Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer left Sunday's win against the Rams with what appears to be a serious knee injury. Click onward for the latest on Palmer and the other key players lost in Week 10.
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Brandon Albert, OT, Dolphins
Albert will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury, triggering a significant reshuffling in the offensive line. Albert will go on injured reserve after being hurt in Miami's loss at Detroit, coach Joe Philbin said Monday. Albert has been perhaps Miami's best offensive player this year, stabilizing a line that was awful in 2013. He's in the first year of a $47 million, five-year contract that includes $26 million guaranteed. "These type of setbacks are part of the game," Albert said on Twitter. "I will tell you this, though: I will come back stronger and better. I have the utmost confidence in my teammates to finish what we set out to do at the start of the season."
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Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Charles rushed 15 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ win over Buffalo, but he missed the end of the game after playing through a stinger earlier. He told NFL Network, “If there was another quarter I probably would have gone back in.” Charles, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is the Chiefs’ leading rusher but is on pace to fall just short of 1,000 yards this season after running for 1,287 last year and 1,509 in 2012.
Bruce Ellington, WR, 49ers
Ellington was carted off the field with an ankle injury during the 49ers’ win over New Orleans. The rookie fourth-round pick had all five of his career receptions in the previous four games but didn’t get a catch Sunday. NFL.com reported Monday that he was in a lot of pain and had an MRI.
Cortland Finnegan, CB, Dolphins
Finnegan left Miami’s loss to the Lions with an injured ankle. The Palm Beach Post reported that the 10th-year pro didn’t sound optimistic after the game that he’d be ready to play Thursday against the Bills. Finnegan, who is in his first year with the Dolphins, missed nine games last year but missed only three in his eight previous seasons.
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D.J. Hayden, CB, Raiders
Hayden suffered a groin injury during the Raiders’ loss to Denver. The 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft has been limited by injuries to just 10 games in two seasons.
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Devin Hester, WR/PR/KR, Falcons
Hester left the fourth quarter of the Falcons’ win over Tampa Bay with an ankle injury. Hester, an ace return man who wasn’t used as a receiver in the 2013 season with the Bears, has 19 catches for 268 yards this season. He has missed only five games in his nine-year career.
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Peyton Hillis, RB, Giants
Hillis suffered a concussion and was taken to the Giants’ locker room at the end of the first quarter of their loss to Seattle. He had one carry for 4 yards in the first quarter. Hillis' injury left the Giants thin at running back. Starter Rashad Jennings did not make the trip to Seattle, leaving Andre Williams as the starter. The only other active running back for the Giants was Michael Cox, who was helped off the field after injuring his left leg late in the fourth quarter.
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Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
Hillman, the Broncos’ leading rusher this season, left the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win against the Raiders with a foot injury. He had six carries for 13 yards as the Broncos leaned on C.J. Anderson, who racked up 90 yards on 13 rushes. Multiple reports Monday indicated that Hillman will miss two to three weeks with a foot sprain.
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Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
Hurns left Jacksonville’s loss to the Cowboys with a concussion. The undrafted rookie free agent entered the game second on the roster in catches and receiving yards and was coming off the best game of his career, a seven-catch, two-TD, 112-yard effort against the Bengals a week earlier. On Sunday, he was sandwiched between two defenders when going for a catch in the third quarter, taking a hit to the helmet from linebacker Anthony Hitchens. He stayed down on the ground to get treatment before walking off the field.
LaMarcus Joyner, CB, Rams
Joyner, a rookie second-round pick, left the Rams’ loss to Arizona with a groin injury. He has played in every game this season except Week 2, when he was inactive. Coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Monday that Joyner's status is uncertain.
