NFL Week 13: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IDecember 1, 2013

NFL Week 13: Latest Injury Updates for Every Marquee Player

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    The NFL season is a war of attrition in which losing key players often means the difference between making or missing the playoffs. After Week 13, there are just four remaining games on the regular-season schedule, and competition is fierce for playoff seeding. 

    We've already seen what losing a superstar can do to a team's playoff chances. The Green Bay Packers went from being one of the NFC's favorites to win the Super Bowl to a non-contender in the blink of an eye after Aaron Rodgers was injured.     

    But this isn't anything new. Injuries happen every single week in the NFL, and teams' playoff chances are ruined every single year as a result of them.

    With that in mind, here's a look at the marquee players who suffered injuries on the gridiron in Week 13. 

Branden Albert, OT, Kansas City Chiefs

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    After losing both Justin Houston and Tamba Hali a week ago, the Kansas City Chiefs lost another key player when left tackle Branden Albert was injured on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 2:21 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 2

    Chiefs head coach Andy Reid provided great news regarding Albert's knee injury, calling him "day to day" and saying he could be avaliable for the team's Week 14 contest against Washington, as reported by Adam Teicher of ESPN:

    Albert has hyperextended knee. Reid called him day to day

    — Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) December 2, 2013

    >Albert could be available vs. Redskins

    — Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) December 2, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 9:31 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 1

    There is hope that Albert dodged a bullet on Sunday, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported after the game:

    #Chiefs OT Branden Albert is set to have an MRI on his knee tomorrow. The hope is that he dodged a bullet after being carted off

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 2, 2013

     

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    He suffered a lower leg injury early in the fourth quarter and was carted off the field, as noted by NFL: AroundTheLeague:

    Contract-year LT Brandon Albert carted off the field with a lower leg injury for Chiefs. Huge loss #DENvsKC

    — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 1, 2013

    Albert has started all 11 games for the Chiefs leading up to Sunday's action. He has anchored the Chiefs' offensive line this year, and it remains to be seen what will become of him next year when he looks for a new contract. 

    If serious, this injury will be extremely detrimental to both Albert and the Chiefs. 

Joe Staley, OT, San Francisco 49ers

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    Joe Staley has established himself as one of the NFL's premier left tackles over the years, and he is the cornerstone for the San Francisco 49ers' stalwart offensive line. 

    Unfortunately, Staley was lost on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter with a knee injury.

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 9:35 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1

    After Sunday's win over the Rams, Staley and the 49ers received what could be good news, as detailed by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, but he'll miss at least next weekend's game against the Seattle Seahawks:

    The 49ers will be without Joe Staley for next week's game against Seattle, but the outlook could have been a lot worse for the team's Pro Bowl left tackle. According to a source with knowledge of the injury, Staley suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee in the first quarter Sunday.

    An MRI will determine the severity of his injury, and there's a chance he'll be fine for the team's playoff run. 

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    Staley was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game, as noted by the 49ers on Twitter:

    #49ers LT @jstaley74 (knee) is OUT.

    — San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 1, 2013

    This injury will test the depth of the 49ers roster, and fans will surely hold their breath waiting to see what the verdict is long term. 

Darrelle Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Darrelle Revis suffering a shoulder and chest injury against the Carolina Panthers. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 2

    After leaving with an injury in Week 13's game against Carolina, Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers received good news, as relayed by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:

    #Bucs CB Darrelle Revis, who left Sunday's game with shoulder/chest injuries, is 'going to be okay,' Schiano said.

    — Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 2, 2013

     

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback unsuccessfully attempted to intercept a Cam Newton pass early in the second half, and upon landing he injured his chest/shoulder area, as noted by Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. Cummings also reported Revis being taken back into the locker room for possible X-rays, noting his return was questionable:

    Revis left with a shoulder and chest injury and his return is questionable

    — Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) December 1, 2013

    Revis is leaving the sidelines. Looks like he's headed for Xrays

    — Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) December 1, 2013

    It's no secret that Tampa Bay has been playing better on defense the past month with a healthy Revis manning the corner. The Bucs will almost certainly struggle to defend against the pass without him in the lineup.   

Jake Long, OT, St. Louis Rams

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    Jake Long was a casualty in Sunday's physical NFC West matchup pitting the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers. The left tackle suffered a head injury and was ruled out for the rest of the game, as ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner reported:

    Rams LT Jake Long has been ruled out for rest of this game with head injury.

    — Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) December 1, 2013

    The Rams were getting manhandled by the 49ers in this contest, failing to generate much offense on the ground or through the air. Needless to say, losing Long won't make the team's task any easier—a four-time Pro Bowler and one-time First-Team All-Pro. 

