A Look at the Worst Injuries From Week 12 in the NFL
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As per usual heading into the final stretch of the regular NFL season, injuries suddenly have a lot more meaning. In addition to gearing-up for the “real” playoffs, fantasy team owners have to contend with their best players being benched for one reason or another. Next up: the top ten worst injuries of Week 12 around the league.
1. Just one week after returning to the field, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo left Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers with (spoiler alert) a broken left clavicle. Romo had already missed the first ten weeks of the year with the same injury. At this point, he won’t return until 2015, leaving his Super Bowl dreams in the dust. Again. Time to start looking for Romo’s replacement, Jerry.
2. Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham tore his patellar tendon in Sunday’s huge win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Graham, who is one of the league’s best at his position, was placed on injured reserve and is likely to miss a chunk of games in 2016 as well. Luke Willson will take over Graham’s duties to the best of his abilities…next man up.
3. In other tight end news, New England Patriots star TE Rob Gronkowski went down with what appeared to be a gruesome knee injury in Sunday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos. Gronk’s issue has since been ruled a knee bruise, not a tear, which is good news for Pats fans and bad news for the rest of us. Not undermining the pain the man was in, but with a performance like that, he ought to be on a basketball court…
4. Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who has been sharing carries with Frank Gore this season, has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a wrist injury. Boom Herron will step-up to fill Bradshaw’s spot and the team has also re-signed Zurlon Tipton already this week.
5. San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek suffered an ankle injury during Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The team has not yet provided an update on his condition, but things didn’t look great when his teammates surrounded him before he was carted off the field.
6. Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson exited Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers with a fractured tibia. That’ll put Johnson on the sideline for the foreseeable future, perhaps even into next season. Carson Palmer’s offense will have their work cut out for them heading into the postseason without CJ2K.
7. Things went from bad to worse for the Cards when RB Andre Ellington, who took over for Johnson, was also sidelined on Sunday. Ellington is reportedly suffering from turf toe and is week-to-week. Better than another broken leg, to be sure, but still far from an ideal situation for Bruce Arians to work with.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers. Hurns was taken to the hospital for further evaluation, released, and will now go through the league’s concussion protocol. It is not yet known if he’ll return for Week 13’s contest against the Tennessee Titans.
9. As part of a rash of Cincinnati Bengals injuries during Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, LB Vontaze Burfict exited with a foot injury. Burfict has already missed several contests this season and fans should definitely be hoping he returns sooner rather than later, especially with the postseason looming. Everyone knows this team’s record once Week 17 draws to a close. Hint: It isn’t good.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was sidelined with self-reported concussion like symptoms on Sunday. Roethlisberger has already cleared the league’s concussion protocol and is expected to be active for Sunday night’s Week 13 game against the Indianapolis Colts.