A Look at the Worst Injuries From Week 9 in the NFL
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 10, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
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Week 9 is officially over with, with the Chicago Bears notching their third win of the season over the San Diego Chargers last night. There were some pretty major injuries just past the halfway point of the 2015 NFL year, so as usual on Tuesday mornings, you’ll see the top ten worst injuries of the week below.
1. The Pittsburgh Steelers had no more than gotten QB Ben Roethlisberger back than he went down again. This time Big Ben suffered a foot injury in the fourth quarter and was carted off the field. He’s expected to miss “a few weeks” with the issue, which is bad news for Steelers fans who are trying to stay alive in an AFC wildcard race that’s already heating up.
2. Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was at the center of a controversial play that involved a late hit by St. Louis Rams DB Lamarcus Joyner. Bridgewater suffered a concussion and will have to pass the league’s standard protocol before being cleared to return to the field. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was less than thrilled with the play, citing Bountygate and calling the hit a “cheap shot.”
3. New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins. It has since been confirmed that Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an ACL injury. This is bad news, but the Patriots always manage to find a running back somewhere. Next man up.
4. During Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy's best game of the season so far, he was stopped in his tracks by a shoulder injury that sent him to the locker room. The good news? McCoy himself expects to be good to go for Thursday night’s division match-up against the New York Jets.
5. Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray suffered a concussion during the third quarter of Sunday’s narrow loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Raiders are still in the running for a wildcard berth, so hopefully Murray passes the concussion protocol sooner rather than later.
6. New York Jets C Nick Mangold left Sunday’s contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a neck injury. Mangold is one of the league’s best at his position, so fans and team members alike should be hoping he’s good to go Thursday against the Bills. The man himself is optimistic that he’ll be able to take the field. Fingers crossed, J-E-T-S Nation.
7. Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy had a horrible game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday (think 10 yards and a fumble kind of horrible) prior to exiting with a groin injury. Lacy is expected to be fine for Week 10, but I wouldn’t be shocked if second-stringer James Starks starts seeing a few more carries.
8. The New England Patriots’ offensive line has seen better days (you might remember the right tackle debacle from a few weeks ago). Things went from bad to worse on Sunday when OT Sebastian Vollmer went down with a concussion. The Pats are now down to exactly five healthy offensive linemen. Yet they still stand a shot at running the table; such is life in Bill Belichick’s regime.
9. Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee suffered a second concussion in a six-week period during Sunday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Lee, a talented player, has been injury laden in recent years, missing all of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. He won’t return until he’s passed the official concussion protocol.
10. The New York Jets suffered more than one injury on Sunday, with K Nick Folk sidelined with a quad injury sustained during standard pre-game warm-ups. Folk will miss four to six weeks, which has left the Jets scrambling to sign a kicker this week before their big TNF contest.