Week 6 NFL Injury News: Ben Roethlisberger Undergoes Knee Surgery and More
Week six of the 2016 NFL season was a wild one, as numerous non-star players went nuts, we saw some crazy upsets and even had the displeasure of seeing some big names succumb to injury.
Big Ben Hurts Knee
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was without a doubt the biggest name to get bit by the injury bug in week six, as he exited briefly in a game with the Miami Dolphins due to a knee injury.
Big Ben was able to finish the game, but it was later revealed that he suffered a torn meniscus. An MRI conducted after the game revealed the injury and the star passer went under the knife for a left lateral menisectomy, per DKPittsburghSports.com.
The surgery happens to be much less serious than it sounds, as Roethlisberger is tentatively expected to be back in a matter of weeks.
Ben Roethlisberger meniscus surgery is indeed expected to be a cleanup procedure. If so timetable will be shorter.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 17, 2016
A full meniscus repair would likely end Roethlisberger’s season, and while his return isn’t set in stone just yet, the early news is encouraging.
The Steelers should look to backup quarterback Landry Jones to start their week seven contest with the New England Patriots, but could have Roethlisberger back as soon as week eight.
Even if Big Ben misses 1-2 weeks, the Steelers could be in rough shape while he’s out. The fallout of the Ben Roethlisberger injury begins right away this week, too, as the Steelers will naturally be big underdogs when they face the 5-1 Pats.
On to more NFL injury news…
Dez Bryant Due Back in Week 8
Dez Bryant sat out again in week six – to nobody’s surprise – as he continues to nurse a knee/leg injury. Bryant put in some limited practice time ahead of week six, however, and looks primed to return following the Cowboys’ week seven bye.
As Dez Bryant walks off field he finds me and tells me “Don’t have to ask me anymore, I’m good…playing against Philly”
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) October 16, 2016
Dallas has lucked out so far in 2016, as injuries to both Bryant and Tony Romo haven’t derailed them at all during an impressive 5-1 start. Bryant’s confidence in playing in two weeks against the Eagles suggests he can be fired up in fantasy football leagues, while his return can only help an increasingly better-looking Dallas team.
Doug Martin Still Not Practicing
The Muscle Hamster was not among the injured players returning to the practice field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, which could be troubling news given he had all of week six to rest up during the team’s bye:
Bucs returning to practice from injury today: WR Louis Murphy, WR Cecil Shorts, TE Luke Stocker. Murphy’s first practice since ACL surgery.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 17, 2016
Missing Monday doesn’t mean for sure that Martin will be out yet again once week seven rolls around, but it’s not an ideal start to the week. Should he sit out again this week, backup rusher Jacquizz Rodgers will get his second straight start. He surprisingly performed well in a week five win over the Panthers, totaling an astonishing 35 touches.
Terrell Suggs Suffers Torn Bicep
Suggs learned the unfortunate news that he tore his biceps during Baltimore’s week six loss to the New York Giants. Despite the normally devastating injury, Suggs reportedly desires to play through the pain.
— NFL World (@NFLWrld) October 17, 2016
That makes sense for an aging star like Suggs, who was none too pleased when most of his 2015 campaign was robbed from him due to a torn Achilles. Suggs luckily has experience playing through such a brutal injury, as he mapped his way through a torn biceps back in 2012.
The 34-year old star pass rusher has been a big factor for an improved Ravens defense this year, registering a strong 5 sacks through the team’s first six games. Baltmore has regressed lately with three straight losses following a 3-0 start, but losing Suggs for any amount of time could severely impact their defense.
Almost Too Shady
LeSean McCoy actually doesn’t truly make out NFL week injury report, as he staved off what had the makings of a truly devastating knee injury.
McCoy was destroying the San Francisco 49ers before seeing his knee buckle in a way it shouldn’t on Sunday, and he remained on the field for some time. Trainers tended to McCoy, as quarterback Tyrod Taylor went to one knee and seemed to say a prayer for his fallen teammate.
McCoy then rose to his feet and limped off the field, but managed to brush off whatever his ailment was to return later in the game. McCoy capped off a fantastic day with his third rushing score of the game in a huge win for the Buffalo Bills. McCoy seems to be just fine, but undoubtedly provided NFL (and Bills) fans with a big scare in week six.
Rough Sledding in Green Bay
The Green Bay Packers couldn’t catch a break on Sunday, as their offense was lethargic and they couldn’t do anything right defensively, either.
On top of getting pushed around at home by the Dallas Cowboys, the Pack also lost two key players, with wide receiver Davante Adams and cornerback Damarious Randall both exiting with injuries.
Adams was checked for a concussion and never returned to the game, but should be fine after later saying he didn’t sustain a concussion. Randall is the more serious injury, as he suffered a pulled groin and depleted Green Bay’s already barren cornerback depth.
The Packers were already without top corners Sam Shiels and Quinten Rollens, but suddenly could be extremely shorthanded in their defensive backfield with a quick turn around against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football in week seven.
Running back Eddy Lacy played through an ankle injury and rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries, but did not look right during Green Bay’s week six loss. It will be interesting to see how healthy he’ll be on such a short week.
Jordan Reed Nears Return
The Washington Redskins got a win in week six despite not having star tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) on hand. Reed surprisingly remained questionable for much of last week despite having a scary history with concussions and may be on track to get back on the field as quickly as week seven.
Sounds like Skins TE Jordan Reed is feeling pretty good and making strides in the concussion protocol. Hasn’t been ruled out for next game
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 17, 2016
Reed is “making strides”, per reports, and after almost having a chance to suit up in week six, could be ready to play again after missing just one game. Reed is still in danger of missing week seven (or longer), but once he returns, the Redskins’ passing game will be as strong as ever.
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