Update: Reggie Wayne out for season; Cutler and Briggs out 4-6 weeks
The seventh week of the NFL season was marred by a procession of injuries to big-name players. Some were immediately obvious as season-ending; others required further tests.
The Houston Texans were particularly hard hit, losing linebacker Brian Cushing for the rest of the season to a torn lateral cruciate ligament and broken fibula. The team also lost Arian Foster to a hamstring injury that has bothered him at times and isn’t likely to help Fantex’s Arian Foster stock. It isn’t clear yet how long he’ll be out.
Green Bay Packers tight Jermichael Finley was carted off after a frightening helmet-to-helmet hit against the Cleveland Browns. Finley, who spent the night in a Green Bay hospital, had suffered a concussion earlier in the season that left his son asking him to leave the game.
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 draft pick in 2010, was lost for the season to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. It’s a tough injury short-term for the Rams, who have only Kellen Clemens as backup, and long-term for Bradford, who’s never clicked in the NFL. The Rams, according to a Sunday report, discussed whether to pursue Tim Tebow and quickly decided not to. Instead, they’ll bring in tryouts this week. Vince Young is out there and, as he showed last week on Twitter, is eager to play, but he incinerated his bridges with Rams Coach Jeff Fisher when the two were in Tennessee together.
The Chicago Bears lost Jay Cutler to a groin tear that is expected to sideline him 4-to-6 weeks and are expected to sign Jordan Palmer today. Palmer had been with the team in training camp. The Bears also lost Lance Briggs for the same length of time to a shoulder injury he suffered in the loss to the Washington Redskins.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles’ game against the Dallas Cowboys with a head injury. The good news for the Eagles, who saw little to like in Matt Barkley’s performance, is that Michael Vick is expected to be ready after suffering a concussion.
The Indianapolis Colts’ big win over the Denver Broncos came at a cost. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne tore his anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin suffered a shoulder injury and is likely to miss significant time, but it is unclear yet whether it’s season-ending.
The Cincinnati Bengals lost cornerback Leon Hall for the rest of the season to a torn Achilles’ tendon.