     

    UPDATE: by Chris Roling at 7:07 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2

    After Sunday's loss to the 49ers, St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Long must undergo concussion protocol in the coming week to play against Arizona in Week 14:

     

    "He's going to have to undergo the concussion protocol." - Fisher on Jake Long #STLvsSF

    — St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) December 2, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns

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    Cleveland can't keep quarterbacks healthy.

     

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

    After reporting concussion symptoms following a loss in Week 13, Brandon Weeden's concussion was confirmed by head coach Rob Chudzinski on Monday and was sent home, as noted by Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com:

    #Browns HC Rob Chudzinski: Weeden has a concussion. We sent him home today. I don't know when it happened.

    — Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 2, 2013

     

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    Brandon Weeden got the start in Week 13 for an injured Jason Campbell, and he finished the game with decent stats, passing for 370 yards and three touchdowns in a losing cause, but he also threw two interceptions. 

    After the game, Weeden reported concussion symptoms, however, as noted by Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, putting his availability for next weekend's action in question:

    #Browns QB Brandon Weeden diagnosed with concussion, team spokesman said. Reported symptoms after game, spokesman said.

    — Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) December 1, 2013

    The Browns will almost certainly be in the market for a top quarterback in the first or second round of the 2014 NFL draft. Hopefully, whoever comes on board will be tough enough to handle the weekly beatings Cleveland's quarterbacks endure. 

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

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    Demaryius Thomas is one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets in the passing game, but he only managed one catch for 14 yards on Sunday before being forced out of the game with a shoulder injury. 

    As noted by the Denver Broncos on Twitter, he was ruled questionable to return:

    WR Demaryius Thomas has a shoulder injury. His return is questionable. #DENvsKC

    — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 1, 2013

    Thankfully, he was able to return to the game shortly after, as noted by Gray Caldwell of DenverBroncos.com:

    Demaryius Thomas is back on the field.

    — Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) December 1, 2013

    Thomas came into the game second on the team with 64 receptions, and his 955 yards and 10 touchdowns led the Broncos.

     

     

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

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    Christian Ponder didn't make it to halftime on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. 

    The Minnesota Vikings quarterback was taken to the locker room just before the half with a possible concussion, as noted by the team on Twitter, and he was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game: 

    .@cponder7 has been taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a possible concussion. His return is questionable.

    — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 1, 2013

    Christian Ponder has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.

    — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 1, 2013

    Ponder has struggled with consistency all year long, and he was having a poor outing on Sunday before getting knocked out of the game, hitting on just three of his eight passes for 40 yards.

    Veteran Matt Cassel entered the game in his stead, and he'll likely be the starter next weekend if Ponder isn't able to go.   

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

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    The Tennessee Titans needed every hand on deck for their matchup against AFC South rival Indianapolis, but tight end Delanie Walker was banged up late in the first quarter.

    He was hurt on a strange and somewhat controversial play, as detailed by NFL.com's Chris Wesseling:

    Delanie Walker caught the ball, ran three steps, landed on his back and the ball popped out. Ruled incomplete pass. I give up.

    — Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) December 1, 2013

    NFL: AroundTheLeague reported he was then ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion:

    After a rather slow start in his first year with Tennessee, Walker had been coming on strong for the Titans the past few weeks. He'd caught 19 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in three games leading up to Sunday's tilt against Indy, showing a good rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Josh Cribbs, WR, New York Jets

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    Week 13 wasn't kind to the New York Jets. 

     

    UPDATE: by Jesse Reed at 10:53 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 1

    After Josh Cribbs left Sunday's game with a shoulder/chest injury, the team announced he'd need an MRI to determine the extent of his injury, as noted by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

    Jets KR/WR Josh Cribbs will have a MRI tomorrow after leaving the game with shoulder/chest pain. #nyj

    — Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) December 2, 2013

     

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    Geno Smith was benched in favor of Matt Simms after another horrible outing, and return man Josh Cribbs was lost for the game with a shoulder injury, as noted by ESPN's John Clayton:

    Jets have lost Josh Cribbs. He's out for the game with a shoulder injury.

    — John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) December 1, 2013

    Making matters worse, New York lost badly to the Miami Dolphins by a score of 23-3, making the playoffs unlikely this year with a record of 5-7 and four games remaining.  

    Cribbs isn't the same player who returned touchdowns on a regular basis for the Cleveland Browns, but he's been a solid addition for the Jets this year as a return man, sometimes running back and receiver.