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The 7-7 Houston Texans will need to finish the season without starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Fitzpatrick suffered a broken leg on Sunday, and the injury will end his season. To make matters worse, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, rookie and backup quarterback Tom Savage will undergo an MRI to evaluate a possible knee injury.

Fitzpatrick should recover well with time, but the double hit of injuries suddenly leaves the Texans quite thin at the quarterback position.

Fitzpatrick's looked bad right off the bat.

NFL Week 15 Injury Notebook

By on December 13, 2014

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A different type of injury left the entire NFL community holding its breath during the early portions of Week 15.

Early Tuesday afternoon, a car accident hospitalized Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam NewtonBruce Henderson and Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer provided chilling details about the crash:

Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his spine. Transverse processes are bony extensions of vertebrae.

While transverse process fractures are quite painful, they do not typically result in long-term disability. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed just one game after suffering two of his own transverse process fractures earlier this year.

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Zach Mettenberger is no stranger to injury.

The Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback tore his ACL late last year, ending his college career, and reports of a back issue surfaced heading into the 2014 NFL draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (h/t College Football 24/7's Chase Goodbread). Now, he is recovering from an acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury.

Mettenberger played through a Grade-1 AC sprain on Sunday, but according to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, he suffered a more serious injury in the process. It comes as no surprise that Rapoport adds an "AC joint separation" will end his season, as the next levels of severity up from Grade-1 involve complete ligament tearing.

At minimum.

The AC joint marks the location where the clavicle—the collarbone—meets the acromion, a bony extension of the shoulder blade. The AC ligament connects the end of the clavicle to the acromion, stabilizing the two bones during the many complex movements of the shoulder. The coracoclavicular (CC) ligaments attach the clavicle to the coracoid process, a second extension of the shoulder blade.

NFL Week 14 Injury Notebook

By on December 6, 2014

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Week 14 kicked off Thursday night, and it saw the NFL's third internal organ injury in less than a week.

In other words, it's not always bones, joints and tendons.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall suffered two broken ribs and a collapsed lung—known as a "pneumothorax"—after he took a defender's knee to his back's midsection. The injury ended his season.

The Bears medical staff did an excellent job of recognizing the injury and promptly arranging treatment, as some types of pneumothoraces can turn into medical emergencies in a matter of minutes. Indeed, those watching Thursday Night Football saw Marshall leave in an ambulance while connected to heart monitoring.

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 Like clockwork, six weeks to the day after Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure that reportedly carried a recovery time of four to six weeks, toes started to tap.

That was over a month ago.

Now, according to The Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the rookie "is getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews," who "will examine Clowney's knee in Birmingham, Ala., and report back to the Texans." Andrews will likely offer his opinion on the necessity, or lack thereof, of the linebacker pursuing further surgical intervention.

Dr. Andrews' consult represents the latest frustration surrounding the 2014 NFL draft's No. 1 pick, frustration that reportedly started to mount within the Texans organization in early November.

Unfortunately, the nature of Clowney's injury set him up for that frustration from the get-go. Even with the best doctors practicing the best medicine—Dr. Walt Lowe and his surgical team undoubtedly fall into and even help lead said group—some injuries pose unique challenges.

NFL Week 13 Injury Notebook

By on November 29, 2014

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Whether your Thanksgiving saw you warm up your rotator cuff in order to play quarterback for the family football game or doze off to sleep after a large meal—though please keep in mind tryptophan-induced slumber is nothing more than a myth—Week 13 got underway on Thursday with three relatively injury-free games across the NFL.

In fact, many teams also escaped Week 12 largely unscathed.

Let's hope that trend continues.

Who's still hurting? Who will return this Sunday? Let's take a look in this week's injury notebook.


Please note that the original form of this slideshow is current through Friday evening and will receive periodic updates throughout the weekend.

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A last-second Billy Cundiff field goal snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but safety Tashaun Gipson's knee injury marred his team's otherwise strong road trip.

According to Cleveland.com's Tom Reed, Gipson collided with fellow defensive back Joe Haden during the fourth quarter. Reed adds that Gipson required crutches to move around after the game:


Update: 8:50 pm ET, Monday, November 24:

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Gipson suffered a Grade-3 MCL sprain, or a complete tear of the ligament.

NFL Week 12 Injury Notebook

By on November 22, 2014

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The Denver Broncos' trip to St. Louis went from bad to worse on Sunday when tight end Julius Thomas went down with an ankle injury, a sprain that could seriously change the face of Peyton Manning's dynamic offense.

According to The Denver Post's Mike Klis, ankle X-rays came back negative, implying Thomas did not suffer a fracture. A source of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called it a sprain, and information relayed by ESPN's Adam Schefter provided reassurance against a high-ankle injury.

What's next for the Broncos' star tight end? Let's play best-case/worst-case to find out.


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NFL Week 11 Injury Notebook

By on November 15, 2014

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Sometimes, appearances can be deceiving when it comes to NFL injuries, and the days leading up to Week 11's matchups proved to be no exception.

Shortly after his team lost to the San Francisco 49ers in overtime last week, a picture of New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis' left knee surfaced via NFL on CBS' Twitter account.

Simply put, that looks horrendous.

But is it?

More than likely, the swelling in Lewis' knee represents nothing more than a bursitis, or inflammation of a space within the knee leading to a buildup of fluid. If doctors can drain the fluid and control swelling with anti-inflammatories, the defensive back could miss as little as no time despite his knee's appearance. His status will likely depend on his pain control and range of motion.