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Injury Aftermath: Week 12

Oakland Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

by Andrew Potter

Colts Tight End Eric Ebron -- Ankles (IR)

Ian Rapoport reports today that the Colts will place tight end Eric Ebron on injured reserve as he requires surgical procedures on both ankles. Ebron is the second offensive starter in two weeks that the Colts have lost for a significant period, though they at least got top receiver T.Y. Hilton back against Houston for the first time since Week 8. Ebron is currently the team's second-leading receiver, and his efficiency has been almost perfectly average this year as he has played through multiple injuries. He should be back at full strength well ahead of the team commencing its 2020 offseason program.

Raiders Wide Receiver Hunter Renfrow -- Ribs, Lung

Hunter Renfrow suffered a broken rib and a punctured lung in the team's loss against the Jets, and it is unclear how long he will be absent. Renfrow played through the injury at first, aggravating it later in the game, and it is possible that he may miss the rest of the season. He is undergoing further examination, and at the very least is expected to be out until the playoffs.

Panthers Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe -- Quad (IR)

Dontari Poe is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn quad, pending a confirmatory MRI scan. Though he would be healthy in time for the team's offseason program, he is widely expected to be a cap casualty due to his $10-million cap hit. Carolina already has the least efficient run defense in the league, and Poe would be a major loss to the team's defensive front.

Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten suffered an ankle injury against the Saints and was spotted in a protective boot after the game. The Panthers are concerned that his injury may also be significant, and he may also miss the rest of the season.


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

  • Bengals tight end Cethan Carter
  • Giants receiver Golden Tate
  • Jaguars safety Ronnie Harrison
  • Redskins defensive end Ryan Kerrigan

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

Bears offensive lineman Bobby Massie suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Giants and is expected to miss time. Half of high-ankle sprains to offensive linemen cause at least a two-week absence, and one in four result in an absence of seven or more weeks -- which would end Massie's season. Defensive back and special teamer Sherrick McManus also may miss the rest of the season after injuring his groin. Only 50 percent of groin injuries to defensive backs cause missed time, but half of those that do result in an absence keep the player out for four or more weeks.

Bengals offensive guard Alex Redmond tore his bicep in the warmup before Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, and he will miss the rest of the season.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores declared today that it is too soon to determine whether Jakeem Grant or Albert Wilson will play again this season, though their injuries have not yet been specified. It therefore sounds very likely that they will both miss extended time, though we cannot predict just how much.

Eagles guard Brandon Brooks posted a statement on Twitter about his ongoing struggles with anxiety, which forced him out of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Though it is not expected to keep him out of future games, it does serve as a stark reminder of the humanity of professional athletes.

Giants safety Jabrill Peppers has a transverse process fracture in his back, which is likely to keep him out for one to three weeks.

Lions receiver Marvin Hall injured his foot against Washington. Though no specifics are yet available, he was spotted in a protective boot after the game and he is expected to miss time.

Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga appears to have avoided major injury against the 49ers, but he is expected to miss at least one game and perhaps two with the apparent MCL sprain he sustained in San Francisco.

Redskins receiver Paul Richardson injured his hamstring against the Lions. Roughly half of hamstring injuries to wide receivers result in at least a one-game absence. Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Panthers, but the team believes that the sprain is mild. He is expected to miss at least Week 13, and is currently considered week-to-week.


5 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2019, 3:51pm

1 Ravens center Matt Skura

Ravens center Matt Skura was carted off early on MNF with a knee sprain. Didn't seem to matter much.

3 I'm curious...

Mitch Trubisky supposedly suffered a hip pointer injury during the Rams game on 11/17. He was a full participant in practice 3 days later and played the entire game on 11/24.

Is there a precedent for a QB having that type of injury and not only playing in the next game, but never being designated as questionable AND practicing in full that entire week?

4 Trubisky

In reply to by Steve in WI

Sure, it's known as the CQB recovery timetable. That is, covering for my quarterback's benching.

More seriously, a hip pointer is a contusion. Depending on severity, it can be extremely painful at the time, but recover well enough for practice -- remembering quarterbacks don't typically get hit in practice -- quite quickly. Almost 75 percent of hip injuries to quarterbacks don't lead to a missed start, and half are off the injury report within a week. I'm skeptical of the specifics of the injury, but I don't see anything unusual here.