D’Onta Foreman RB, Texans: torn Achilles
D’Onta Foreman suffered the dreaded Achilles tendon tear while scoring the first touchdown of his NFL career on Sunday. Foreman ran to the right side and weaved his way to a 34-yard touchdown run, but as he was accelerating past a defender and crossed the goal line, his left leg was clipped. He fell to the ground in pain and had to be carted off of the field.
The injury will require surgery and end Foreman’s season. The recovery time is typically around nine months, so he could be ready around the start of next season if his recovery goes well. Foreman is an exciting young player and yet another tough loss for the Texans. First, J.J. Watt’s season ended with a tibial plateau fracture, then Deshaun Watson, a favorite for the NFL Rookie of the Year Award, tore his ACL.
Chris Thompson RB, Redskins: fibula fracture with possible ligament damage
The Redskins have now lost a running back for the season in back-to-back weeks. First, it was Rob Kelley, who suffered a high ankle sprain and MCL sprain. In Week 11, Chris Thompson got rolled up on from behind as Kirk Cousins tried to scramble for a first down. His right leg was caught under the defender and rolled out with extreme force. Our initial prediction of a fibula fracture with ligament damage has already been partially confirmed. An x-ray showed the fibula fracture, and he will undergo an MRI Monday to look for any additional damage to the ankle.
Thompson will now be placed on injured reserve and he needs surgery to stabilize the fracture. He will need at least eight weeks to recover, however, his ultimate recovery time will depend on the extent of any ligament damage. The Redskins will now rely on Samaje Perine, who isn’t nearly as versatile or explosive as Thompson. Thompson led the team in rushing and receiving yards and had six touchdowns.
Robert Woods WR, Rams: shoulder injury
Robert Woods was having a nice day (8 receptions, 81 yards) before he left with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. He was seen leaving the stadium with his left arm in a sling. Woods has been the Rams’ best receiver over the last month, and losing him would be a big challenge for the Rams offense.
Woods will undergo tests on Monday to determine the exact injury he is dealing with. If there is any damage to his rotator cuff or labrum, it would likely be a season-ending injury. The team is optimistic that he avoided a serious injury, but only an MRI can confirm. Based on the way he landed on his shoulder, a moderate AC sprain is a likely diagnosis, which would allow him to return this season.
Kelvin Benjamin WR, Bills: right knee injury
Benjamin hasn’t been the same player since tearing his left ACL in 2015, but this time it was his right knee that was hurt. Benjamin took a blow to the outside of his right leg after a 20-yard reception. This type of hit can lead to a few serious injuries, but it isn’t always season-ending.
The Bills sent Benjamin for an MRI on Monday, which showed that he did not suffer any ligament damage. An MCL sprain is a likely diagnosis that often occurs when the outside of the knee is hit with force. Recovery time depends on the severity. Right now, the Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating a four-week Optimal Recovery Time. He has been in the Elevated or High Injury Risk category every week over the last two seasons due to concerns about his knee, and now he has fallen even further into the High Injury Risk Category. Benjamin is a great player, but he can’t seem to stay on the field.
Jay Cutler QB, Dolphins: concussion
Cutler took a blow to the head on the final play of the first half, and he entered the concussion protocol as a result. He did not return to the game and has a week to get cleared if he is going to play against the Patriots. Cutler does not have a history of concussions, but that is no guarantee that he will be ready to play in Week 12. Cutler also missed Week 8 due to cracked ribs.
The Dolphins’ offense looked much better with Matt Moore under center. If Cutler can’t go, Moore will get the start again. Moore put up a poor performance as a fill-in during Week 8, but he had very little time to prepare. Even if Cutler does get cleared, they should consider a quarterback change because Moore has shown much more upside in the few minutes he has been on the field.
Jake Elliott K, Eagles: concussion
The Eagles had no problem finishing the Sunday night game without Jake Elliott, who is in the concussion protocol. Philadelphia got out to an early lead and were successful on three 2-point conversion attempts, but they will want Elliott back for Week 12 against the Bears. Elliott was hurt on the Eagles’ opening drive. He led with his head when he tackled Cowboys’ returner, Ryan Switzer. Elliott was later sent out to kick a 34-yard field goal and missed. That’s when he was pulled by the team physician to be evaluated for a concussion.
Elliott joined the team in September when they lost Caleb Sturgis to a hip flexor injury. He now has a week to clear concussion protocol, which is possible but not guaranteed. The Eagles will likely bring in a few kickers this week for a tryout, so they have a backup in place if necessary.
Duke Johnson RB, Browns: shoulder injury
Johnson was banged up on Sunday, injuring his shoulder. He played well despite getting hurt, and this shouldn’t be a long-term concern. With a one week Optimal Recovery Time, Johnson will be ready to go next week. He remains a Low Injury Risk and his Health Performance Factor is a solid 70 percent, which is Above Average.
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