The Colts knocked Denver from the ranks of the undefeated on Sunday, but Indianapolis lost Reggie Wayne for the rest of the season in the process. The veteran wide receiver tore his ACL late in the game.
Wayne has been one of the most consistent wide receivers in NFL history. Sunday's game was the 189th in a row he'd started, a streak which will now be broken. While his numbers had declined in recent seasons, Wayne was having an excellent season. He was Indianapolis' top receiving threat by far, catching 38 passes for 503 yards though seven games. Replacing Wayne will be a significant challenge for the Colts, as Josh Wilson of Stampede Blue wrote:
It also hurts the Colts as a team a ton. Reggie Wayne was far and away the best receiving option for the Colts. He was the best and the most consistent, catching at least 3 passes in 71 straight games - and counting. On the field, this is a devastating loss for the Colts. Off the field, this is a devastating loss for the Colts. Reggie was the team leader and the one who brought the passion to the team. Everybody respects him tremendously. He's their leader. He'll still be there and leading, but obviously it's different.
For the second straight season, Brian Cushing's season will come to an early end. Cushing will likely miss the rest of the 2013 season after tearing his LCL and breaking his fibula on Sunday. The injury came just over a year after Cushing suffered a torn ACL.
Cushing is expected to miss at least three months. The timeline could make a late-season return possible, but at 2-5 the Texans appear unlikely to make a push for the playoffs. The injury occurred when Cushing came free on a blitz up the middle before taking a shot to the leg on a cut block by Jamaal Charles.
The St. Louis Rams will have to scramble to fill out their quarterback depth chart after starting quarterback Sam Bradford tore his ACL on Sunday. Bradford scrambled to his right late in the fourth quarter and fell awkwardly along the sideline. He was then carted off the field and an MRI revealed the torn ACL.
Although Bradford wasn't having a huge statistical season, the injury is still a massive blow for the Rams' playoff hopes. At 3-4, St. Louis is still on the fringe of contention. Kellen Clemens is the only other quarterback on the roster and, as Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times wrote, there are some hurdles in adding another QB to the mix:
The next move for the team is finding another quarterback to take Bradford's place on the roster. With just $250,000 in salary cap space, it's unlikely that the team will be adding a veteran ... and it's a pretty thin market for quarterbacks anyway.
The rough season in Tampa Bay got worse on Monday with the news that star running back Doug Martin is likely out for the season with a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Tampa Bay has not officially ruled Martin out for the season, although there have been multiple reports -- including one from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network -- which say Martin could be out for the year. If that is indeed the case, the 0-6 Bucs will have a hard time replacing the second-year running back. Martin has accounted for 75 percent of Tampa Bay's rushing yards and no other player has more than 57 rushing yards this season.
Bucs Nation summed up the situation in Tampa Bay well:
Things just went from bad to "God when will it stop?"
Tennessee Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr. died on Monday at the age of 90. Adams was one of the co-founders of the American Football League and played a key role in the merger with the NFL. Originally the owner of the Houston Oilers, Adams moved the team to Tennessee in 1997.
Adams' impact on the NFL was obvious and Music City Miracles collected some of the reaction to the news from other owners, coaches and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Nick Foles left Sunday's game and will be out for at least one week after being diagnosed with a concussion. Foles suffered the injury against Dallas and with Michael Vick inactive, the Eagles were forced to turn to rookie Matt Barkley.
Vick isn't 100 percent recovered from a hamstring injury, but he's still expected to return to the lineup this week against New York. Vick missed the mast two games due to a fairly significant hamstring injury. Foles played well in Vick's place in Week 6 before struggling on Sunday.
The Bears lost their third game in four weeks on Sunday and now will be without two of their best players for at least a month. Jay Cutler suffered a torn groin muscle and is expected to miss at least four weeks while Lance Briggs is expected to miss between four and six weeks due to a shoulder injury.
Although Cutler has been somewhat up-and-down this season, he's played better under first-year head coach Marc Trestman. The Bears are on a bye this week, but the 30-year-old Cutler will likely miss at least three games, including two against division opponents. Josh McCown is expected to fill in while Cutler is out.
The 32-year-old Briggs will not need surgery, but is still expected to miss more than a month. Chicago has had significant issues on the defensive side of the ball this year and losing Briggs will only compound those problems.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. of Windy City Gridiron expects rookie Jon Bostic to play a larger role with Briggs out.