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The QB demolition derby continued in Week 11 with Joe Flacco being diagnosed with a torn ACL and Case Keenum departing with a concussion. Lynch’s woes continued and Forsett is now done for the season. Let’s dig in to what happened in a crazy weekend of football below.
Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens - Flacco is the latest in a long list of QBs who have been badly hurt this season: Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees have all had to deal with injuries at what has been the safest position in Football. Flacco tore his ACL and possibly his MCL on the last play of the drive. He was clearly in pain but stayed in the game to spike the ball and set up Justin Tucker for the game winning field goal. ACL revision treatment has got to the point where players are all but assumed to be ready to go the following season. Flacco should be ready for preseason training by the time it rolls around next year.
Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens - Forsett got lit up on a tackle by Aaron Donald of the Rams in the first quarter and fractured both bones in his forearm. He will most likely undergo surgery at some point in the next few days and will be placed on IR. Buck Allen presumably takes over as lead back.
Charcandrick West, RB, Chiefs - West had to leave the game against the Chargers with a hamstring injury. The severity is unknown but this is clearly a situation to keep an eye on. He has been one of the league’s premier backs the last few weeks and if he does miss time it looks like Spencer Ware is the next man up after destroying the Chargers on Sunday.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons - Freeman took a brutal hit against the Colts when Clayton Geathers dropped his helmet on a tackle in the first half. He was immediately ruled out. As with all concussions the first 24 hours are critical in determining how long his recovery could be. Look to see what happens at practice on Wednesday to get an idea of his availability for week 12.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks - Lynch was a game time inactive after most reports had him as being on the probable side of his questionable tag all week. There are further reports of Lynch visiting a sports hernia specialist to consult about whether he should undergo surgery. If he does elect to do so, he will miss the rest of the season. Thomas Rawls has proven himself to be a very capable fill in.
Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles - Ertz went down in a very scary way after getting his legs taken out underneath him. He was lucky to escape with just a concussion after what looked like a definite neck/spine injury from the way he landed. While it is possible he makes it through the protocol this week it is highly unlikely that he will be cleared in time to play on Thursday.
Case Keenum, QB, Rams - Keenum was diagnosed after the game with a concussion. It was clear he was suffering from a head injury after a hit in the 4th quarter. After having his head bang into the turf he was slow to get up and could be seen grabbing the back of his head in pain. Fisher and the independent spotter who is supposed to bring a halt to the game when seeing this kind of thing ignored what was very visible to anyone watching the game. As fans of the game, this is exactly the sort of scenario we don’t want to see happen and it’s a very sad state of affairs that after all this time the NFL is still not able to protect its players from severe head injuries. Keenum is lucky he did not sustain any further trauma.
Frank Gore, RB, Colts - Gore was seen limping badly on the sideline with what was reported as a quadriceps injury and Ahmad Bradshaw was called in to close the game out. Gore said he would be fine but this is a situation worth monitoring as the week progresses. It’s unlikely Indy would risk injury to the cornerstone of their rushing attack with Luck being on the shelf until the end of the season. Stay tuned to Rotoworld NFL News for more information throughout the week.
Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Bears - Carey got crushed underneath a pile of players and suffered a concussion in the progress. We will have to see how he progresses this week but as long as Forte remains out this is Langford’s backfield.
Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins - Morris aggravated his rib injury and was not seen all of the second half against the Panthers. It could be as a result of the one sided score that he was held out to avoid further injury as after the game he said he was fine and held out for precautionary reasons.