Was it just me or did Week 10 in the NFL seem like the most painful week of them all? As I was sitting there watching the games, I felt like there were more injuries then usual...at least more injuries to prominent players. Here's a look at some of them and their as-of-Tuesday updates.
Cedric Benson- Hip Injury suffered during game at Pittsburgh. As of now, all they say is he is "iffy" vs. Oakland this weekend. For insurance in the future the Bengals signed cast-off RB from Kansas City Larry Johnson. This could be a move that in the future will help take the load off of Benson. Stay tuned.
Kyle Orton- Some think this could be great for Denver, or reall bad for Denver. Orton suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. Chris Simms came in and did...well...did nothing. Maybe with a week to prepare Simms could help the Broncos get off the snide. It won't get easy with super hot San Diego coming to town with first place on the line. I don't think Orton plays this weekend.
Marc Colombo- Dallas Cowboys' starting right tackle and leader of the o-line is most likely out for the year with a broken fibula. The injury came during Dallas' pathetic loss to Green Bay. Doug Free will start in his place, and Dallas better hope he fits in nicely, because the Cowboys' schedule does not get any easier.
Brian Westbrook- Westbrook suffered his second concussion of the season, and all reports are that he could be shut down for the season. Head Coach Andy Reid said that "football comes second" in this case. And rightfully so. There are many issues going on these days with players and concussions, and the worse thing that could happen is a great back like Westbrook having any problems in the future. Westbrook is very concerned about this leading some to speculate retirement could be closer in Westbrook's future.
Michael Turner- Turner was running all over Carolina before suffering a sprained ankle. As of right now he is doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Football Giants. Jason Snelling looks like the primary ball carrier unless Jerious Norwood comes in healthier then expected. I'm guessing this will be the kind of injury that will bother Turner for a couple of weeks, hopefully it doesn't hurt the Falcons playoff chances too much.
Julius Jones- Jones bruised a lung in sunday's loss to Arizona. He is doubtful for this week's game and Justin Forsett looks like he will be the primary ball carrier for Seattle. This brusied lung thing seems like the chic injury for 2009. I never heard of it until this year. First Andre Johnson bruised his lung, then some guy in college football (sorry I don't know who it is) and now Jones.
Terrell Suggs- Perhaps the most controversial injury of the week. Suggs injured his knee when Browns QB Brady Quinn cheap-shotted (yes, cheap-shotted, I may have made that up but it's a word to me, and also yes, I believe Quinn's hit was a cheap-shot) him after an interception. The Ravens and everyone involved are pissed. Suggs' agent even chimed in on the injury. Quinn has reportedly apologized, but I haven't heard if Suggs has accepted it or not. Regardless, I believe Suggs sits out this week, but should be good to go next week. Stay tuned for any fines that may be handed out.
Jordan Gross- Gross is out for the season with a broken ankle. He was carted off the field Sunday. This is a huge downgrade for the Panthers offense. Gross is their best lineman and it will hurt all aspects of their offense. The run game and pass game (if there is one) will suffer because of this injury.
Josh Cribbs- "Dear Coach Mangini, Thanks again, Signed, Cleveland Browns fans." Cribbs was injured on the last play of Monday Night Footballs Ravens beat down of the Browns. The Browns loss 16-0, and Mangini tried on the last play to do...well, I don't know, score? get a first down? I don't know. Anyway WR/KR Josh Cribbs suffered an undisclosed head injury. It's unknown whether or not it was a concussion or whether or not Cribbs will play this weekend in Clevelands epic showdown with Detroit (First overall pick on the line?). Either way, there are alot of upset people in Cleveland with Mangini's apparent carelessness for his players...again.
Ronnie Brown- If Miami has any shot of salvaging their season (which I think they realistically do) they have to have Ronnie Brown in the line-up. Well, that might not happen. Brown left the wild game versus Tampa with a foot injury. Initial reports are that he might have to sit out a week, but now leaks are starting to come out that maybe he could be out for the season. If this happens, Miami's season is over. Done. El Finito. Stay tuned to this. On the plus side though, it could give Ricky Williams a chance to return to a prominant role in the offense.
Troy Polamalu- The Madden Curse strikes again...again. Polamalu left Pittsburgh loss to the Bengals with a knee injury. He is listed as questionable for this Sunday's game. Without Polamalu, the Steelers defense is clearly different. Fans better hope he gets healthy for the playoff push, or the NFL could see a playoff schedule without the defending champs
Dwayne Bowe (susp)- Ok, this isn't an injury but Kansas City Chiefs budding young superstar will be suspended for four games because of...what else...steroids. The young WR tested positive and will be forced to serve the four game suspension immediatley. This is extremely disappointing seeing as how Bowe is considered one od the best young WR's in the league.