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04 Nov 2013

Week 9 Injury Aftermath

compiled by Andrew Potter

Here's what we know about the injuries from a relatively mild Week 9 (for the players, at least).

Bengals Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins -- ACL (IR)

After injuring his ACL against the Dolphins, Geno Atkins was placed on Injured Reserve this morning, ending his season. Cincinnati's -11.0% defense ranked fourth by DVOA entering Week 9, but Atkins' injury means they've now lost two key players from their secondary (Taylor Mays and Leon Hall), a starting linebacker (Rey Maualuga), and one of the stars of their vaunted defensive line (Atkins). Former Raiders sixth-rounder Christo Bilukidi was signed to replace Atkins, with Devon Still listed as the expected starter at defensive tackle.

Bills Wide Receiver Robert Woods -- Ankle

Wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin were both injured against Kansas City, and are both being “monitored” according to Doug Marrone. Woods (-19.8% DVOA, 52 targets) injured his ankle, reportedly was unable to walk on it, and is expected to miss time. Goodwin (29.0% DVOA, 9 targets) left with a hamstring injury, which is particularly bad news for him as speed is a key component of his game.

Broncos Head Coach John Fox

Though a mild week for player injuries, Week 9 brought worrying news concerning two head coaches. The first of those, Denver's John Fox, underwent aortic heart valve surgery this morning. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was today named interim head coach while Fox recovers. No time scale has been placed on that recovery.

Jets Wide Receiver Jeremy Kerley -- Elbow

Jeremy Kerley's elbow injury is being widely reported as serious, potentially season-ending, as it may involve a fracture and/or nerve or ligament damage. The word most commonly being used in reference to this injury is subluxation, which in medical parlance usually means a partial dislocation. Kerley has been New York's most productive receiver this year, with 118 DYAR and a DVOA of 27.1% entering Sunday's game. Safety Antonio Allen also left Sunday's game with a concussion.

Patriots Wide Receiver Austin Collie -- Knee

Patriots Defensive End Rob Ninkovich -- Knee

Patriots Safety Steve Gregory -- Hand

Definitive information on Patriots injuries is notoriously difficult to acquire, but all of the above left Sunday's game and are widely expected to miss time. Gregory's thumb will apparently be examined to determine whether it is fractured or dislocated, per Ian Rapoport. Look for the official injury and potentially transaction reports for news on the others.

Raiders Running Back Darren McFadden -- Hamstring

Darren McFadden left Sunday's game with what is reportedly an aggravation of his existing hamstring injury. Hamstring injuries are notorious for lingering and being aggravated if they aren't allowed to heal, with Michael Vick as a recent high-profile example. McFadden has struggled this season along with the general Oakland offense, and has a DVOA of -14.0% on 93 carries. Assuming he misses time, he will be replaced by Rashad Jennings, who has a DVOA of -17.0% on 37 carries. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was also withdrawn from Sunday's game after hurting his right knee on a scramble, but has since stated that his withdrawal was “just precaution”.

Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Texans Running Back Arian Foster -- Hamstring/Back

The big news from Sunday's game in Houston was, of course, head coach Gary Kubiak collapsing on the sidelines. Reports agree that it was not cardiac arrest, and he is in no immediate danger, but no time scale has yet been placed on his recovery. No interim appointment has yet been made, though defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over on Sunday and is expected to do so for the duration of Kubiak's absence. On the field, running back Arian Foster (7.8% DVOA, ninth) has reportedly added a back problem to his existing hamstring troubles. Ben Tate (0.2% DVOA) has had his own injury problems recently, but is healthy enough to start if Foster misses time.

Vikings Tight End Kyle Rudolph -- Foot

Rudolph will reportedly miss 4-6 weeks with the broken foot sustained on his touchdown reception during Sunday's game. His -22.1% DVOA is third-worst among tight ends with at least 12 targets, but given Minnesota's quarterback situation it's difficult to blame Rudolph too much for that -- especially as backup John Carlson has a DVOA of -59.9% on his 13 targets. An already bad Vikings passing game (-14.0%, 28th) might have just gotten worse. Right tackle Phil Loadholt also left Sunday's game with a concussion.


