18 Nov 2013
compiled by Andrew Potter
Having started the same offensive linemen in every game since Week 1 of 2012, the 49ers are likely to miss guard Mike Iupati for several weeks with an aggravation of a MCL injury sustained in Week 10. The severity of the injury has not yet been confirmed, but any missed time will be a blow to a struggling line which currently ranks 26th by Adjusted Line Yards and 22nd by Adjusted Sack Rate. Tarell Brown also left Sunday's game with a rib injury and did not return; no update is yet available on Brown.
The most likely cause of Stephen Paea's departure from Sunday's game is an aggravation or recurrence of his turf toe injury. Turf toe sounds milder than it is: a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe, the injury limits movement and power and can be extremely painful. As with other ligament sprains, it won't get any better unless it's able to be properly rested and rehabilitated; wrestling other 300-pound human beings isn't usually part of the treatment plan. Given the number of defensive tackles the Bears have already lost this season, however, they may have no option but to ask Paea to play through the inevitable pain.
The Denver Post today reports that Rahim Moore is expected to miss several weeks with a unspecified serious lower leg injury. Mike Adams replaced Moore on Sunday night, and would likely start in his stead. Wes Welker, eighth-ranked wide receiver in the league by DYAR, suffered a concussion on Sunday night and must complete the league's concussion protocol, which places his status in doubt for next week's game against the Patriots. A majority of reported concussions don't cause the player to miss any time, but the nature of the injury means the player's status is seldom clear this early in the week. Finally, Julius Thomas left Sunday's game briefly with a knee injury and will reportedly have that knee scanned today. He is not expected to miss any time.
The sole Jaguars receiver with a positive DVOA per the current wide receiver statistics page, Mike Brown reportedly suffered an AC joint sprain against Arizona. Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd suffered a similar injury last week, played through his sprain on Sunday, and had a big game. Whether Brown can play through his depends on its severity; if it's Grade 2 or worse, he'll probably miss a couple of weeks.
Joique Bell is considered day-to-day with reported tendonitis, having apparently been battling the problem for several weeks. His 9.6% DVOA would rank tenth if he had enough attempts to qualify, and he has been part of an effective tandem with Reggie Bush for the Lions. He's unlikely to miss games with the problem, but his snap count and effectiveness may be limited while it lingers.
Leonard Hankerson will have a MRI scan on his left knee today, which is expected to confirm that he injured his LCL against Philadelphia. The prognosis for that injury would depend on its severity, but it would result in at least a couple of weeks out for all but the mildest of sprains. Defensive end Stephen Bowen and EJ Biggers are also due to have MRI scans on knee injuries; Bowen's is reportedly a cartilage injury, while Biggers may have torn the meniscus in his right knee. Also, tight end Jordan Reed left the game with a concussion and will have to complete the concussion protocol before returning.
Carted off with his left leg in a fracture splint, Jabari Greer is expected to miss the rest of the season with a multiple ligament knee injury -- at the very least a LCL tear, but with injuries to both the ACL and PCL also likely. Sean Payton confirmed this afternoon that it was a significant injury, but stated that specific details will not be available until tomorrow. A valuable component of the fifth-ranked DVOA pass defense, the question mark for Greer isn't whether he'll return this season -- all signs point toward him being on injured reserve by tomorrow night -- but whether, at 31 and expected to require knee surgery, he'll ever play at this level again.
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Part II of our injury series: Do some injuries become more common later in the NFL season? And has the NFL succeeded in cutting down on concussions?