13 Jan 2014
compiled by Andrew Potter
Chris Harris tore his ACL and is done for the year, a devastating ending to what was a good season personally despite the general struggles of the Broncos defense. Harris played over 1,000 snaps for Denver -- more than any other player on the team -- and had established himself as a key player in all of their defensive packages. Options in his absence include persisting with Quentin Jammer, who was repeatedly targeted with ample success by Philip Rivers after he entered Sunday's game, returning Champ Bailey to the starting lineup, or introducing rookie Kayvon Webster.
Probably the most obvious injury suffered this weekend was sustained by Will Tukuafu on a tackle by Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Reports are indicating that he sprained his MCL, which will be a relief given how much worse the injury looked a first, but could still cost him a NFC Conference Championship appearance. He is expected to be designated as questionable this week. Tukuafu was already standing in for starting fullback Bruce Miller, and the team's options are not yet clear should the backup also be unavailable.
Patriots punter/holder Ryan Allen, injured on a calamitous failed punt during Saturday's win over the Colts, is scheduled to have a MRI scan taken on his shoulder today. Stephen Gostkowski punted in Allen's stead, but is not expected to continue in that role; Tom Brady is likewise not expected to continue as New England's field goal holder. New England is not famed for its public clarity with injuries: whether or not the Patriots sign a punter is likely to be the clearest indication of Allen's status.
Injury-blighted Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin left Saturday's game -- only his second appearance of the season -- in the first half with what the team announced as concussion. He was reportedly also in a shoulder harness after the game, and has been battling a hip injury all season. Around 55 to 60 percent of the players who were listed on the injury report with concussion during the regular season were able to play the following week, but Harvin does have a history of chronic migraines -- reportedly no longer a concern for him -- and the potential additional injuries complicate his status for next weekend.
1 comment, Last at 14 Jan 2014, 8:06pm by dbt
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?