Injury News

The Colts lost CB Rashaan Melvin to a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. He'll need to pass through the league protocol before returning to the field. That has generally meant at least 1 missed game for concussed players this year.

The New York Daily News reports that Giants MLB B.J. Goodson left the stadium Sunday with a walking boot on his left ankle and using crutches. Goodson hurt the ankle in the loss to the Seahawks, which he left early. We're awaiting specifics on the injury. The Giants get a Week 8 bye to heal up.

Colts rookie S Malik Hooker will need season-ending surgery after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. We'll see about his recovery timeline and whether it will threaten the start of his 2nd season.

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports that Colts QB Andrew Luck will likely remain out until at least December after the recent setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery. There remains the chance that Luck will miss the entire season, though the team remains hopeful it can get Luck back in the final month. Sitting 2-4 through 6 weeks, the Colts might impact his return date with their record when Luck's shoulder is ready.

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril officially went on IR Friday because of his neck injury. Avril suffered the injury when Colts QB Jacoby Brissett's heel hit him in the chin during their Oct. 1 game. Avril lost feeling in his hands that night and has reportedly sought "numerous" medical opinions since, according to multiple reports. The team has not ruled out a return after the 8-game minimum for an IR'd player, but we'll see how Avril's football future for this year and beyond.

The concussion that was then wasn't then was will keep Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly out for Sunday's game against the Bears. He hasn't returned to action since leaving last Thursday night's loss to the Eagles early. Kuechly missed 3 games with a concussion in 2015 and then the final 6 contests last year. We'll see how long this one persists.

Vikings OLB Anthony Barr left Sunday's win over the Packers with a concussion. He'll need to complete the league protocol before returning to the field.

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Lions S Glover Quin entered the league's concussion protocol after leaving Sunday's loss to the Saints early. If he misses time, it would be the 1st such occasion since his 2009 rookie season. Quin has started every game since Week 14 of that year, starting with Houston and then continuing in Detroit.

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly entered the concussion protocol after leaving Thursday night's loss to the Eagles early. The situation didn't mirror the dramatic scene of 2016, when a tearful Kuechly left the field concussed before missing the final 6 weeks. This time, Kuechly took a jolt from Eagles G Brandon Brooks but never hit his head on the ground and jogged to the locker room for examination. Still, it's a concerning development for a player who lost 9 total games to concussions over the past 2 seasons. Carolina at least has 10 days off now before its next game.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton has a torn groin and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to insider Adam Jahns. Wheaton hasn't been able to stay healthy since arriving in Chicago, undergoing an appendectomy, breaking his finger and now suffering this groin injury.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert will undergo season-ending back surgery on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It'll be Eifert's 2nd back surgery in the past 10 months. This one will sideline him 4-6 months, per Schefter. That timeline will have Eifert sidelined until somewhere between February and April. It's especially bad news considering he's set to hit free agency in March. Eifert is still only 27 but has now missed 22 games over the past 2 seasons and 41 total over his 5-year career.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett injured the plantar fascia in his right foot against the Rams on Sunday. He left late in the 2nd quarter but returned in the 3rd and would up playing 81% of the defensive snaps. HC Pete Carroll said he's "really sore" and is "going to need" the Week 6 bye, but don't be surprised if Bennett continues to play through the issue.

Giants WR Brandon Marshall will have season-ending surgery on his left ankle Tuesday, he announced on Instagram Monday. Marshall left Sunday's game against the Chargers on a cart. He'll turn 34 in March and could be at the end of his career. We'll see how the recovery goes.

Bills HC Sean McDermott announced that TE Charles Clay had a "procedure" on his injured knee on Monday and will be out "several weeks." We don't have any other details on the injury, but fantasy owners obviously need to find a replacement. The relative good news is that Buffalo has a Week 6 bye, so it's possible he only misses a couple of games.

Update: Clay suffered a torn meniscus and sprained MCL, according to both Pro Football Talk and ESPN's Adam Schefter. Expect him to miss at least a month.

Giants HC Ben McAdoo announced Monday that WR Odell Beckham will undergo surgery on his fractured ankle and miss the rest of the season. He finishes with a 25-302-3 line in 4 appearances. Beckham will now have missed 17 games in 4 NFL seasons. He should be ready in plenty of time for the start of the 2018 campaign, which is currently scheduled to be a contract year for a guy who will still be only 25.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to be out "a few weeks," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's the 1st injury of his NFL career. Last year's 2nd-round pick has just 6 catches this season.

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus will miss the rest of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Sunday night's loss to the Chiefs. The injury should not affect his readiness for the 2018 season.

Chiefs WR Chris Conley is done for the season after suffering a ruptured right Achilles' tendon in Sunday night's win over the Texans. The nearly 25-year-old should, at least, be able to draw on the experience of veteran teammate LB Derrick Johnson in his recovery. Johnson has twice returned from Achilles' tendon ruptures in his career and started the following season on time, the 2nd coming just last December. Chiefs S Eric Berry also suffered the same injury at New England in this season's opener.

Texans DE J.J. Watt suffered a left knee injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's game against the Chiefs. The team ruled him out before the end of the quarter. We'll await an official diagnosis, but the situation certainly doesn't look good.

Panthers S Kurt Coleman could miss as much as a month, according to the team, after spraining the MCL in his left knee in Sunday's win over the Patriots. Coleman left in the 2nd quarter, replaced by rookie Demetrious Cox.