Summary of NFL's Week 5 injuries

10/8/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

A few teams that were already struggling lost some of their most explosive players to injury this weekend. We are also beginning to see somewhat of a quarterback carousel in the league thanks to injuries. Let's take a look at those ailments, as well as any other significant injuries that happened in Week 5:

Julio Jones (WR - ATL): We start off with a bang. This one is devastating. Jones played through a foot injury during the second half on Monday night and was seen limping out of the X-ray room after the game. The Falcons fear that he has a fractured foot, and it looks like he'll miss the rest of the season. A gimpy Roddy White will step in as the team's No. 1 receiver while Harry Douglas takes over No. 2 duties.

Jason Snelling (RB - ATL): Suffered a concussion early in the fourth quarter on Monday night. With a Week 6 bye, he should be able to get healthy in time for the Falcons' next game. Steven Jackson (thigh) will likely return to action in Week 7, diminishing Snelling's role either way.

Roddy White (WR - ATL): Tough week for Falcons receivers. Already slowed by a high-ankle sprain, White now is dealing with a hamstring injury. All that head coach Mike Smith had to say about the ailment on Tuesday was that he'll "wait and see how [it] turns around in the next few days." White has 12 days until the Falcons' next game, but he's no lock to be healthy by then.

Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) grimaces after a run against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY SportsE.J. Manuel (QB - BUF): Took a shot to the knee on a scramble and suffered a sprained LCL. I've seen a report give him a 4-8 week timetable, while another said he'll be out "six weeks or so." Former UDFA Thaddeus Lewis will step in and likely be a pretty substantial downgrade.

Stevie Johnson (WR - BUF): Looked to have suffered a pretty severe back injury on Thursday night, but it turns out that it is just a "lumbar sprain," and head coach Doug Marrone says that Johnson won't miss any time.

Greg Olsen (TE - CAR): Finished Sunday's game, but was seen limping and wearing a walking boot afterwards. He is expected to be fine for Week 6, but is a player to monitor in practice this week.

Amini Silatolu (OG - CAR): A Panthers offensive line that has been getting shredded by opposing pass rushes loses a key player. Silatolu was enjoying a nice sophomore season, but will miss the rest of it with a torn ACL.

Nate Collins (DT - CHI): Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton went down with a torn ACL in Week 3, and his replacement - Collins - is now out for the season with the same injury. The Bears will be forced to find a replacement on a short week, as they face the Giants on Thursday night.

Desmond Bryant (DE - CLE): Went to the hospital during Thursday night's game due to an irregular heartbeat/shortness of breath, but is on track to play in Week 6. "He's fine, back to normal," said head coach Rob Chudzinski.

Brian Hoyer (QB - CLE): Out for the season with a torn ACL. It's an absolute shame, as Hoyer is a journeyman who was finally finding success and leading his underdog team to victories. The starting job has fallen back into the lap of Brandon Weeden.

Chris Ogbonnaya (FB - CLE): Suffered a concussion in Week 5, but thanks to playing the Thursday night game, he has 10 days to pass concussion protocol. He shouldn't miss any time.


Barry Church (FS - DAL): Broke his nose on Sunday, but played through it. He shouldn't miss any time.

Lance Dunbar (RB - DAL): Pulled his hamstring. The severity of the injury is unknown. If he misses time, Phillip Tanner will step in as DeMarco Murray's backup.

Jason Hatcher (DT - DAL): Suffered a shoulder injury late in Sunday's game. Couldn't lift his arm above shoulder level on Monday, so he underwent a precautionary MRI. However, Hatcher said that it is just "a little stinger" and is "nothing that I'm too worried about." He should be a go for Sunday night's clash with the Redskins.

Chris Harris (CB - DEN): Left Sunday's game with a concussion, leaving his Week 6 status up in the air. The Broncos are getting very thin at cornerback, but they could probably run ten men out there this weekend and still beat the Jaguars.

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard (52) reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsWesley Woodyard (MLB - DEN): Missed the second half of Sunday's game with a neck/shoulder injury. The severity is not yet known. Woodyard has been a stud in the middle of the Broncos' defense so far this season, and his injury would be a much bigger concern if the offense wasn't pouring points all over every defense they face.

Theo Riddick (RB - DET): Left Sunday's game with a concussion. If he does miss time, it won't matter much. Mikel Leshoure would step in as the No. 3 running back.

Rob Francois (MLB - GB): Tore his Achilles and is out for the season. This wouldn't usually be a very big deal, but Francois - usually just a special teamer - was stepping in for the injured Brad Jones at middle linebacker. The Packers are now very thin at the position.

