Cardinals’ Carson Palmer and Dolphins’ Jay Cutler Suffer Tough Breaks
Carson Palmer QB, Cardinals: left arm fracture
The Cardinals' up and down year just got a lot worse. Carson Palmer suffered a left arm fracture and is expected to miss around eight weeks. That means his season could be over, especially if the Cardinals are out of the playoff picture. He will undergo surgery this week. Now down their starting quarterback and the league's best running back, this offense has a tough task ahead of them. Drew Stanton will get the start next week, but he didn't look comfortable when he took over on Sunday.
The one thing working in Palmer's favor is that the injury was to his left arm. The Optimal Recovery Time is six weeks (much shorter than the 8-10 weeks needed for a throwing arm fracture), so he could return in December. He would have to wear a cast to protect the fracture location.
Jay Cutler QB, Dolphins: rib fractures
Cutler took a hard shot to the chest on Sunday, getting crushed on his left side. The blow caused multiple rib fractures. This injury comes with a three-week Optimal Recovery Time for a quarterback and is a challenge to play through. The twisting motion required to deliver a pass becomes difficult and painful with rib fractures, so Cutler wouldn't be very effective if he tried to play through it in the next few weeks. He is going for an MRI on Monday to confirm the extent of the injury.
Mike Wallace WR, Ravens: concussion
Mike Wallace, one of the toughest receivers in the game, has missed just one game in his nine-year career. But on Sunday he suffered a concussion and was not allowed to return. He was furious, causing a scene on the Ravens' sideline as his helmet was taken away. Wallace was hurt on a vicious shot to the head by safety Andrew Sendejo. His helmet popped off and he slammed his head into the turf. Wallace was escorted to the locker room for further evaluation and landed in the concussion protocol.
With the Thursday night game, Wallace is going to have a very hard time getting cleared to play in just four days. The injury leaves the Ravens even thinner at wide receiver. Breshad Perriman (concussion), Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Chris Matthews (thigh) were not available in Week 7, although all three have a chance to return on Thursday night.
C.J. Prosise RB, Seahawks: ankle injury
It took just one snap for C.J. Prosise to re-injure his ankle. Prosise had been sidelined since Week 3 with a high ankle sprain. He was expected to return in Week 7 but a setback during practice left his availability up in the air. Prosise ended up being active, which was the wrong decision due to lingering concerns over his health. Our algorithm still calculated an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor, two clear warning signs that he wasn't ready to play.
Now Prosise could face another multi-week absence as he recovers from this ankle injury. Prosise has a bad history of injuries in his short NFL career, playing in just 13 of 22 possible games. He shouldn't be owned in any Fantasy league right now.
Delanie Walker TE, Titans: ankle sprain
A calf strain limited Walker at practice last week, and he was even a late-week downgrade to a DNP on Friday. He ended up playing, but his day was cut short when he suffered a bad ankle injury. Walker was unable to put any weight on his right leg as he was helped off of the field and was seen leaving the stadium on crutches. These are both signs that this is at least a grade 2 ankle injury. The Optimal Recovery Time is four weeks, so it should be awhile before we see him back on the field.
While the calf and ankle injuries are two separate problems, they could be related. The calf injury may have caused weakness in his lower leg, or if he tried to overcompensate to protect the calf that puts the ankle at a greater risk of injury. The best decision would have been to sit Walker heading into the bye week, but now he may need to miss multiple games as he recovers. He was already a High Injury Risk, and now his numbers are even worse.
Dan Bailey K, Cowboys: groin strain
The Cowboys had to make it through the game without their kicker, who was ruled out early in the first half with a groin injury. Bailey was unable to return, which is no surprise considering how difficult a groin injury can be for a kicker. The Cowboys had a comfortable lead the whole way with Zeke Elliott leading the offense, so no Dan Bailey was no problem for Dallas. He won't recover in time to play against the Redskins next Sunday, so look for the Cowboys to bring in some kickers this week for a tryout. Even a mild, grade 1 groin strain comes with a two-week Optimal Recovery Time, but it can take up to eight weeks for a severe strain. The Cowboys may send him for an MRI to determine the extent of the damage before making any final decisions.
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