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Injury Aftermath: Week 6

Injured Will Dissly
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by Andrew Potter

Seahawks Tight End Will Dissly -- Achilles (IR)

Last season, then-rookie Will Dissly ruptured his patellar tendon in Week 4 and missed the rest of the season. This year, he made it to Week 6, but he will again miss the rest of the year with a ruptured tendon -- this time, his Achilles. Dissly will again require surgery, and he faces another tough rehabilitation to be ready in time for the 2020 season. We have seen some quick Achilles recoveries in recent years, but Dissly is still likely to begin the team's offseason program on the Reserve (PUP) list. As for this season, the team recently traded backup Nick Vannett to Pittsburgh, so Dissly's replacement is most likely to be the recently re-signed Luke Willson. Former Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister is Seattle's other option at the position.

Steelers Defensive End Stephon Tuitt -- Pectoral (IR)

Stephon Tuitt suffered a reported pectoral injury against the Chargers on Sunday night. There is rarely a circumstance in which the word "pectoral" is not dire news: more than 75 percent of pectoral injuries to any player result in missed time, and around 55 percent of pectoral injuries to defensive linemen cause them to miss the rest of the season. Around 5 percent of players were able to return from injured reserve after 14 weeks, but we are too late in the season for that to be much use for Tuitt if his MRI scan confirms the worst. Those MRI results are not yet available for Tuitt -- head coach Mike Tomlin usually provides injury updates in midweek. The best hope is that Tuitt suffered a mild strain, but the odds are unfortunately against him.

Cornerback Joe Haden injured his groin late in the game. Groin injuries to defensive backs have roughly a 50/50 chance of causing a short absence, but 75 percent of players return within two weeks.

Rams Right Guard Joe Noteboom -- Knee (IR)

Rams Cornerback Aqib Talib -- Ribs (IR)

Rams Safety John Johnson -- Shoulder

UPDATED: Rams guard Joe Noteboom suffered a torn ACL and MCL against the 49ers and will miss the rest of the season. Notebloom will require surgery, and is likely to miss at least the beginning of the team's offseason program. Backup Jamil Demby stepped in for Notebloom on Sunday, but Demby is not guaranteed to start in Notebloom's stead. Cornerback Aqib Talib has fractured ribs, and he will also be placed on injured reserve. Depending on the severity of the fractures, he may be able to return later in the season. Troy Hill started in Talib's stead last weekend and is likely to do so for the remainder of Talib's absence. Safety John Johnson injured his shoulder and is seeking a second opinion, which head coach Sean McVay said will determine whether he will be available next weekend or absent for a significant period. Reading between the lines, it appears that the Rams expect the latter.

Texans Right Tackle Tytus Howard -- Knee

Rookie right tackle Tytus Howard did not tear his ACL as outside observers initially feared on Sunday. Howard suffered a significant MCL sprain that will result in missed time, but the team expects to have him back before the end of the season. Most MCL sprains cause offensive linemen to miss at least four weeks, but barely one in four such injuries cause a season-long absence. Assuming the Texans remain in playoff contention, Howard should be back around the start of December.

Cornerback Bradley Roby injured his hamstring, and reports are suggesting that his is a fairly severe strain. Most defensive backs miss at least one game with a hamstring injury, but 75 percent return within three weeks. It sounds like Roby might be one of the 25 percent who are absent slightly longer than the usual timeframe.


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

  • Dolphins linebacker Avery Moss
  • Jaguars tight end Geoff Swaim

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 guard Kyle Long has not improved over the team's post-London bye week, and NFL Network reports that the team will place him on injured reserve today for the fourth consecutive season.

Bengals guard John Miller left Sunday's game with a groin injury. Groin injuries to offensive linemen are seldom serious: barely half cause even a single missed game, and over 75 percent of linemen who suffer them return within two weeks. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was carted off with a knee injury and later spotted wearing a brace, but no official confirmation of the injury's severity is yet public.

Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders injured his knee against Tennessee and did not return, but Sanders is expected to be available on Thursday night despite the shortened week.

Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller injured his right thumb against the Texans and had X-rays after the game, but no further update is yet available. The only thumb injuries that tend to cause significant missed time are fractures and dislocations, and even those are usually short-term: over two-thirds of defensive backs return from fractures or dislocations within two weeks, and only the most serious fracture-dislocations cause longer-term absences. The team's short week -- they play Denver on Thursday night -- increases the likelihood that Fuller will miss at least one game, but only a very severe injury would likely cause a significant absence beyond that.

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper reportedly aggravated an existing quad contusion against the Jets, and he may miss the divisional clash against Philadelphia in Week 7. Even if he does miss that game, however, the injury is not considered long-term.

Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters and linebacker Nigel Bradham both left Sunday's blowout loss in Minnesota with injuries, but head coach Doug Pederson stated today that he expects both to be considered "day to day" as the team begins practice this week.

Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee has a sprained ankle that is considered "minor to moderate," according to reports today. His "week to week" designation suggests that he will miss a game or two, but he is unlikely to absent for long. Backup safety and special teams contributor Cody Davis injured his hamstring; most hamstring injuries to defensive backs cause at least a one-week absence, but 75 percent of players return within three weeks.

Titans linebacker Jayon Brown left Sunday's game with a groin injury, but the injury is unlikely to be long-term. Most linebackers do not miss a game after appearing on the injury report with a groin injury, and 75 percent return to the field within two weeks.

Vikings tackle Riley Reiff left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, returned, then left again. That he was able to return suggests that the injury is not too severe, but head coach Mike Zimmer had no update on Reiff today and we are unlikely to learn more until the practice reports are released. Rashod Hill played a majority of snaps against the Eagles in relief, and Hill is likely to continue in that spot if Reiff misses further time.


5 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2019, 1:56pm

2 Contenders

You blurbed this as being about "three playoff contenders." I am pleased to see that you include the 2-4 Steelers in that category.

3 They're certainly an…

In reply to by Israel P. - Je…

They're certainly an outsider at this point, but their actions indicate that they fully believe they're playoff contenders, and that division hasn't exactly set the world alight. The only team in there I'd be fully confident is out of the division race is the Bengals.

4 The Patriots placed their…

The Patriots placed their backup FB, Jacob Johnson, on IR. He was only on the roster because their other FB is already on IR. Looks like they won't be using that position much from here on out. Matt Lacosse also injured his knee, which brought Ben Watson back into the fold.

5 DeShon Elliott from the Ravens placed on IR

Some kind of knee injury. Might not seem like a big deal given his snap count up to last week, however he was expected to be the replacement for Tony Jefferson and essentially be the starting strong safety for the rest of the season.