This early injury report covers the key player injuries from the previous week's NFL action.
Reggie Bush, DET – Strained Calf
Lions’ RB Reggie Bush missed practice time last week while he recovered from a calf strain, but he was listed as active for Sunday’s game and team officials expected him to handle his usual load. Unfortunately he aggravated the calf injury during pre game warm-ups and he didn’t play a single snap against the Eagles. According to reports Bush was initially looking good as he got loose prior to the game. However his calf tightened up and began to hurt and the medical staff decided that he shouldn’t play as a precaution. The official inactive list was submitted minutes before Bush aggravated his injury which is why he was officially listed as “active” despite the team deciding not to play him. Bush will likely miss additional practice time this week but we will keep you posted on his recovery.
Eddie Lacy, GB – Sprained Ankle
Packers’ RB Eddie Lacy, who sprained his left ankle during Sunday’s game against the Falcons, was reportedly feeling a little better on Monday morning however his status for Week 15 won’t be known until later in the week. Lacy was forced from the game at the end of the second quarter after twisting his ankle, but he was back on the field in the third quarter after receiving treatment in the locker room at halftime and having his injured ankle heavily wrapped. He was able to finish the game but he was clearly not the same and he later admitted that he felt it when he ran and that he was having trouble pushing off. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Monday that it was “too early to tell” if Lacy would be ready to play in Week 15. He’ll likely miss practice time this week while he recovers, but hopefully we’ll know more about his status on Wednesday evening.
Lamar Miller, MIA – Concussion
Dolphins’ RB Lamar Miller was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Steelers because of a concussion, but the local media is reporting that it isn’t believed to be serious and that there is a good chance that he will play in Week 15. Miller was hit hard on a carry in the third quarter and he appeared to be shaken up as he left the field. He was later ruled out after failing a concussion test. He is scheduled to under baseline testing today and tomorrow, but according to reports the team expects him to be cleared in time for their next game. We’ll keep you posted.
Adrian Peterson, MIN – Mid-foot Sprain
It looks like Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson has avoided serious injury, however his status for this upcoming week and for the remainder of the season does appear to be in question. Peterson, who had to be helped off the field and carted to the locker room after hurting his right foot on a first quarter carry, underwent X-rays in the locker room during the game and an MRI on Monday morning and both were reportedly negative. But he has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain and head coach Leslie Frasier has indicated that since the Vikings aren’t fighting for a playoff spot that the team will likely be more conservative with how they treat Peterson’s injury. Peterson believes that he will play again this season, but with very little to play for the team’s medical staff could keep him out for the remainder of the year. At the very least there are reports that say he will likely miss the team’s Week 15 game against the Eagles so make sure you plan accordingly.
Jonathon Stewart, CAR – Torn MCL
Panthers’ RB Jonathon Stewart will likely miss the remainder of the regular season after an MRI on his injured knee confirmed that his medial collateral ligament is torn. Stewart was hurt on Sunday against the Saints when he was tackled low at the end of a third-quarter reception. He was diagnosed with an MCL sprain in the locker room and additional testing on Monday revealed that the ligament was torn. It doesn’t appear that he will need surgery to repair the damage and while he remains optimistic about his chances of returning before the end of the regular season it looks like the team will do what they can to make sure he is ready for their first playoff game.
Keenan Allen, SD – Minor Shoulder Sprain
Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen, who briefly left Sunday’s game against the Giants after hurting his shoulder, has been diagnosed with a minor shoulder sprain and team officials expect him to play against the Broncos on Thursday night. Allen fell on his shoulder following a first-half catch and he appeared to be in a lot of pain as he left the field. But he was cleared to return to the game just a few plays later and scored on a 4-yard reception, his second TD of the game. Allen was spotted with an ice bag secured to his shoulder in the locker room after the game and although he will probably be limited in practice over the next couple of days while he recovers, it appears that he will be healthy enough to play in Week 15.
Tavon Austin, STL – Sprained Ankle
Rams’ WR/KR Tavon Austin sprained his left ankle on Sunday against the Cardinals and while he didn’t finish the game the injury isn’t believed to be serious and team officials are optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 15. Austin was hurt when he was tackled from behind at the end of a 56-yard run. He immediately grabbed his lower leg and he seemed to be in a lot of pain. He eventually got up and left the field on his own and even tried returning to the field for a play. But he was having trouble making cuts and after speaking with the medical staff he was held out for the remainder of game. According to reports he has been diagnosed with minor ankle sprain and head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that he is officially being listed as “day-to-day.” Check back later in the week for an update.
Wes Welker, DEN – Concussion
Broncos’ WR Wes Welker will likely miss Thursday night’s game against the Chargers after suffering his second concussion of the season on Sunday afternoon. Welker took a shot to the head while trying to make a catch at the end of the first half against the Titans and according to reports he was diagnosed with a concussion at halftime and declared out for the remainder of the game. Welker suffered his first concussion of the season back in Week 11, and while both head injuries aren’t considered serious the fact that he has been concussed twice and over a relatively short period of time is a major concern for the team’s medical staff. He is scheduled to undergo neurological testing today and tomorrow and while he hasn’t officially been ruled out for Thursday’s game there is no chance that he will be cleared to play. In fact don’t be surprised if Welker is held out for multiple weeks as a precaution.
Rob Gronkowski, NE – Torn ACL and MCL / Concussion
Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski has officially been placed on injured reserve and he will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee during Sunday’s game against the Browns. Gronkowski was injured when he took a helmet to the side of his knee at the end of a third-quarter reception. He hit the ground hard and he appeared to be in a lot of pain and discomfort when he while being checked by the medical staff. He was eventually carted off the field and into the locker room where a preliminary examination revealed damage to his ACL. An MRI on Monday confirmed that not only was his ACL torn, but his MCL was torn as well and he is scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint has subsided. There are reports that suggest he also suffered a concussion on the play, but the concussion isn’t believed to be serious. If all goes well with his recovery Gronkowski could be ready to play in time for the start of the regular season, but don’t expect him to take part in any of the Patriots off-season programs and camps.