Darrelle Revis dealt costly blow: NFL Week 3 injury updates
Unfortunately, it’s a running theme in the NFL to see multiple stars banged up each week. This Sunday, the list included the NFL’s leading rusher, one of its elite defenders and a couple of talented quarterbacks.
Who will be on injury reports come Week 4? SI.com injury expert Will Carroll helps break down the key Week 3 injuries …
• Darrelle Revis, CB, Jets (knee): Revis was getting himself in position to make a tackle when his leg gave out from under him — the dreaded non-contact knee injury. He had to be carted off the field and was set for a Monday MRI.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: Revis has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
Who takes his spot?: No one can replace Revis in New York, but Kyle Wilson would slide into the starting lineup alongside Antonio Cromartie. That is, to say the least, a big step down for the Jets. The Jets’ entire defensive scheme is built around their cornerbacks, and specifically, Revis’ ability to control one side of the field through the air. Rex Ryan said Monday that the Jets may have to get even more aggressive to counter — in other words, adjusting the defensive approach up front to try to minimize the impact of Revis’ absence in the secondary. Wilson’s move into the starting lineup will also mean someone else (probably Ellis Lankster) has to step up as a nickel back. This is a devastating blow for the Jets and one that may leave them scrambling all season.
• C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills (shoulder): Spiller, the NFL’s leading rusher heading into Sunday, looked to be in a great deal of pain after he was driven to the turf on a tackle and landed on his left shoulder. Spiller left Sunday’s game and did not return.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: CJ Spiller looked like Week 3 was going to be like Week 2 until the injury … and all the concerns about Spiller came back up. His size has been used against him, saying he can’t hold up to a feature load. This injury was traumatic and could have happened to anyone. Bad luck is just bad luck. Spiller appears to have been a bit lucky, with only a minor separation. Spiller’s injury was diagnosed as a minor AC sprain, so a one-to-two week window looks realistic.
Who takes his spot?: The Bills already were down Fred Jackson in the backfield, so Spiller’s injury further complicates things. Tashard Choice will have to shoulder the load until Spiller — or Jackson — is ready to return.
• Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders (head): In the scariest moment of Week 3, Heyward-Bey appeared to be knocked out cold immediately upon taking a vicious high hit from Pittsburgh’s Ryan Mundy. He was on the field for upwards of 10 minutes before trainers gently loaded him onto a backboard and carted him off. Heyward-Bey did manage to give the worried crowd a thumbs-up while departing.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: Heyward-Bey was unconscious from the point the helmet hit his chin. The force was as great or greater as the knockout shots you see from a heavyweight boxer, so even small signs like the thumb-up are good. Heyward-Bey appeared to be unconscious for quite some time, so once he has the feeling and motion back in his limbs, this will be a concussion situation. I won’t even guess about how long Heyward-Bey will be out. I’m just glad he’s not still down.
Who takes his spot?: Heyward-Bey’s absence will shove either Derek Hagan or Rod Streater into the lineup. As with Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh, expect both to see the field often.
• Matt Schaub, QB, Texans (head/shoulder): Schaub was the recipient of a brutal hit by Denver’s Joe Mays, which sent Schaub’s helmet flying and ripped off a chunk of the QB’s ear. He sat out one play following the collision. Schaub also went for X-rays on his shoulder after Houston’s win.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: Schaub’s helmet popped off, which says something about the force. His ear was damaged as the helmet came off, perhaps tearing an earring. Painful, but not a long term situation. More interestingly, it did not appear that Schaub was tested for concussion. The hit, the way he reacted just after the hit, and the league’s ‘eye in the sky’ should have kicked in there, but there didn’t appear to be enough time to do a full evaluation. Schaub played well before and after, so this shouldn’t be a long term situation.
Who takes his spot?: T.J. Yates is second in line at QB for the Texans, so should Schaub suffer any lingering effects, he would take over.
• Adrian Clayborn, DE, Buccaneers (knee): Clayborn had to be helped off the field after injuring his leg, and Tampa Bay’s players reportedly expressed concern after the game that he would miss extended time.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: Clayborn appeared to damage his knee and was seen in a large immobilizer after the game. All indications are that the pass rusher has torn his ACL and will be done for the season. He should be able to return next season and continue his development.
Who takes his spot?: Former practice-squadder Daniel Te’o-Nesheim appears to be the Clayborn replacement. Like with the Jets and Revis, this constitutes a big drop-off.
• Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins (knee): Bush was slow to come out of the locker room after halftime and played sparingly in the third quarter before being ruled out for the game.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: Reggie Bush grabbed at the back of his knee, then pointed to the patella (kneecap). He came back out, ran without a limp, but sources tell me his description was that he was feeling a “hard cramp” that couldn’t get loose. It was painful, but not terribly so. Bush will get scans on Monday, but until then, it’s just speculation. Worries are that this is a PCL sprain, a lower hamstring strain, or about five other possibilities.
Who takes his spot?: Rookie Lamar Miller may wind up with the most carries if Bush is out, but Daniel Thomas actually sits above Miller on the depth chart.
• Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions (leg): Stafford appeared to be limping on multiple occasions Sunday, but he had to take himself out of the game after trying to chase down a Tennessee defender following a turnover.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: Matthew Stafford left Sunday’s shootout with a muscle strain high on his hamstring. That could be a glute injury, much in the same mode we saw with Blaine Gabbert last week. Gabbert is a good comp, though the Jags QB is more mobile and more reliant on those push muscles for his game. Unless this is a severe strain, Stafford should be able to play through it. He’ll have an MRI Monday to determine that.
Who takes his spot?: Shaun Hill, arguably the NFL’s best backup quarterback, could be in line for a Week 4 start. Detroit’s bye comes in Week 5.
• Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals (foot): Wells did very little against Philadelphia (eight carries, 18 yards) before being ruled out for the game. Wells said afterward that he may have turf toe.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: Early word is that Wells has a toe injury. This could be anything from a bruise to turf toe and with Wells, it’s probably all of them. Wells simply can’t stay healthy and any expectation that he’ll suddenly get that skill is frivolous.
Who takes his spot?: Ryan Williams will operate without a safety net at RB, should Wells miss any time. LaRod Stephens-Howling or William Powell may pick up a few carries here and there.
• Barry Church, S, Cowboys (Achilles): Church injured his leg on a non-contact play and appeared to know right away that it was serious. He was diagnosed with a torn Achilles, and he will undergo surgery.
SI.com injury expert Will Carroll: Church tore his Achilles tendon on an acceleration play. It’s as simple as they come and a simple fix, but the rehab will cost him the rest of the season. We’re seeing better return rates from this kind of injury, so he’s got that going for him.
Who takes his spot?: Mana Silva filled in for Church on Sunday, though it’s possible that the Cowboys will have to look outside the current roster for depth.