Key NFL Injuries Continue to Add Up
The NFL has some big key players hitting the shelf. Find out who they are and how long they will be out for.
Matt Schaub: The Houston Texans (7-3), winners of four straight, and co-leaders for best record in the AFC are going to have to go the remainder of their season without their starting quarterback. Matt Schaub, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, will be shelved with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot. According to head coach Gary Kubiak, the injury occurred during a quarterback sneak late in the second quarter during the Texans’ 37-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Texans will be lead by Matt Leinart starting at Jacksonville.
Michael Vick: Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback Michael Vick suffered two broken ribs in the 21-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. According to head coach Andy Reid, he didn’t tell anyone about the injury.
He didn’t say anything, not a word. He’s a tough nut. -Head Coach Andy Reid-
Vick’s status for the Eagles next game at the New York Giants is unknown.
Matt Cassel: The parade of starting QB injuries continues as the Kansas City Cheif’s Matt Cassel has a “significant” hand injury according to head coach Todd Haley. When asked if Cassel would be placed on injured reserve, Haley said “it’s a possibility”.
He will probably have to have surgery at some time. The length of it, we’re not sure, but there’s some optimism. Each person it varies, but it’s a difficult injury. -Head Coach Todd Haley-
Ben Roethlisberger: It was announced Tuesday that “Big” Ben Roethlisberger has a broken right thumb. The injury occurred during the 24-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Big Ben isn’t sure exactly when it happened and reportedly only noticed it during the second half of the game.
It was hard to determine it on the sideline, but we did all the tests, and it’s fractured in there. -Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger-
Don’t worry Pittsburgh Steelers fans, Roethlisberger had the same injury back in 2005, the same year they won the Super Bowl.
Knowshon Moreno: The Denver Broncos will be short-handed at running back as Knowshon Moreno has been lost for the season due to a torn anterior cruciate legament in his right knee. Moreno suffered the injury Sunday while at Kansas City. Moreno has had a rough season as he was recovering from a hamstring injury that took him out of one game and on the bench for part of another.
He’s tough-minded and he’ll battle back from it. -Head Coach John Fox-
Leon Hall: The Cincinnati Bengals are having quite the season at 6-3, but they will have to go the rest of the season without their starting cornerback Leon Hall. Hall was placed on IR on Monday with a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg. This injury will snap a streak of 74 straight games he’s played in. He had not missed a single game since he was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft back in 2007.
I don’t know how to deal with this type of situation. I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong way. I don’t know if it’s totally hit me yet, just considering I haven’t had an injury before. -Cincinnati Bengals’ Cornerback Leon Hall-
Antoine Winfield: Our NFL injury parade ends in Minnesota as the Vikings have lost starting cornerback Antoine Winfield most likely for the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone. The injury came during Monday night’s 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers. It was Winfield’s first game since the Kansas City game on October 2nd.