28 Oct 2013
compiled by Andrew Potter
Here's what we know so far about Week 8's major injuries.
A combination of a concussion and a reported MCL sprain caused Rey Maualuga to leave Sunday's game against the Jets, and makes him unlikely to play in Week 9. Cincinnati's defense ranks seventh overall by DVOA (-7.6%), tenth against the pass (-2.0%), and eighth against the run (-15.6%), but Maualuga could be a significant loss for a defense that also lost star cornerback Leon Hall last week.
Both Tight End Julius Thomas (second by DYAR, sixth by DVOA) and safety Duke Ihenacho left Sunday's game with ankle injuries. Thomas is scheduled for a MRI scan today; no update is yet available on Ihenacho, who was unable to place weight on his leg and had to be helped from the field. Tight end is a position of great depth for the Broncos, for whom the emergence of Thomas this season was a surprise bonus, and former starter Mike Adams would likely resume starting duties at strong safety if Ihenacho misses time.
Wide receiver and star kick returner Travis Benjamin tore his ACL against the Chiefs and is out for the season. Benjamin's major contributions came on special teams, where Cleveland had a 2.5% DVOA (sixth) on kick returns and 3.7% DVOA (fifth) on punt returns entering Week 8.
Mike Williams has been placed on injured reserve with a torn hamstring, likely making a bad season worse for Tampa Bay's already-struggling pass offense (-6.8%, 26th). Williams had 196 yards on 34 targets heading into week 8, for a DVOA of -3.2% and 26 DYAR. Tiquan Underwood is expected to start in his place.
Cowboys guard Brian Waters was a one-man injury report on Sunday, reportedly dealing with injuries to his knee (hyperextension), ribs (bruising), and triceps (some degree of tear). He's due to undergo MRI scans on at least two of those (the knee and triceps) today. The tricep injury is the most worrying, as that is what caused him to leave the game. He was replaced by Mackenzy Bernardeau. Cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church both left Sunday's game with hamstring injuries, but are both expected to be available in Week 9.
Reports suggest that Brandon Gibson's season is over after he injured his left knee during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots. Although listed as Miami's third receiver, Gibson had been Ryan Tannehill's most dependable wide receiver this season -- his 98 DYAR ranked 23rd in the league and his 16.5% DVOA ranked 20th. The Dolphins list second-year professional Rishard Matthews as the only other receiver on their roster, and the team is reportedly holding tryouts tomorrow.
Michael Vick re-injured his hamstring against the Giants, again reportedly commenting that he heard it pop. He is likely to miss more time after aggravating the injury than he did after first sustaining it. With Nick Foles also hurt, Matt Barkley (he of the -56.8% DVOA before his one-pick three-fumble 2.7 QBR Week 8 appearance) is currently in line to start for the Eagles in Oakland.
Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles is out for the rest of the year with a ruptured Achilles, the third straight year in which his season has been ended by an injury. Broyles had a -22.1% DVOA and -9 DYAR on 12 targets, but was a significant contributor on special teams and was injured fielding a punt.
Sebastian Vollmer will miss the rest of this season after breaking his right leg against Miami. New England's Adjusted Sack Rate ranks eighth despite their relatively high 19 sacks conceded, and their offensive line is consistently one of the strengths of the team. Marcus Cannon replaced Vollmer on Sunday, and will likely assume the starting job.
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