NFL Week 4: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2013

NFL Week 4: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

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    It's hard to believe the NFL has already reached the quarter mark here in Week 4, but league injury reports prove this season is well under way. 

    Thankfully, many players who get banged up early in the year make it back onto the field before the season is out. But some are not as fortunate, suffering season-ending injuries that devastate not only the player himself but also the team for which he plays. 

    With that in mind, here's a look at the injuries to the league's marquee players in Week 4.   

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

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    Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker was carted off the field on Sunday against the New York Jets.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 30

    After an overnight hospital stay, Locker was released on Monday, but he is still expected to be out for at least 4-6 weeks, as noted by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:

    Update: #Titans QB Jake Locker has been released from the hospital

    — Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 30, 2013

    Told Locker needs 4-6 wk recovery time. If #Titans think he's on back end of that, IR-return desig prob in play. But he'd be out 8 wks then

    — Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 30, 2013

     

    ---End of Update--- 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 11:31 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 29

    Locker was hospitalized after suffering a severe hip injury, and Teresa Walker of the Associated Press reported he'd be staying overnight:

    AP source: Titans QB Jake Locker staying in hospital overnight http://t.co/9B5gKFkmkH (@teresamwalker) #NFL

    — AP NFL (@AP_NFL) September 30, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    Locker suffered an apparent hip injury, as noted by NFL on ESPN:

    Titans QB Jake Locker is being carted off the field with an apparent hip injury. Best wishes to Jake for a speedy recovery.

    — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 29, 2013

    Jonathan Hutton of 104.5 The Zone reported Locker left LP Field in an ambulance and that he'd be getting X-rays on his hip:

    Locker in for x-rays on right hip. Left LP Field in ambulance. #Titans

    — Jonathan Hutton (@hutton1045) September 29, 2013

    Two Jets defenders sandwiched the third-year quarterback after he'd already thrown the ball. It appeared to be a late hit, but no flag was thrown. 

    He'd thrown three touchdowns in the game before leaving on a stretcher. 

Vince Wilfork, DT, New England Patriots

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    New England Patriots star defensive tackle Vince Wilfork left the Sunday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons midway through the first quarter. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 1:01 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 30

    Wilfork and the Patriots got some difficult news on Monday. As noted by Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, Wilfork suffered an Achilles tear and is almost certainly out for the season:

    League source: Vince Wilfork has torn Achilles - almost certainly ends his season

    — shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) September 30, 2013

    Tom E. Curran of CSNNE later noted that Wilfork would definitely not return this year:

    Been told there is no chance if a 2013 return for Vince Wilfork from the Achilles tear @shalisemyoung first reported in the wee hours.

    — Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) September 30, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 10:22 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 29

    After leaving the game against Atlanta in the first quarter, Wilfork was ruled out for the rest of the game, as noted by the Patriots on Twitter:

    Patriots Injury Update: Vince Wilfork has been ruled out with an ankle injury. He will not return to the game.

    — New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 30, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    As noted by SNF on NBC, the big man was helped onto a cart on the sideline:

    TAFOYA: Wilfork being helped onto a cart on the sideline

    — SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 30, 2013

    He injured his ankle, as noted by the team's Twitter account, and was listed as questionable to return:

    Injury Update from the Patriots bench: Vince Wilfork left the game with an ankle injury; his return is questionable.

    — New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 30, 2013

    Wilfork is the glue that holds New England's front seven together. He makes big plays behind the line of scrimmage on a regular basis, and if he's out for long he'll be sorely missed. 

Dwight Freeney, OLB, San Diego Chargers

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    San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney left the game against the Dallas Cowboys before halftime. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 2:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 30

    After leaving the game with a quad injury on Sunday, Freeney received terrible news that will impact him and the Chargers for the rest of the season. He suffered a torn quadriceps, and the team is considering whether or not to place him on the season-ending IR, as noted by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

    Source: #Chargers DE Dwight Freeney suffered a torn quadriceps in Sunday's win over the #Cowboys that SD believes is a long-term injury

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2013

    #Chargers still trying to determine whether Dwight Freeney's torn quad will land him on Injured Reserve, ending his season. No decision yet

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    He suffered an injury to his quad and was ruled out for the rest of the game, as noted by Ricky Henne of the Chargers:

    Dwight Freeney is out and will not return.

    — Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) September 29, 2013

    San Diego has struggled on defense this year with Freeney in the lineup. If he's unable to make a swift return to action, then the Chargers will be in trouble. 

