A.J. Green, Gio Bernard & Zach Miller Sustain Season-Ending Injuries
What a horrible week for injuries around the NFL. A.J. Green's season could be over because of a hamstring tear, Gio Bernard tore his ACL, LeSean McCoy needs thumb surgery and C.J. Prosise has a serious shoulder injury. Here are some of the most significant injuries from Week 11, and what it might mean for these players next week and for the rest of the season.
A.J. Green WR, Bengals: Hamstring Tear
Green went down with a hamstring injury after just a few plays yesterday, and he had to be carted off the field. He was hit high in the back as he went up for a pass near the sideline. As he came down he hyperextended his leg, putting a lot of stress on the hamstring. We are still waiting on the MRI results, but it's likely a hamstring tear that will end Green's season.
LeSean McCoy RB, Bills: Dislocated Thumb
When McCoy left the game Sunday because of a dislocated thumb, he was unable return because they couldn't get it to pop back into place. This can happen if a tendon or ligament gets trapped, so he underwent a surgical procedure this morning. McCoy is still expected to play Week 12; he just might have his hand protected. The injury is to his left, non-dominant hand, so it shouldn't have a major impact on his ball security or ability to play since he usually carries with his right hand.
C.J. Prosise RB, Seahawks: Scapula Injury
The Seahawks haven't released any details yet on Prosise's shoulder injury, but after piecing together a few bits of information it sounds like a scapula fracture, the same injury that forced Donte Moncrief to miss a few months earlier this season. He will undergo further testing today but is expected to miss "a while." Optimal recovery time for a scapula fracture is close to eight weeks, so it's possible he returns during the playoffs if this is the injury he suffered. The timing couldn't be better for the Seahawks to have Thomas Rawls back in the lineup following a fibula fracture.
Darren Sproles RB, Eagles: Rib Injury
The Eagles’ running backs took a beating on Sunday in their loss to the Seahawks. Sproles took a big hit late in the first half while fielding a punt, which forced him out for the rest of the game because of a rib injury. He's set to undergo further testing to assess the severity of the injury. If he has fractured ribs he will miss multiple weeks. If it's just a bruise, there's a chance he could play Week 12, but it's unlikely.
Ryan Mathews RB, Eagles: MCL Sprain
Like Sproles, Mathews’ day ended early when he went down with a right knee injury. After initial tests, the Eagles are hopeful that it's just an MCL sprain, but he will undergo an MRI today. Depending on the severity, an MRI sprain can keep a player out anywhere from a week to two months. It's hard to give a good projection on recovery time without having more information on his injury.
Zach Miller TE, Bears: Foot Fracture
After suffering a broken foot, Zach Miller's season is over and he will undergo surgery. Miller left late in the second quarter and slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration; he was later seen leaving the stadium in a walking boot. Fox also said that Miller had a similar injury to his other foot earlier in his career, so he knew what happened the second he got hurt. Now Miller will work to be ready by training camp next season.
Giovani Bernard RB, Bengals: Torn ACL
Not only did the Bengals lose A.J. Green to a hamstring tear, but Giovani Bernard also tore his ACL on one of the final plays of the game, ending his season. Bernard will undergo surgery and faces a six to nine-month recovery. However, any other damage to his knee such as a cartilage tear, other ligament damage etc. could influence the length of his recovery.
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