This injury update covers the key player injuries from the previous week’s NFL action.
Nick Foles, PHI – Fractured Clavicle
Eagles’ QB Nick Foles will miss the next 6 – 8 weeks after fracturing his left clavicle during Sunday’s game against the Texans. Foles was injured when he was driven into the turf on a second quarter sack. He was escorted to the locker room where X-rays revealed a crack in his left clavicle (collarbone). According to reports additional testing on Monday showed that it was a non-displaced fracture which means that surgery to repair the damage isn’t necessary. Unfortunately it still looks like he will miss the remainder of the regular season as the team expects him to be out for a minimum of 6 weeks. Mark Sanchez, who played fairly well in Foles’ place on Sunday, will now take over as the team’s starting QB.
Arian Foster, HOU – Strained Groin
Texans’ RB Arian Foster, who left Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a groin strain, underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public there are reports that suggest Foster’s injury might not be serious. Foster fell to the ground untouched during a third-quarter run and when he limped to the sideline after the play he threw his helmet in anger. He was eventually taken to the locker room for an evaluation and treatment and he did not return to the game. The team is calling Foster day-to-day and since they have a bye this week Foster will have extra time to rest and recover. We’ll keep you posted on his Week 11 status.
Ronnie Hillman, DEN – Sprained Ankle
Broncos’ RB Ronnie Hillman briefly left Sunday’s game against the Patriots after rolling his left ankle. But after having his ankle retaped on the sideline he was able to return and finish the game. The injury occurred early in the game and when he limped off the field there was concern about his status for the remainder of the game. But as it turned out the injury wasn’t serious and he was able play a lot in the second and third quarters. Hillman didn’t play much in the fourth but according to reports his limited role had more to do with the score of the game than his ankle. We should know more about his status for Week 10 on Wednesday.
Lamar Miller, MIA – Sprained AC Joint
According to reports Dolphins RB Lamar Miller suffered a grade 1 acromioclavicular joint sprain during Sunday’s win against the Chargers, and since the injury is considered “mild” team officials are optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 10. Miller banged his left shoulder on the ground at the end of a one-yard run in the third quarter and he had to be helped off the field. He was struggling to raise his left arm above his head while being examined on the sideline. X-rays in the locker room were negative, but he was in a lot of discomfort and he was held out for the remainder of the game. Fortunately an MRI on Monday revealed that his AC joint sprain is minor and it looks like there is a chance that he will be able to play this upcoming week against the Lions.
Wes Welker, DEN – Lower Back Contusion
Broncos’ WR Wes Welker was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Patriots with what team officials are calling a lower back contusion and he’s currently being listed as “day to day.” Welker was injured when he was hit in the back while trying to make a catch in the third quarter. He bobbled the ball on the play and it lead to costly interception. He was initially announced as “probable to return,” but he was later ruled “out” when the Patriots took a three-score lead in the fourth quarter. As expected Welker was stiff and sore in the locker room afterwards and team officials expect him to be limited in practice this week. By all accounts the injury isn’t serious and it looks like he could be back in time for the team’s next game.