Injury Roundup: Falcons defense suffers huge blow with Biermann out for season
Here’s a look at the most important injury information we’ve gleaned from Sunday’s games.
Kroy Biermann, DE, Atlanta Falcons: It was announced on Monday morning that Biermann will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon against the Rams. It’s a huge loss for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan — though Biermann isn’t an elite pass rusher per se, he’s wonderful in coverage and Nolan uses him in that role quite often. The Falcons can move Jonathan Babineaux out to defensive end more often, but that creates a void in their interior.
Ryan Clady, OT, Denver Broncos: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Clady, who has never missed a start in his NFL career, will miss “a few weeks” with a Lisfranc (foot) injury. However, Broncos head coach John Fox told the media that he’s not ready to determine the severity of the injury — at least publicly.
“I’m no fortune-teller or into tea leaves or any of that good stuff,” Fox said. “I’m into the reporting nature of how we report the game. So right now it’s exactly what we said — it’s a left foot sprain — and when we know something (more) we’ll let all the fortune-tellers know.”
What we do know is that the Broncos signed Chris Clark to a two-year contract extension on Monday as well. Right tackle Orlando Franklin has been quietly dominant this season; any missed time for Clady could have Franklin moving over.
Russell Okung, OT, Seattle Seahawks: Okung suffered a torn toe ligament in the first half of Seattle’s Sunday Night Football win over the San Francisco 49ers. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday that he does not expect Okung to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday, and the plan is for starting left guard Paul McQuistan to replace Okung as long as he’s out. McQuistan was overwhelmed by San Francisco defensive end Aldon Smith in the game, but he’ll get an easier ramp-up against Jacksonville’s pass-rushers.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Ravens head coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday that Rice suffered a hip flexor strain against the Browns, but said the running back is “day-to-day” and that Rice had not had an MRI. This is one to watch when the mid-week injury reports come out.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions: Bush had an MRI on his left knee on Monday — the left knee he re-injured against the Cardinals — and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said that things look encouraging. “We did a lot of sideline tests on it, as much as you can do manually and stuff like that. He was able to go back in the game, even though he wasn’t effective when we did that. The tests today were encouraging. He’s going to be sore, but he doesn’t have anything that’s long-term.”
Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns: Weeden has a sprained right (throwing) thumb. While X-rays came back negative,it’s possible he could be dealing with tendon damage, and he’s getting an MRI, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. It’s too early to tell, but anyone looking to go after a Browns quarterback in their fantasy league (though your guess is as good as ours as to why) might want to research backup Jason Campbell.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: The ankle injury Jones-Drew suffered against the Raiders is being termed a “tendon sprain.” Jags head coach Gus Bradley said that his main offensive weapon was feeling better on Monday. We’d put this one in the “too soon to tell” category.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Bradley was more definitive about Gabbert, who has been dealing with a lacerated right hand suffered in the Jags’ Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. So, it looks as if Chad Henne will draw the straw to start against Seattle’s ravenous defense, with Ricky Stanzi as the ostensible backup.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: Johnson suffered a concussion after Tennessee safety Bernard Pollard gave him a serious hit in Sunday’s game, but Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has said that his main receiver passed the concussion protocol tests and was riding a bike on Monday. Since teams are actually taking concussions seriously these days, we’ll wait and see what Johnson’s week looks like when practice rolls around.
“I think obviously it will be an end of the week decision because he’s got to go through the process,” Kubiak said Monday. “But I think, after talking to him and seeing where he’s at today, obviously he’s doing really well. I would expect the progress to go pretty quickly if it goes like it has the last 24 hours.”
Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: Floyd was sandwiched by two Philadelphia defenders in San Diego’s win over the Eagles and was taken to a local hospital so that his neck could be examined. Fortunately, the long-term prognosis is good, but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Floyd will wear a neck brace for at least a week, and he would be extremely unlikely to play against the Titans.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald didn’t see action in the second half against the Lions because he’s working through a hamstring injury. However, he has said that he will “absolutely” play Sunday against the Saints.
Tyvon Branch, S, Oakland Raiders: Branch suffered a fractured fibula against the Jaguars, and he’ll be out for the season. It’s a major hit to Oakland’s already depleted defense, as Branch is one of the NFL’s best box safeties and pure tacklers.
Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina Panthers: Godfrey tore his Achilles tendon against the Bills, and the Panthers will be without their best pass defender for the rest of the season. Carolina has an estimable front seven, but as seen against Buffalo, this was a team that was already struggling against the pass.
Ian Williams, DT, San Francisco 49ers: Williams suffered a broken ankle in San Francisco’s Sunday night loss to the Seattle Seahawks on a cut block, and he will be out for the season. Glenn Dorsey will replace him in the 49ers’ interior defensive line.