by Andrew Potter
Vikings Offensive Tackle Jake Long -- Achilles (IR)
This has not been a good year for Vikings offensive linemen, and the recently signed injury replacement Jake Long became the latest victim of the team's season-long misfortune at the position. Long suffered a torn Achilles against Washington, and will be placed on injured reserve this week. Only three games after signing, his season is already over -- that may be it for his career as well, at this point.
Chargers Defensive Lineman Brandon Mebane -- Biceps (IR)
Late news as we were publishing the article: Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane has a torn biceps and is done for the season -- another major loss on a roster that has been all but gutted by injuries this year.
Bears Guard Kyle Long -- Ankle
The Bears lost two major starters on offense against Tampa Bay, with both starting running back Jordan Howard and starting guard Kyle Long hurt. Long suffered a severe high ankle sprain with a possible associated fracture, and he is expected to be out for at least a month if not longer. With the Bears the only team out of the playoff hunt in a crowded NFC North, there appears little incentive to rush Long back this season.
Howard's injury was initially reported alarmingly as an Achilles injury, which would have ended the rookie back's season, but that has since been tempered somewhat to "possibly an ankle, possibly an Achilles injury," according to head coach John Fox. More news is likely when a diagnosis has been confirmed, but for now Howard's injury is not believed to be as serious as first reported.
Meanwhile on defense, lineman Will Sutton suffered an ankle injury and did not return. He was able to walk off the field, but no update is yet available on the injury's severity.
Dolphins Left Tackle Branden Albert -- Wrist
In yet another piece of evidence that NFL players are not normal human beings, Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert dislocated his wrist against San Diego but returned to the game after having a cast placed over the injury. His status for Week 11 is unknown, because wrist dislocations usually involve fairly severe ligament injury and often require surgical repair. The Dolphins are staying out west ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Rams, so unless Albert flies back to Miami during the week, his status for next week is quite simply anybody's guess.
On defense, Mario Williams suffered an ankle injury and is considered "day-to-day" according to head coach Adam Gase.
Buccaneers Center Evan Smith -- Knee
With starting center Joe Hawley inactive due to a knee injury he suffered against the Falcons, former Packers center Evan Smith (known in his Green Bay days as Evan Dietrich-Smith) started for Tampa Bay against Chicago. Smith didn't make it to halftime, though, before leaving with a knee injury of his own. Several outlets are reporting that the injury is a sprained MCL, and Smith is expected to miss approximately three weeks -- which is the usual recovery time for a Grade II MCL sprain. Third-year player Ben Gottschalk replaced Smith against the Bears after being activated from the practice squad on Saturday, but the Buccaneers hope to have Hawley back in the starting lineup for Week 11's game in Kansas City.
At left guard, Kevin Pamphile missed the game after failing to clear the NFL concussion protocol. The Buccaneers also hope to have Pamphile back against Kansas City.
Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers left San Diego's game against the Dolphins with concussion symptoms and did not return.
Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines left Sunday's win in Carolina with a neck injury, on which no update is yet available.
Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll left Sunday's game with concussion symptoms and enters the league protocol.
Falcons punter Matt Bosher suffered a hamstring injury against the Eagles and did not return. Oddly, the same was true of Panthers punter Andy Lee against the Chiefs.
Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee suffered an ankle injury against Houston and did not return, but no update has yet been provided on Lee's injury.
Packers linemen David Bakhtiari and T.J. Lang both left Sunday's game with ankle injuries, but head coach Mike McCarthy did not provide any update after the game except to say that he was told Lang's injury "didn't look good." The general suspicion is that Lang suffered a high ankle sprain, which could mean anything from two to eight weeks out depending on the sprain's severity. Linebacker Jake Ryan also suffered an ankle injury, and again no update was provided by the team.
Rams defensive end Eugene Sims left Sunday's game to be evaluated for a possible concussion and did not return, but no official word has been given on whether or not he is in the league concussion protocol.
Ravens offensive guard Alex Lewis left Thursday's game with his ankle in an air cast, but subsequent X-rays showed no fracture. The severity of his injury is not yet public. Fellow lineman Jeremy Zuttah also hurt his ankle, but his injury is not believed to be serious.
Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas left Sunday's game due to the groin injury he has been battling for a few weeks now. Reserve linebacker and special teams player Steven Johnson suffered a broken ankle and will be placed on injured reserve.