14 Oct 2013
compiled by Andrew Potter
Orlando Franklin reportedly sprained both his ankle and his knee -- specifically, his MCL -- against the Jaguars. Initial indications are that he will miss at least two weeks, during which Louis Vasquez will move to right tackle with Chris Kuper starting at right guard. That would mean Denver starting backups at three of the five positions along their offensive line, until now rated first in ASR (3.1%). Defensive Tackle Sylvester Williams also reportedly injured his neck against Jacksonville, though information on the seriousness of that injury is not yet available.
DeMarcus Ware is expected to miss three to four weeks with a strained quadricep, which could have a significant effect on their already struggling pass defense (10.7%, 24th) and middling pass rush (15th by ASR). Running back DeMarco Murray, top ten by both DYAR (64, seventh) and DVOA (10.6%, ninth) through Week 4, was also injured on Sunday night. Murray has a Grade I MCL sprain, which is typically a short-term injury. He may even play against the Eagles, particularly given the lack of depth at the position for Dallas.
A torn ACL leaves the Jets with little choice but to place Goodson on injured reserve. It's a sore loss, but unlikely to have a major impact on the middling efficiency of New York's running game (-9.1%, 17th).
Linebacker Nick Perry has a broken foot, which is likely to sideline him for several weeks. Perry has three sacks and ten tackles over the past two weeks and was expected to fill some of the role recently vacated by the also-injured Clay Matthews. Perry is expected to return later in the season. James Jones (26th by DYAR through week 4, 19.4% DVOA) sprained his PCL and is day-to-day, but may be able to play this weekend. Randall Cobb also left Sunday's game with an injury, and Mike McCarthy has said he'll miss "multiple weeks" with the injury.
As if the Texans weren't already reeling enough, strong safety Danieal Manning will reportedly miss approximately six to eight weeks with a fractured fibula. The ninth-rated DVOA defense (-9.2%) has been the lone bright spot for Houston this season, and Manning is widely considered a key component. Shiloh Keo will start while Manning is absent. Matt Schaub also hurt his right foot against the Rams and awaits the result of a MRI scan, but was reportedly walking fine after the game.
The hunt for Graham's status continues with the Saints headed on bye. He had an MRI on his foot, and results haven't been revealed yet. Twitter doctors (like Jene Bramel and Will Carroll) are getting bad vibes about this one.
As with Goodson, Bishop is headed to injured reserve. The Vikings defense has struggled against both the pass (6.3%, 17th) and the run (6.1%, 29th), and obviously losing a starting linebacker isn't likely to help with either. Neither is the potential loss of safety Harrison Smith, who reportedly sprained his big toe (turf toe) and has a MRI scan scheduled for today. Smith is in the top ten for involvement in his team's defensive plays, per FO stats. Also scheduled for a MRI was cornerback Xavier Rhodes, though Rhodes is expected to be available next week.
Bills safety Jonathan Meeks has been placed on injured reserve (designated return) with an ankle injury.
Redskins linebacker Bryan Kehl tore his ACL and is done for the season. Long snapper Nick Sundberg has a torn meniscus and is also out for the year.
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Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?