not return. With Zuttah playing in place of injured starter Jeff Faine, the Bucs were forced to go with third string center Ted Larsen, who is naturally a left guard.
The Arizona Cardinals' running back, Beanie Wells, went into the locker room during the second half of Sunday's game after suffering a right knee sprain and did not play again. The knee is one that Wells has had problems with before, and he will have it evaluated to determine the severity.
Wells accounts for a huge amount of the Cardinals offense, and losing him would only worsen matters in Arizona. His replacement, Alfonso Smith, rushed for just 17 yards in his absence.
Atlanta Falcons’ Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli suffered a knee injury during the fourth quarter of the team's Week 7 win against the Lions, and did not return. Mughelli is a key part of the Falcons' rushing game, playing lead blocker for running back Michael Turner.
Atlanta is one of the few teams that is not shy about using their fullback either, as Mughelli has two touchdowns on two carries on the season.
Marshawn Lynch was scratched from the Seahawks lineup before the game began today after an injury to his back in warm-ups. Without Lynch, the Seahawks totaled 65 yards rushing.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin left the game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers with a rib injury, and proceeded to watch the second half from the sidelines. The injury, which originally happened in preseason, has been nagging the wide receiver for the past couple of weeks.
Vikings right guard Anthony Herrera will also be looked at after injuring his right knee that he had surgery on a year ago.
St. Louis Rams right tackle Jason Smith was carted off the field on a stretcher after suffering a frightening head injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s game. After being taken in for evaluation and an MRI and CT scan, the severity of Smith’s injury was downgraded.
He reportedly has a strained neck and possible concussion.
Denver Broncos coach John Fox confirmed that running back Willis McGahee broke his hand in his team's win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but his timetable for return is yet to be determined.
The Cleveland Browns had a couple of head injuries on Sunday, with both wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and tight end Benjamin Watson suffering concussions in the team's win over the Seahawks. Offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao also missed the end of the game after suffering a knee injury.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward sprained his ankle in the third quarter of the team's win over the Arizona Cardinals, and did not return. The status of his injury is unknown.