This injury update covers the key player injuries from the previous week’s NFL action.
Colt McCoy, WAS – Undisclosed Neck Injury
Redskins’ QB Colt McCoy did not finish Sunday’s game against the Rams because of an undisclosed neck injury and his status for Week 15 is currently unknown. McCoy was hurt in the fourth quarter and according to reports he complained of pain and stiffness in his neck on the sideline that has now lingered for more than a day. Head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday that the team was still waiting on test results and that a decision on the team’s starting QB wouldn’t be made until McCoy’s injury was properly diagnosed. Hopefully we’ll know more about his neck and subsequent status soon.
Zack Mettenberger, TEN – AC Joint Sprain
Titans’ QB Zack Mettenberger, who suffered a minor acromioclavicular joint sprain in his right (throwing) shoulder during Week 13, aggravated the injury on Sunday against the Giants and he will miss the final 3 games of the regular season as a result. Mettenberger was hurt in the fourth quarter when he landed on his shoulder while being sacked. He was immediately taken to the locker room and after an evaluation he was ruled out for the rest of the game. He was reportedly seen with a large ice bag wrapped around his shoulder afterwards and after undergoing an MRI on Monday and the team confirmed that he was done for the remainder of the season. Jake Locker will now finish the year as the Titans’ starting QB.
Andre Ellington, ARI – Sports Hernia Surgery / Torn Foot Tendon
Cardinals’ RB Andre Ellington will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery on Monday. Head coach Bruce Arians admitted to reporters that the injury that the team reported as a hip pointer last week was really an aggravation of a previous hernia problem and after seeing a handful of specialists it was determined that Ellington would require surgery. He was also dealing with a torn tendon in his foot, but it appears that he won’t need surgery for that to heal. Ellington has been placed on Injured Reserve.
Roy Helu, WAS – Acute Turf Toe
Redskins’ RB Roy Helu is expected to miss at least one week and possibly more after an MRI on his injured left foot revealed that he is dealing with a sprained joint in his big toe (acute turf toe). Helu, who missed a large portion of the 2012 season after hurting the same toe, was injured when he jammed his foot in the fourth quarter. He was unable to finish the game and according to reports he was having difficulty moving around in the locker room after the game. Head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday that the team expects Helu to miss at least a week and considering his injury history Helu could end up on Injured Reserve.
Percy Harvin, NYJ – Sprained Ankle
According to reports Jets’ WR Percy Harvin has avoided a high ankle sprain, however the injury is bad enough that team officials aren’t optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 15. Harvin rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Vikings and while X-rays in the locker room were negative he was having a hard time putting weight on his leg and he was unable to return. An MRI on his injured ankle confirmed that his sprain was of the regular variety, but head coach Rex Ryan indicated on Monday that it will affect his ability to practice this week and his status for the team’s game against the Titans “didn’t look good.” We will keep you posted on his recovery.
Andre Johnson, HOU – Concussion
Texans’ WR Andre Johnson was unable to finish Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion and according to reports his status for Week 15 is currently unclear. Johnson took a big shot to the head while trying to make a catch near the goal line in the second quarter and according to reports he briefly lost consciousness on the field. He stayed down for several minutes before being escorted off the field and into the locker room. The severity of the concussion is currently unknown but he will be monitored closely this week and he is scheduled to undergo a neurological evaluation every day until he is cleared.
Julio Jones, ATL – Undisclosed Hip Injury
Falcons’ WR Julio Jones, who was having a monster game against the Packers on Monday Night Football, injured his hip in the fourth quarter and according to reports he spent a lot of time in the training room afterwards getting treatment. Jones tried to jog off the injury on the sideline but he was having a difficult time moving around and he was unable to finish the game as a result. The exact nature and severity of the problem is currently unknown but he is scheduled to undergo an MRI today. So we should know more about his Week 15 status once the results are released.
Brandon Marshall, CHI – Broken Ribs and Collapsed Lung
Bears’ WR Brandon Marshall has been placed on Injured Reserve and he will miss the remainder of the season after spending a couple of nights in the hospital with two broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Marshall suffered the injuries during last Thursday night’s game against the Cowboys. He took a knee to his side at the end of a second-quarter reception and after being taken to the locker room he reportedly began to experience breathing problems and he was immediately transported to the hospital. The good news is that he is doing well and the team expects him to make a full recovery. But he won’t play football again this season.
Torrey Smith, BAL – Sprained Knee
Ravens’ WR Torrey Smith, who missed practice time last week because of a knee injury that occurred in Week 13, complained of swelling and discomfort within the joint during pregame warm-ups on Sunday and while he remained active he was primarily used as a decoy and he was held without a catch. Smith was spotted limping on the field and talking with the team’s medical staff prior to the game against the Dolphins so it was surprising when he wasn’t deactivated. He only played a handful of snaps and he wasn’t targeted so it is clear his knee was an issue. An MRI on Monday confirmed that he is dealing with a sprained knee. According to reports he doesn’t have any ligament tears, but the injury will prevent him from practicing this week and it could keep him out of Week 15. Check back on Wednesday for an update.
Reggie Wayne, IND – Torn Triceps
Colts’ head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Monday that veteran WR Reggie Wayne is dealing with several injuries that continue to limit his effectiveness on the field and there are reports that suggest the team is considering shutting him down for the remainder of the regular season. Wayne is apparently dealing with a torn triceps as well as undisclosed elbow and knee problems. The Colts would like to have him healthy for the post-season so don’t be surprised if they decide to limit his practice and playing time for the remainder of the regular season.