Michael Bennett, DE, Seattle Seahawks

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    Seattle Seahawks pass-rusher Michael Bennett exited the game against the Houston Texans on a stretcher after his head and back were bent backward in a scary-looking play late in the second quarter.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 2:08 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 30

    Bennett is doing much better the morning after he suffered what first appeared to be a devastating injury to his lower back. 

    The Houston Chronicle's Staff, via The Associated Press, released a statement from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll:

    “He’s got a strained muscle in his back that really grabbed him and really hurt him. They were just really concerned because it was close to his vertebrae,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “They weren’t sure what it was, so they took good care of him. But he’s OK.”

    Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seattle later reported Bennett was "getting around fine" on Monday morning:

    Carroll says #Seahawks still don't the prognosis for DL Michael Bennett but said he's been "getting around fine" this morning.

    — Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) September 30, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 5:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 29

    After getting carted off the field and taken to a local hospital, the news is good for Bennett. As noted by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, tests came back negative for the defensive end, which is a good thing:

    Initial tests are all negative for Seahawks DL Michael Bennett, who was carted off with what looked like a serious injury. Great news there

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 29, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports painted a vivid picture of the situation on the field:

    Chilling scene in Houston as Michael Bennett's dad screams down to his son as he's carted off the field with what looked like serious injury

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 29, 2013

    Thankfully, Bennett had feeling in his extremities, as noted by Pro Football Talk, which is always a good sign when dealing with back injuries:

    Michael Bennett taken to hospital, but has feeling in his extremities after lower back injury http://t.co/VmQHnNWedH

    — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 29, 2013

    Needless to say, hopefully Bennett's situation doesn't prove to be anything serious.

    He had been a terror off the edge for the Seahawks the past two games, racking up 2.5 sacks. 

Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots were shorthanded at the wide receiver position heading into Week 4.

    After Aaron Dobson left the game in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons, Tom Brady and the Patriots will need to dig even deeper to figure out a way to generate production. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 11:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 29

    After leaving the game in the third quarter with a neck injury, the Patriots announced that Dobson was questionable to return:

    Patriots Injury Update: Aaron Dobson has a neck injury & his return to the game is questionable. #NEvsATL

    — New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 30, 2013

    Dobson did not return to the game. 

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    As noted by SNF on NBC, Dobson was examined by doctors on the sideline after he suffered a grisly looking hit, and he went back into the locker room shortly thereafter:

    TAFOYA: Patriots medical team talking to Dobson and examining his neck & testing his strength on the bench.

    — SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 30, 2013

    TAFOYA: Aaron Dobson heading back to the locker room

    — SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 30, 2013

    The rookie receiver was coming on strong before getting injured, catching 10 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in his two previous appearances, and he had caught one pass for 10 yards before leaving the game against Atlanta.

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets

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    After losing Stephen Hill to a head injury earlier in Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, the New York Jets lost another receiver.

    Santonio Holmes left the game with a hamstring injury, as noted by ESPN New York's Rich Cimini:

    Holmes out with a hamstring injury, according to #Jets.

    — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 29, 2013

    Without his two top targets, rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the Jets offense will struggle badly. 

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

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    The struggling Washington Redskins lost Alfred Morris in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 11:37 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 29

    Morris did not return to action in Week 4 against Oakland, but the running back assured reporters he'd be back in action in Week 6 after Washington's bye, as noted by Rotoworld Football:

    >Alfred Morris says he will be ready after bye http://t.co/qTSHonXuv0

    — Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) September 30, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    Morris was injured after getting hit hard on a running play, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted he looked to be in "great discomfort" on the sidelines: 

    Alfred Morris getting medical attention on the sidelines, looking at his rib and side. He appeared to be in great discomfort

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 29, 2013

    He headed back into the locker room and was later listed as questionable to return, as noted by Pro Football Talk:

    Alfred Morris questionable for rest of game after suffering rib injury at Oakland http://t.co/ywBThUyigk

    — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 29, 2013

    With Morris out of the lineup, Roy Helu Jr. is the man to carry the load. He's serviceable, but Morris was starting for a reason. 

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders

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    Darren McFadden is one of the most electric playmakers in the NFL, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy since joining the Oakland Raiders as a rookie out of Arkansas in 2008.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 2:19 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 30

    McFadden appears to have dodged a bullet. His hamstring injury isn't a major one, as noted by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, and he should play in Week 5:

    Sounds like #Raiders RB Darren McFadden's hamstring injury isn't a major one. We'll see about this Sunday, but he avoided serious injury

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    He was knocked out of the game on Sunday against the Washington Redskins with a hamstring injury, and his return is questionable, as noted by ESPN's Matthew Berry: 

    Marcel Reece out for game, Darren McFadden's return is questionable. #Jenningstime

    — Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) September 29, 2013

    Without McFadden, Oakland's offense isn't nearly as explosive. Fantasy owners should keep an eye out for updates on this injury going forward, as hamstrings are notoriously finicky. 

Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets

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    New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill left the game on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans with a head injury after taking a big hit from safety Michael Griffin. 

    After getting evaluated by team doctors, Hill was ruled out for the game, as noted by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

    Stephen Hill is officially OUT with a head injury. #nyj

    — Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 29, 2013

    The second-year receiver was beginning to look like the playmaker the Jets hoped he'd become before leaving this game, catching 13 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown in the team's first three games. 

Lardarius Webb, CB, Baltimore Ravens

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    Lardarius Webb was knocked out of the game against the Buffalo Bills with a thigh injury, as noted by the Baltimore Ravens' Twitter account. Meanwhile, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun saw him on the sidelines in the second half without his shoulder pads or a helmet, indicating his day was done:

    CB Lardarius Webb has a thigh injury and his return is questionable.

    — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 29, 2013

    Lardarius Webb walks back onto field for second half without his helmet and shoulder pads. Good sign he's done for day.

    — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 29, 2013

    Webb is one of the league's best cover corners when healthy, and his absence in the game against Buffalo was felt. The Ravens need him to stay healthy this season if they have any hope of repeating as Super Bowl champs. 

Brian Cushing, LB, Houston Texans

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    Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing left a heated game against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half after getting rattled on a tackle. 

    As noted by the team's official Twitter account, he suffered a concussion and was ruled out for the rest of the game:

    LB @briancushing56 is out with a concussion. #TexansGameday

    — Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 29, 2013

    Cushing is one of the NFL's top 3-4 inside linebackers. He helped the Texans come from behind against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1 by intercepting Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter and returning the ball for a game-tying touchdown.

    If he's out for any amount of time with this injury, then Houston will struggle to replace his production and leadership.

Mark Barron, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Second-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mark Barron left the game against the Arizona Cardinals.

    According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Barron suffered a hamstring injury and would not return:

    #Bucs S Mark Barron has a hamstring injury and is out of the game.

    — Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 29, 2013

    In a related story, the Cardinals magically discovered their passing game once Barron left the game. 

    He's a rock-solid player for Tampa Bay, and missing him for any amount of time will hurt this team. 

Rashean Mathis, CB, Detroit Lions

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    Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis left the game against the Chicago Bears with a head injury. 

    As noted by Detroit Lions insider Tim Twentyman, Mathis didn't return to the game after he was diagnosed with a concussion:

    Mathis has been downgraded to out with concussion. #CHIvsDET

    — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 29, 2013

    He'll have to pass a series of league-mandated tests before he can practice or play with the Lions next weekend. 

Bjoern Werner, OLB, Indianapolis Colts

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    Indianapolis Colts first-round pick Bjoern Werner was forced out of his team's division showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    As noted by Colts beat writer Mike Chappell, Werner suffered a right foot sprain and was listed as doubtful to return:

    #colts LB Bjoern Werner doubtful return with sprained foot.

    — Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) September 29, 2013

    Right foot on #colts LB Bjoern Werner for those keeping track at home

    — Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) September 29, 2013

    He never did make it back onto the field

    Coming out of Florida State, Werner was one of the most hyped pass-rushers coming into the NFL from the 2013 draft class. He made his first impact play in Week 2 with a half-sack of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. 

Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars already featured one of the NFL's least effective offenses, and losing tight end Marcedes Lewis will only make matters worse. 

    He missed the team's first three games with a calf injury, and he aggravated his leg against the Indianapolis Colts, as noted by NFL: AroundTheLeague:

    Marcedes Lewis' out for game with calf injury. Same calf that cost him first three games. #INDvsJAC

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 29, 2013

    An underrated player, thanks to his association with Jacksonville, Lewis needs to get healthy to give the Jaguars a chance of winning a game this year. 

Ramon Foster, OG, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The hits just keep coming for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season—and not the good kind. 

    Starting offensive guard Ramon Foster exited the game in London against the Minnesota Vikings with a chest injury and didn't return, as noted by ESPN's John Clayton:

    Steelers lost G Ramon Foster with a chest injury. he wont' return to the Vikings game.

    — John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) September 29, 2013

    After losing starting center Maurkice Pouncey for the season in Week 1, this injury will be difficult for the Steelers to overcome.