Cecil Shorts WR, Buccaneers: torn ACL, MCL and PCL, dislocated knee
The most devastating injury of Week 13 undoubtedly belongs to Shorts. The Bucs receiver dislocated his knee and tore his ACL, MCL and PCL, three of the four major knee ligaments. Not only does this injury end his season and require surgery (or multiple surgeries), but it may also threaten to end his career. Heading into Week 13, Shorts was in the elevated injury risk category and at below average HPF, so the Inside Injuries algorithm correctly analyzed that he was a risky play because of his lengthy injury history.
Julio Jones WR, Falcons: lower body injury
Jones was in and out of the game late against the Chiefs because of a lower body injury. In the NFL, we typically get more details than that, but not this time – it seemed to be a foot or ankle problem. Add this to his list of nagging injuries. I fully expect him to play through it and be ready to go Week 14, he just may miss some practice time.
Doug Martin RB, Buccaneers: back injury
When Martin missed the Bucs’ final three drives, it appeared that Jacquizz Rodgers beat him out for playing time, but that wasn’t the case. Martin was “bent back” and was dealing with a back injury. This doesn’t sound like anything serious and he likely could have played through it if needed. He should be healthy enough to suit up against the Saints next weekend, but again he may be splitting time with Rodgers.
Thomas Rawls RB, Seahawks: head injury
Rawls was taken back to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion but was cleared to return to the game. There’s no concern moving forward.
When Thomas collided with teammate Kam Chancellor while going for a first half interception, he suffered a lower leg fracture. I’ve heard the damage was to the tibia and the fibula, so it’s unclear at this point which reports are accurate. Either way, I expect his season to be over, although he should be ready to go for the start of next season despite sending out a tweet that hinted at retirement.
Danny Amendola WR, Patriots: high ankle sprain
A high ankle sprain has been confirmed for Amendola, another tough break for the Patriots. The optimal recovery time for this injury ranges from two to eight weeks depending on the severity, but either way I don’t see him suiting up Week 14. The Patriots should be more concerned about having a healthy team for the playoffs, not having all of their starters against the Ravens.
Jason Pierre-Paul DE, Giants: groin strain
Pierre-Paul suffered a groin strain and walked gingerly back to the locker room to be evaluated. He was coming off of a huge game, so this was an especially tough break for the defensive end. He hasn’t been ruled out yet for Week 14, but this is an injury that will take multiple weeks to recover from.
Rob Gronkowski TE, Patriots: herniated disc
The Patriots elected to place Rob Gronkowski on IR after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc, his third back surgery since entering the league. While the optimal recovery time is normally around eight weeks, his return needs to be much slower because of his history of back problems.
Jay Cutler QB, Bears: torn labrum
Despite his best effort to finish out the year and play through a torn labrum, the Bears will shut down their quarterback so he can undergo surgery. While he may be ready at the start of the 2017 season, it will likely be with a new team.
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