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Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Andrew Potter and Zach Binney

Thanks to staff writer Zach Binney's analysis of NFL injury data, we are able to provide detailed injury return (number of games missed) and recovery (number of weeks limited in practices or games) estimates based on historical data for select injuries. These estimates also consider the position of the injured player. Details of our methodology are available here.

Eagles Halfback Jay Ajayi -- Knee (IR)

Late-breaking news this afternoon, as Jay Ajayi has been placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Ajayi was on record after the game complaining that the Eagles did not run the ball more against the Vikings, and nothing in those reports indicated that Ajayi had a major knee injury. Yet here we are, Ajayi is out for the year. Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood are expected to share backfield duties, at least until Darren Sproles returns from his own injury, but rookie Josh Adams may also have a role on rushing downs. Ajayi should be healthy in time for the offseason programme, but his 2018 season is over.

Chiefs Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif -- Leg (IR)

Kansas City's starting right guard, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, fractured his fibula against the Jaguars, but the Chiefs do not believe that the injury will end his season. This suggests that the injury is a simple fracture with no other damage, and unlikely to require surgical repair. It is not uncommon for players to return from that injury and be effective later in the season. Duvernay-Tardif is still likely to be placed on injured reserve, but the expectation would then be for him to return to the active roster in around eight weeks.

Edge rusher Justin Houston injured his hamstring and did not return. About half of hamstring injuries to defensive linemen cause them to miss at least one game, with a quarter causing absences of three or more weeks; typical recovery times are one to four weeks. Eric Murray sprained his ankle and also did not return. Assuming it's a less-severe low ankle sprain there is about a 40 percent chance he misses at least one week; typical recovery times are one to four weeks. Fellow safety Armani Watts left the game with a groin strain. Approximately half of groin strains to defensive backs cause them to miss at least one game, with around 20 percent causing long-term absences of four or more weeks. Typical recovery times are one to four weeks.

Jaguars Halfback Corey Grant -- Foot (IR)

Corey Grant's injury has been widely reported as a Lisfranc injury: more precisely, a tarso-metatarsal fracture-dislocation with associated ligament trauma. Though it may be reading too much into the semantics, the use of the terminology "Lisfranc injury" often differentiates the diagnosis from the more common Lisfranc sprain. A sprain would typically carry a return-to-play timetable of around a month, but even a relatively mild Lisfranc injury will end Grant's season and may require surgical repair. With Leonard Fournette still sidelined due to a hamstring strain, T.J. Yeldon and Brandon Wilds (who has only 16 carries in his professional career) are Jacksonville's only healthy running backs; the team is expected to add depth at the position this week after they officially place Grant on injured reserve.

Left tackle Josh Wells, starting in place of the injured Cam Robinson, injured his groin against the Chiefs and did not return. Approximately half of groin injuries to offensive linemen cause them to miss at least one game, but only a quarter cause multi-week absences. Typical recovery times are one to three weeks. Josh Walker played in place of Wells, and he may continue to start until Wells is able to return.

Safety Tashaun Gipson injured his hamstring and did not return to the game. Hamstring injuries are tricky for defensive backs, with 65 percent of such injuries causing the player to miss at least one game; only 20 percent cause long-term absences of four or more weeks. Typical recovery times are one to four weeks.

Lions Returner Jamal Agnew -- Knee (IR?)

Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports that the Lions expect bad news on Jamal Agnew, who injured his knee against the Packers. Agnew has earned limited playing time in the Lions secondary in his second season, but primarily serves as one of the league's best return specialists. LaCanfora's report has not yet been corroborated by others, but the fact that Agnew was ruled out so quickly on Sunday is a worrying sign. Head coach Matt Patricia had no news on Agnew at his Monday media briefing, but an MRI scan should reveal more.

Halfback Kerryon Johnson hurt his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, but asserted afterward that he could have returned if needed. Johnson is not expected to miss time. Assuming the injury is a low ankle sprain, only about 40 percent of such injuries cause running backs to miss at least one game. Typical recovery times are one to five weeks. Cornerback Teez Tabor injured his groin. Approximately half of groin strains to defensive backs cause them to miss at least one game, with around 20 percent causing long-term absences of four or more weeks. Typical recovery times are one to four weeks.

Concussions

The following players left their respective games with concussion symptoms and enter the league protocol:

  • Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil
  • Jets cornerback Buster Skrine
  • Rams receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp

Skrine's injury is his fourth diagnosed concussion in the past three seasons, so he is expected to take longer than average to clear the protocol.

Other Injuries

49ers halfback Matt Breida injured his ankle and did not return. Though X-rays showed no fracture, the team believes that Breida will be out a week or two, most likely due to a low-grade high ankle sprain. Virtually all high ankle sprains cause running backs to miss some time, and Breida is fighting multiple other injuries at the same time, as well. Sixty percent of high ankle sprains cause long-term absences of four or more weeks, and typical recovery times range up to nine weeks. Receiver Pierre Garcon injured his shoulder and was considered questionable, but Garcon was able to return and finish the game. Only about 20 percent of shoulder injuries to receivers cause them to miss any games, and typical recovery times are one to three weeks.

Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft, starting instead of the injured Tyler Eifert, left Sunday's game with a right foot injury. About 40 percent of foot injuries to tight ends cause them to miss at least one week, with about 20 percent causing long-term absences of four or more weeks. Typical recovery times are one to five weeks.

Bills punter Corey Bojorquez injured his shoulder on a botched field goal attempt against the Titans, but he was able to return to the game. He is not expected to miss time.

Broncos cornerback Adam Jones injured his leg and missed the second half of the team's defeat to the Jets. Offensive tackle Garett Bolles injured his right ankle and did not return. Excluding high ankle sprains, about 40 percent of ankle injuries to offensive linemen cause them to miss at least one game. Typical recovery times are one to four weeks.

Browns receiver Rashard Higgins injured his knee against the Ravens and did not return to the game. Monday reports indicate that the injury may be a low-grade MCL sprain, which would have Higgins considered "week-to-week" by the Browns.

Cardinals right tackle Andre Smith injured his hamstring against the 49ers. Half of hamstring injuries to offensive linemen cause them to miss at least one week, while 20 percent cause long-term absences of four or more weeks. Typical recovery times are one to five weeks.

Chargers tight end Virgil Green hurt his ribs against the Raiders, but was able to return. About 30 percent of rib injuries to tight ends cause them to miss at least one game, but Green's return is a good sign. Typical recovery times are one to three weeks.

Giants halfback Saquon Barkley reportedly "tweaked" his back on the Giants' final offensive play against the Panthers. Only about a quarter of back injuries cause running back to miss a game, and Barkley is expected to be fine even on a shortened week -- the Giants play against the Eagles on Thursday night. Typical recovery times are one to three weeks. Offensive tackle Chad Wheeler injured his hand, but returned to the game. About 45 percent of hand injuries to offensive linemen cause them to miss at least one week, and typical recovery times are one to six weeks.

Jets receiver and return specialist Andre Roberts hurt his elbow against the Broncos. Only about 25 percent of elbow injuries cause receivers to miss at least one game, though those that do are often season-enders. Typical recovery times are one to two weeks.

Packers linebacker Nick Perry injured his ankle against the Lions. About 40 percent of ankle injuries to linebackers cause them to miss at least one week, but only about 10 percent result in long-term absences of four or more weeks. Typical recovery times are one to four weeks.

Panthers center Ryan Kalil hurt his shoulder against the Giants and will be evaluated this week. Kalil missed half of 2016 with a shoulder injury, and head coach Ron Rivera is not sure whether this injury is related. Only about 30 percent of shoulder injuries to offensive linemen cause them to miss any games, but Kalil's history of shoulder injuries may make him more likely to fall into that group. Typical recovery times are one to four weeks. We will update this post in the event of a serious injury.

Patriots defensive tackle Malcolm Brown injured his knee against the Colts and did not return. The severity of the injury is not yet public.

Raiders defensive end Frostee Rucker injured his neck against the Chargers. No further update is yet available. There tends to be little middle ground with neck injuries: among defensive linemen, only 25 percent of such injuries cause any missed games, but almost all of that 25 percent cause long-term absences. Typical recovery times are one to three weeks.

Ravens safety Tavon Young was evaluated for concussion symptoms after being tackled on an interception return against the Browns, but he was cleared to return to the game.

Texans cornerback Kayvon Webster injured his quad in his Houston debut against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Webster missed most of last season with a torn Achilles, which also prevented him from being signed over the summer. This injury may be an indirect result of that, as Webster did not participate in the usual offseason conditioning program. Only about 35 percent of quad injuries to defensive backs cause them to miss at least one game, and only about 10 percent cause long-term absences of four or more weeks. Typical recovery times are one to two weeks.

Titans tackle Taylor Lewan injured his foot against the Bills. The exact injury was not specified, and no further details are yet public, but Lewan will have an MRI scan on the injury today. Foot injuries comprise a grab bag of issues, but assuming this isn't something severe like a Lisfranc injury, Lewan has a decent chance of returning next week. Only about a third of foot injuries to offensive linemen cause them to miss any games, though around 20 percent do cause long-term absences of four or more weeks. These injuries do tend to linger, however, with typical recovery times range anywhere from one to eight weeks.

Vikings offensive tackle Riley Reiff also injured his foot, and again the injury was not specified. As with Lewan, Reiff will probably have an MRI scan on the injury today. Without additional information, Reiff's prognosis is the same as Lewan's above.

Comments

14 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2018, 7:49am

1 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Tom Gower // Oct 08, 2018 - 5:19pm

And the Eagles put Jay Ajayi on IR, with what Adam Schefter and others are reporting as a torn ACL. Big loss for a banged-up team already banged up at RB.

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2 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Dan // Oct 08, 2018 - 5:50pm

Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has also been placed on IR, apparently after aggravating his core muscle injury.

