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This last Sunday was not the massacre that like we saw the previous week, but there were still some big names that went down that will likely impact your season one way or another.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers - Roethlisberger was tackled in the fourth quarter against the Raiders and injured his left foot (his previous knee injury that occurred a few weeks ago was to his left knee). It has been diagnosed as a mid-foot sprain with reports on his return to play status seeming to net out at a 1-2 week absence, meaning that he would be available after the week 11 bye.
This seems extremely aggressive for this type of injury. The mechanism involved in the injury looked similar to a Lisfranc injury. While he may have got off without a fracture, an injury to this part of the foot is about more than just pain tolerance. The ligaments affected deal with stability and movement and require a lot of rest to heal. Big Ben is notorious for healing quickly but I would be shocked if he does make it back in the 1-2 week timetable that is being spoken about.
Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots - Lewis went down with a non-contact knee injury that for all intents and purposes appear to show he tore his ACL. Footage of the incident (as seen on Dr David Chao’s timeline here) show the mechanism for an ACL tear. He was able to walk off under his own power but we’ve seen that doesn’t mean anything ala Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin. If it is an ACL tear it’s a sad ending what was shaping up to be a very exciting season for Lewis. Expect to hear news out of the Patriots today.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills - McCoy went down hard on his shoulder and had to leave the game on Sunday. This has been an injury plagued season for Shady and while he has said he will be available for Thursday’s game he is showing to be a very slow healer this season. Stay tuned for updates during the week – but with Karlos William showing well in his return there is a chance Shady gets another week’s rest due to the short turnaround.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers - Lacy injured his groin and left the game against the Panthers and did not return. His nightmare season continues for owners who drafted him in the first round. There has been no information released from the Packers as to the extent of the injury but his training reps should be monitored this coming week. Mike McCarthy is renowned for being very conservative with injuries and missed practices plus a Questionable tag will most likely mean Lacy sits this coming week.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings and Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders - Both players suffered concussions on Sunday and had to leave their respective games. Murray had a concussion last year and ended up missing a game. The hits both players took were severe and looked to knock them unconscious. Looking at how slowly players have been reintroduced to game action this year after being diagnosed with concussion like symptoms, there is a very good chance both players miss the coming week’s action.