The Week 15 injury bug seemed to target teams already dealing with quarterback problems. Houston's Ryan Fitzpatrick (filling in for Ryan Mallett), Tennessee's Jake Locker (Zach Mettenberger), Washington's Colt McCoy (Robert Griffin III, sort of) and Drew Stanton (Carson Palmer) were knocked out of their games. Click onward for the latest on the QBs and other key players who suffered injuries this week.
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Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
Allen left the Chargers’ loss to Denver on a cart after suffering an ankle injury. USA Today reported that San Diego’s leading receiver was wearing a walking boot after the game. Allen, a 2013 third-round pick, has 77 catches for 783 yards and four touchdowns this season.
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Kyle Arrington, CB, Patriots
Arrington’s Sunday started out the right way when he returned a blocked Dolphins field goal for a touchdown, but he left the game later in the first half with a hamstring injury that the Boston Herald reports is not serious. Arrington, a part-time starter in his sixth NFL season, hasn’t missed a game since his 2009 rookie year.
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Jon Asamoah, G, Falcons
Asamoah left the first half of the Falcons’ loss to Pittsburgh with a back tightness. Asamoah, a 2010 third-round pick, has started all 14 games in his first season with the Falcons after four with the Chiefs. Coach Mike Smith told reporters Monday that Asamoah is day-to-day.
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Chris Borland, LB, 49ers
An ankle injury knocked Borland out of the 49ers’ loss to Seattle. Borland, a tackling machine since joining the starting lineup midway through the season, was injury-prone while at the University of Wisconsin but hasn’t missed a game since San Francisco made him a third-round pick last May.
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Bryan Bulaga, OT, Packers
Bulaga left the Packers’ loss to Buffalo with a concussion suffered when he was blocked on an interception return. Bulaga, a 2010 first-round pick who missed all of 2013 with a knee injury and suffered another knee injury that cost him a game earlier this season, played in all 16 games as a rookie but has missed 28 games in the four years since.
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Donald Butler, LB, Chargers
Butler left San Diego’s loss to the Broncos with an elbow injury. Coach Mike McCoy told reporters Monday that the elbow is dislocated. A 2010 third-round pick, Butler has missed only five games since sitting out his entire rookie year with an Achilles’ injury, but his season could be in jeopardy.
Ryan Clady, OT, Broncos
Clady left Denver’s win over San Diego with a thigh injury, but Clady told the Denver Post that it was just a strain and that the team was being cautious by keeping him out. Clady, in his seventh season, hasn’t missed a game other than the 14 he sat out last season recovering from a foot sprain.
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Trent Cole, LB, Eagles
Cole left Philadelphia’s game against the Eagles with a hand injury that FOX Sports 1 insider Mike Garafolo reported Monday is a fracture that will require surgery. Cole, a Pro Bowl selection in 2007 and 2009, has missed only four games in his 10-year career, and Garafolo reports his status for the Eagles' next game is uncertain.
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Dan Connolly, G, Patriots
Connolly (63) left the second half of the Patriots’ blowout win against Miami with a neck injury. Connolly, a 10-year pro, missed a game earlier this season with a concussion after playing in all 16 games last year.
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Thomas Davis, LB, Panthers
Davis left Carolina’s win over the Bucs with what coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday was a minor knee injury that shouldn't keep Davis out of practice. The 14th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Davis played in only nine games from 2009-11 but has been very durable for the rest of his career, missing just six games in the other seven seasons. Davis is the first NFL player to return to the field after tearing the ACL three times in one knee. All those injuries were to his right knee.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Texans
Fitzpatrick was carted off the field with an air cast covering his left leg early in the second quarter of Houston’s loss to the Colts, and FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez reported that the quarterback suffered a fracture that will require corrective and season-ending surgery. Fitzpatrick was injured on a 2-yard run with 13:29 to go. He opened the season as Houston's starter, was replaced by Ryan Mallett and then reclaimed the starting job three weeks ago when Mallett went down with a season-ending chest injury. Fitzpatrick had won two straight and was 3 of 6 for 30 yards Sunday before the injury.
