This early injury report covers the key player injuries from the previous week's NFL action.
Thad Lewis, BUF – Minor Foot Sprain
Bills’ QB Thad Lewis, who was seen limping during the second half and overtime of Sunday’s game against the Bengals, has been diagnosed with minor foot sprain and his status is considered day-to-day. It isn’t exactly clear how or when he was hurt but it didn’t appear to be serious as he was able to play through the injury and finish the game. X-rays in the locker room were negative, however he was fitted for a protective boot as a precaution. An MRI on Monday confirmed that the injury was a minor sprain. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters that he was optimistic about Lewis playing in Week 7. Matt Flynn was brought in by the Bills so the team must be concerned on some level so check back later in the week for an update.
Matt Schaub, HOU – Undisclosed Lower Leg Injury
Texans’ QB Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Rams with an undisclosed lower leg injury and his status for Week 7 is currently unknown. Schaub was hurt when his leg got caught underneath a defender’s body on a sack in the third quarter. He limped off the field (which was met by cheers by the Texans’ crowd) and after a quick evaluation on the sideline he was declared out for the remainder of the game. It isn’t clear what Schaub’s injury is, however head coach Gary Kubiak indicated that he could be dealing with more than one problem. His status for Week 7 is unknown and Kubiak said on Monday that the team wouldn’t know more about his status until later in the week. If Schaub can’t play against the Chiefs look for T.J. Yates to get the start in his place.
Mike Goodson, NYJ – Torn ACL and MCL
Jets’ RB Mike Goodson will miss the remainder of the season after he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during Sunday’s loss to the Steelers. Goodson was injured while trying to make a tackle on an interception return in the fourth quarter. He admitted to reporters that he was in a lot of pain after the game and an MRI on Monday confirmed that his season was over. Goodson will undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint goes down. If all goes well with his recovery he could be ready in time for training camp next year.
DeMarco Murray, DAL – Sprained MCL
Cowboys’ RB DeMarco Murray will probably miss Week 7 after suffering left knee sprain during Sunday night’s game against the Redskins. Murray, who left the game after hurting his knee on a second quarter carry, was diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament sprain in the locker room and he was unable to return. An MRI has already been done, however the results have not been made public. That being said team officials aren’t expecting him to play in Week 7 and there are reports that suggest he could be out 2 – 4 weeks.
Danny Amendola, NE – Concussion
Patriots’ WR Danny Amendola is questionable for Week 7 after leaving Sunday’s game against the Saints with a concussion. Amendola was hurt at the end of an end-around in the third quarter. He attempted to lower his head into a defender but he was knocked unconscious causing him to drop the ball when they collided. He was eventually escorted off the field and after being diagnosed with a concussion he was declared out for the remainder of the game. The severity of the injury is unknown however he is scheduled to undergo neurological testing today and tomorrow. We’ll know more about his status later in the week, but there is some concern that the concussion could be serious.
Justin Blackmon, JAC – Minor Groin Strain
Jaguars’ WR Justin Blackmon had a big game in a losing effort on Sunday against the Broncos, unfortunately he picked up an injury to his groin that will cost him some practice time this week. Blackmon reportedly suffered a minor groin strain in the second half and although he was able to play through the injury he complained of pain and discomfort afterwards and he was seen walking with a slight limp in the locker room afterwards. As expected he was feeling sore on Monday and team officials don’t expect him to practice on Wednesday. If all goes well with his recovery he could return to the field as early as Thursday.
Randall Cobb, GB – Fractured Fibula
Packers’ WR Randall Cobb will reportedly miss the next 6 – 8 weeks after suffering a fractured fibula in his right leg on Sunday against the Ravens. Cobb was injured when he was hit in the leg on a reception in the second quarter and he appeared to be in a lot of pain as he was helped off the field. He was quickly carted to the locker room where an examination ruled out the possibility of a knee injury. Unfortunately X-rays showed a fractured fibula and additional testing on Monday confirmed it. It isn’t clear if the injury will require surgery, but it looks like he will be out until after Week 12.
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI – Hamstring Soreness
Cardinals’ WR Larry Fitzgerald, who has been dealing with strains in both his left and right hamstrings, made it through Sunday’s game. However he was in a lot of discomfort in the locker room afterwards and he won’t be 100% when the Cards face the Seahawks on Thursday night. Fitzgerald reportedly complained of soreness and discomfort in his right hamstring after Sunday’s game and again on Monday and it would be a surprise if he is able to attend practice with teammates this week. He’ll likely play in Week 7, but he won’t be at full strength.
James Jones, GB – Sprained PCL
Packers’ WR James Jones, who left Sunday’s game with an injury to his left knee, will likely miss practice time this week while he recovers, but it appears there is a chance that he will be healthy enough to play in Week 7 against the Browns. Jones reportedly sprained his posterior cruciate ligament while blocking during a running play in the first quarter. The injury forced him to the sideline and he did not return to the game. The Packers have not confirmed the nature of the injury there are reports that suggest it’s a minor PCL sprain. We’ll keep you posted on his status.
Cecil Shorts, JAC – AC Joint Sprain
Jaguars’ WR Cecil Shorts will likely be out for Week 7 after an MRI on Monday revealed that he sprained the acromioclavicular joint in his shoulder during Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Shorts was injured in the first quarter and he was unable to finish the game. He was later seen leaving the stadium with his arm in the sling and an MRI on Monday confirmed that the AC joint had been sprained. The severity of the injury has not been made public, but team officials aren’t expecting him to play in Week 7.
Jimmy Graham, NO – Undisclosed Foot Injury
According to reports Saints’ officials are optimistic about TE Jimmy Graham’s chances of playing in their next game after Graham left Sunday’s game with an undisclosed left foot injury. Graham appeared to roll his ankle while running a route in the second half. He was examined and taped on the sideline but after a brief return he left the game for good. The exact nature of the injury has not been made public, but it does not appear to be serious and team officials believe that with their Week 7 bye he will have plenty of time to recover.