Week 1 Injury Aftermath

by Andrew Potter

Bengals Tight End Tyler Eifert -- Elbow

The weekend's most obviously gruesome injury struck KUBIAK sleeper Tyler Eifert. His posterior elbow dislocation was immediately obvious on film, and will almost certainly keep him out for at least a month. Whether he can return after that depends on the extent of the damage to the ligament, joint capsule, and surrounding tissue. Though Jermaine Gresham is nominally the Bengals' to tight end, Eifert is listed as a starter on the Bengals' website and was expected to have a significant role in their offense -- much of which will now revert to Gresham.

Chiefs Defensive End Mike DeVito -- Ankle
Chiefs Linebacker Derrick Johnson -- Ankle

The Chiefs defense suffered a matched pair of major blows on Sunday, with the loss of starters Mike DeVito and Derrick Johnson to season-ending Achilles tendon tears. Last year's ninth-ranked defense is generally considered to lack depth, and has almost immediately lost two key players to season-ending injured reserve.

Colts Linebacker Robert Mathis -- Ankle

Joining DeVito and Johnson is the one true star on the Colts defense: pass rusher extraordinaire Robert Mathis will miss the entire 2014 season after tearing his Achilles tendon in practice last week.

Dolphins Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe -- Hip

Dannell Ellerbe's season is over almost as soon as it began, as he was placed on season-ending injured reserve today with a hip injury. The Dolphins will sign Kelvin Sheppard to fill the open roster spot. Fellow starter Koa Misi also left the game, with an ankle injury of as-yet-unconfirmed severity.

Eagles Left Guard Evan Mathis -- Knee

Adding to their offensive struggles on Sunday, the Eagles lost a pair of starters on their offensive line to injury. Left guard Evan Mathis has reportedly been diagnosed with a grade three MCL sprain, meaning he will miss at least four weeks and probably longer. Right tackle Allen Barbre, who started in place of the suspended Lane Johnson, will reportedly miss "several weeks" with a high ankle sprain.

Redskins Tight End Jordan Reed -- Hamstring

Jordan Reed left Sunday's game with another injury, this time to his hamstring. The injury is being widely reported on Twitter as a low-end Grade II strain, meaning he will likely miss between two and four weeks, and be limited initially upon his return.

Texans Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney -- Knee

Jadeveon Clowney has endured an injury-hit summer since being taken with the first overall pick, and that poor fortune continued in Sunday's season opener. He will reportedly miss four to six weeks with a torn meniscus.


49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, 49ers safety Jimmie Ward, and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict left their respective games with concussion symptoms. Each will enter the league protocol, with the nature of the injury making it difficult to predict the amount of time they will miss.

Notable Minor Injuries

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery was sidelined for much of the second half against Buffalo with a hamstring injury, which is not believed to be serious.

Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins left Sunday's game with what was initially believed to be a serious knee injury. Reports now suggest that the injury is a mild knee sprain caused by hyperextension, and is not nearly as serious as first thought. Likewise running back Doug Martin left the game with an ankle injury which is not believed to be serious.

Per Cleveland.com, Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has been playing through a sprained shoulder, and aggravated that injury during the first half against Pittsburgh. He initially stayed in the game, but was withdrawn after the first play of the second half. Running back Ben Tate suffered a knee injury and likewise attempted to stay in the game, but ultimately succumbed. Neither injury is believed to be serious.

Falcons tackle Jake Matthews left Sunday's game with a suspected broken ankle, but the X-ray was reportedly negative. He is expected to have a MRI scan later today.

Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart sprained his ankle on Sunday and is expected to be limited in practice, but is not expected to miss the team's next game.

Rams quarterback Shaun Hill may miss next weekend's game with a strained quadriceps, but his status will not be clear until the middle of the week. Defensive end Chris Long is expected to have a scan today on the injured ankle that forced him out of Sunday's game.

Titans linebacker Zach Brown will miss at least two weeks with a shoulder injury sustained in Sunday's game.


23 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2014, 1:17am

6 Re: Week 1 Injury Aftermath

In addition to Jeffery, Marshall left the game twice with leg/foot injury, and the left guard, Slauson, and the center, Garza, left the game.

Things could get ugly quick.

20 Re: Week 1 Injury Aftermath

I'm not sure there's a right place to post this, but I'm getting a

"You are using the Free version of the Zapatec Software...."

popup on every FO page I bring up, which is really annoying.

22 Re: Week 1 Injury Aftermath

David Bruton has a dislocated shoulder on a freak kickoff.
The colts return team guy (front line) ran FORWARD and hit him... couldn't see well what happened exactly, but it looked weird.

23 Re: Week 1 Injury Aftermath

Lions nickle back Bill Bentley out for season with torn ACL, injured while committing yet another DPI. Hopes rise for improved secondary performance.