Week 5 Injury Roundup: Losing Joeckel for the season sets Jags even further behind
Here’s a look at the most important injury information we’ve gleaned from Sunday’s games.
Luke Joeckel, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars (ankle): Yes, it’s more bad news for the Jags, who traded former first-round left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 1 only to see this year’s second-overall pick go down for the season against the St. Louis Rams in his first start on the left side. Head coach Gus Bradley confirmed on Sunday that Joeckel will be out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle, which was so bad, Bradley had to specify that the injury is not career-threatening, and that Joeckel should be ready for the team’s 2014 conditioning program. The Jags will trot Cameron Bradfield out to the left tackle spot. According to Pro Football Focus’ metrics, Bradfield allowed six sacks, nine quarterback hits, and 21 quarterback hurries in 764 snaps at right tackle in 2012. If things can get any worse for Jacksonville’s offense, we’re hard-pressed to see how.
Oh, wait — quarterback Blaine Gabbert is out with a hamstring injury against the Broncos this Sunday. We’re not sure if that will push the Denver line over 30.
Clay Matthews, OLB, Green Bay Packers (thumb): There was a bit of a surprise during Mike McCarthy’s Monday press conference, when the Packers’ head coach said that Matthews is getting tests on the broken thumb he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions, and he hopes that the surgery is not season-ending. If surgery is recommended, Matthews’ 2013 campaign could come to an abrupt halt, and that would certainly affect the balance of power in a very competitive NFC North. Adam Schefter reported on Monday afternoon that Matthews is expected to miss at least one month.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (hamstring): Various league sources have told various media outlets that Vick will miss the Eagles’ Week 6 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and may not be available until the team’s Oct. 20 game against the Dallas Cowboys after suffering a hamstring injury against the New York Giants. However, head coach Chip Kelly didn’t sound so sure during his Monday press conference.
“I don’t know if he’ll play Sunday,” Kelly said, adding that Vick has already had an MRI. “Right now he’s day‑to‑day, and he’ll we’ll see how he goes through the rehab process … I don’t get the results. They just told me what he is and what he isn’t. They just said he’s day‑to‑day, and I don’t know. I know he probably won’t be going tomorrow, but we’ll see where he is after that.”
Nick Foles is ready to go, but it seems that Kelly wants to hold out hope for Vick’s return sooner than later. That said, he’s been impressed with Foles’ preparation.
“I think the work that Nick gets in in practice and how he prepares,” Kelly said about Foles’ ability to come off the bench and get in sync with his receivers. “We’ve talked to Nick since we made a decision at quarterback. We said before you’re a chinstrap away from having to come in the game. Some guys that’s cliché talk and other guys take it seriously. So Nick has prepared himself like he’s going to be the starter every week. When his opportunity came, I think he took advantage of it.”
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants (neck): Wilson suffered a neck injury after scoring a rushing touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles and performing the rarely-seen double back flip. He left the game in the first half as a precautionary measure, and was shut down for the day when he tried to go back in. On Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported that Wilson was experiencing tingling in his neck, and that he will need a full medical evaluation before the Giants know his status for Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears. At 0-5, and facing a Bears team looking for revenge after a frustrating loss to the New Orleans Saints, this is a hit that Tom Coughlin doesn’t need.
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks (hip): Harvin, who has missed the season to date with an Aug. 1 hip injury, tweeted this on Monday:
12th man im back and ready….countdown begins
— Percy Harvin (@Percy_Harvin) October 7, 2013
“He will be back in town this week,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday of Harvin, who Seattle traded a first round pick for in March. “He was in New York to make sure the doctor that did the surgery, and his rehab team, were ready to sign off on it. I know he started running last week. I don’t know any more than that until we get him out here, but it’s encouraging. We’re getting closer. It’s going to happen as soon as possible.”
After that trade, the Seahawks signed Harvin to a six-year, $67 million contract with $25 million guaranteed. Carroll and general manager John Schneider believe that Harvin’s athleticism could put their offense over the top whenever he does make it back on the field.
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans (fibula): Near the end of a Monday presser in which he had to field question after question about beleaguered quarterback Matt Schaub, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak mentioned that Daniels, who was hurt late in Houston’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers, was getting his leg checked out.
“I just know they’re doing a MRI on it today,” Kubiak said. “He got hit on that last ball, one of the last balls he caught and so it was real sore today. They’re checking him out.”
Daniels is the team’s second-leading receiver behind Andre Johnson, with 24 catches for 252 yards and three receiving touchdowns.