Injury News

Bills HC Sean McDermott said at the Combine Wednesday that WR Kelvin Benjamin is recovering from surgery. It was presumably on the torn right meniscus he suffered on November 19. Benjamin missed the next 2 weeks and was noticeably slowed the rest of the way. McDermott expects him to be ready for the start of the offseason conditioning program in April.

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn rotator cuff, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jeffery reportedly suffered the injury in training camp but ended up playing all 16 regular-season games for just the 3rd time in his 6-year career. After a slowish start, Jeffery scored 10 times over his final 12 games (including playoffs). We'll keep an eye on his rehab, but it shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the 2018 campaign.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is "optimistic" that he'll be ready for training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone and ligament damage to his left ankle, according to insider Jordan Rodrigue. Samuel is still in a boot and has no concrete timetable for a return to the field. The fact that he's not a lock for training camp -- over 6 months away -- is a concern.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had surgery on his right (throwing) wrist on January 26, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bortles reportedly played the entire season with the injury after suffering it in December 2016. We don't have any details on the procedure or his timetable for return, but we'll monitor his progress throughout the offseason.

Falcons WR Justin Hardy recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder. Recovery is expected to take just "a few weeks," per ESPN's Vaughn McClure, so Hardy's offseason shouldn't be impacted much.

Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered "ligament and cartilage" damage in his right knee in the playoff loss to the Saints, the team announced. We don't have any other details on the injury, but Newton isn't expected to need surgery. "He's fine," team spokesman Steven Drummond said.We'll see if Newton is ready for the start of the offseason program.

Steelers WR Eli Rogers tore his ACL late in last weekend'd loss to the Jaguars, according to insider Gerry Dulac. The timing of the injury will make it tough for Rogers to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign.

Titans TE Jonnu Smith tore his MCL in Saturday night's loss to the Patriots, HC Mike Mularkey said. Smith is expected to be ready for OTAs. The 3rd-rounder flashed sporadically during his rookie season, hauling in 18 balls for 157 yards and 2 scores. Smith will have a shot at a bigger 2018 role with TE Delanie Walker turning 34 in August. Walker is set to hit free agency after next season.

Bills WR Zay Jones is scheduled for surgery this coming week to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Jones reportedly played the majority of the season with the injury -- although it's unclear exactly when it occurred. It might help explain his woefully inefficient rookie campaign. Jones caught just 27 of 74 targets -- a hideous 36.5% catch rate -- for 316 yards and 2 TDs.

We finally have some details on the neck injury that sent 49ers WR Pierre Garcon to IR in October. Per insider Matt Maiocco, Garcon suffered a "non-displaced fracture of the C-5 pedicle" in his neck. It's an injury that usually takes 8 weeks to recover from. Garcon is expected to be a full-go for the offseason program

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion late in Sunday's Wild Card loss to the Jaguars. It's the 1st known concussion of his career and shouldn't impact his 2018 offseason. That might be the last time we seen Taylor in a Bills uniform, though. This current coaching staff and front office has always seemed lukewarm on him. And Taylor is due a $6 million roster bonus -- on top of his $10 million salary -- this year.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has been ruled out for the rest of Saturday night's game against the Titans with a concussion. Kelce also suffered a concussion back in October, though he didn't miss any games then. He'll obviously need to pass through the league protocol before playing in the next round -- if Kansas City advances.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray tore the MCL in his right knee, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's a much more significant injury than the originally reported LCL sprain. Murray apparently still hopes to play against the Jaguars on Sunday, and HC Mike Mularkey told The Tennessean that he considers the veteran RB "day to day." According to Schefter's report, though, playing on the knee would risk ACL damage, given the loss of stabilization with the MCL tear. Bet against Murray playing in Week 17. At the least, you won't want to use him in fantasy football even if he's active.

Giants S Landon Collins fractured his right forearm in Sunday's loss at Arizona. He told reporters it was simple fracture (rather than compound or displaced) and that he didn't yet know whether he'll need surgery. The injury shouldn't impact Collins' readiness for the 2018 season, but we'll track his recovery through the offseason.

Steelers RB James Conner needs surgery on the knee he injured in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. There's no set timeline for his return yet, but the rookie is expected to miss "at least a few weeks." Fitzgerald Toussaint will step in as the #2 RB -- but, of course, the Steelers will continue to ride Le'Veon Bell the rest of the way.

Update: Conner has been placed on IR and is done for the season. He's reportedly dealing with a torn MCL.

Bills WR Jordan Matthews announced Tuesday that he underwent knee and ankle surgeries. He's dealt with knee tendonitis for the better part of the past 2 years and missed 2 games with an ankle injury last season -- although it's unclear if the surgeries are related to either. Regardless, Matthews has had all sorts of trouble staying healthy, also fracturing his sternum and breaking his thumb this year. He's set to hit free agency in March.

The Jaguars announced Wednesday that OLB Telvin Smith has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol. That should mean that Smith will return to action Sunday against the Texans after missing last week's win over the Seahawks.

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier officially landed on IR Tuesday, ending his season after the scary Week 13 back injury he suffered in Cincinnati. Shazier had surgery Dec. 6 to stabilize his spine, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and has reportedly shown "gradual improvement." Doctors are "controlling and limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside." We'll see what Shazier's future looks like beyond 2017.

Giants S Landon Collins suffered a sprained left ankle in the 4th quarter of Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. He said after the game that he thinks "it's real mild" and doesn't expect it to end his season, according to Collins left the stadium in a walking boot, though, and the Giants have little incentive to risk any further damage to a defensive cornerstone. We'll see about his practice participation and Week 15 availability.

The Buccaneers might be without DT Gerald McCoy over the season's final 3 weeks. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that McCoy believes he tore his right biceps in Sunday's loss to the Lions. McCoy said the injury happened on the game's 1st play and that he tried to play through the pain before realizing he was hurting the team. McCoy is familiar with the injury, having torn his right biceps in November 2011 and the left biceps in 2010. If confirmed, the injury would almost certainly end his season.