This injury update covers the key player injuries from the previous week’s NFL action.
Carson Palmer, ARI – Torn ACL
Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured left knee confirmed that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. Palmer’s knee appeared to buckle on a non-contact play in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Rams. He stepped forward during a pass play to avoid being sacked but as he planted his left leg his knee gave out and he crumpled to the turf. He was able to walk off on his own, but according to reports his knee buckled again while he was on the sideline and he was carted to the locker room where he was examined. An initial assessment revealed potential damage to his left ACL and an MRI on Monday showed that the ligament was torn. Fortunately he didn’t suffer any additional damage. Palmer has already been placed on Injured Reserve and he is scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery within the next week. If all goes well with his recovery Palmer, who tore the ACL and MCL in the same knee nine years ago, could be back in time for mini-camps next June.
Reggie Bush, DET – Sprained Ankle
According to team officials Lions’ RB Reggie Bush used their Week 9 bye to get healthy. His problematic right ankle appeared to be OK and he practiced without limitation leading up to Week 10. Unfortunately he reinjured his ankle early in Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and his status for Week 11 is now in question. Head coach Jim Caldwell confirmed on Monday that Bush was limited on Sunday after reinjuring his ankle, but he didn’t have an update on his status. Expect him to miss practice time this week while he recovers and check back on Wednesday for an update.
Peyton Hillis, NYG – Concussion
Giants’ RB Peyton Hillis was knocked out of Sunday’s game against Seahawks with a concussion and his status for Week 11 is currently unknown. Hillis, who was hurt in the first quarter, came out of the game complaining of a headache and dizziness and according to reports he failed a concussion test in the locker room. The severity of the injury has not been made public but he will be reevaluated on a daily basis this week and his availability for Week 11 won’t be determined until later in the week.
Ronnie Hillman, DEN – Mid-foot Sprain
Broncos’ RB Ronnie Hillman, who was limited in practice last week because of a mild sprain in his right ankle, has been diagnosed with a right mid-foot sprain and according to reports he could miss at least 2 weeks while he recovers. Hillman injured his foot early in Sunday’s game against the Raiders and he had just 6 carries before being pulled from the game in the fourth quarter. Broncos’ head coach John Fox is calling Hillman “day-today,” however local newspapers are reporting that he will miss at least 2 weeks. Hopefully we’ll know something more concrete about his status later in the week.
Dexter McCluster, TEN – Knee Contusion
Chiefs’ RB Dexter McCluster is being called “day-to-day” after leaving Sunday’s game against the Ravens with a bruised knee. McCluster banged is knee in the first half. He tried to play through the injury but he was unable to finish the game. According to reports testing on Monday showed that his knee was structurally OK, but it remains a bit swollen and he will likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers. His status for Week 11 at this point remains uncertain.
Lamar Miller, MIA – Sprained AC Joint
Dolphins’ RB Lamar Miller was active on Sunday against the Lions but his injured shoulder limited his playing time and after aggravating the injury team officials are worried about his status for Week 11. Miller sprained the AC joint in his shoulder in Week 9, but he made it through the practice week OK and was cleared to play on Sunday. Local newspapers reported that he didn’t suffer any setbacks, but video footage clearly showed that he reinjured his shoulder on a carry early in the game. The Dolphins have their Week 11 game on Thursday against the Bills and the medical staff isn’t sure if he will be healthy enough to play. Running back LaMichael James has already been signed off the practice squad and the team is preparing to face the Bills with Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams as their top 2 backs. We will keep you posted on Miller’s recovery, but it doesn’t look like he will be able to play.
Brandon Marshall, CHI – Sprained Ankle
Bears’ WR Brandon Marshall, who has already played through a sprained right ankle this season, suffered a sprain to his left ankle on Sunday night against the Packers and he was unable to finish the game as a result. Marshall rolled his ankle when he was tackled in the fourth quarter and after limping to the sideline he was declared out for the remainder of the game. According to reports the injury is not believed to be serious and Marshall told reporters he felt good about his chances of playing in Week 11. He probably won’t practice much this week while he recovers and even if he is active he won’t be 100% so keep that in mind when you are setting your lineup.
Delanie Walker, TEN – Concussion
Titans’ TE Delanie Walker lost consciousness for a brief moment after being hit hard by a Ravens’ defender during the second quarter of Sunday’s game and he has been diagnosed with a concussion. Walker lay motionless on the turf for several minutes after the hit, but he was eventually helped up and escorted off the field. According to reports team officials are concerned that the concussion could keep him out for at least a week. He has already undergone a neurological exam and he is scheduled to be reevaluated today and tomorrow. We will keep you posted on his recovery.