Update (5:00 p.m. ET): Gronkowski suffered “what’s believed to be a torn ACL,” FOX’s Mike Garafolo reported after the Patriots’ win over Cleveland. An MRI will be performed Monday.
The Patriots may again have to make do without tight end Rob Gronkowski after he took a vicious helmet-on-knee hit during Sunday’s game with the Browns. Gronkowski stayed down for several minutes after the collision with Cleveland safety T.J. Ward, then hobbled onto a cart.
The injury occurred on a 21-yard pass from Tom Brady to Gronkowski. As Gronkowski caught a pass over his shoulder, Ward came flying in low. Gronkowski’s leg did not appear to be planted when Ward made contact, but it looked as if it may have hyperextended anyway. Gronkowski’s leg also whipped around violently before he hit the turf — he dropped the football but was down by contact.
We know that blizzard-like conditions are affecting several games on the East Coast, and now, the Weather Gods have conspired to end the interception-less streak established by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. The second-year starter had thrown 238 passes without an interception, the eighth-longest streak in NFL history, and put up the best single month passer rating in league history with his 152.8 mark in October.
However, with conditions at Lincoln Financial Field hard for anybody trying to throw the ball, Foles threw up his first pick of the season with 12:19 left in the first half of the Eagles’ game against the Detroit Lions. He threw a deep pass from his own 33-yard line that was picked by Lions cornerback Chris Houston at the 50-yard line, and Houston returned the ball to the Philadelphia 30. On the subsequent drive, Detroit scored the first touchdown of the day when Joique Bell ran it in from two yards out.
(Update: The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that “Early word on the injury to #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson: It’s a mid-foot sprain.)
The worst-case scenario for the Minnesota Vikings’ disappointing 2013 season may have occurred Sunday. Running back Adrian Peterson had to be carted to the locker room after suffering an injury on a tackle by Baltimore linebacker Arthur Brown.
After catching a pass out of the backfield, Peterson turned upfield near the sideline and was wrapped up by Brown. Peterson immediately began writhing in pain on the ground, while the training staff began examining his right ankle.
The Vikings’ superstar eventually made his way back to the sideline and began walking around gingerly, but then was loaded onto a cart and taken from the field.
It’s been a rough couple of months for New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Going into Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, Smith hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Oct. 20 against the New England Patriots, but he did throw eight picks in that same time period. He completed just 49-of-104 passes since that milestone, averaged 5.1 yards per attempt and hadn’t had a passer rating over 72.0 since his one great game against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 7.
Despite his quarterback’s troubles, Jets head coach Rex Ryan decided to stick with Smith as the starter, though he did bench Smith in favor of Matt Simms at the half of New York’s loss to the Dolphins last Sunday. There was little else to do — Smith completed 4-of-10 passes for 29 yards and a pick before he was pulled. Continue Reading
Winter has arrived in the NFL. Several of Week 14′s early games kicked off in heavy snow, with the most extreme of the conditions occurring in Philadelphia for an important Eagles-Lions contest.
The inclement weather had an impact on that game even before it began, with Detroit running back Reggie Bush slipping and reportedly reaggravating a calf injury during the team’s warmups. Moments later, referee Ed Hochuli had to explain a contingency plan for the coin toss, in case the coin landed sideways in a snow pile.