More players than usual left games with injuries Sunday, including several big names such as Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. Click onward for the latest on Graham, Calvin Johnson and the rest.
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Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
The Broncos’ leading rusher carried six times for seven yards before leaving in the third quarter of Denver’s win over the Cardinals with a groin injury. Ball, who needed assistance getting off the field, will miss two weeks and will not require surgery, according to the Denver Post.
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Jonathan Bostic, LB, Bears
Bostic suffered a back injury that knocked him out of Chicago’s loss to the Panthers, but he later told the Chicago Sun-Times that he believed he could have gone back in the game. Bostic shares the Bears’ team lead in tackles with Ryan Mundy.
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Ron Brooks, CB, Bills
Brooks suffered Sunday’s scariest injury during the Bills’ win over the Lions. He spent Sunday night in a Detroit hospital after a frightening collision during a punt return, but ESPN reported that his CT scan was negative and several reports indicate he was released and allowed to return to Buffalo on Monday. The third-year pro waved his left hand after being placed on a spinal stabilization board and carted off the field midway through the first quarter. He was hurt when colliding with Detroit's Jerome Couplin, who was attempting to block another Bills player and stumbled, hitting Brooks low. Brooks went flying into the air, spun upside down and landed directly on his head. The game was delayed for about 10 minutes while trainers attended to Brooks.
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Donald Brown, RB, Chargers
Brown became the third Chargers running back lost to injury in five games after running nine times for 26 yards in a blowout victory against the Jets. Brown, who suffered a concussion, entered the game as San Diego’s leading rusher but lost that honor to fill-in Branden Oliver, who rushed 19 times for 114 yards and a touchdown and had four catches for 68 yards and a TD.
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Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
Bush joined star receiver Calvin Johnson on the sideline with an ankle injury in the second half of the Lions’ loss to the Bills. Detroit was already without leading rusher Joique Bell, who missed the game after suffering a concussion in Week 4. Bush, who has played a full 16 games only twice in his previous eight seasons, didn’t seem concerned following the loss. "I feel good, but we'll see," Bush told the Detroit Free Press. "I'll speak to the doctors and trainers and we'll take the necessary precautions to do whatever I need to do to get healthy for this week.”
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Calais Campbell, DE, Cardinals
The Cardinals lost Campbell, one of the cornerstones of their defense, to a right MCL sprain on a chop block from Denver’s Julius Thomas that angered Arizona coach Bruce Arians after a blowout loss. "I've been coaching for 37 years, it's the dirtiest play I've seen," Arians fumed. "It was a flat chop block and put him out of the game. I know John Fox, great coach and great guy. Somebody has got to answer to that. A fine isn't going to do it, when he's going to miss three or four weeks, on a blatant chop block." Arians told reporters Monday that Campbell will miss one to three weeks.
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Chris Conte, S, Bears
Conte left Chicago’s loss to the Panthers with a concussion. Conte, who hasn’t missed a full game since 2012, has been unable to finish three games this season. The two other early exits were the result of an injured shoulder. Given that the fourth-year pro also suffered a concussion during a preseason game, he may have to take his time coming back from this one.
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Dominique Easley, DT, Patriots
The rookie first-round pick (74) left New England’s win over the Bengals with a shoulder injury and did not return.
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Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers
Floyd left Sunday’s win over the Jets with an ankle injury. He has played in all five games this season after missing all but two last year with a neck injury. He had three catches for 72 yards before leaving Sunday’s game.
D.J. Fluker, OT, Chargers
Fluker left Sunday’s win against the Jets with an ankle injury. He has been a fixture as a starter since the Chargers drafted him 11th overall in 2013.
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Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars
The Jaguars’ running game has been abysmal all season, and Sunday’s loss to the Steelers didn’t help. Gerhart, the team’s leading rusher but averaging 2.6 yards per carry, ran only four times for nine yards before leaving with an ankle injury. He was spelled by Storm Johnson (four carries, 27 yards) and Jordan Todman (two catches, 23 yards), but both of those players suffered ankle injuries, too.
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Jonathan Goodwin, C, Saints
Goodwin, who sprained his ankle a week ago and missed practice time during the week with a neck injury, left Sunday’s win against the Bucs with a knee injury. Goodwin, 35, hasn’t missed a start since the 2008 season, and he later told reporters that the knee was simply bruised and that he doesn't expect to miss a game with the team's bye week coming up.
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Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
A shoulder injury knocked the Saints’ leading receiver out in the second quarter of the Saints’ win over Tampa Bay. NFL.com reports that the team believes the shoulder is sprained but that it’s not a major injury and that Graham will have more tests Monday. The Saints have a bye next weekend.
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Ramon Humber, LB, Saints
Humber left Sunday’s win over the Bucs with an ankle injury. He has started three games this season, half the number he’s started in the previous three-plus seasons he’s spent with the Saints.