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Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
Marshall left the fourth quarter of the Bears’ blowout loss to the Packers with an ankle injury. Marshall, who had 218 catches in his first two seasons with the Bears, has only 42 so far this season but did have eight for 112 yards and a touchdown Sunday night. Marshall told the Chicago Tribune that he might miss practice this week but that he doesn't expect to miss Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Dexter McCluster, RB, Titans
McCluster left the Titans’ loss to Baltimore with a knee injury. "He tried to come back in and go, but couldn't go," coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters. "His knee was swelling and that kept him from returning. He was moving around OK." On Monday, the coach told reporters that McCluster, who has 24 carries for 76 yards this season, has swelling and a bruise but no structural damage.
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Brandon Mebane, DT, Seahawks
Mebane left Seattle’s win against the Giants with a pulled hamstring, and coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday that the anchor to the team's run defense will miss at least the next game agaisnt the Chiefs. Mebane was arguably having his best season as a pro. He had two tackles Sunday before getting injured.
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Jordan Mills, OT, Bears
Mills left in the second quarter of Chicago’s loss to the Packers with a rib injury. Earlier in the first half, Mills was penalized for unnecessary roughness after shoving Julius Peppers following a sack by fellow Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. Mills, a 2013 fifth-round pick, started his first 23 NFL games before sitting out Chicago’s Week 8 game with a foot injury.
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Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
Palmer injured his left knee early in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s win over the Rams, and coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday that Palmer has a torn ACL and will be placed on IR. He appeared to hurt himself while planting his leg trying to avoid a sack. Palmer, 34, missed three games earlier this season with a damaged nerve in his throwing shoulder. On Friday, he signed a three-year contract extension worth a reported $50 million with $20.5 million guaranteed. Palmer tore the ACL and MCL in the same knee during the 2006 playoffs, also just a few days after signing a new contract.
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Tyler Patmon, CB, Cowboys
Patmon left Dallas’ win over the Jaguars with knee and ankle injuries and was taken for X-rays. He left the field on his own, limping as he walked toward the tunnel. Patmon, an undrafted rookie, recently had been getting more playing time in the team’s dime defense. ESPN reported Monday that Paton has a sprained MCL and that he'll miss three to four weeks.
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LaAdrian Waddle, T, Lions
Waddle left Detroit’s win against the Dolphins with a knee injury, according to MLive.com. Waddle, who has missed four games this season with calf and concussion problems, told the website that he wasn’t concerned and that the team was taking “the safe route” with him.
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Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
Walker left Tennessee’s loss to the Ravens with a concussion. Walker, who entered the game tied for the team lead with 35 catches, got his hands on a pass and was turning upfield when struck high and hard by Terrence Brooks. Walker joked about the hit on Twitter after the game, which may bode well for his recovery. A ninth-year pro who had his best season a year ago after moving from the 49ers to the Titans, Walker has been on pace to top even that this season.
Larry Warford, G, Lions
Warford left the first quarter of the Lions’ win over the Dolphins with a left knee injury. Warford has started every game of his career since the Lions picked him in the third round of the 2013 draft. Coach Jim Caldwell told reporters Monday that the second-year pro will miss the team's next game against the Cardinals and that he will undergo an MRI.
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Menelik Watson, OT, Raiders
Watson left Sunday’s loss to the Broncos with a head injury, and mutliple reports Monday indicated he entered concussion protocol. He has played in just 14 NFL games, starting nine, since the Raiders made him a second-round pick in 2013.
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Ian Williams, DT, 49ers
Coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that Williams suffered a small leg fracture above his left ankle during San Francisco’s win against the Saints. Williams broke the same ankle a season ago. Williams, in his fourth season, has been a full-time starter for the first time this year.
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Luke Willson, TE, Seahawks
Willson walked to the locker room after injuring his ankle during the second quarter of the Seahawks’ win over the Giants but was wearing sweats when he returned to the sideline in the second half. Willson's injury left Cooper Helfet as the only active tight end for the Seahawks. Wilson, a 2013 fifth-round pick, has eight catches for 79 yards this season.
Jarius Wynn, DE, Bills
Wynn injured his ankle in the Bills’ loss to Kansas City but was able to make it to the locker room without assistance. A rotation player throughout his six-year NFL career, Wynn has one sack this season.