The Cardinals took pride in their ability to overcome a series of injuries to key players in their 9-1 start, but now the setbacks appear to be catching up with them. Arizona lost three more starters -- running back Andre Ellington (pictured), safety Tyrann Mathieu and guard Paul Fanaika -- during its second straight defeat Sunday. Click onward for the latest on those players and other starters from around the league who were knocked out of Week 13 games.
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Miles Austin, WR, Browns
Austin led the Browns with seven catches for 86 yards in their loss to Buffalo, but he was taken from the locker room to the hospital after the game with abdominal pains, and the team later disclosed he has a kidney injury. Austin, in his first season with the Browns after eight with the Cowboys, has 47 receptions for 568 yards this season.
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Allen Bailey, DE, Chiefs
Bailey left the second half of Kansas City’s game against the Broncos so he could be evaluated for a concussion. The 2011 third-round pick has been a full-time starter for the first time this season and has a career-high four sacks.
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Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns
Barnidge left the first half of Cleveland’s loss to the Bills with injured ribs. Barnidge, filling in for injured starter Jordan Cameron (concussion), had one catch for six yards before leaving the game. He has eight of his 13 catches this season in the past five games.
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Anthony Barr, LB, Vikings
Barr, the ninth overall pick in last May’s draft, has been dealing with a nagging knee injury suffered two weeks ago, and it knocked him out of Minnesota’s win over the Panthers after it tightened up at halftime, according to 1500ESPN.com. Before suffering the initial injury, the dynamic Barr had four sacks in his first nine games.
Marlon Brown, WR, Ravens
Brown had three receptions for 25 yards before leaving the Ravens’ loss to San Diego with a concussion. Brown has just 14 catches for 132 yards and zero touchdowns this season after racking up 49 catches for 524 yards and seven TDs a year ago as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Chris Conte, S, Bears
Conte left the first quarter of the Bears’ Thursday loss to Detroit with an eye injury. The initial announcement in the press box was that Conte was being evaluated for a concussion, but early in the second half his injury was announced as an eye problem. The 25-year-old Conte dealt with concussion problems earlier this year, and he missed a game last month with a shoulder issue. He has three interceptions this season and nine in his four-year career. Before missing two games this season, Conte had missed only three in his previous three seasons.
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Vontae Davis, CB, Colts
Davis left the Colts’ win over Washington with a concussion. Davis, in his third season with the Colts after spending his first three with the Dolphins, hasn’t missed a game since 2012.
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Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals
Ellington left Arizona’s loss to the Falcons with a hip pointer. He exited the field slowly with 10:13 remaining in the second quarter and had five carries for 12 yards before the injury. Ellington, the Cardinals’ leading rusher with 660 yards, had 10 carries for only 24 yards in the Cardinals' loss to Seattle last week and was probable on Arizona's final injury report of the week with foot and hip injuries.
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Paul Fanaika, G, Cardinals
A high ankle sprain knocked Fanaika out of the Cardinals’ loss to Atlanta. Fanaika, a 2009 seventh-round pick of the Eagles who has spent time with the Redskins and Seahawks, has started 28 straight games since joining the Cardinals before last season.
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Sharrif Floyd, DT, Vikings
Floyd left the first half of the Vikings’ win over Carolina with a knee injury. Coach Mike Zimmer later told reporters that the knee, which kept him out of some practices during the week, simply tightened up. The 2013 first-round pick had one sack in the game and now has 4.5 this season.
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Justin Hunter, WR, Titans
Hunter played on after taking this hit in the first half of Tennessee’s loss to the Texans, but several reports indicated that he remained in Houston after the game to be evaluated for a lacerated spleen suffered on the play. “He came back in and played,” coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters. “They thought he was OK, he came in and they checked him out. And then it got worse in the second half and that’s why they are getting it checked out.” Hunter, a 2013 second-round pick, has 28 catches for 498 yards and three touchdowns this season.
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DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
Jackson left Washington’s loss to the Colts for a few plays in the first half after injuring his leg, returned, caught a 42-yard touchdown pass and left again after reinjuring the leg in the second half. The team called it a bruised fibula for Jackson, who had five catches for 84 yards and the touchdown. In his first season with Washington after the Eagles released him in the offseason, Jackson has 47 catches for 942 yards and five TDs.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
Jennings ran 26 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants’ loss to Jacksonville, but an ankle injury prevented him from finishing the game. He has 598 rushing yards this season despite missing Weeks 6-10 with a knee injury.
