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.
Colts TE Jack Doyle is in the concussion protocol, HC Chuck Pagano said Monday. Doyle exited Sunday night's game to get checked for a concussion but was cleared and allowed to return. He must have experienced symptoms after the game or on Monday. Regardless, he's now iffy for this weekend's game against the 49ers.
Raiders QB Derek Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back and will miss the next 2-4 weeks, according to HC Jack Del Rio. The long end of that window would return Carr for Week 9, a week before Oakland's bye. Tony Romo and Cam Newton each suffered transverse process fractures back in 2014 and missed just 1 game apiece.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson has been placed on IR. According to insider Danny O'Neil, he's been diagnosed with a fracture in his lower leg and a high-ankle sprain. It's possible Seattle designates him to return in 8+ weeks, but the more likely scenario is that Carson's rookie season is over.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer confirmed on Monday that RB Dalvin Cook has a torn ACL. It sounds like that was the only damage, which is relatively good news. Cook is done for the 2017 season, but the timing of the injury gives him a good chance to be back to 100% for the start of the 2018 campaign. Of course, durability will continue to be a concern. He has 3 shoulder surgeries and a hamstring injury in his past.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Bills believe OLB Ramon Humber fractured his right hand in Sunday's win over the Falcons. Rapoport reports that Humber "will miss time," though how much isn't yet clear. Defensive players regularly return shortly after such injuries -- even those that require surgery -- sporting a padded "club" on the injured hand. Buffalo plays Cincinnati in Week 5 and then gets a Week 6 bye.
Bills WR Jordan Matthews needs thumb surgery and is expected to miss "at least" a month, according to insider Sal Capaccio. It's believed Matthews broke the thumb in Sunday's win over the Falcons, although that hasn't been confirmed by the team.
The Seahawks have ruled DE Cliff Avril out for the rest of the Sunday night game against the Colts because of a neck injury. We'll see about a specific diagnosis this week.
Giants DT Damon Harrison is questionable to return against the Buccaneers after suffering a bruised right knee.
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