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3 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Dan // Oct 08, 2018 - 7:10pm

Colts G Matt Slauson also to IR.

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8 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Andrew Potter // Oct 10, 2018 - 12:28pm

This was an unusual week for players going on IR with pretty much no mention of their injuries prior to the IR announcement. I appreciate you guys filling in some of those blanks.

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10 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Bobman // Oct 10, 2018 - 5:39pm

The Slauson IR gets weirder. I don't have any details, but saw an article in which he said he felt like he could go play, but the doctors warned him that he's currently one bad play away from ending his career if he goes back on the field, but if he goes on IR (surgery? just rest? meditation? binge watch old First and Ten episodes?) he'll be fine for next season.
Uuuuh, okay.
Though for Colts historians, this is kind of Tarik Glenn/Tony Ugoh territory. Ugoh was a luxury 2nd round LT when drafted and four months later, pro bowl LT Glenn retired with a year left on his deal making the Ugoh pick look like genius (for about a year, and to be honest, Polian may have had inklings about Glenn, or was just getting his new LT a year early... oops, not realizing Ugoh would play well at first but decide football really wasn't for him in a couple years).
Second round pick Braden Smith, come on down! And don't step in that steaming pile of Ugoh on your way to the field. Slauson plans to hang with the youthful team and provide vet leadership from the locker room and sidelines. Doing it the right way.

EDIT: Just read that Slauson has broken bones in his spine. Injured 3rd quarter, played all game. Jeez. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2800121-colts-matt-slauson-played-wi...

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4 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Oct 08, 2018 - 7:29pm

Thanks for putting this together each week!

It would be really helpful if each player's page linked to any recent mentions in this column. There's so much to keep track of and this stuff is so important!

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6 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Andrew Potter // Oct 10, 2018 - 12:23pm

I'm curious: do others agree that this would be useful? It's easy to do, but not something I'd ever thought we should do. If others agree, I'll run it by the editors.

It would only apply to major injuries; not sure we need Leonard Fournette's page to include every mention of his ankle or hamstring.

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5 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Bobman // Oct 09, 2018 - 4:33pm

Yeah, you left off the Colts... entire team. Missing 2 OTs, now an OG, TE1, WR1, RB1, MLB (the league's leading tackler), CB1, CB2, the team's co-leader for sacks (tied with the previously mentioned tackler).....
And this just in: In a surprise move, 2005 DPOY safety Bob Sanders has been upgraded to "retired" by the Colts.

Well, that's just wonderful. It'll be a long time before Peyton makes a wedge salad video for THESE guys....

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7 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Andrew Potter // Oct 10, 2018 - 12:25pm

Sorry for missing out the Colts. TNF inhabits this weird realm where sometimes the injuries are mentioned in roundups, and sometimes they aren't. I knew the Colts roster was littered with injuries going in, but hadn't heard about further injuries suffered during the game.

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9 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Bobman // Oct 10, 2018 - 5:30pm

If I was not a fan, I'd say it was comical how they came in shorthanded and just kept losing guys. Was wondering if some of the coaches would be forced to strap on pads for the 4th quarter.

There was a game against the Chargers about a decade ago that Peyton Manning haters love to bring up in which he threw six INTs but Indy still only lost by a deuce due to a missed Vinatieri FG at the end. In that game they were down both starting DEs, three OLs (including the starting LT and his backup), one or two TEs, and so many receivers that at least one of their gameday WRs was signed midweek. Craphonso Thorpe, IIRC. "You, I'll call you Mac, you look fast, can you catch? Good, run to the endzone and turn around, I'll hit you." They suited up only 17 players on offense. In that game, because of injuries, Bryan Fletcher had 1/6 of his career receptions, Craphonso Thorpe--100% of his career receptions, Aaron Moorehead had 1/8, Kenton Kieth had one of his 13 career receptions and his only TD. That was a rough injury week.

Sproles also had two return TDs in that game for the Chargers. Man, the Colts couldn't do ANYTHING right.... This last Thursday felt kind of like that.

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11 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Ben // Oct 10, 2018 - 7:17pm

Apparently Slauson cracked two vertebrae during the game:

https://twitter.com/zkeefer/status/1050066794030030848

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13 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by Ben // Oct 11, 2018 - 10:50am

Clayton Geathers also got a neck injury. He missed a lot of last year with a neck injury, so this one may be career threatening/ending.

https://foxsports975.iheart.com/featured/query-schultz/content/2018-10-1...

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12 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by lixasosame // Oct 11, 2018 - 5:09am

ould be forced to strap on pads for the 4th quarter.

There was a game against the Chargers about a decade ago that Peyton Manning haters love to bring up in which he threw six INTs but Indy still only lost by a deuce due to a missed Vinatieri FG at the end. In that game they were down both starting DEs, three OLs (including the starting LT and his backup), one or two TEs, and so many receivers that at least one of their gameday

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14 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 5

by alexveaux // Dec 10, 2018 - 7:49am

Apparently Slauson cracked two vertebrae during the game:

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