Well, guys and dolls, we’re officially a quarter of the way through the 2014 NFL season. Sad, but true. Since it’s Tuesday, we’ll do the usual and break down this week’s key injuries.
1. This morning, the Oakland Raiders fired their head coach, Dennis Allen, after his 8-28 tenure. They’re also down a starting QB, at least for the moment. Derek Carr, the team’s rookie starter, left Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins with an MCL sprain and a high ankle sprain. Fortunately, these injuries aren’t season ending, but they are a blow to the 0-4 Raiders. On the bright side, I guess the post-season wasn’t in their future this year anyway…
2. Mike Evans, Johnny Football’s ex-favorite target and rookie WR for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, left Sunday’s game with a groin injury. It’s looking like Evans could miss multiple weeks, which is crushing to an offense that’s already struggling mightily (and that’s a nice way to put it).
3. The Atlanta Falcons, whose linemen are already dropping like flies, lost another starter on Sunday. C Joe Hawley exited the game with a knee injury. Let’s hope these guys all recover quickly (and Hawley doesn’t have a torn ACL), for Matt Ryan’s sake if nothing else. He’s currently got a TE protecting him at RT. Goodness.
4. Pro-Bowler Anthony Davis, OT for the San Francisco 49ers, exited Sunday’s contest with an apparent knee injury. Davis was appearing in his first game of the year after recovering from a hamstring issue, so this isn’t good news, especially because Johnathan Martin struggled to take Davis’s place after he left the field.
5. Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams left Sunday’s narrow loss against the Houston Texans with a knee injury. Williams is a key player on the Bills’ D, so hopefully he won’t miss a significant amount of time.
6. Another San Francisco 49er, TE Vernon Davis, also left Sunday’s loss against the Philadelphia Eagles with a back injury. Davis did walk to the locker room under his own power, but there’s been no word on how much time, if any, he’s expected to miss.
7. Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams left the field Sunday after suffering an apparent foot injury. Williams had already missed Week 3’s match-up and is doubtful to suit-up for Week 5’s contest against the Chicago Bears.
8. Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne appears in the latter half of today’s list not because his injury is insignificant, but because he’d already been removed from the ‘Boys starting line-up last week. Claiborne may have suffered an ACL tear, but there’s been no confirmation yet. Either way, Claiborne’s comeback seems to be dead in the water, at least for now.
9. Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery left last night’s game against the New England Patriots with a groin issue. Avery didn’t return, but hopefully the injury won’t keep him out long. The Chiefs got along alright without him yesterday, handing the Pats their biggest loss since 2003.
10. Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater left Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with an ankle injury. The issue, fortunately, has been ruled a sprain and Bridgewater should be green-lighted for Week 5.