In addition to the injuries covered above, Saints running back Darren Sproles, Seahawks center Max Unger, and Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor are all high profile players who left their respective games with concussions. Information on the severity of concussions is never clear this early in the week, so it isn't yet known whether any or all of these players will miss games (which is why those injuries don't have their own headlines).

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 04 Nov 2013

27 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2013, 3:05pm by Bob P


by Go pats (not verified) :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 5:05pm

You forgot Tommy Kelly who was put on IR

by Boots Day :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 5:24pm

I think the term you're looking for is "timetable."

by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 5:59pm

Kelechi Osemele has just been placed on IR by the Ravens.

by Theo :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:03pm

Steelers starting ILB Vince Williams went out with a concussion.

I don't think Taylor Mays was a 'key player' in the Bengals secondary as he wasn't even starting.

by Nathan :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:21pm

Wasn't he coming in as a kind of a big nickelback? I just did some Googling and it seems like he was averaging over 27 defensive snaps a game before he was injured, which seems like a fair amount.

by Theo :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 7:26pm

Including special teams?
He was the 3rd safety and linebacker in nickel situations, he also did some special teams and was the first option when someone needed to go out for injuries.
He's a useful defender as long as he doesn't have to tackle someone.

by Nathan :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 7:31pm

No, that's not including special teams. I tried to link to the source but the spam filter nuked it.

by Theo :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:31pm


by DisplacedPackerFan :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:44pm

You don't even need to leave this site to get snap counts. FO has the NFL official snap count data. Taylor Mays played 37% of Cincys defensive snaps and 59% of their special teams snaps. Source, just hover the statistics menu and select snap count, then select cin, all, db on the drop downs.

by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:40pm

Christo Bilukidi was signed to replace Atkins

Turns out Bilukidi didn't have the right work permit (he's Canadian) and the NFL has voided his contract.

by Bobman :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:59pm

That's a new one on me. Pretty interesting.

by Moridin :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 11:09pm

Well, add Rodgers to this list it seems.

by Bob P (not verified) :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 3:05pm

Is Rodgers' injury similar to the one Romo had in late October a few years ago? Romo was out for the season, right? Yeesh.

by PatsFan :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 1:03am

Word is that Kubiak had a TIA, apparently.

by Boots Day :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 1:05am

What's a TIA?

by Andrew Potter :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 1:20am

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time. It's commonly termed a mini-stroke; the key difference between it and a stroke is the transience. The symptoms last about 24 hours then subside without permanent brain injury.

by Theo :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 5:04am

It's a mini-infarct in the brain, where blood vessels don't act like they should, so parts of the brain don't get the oxygen needed. This can lead to anything really.

The effects of the TIA by definition (T for Trancient) go away over time. Sometimes as short as a few minutes and sometimes a few hours.
It is an indication that things are not well so sometimes preventive medication is given to prevent a real infarct.

by Paul R :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 2:52am

Football commentators usually say that a player on the injury list is "out with" the injury: "Rob Ninkovich is out with a knee," or "Darren McFadden is out with a hamstring."

So would it be fair to say that Gary Kubiak is "out with a brain?"

by Raiderjoe :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 4:17am


by DenverCheeze (not verified) :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 11:30am

Aaron Rodgers. Goodbye Playoffs.

by Go pats (not verified) :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 1:15pm

Gregory has a broken thumb and will miss a "few" weeks

by Theo :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 2:14pm

4 - 6 typically

by Andrew Potter :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 2:30pm

And Collie's been released, with LaQuan Williams signed. I didn't see any mention of an injury settlement for Collie.

by Nathan :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 2:34pm

Too bad about Collie, was pulling for him.

by georgebowles (not verified) :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 1:28pm

as much as I don't like the Packers, that is a helluva lot of injuries... kinda feel sorry for 'em, even though I saw many Pack fans gloat at Cutler's injury. Detroit fans rejoice that their two main rivals are missing their QBs, I would imagine.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 1:55pm

We consider Minnesota to be missing a QB, too.

by LionInAZ :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 11:30pm

And now the Texans have officially given up on the season by naming Wade Philips interim head coach. Sorry, Rivers...