This injury update covers the key player injuries from the previous week’s NFL action.
Teddy Bridgewater, MIN – Sprained Ankle
Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a minor ankle sprain on Sunday and although he has just a few days to recover before the team’s next game head coach Mike Zimmer is optimistic that he will play in Week 5. Bridgewater rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter against the Falcons and he was carted to the locker room where he was examined and treated. According to reports precautionary X-rays were negative and although he was feeling sore after the game he was feeling much better on Monday. Because the Vikings play on Thursday night there are no guarantees that he will recover in time to play, but at this point it looks promising.
Derek Carr, OAK – Sprained MCL and high ankle sprain
Raiders’ QB Derek Carr will miss at least two weeks and potentially a lot longer after an MRI on his leg revealed injuries to his knee and ankle. According to reports Carr sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and also suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. The injuries occurred when his left leg got caught underneath his body as he was being brought down at the end of a scramble. He stayed in for a couple of plays but he was limping around and he was eventually pulled from the game for good. The Raiders have their bye this upcoming week but even with the extra rest he still won’t be healthy enough to play in the team’s Week 6 game. Which means either Matt Schaub or Matt McGloin will get the start against the Chargers.
Joique Bell, DET – Concussion
Lions’ RB Joique Bell was diagnosed with a concussion after leaving Sunday’s game against the Jets and his status for Week 5 is currently unknown. Bell took a shot to the head in the third quarter and after a brief evaluation he was ruled out of the remainder of the day. Bell has already undergone a series of neurological tests and he is scheduled for more today and tomorrow. He will be reevaluated on a daily basis and we probably won’t know anything about his availability for Week 5 until later in the week. In the meantime he will be held out of practice until he is cleared.
Ahmad Bradshaw, IND – Sprained Ankle
According to reports Colts’ RB Ahmad Bradshaw briefly left Sunday’s game after spraining his left ankle. He was able to return and finish the game but his ankle was apparently sore and swollen afterwards and he was fitted for a protective walking boot as a precaution. Bradshaw will likely be limited in practice this week. The injury does not appear to be serious so unless something else is revealed look for him to play in Week 5.
Arian Foster, HOU – Strained Hamstring
Texans’ RB Arian Foster continues to be slowed by a lingering hamstring injury and he will once again be limited in practice this week as a result. Foster, who has been dealing with soreness and weakness in his leg for 2 months, missed last week’s game against the Giants and he was a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Bills. But despite moving with an apparent limp and looking slow during pregame warmups he was still activated. Unfortunately Foster was limited to just 6 yards on 8 carries (he did have 7 catches) and he later admitted to reporters that he wasn’t 100 percent. Head coach Bill O’Brien called Foster “day-to-day” during his Monday press conference and team officials expect him to miss practice time this week while he rests and gets treatment. Even if all goes well with his recovery he’ll likely be another game-time decision against the Cowboys. The only way Foster gets healthy is if he is held out for an extended period of time. Until then, expect his leg to be an issue every week.
DeAngelo Williams, CAR – High Ankle Sprain
Panthers’ RB DeAngelo Williams, who left Sunday’s game in against the Ravens in the second quarter with an ankle injury, has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and according to reports he’s expected to miss at least 2 weeks while he recovers. Williams was seen with a protective boot on his foot after the game and an MRI on Monday confirmed that he suffered a high ankle sprain. The Panthers are calling him “doubtful” for Week 5, however Williams told fans at a charity event on Monday that he will be missing a few weeks. James Stewart is still out which means Fozzy Whittaker (who will be returning from a quad injury), Darrin Reaves, and Chris Ogbonnaya are the only healthy backs on the team’s roster.
Cecil Shorts, JAC – Strained Hamstring
Jaguars’ WR Cecil Shorts, who missed weeks 1 and 2 with a strained left hamstring, aggravated the injury on Sunday against the Chargers and according to reports he has already been ruled out for Week 5. Shorts underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury and although the results have not been made public the fact that he has already been ruled out for the team’s next game tells us that he could be sidelined for an extended period of time.
Mike Evans, TB – Strained Groin
Bucs’ WR Mike Evans is expected to miss the next 2 to 4 weeks after he strained his groin muscle during Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Evans was hurt while he ran a route down the right sideline in the third quarter. He pulled up without contact, went down and he appeared to be in a lot of pain. Evans later called the injury a “little tweak,” but an MRI on Monday revealed that the injury is a grade 2 strain that will keep him out for at least 2 weeks. The Bucs’ have their bye in Week 7, so there is a good chance that he could be out until Week 8.
Andre Johnson, HOU – Sprained Ankle
Texans’ WR Andre Johnson briefly left Sunday’s game against the Bills with a sprained ankle but he was able to return and according to team officials he should be OK heading into Week 5. Johnson told reporters that he felt a pop while running a route in the fourth quarter and even though he was able to jog off on his own he admitted to feeling scared about the injury. But he checked out fine in the locker room and he was cleared to resume playing. As expected he was sore on Monday and he will probably be limited in practice this week while he recovers. We’ll keep you posted on his status.
Vernon Davis, SF – Back Contusion and Back Spasms
49ers’ TE Vernon Davis, who left Sunday’s game against the Eagles after being hit hard in the back, told reporters that despite dealing with back spasms that he was feeling a bit better and that he was optimistic about playing in Week 5. Davis’ back bent awkwardly when he was tackled at the end of a third quarter reception and he was in so much pain that he had to be helped to the locker room. X-rays were negative, but he was unable to return to the game. Davis was upbeat on Monday and said that if he continues to improve he should be able to play against the Chiefs. GM Trent Baalke apparently said that the nature of Davis’ injury is still unknown which indicates that he is still undergoing testing. This is something to keep an eye on. Hopefully things aren’t worse than what is currently being reported.