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Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
Jennings ran 10 times for 55 yards before leaving the Giants’ win over the Falcons with a knee injury. The NFL’s third-leading rusher entering the game, Jennings told reporters Monday that he has a sprained MCL. It's possible he could be out for the two games remaining before the Giants' bye week.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
Early in the third quarter of Detroit’s loss to the Bills, Johnson reinjured the right ankle that has been limiting him this season. Coach Jim Caldwell told reporters after the game that he wasn’t certain if the four-time Pro Bowl selection now has a long-term injury, but he did say that Johnson took a “pretty good whack” and that he would undergo more tests Monday. Caldwell then told reporters Monday that he wasn't yet sure whether he'd sit Johnson for a week to give the ankle more time to heal.
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Storm Johnson, RB, Jaguars
Johnson replaced Toby Gerhart (ankle) during Sunday’s loss to the Steelers but ended up leaving the game with a bum ankle himself after four carries for 27 yards. He had offered a brief bit of hope to a running game that has stalled with Gerhart this season.
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Datone Jones, DE, Packers
Jones, the Packers’ 2013 first-round pick, was slowed by ankle problems throughout his rookie season and was just starting to show the talent the team drafted him for when he left Thursday’s win against the Vikings with an ankle injury. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Friday that he wasn’t sure whether Jones would be ready to practice Wednesday, which makes him a question mark for the Packers’ Sunday game at Miami.
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Jake Locker, QB, Titans
An injured right thumb forced Locker out of the game in the first half of the Titans’ loss to the Browns. Locker, who was 8-for-11 for 79 yards and a touchdown at the time of the injury, will undergo further tests Monday after telling reporters his Sunday X-ray was negative. Locker has never played in more than 11 games in his four NFL seasons.
Devin McCourty, S, Patriots
McCourty left the first half of New England’s win against the Bengals with injured ribs and did not return. The Boston Herald reported that X-rays were negative. McCourty has missed only three games in his four-plus-year NFL career.
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Josh Norman, CB, Panthers
Multiple reports indicated that Norman left the Panthers’ win against Chicago with a stinger injury in his shoulder and that he also was being evaluated for a concussion. Norman, a starter in 2012 and a reserve all of last season, had recently gained back his starting job. Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Monday to reporters that Norman has entered concussion protocol.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
Patterson left Thursday’s loss to the Packers in the third quarter with a hip injury. He returned briefly but then left what was turning into a blowout for good. After the game, Patterson told reporters he would have kept playing if the game were close and added that he will play next week. Through five games, he is second on the Vikings with 15 catches and third with 189 receiving yards.
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Patrick Peterson, CB, Cardinals
The three-time Pro Bowl selection injured his left ankle during Arizona’s loss to the Broncos but told NFL Network that it was just a sprain. Coach Bruce Arians confirmed to reporters Monday that Peterson would be fine.
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Bernard Pollard, S, Titans
Pollard, who has started every game since joining the Titans before last season, left Sunday’s loss to the Browns with an Achilles' injury. The team announced Monday that the tendon was ruptured and that Pollard will miss the rest of the season.
DeMeco Ryans, LB, Eagles
Ryans left Sunday’s win against St. Louis with a groin injury, but defensive coordinator Bill Davis told reporters after the game that his leading tackler’s malady was a minor one.
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Da’Norris Searcy, S, Bills
Searcy left Sunday’s win over the Lions with a knee injury and returned to the bench but not the game. He has missed only one game since the Bills drafted him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.
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Coty Sensabaugh, CB,Titans
Sensabaugh (24) started Sunday’s loss to the Browns in place of Blidi Wreh-Wilson, who's recovering from a concussion, and Sensabaugh left the game with an injured knee. Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that it was an MCL injury and that he doesn’t expect Sensabaugh to miss a game.
Matt Shaughnessy, LB, Cardinals
Shaughnessy suffered knee cartilage damage during Arizona’s loss to the Broncos and has been placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list. That means that he will miss a minimum of eight games after playing in all 16 games each of the past two seasons.
Zac Stacy, RB, Rams
The second-year pro left the Rams’ loss to Philadelphia after fumbling to set up the Eagles’ final touchdown, but Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters after the game that a calf injury – not the fumble -- kept Stacy on the sideline. Stacy entered the game as the Rams’ leading rusher and carried 11 times for 42 yards Sunday. NFL Network reported Monday that the inujury was just a strain and that Stacy will not miss any time.
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Drew Stanton, QB, Cardinals
Stanton, filling in for injured starter Carson Palmer since Week 2, was 11 for 26 for 118 yards before a hard hit by Von Miller knocked him out of the Cardinals’ loss to Denver in the third quarter. Stanton’s concussion forced Arizona to turn to third-stringer Logan Thomas, who was 1 for 8 for 81 yards and a TD.
Craig Stevens, TE, Titans
Stevens, a blocking tight end, left Tennessee’s loss to the Browns with a quad injury and did not return.
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Phil Taylor, DE, Browns
A knee injury knocked Taylor (98) from Cleveland’s win over the Titans. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday that he will have more on the status of Taylor, who has has been a starter since the team took him in the first round of the 2011 draft, on Wednesday.
Shamarko Thomas, S, Steelers
Thomas left the Steelers’ win over Jacksonville with a hamstring injury suffered on a special teams play, and coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that he would offer an update on Thomas’ condition Tuesday.
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Darrin Walls, CB, Jets
Walls left Sunday’s loss to the Jets with a knee injury. He has become a full-time starter this year after starting only four games in his previous three seasons with the Jets and Falcons.