Football fans have already had plenty of surprises to endure this season, including a Randy Moss trade back to Minnesota and a Super Bowl hangover that’s been hard for the Saints and Colts to shake. There have also been several injuries amongst key players around the league, and here are some of the most significant players and injuries making headlines through Week 5 of the regular season.
Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers, Knee. Tight end Jermichael Finley has been placed on the injured reserve following a knee injury suffered in Green Bay’s Week 5 game against the Redskins. Finley’s knee injury was at first predicted to have a three-to-six week recovery, but the injury was later said to be much more serious with a longer recovery period necessary. This one will hurt the Packers in the short term.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, Shoulder. Stafford suffered a sprained shoulder in his throwing arm during the Lions’ season opener, leaving his team without their lead signal-caller ever since. He’s expected to return to the football field mid-season and could even return by early November, which would be great news for Detroit fans.
Clinton Portis, Washington Redskins, Groin. Portis suffered a third degree separation of the left groin and has already been sidelined a month, causing him to lose his starting job to Ryan Torain. While Portis has made statements to the media claiming he’d be back on the field yet this season, the extended healing time of the injury has Redskins fans worried – and for good reason.
Bob Sanders, Indianapolis Colts, Biceps. It’s no shock that Bob Sanders is on the Indy sidelines once again this season, but it sure is a disappointment. Just months after rupturing a biceps tendon in his left arm, Sanders injured his right biceps tendon early this season, keeping him off the field once again. Sanders is a player who sells tons of NFL tickets when he’s healthy, but unfortunately he hasn’t been much of a contributor for the Colts over the last few seasons.
Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings, Hip. Rice has been on the Vikings’ PUP list all season while recovering from an offseason surgery on his hip, but he’ll be eligible to get back on the field for Week 8, which is what he’s aiming for. Rice recently made progress by getting off crutches, but the Vikes have signed Randy Moss to their roster to fill in the gap in between.
Cedric Griffin, Minnesota Vikings, Knee. Minnesota lost their starting cornerback with an ACL injury last January during the NFC championship game, and it looks like they’ve lost him again for the season. Griffin hurt his knee during the Vikings’ Week 5 Monday night matchup against the New York Jets, and early evidence is pointing to another ACL tear.
Shawne Merriman, San Diego Chargers, Calf. Not only is Shawne Merriman injured, but he’s also on his way out of San Diego. The controversial linebacker injured his calf in Week 3 in the Chargers’ matchup against the Seahawks and he’s since been handed “minor-injury designation,” meaning the Chargers must release him once he’s back from his injury.
Mark Clayton, St. Louis Rams, Knee. The Rams lost a crucial asset to their offense during Week 5 against the Lions, when their No. 1 receiver Mark Clayton suffered a season-ending knee injury. Clayton tore his patellar tendon in his right knee and will undergo surgery to repair the injury, leaving him out of contention for the rest of the season.
Darrelle Revis, New York Jets, Hamstring. Revis’ tight left hamstring has been giving him issues since Week 2, but he’s still considered week-to-week by Rex Ryan and Co. Revis’ injury doesn’t seem to be too serious, but its nagging return after Week 5 is not a great sign for Gang Green.
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