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Injury Aftermath: Week 9

by Andrew Potter

Broncos Center Matt Paradis -- Leg (IR)

Broncos center Matt Paradis had never missed a snap in his career prior to Sunday's game, but will now miss the rest of the season after fracturing his fibula. The injury occurred when Paradis' leg was trapped under another player as he was blocking for a pass -- a classic high-ankle mechanism that can result in various injuries from an MCL sprain to an ankle fracture-dislocation. Paradis' injury will require surgery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, which means the injury will be severe enough to keep him out for the rest of the season. Connor McGovern, who has started most of the season at right guard, moved to center after Paradis was lost, with backup guard Elijah Wilkinson taking over McGovern's spot. The Broncos lost left guard Ronald Leary for the season last week; he was replaced in the lineup by primary backup guard Max Garcia, so Denver is down to backups of backups in starting roles as they enter their bye week.

Paradis is a free agent this offseason and should be back to full health by the start of the free-agent signing period on March 1.

Redskins Guard Brandon Scherff -- Chest (IR)

Redskins Guard Shawn Lauvao -- Knee (IR)

Redskins Receiver Paul Richardson -- Shoulder (IR)

A brutal day for Washington's offensive line was headlined by starting guards Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao, who may have both been lost for the season in the same game. Of the two injuries, Lauvao's is probably the more serious, as indicated by the unusual sight of the player being removed along the sideline in a wheelchair. Though an MRI has been scheduled to confirm the damage, at the very least the suspicion is that Lauvao injured his ACL. If confirmed, he will miss the rest of the season -- the third time in his past four seasons that Lauvao has ended the year on injured reserve.

The news on Scherff is hardly better: he reportedly suffered a torn pectoral against the Falcons, with an MRI scheduled for today to confirm the diagnosis. Scherff missed two games last season with an MCL sprain, but still made the Pro Bowl; he had otherwise started every game since being selected in the first round in 2015.

The bad news does not end there. Under normal circumstances, right tackle Morgan Moses would probably have left the game against the Falcons. Moses played on through obvious pain after sustaining what appeared to be a sprained MCL, and he will likely also have a scan on his injured knee today. A sprained MCL would usually keep an offensive lineman out for approximately four weeks; Moses may attempt to play through the injury with a knee brace, as is sometimes possible with low-grade sprains.

With left tackle Trent Williams expected to miss several weeks after thumb surgery, the last thing Washington needed was more injuries on the offensive line. Instead, their Week 9 might well turn out to be the worst week suffered by any individual unit in the 2018 season.

One last note: cornerback Quinton Dunbar returned from a leg injury against the Falcons, but left early after apparently re-aggravating the injury. He is likely to be questionable for Week 10 against the Buccaneers.

UPDATE: Even more bad news for the team, as receiver Paul Richardson requires surgery on his AC joint injury (most likely plating a fracture) and will also miss the rest of the season.

49ers Halfback Raheem Mostert -- Arm (IR)

It's old news by now, but Raheem Mostert will miss the rest of the season after breaking his arm against the Raiders. Mostert had surgery to repair the injury over the weekend, but will not play again this season. With Matt Breida playing through nagging injuries of his own, and Alfred Morris the team's only other active halfback, the 49ers are expected to sign another back this week.

Backup cornerback Emmanuel Moseley, who was playing in his first game of the season on Thursday night, dislocated his shoulder and will also miss the rest of the season.


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

  • Browns cornerback E.J. Gaines
  • Lions guard T.J. Lang

Lang has a long history of concussions, and he has already missed several games while in the league's concussion protocol this season. Given the player's history, and how recent his last concussion was, he is likely to be absent for a prolonged period.

Other Injuries

Bills tight end Charles Clay injured his hamstring against the Bears. Around half of hamstring injuries keep tight ends off the field for at least one week, but 75 percent of tight ends return within three weeks. Halfback Chris Ivory suffered a shoulder injury, which unusually resulted in a trip to hospital for the veteran. Early reports suggest that Ivory may have dislocated his shoulder, but no official confirmation is yet public. He will undergo further evaluation by the team's medical staff early this week.

Browns cornerback Denzel Ward left Sunday's game with a hip injury, and no further information is yet available. Only around 25 percent of hip injuries to defensive backs result in missed time, and a majority of players are off the injury report altogether after only one week. Hopefully, Ward's injury will be no more serious than that, but we will update if news emerges to the contrary. Linebacker Christian Kirksey left the game with an injured hamstring; around 50 percent of such injuries result in one or more missed games, but only 25 percent result in absences of more than two weeks.

Chargers defensive lineman Darius Philon injured his ankle against the Seahawks and was carted off the field. He did not return to the game. No further update is yet public.

Dolphins right tackle Ja'Wuan James reportedly strained his patellar tendon against the Jets but has not been ruled out for Week 10. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil also left with a knee injury, but he does not believe the injury to be serious.

Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga injured his knee against the Patriots and did not return to the game. No update is yet available on Bulaga. Cornerback Kevin King injured his hamstring; around 50 percent of hamstring injuries result in at least one missed game for defensive backs, but only 25 percent result in absences of three or more weeks. Safety Kentrell Brice injured his knee, but no further update is yet available.

Panthers safety Eric Reid took a hard impact on his shoulder in the fourth quarter and was wrapped after the game, but he expects to be available as usual in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

The Seahawks lost starting running back Chris Carson to a hip injury; starting offensive tackle D.J. Fluker to a calf injury; and starting safety Bradley McDougald to a knee injury against the Chargers. Head coach Pete Carroll usually provides more information during his Monday morning radio appearance, but had no news on any of those players today. Less than half of calf injuries to offensive linemen result in missed time, and only around a third of hip injuries cause halfbacks to miss a game. Knee injuries are very difficult to project without further specifics on the exact type of injury, which we will probably not see until later in the week.

Texans linebacker Duke Ejiofor left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and did not return. No update is yet available.

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes was an unusually late removal from the inactive list, having been apparently written in then scored off before the game. Rhodes was in and out of the game against the Lions but can now use the team's bye to recover fully ahead of the Week 11 visit to Chicago. Tight end David Morgan hobbled off after injuring his knee, but no further update is yet available.


2 comments, Last at 06 Nov 2018, 5:45am

1 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 9

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 05, 2018 - 4:35pm

Light week for serious injuries, outside of Washington. Survivor effect?

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2 Re: Injury Aftermath: Week 9

by Andrew Potter // Nov 06, 2018 - 5:45am

I don't have the full numbers in front of me, but I get the strong impression it's been a light season for serious injuries thus far. That may just be me overcorrecting for last season though, in which we'd already lost Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Carson Palmer, Joe Thomas, Malik Hooker, Odell Beckham, J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Dalvin Cook, Chris Carson, Darren Sproles, Greg Olsen, Allen Robinson, Eric Berry, and David Johnson by this point.

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