02 Dec 2013
compiled by Andrew Potter
Joe Staley left Sunday's game with what has been widely reported as a sprained MCL, the same injury which has sidelined teammate Mike Iupati. A MRI scan today will help diagnose its severity, with Staley likely to miss at least two weeks, and possibly as many as six for a more severe sprain. Following his injury, his left tackle position was assumed by starting right guard Alex Boone, with reserve lineman Joe Looney taking Boone's position. Entering Sunday's game the 49ers ranked 30th in Adjusted Line Yards and 20th in Adjusted Sack Rate.
That the injury to Darrelle Revis has been listed as both shoulder and chest supports reports that he suffered an injury to his sternoclavicular (SC) joint, most likely a sprain. If the sprain diagnosis is confirmed by a MRI scan, then time missed will depend on severity: a mild sprain would allow Revis to play through the injury depending on the level of pain, whereas a more severe sprain affecting the joint's stability would likely cause him to miss two weeks or longer.
Brandon Albert hyperextended his knee against the Broncos, but suffered no serious injury and is considered day-to-day by the Chiefs. That means his status for this weekend is uncertain, but he is not expected to miss significant time. Tight End Anthony Fasano left with concussion, and enters the league protocol.
Kick returner/gunner/wildcat quarterback Josh Cribbs left Sunday's home loss against Miami with his arm in a sling due to a reported shoulder injury. No further information on the injury is yet public.
Cowboys Running Back Lance Dunbar injured ligaments in his left knee and has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Packers Center Evan Dietrich-Smith left with a knee injury for the second time in a month, and his status for Week 14 is uncertain. Tight End Ryan Taylor also left the game with concussion symptoms and will enter the league protocol.
Raiders running back Rashad Jennings left his team's game with concussion symptoms and enters the league protocol. No update is yet available on the injuries to offensive guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder).
Ravens Wide Receiver Brandon Stokley left the team's Thankgiving game with a knee sprain of unconfirmed severity. Cornerback Jimmy Smith also left with concussion and will enter the league protocol.
The most frightening injury on Thanksgiving was that to Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who left his game against Baltimore with concussion after a violent blow appeared to render him unconscious on the field of play. He and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith were both concussed on the play, and both enter the league protocol. Offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum left with a knee injury and was reportedly still limping following today's practice. His status is unclear for Sunday's game against Miami. Following Thursday's game Fernando Velasco became the second starting center the Steelers have placed on injured reserve this season. Finally, defensive End Brett Keisel aggravated a foot injury which had caused him to miss the previous two games. He is expected to miss further time with the injury.
In addition to the players mentioned above, Rams Offensive Tackle Jake Long, Redskins Safety Reed Doughty, Titans Tight End Delanie Walker, and Vikings Quarterback Christian Ponder left their respective games with concussion symptoms and will enter the league's protocol. Browns Quarterback Brandon Weeden also sustained a concussion, but finished the game as there was no single obviously concussive impact and his symptoms were not apparent until afterward. He likewise will need to clear the league's protocol.
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