Injury News

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.

Seahawks OLB K.J. Wright left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars with a concussion. He'll need to pass through the league protocol before returning to action, which doesn't bode well for his Week 15 availability. MLB Bobby Wagner left the same game with a hamstring injury. He originally suffered a hamstring injury back in Week 8 and turned up questionable for weeks 9, 12 and 13. Wagner has yet to lose a game to injury this year, though. We'll see about his status as Seattle gets into Week 15 prep.

The Jets likely lost QB Josh McCown for the remainder of the season Sunday when he suffered a broken left hand in the loss to the Broncos. Bryce Petty stepped in after McCown's injury and figures to take over for at least Week 15.

Giants OLB Jonathan Casillas hit IR this week because of neck and wrist injuries he has been dealing with for much of the season. Casillas previously suffered a neck injury in 2015 as well. He's the 21st Giants player to land on IR this season and is headed for free agency in the spring at age 30.

Cowboys DT David Irving was diagnosed with a concussion after last Thursday's win over Washington. The issue kept him out of practice Wednesday. That doesn't seem to bode well for Irving's return in time for Sunday's game at the Giants. We'll see how he progresses.

Titans CB Logan Ryan is in the league concussion protocol after suffering the injury in Sunday's win over Houston. We'll see how quickly he can progress through and return to the field.