Patriots placed TE Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a torn right ACL and MCL, ending his season.
TE D.J. Williams has been re-signed in a corresponding roster move. Gronk also suffered a concussion on the hit that tore up his knee, sending him into the offseason in exceedingly rough shape. The serious injury is just the latest for a player who's undergone five surgeries in the past 13 months, and missed his entire junior year of college after undergoing a back operation. Gronk is still only 24, but it's fair to wonder if he can overcome yet another major injury to remain the historically dominant tight end he's been through the first four years of his career. You can compensate for only so many ailments. Gronk should be considered highly questionable for Week 1 2014. His $3.75 million base salary is fully guaranteed.
Antonio Cromartie has been officially diagnosed with a concussion.
Cromartie played 67-of-70 snaps in Sunday's win, so he either concealed his injury or didn't realize he was hurt. He should be considered 50-50 for Week 15 against the Panthers. Were Cromartie unable to go, the Jets would be left with Dee Milliner and Darrin Walls as their top two cornerbacks. Even if Cromartie plays, it's a dream matchup for Cam Newton.
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Texans won't consider Mike Shanahan for their head-coaching vacancy if/when he's fired by the Redskins.
Shanahan has gone full George Costanza as he attempts to force his way out of Washington, but it apparently won't be to Houston. McClain has his finger on the pulse of the Texans like no one else in the media. According to McClain, candidates the Texans will consider are Lovie Smith, Stanford's David Shaw, Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt. Shanahan's sour act — and perpetual losing — could mean his days as an NFL head man are through.
Ravens WR Brandon Stokley suffered a concussion in Sunday's win over the Vikings.
Coach John Harbaugh said the fact that Stokley has a history of concussions could make it "problematic" for him to suit up in Week 15. Stokley isn't going to play against the Lions. The veteran slot man has 13 catches in six games this season.
Matt McGloin will remain the Raiders' starter for Week 15.
Coach Dennis Allen has said the Raiders would like to evaluate both McGloin and Terrelle Pryor down the stretch, but it appears Pryor will be "evaluated" off the bench. Pryor played one series in Sunday's loss to the Jets. McGloin did not play well in New York, but probably gives the Raiders their best chance to win against the Chiefs. Pryor was battered for nine sacks when the teams met in Week 6. The door remains wide open for Oakland to select a signal caller in May's draft.
The Packers are planning on Matt Flynn starting in Week 15, but have left the door open for Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) to return.
"That's the way you have to go about it," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Aaron has hurdles to get over." Rodgers will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. With a division title still within Green Bay's grasp, they're going to give Rodgers every shot at returning, but have made it clear he won't be prematurely cleared. Even against the Cowboys' lowly secondary, Flynn wouldn't be more than a bottom-barrel QB2.
Speaking Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said it was "too early to tell" on Eddie Lacy's (ankle) Week 15 status.
Lacy played through the injury in Sunday's loss, but was ineffective, admitting afterward that he wasn't himself. The fact that Lacy retook the field against the Falcons is a strong sign he's avoided a high-ankle sprain, but it sounds like he'll be 50-50 for Week 15. James Starks would get the start against the Cowboys if Lacy can't go. Lacy's status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) has yet to be medically cleared, and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
Rodgers will work out on Tuesday. According to coach Mike McCarthy, Rodgers is "progressing," and felt better on Friday than he did on Wednesday. Rodgers got in his first padded practice last Thursday. Per McCarthy, the "biggest thing (for Rodgers) is strength and comfort." Sunday's win over the Falcons has ramped up speculation that Rodgers will finally return for Week 15, but the Pack appear intent on avoiding a rash decision. For now, McCarthy is "planning" for Matt Flynn to start, but it's obviously a plan that could change. What Rodgers is able to do on Wednesday will be critical to his status.