Biggest NFL injuries of Week 5
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans: Watt suffered a left leg injury while trying to make a play on Alex Smith during the first quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs, and remained on the ground while he was examined by Texans medical personnel. Eventually, Watt rose and made his way slowly to the sideline while attempting to keep weight off that leg. He then was carted off to the locker room for further evaluation. The team quickly announced that Watt was out for the remainder of the game, and he left the stadium in an ambulance. Later during the game, the Texans announced that Watt had sustained a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, and that he’d be out indefinitely.
On Monday, the “indefinitely” part was clarified to indicate that he’ll miss the rest of the season.
Whitney Mercilus, LB, Houston Texans: Mercilus left the game during the Texans’ first defensive series, and he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game due to a chest injury. And it was more than just a minor injury: Monday morning, it was revealed that Mercilus will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Chris Conley, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Conley was the fourth Chiefs receiver to leave the field at some point during the game, as he was carted off during the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the injury was the most dire for Conley, as he was diagnosed with a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce took a hard hit at the tail end of the second quarter, and after getting back on the field for some plays in the first half, did not appear to start the second half. The Chiefs subsequently announced that Kelce had a concussion, and he did not return.
Steven Terrell, S, Kansas City Chiefs: Terrell was accidentally kicked in the head on the opening kickoff, and he was down for some time before walking off the field with some assistance. Shortly thereafter, he was ruled out of the game due to a concussion.
Eric Karabell wraps up a rough Week 5 Sunday in fantasy football, with excellent performances overshadowed by a serious injury to Odell Beckham Jr.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Powell left the game during the second half and his return was deemed questionable because of a calf injury. After the game, Jets coach Todd Bowles said that Powell will have tests on his injured calf. This is troublesome, especially with fellow RB Matt Forte still dealing with turf toe.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants: Late in the fourth quarter, Beckham injured his left ankle after his lower left leg was pinned beneath a defender after attempting to catch a pass. After being attended to by Giants medical staff, Beckham was carted off the field. The receiver hurt his left ankle in the preseason, which caused him to miss the club’s Week 1 game. He was quickly ruled out of the rest of the game. After the game, a source told ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan that Beckham will need surgery, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that it was a fractured ankle.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Stafford walked gingerly out of the locker room late Sunday afternoon, clearly favoring his right leg — walking with it almost peg-legged straight after Detroit’s 27-24 loss to Carolina on Sunday, per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. Stafford received treatment after the game, but he declined to say when he injured his right leg and wouldn’t say exactly what he injured, either.
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Dallas Cowboys: Already pretty banged up on the defensive side of the ball, the Cowboys lost Awuzie during the game against Green Bay due to a hamstring injury.
Kevin King, CB, Green Bay Packers: The Packers’ top draft pick this year (No. 33 overall), King was sidelined with a concussion during Sunday’s game against Dallas and declared out for the remainder of the game. As with any such injury, he’ll have to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol to return.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens: West started the game well, rushing for 17 yards on two carries, but fell to the ground before reaching the sideline, clutching his left leg. He was helped off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room. West was designated as doubtful to return with a calf injury.
Matt Skura, OG, Baltimore Ravens: Skura, who has been filling in for injured starting guard Marshal Yanda, was declared questionable to return with a knee injury.
Haloti Ngata, DT, Detroit Lions: Ngata was ruled out of the rest of Sunday’s game against Carolina with an elbow injury. The DT had been dealing with injuries the past two weeks, including getting his shoulder worked on during last week’s win over Minnesota. He came off the field midway through the second quarter and soon made his way to the locker room for more testing. With Ngata out, the Lions leaned more on Akeem Spence and Jeremiah Ledbetter opposite A’Shawn Robinson.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker went to the locker room in the first quarter of the game with Dolphins training staff, and the team subsequently announced that he was questionable to return with an ankle injury before downgrading him to out in the second half. After the game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Dolphins believe Parker has a sprained ankle.