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The Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings all had starting players leave Sunday's games due to injury.
The Green Bay Packers squandered a three-score lead in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but maybe more troubling for the team is that three starters left the game due to injury and did not return. On offense, starting running back Cedric Benson was carted into the locker room after getting his foot rolled up on early in the second quarter. Benson left the stadium after the game in a walking boot but said that X-rays revealed no structural damage.
Meanwhile, tight end Jermichael Finley left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return. The severity of the injury is unknown, but Finley said after the game that he expects to be back on the field next week when the Packers take on the Houston Texans. On the defensive side, tackle B.J. Raji hobbled off the field in the first half with an ankle injury and was eventually carted to the locker room as well. Raji said after the game that he just rolled the ankle, and it is also not expected to be a serious injury. It is still up in the air whether any of the three will be able to play in Week 6.
Down in Jacksonville, the Chicago Bears blew out the Jaguars but lost receiver Alshon Jeffery in the process. Jeffery left the game after hurting his hand while catching a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, though after X-rays the team has determined that the injury isn't severe. The Bears will be off next Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings crushed the Tennessee Titans in the Metrodome on Sunday, but the team did deal with one minor injury. Receiver Jerome Simpson injured his ankle in pre-game warm ups, and though he did play, he didn't make a single catch. The team will re-evaluate his status on Monday.
The Detroit Lions were off in Week 5.