Top Ten Worst NFL Injuries (Week 5 Edition)
A List of NFL Players Who Were Injured During Week 5 Games
2014 NFL Season
Week 5 of the 2014 NFL season is now behind us, but it left, of course, some injuries in its wake. As per usual, we’ll spend this Tuesday breaking down the ten injuries that could have the biggest impacts on teams around the league.
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1. Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson suffered an apparent ankle injury during Sunday’s unexpected loss to the Buffalo Bills. As of right now, Johnson is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Bad news for fantasy owners and Lions fans all over the country.
2. Jimmy Graham, the New Orleans Saints’ oft-discussed TE, left Sunday’s match-up with a shoulder issue. While Graham was initially expected to return to the game, he never did. Graham had just two receptions on the day. Saints fans should probably start praying now that this isn’t serious.
3. Montee Ball, RB for the Denver Broncos, left Sunday’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals with a groin problem. Ball is, allegedly, expected to miss at least a few weeks. Fortunately, Peyton Manning and Co. should be able to keep things in-hand during his absence.
4. Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell took a hard (controversial) hit that left him with a knee injury on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The Cards lost and Bruce Arians called the hit on Campbell, “The dirtiest play I’ve seen in 37 years.” If this turns out to be a major injury, the Cardinals could be in trouble, as they’ve already lost DE Darnell Dockett for the entire season.
5. For the Cardinals, when it rained, it poured on Sunday. Their back-up QB, Drew Stanton (in while Carson Palmer deals with a nerve injury), went down with a possible concussion. Before this week’s game, Arizona was undefeated, but with all these injuries, their promising start could take a nosedive.
6. The St. Louis Rams (minus QB Sam Bradford for the second consecutive season) have gotten off to a rough start. Losing RB Zac Stacy on Sunday didn’t help matters. The Rams already have little hope of going anywhere in the NFC West, arguably the league’s toughest division, but if Stacy misses a significant amount of time they could become one of the worst teams period this year.
7. As we discussed last week, the San Diego Chargers’ RB corps are dropping like flies. Donald Brown is the latest casualty. Brown left Sunday’s game with a possible concussion and did not return. Fortunately, RB Branden Oliver had an amazing day, but still, the Bolts could use Mathews or Brown back on the gridiron quickly.
8. DJ Fluker, the San Diego Chargers’ RT, also left Sunday’s big win over the Jets with an ankle injury. Fluker (Roll Tide…sorry, y’all, I’m a Bama grad) was evidently using crutches after the game, which may not be a great sign. Hopefully the club’s coaching staff will release more information this week.
9. Jake Locker, the struggling starting QB for the Tennessee Titans, left Sunday’s game with a hand injury, allowing back-up Charlie Whitehurst to step-in and have a pretty darn good game. The Titans were up 28-3 at one point before the Cleveland Browns launched a miraculous comeback and won 29-28. It was a heck of finish for those of you who didn’t get to watch.
10. Devin McCourty, S for the New England Patriots, left Sunday night’s major victory against the Cincinnati Bengals with a rib injury. Even though the Pats seem to have returned to form, the Bengals did score a TD soon after McCourty exited the contest. Hopefully he’ll return soon for the team’s sake.