Is it just us, or are NFL quarterbacks suffering a ton of injuries this year?
Maybe that's why the football hasn't been all that great through the first five weeks of the NFL season. With guys like Cam Newton, Trevor Siemian and whoever is playing QB for the Browns this week constantly on the sidelines, teams just can't get into a rhythm. As a result, the entertainment value plummets.
The good news, though, is that some of the game's most important players could be back sooner than later. Here are the 10 biggest injuries in Week 6 of the 2016 NFL season.
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Cam Newton, QB, Panthers (concussion)
Newton is back in practice this week, although he has been limited to non-contact, football-specific drills so far. The Panthers are off on Tuesday, giving Newton an extra day of rest before the team reevaluates its star QB ahead of Week 6's game against the Saints. Coach Ron Rivera gave reporters no further updates: "He's going through the protocol."
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Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys (knee)
While it's possible that Dez Bryant returns from a hairline fracture in his right knee this week, don't hold your breath. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday and said, "We'll have to see how he works this week. We won't take any chances there." According to Jones, Dallas will wait until the end of the week before making a decision. The Cowboys have their bye in Week 7 after visiting Green Bay this Sunday.
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Trevor Siemian, QB, Broncos (shoulder)
Despite Paxton Lynch's promise, the Broncos clearly missed Siemian against the Falcons on Sunday, suffering their first loss of the season. Siemian was back at practice on Tuesday, however, and he is expected to start for Denver on Thursday against the Chargers. Siemian is still dealing with pain in his non-throwing shoulder, but the injury is self-limiting at this point.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers (ankle)
After a big first half, Lacy was forced to the sideline against the Giants with a sprained ankle. He was able to walk under his own power after the game, though, and coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Monday that the injury did not appear serious. Yet McCarthy stopped short of saying for sure that Lacy would play in Week 6: "Eddie's had some tests done, so we really won't know until he hits the field tomorrow. So I would say it's not serious. But I don't know what his status is for this week."
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Giants (groin)
As problematic as New York's offense is these days, it's the secondary that should really concern Giants fans. CB Eli Apple left Sunday's game with a groin injury, and Rodgers-Cromartie was in and out of the lineup during the game as he battled a groin injury of his own. "We will have to wait and see," coach Ben McAdoo said of Rodgers-Cromartie's availability. The bright side: New York faces a Baltimore team dealing with its own offensive issues in Week 6.
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Cody Kessler, QB, Browns (ribs)
If you play quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, you're probably pretty banged up right now. While Kessler is not suffering from any broken bones, he is still undergoing tests on his rib and chest area. The Browns expect to know more about his availability Wednesday. Josh McCown could return if Kessler is unable to go, although McCown is still experiencing the side effects of a broken collarbone. Kessler's backup, Charlie Whitehurst, is day-to-day with a knee injury.
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Laremy Tunsil, OT, Miami Dolphins (ankle)
Anything that can go wrong is going wrong for the Dolphins so far this season, and that includes a fluke injury to their first-round pick. Tunsil reportedly injured his ankle after slipping in the shower prior to kickoff on Sunday. If he's unable to play this week, expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to make QB Ryan Tannehill miserable.
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Josh Norman, CB, Redskins (hand/wrist)
Norman played through significant pain caused by a jammed wrist he originally suffered against the Giants in Week 4 to help Washington to a win over Baltimore on Sunday. Although he won't be listed on the team's injury report, coach Jay Gruden admitted that Norman could be limited. "I don't think he's going to miss time," Gruden said. "I think he just aggravated it a little bit. We're going to monitor it, limit his contact during the week, maybe put a brace on it. But I think he finished the game OK."
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Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders (toe)
The Raiders are optimistic Murray will be back for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, who are 28th this season in opponent rushing yards per attempt (4.5). "We hope to get him back," coach Jack Del Rio told reporters. "The other guys did a solid job filling in. If we get Latavius back, we'll welcome him back."
Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys (back)
No, Romo won't be back for Week 6. With Dallas on a bye in Week 7, however, this could be the last game of the season that Dak Prescott starts — and that conversation will likely dominate the NFL this week. On the other hand, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan that Prescott's presence means Dallas can take its time with Romo's rehabilitation. Either way, one thing is for certain: When Romo is ready, the starting QB job is his.