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Injury Aftermath: Week 10

Danny Trevathan
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Bears Linebacker Danny Trevathan -- Elbow (IR?)

Danny Trevathan suffered a very obvious and severe elbow dislocation while landing after a hit on Jeff Driskel. He is very likely to miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair the damage. Trevathan is the team's leading tackler as of Week 10, but he will probably be placed on injured reserve this week.

Chiefs Linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah -- Pectoral (IR)

The Chiefs appear to have lost both Emmanuel Ogbah and backup offensive lineman Martinas Rankin for the season in Tennessee. Ogbah suffered a torn pectoral, which is always a major long-term injury even on the rare occasions that it does not end a player's season. Rankin's injury is notable because the Chiefs have lost a number of linemen to injury this year; he had started five games, but reportedly suffered a season-ending patellar injury while deputizing for Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle against the Titans.

Jets Tight End Chris Herndon -- Rib
Jets Guard Brian Winters -- Shoulder (IR)

Head coach Adam Gase confirmed today that Chris Herndon broke a rib during Sunday's game, and the tight end is expected to miss an extended period of time. Sunday was Herndon's season debut after he had been suspended for the first four games and missed the next four with a hamstring injury. This late in a lost season, it would be no surprise to see the Jets simply place Herndon on injured reserve.

Offensive lineman Brian Winters re-dislocated his shoulder and will require surgery, which is likely to end his season.

Falcons Halfback Devonta Freeman -- Foot
Falcons Tight End Austin Hooper -- Knee

Sunday's big divisional road win in New Orleans may have come at a cost for the Falcons. Devonta Freeman left Sunday's game with a foot injury, which was initially diagnosed as a sprain. He will have an MRI scan on the injury today to determine the injury's severity. The only specific foot sprains we have data for are Lisfranc injuries, which if diagnosed would end Freeman's season. That term has not been mentioned, however, and we have no data for other types of sprain. Most miscellaneous (i.e., not Lisfranc or bone fracture) foot injuries do not result in missed time, but around 50 percent of those that do cause missed time are season-ending.

Tight end Austin Hooper injured his knee, with most early indications suggesting an MCL sprain. Almost all MCL injuries to tight ends result in at least a two-week absence, and over 50 percent cause absences of seven or more weeks. Nothing so far has suggested that Hooper's injury is quite so severe, but he is very likely to miss at least the next two games.


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

  • Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder
  • Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins
  • Lions halfback Ty Johnson
  • Lions offensive tackle Rick Wagner
  • Packers returner Tremon Smith
  • Packers linebacker Ty Summers
  • Vikings guard Josh Kline

Based on our current data, a growing majority of players now miss at least one game following a diagnosed concussion, but around 80 percent return within two weeks.

Other Injuries

Bengals tight end Drew Sample injured his ankle against the Ravens and was spotted wearing a protective boot after the game. Halfback Giovani Bernard injured his right knee. Both are likely to miss time.

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson injured his calf against the Buccaneers. Around 60 percent defensive backs who suffer calf injuries do not miss time, and over 80 percent return within two weeks.

Rams center Brian Allen injured his knee against the Steelers and appears set to miss time, but no further specifics are yet available.

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore suffered a hamstring strain against the Falcons. Defensive backs who suffer hamstring injuries usually miss at least one game, but 80 percent return within three weeks.

Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo suffered a rib injury, linebacker Ola Adeniyi injured his hip, and receiver Ryan Switzer injured his back. Head coach Mike Tomlin is not sure which, if any, of the three will be available against the Browns on Thursday night.


3 comments, Last at 12 Nov 2019, 12:36pm

1 Matthew Stafford injury

I know it didn't happen during the games Sunday. But seeing someone not named Stafford being the Lions QB yesterday was a surprise. What's your take on how long he might be out?

2 It's unlikely to be very…

It's unlikely to be very long. Stafford's exact injury has never been explicitly stated, but the fact he even had a chance to play suggests it is most likely a transverse process fracture. Derek Carr missed just one game after sustaining a transverse process fracture in 2017. Stafford being such a late scratch against Chicago suggests he has a decent chance to play against Dallas in Week 11, though it's no sure thing. I fully expect him to be back for the Washington game in Week 12, and certainly by the time of the next Bears game on Thanksgiving.