Doug Free, OT, Cowboys
Free left Dallas’ game against the Eagles with an ankle injury. The eighth-year pro had played all 16 games in five straight seasons before missing three games earlier this year with a fractured foot.
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Justin Gilbert, CB Browns
Gilbert left Cleveland’s loss to the Bengals late in the first half with a concussion. The Browns were already missing Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, who left earlier with a shoulder injury. The No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft, Gilbert had been playing better of late. He returned an interception for a touchdown last week against Indianapolis. The losses of Haden and Gilbert are compounded by the Browns being without rookie cornerback K'Waun Williams and safety Tashaun Gipson, who leads the league with six interceptions but missed his third game with a knee injury
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Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
Gore left the second quarter of San Francisco’s loss to Seattle with a concussion. He was hurt on a 22-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick to Bruce Miller. Gore was downfield on the play and crumpled to the turf after blocking Seattle's Bobby Wagner. The San Francisco sideline jumped to help Gore, who was on his back for a few moments before standing up and walking off on his own. Gore, 31, has been an incredibly durable running back, missing only 12 games in his 10-year career. He needs 196 rushing yards for his eighth 1,000-yard season in the past nine years.
Joe Haden, CB, Browns
According to Pro Football Talk, An MRI revealed Monday that Haden is day-to-day after injuring his shoulder in Cleveland’s loss to Cincinnati. Haden walked to the locker room for further evaluation and tests early in the second quarter, with the Browns trailing 17-0. It's unclear when Haden got hurt, but he did land hard in the end zone while trying to make an interception on a pass by Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton intended for A.J. Green. Haden got his hands on the ball, but it was jarred loose when he made contact with the ground. Haden is having another Pro Bowl-caliber season. He has three interceptions and he's drawn the assignment of guarding the other team's top wide receiver each week.
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T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that Hilton was held out of the end of Indianapolis’ win over the Texans with a hamstring injury and that the receiver will be evaluated Monday. Hilton, a 2012 third-round pick, is the Colts’ top receiver this season by far, with 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns. He had four catches for 50 yards against the Texans.
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Asa Jackson, CB, Ravens
Jackson left Baltimore’s win against Jacksonville with a knee injury. The 2012 fifth-round pick was playing in just his second game after missing Weeks 6-13 with a toe injury that forced him to the injured reserve-designated to return list.
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Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
Jennings had one carry for three yards before he left the Giants’ game against the Redskins with an ankle injury. He initially hurt the ankle two weeks ago against the Jaguars after missing four games earlier this season with a knee injury. Still, Jennings leads New York with 606 rushing yards in his first season with New York after one with Oakland and three with Jacksonville.
Jake Locker, QB, Titans
Locker dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder when hit by Jets defensive end Quinton Coples late in the first half of Tennessee’s loss. Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that doctors popped Locker's shoulder back in, and on Monday the team placed Locker on injured reserve and signed Jordan Palmer. This leaves the Titans with Charlie Whitehurst their starting quarterback heading into a Thursday night game against the Jaguars. Locker had been starting with rookie Zach Mettenberger already out with a sprained right shoulder. Coples also knocked Locker out of the game the previous time these teams met in September 2013. In that game, Locker had to be taken off on a stretcher with an injured hip and knee.
Brandon Marshall, LB, Broncos
Marshall left the Broncos’ win over San Diego with a foot injury, and several reports indicated he was wearing a walking boot after the game. Marshall, in his first season as a starter after playing a reserve role with Denver last year and Jacksonville the year before, leads the Broncos in tackles. The Denver Post on Monday reported that he will miss one or two games.
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Colt McCoy, QB, Redskins
McCoy went to the locker room in the first quarter of Washington’s loss against the Giants after aggravating a neck injury. He had been questionable entering the game after he was hurt and unable to finish last week’s loss against the Rams. McCoy took a couple of hits on the Redskins' opening drive. His last pass landed about 5 yards short of his intended target, and he finished 4 of 7 for 39 yards. Robert Griffin III took over in relief for the second straight week and completed 18 of 27 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. Coach Jay Gruden told reporters Monday that Griffin will start the team's next game.
