For the first time this season, our injury recap isn’t filled with fantasy-relevant players. Offensive linemen headline the biggest injuries of week 10.
Kyle Long (RB, Bears): ankle injury
Long suffered what could be a season-ending right ankle injury on Sunday. He had been playing through a string of upper body injuries (serious labrum injury and triceps strain), and now this lower body injury could force him to miss the Bears’ final seven games. As Jay Cutler threw a sloppy shovel pass to fullback Paul Lasike in the second quarter, Lasike landed on the back of Long’s ankle as he tried to catch the pass. John Fox wouldn’t reveal the x-ray results following the game, so we will have to wait until later in the week for more info.
Jake Long (LT, Vikings): Achilles injury
The Vikings have likely lost their left tackle for the season. Long left the game Sunday with a serious left Achilles injury on their final drive of the game. This could be the most devastating injury in his lengthy list of past injuries that includes two torn ACLs in his left knee, a torn biceps, and back problems. The Vikings already lost starting offensive lineman Matt Kalil and Andre Smith for the season.
T.J. Lang (RG, Packers): ankle injury
After injuring his ankle in the Packers’ loss yesterday, Lang was seen on the sideline with a boot on his left ankle and on crutches. When speaking after the game, Mike McCarthy said it didn’t look good. It remains possible that Lang will be placed on IR, and at the very least he should be facing a multi-week absence.
David Bakhtiari (LT, Packers): knee injury
Bakhtiari left with a knee injury on Sunday, and despite trying to loosen up he was unable to return. His injury doesn’t sound as serious as those to T.J. Lang and LB Jake Ryan (ankle), but it’s still one to monitor. He could undergo a precautionary MRI depending on how his knee feels today.
Branden Albert (T, Dolphins): dislocated left wrist
When Branden Albert dislocated his left wrist on Sunday, he says he popped it back into place and kept playing. The left tackle is possibly the most indispensable person in the Dolphins’ O-line, and he’s a huge reason for Jay Ajayi’s recent success. He had his arm put in a soft cast to protect it so he could finish out the game, and there’s a good chance he can play in week 11 as long as he avoided ligament damage or a fracture to the wrist.
Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Cardinals): knee sprain
Veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald has already been dealing with knee and ankle injuries this season, and now he has picked up a new knee injury after taking a hit that caused him to land on his neck. After initial tests, an MCL sprain seems like the likely diagnosis, but he will undergo an MRI today to confirm the nature of the injury. Fitzgerald was able to return after the injury and ended the day with 133 receiving yards on 12 receptions.
Jordan Howard (RB, Bears): ankle/Achilles injury
There’s a lot of conflicting information surrounding Jordan Howard’s “injury” from Sunday. Howard was reportedly knocked out of the game with an ankle/Achilles injury and did not return. The rookie has had an impressive first season for the Bears, but an injury to his Achilles could force him to miss some time. Howard insisted the injury was nothing after the game, but we won’t believe it until he practices in a few days. After watching a replay of the play he got hurt, it doesn’t appear to be an Achilles tear.
Sammy Watkins (WR, Bills): foot surgery
Watkins is eligible to return to practice after being placed on IR following the Bills’ week 3 game, but he won’t take the field this week. Rex Ryan says he’s not ready yet and hasn’t been cleared by team trainers.
Dion Lewis (RB, Patriots): knee surgery
Despite getting activated from the PUP list, Dion Lewis wasn’t active on Sunday night against the Seahawks. Coach Belichick says he wouldn’t have been listed on the injury report this week and he was healthy enough to go, so why wasn’t he active? There simply wasn’t room for him. With LeGarrette Blount and James white leading the way, he didn’t feel that adding Lewis to the roster this week was necessary.
Thomas Rawls (RB, Seahawks): fibula fracture
A fibula fracture has forced Rawls to miss seven games, but he’s finally ready to go. Rawls is expected to practice all week and play on Sunday. The Seahawks run game has struggled at times with Christine Michael leading the way, but C.J. Prosise has stepped up in recent weeks.
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