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Johnathan Joseph, CB, Texans
Joseph left the Texans’ win over Tennessee with an Achilles’ injury but told reporters after the game that he is OK. He attempted to work the injury out on the sideline during the Titans' first series in the second half but did not return to the game. Earlier in the game, his interception of Zach Mettenberger in the first quarter led to Houston's second score. Joseph, a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 and 2012, has missed only four games since joining the Texans in 2011.
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Brett Keisel, DE, Steelers
Keisel suffered a triceps injury in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s loss to the Saints and did not return. Multiple reports indicate the Steelers fear the muscle is torn and that he will miss the rest of the season. The 36-year-old has spent his entire 13-year career with the Steelers and made it to one Pro Bowl, in 2010. Given his age, it’s fair to wonder whether this will be a career-ending injury.
Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Redskins
Kerrigan has never missed a game in his four NFL seasons, but he left Washington’s loss to the Colts with a wrist injury. The 2012 Pro Bowl selection already has a career-high 9.5 sacks after registering either 7.5 or 8.5 in his first three seasons.
Tyrann Mathieu, S, Cardinals
Mathieu left the Cardinals’ loss to Atlanta with a broken thumb. The 2013 third-round pick has played in every game this year after having his rookie season cut short at 11 games by an ACL injury. Pro Football Talk reports that Mathieu could miss a game or two.
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Brandon Meriweather, S, Redskins
Meriweather left in the first half of the Redskins’ loss to Indianapolis with a toe injury. A Pro Bowl selection in 2009 and ’10, Meriweather has missed 20 games since joining the Redskins in 2012. He has zero interceptions this season but does have a career-high three sacks.
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Nick McDonald, C, Browns
An ankle injury knocked McDonald from the first quarter of the Browns’ loss to Buffalo. McDonald had been filling in for Pro Bowl starter Alex Mack since Mack was lost for the season in Week 6.
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Zach Mettenberger, QB, Titans
A shoulder injury knocked Mettenberger out of the Titans’ loss to Houston. The rookie was hurt when he was driven to the ground by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. He finished 13 of 19 for 184 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and The Tennessean reported that he has a grade 1 AC joint sprain and that he expects to play next week against the Giants.
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Austin Pasztor, OT, Jaguars
Pasztor left Jacksonville’s win against the Giants with a hamstring injury. A third-year pro, Pasztor missed the Jaguars’ first four games with a hand injury before starting the last eight.
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Domata Peko, DT, Bengals
An elbow injury knocked Peko from the Bengals’ win over Tampa Bay. Peko has missed only five games in his nine-year career, all in 2009.
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Rodger Saffold, OT, Rams
Saffold (celebrating an early TD here) went to the locker room with a left shoulder injury during the third quarter of St. Louis’ win over Oakland. Saffold, who signed a contract with the Raiders in the offseason before having it voided due to concerns about his shoulder, came off the field holding his left arm early in the third quarter. Saffold had started every game this season but had left two other games early with shoulder concerns. After starting 16 games as a rookie in 2010, Saffold has missed 17 games in the past three seasons. He told reporters that he expects to play next weekend against the Redskins.
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Geoff Schwartz, OT, Giants
Schwartz left the Giants’ loss to Jacksonville on a cart with what coach Tom Coughlin told reporters was a left ankle injury that included tendon damage. Schwartz, in his first year with the Giants after two with the Panthers and one each with the Vikings and Chiefs, was playing in only his second game of the season after missing the first 10 with a dislocated toe. Schwartz tweeted his disappointment after the game: “Well, today was awful. No other way to put it. Before this season I’d never been hurt in a game. Now twice. Disappointing. I can’t be out there to help us win. That’s all I want. To play.”
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Sam Shields, CB, Packers
Shields left the first half of the Packers’ win over New England with a concussion. The fifth-year pro missed two games earlier this season with a sore patellar tendon.
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Menelik Watson, OT, Raiders
An ankle injury knocked Watson from the second quarter of the Raiders’ blowout loss to the Rams. Coach Tony Sparano didn’t offer an update after the game on Watson, a 2013 second-round pick who has played in all 12 of the Raiders’ games this season and has started nine. Watson, making his eighth straight start at right tackle, was hurt while making a tackle on E.J. Gaines following an interception in the second quarter.