Week 7 Review: 10 NFL Injuries of Note
Jay Cutler Sacked By Ndamukong Suh
As happens annually injuries are starting to mount in the NFL. Teams like the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are battling without All-Pros named Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu. Injuries are as much a part of pro football as the opening kickoff.
The seventh week of 2012 saw more players head to the sidelines and miss time. Some of them suffered injuries which will keep them out of the lineup for a while. Others are day to day. All of them will have an effect on how each player performs and the fortunes of their teams.
Players suffered injuries from head to toe in week seven. There was one concussion. Two players suffered shoulder injuries. One player aggravated a rib injury while three others hurt theirs. A Pro Bowl running back hurt his foot. A tight end was lost for the season with a torn Achilles and a wide receiver is done with a broken leg.
During the course of a game every player gets hurt. It is impossible for large, fast men to run into each other and not inflict pain. If a team wanted to it could list every member on the weekly injury report. Most just list the serious ones which may keep a player from playing.
This week brought us 10 of these. They happened to players on first place teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Last place teams like the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars lost key personnel as well.
Here is a look at 10 noteworthy injuries from week 7 of the NFL season.
Frank Gore: Bruised Ribs
Gore suffered bruised ribs in the San Francisco 49ers 13-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks Thursday. X-rays were negative and he returned to practice on Monday. Gore is questionable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Injured Foot
Jones-Drew suffered an injury to his left foot in the first half of a Jacksonville Jaguars loss to the Oakland Raiders. He left the game and did not return. Jones-Drew has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers and may miss more time. Rashad Jennings will replace him in the lineup.
Blaine Gabbert: Injured Shoulder
Gabbert injured his left shoulder in the loss to Oakland. He returned and played the rest of the first half, but was removed in the second. Gabbert is expected to play against Green Bay.
Fred Davis: Torn Achilles Tendon
Davis injured his Achilles in the first quarter of a 27-23 Washington Redskins loss to the New York Giants. He felt a pop in his left Achilles and limped off of the field. Davis will undergo surgery and is lost for the season. The Redskins brought back Chris Cooley to take his place.
Shonn Greene: Concussion
Greene suffered a concussion after being hit by New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo. He left the game, but was cleared to play by doctors. Greene played in the overtime period as the New York Jets were defeated 26-23. He is expected to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Trent Richardson: Rib Cartilage
Richardson aggravated a rib injury suffered in week six against the Cincinnati Bengals. He started Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, but did not play in the second half of a 17-13 Cleveland Browns loss. Richardson is questionable for this Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. If he can not go Montario Hardesty will replace him.
Ed Reed: Bruised Ribs
Reed suffered a minor rib injury in the Baltimore Ravens 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans. The injury is not thought to be serious. Reed will have a week to recover as Baltimore has a bye. The Ravens can not afford to lose Reed as cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebacker Ray Lewis are already done for most or all of the season.
Charles Woodson: Broken Collarbone
Woodson suffered a broken left collarbone in the Green Bay Packers 30-20 win over the St. Louis Rams. He is expected to miss six weeks. The 36 year old veteran is worried as he injured his left clavicle in the 2011 Super Bowl. This latest injury may cause him to consider retirement. M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian will split time at safety in Woodson's absence.
Nate Burleson: Broken Leg
The Detroit Lions wide receiver suffered a gruesome broken leg when he was tackled by Chicago Bears defensive back Tim Jennings. Burleson was carted off of the field and ruled out for the remainder of the season. He will be replaced by Ryan Broyles.
Jay Cutler: Bruised Ribs
The Chicago Bears Cutler suffered bruised ribs when he was tackled by Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions. The injury occurred in the first half of Chicago's 13-7 victory. For a brief moment it appeared as if backup Jason Campbell would start the second half, but Cutler returned to finish the game. He is expected to start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.