Sunday's NFL contests included a number of injuries to key players, including a pair of receivers for Green Bay that put a mild damper on the Packers' 19-17 win at Baltimore yesterday. Here's a rundown of yesterday's notable injuries, and their impact.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (ankle)
The Texans QB suffered both insult and injury in yesterday's 38-13 drubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Rams, exiting to cheers from the hometown crowd after suffering a right ankle injury. The play took place in the third quarter, when Schaub's leg was twisted on a sack by Rams DE Chris Long. Schaub will undergo further testing to determine the severity and location of the ankle injury, and if he is unable to play next week at Kansas City, T.J. Yates would get the start at quarterback.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (knee)
Murray left in the second quarter of the Cowboys' win over Washington last night after suffering a left knee injury. The Dallas RB immediately called to the bench after the play asking to be removed from the game, but he was able to leave the field under his own power. There is no word out of Dallas yet regarding the severity of the injury or Murray's availability for next week's divisional matchup at Philadelphia.
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (head)
The Patriots WR was knocked out of his team's thrilling 30-27 win over New Orleans yesterday after taking a hit to the head from Saints safety Rafael Bush. The injury took place in the third quarter, as Amendola was running upfield and was struck in the head by the charging New Orleans defensive back. Amendola immediately slumped to the field and had difficulty getting steady on his feet. While the injury has not officially been diagnosed as a concussion, one would guess that Amendola will need to pass neurological testing in order to play next week against the New York Jets.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (knee)
Cobb was carted off the field in the second quarter of Green Bay's 19-17 win in Baltimore yesterday after suffering a right knee injury on a hit by Ravens safety Matt Elam. Early word from Green Bay seemed to be positive regarding Cobb's prognosis, but his status won't be clear until later today, after he undergoes further diagnostic testing.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers (leg)
The Green Bay receiver left in the first quarter against the Ravens with a left leg injury sustained while blocking for RB Eddie Lacy and did not return. The Packers have not yet released any information regarding the exact diagnosis, and so it is too early to speculate about Jones' availability for Green Bay's Week 7 matchup against Cleveland.
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (shoulder)
Shorts sprained his shoulder in the first quarter of Jacksonville's 35-19 loss at Denver yesterday and did not return to action. A sprain technically involves tearing of the fibers holding the shoulder joint in place, with the degree of the tear resulting in a grade from 1 (least severe) to 3 (most severe). Regardless of the grade, shoulder sprains can usually be treated without surgery, with pain management being the biggest concern. Shorts' status will depend on further testing to take place early this week.
Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals (head, neck)
Perhaps the scariest of yesterday's injury took place late in the Arizona-San Francisco contest, when the Cardinals DE fell to the ground with an injury to the head and neck after helping tackle 49ers RB Frank Gore. Campbell lay motionless on the field as the Cardinals' medical staff helped move him to a stretcher, and Head Coach Bruce Arians said Campbell was dealing with numbness as he was taken from the field and to a local hospital for observation. The good news: early reports have indicated that Campbell has movement and sensation in all extremities, and the team is scheduled to provide an update later today.
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys (quadriceps)
Ware injured his hamstring in the second quarter of the Cowboys' win last night and did not return to the game. The Dallas All-Pro immediately pulled up while rushing Redskins QB Robert Griffin III on the play in question and shortly thereafter was ushered to the training room for treatment. Ware's status for next week's contest at Philadelphia is unclear at this point, with quadriceps injuries being notorious for reinjury if not completely healed before the athlete is cleared to play.
Aqib Talib, New England Patriots (hip)
The Patriots' CB, who played a large part in holding Saints' TE Jimmy Graham without a catch yesterday, strained his hip flexor early in the second half of New England's win yesterday, and although he tried to play through the injury was ultimately forced out of the game. The hip flexors are a series of muscles that line the front side of the thigh and hip. As their name implies, they are critical in ensuring adequate flexion of the leg at the joint. Injuries to these muscles can result in significant pain and loss of range of motion.
Depending on the severity, an athlete may be able to return to action the next week with a Grade 1 strain, which includes stretching of the muscles involved. However, Grade 2 or Grade 3 strains, which involve partial or complete tears, can take weeks or months for a complete recovery. With further testing to follow, Talib's status is very much in the air for next week's matchup at the New York Jets.