What Will be the Most Costly Injury in NFL Week 9?
10 Most Costly Injuries in Week 9
Week 7 was a brutal week around the NFL from an injury standpoint. Many big-name players were lost to injuries; some for a week, some for the rest of the season. Some teams saw their franchise quarterbacks go down, at least the St. Louis Rams Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles did. Jay Cutler went out with a groin injury and is expected to miss at least four weeks. Michael Vick injured his hamstring again and Sam Bradford is done for the season after being carted off the field with a torn ACL.
The Week 7 injury bug didn't only effect quarterbacks, though. The struggling Houston Texans watched their Pro-Bowl linebacker Brian Cushing get carted off with a leg injury of his own and Arian Foster leave with a hamstring injury. In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys recently suffered injuries to DeMarco Murray and DeMarcus Ware. While Week 8 was no where near as intense as Week 7, some teams did watch their players get injured. Robert Griffin III left the game early with a right knee injury on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos' up-and-coming tight end Julius Thomas suffered an injury of his own in the same game. The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line got even thinner as Ramon Foster left the game early in Oakland.
With all these injuries going around as they do every season in the NFL, which teams will suffer the most from a single injury? As we enter the second half of the 2013 NFL Season, there are a lot of pivotal games coming up in Week 9. So, who's in, who's out and who will suffer the most on Sunday?
10. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
As the Atlanta Falcons try to salvage their season, they still may be without Pro-Bowl WR Roddy White again against the streaking Carolina Panthers on Sunday. White has been looking a lot better, and has been upgraded from Inactive to Questionable. He will greatly increase Atlanta's chances of winning if he plays, especially with Julio Jones out for the season. We're all sure Matt Ryan has his fingers crossed as they prepare for a big rivalry game in Charlotte on Sunday.
9. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
While New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has been diagnosed with a partilly torn plantar fascia in his foot, it looks like he will play Sunday as there isn't a significant risk for re-injury. He will be a key player on Sunday if the Saints are going to defeat the New York Jets, as the Jets have struggled against elite tight ends this season.
8. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas injured his right ankle Sunday against Washington, and while he is still listed as questionable it looks like he will be fine to play next Sunday as his MRI's came up negative. If, however, he doesn't play, it could be costly because Peyton Manning's other tight end Joel Dressen is coming off of a knee injury of his own and was limited last Sunday. He also should be fine, but if either of them get re-injured, the tight end position will be very limited for the Broncos against the Chargers next Sunday.
7. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
The 2-5 Washington Redskins have a pivotal game at home against the 4-3 San Diego Chargers on Sunday. As the Redskins are hanging by a thread trying to stay in the season, Robert Griffin III injured his right knee on Sunday in Denver. The injury has not been deemed as serious and Griffin is listed as probable for Sunday's game. However, the Redskins early struggles this season were widely due to RG III trying to recover from the injury of his right knee. If this injury does end up setting Griffin back, it would be at the worst possible time for Washington, who isn't down and out yet. They started 3-6 last season and ended up winning the NFC East.
6. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Perhaps the most disappointing team throughout the first half of the NFL season, the Houston Texans take on division rival Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. While they're already going to do it without star linebacker Brian Cushing, they may not have Pro-Bowl running back Arian Foster either. Foster has been listed as questionable the whole week, and he apparently will be limited in practice today. With Case Keenum getting just the second start of his career at quarterback and Ben Tate also questionable for Sunday, whether Foster plays or not on Sunday is going to make a huge difference as the Texans try to keep their season alive.
5. Jermichael Finley, James Jones, and Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have been swarmed by the injury bug all season long, but after TE Jermichael Finley injured his neck on Sunday night, they seem to be more depleted on offesne than any other team in the NFL. Randall Cobb and James Jones, two other huge wide recievers are also out for Green Bay, leaving Aaron Rodgers only with one trusty receiver left in Jordy Nelson. Luckily for the Packers, they have a lot of depth and a lot of other weapons to help them out as they try to stay atop the NFC North.
4. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray has missed the last couple of weeks for the Dallas Cowboys, and right now he is listed as questionable for Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys' offense should have no problem throwing the ball down the field against the Vikings secondary, but they have missed Murray in the last couple of weeks as their running production has been down. They obviously are hoping Murray can play because otherwise they'll have to start rookie Joseph Randell for the third-straight game.
3. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
This is probably the most-costly injury considering the Chicago Bears have probably the biggest of game out of any team this week against the Green Bay Packers. Cutler is most definitely out for at least another three weeks, and Josh McGown will get the start for Chicago on Monday Night. The Bears are entering arguably the hardest stretch of their season. At 4-3, they're third place in the NFC North and the games coming up are against Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens. With their defense not playing like a claassic Chicago Bears defense, the Bears are really going to miss Cutler in this stretch.
2. CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller's status has been upgraded from Out to Questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs as he continues to battle his high-ankle sprain. If Spiller misses yet another game, it will lower the chances of the Buffalo Bills winning again, especially against the undefeated Chiefs. It's going to be difficult enough for them to run the ball against this defense without Spiller, so they better hope he shows up. Apparently he's been looking well in practice and if he plays, he can hopefully be productive because he will be an important factor in the Bills trying to hand KC their first loss.
1. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
With Michael Vick out indefinitely yet again, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves striving to remain relevant. Because of the Eagles situation, the injury to Vick is without a doubt going to be the most costly injury in Week 9. The Eagles are struggling to stay close to the top of the woeful NFC East, and with Nick Foles still questionable, it looks like highly inexperienced rookie Matt Barkley will start on Sunday. That doesn't sound well for a team who hasn't scored an offense touchdown in the last two weeks.
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