Bad Times for BroylesMonday, December 03, 2012
It wasn’t the most high-volume Sunday in terms of injuries, but Week 13 still saw a number of notable names heading for the locker room/infirmary/X-ray machine. Here’s the early word on Sunday’s injuries:
Just when Ryan Broyles looked to be gearing up for a dynamic stretch run, the rookie sustained a knee injury on his only catch of Week 13. The Lions don’t share much in the way of injury details, but Jim Schwartz did disclose that “there is concern” about this one. (For what it’s worth – and it may not end up being worth all that much – Broyles tore his left ACL last year, and this injury is to his right knee.)
If you’re thinking about what this situation means for the waiver wire, the answer is: not much. Mike Thomas, who saw increased snaps with Broyles out, was horrendously ineffective (one catch for -1 yards, and dropped what would have been a sure TD). Titus Young theoretically has the ability to put up numbers if he’s invited back into the lineup, but he wasn’t even invited to the stadium on Sunday. Meanwhile, Tony Scheffler (who finished with three catches for 55 yards after passing concussion tests and returning for the second half) could see more targets going forward, but hasn’t scored a touchdown all year. Bottom line: This injury stinks. Let's move on.
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Also leaving in the first quarter on Sunday: Jordy Nelson, who tapped out due to a hamstring injury. Whether or not it’s the same hamstring that hampered Nelson previously, his status is very much in doubt for Week 14. Greg Jennings and James Jones both stand to benefit if Nelson misses time.
Cecil Shorts (7-77-1) caught a TD in a fourth consecutive game, but left in the fourth quarter due to a concussion. Shorts will have to get cleared to face the Jets next week, but there’s reason to think that it wasn’t a serious concussion given that he was seen laughing with teammates in the locker room after the game.
Stevie Johnson (2-18-1) caught his first TD since Week 7, but left early with a hamstring injury. Johnson referred to the hamstring as simply being “tight”, and is optimistic that he’ll play next week, but we won’t know if his optimism is warranted until the Bills get back to practice.
More frustration on the TE front: Dustin Keller left Sunday’s game with a high ankle sprain. There wasn’t word on his timetable as of Sunday night, but the injury puts the remainder of his season in jeopardy.
And more turmoil on the Jacksonville RB depth chart: Rashad Jennings sustained a concussion, leaving Montell Owens (who?) as the Jaguars’ primary RB. The 28-year-old Owens – who had 14 carries in 70 career games prior to Sunday – finished with seven carries for 29 yards (and one catch for 11 yards) against the Bills. Even if Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew sit next week, it’s hard to see Owens being anything more than a desperation play for Week 14.
Other Injury Notes: Darren McFadden is expected to return on Thursday night against the Broncos. … Danny Amendola (heel) did not work out in pre-game warmups before being declared inactive, which doesn't seem to bode well for his Week 14 availability. … Mario Manningham left with a shoulder injury. … Julian Edelman (one catch, 11 yards) was on crutches and in a walking boot after sustaining a foot injury. … Sidney Rice took a vicious shot while catching the game-winning TD in Chicago, but tweeted that he has passed all concussion tests and is “cleared to go for next week.” … Donald Brown injured his ankle. … Cedric Peerman also left with an ankle injury. … Garrett Graham sustained a concussion. ... Terrell Suggs injured his right biceps. … Steelers CB Ike Taylor (leg) is slated to miss 2-6 weeks. Danario Alexander gets a depleted Steelers secondary in Week 14.