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So this is the very last week of the NFL regular season and we are just two weeks away from the beginning of the 2015 NFL playoffs, but because of injuries there are some teams that will be without their top players- Here is a quick recap of this week’s injury report for review:
Even though Cam Newton was in a serious car accident just two weeks ago, the Carolina Panthers were in need of a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. Before the game against the Cleveland Browns, Newton was given a cortisone shot, which is much similar to the one Tony Romo is given before every game. The Panthers were able to defeat the Browns and the main reason why was because of Newton’s ability to scramble out of the pocket. Regardless, the Panthers lived to fight another day in the NFC South division race and Newton was a big reason why.
T.Y. Hilton: The good news for the Colts is that Hilton’s injury isn’t serious. With the playoffs in less than two weeks, Hilton will need to be healthy when the Colts host their first playoff game. Hilton’s ability to take the top off the defense is second to none and it is clear that he is Luck’s favorite target. Without Hilton in Week 16, Luck, who has looked like an MVP candidate at times this season, had a ton of problems finding open receivers.
Drew Stanton suffered a Grade 2 ACL and MCL sprain last week against the St. Louis Rams and that led to Ryan Lindley starting against the Seattle Seahawks in a battle that decided first place in the NFC West and the number one seed in the NFC. As you expected, the Cardinals were blown out and Lindley couldn’t even score a touchdown.
Even though the original starter Carson Palmer tore his ACL in 2014, Stanton is 5-3 when he has started. He isn’t a world-beater, but Stanton is worlds better than Lindley. Unless Stanton can give it a go when the playoffs come around, Arizona’s wild card matchup will not be pretty.
Aaron Rodgers strained a calf muscle during Sunday’s win at Tampa. He suffered the injury during the second series, limiting him a bit throughout the game. Coach Mike McCarthy admitted he had to change his play-calling a bit to keep Rodgers in the pocket. He of course finished the game and had decent numbers, so he will play against the Lions for the NFC North title and a first round bye, but he may not be 100%.
Johnny Manziel hurt his hamstring midway through the first half against the Panthers and then had to leave after taking a hit later in the game. Brian Hoyer completed 7-of-13 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in relief. Manziel is considered questionable for the finale against Baltimore.
Percy Harvin suffered a rib injury and was unable to return to the game against the Patriots on Sunday. He played through what appeared to be a severe ankle injury last week and continues to pick up injuries with his dynamic running style, which unfortunately sets him up for more collisions on his smaller frame.
Pierre Thomas had to leave the Falcons game with a foot injury and didn’t return. There hasn’t been any details revealed about his injury at this time, but if he can’t play we’d likely see Travaris Cadet active again.
Steven Jackson suffered a quad injury and couldn’t return to the game. Jackson is not a quick healer so there’s a decent chance he won’t be able to go next week. If not we’ll see another mixture of Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman.
Jermaine Kearse suffered a hamstring injury in Seattle’s win over the Cardinals on Sunday night. Paul Richardson took over as the #2 wide receiver.
Jets center Nick Mangold was forced from the Jet’s game against the Patriots with a left-ankle injury. It didn’t look good as the rather large Vince Wilfork landed on his leg. The fear is that he fractured his fibula and that he’s done for the season. source: rotoworld.com
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