Josh Mauga, LB, Chiefs
Mauga (right, earlier in the game) left Kansas City’s win against the Raiders with an oblique injury. Coach Andy Reid told reporters that Mauga, who is a full-time starter for the first time in his career this season after spending his first three years with the Jets, should be OK.
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Gerald McCoy, DT, Bucs
McCoy, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, left the first quarter of Tampa Bay’s loss to the Panthers with what coach Love Smith told reporters Monday is a sprained knee that likely won't require surgery. He seemed to get caught up in a pile of players in the middle of the line and he remained on the field for several minutes. A cart was brought to take him off the field, but McCoy refused to get on and instead hobbled to the sideline. On Monday, the Bucs placed McCoy on season-ending injured reserve.
Mike Mitchell, S, Steelers
Mitchell left Pittsburgh’s win against the Falcons with a groin injury. Mitchell has started all 14 games for the Steelers in his first year with the team after one season with the Panthers and four with the Raiders.
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DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
Murray didn't miss any time in Dallas' win over the Eagles, but the Cowboys revealed Monday that he will have surgery on a broken bone in his left hand. The NFL's leading rusher, who had 31 carries for 81 yards Sunday, has not been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Colts.
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Russell Okung, OT, Seahawks
Okung left the Seahawks’ win over San Francisco after suffering a chest injury during an interception return by the 49ers on the final play of the first half. Several reports indicated the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft was taken to the hospital and released Sunday evening with what was called a chest-wall bruise. Coach Pete Carroll told ESPN 710 in Seattle on Monday that it Okung has a bruised lung and will miss "a week or so." Okung has missed 21 games in his five-year career.
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Brian Robison, DE, Vikings
Robison left late in the Vikings’ loss to Detroit with an ankle injury. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that he was not wearing a walking boot after the game. “It feels OK right now,” Robison told the Star Tribune. “Bottom line, I know in a few hours it’s not going to feel great. We’ll see how it progresses and go from there.” Robison has missed only two games in his eight-year career.
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Drew Stanton, QB, Cardinals
Stanton left the third quarter of Thursday’s game against the Rams on a cart, but coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Stanton – who had been filling in for Carson Palmer (knee) since Palmer was lost for the season -- will not require surgery on his injured right knee. "We feel he definitely has a chance to be back this season," Arians said. "We just don't know when." Asked whether there was any chance Stanton could play against Seattle on Dec. 21, Arians said, "I wouldn't put it past him, but I would be surprised." On Monday, Arians named Ryan Lindley the starter for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Danny Trevathan, LB, Broncos
Trevathan has had fractures in his knee and leg twice this season and left Sunday’s win against San Diego with another issue that the Denver Post reports is a season-ending disclocated kneecap. He was playing in only his third game of the year and his first since Week 6.
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LaAdrian Waddle, OT, Lions
Waddle left the third quarter of the Lions’ victory against Minnesota with a left knee injury that several reports Monday indicated is a season-ending partially torn ACL. In his second NFL season after going undrafted, Waddle has been a starter for the Lions, but he's been limited by injuries, including a calf issue early in the season.
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Duke Williams, S, Bills
Williams was escorted to the locker room after he was shaken up while making a big hit on Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb during the Bills’ victory. The Bills announced Williams was experiencing concussion-like symptoms. The second-year pro dropped to the turf after delivering the hit midway through the third quarter. He then required help to slowly make it to the sideline. Williams had been starting in place of Da'Norris Searcy, who was ruled out because of a hamstring injury.
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Trent Williams, OT, Redskins
Williams left Washington’s loss to the Giants with a left shoulder strain that the Washington Times reported Monday shouldn't cause him to miss the rest of the season. A Pro Bowl selection while starting all 16 games each of the past two years, Williams sat out Week 12 earlier this season with a knee injury.
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C.J. Wilson, DE, Raiders
Wilson left the Raiders’ loss to Kansas City with knee and ankle injuries suffered on this fumble return. The fifth-year pro is in his first season with the Raiders after four in Green Bay. He has two sacks so far this season.