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Sunday Injuries: MRI for RGIII

Monday, December 10, 2012

It’s doesn’t usually bode well for a player’s outlook when he headlines the Sunday infirmary report, but the outlook is actually far more positive than negative for Robert Griffin III. After he left Sunday’s game with a right knee injury – and underwent an MRI Sunday evening – word came back from the fancy medical machine that there’s no serious ligament damage, and RGIII has already said that he plans to play against Cleveland in Week 15.

It’s too soon to say whether that declaration will end up being true, but the news has continued to trend in a positive direction after the initial scare. And though we may not know for sure until later in the week, at this point it wouldn’t be a shock to see RGIII play through his knee trouble next Sunday.

In other injury news…

Fred Jackson was carted off with a right knee injury. And, as Chan Gailey said in his postgame press conference, it “did not look good.” There was no official word on Jackson’s status as of Sunday night, but it sounds like C.J. Spiller will be featured heavily in Week 15 – and possibly for the rest of the season.

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Jay Cutler left Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter with a neck injury. Cutler avoided a concussion, but may be dealing with whiplash. He’s being called day-to-day, and is set to be re-evaluated on Monday.

Dwayne Bowe got off to a fast start (two catches for 70 yards early), but was knocked out of the game with a first quarter rib injury. And later Sunday evening, word surfaced that his injury may in fact be two broken ribs. If that’s the case, Bowe’s disappointing season could be over. The Chiefs’ No. 1 WR hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4 against San Diego.

Ray Rice (20-121-1) sustained a hip pointer on Sunday, but was able to play through it in overtime. It’s a situation to watch heading into Week 15, but the fact that he fought through the injury is obviously a positive sign. Bernard Pierce (eight carries, 53 yards on Sunday) is Rice’s backup.

Brandon Pettigrew left Sunday night’s game with an ankle injury. No word yet on the severity, but with Ryan Broyles already done for the year, Tony Scheffler (3-20-1) should continue seeing heavy targets going forward.

More TE trouble: Jared Cook caught his fourth touchdown of the season, but left with a shoulder injury. Craig Stevens (one catch, 19 yards) is next in line for targets if Cook misses time.

Other Injury Notes: Jamaal Charles (18-165-1) missed some snaps during the first half due to a rib injury, but was able to play through it. … Marshawn Lynch took a series off due to tightness in his back, but returned to finish with a monster 11-128-3 line. … Hakeem Nicks (4-67-1) went for X-rays after Sunday’s game, but reportedly came away “fine”. … Dez Bryant sprained his finger, but played through it (and caught a 27-yard TD after sustaining the injury). … Stephen Hill (knee) is headed for a Monday MRI. … Brent Celek sustained a concussion. … Ahmad Bradshaw played through a knee injury, finishing with 11 carries for 33 yards on a day that David Wilson went berserk (327 all-purpose yards, three TDs).

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