Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Dec 2017

Injury Aftermath: Week 16

by Andrew Potter

The unfortunate scheduling conflict between football and the holidays means that the injury news feed is thinner than usual after Week 16. Here is our abbreviated roundup, looking solely at the remaining teams in the playoff hunt.

American Football Conference

Bills halfback Travaris Cadet suffered a gruesome ankle dislocation against the Patriots, and will miss the rest of the season. He may require surgery. He should be able to recover in time for the start of the 2018 season. Defensive backs Micah Hyde and Shareece Wright were also hurt, but both are expected to be available against Miami in Week 17.

Chargers halfback Melvin Gordon injured his ankle against the Jets and is expected to miss Week 17, but Gordon should be able to return in the wild-card round if the Chargers can make the postseason in his absence.

Chiefs backup running back and special teamer Akeem Hunt (not to be confused with teammate and near-namesake Kareem Hunt) injured his shoulder against the Dolphins and did not return.

Jaguars receiver Jaelen Strong will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL against the 49ers. Offensive tackle Cam Robinson will miss Week 17 with an abdominal strain, but should be available to return for the wild-card playoff round.

The Patriots appear to have suffered no new injuries this past weekend.

Ravens cornerback Jaylen Hill suffered a torn ACL and MCL against the Colts. He will miss the rest of the season, and with surgery and a nine-month recovery to follow is likely to begin the 2018 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt left Monday's game briefly after a hit to his knee, but was able to return. Postgame reports suggest that he is fine and should be available to play in Week 17.

Titans halfback DeMarco Murray sprained his MCL, but believes he can play through the injury in Week 17. Even if he cannot, he should be able to return during the playoffs if the Titans can secure a postseason berth. Receiver Corey Davis was hurt in the first quarter, but later returned to the game.

National Football Conference

Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Graham left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but X-rays showed no damage and he does not expect the injury to linger.

Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo left Sunday's game with a sprained MCL. He is likely to miss at least Week 17, but may be able to return during the postseason if the Falcons can get there without him.

Panthers receiver Damiere Byrd will miss the rest of the season after being injured on a kickoff return against the Buccaneers. It is the second time this season that Byrd has been placed on injured reserve. Byrd had begun to make an impact as a receiver, as well as on special teams, where he set a franchise record with a 103-yard kickoff return earlier in Sunday's game.

Rams offensive guard Rodger Saffold injured his ribs in Week 16, but should be fine for Week 17. Defensive back Marqui Christian injured his shoulder and did not return.

Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead injured his thigh against the Falcons and did not return. As is usual during Armstead's frequent absences, Andrus Peat moved to left tackle and Senio Kelemete entered the game at left guard. Backup defensive tackle John Hughes also left the game, in his case due to an elbow injury.

The Seahawks appear to have suffered no new injuries against the Cowboys.

Vikings offensive guard Nick Easton will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his ankle against the Packers. He will have surgery on the injury this week, and has been placed on injured reserve. Jeremiah Sirles is the leading candidate to start in Easton's stead. Long snapper Kevin McDermott left Sunday's game with a dislocated shoulder, but may be able to return for the playoffs. Jeff Overbaugh has been signed as cover in the meantime.

Posted by: Andrew Potter on 26 Dec 2017

2 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2017, 1:59pm by Andrew Potter


by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 12/28/2017 - 9:27am

Has Rodgers been released yet?

by Andrew Potter :: Thu, 12/28/2017 - 1:59pm

He doesn't need to be released until he's healthy. Even if they did comply with the rule, I'd guess he wouldn't 'be healthy' until after February 1st, when vested veterans no longer need to clear waivers and the Packers would have a chance to get him back.