16 Dec 2013
compiled by Andrew Potter
Multiple sources report that Michael Crabtree had X-ray images taken on his left hand following Sunday's game, though none have confirmed a diagnosis. Any substantial injury to Crabtree, only recently returned from an Achilles injury, would be a significant blow to the 49ers pass offense.
It's not a new injury, but reports out of Jacksonville indicate that the groin injury afflicting leading receiver Cecil Shorts is not healing as well as the team hoped, and he is now likely to inactive for the rest of the season. If those reports prove accurate, Shorts would end the season with 777 receiving yards, three touchdowns, -47 DYAR, and -17.5% DVOA. Backup guard Mike Brewster has a fractured left ankle and will miss the last two games. Linebacker Russell Allen left Sunday's game with concussion symptoms and enters the league protocol.
On offense, tight end Jermaine Gresham left Sunday's game with an unspecified hip injury, and is expected to have a MRI scan on the injury today. Gresham's -33 DYAR ranks 42nd, and his -16.1% DVOA ranks 40th. Tyler Eifert would take Gresham's place in the lineup if the latter misses time. On special teams, vicious hit on Kevin Huber during Antonio Brown's touchdown return broke the Bengals punter's jaw, which may necessitate surgery and will definitely end his season. Finally, on defense, linebacker James Harrison left the game with concussion symptoms and enters the league protocol.
Joe Haden left Sunday's game with a hip pointer, a collision injury to the iliac crest (the upper, outermost part of the butterfly shape) of the pelvis. Though not generally considered a serious injury, it is extremely painful and restrictive, and usually requires around two weeks of rest to heal properly. Haden's loss would be a significant blow to a Cleveland defense which ranked third against number one receivers (-25.3% DVOA) entering Week 15.
Brandon Bostick was carted off during Sunday's win over the Cowboys with an undisclosed foot injury. He is expected to have a MRI scan performed on the foot today. Defensive end Johnny Jolly left with a shoulder injury, having only recently recovered from a groin injury. No news is yet public on the severity of the new injury.
Justin Durant and backup Ernie Sims both left Sunday's game with injuries. Durant became the latest Cowboys starter to succumb to a hamstring injury, whereas Sims left for X-rays on a hip injury. No update is yet available on either.
Sean Weatherspoon left Sunday's game with a knee injury -- potentially an aggravation of the injury which limited him in practice prior to Week 14. No update is yet available on the injury's severity.
In addition to the players mentioned above, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Giants receiver Victor Cruz, and Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder left their respective games with concussion symptoms and enter the league protocol.
8 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2013, 12:57am by turbohappy
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.