Here’s a look at some of the injury situations Shutdown Corner will be monitoring as we move into Week 14 of the 2012 regular season:
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson injured his hamstring in Sunday’s 23-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers also lost right tackle T.J. Lang to an ankle injury, which prompted the club to turn to undrafted rookie Don Barclay, who had played just one offensive snap this season before Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins could be without left tackle Jake Long for the remainder of the season after the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft suffered a triceps injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the New England Patriots. Long, who was replaced by rookie Jonathan Martin, will undergo an MRI on Monday. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was on crutches and in a walking boot after injuring his foot, reports Field Yates of ESPN Boston.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller suffered a dreaded high ankle sprain in Sunday’s 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. With only four weeks left in a non-playoff season, the injury could end Keller’s season after just 28 receptions for 317 yards, not the numbers the 2008 first-round pick out of Purdue hoped to put up as he prepares to enter free agency.
Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs suffered an arm injury late in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but The Baltimore Sun reports that Suggs says he’ll “be alright“. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is expected to miss two-to-six weeks with a right fibula injury.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett suffered a concussion during the Chicago Bears’ 23-17 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, who scored their game-winning touchdown on the opening possession of overtime, a drive that saw Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) sent to the sidelines with injuries. Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice appeared to sustain a head injury while scoring the game-winning touchdown, but tweeted that he had passed a concussion test. Rice’s injury-plagued 2011 season was ended after sustaining multiple concussions.
The Tennessee Titans lost starting right tackle David Stewart for the remainder of the season to a fractured leg. Additionally, left guard Steve Hutchinson has a knee injury that will require an MRI on Monday and center Fernando Velasco and left tackle Michael Roos were dinged up during their 24-10 loss to the Houston Texans. On the defensive side, Kamerion Wimbley will undergo an MRI on a toe injury and safety Robert Johnson suffered a lower leg injury. Texans cornerback Brice McCain suffered a left foot injury while starting in place of an injured Johnathan Joseph, while tight end Garrett Graham left the game with a concussion.
Concussions knocked Indianapolis Colts left guard Joe Reitz and right tackle Winston Justice out of their 35-33 win over the Detroit Lions. Colts running back Donald Brown injured his ankle in the fourth quarter and would not return. Lions rookie wide receiver Ryan Broyles suffered a right knee injury and will undergo an MRI on Monday. Broyles’ college career at the University of Oklahoma ended with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts and running back Rashad Jennings both exited Sunday’s 34-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills with concussions. Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson left the game after his hamstring tightened up on the same drive he caught a 13-yard touchdown, his fifth touchdown of the season and first since Oct. 21.
Cincinnati Bengals first round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left Sunday’s 20-13 win over the San Diego Chargers with a concussion.
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