Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Dec 2013

Week 13 Injury Aftermath

compiled by Andrew Potter

49ers Offensive Tackle Joe Staley -- Knee

Joe Staley left Sunday's game with what has been widely reported as a sprained MCL, the same injury which has sidelined teammate Mike Iupati. A MRI scan today will help diagnose its severity, with Staley likely to miss at least two weeks, and possibly as many as six for a more severe sprain. Following his injury, his left tackle position was assumed by starting right guard Alex Boone, with reserve lineman Joe Looney taking Boone's position. Entering Sunday's game the 49ers ranked 30th in Adjusted Line Yards and 20th in Adjusted Sack Rate.

Buccaneers Cornerback Darrelle Revis -- Shoulder/Chest

That the injury to Darrelle Revis has been listed as both shoulder and chest supports reports that he suffered an injury to his sternoclavicular (SC) joint, most likely a sprain. If the sprain diagnosis is confirmed by a MRI scan, then time missed will depend on severity: a mild sprain would allow Revis to play through the injury depending on the level of pain, whereas a more severe sprain affecting the joint's stability would likely cause him to miss two weeks or longer.

Chiefs Offensive Tackle Brandon Albert -- Knee

Brandon Albert hyperextended his knee against the Broncos, but suffered no serious injury and is considered day-to-day by the Chiefs. That means his status for this weekend is uncertain, but he is not expected to miss significant time. Tight End Anthony Fasano left with concussion, and enters the league protocol.

Jets Kick Returner Josh Cribbs -- Shoulder

Kick returner/gunner/wildcat quarterback Josh Cribbs left Sunday's home loss against Miami with his arm in a sling due to a reported shoulder injury. No further information on the injury is yet public.

Thanksgiving Games

Cowboys Running Back Lance Dunbar injured ligaments in his left knee and has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Packers Center Evan Dietrich-Smith left with a knee injury for the second time in a month, and his status for Week 14 is uncertain. Tight End Ryan Taylor also left the game with concussion symptoms and will enter the league protocol.

Raiders running back Rashad Jennings left his team's game with concussion symptoms and enters the league protocol. No update is yet available on the injuries to offensive guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder).

Ravens Wide Receiver Brandon Stokley left the team's Thankgiving game with a knee sprain of unconfirmed severity. Cornerback Jimmy Smith also left with concussion and will enter the league protocol.

The most frightening injury on Thanksgiving was that to Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who left his game against Baltimore with concussion after a violent blow appeared to render him unconscious on the field of play. He and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith were both concussed on the play, and both enter the league protocol. Offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum left with a knee injury and was reportedly still limping following today's practice. His status is unclear for Sunday's game against Miami. Following Thursday's game Fernando Velasco became the second starting center the Steelers have placed on injured reserve this season. Finally, defensive End Brett Keisel aggravated a foot injury which had caused him to miss the previous two games. He is expected to miss further time with the injury.


In addition to the players mentioned above, Rams Offensive Tackle Jake Long, Redskins Safety Reed Doughty, Titans Tight End Delanie Walker, and Vikings Quarterback Christian Ponder left their respective games with concussion symptoms and will enter the league's protocol. Browns Quarterback Brandon Weeden also sustained a concussion, but finished the game as there was no single obviously concussive impact and his symptoms were not apparent until afterward. He likewise will need to clear the league's protocol.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 02 Dec 2013

11 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2014, 1:53am by Franklin and Marshall Espa


by Nathan :: Mon, 12/02/2013 - 5:24pm

Kenbrell Thompkins left the Pats/Texans game with what appeared to be a groin injury. Briefly returned but sat out 2nd half. There were reports he was limping badly after the game.

by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 12/02/2013 - 5:38pm

Colts defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois will miss 2-4 weeks with a foot sprain.

by Bobman :: Mon, 12/02/2013 - 7:12pm

Further hurting Indy's chances, Colts RB Trent Richardson was NOT injured on Sunday and is expected to play next week.

Okay, that was just cruel. I apologize.

by LordChozo (not verified) :: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:45pm

Bengals starting LG Clint Boling tore his ACL against the Chargers. The Bengals moved Whitworth from LT to LG during the game, putting Anthony Collins at LT. They may keep that formation going forward.

by Andrew Potter :: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 1:21pm

That seems really unusual to me: a team moving its left tackle to fill another spot on the line. Most of the time it's a team moving a starter from another spot to fill in at left tackle, like the 49ers this week.

Also, this continues a dreadful season for ACL injuries in particular.

by DisplacedPackerFan :: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 1:44pm

LT does seem odd. The Packers when they lost their center ended moving their RG to C, RT to RG and pulling in a tackle off the bench for RT. I understand why they did it, because the planned back-up center was injured in a practice making the RG the next best center, and the guard on the bench isn't as good at guard as the starting RT, and back up RT was a starting LT for two seasons so presumably isn't that bad.

Of course I was a bit convoluted in my explanation on purpose because I don't like weakening 3 positions due to an injury at one, and I dislike Newhouse (RT) enough that I never want to see him on the field again and would rather just see the shift of guard (Lang) to center and bring in Taylor (back-up G) to play guard.

But yeah, typically the LT is one of the better linemen, or least capable enough to not get the QB killed, and you don't want to shift them. It seems very rare to have a back-up LT with a small enough drop off from the starter that it makes sense to shift them anywhere.

by tuluse :: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 2:10pm

Some coaches have the thinking that a single poor lineman can be overcome. So if you can be strong from LG-RT, and weak at LT, you can just help the LT in pass pro. On the other hand if you just put your best lineman at LT, he still might not be a good LT, and it could weaken other positions and end up with a weaker overall line that needs help in more than one spot.

by In_Belichick_We... :: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 2:56pm

A valid point. You can ad a chip blocker to help a tackle, but maybe not to help a guard.

by Norksman (not verified) :: Wed, 12/04/2013 - 12:00am

One of Ben Muth's articles talked about the fact that the Bengals are lucky enough to have three above average tackles on roster. Collins filled in for Whitworth while he was out with injury. Whitworth was originally a guard so the new alignment of those players makes sense to me.

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