Top Ten Worst NFL Injuries (Week 17 Edition)
Which NFL Players Suffered the Worst Injuries in Week 17?
2014 NFL Season
Today we’re going to work our way through our final regular season injury report of the season. Obviously, some of these players aren’t headed to the postseason and others are, so you’ll probably want to focus on the guys who still have at least one more game ahead of them before their off-seasons begin.
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1. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers left Sunday’s huge win against the Detroit Lions with a calf injury. Rodgers later returned, only to be stepped on by the league’s scariest player, Ndamakong Suh. Suh is likely out against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend because of the incident, but Rodgers, mercifully for Pack fans, has a bye.
2. Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne stayed down on the field for a long time after making an amazing catch on Sunday against the woefully bad Tennessee Titans. Reports are that Wayne aggravated an existing groin injury, but is planning to be ready to go this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals.
3. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ playmaking RB Le’Veon Bell left Sunday’s win over the Bengals with a knee injury. From the sounds of things, the Steelers dodged a bullet with Bell, who hyperextended his knee, but didn’t tear anything. No definite word yet on whether or not he’ll play this weekend.
4. Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green left Sunday’s game with a concussion and has entered the league’s mandated concussion protocol. The odds are, unfortunately for Colts fans, good that Green will be active on Sunday, unlike during the teams’ Week 7 match-up.
5. The Colts also lost G Hugh Thornton on Sunday to a shoulder injury. Thornton was taken to the locker room on a cart, but is currently said to be day-to-day. While Thornton isn’t a major impact player, the Horsehoe needs every man on-board come playoff time.
6. The New England Patriots lost LT Nate Solder on Sunday in their (meaningless) loss to the Buffalo Bills. Solder is a starter and there’s been no word yet on the severity of his knee injury or his status for the postseason.
7. The Baltimore Ravens’ DT Timmy Jernigan left Sunday’s win with an injury to his left ankle. The Ravens must travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday night and, while Jernigan hasn’t been ruled inactive, the coaching staff believes it will be a “tough” game for him.
8. Houston Texans RB Arian Foster left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury in the first quarter and wasn’t able to return. Fortunately, Foster has an entire off-season to recover, but look for him to struggle with injury issues again next year. He simply isn’t the league’s most durable back.
9. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost WR Vincent Jackson (and the game) when they played the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The playoffs aren’t in the cards for the Bucs this year, but it’ll be interesting to see how V-Jax looks next season, with a new QB and Mike Evans’ star on the rise.
10. The Cleveland Browns (the only AFC North team not headed to the postseason…ouch) lost CB K’Waun Williams to a head injury during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. On the bright side, Williams has a full season to pass the concussion protocol.