Robert Griffin III has already bounced back from a slew of nasty hits this season, but on Sunday he ran into a hit that would end his day: a vicious shot from Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, sending RG3 to the sideline with what Mike Shanahan has called a “mild” concussion.
Mild is a comforting word, but Griffin will still have to get cleared in order to play against Minnesota next week. Backup Kirk Cousins threw an eventful nine passes on Sunday (111 yds, TD, 2 INT), but would obviously signal a downgrade for the entire Washington offense if RG3 is unable to go.
In other injury news…
Jimmy Graham rolled his right ankle on his first (and only) catch of Sunday night’s game, finishing with just one reception for four yards. Graham was able to play through the injury, but appeared to be moving gingerly, with NBC’s Cris Collinsworth referring to him as “just a decoy” in the second half. Obviously there’s some cause for optimism given that Graham was able to play through the injury, but there's always the concern that an ankle sprain will swell up overnight. Graham's situation is one to watch closely heading into Week 6. (UPDATE: When writing this late Sunday night, I neglected to mention that the Saints have a Week 6 bye. Hopefully that gives Graham enough time to get ready for Week 7.)
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Cedric Benson (nine touches, 41 yds) was carted off with a leg injury early in the second quarter. Benson was actually smiling while being carted off, and believes that he avoided the dreaded Lisfranc sprain, but he left the stadium in a walking boot and has to be considered a question mark for Week 6. If Benson does miss time, the Packers would be left with the uninspiring combo of Alex Green and James Starks.
Adrian Peterson (17 rush, 88 yds) injured his ankle early on Sunday, but was able to play through it. Peterson said he was “fighting through” the injury, and that “The wrong tackle aggravates it, but I got through it.” This sounds like something that could limit AP’s practice time, but at the moment it doesn’t sound like a threat to his availability for Week 6.
Kenny Britt (ankle) was surprisingly active, but finished with just two catches for 23 yards. The good news is that he was in the game late in the fourth quarter, so it would appear that he didn’t aggravate the injury. Nevertheless, it’s tough to feel confident starting Britt on Thursday night against Pittsburgh given how bad Tennessee’s offense looked on Sunday.
Meanwhile, it was another disappointing day for Jermichael Finley, who finished with three catches, 11 yards and one shoulder injury. Finley downplayed his injury after the game, saying that “I’ll be back in Houston for sure.” Even if he’s right, that doesn’t mean he should be in fantasy lineups against the Texans. Finley hasn’t reached the end zone since Week 1, and has just one game of 60 or more yards all season.
Other Injury Notes: Matt Cassel (three more turnovers on Sunday) sounds very iffy for Week 6 due to a concussion. Enter Brady Quinn (3-for-3, 32 yds), who shouldn’t be on the QB2 radar, but could at least inject a little bit of life into the KC passing game … Martellus Bennett hyperextended his knee, and was able to play through it, but was quiet for a second straight week (3 rec, 30 yds) … Anquan Boldin limped to the sideline after making his fourth catch of the day early in the third quarter, and he didn’t record a catch after that. It may prove to be nothing, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for Boldin’s name on the injury report.
Editor’s note: For a complete look at all the key happenings from Sunday, check out Chet Gresham’s The Morning After column on Monday. And on Tuesday, don’t miss Chris Wesseling’s Waiver Wired column, plus Evan Silva’s Season Pass Live Chat.
Other Injury Notes, Part II: Jerome Simpson was limited due to an ankle injury … After Alex Smith had his first 300-yard game since Oct. 2010, it was revealed that he has a sprained middle finger on his right (throwing) hand. However, there’s been no indication that the 49ers are concerned … Bernard Scott looked good early (5 rush, 40 yds), but left with what’s feared to be a torn ACL … Alshon Jeffery sustained a hand injury on his third-quarter TD catch, but it's apparently "not serious" … Andre Brown left with a concussion, and is droppable in fantasy leagues after a 200-yard game for Ahmad Bradshaw … The Steelers could be without Troy Polamalu (calf) and LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) against Tennessee on Thursday … Daniel Thomas left with a head injury … Javon Ringer (knee) may be done for the season, which would leave Jamie Harper as the backup to the once again miserably unproductive Chris Johnson.