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Injury Aftermath: Week 12

San Francisco 49ers CB Jamar Taylor
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

During the 2020 season, injured reserve only requires that a player miss a minimum of three weeks, so teams will use that list more freely than in previous seasons. We will therefore distinguish between players placed on injured reserve (IR) and players who we expect to miss the rest of the season (Season).

49ers Cornerback Jamar Taylor -- Knee (Season)

Though it has not yet been officially confirmed, reports indicate that the 49ers believe Jamar Taylor tore his ACL against the Rams. That would end his season, and depending on the date of his surgery, the nine-month recovery would make him likely to begin the 2021 season on the Reserve (PUP) list. Though not a starter, Taylor had played at least 45% of defensive snaps in all but one game between Week 5 and his Week 12 injury.

Linebacker Ken Webster injured his hamstring. Most hamstring injuries to linebackers cause at least one missed game, but 75% of players who suffer them return within three weeks.

Colts Left Tackle Anthony Castonzo -- Knee
Colts Punter Rigoberto Sanchez -- Cancer (Indefinite)

Though we would not usually highlight a punter as a headline injury, we will make an exception for a situation this serious. Rigoberto Sanchez announced on social media earlier today that doctors found a cancerous tumor in his body, and he will have surgery to remove it this coming Tuesday (December 1). This situation defies any prediction of his timetable: Sanchez expects to miss time, but he has not yet been ruled out for the remainder of this season. It is possible that he could play again this year, depending on the outcome of his surgery, but the most likely immediate outcome is probably that the team places him on injured reserve this week, giving him and them at least three weeks to get through his surgery and immediate follow-up. By then, he and the team will know whether a 2020 return is realistic. Obviously, we wish him good fortune in the battle to come.

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo injured his knee against the Titans, but the good news is that he appears to have avoided the worst-case scenario, per head coach Frank Reich. Castonzo appears to have suffered a mid-grade MCL injury, which still means missed time: half of offensive linemen with MCL injuries miss at least four games, and one in four miss the rest of the season. Castonzo should return for the playoffs if the Colts can reach the postseason in his absence, but he is more likely than not to miss the rest of the regular season and is a strong candidate for injured reserve.

Packers Center Corey Linsley -- Knee

Like Castonzo, Corey Linsley appears to have a MCL sprain, which could keep him out for the remainder of the regular season but should allow him to return for the playoffs. This diagnosis is yet to be officially confirmed, but head coach Matt LaFleur has at least stated that the team does not believe Linsley's injury is season-ending. Elgton Jenkins took over at center for Linsley against the Bears, and may continue in that role in the interim.

Giants Quarterback Daniel Jones -- Hamstring

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones injured his hamstring against the Bengals, and early reports suggest that though he avoided major injury, the team is preparing for him to miss at least one game. That accords with our numbers: around 60% of quarterbacks miss at least one game after injuring a hamstring, and most return after one to three weeks. If Jones misses time, Colt McCoy will start in his place. Also, special teamer Nate Ebner injured his knee. Cornerback Kyler Fackrell injured his calf. Calf injuries to defensive backs usually mean no missed games, and 85% of players who suffer them are back on the field within two weeks.

Concussions

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

  • Bengals guard Alex Redmond
  • Raiders cornerback Damon Arnette

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

Other Injuries

Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan suffered a new injury to the same foot that has already caused him to miss time this season. Though the exact injury was not specified, Callahan is expected to miss several weeks; it is possible, at this late stage, that he could miss the rest of the season. Halfback Phillip Lindsay suffered a minor knee injury, but the team hopes to have him available against Kansas City.

Browns safety Ronnie Harrison left Sunday's game against his former team after injuring his shoulder on the first play, but no update is yet available. Fellow defensive backs Sheldrick Redwine and Andrew Sendejo are considered day-to-day with knee and groin injuries, respectively.

Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman hurt his back against the Bills, but X-rays showed no fracture and Perryman is expected to be available for Week 13. Bryan Bulaga left the game with an illness, but he is likewise not expected to miss further time.

Chiefs linebacker Dorian O'Daniel sprained his ankle against the Buccaneers. Fortunately, no reports suggest that it was a high-ankle sprain, and that usually means it was a standard low-ankle injury. Only around 40% of low-ankle sprains to linebackers cause missed time, and over 80% of players who suffer them are back within two weeks.

Dolphins receiver Malcolm Perry injured his chest against the Jets, but no further specifics are yet public.

Falcons guard James Carpenter injured his groin against the Raiders. Around half of groin injuries to offensive linemen cause missed games, but 75% of players who suffer them are back within one week. Receiver Olamide Zaccheaus injured his toe, and no update is yet available.

Jaguars receiver Trey Quinn injured his hamstring against the Browns. Around half of hamstring injuries to receivers cause missed games, but 75% of players who suffer them return within two weeks. Linebackers Dakota Allen and DaVon Hamilton left the game with ankle and knee injuries, respectively.

Jets linebacker Blake Cashman injured his hamstring, and head coach Adam Gase expects him to miss a couple of weeks. That meshes with our figures: around 65% of linebackers miss at least one game following a hamstring injury, but 75% are back after two games.

Raiders halfback Josh Jacobs sprained his ankle, but the team does not believe that the injury is major.

Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins left Sunday's game with a knee injury, but the team believes that he avoided significant injury and that he will be fine.

Comments

2 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2020, 4:47pm

1 Rigoberto Sanchez

Good luck to him. Without knowing exactly what kind of cancer he has and what stage, it's impossible to even guess when he'll be back. If it's a small melanoma, it could be just a few weeks. If he needs chemotherapy and/or radiation, his season is likely over.

My wife is in the last stages of cancer treatment, 20 weeks of chemotherapy and a month of radiation. The chemo was the worst part. Crashing white blood cell counts with Covid-19 lurking out there was a nightmare of stress that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

2 Cancer

Usually when someone is diagnosed (and it's verified as malignant/cancerous), they are in surgery within 24-36 hours.  In this case, they put it off like 5-6 days.  I know he wanted to play on Sunday, but that's a bit much (and surgery was still not until Tuesday), so I am going to assume it's not one of those imminently life-threatening issues, or one of the handful of cancers that has a high recovery rate.

Not sure where he will be most missed, punting, KO, or holding for Blankenship kicks.  There are games in which he only punts once or twice....

My former college roommate (35 years ago) had lymphoma and radiation therapy.  I'll mention now that his nickname was Doughboy.  His girlfriend and I made sure he ate well and kept his calories and spirits up; his doctor commented that he had never seen anyone actually GAIN weight during treatments before.  He's still alive and kicking today.