Injury News

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick left Monday night's game against the Steelers early with a concussion. He'll now have a short week to try to progress through the league protocol, lowering his chances of playing against the Bears on Sunday.

Cowboys OLB Sean Lee expects to play Sunday against the Giants, according to Pro Football Talk. Lee missed the past 3 games and most of the contest before that with a hamstring injury he suffered in the loss to the Falcons.

The Bengals lost RB Joe Mixon to a concussion in the 2nd quarter of Monday night's game against the Steelers. The shortened week before Sunday's game against the Bears won't help his chances of passing through the league protocol in time.

Sunday's deservedly publicized cheap shot by Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski left Bills CB Tre'Davious White with a concussion. He'll need to pass through the league protocol before returning to the field, which likely means that he'll at least miss the Week 14 game against the Colts.

Texans RB Alfred Blue left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's loss to the Titans with a concussion, according to the Houston Chronicle. It was 1 of 4 that struck Houston in the game. We'll see how he fares in the league protocol.

Lions S Tavon Wilson will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury that will require surgery, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Wilson initially hurt his left shoulder back in training camp. He then aggravated the issue early in the season and then hurt the shoulder again in the Thanksgiving loss to the Vikings. The team placed Wilson on IR Monday.

Jaguars LB Telvin Smith left Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a concussion. He got cleared to return after a concussion test earlier in the game but then left again and was diagnosed with the head injury. We'll see how long it keeps him out.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen left Sunday's game against the Jets with a foot issue and will not return. He had been out since Week 2 with a foot fracture. We'll see what the team says about this particular injury.

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers suffered a concussion in the Week 11 win over the Dolphins. He missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. We'll see if he can get back for Week 13.

Colts S Clayton Geathers is expected to play Sunday against the Titans after a little more than a year off for neck surgery, ESPN's Mike Wells reports. Geathers had surgery in March to repair a bulging disc that developed from a collision during a game against Tennessee last November. The Colts expect him to play limited snaps to start.

Washington WR Terrelle Pryor had arthroscopic surgery Monday on the right ankle injury that kept him out of Week 11's loss to the Saints. Pryor had reportedly been nursing the injury since Week 2, when a low hit by Rams S Cody Davis caused it. " [Dr. Robert Anderson] said the stuff he saw in there, he couldn't believe I was still playing on it," Pryor said Friday, according to Pryor will be a free agent for the 2nd straight offseason come March. He'll head into his age-29 season next fall.

Seahawks RB Mike Davis left in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's loss to the Falcons with a groin strain. The Seattle Times reports that Davis didn't seem too concerned about the injury but also that he'd get an MRI to determine the extent. Davis started in his 1st game with Seattle, playing ahead of Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls, who was a healthy scratch.

Saints DE Alex Okafor will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon in Sunday's OT win over Washington. After signing a 1-year contract in the offseason, the 26-year-old will be working through this injury as he hits the open market in the spring.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right foot in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. Ogbah will still be just 24 when the 2018 season begins.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert recently underwent surgery to remove a cyst on his knee, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. Eifert is already recovering from an October back surgery that's expected to sideline him 4-6 months. We'll be curious to see what kind of deal he lands when he hits free agency in March,

Chargers QB Philip Rivers gained clearance from an independent neurologist Friday, the final step in the league concussion protocol. That clears Rivers to play Sunday against the Bills, the team announced. Rivers reported concussion symptoms Monday

The Seahawks have placed RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) on IR. He was hobbled by a right ankle injury for most of the season and then hurt his left ankle in last Thursday night's game. Prosise has now appeared in just 11 of 32 games over his first 2 NFL seasons.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel will miss the rest of the season with his ankle injury, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. It's a tough break for a guy who was in for a significant role down the stretch.

Update: Samuel will undergo surgery on his injured left ankle, the team announced.

Cowboys OLB Sean Lee hurt the same left hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Falcons that previously cost him games this season. ESPN Dallas reports that he's likely to miss at least 2 more games this time around. That's no surprise, given the Cowboys will turn around quickly to play Thanksgiving Day after Sunday's matchup with Philadelphia. The team reportedly hopes to get Lee back against Washington in Week 13.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers has entered the NFL concussion protocol, HC Anthony Lynn announced Monday. Rivers completed Sunday's game in Jacksonville but must have experienced concussion symptoms thereafter. We'll watch his status throughout the week to see if he can get through in time for Sunday's game against the Bills.