04 Nov 2013
compiled by Andrew Potter
Here's what we know about the injuries from a relatively mild Week 9 (for the players, at least).
After injuring his ACL against the Dolphins, Geno Atkins was placed on Injured Reserve this morning, ending his season. Cincinnati's -11.0% defense ranked fourth by DVOA entering Week 9, but Atkins' injury means they've now lost two key players from their secondary (Taylor Mays and Leon Hall), a starting linebacker (Rey Maualuga), and one of the stars of their vaunted defensive line (Atkins). Former Raiders sixth-rounder Christo Bilukidi was signed to replace Atkins, with Devon Still listed as the expected starter at defensive tackle.
Wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin were both injured against Kansas City, and are both being “monitored” according to Doug Marrone. Woods (-19.8% DVOA, 52 targets) injured his ankle, reportedly was unable to walk on it, and is expected to miss time. Goodwin (29.0% DVOA, 9 targets) left with a hamstring injury, which is particularly bad news for him as speed is a key component of his game.
Though a mild week for player injuries, Week 9 brought worrying news concerning two head coaches. The first of those, Denver's John Fox, underwent aortic heart valve surgery this morning. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was today named interim head coach while Fox recovers. No time scale has been placed on that recovery.
Jeremy Kerley's elbow injury is being widely reported as serious, potentially season-ending, as it may involve a fracture and/or nerve or ligament damage. The word most commonly being used in reference to this injury is subluxation, which in medical parlance usually means a partial dislocation. Kerley has been New York's most productive receiver this year, with 118 DYAR and a DVOA of 27.1% entering Sunday's game. Safety Antonio Allen also left Sunday's game with a concussion.
Definitive information on Patriots injuries is notoriously difficult to acquire, but all of the above left Sunday's game and are widely expected to miss time. Gregory's thumb will apparently be examined to determine whether it is fractured or dislocated, per Ian Rapoport. Look for the official injury and potentially transaction reports for news on the others.
Darren McFadden left Sunday's game with what is reportedly an aggravation of his existing hamstring injury. Hamstring injuries are notorious for lingering and being aggravated if they aren't allowed to heal, with Michael Vick as a recent high-profile example. McFadden has struggled this season along with the general Oakland offense, and has a DVOA of -14.0% on 93 carries. Assuming he misses time, he will be replaced by Rashad Jennings, who has a DVOA of -17.0% on 37 carries. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was also withdrawn from Sunday's game after hurting his right knee on a scramble, but has since stated that his withdrawal was “just precaution”.
The big news from Sunday's game in Houston was, of course, head coach Gary Kubiak collapsing on the sidelines. Reports agree that it was not cardiac arrest, and he is in no immediate danger, but no time scale has yet been placed on his recovery. No interim appointment has yet been made, though defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over on Sunday and is expected to do so for the duration of Kubiak's absence. On the field, running back Arian Foster (7.8% DVOA, ninth) has reportedly added a back problem to his existing hamstring troubles. Ben Tate (0.2% DVOA) has had his own injury problems recently, but is healthy enough to start if Foster misses time.
Rudolph will reportedly miss 4-6 weeks with the broken foot sustained on his touchdown reception during Sunday's game. His -22.1% DVOA is third-worst among tight ends with at least 12 targets, but given Minnesota's quarterback situation it's difficult to blame Rudolph too much for that -- especially as backup John Carlson has a DVOA of -59.9% on his 13 targets. An already bad Vikings passing game (-14.0%, 28th) might have just gotten worse. Right tackle Phil Loadholt also left Sunday's game with a concussion.
In addition to the injuries covered above, Saints running back Darren Sproles, Seahawks center Max Unger, and Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor are all high profile players who left their respective games with concussions. Information on the severity of concussions is never clear this early in the week, so it isn't yet known whether any or all of these players will miss games (which is why those injuries don't have their own headlines).
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