Injuries happen every week in the NFL, but big-name bruises were especially common around the league in Week 7. Almost no position has been left untouched in terms of big name drops, and one team may be forced to make a change at quarterback depending on additional medicals.
Here are some of the injury highlights from the week’s action:
The veteran tight end missed just one snap in a narrow win over the rival Colts after injuring his ankle, briefly giving way to third-round pick Malik Willis, but wore a boot after the game, admitting his shin “doesn’t bother me feeling great.” It’s very it’s possible that Willis could be called up for his first career start in Week 8 against the Texans.
The standout rookie, who had a long touchdown streak snapped, left in the second quarter against the Broncos with a knee injury. Jets coach Robert Saleh announced Monday that Hall suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Furthermore, the Jets also lost offensive lineman Aliyah Ware-Tucker for the year with a triceps injury.
Stepping in next to D’Onta Foreman to replace Christian McCaffrey, who was traded to the 49ers on Thursday, the second-year quarterback took advantage of big holes in the Buccaneers’ offense but left with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and did not return. Hubbard suffered what is believed to be a mild ankle sprain, according to ESPNleaving his status for Sunday’s game against the Falcons up in the air.
The Stars’ pass catcher left the field under his own power shortly after failing to haul a Geno Smith throw into the end zone against the Chargers. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that his star wide receiver is dealing with a patellar tendon problem that — at this point — does not appear to require surgery. There is no timetable for his recovery as Metcalf is currently focused on rehab.
The star wideout entered the locker room after suffering an ankle injury in the second half of LA’s game with Seattle. Williams sprained his leg on a fourth-down play where he was stopped before converting a first down. He needed help getting to the sideline and was unable to put weight on his injured leg. On Monday, Williams was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain that will force him to “miss some time.” per ESPN.
The star youngster took a big hit from Cowboys linebacker Anthony Barr and was flagged for a possible concussion early in Detroit’s loss. After being evaluated in the medical tent, the wideout was ruled out for the rest of the day and will be required to clear the concussion protocol before returning for further games. Lions coach Dan Campbell said Monday that his wideout did not suffer a concussion but was ruled out due to the NFL’s new protocols.
The de facto No. 1 receiver in Green Bay, Lazard left the Packers’ narrow loss to Washington with a shoulder injury. He was ruled questionable to return, but he didn’t take another snap, leaving the team even thinner.
Leading Cleveland with seven catches for 71 yards before exiting, the veteran suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out. The injury has been labeled a high ankle sprain that is expected to sideline the Browns tight end for 2-5 weeks, according to ESPN.
Harrison Bryant is the only other fully healthy tackle on their roster, with Jesse James the backup.
New York rebounded to 6-1 against the Jaguars, but its rookie right tackle left early with a knee injury and did not return. Fortunately, tests confirmed that Neal suffered a sprained MCL, but he was able to avoid a season-ending injury, via The Record. Neal’s estimated recovery time is four weeks.
The Green Bay standout missed Sunday’s loss at Washington with a concussion and therefore did not return. He must go through the concussion protocol to play again.
The big-ticket offseason acquisition, who was recently benched but returned to the lineup against the Seahawks, was left with a knee injury in the second quarter and his leg was placed in an air cast. Chargers coach Brandon Staley published on Monday that Jackson tore his patellar tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
Without Jackson, Michael Davis will be the flank of Asante Samuel Jr. until the end of the season. in the Chargers’ starting lineup.
The young point guard suffered a concussion during Tampa Bay’s loss to the Panthers and did not return. Winfield is unlikely to be cleared in time to face the Ravens on Thursday night, according to coach Todd Bowles.