Elgton Jenkins Tears ACL

Green Bay Packers OL Elgton Jenkins
Green Bay Packers OL Elgton Jenkins
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NFL Week 11 - The NFL retained last season's relaxed injured reserve rules for 2021, meaning that any player who is placed on injured reserve after the final roster cutdown day is eligible to return to practice after missing three weeks. As a result, we will continue to distinguish between players who will be placed on injured reserve (IR) and players who will likely miss the entire remainder of the season (Season).

Packers Offensive Tackle Elgton Jenkins—Knee (Season)

Packers left tackle Elgton Jenkins tore his ACL against the Vikings. The injury will require surgical repair and end his season. As we move into the second half of the season, the chance increases not only that Jenkins miss a substantial portion of the team's offseason program, but that he may begin next year on the Reserve (PUP) list as he rehabilitates the injury.

Defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster injured his thumb. Though most thumb injuries do result in missed time, around two-thirds of players miss no more than two games, and due to their ability to play with a cast on, defensive linemen are less likely than most other positions to miss extended time with a thumb injury.

Seahawks Cornerback Tre Brown—Knee (Season)

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that cornerback Tre Brown injured his patellar tendon against the Cardinals. Though Carroll declined to confirm whether the injury would end Brown's season, the odds are very firmly stacked against him: 95% of patellar tendon injuries in our database were season-ending. Worse, Brown is likely to miss the beginning of next season if the injury is serious enough to require surgery: patellar tendon rehabilitation is notorious for being one of the most grueling processes in sports, worse even than ACL recovery. Brown is likely to begin the 2022 season on Reserve (PUP), most likely aiming for a midseason return.

Jaguars Receiver Jamal Agnew—Hip (Season)

The Jaguars placed wide receiver and kick returner Jamal Agnew on injured reserve today, announcing that his unspecified hip injury will cause him to miss the rest of the season. Agnew appears to have suffered some form of hip dislocation or subluxation late in the game against the 49ers. A dislocation would be terrible news, but it is likely that word would have broken of Agnew going to the hospital if his hip had been dislocated, as that is a medical emergency due to the potential for arterial and nerve damage. A subluxation, while still a major injury, is far less severe and should allow him to fully recover in time for the start of the team's offseason program.

Tackle Cam Robinson and cornerback Tyson Campbell were also hurt against the 49ers, but head coach Urban Meyer expects both players to be available in Week 12.

Jets Halfback Michael Carter—Ankle (IR?)

Jets halfback Michael Carter is expected to miss around three weeks with a low-grade high-ankle sprain suffered against the Dolphins. This is likely a minimum timetable: 80% of halfbacks miss at least three games following a high-ankle sprain, and almost half (45%) miss four games or more. Given the likely recovery duration, it is possible that the Jets could place Carter on injured reserve. Carter is not only the team's leading rusher, he is also their third-leading receiver. Ty Johnson is the most likely candidate to start in Carter's absence.


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

  • Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel
  • Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb
  • Eagles cornerback Darius Slay
  • Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin
  • Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley
  • Lions offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai

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

Bears quarterback Justin Fields injured his ribs against the Ravens. Although the team does not believe that the injury is major, the short week places his status for the Thanksgiving visit to Detroit in jeopardy. Midweek practice reports will tell us more about his likelihood of playing on Thursday afternoon.

Browns receiver Jarvis Landry hurt his knee against the Lions, but head coach Kevin Stefanski believes that Landry will not miss time with the injury.

Chiefs halfback Jerick McKinnon injured his hamstring against the Cowboys. Most hamstring injuries to backs cause at least a one-game absence, but only around one-in-four causes an absence of more than two games. Defensive back Rashad Fenton hurt his knee and awaits MRI scan results to determine what, if any, injury he suffered.

Colts guard Quenton Nelson continues to battle through an ankle injury, which forced him out of the game against the Bills.

Dolphins linebacker Brennan Scarlett and defensive back Jamal Perry both suffered knee injuries against the Jets, but the team is still awaiting MRI scan results for both players.

Eagles halfback Jordan Howard suffered a knee sprain against the Saints, but the team believes that the injury is mild and he is only expected to miss one game. Linebacker Davion Taylor was not so fortunate, as his knee sprain will likely cause the team to place him on injured reserve. Linebacker Shaun Bradley injured his shoulder but should be fine for Week 12.

Football Team center Tyler Larsen, starting against the Panthers in place of the injured Chase Roullier, left the victory over his former employers with a knee injury and was replaced by Wes Schweitzer. Offensive tackle Sam Cosmi hurt his hip. No word is yet available on the severity of either injury.

Panthers tackle Dennis Daley injured his glute against Washington and did not return. He was replaced by rookie Brady Christensen.

Steelers tight end Eric Ebron injured his knee against the Chargers, but without further specifics we cannot project a return timetable. Guard J.C. Hassenauer, starting in place of the injured Kevin Dotson, injured a pectoral, which could be very bad news; almost 75% of pectoral injuries to offensive linemen cause an absence of at least two games, and around half are season-ending. Joe Haeg replaced Hassenauer against the Chargers and would likely ascend to the starting role if Hassenauer misses time.

Texans linebacker Jordan Jenkins sprained his posterior cruciate ligament, which is likely to keep him out for around three weeks. That makes him a potential candidate for injured reserve, depending on the severity of the sprain.

Titans receiver A.J. Brown left Sunday's defeat against the Texans with a chest injury, but X-rays showed no fracture and the team hopes to have him available for Week 12.


6 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2021, 3:31am

#1 by big10freak // Nov 22, 2021 - 4:50pm

is now down an All Pro left tackle, a Pro Bowl guard and a promising rookie center.


Not to mention all the good players on defense currently on the sideline.  And Aaron Jones.


Just sharing the facts.  The above is not meant to be interpreted as complaining or whining.  


Good luck to the group dealing with Mr Donald & Co this Sunday

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#2 by dank067 // Nov 22, 2021 - 4:58pm

Hope Jenkins is able to come back healthy next year and beyond. He was already a Pro Bowler at G and has shown this year that he's a Pro Bowl-caliber LT as well, he's got a bright NFL future.

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#3 by Upnorth // Nov 22, 2021 - 7:23pm

When does the games lost article come out?

There are a few teams that seem to have really caught the injury bug.

Love to see how bad some are getting tagged

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#4 by Raiderfan // Nov 22, 2021 - 9:44pm

They have previously stated they only do it at the end of the year.  I believe the rationale was to better capture distinctions between injuries to staters and role players.

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#5 by Bobman // Nov 23, 2021 - 12:47am

Jamal Agnew is listed as both Lions and Jaguars.  I knw they're both big cats, but they're from different continents (the African Football Conference and the uh, Nouth American Football Conference?  Okay, so it didn't hold together as a joke... close though.)

Should be just Jags.

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#6 by Andrew Potter // Nov 23, 2021 - 3:31am

I freely admit that I initially brainfarted the header as Lions instead of Jaguars, but I'm sure I fixed that before it was published. Is there a lingering mention of his former employer that I missed?

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