Which NFL Players Sustained the Worst Week 11 Injuries?
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Week 11 in the NFL was, as usual, punctuated with injuries to several key players around the league. The Colts and the Broncos in particular drew the short straws this weekend, as you’ll see in today’s top ten injury report.
1. The Colts best RB, Ahmad Bradshaw, suffered a broken fibula during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. This is bad news all around and leaves Indy largely reliant on the struggling Trent Richardson. Boom Herron, anyone?
2. The Broncos also fared poorly on Sunday, losing several offensive starters in their shocking loss to the Rams. TE Julius Thomas, one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets, was among the casualties. On the fortunate side of things, Thomas is not thought to have suffered a high ankle sprain, which should put him back on the gridiron sooner rather than later.
3. Dwayne Allen, who is arguably the better of the Colts’ two TEs (no offense, Coby), sustained an sprained ankle on Sunday. Allen, thankfully for all of us in Colts Nation, is day-to-day and is not nursing a high ankle sprain.
4. Montee Ball, who returned to the field on Sunday after missing the last 5 games with a groin injury, re-injured himself against the Rams. The Broncos RB is likely to miss the remainder of the season at this point, but there’s been no official word.
5. Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders took one holy heck of a hit on Sunday, leaving him with a concussion. Sanders was reportedly alert and awake after the game, though, so as long as he passes the standard concussion protocol he should be good to go for Week 12.
6. Seattle Seahawks C, Max Unger, left Sunday’s loss against the Chiefs with a high ankle sprain and a knee injury. Unger had just returned to the field following a foot injury, so these other issues could leave him sidelined for the foreseeable future. This is a major problem for a Seattle O-line that is already limping along (literally).
7. Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain during Sunday’s win over the Lions. Fitzgerald, fortunately, is day-to-day and is anticipated to be active for Week 12’s action against the 6-4 Seahawks.
8. Karlos Dansby, LB for the Cleveland Browns, also sprained his MCL on Sunday during his team’s surprising blowout loss to the Texans. Dansby is expected to miss at least a month, which is unfortunate for the Browns, but not for those of us who still have to play them (I’ll be freezing my behind off in Cleveland on December 7, personally).
9. Brandin Cooks, rookie WR for the Saints, suffered a broken thumb on Sunday. Cooks, who has been breaking-out over the past few weeks, is expected to miss at least 2-4 weeks. Thankfully, Drew Brees still has Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham downfield.
10. Philip Rivers, QB for the Chargers, looked to be coping with a knee injury and a hand injury during Week 11’s win over the Raiders. While these aren’t ideal, the biggest issue may be Rivers’s alleged rib issue, which is apparently quite severe. Rivers is tough and he’ll clearly play through just about anything, but it’ll be interested to see how these injuries impact him during the final month of the regular season. Since Rivers is still playing at the moment, he takes today’s final spot.