Brad Jones (MLB - GB): Suffered a hamstring injury and was promptly ruled out, making it sound like the injury could be somewhat serious. Jones looks questionable for Week 6 at best.

Clay Matthews (OLB - GB): Broke his thumb and is expected to miss a month. The Packers lose their only consistent pass rusher who can create pressure on his own, which is a tough blow to their 26th ranked pass defense.

Owen Daniels (TE - HOU): Will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken fibula. Garrett Graham will step into a full-time tight end role for the first time in his young career.

Blaine Gabbert (QB - JAX): Reportedly heard his hamstring pop on Sunday and has already been ruled out for Week 6. He's likely to be sidelined for a few weeks, and is far from a lock to regain his starting job when healthy.

Luke Joeckel (OT - JAX): Just a few days after trading offensive tackle Eugene Monroe to the Ravens, the Jaguars lose their other tackle to a broken ankle. The second overall pick will miss the remainder of the season. He should be fine for the start of the team's offseason program, but for now, the Jaguars' offensive line is in horrible shape.

Allen Reisner (TE - JAX): The starter with Marcedes Lewis sidelined, Reisner has a sprained MCL and has been placed on short-term injured reserve. The Jaguars will now start Clay Harbor at tight end.


Donnie Avery (WR - KC): Injured his shoulder on Sunday and only lasted a few more plays before calling it a day. X-rays came back negative, however, and the Chiefs are calling his injury a "bruised shoulder." He looks questionable and is a player to monitor in practice this week.

Dannell Ellerbe (MLB - MIA): Left in the first quarter of Sunday's game with a shoulder injury. Was deemed questionable to return (a good sign for his Week 6 outlook), but he never made it back out onto the field. His status has yet to be updated.

Cameron Wake (DE - MIA): Returned to action on Sunday after missing just one game with a sprained MCL, but exited the game after just one series. It is unclear whether he aggravated the injury, or simply did not feel he was healthy enough to make a positive impact.

Tommy Kelly (DT - NE): Tried to play through a knee injury suffered on Sunday, but ultimately called it a day midway through the fourth quarter. He claims that "everything's all right," however, and appears unlikely to miss any time.

Leon Washington (RB/KR - NE): Hurt his ankle on the opening kickoff and did not return, though he was not officially ruled out until the fourth quarter. There is speculation that he may be dealing with a high-ankle sprain, which would keep him out for a few weeks.

David Wilson (RB - NYG): Left during the first half on Sunday with a neck injury. Though he claimed that he would be a go for Week 6, Wilson has already been ruled out by head coach Tom Coughlin. Wilson looks questionable at best for Week 7. The Giants will roll with the unimpressive tandem of Brandon Jacobs and Da'Rel Scott while Wilson is sidelined.

Rashad Jennings (RB - OAK): Getting the start thanks to a Darren McFadden hamstring injury, Jennings suffered a hamstring injury of his own on Sunday night. The team says that the injury was not serious, though that is also what they said about McFadden, who looks like he'll miss multiple weeks. Marcel Reece will be the lead back if Jennings and McFadden can't go in Week 6.

Blog Photo - Summary of NFL's Week 5 injuriesMichael Vick (QB - PHI): Pulled up lame on a scramble. Wasn't tackled on the play; the fragile passer simply pulled a hamstring when dashing down the sideline. He got in some limited work at Tuesday's practice, but it looks like he'll miss Week 6, and possibly more. Nick Foles will get another chance to prove himself while Vick is sidelined.

Jarret Johnson (OLB - SD): A hamstring injury kept Johnson from putting any weight on his right leg Sunday night. The injury does not appear to be serious, but Johnson is still very questionable for Week 6. His absence would make the Chargers very thin at outside linebacker.

Ryan Mathews (RB - SD): Took a knee to the head in the second quarter and was diagnosed with a concussion. He'll have to pass concussion protocol this week, leaving his status up in the air for Week 6.

Ray McDonald (DE - SF): Left Sunday's game with a right biceps strain and did not return. He is questionable for Week 6, but is not expected to miss an extended period of time.

Zac Stacy (RB - STL): His impressive debut as the starting running back was unfortunately cut short by a rib injury. Stacy, however, claims that he simply had the wind knocked out of him. Both he and Jeff Fisher have said Stacy will be the starter in Week 6.

Derrick Morgan (DE - TEN): Left late in Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and did not return. The extent of the injury is unknown.

Coty Sensabaugh (CB - TEN): The Titans' slot corner suffered a concussion on Sunday. His status is up in the air for Week 6.
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