There were football games this weekend. There were injuries this weekend. That’s generally how the NFL works, right? Even with all of the injuries piling up on the young season, quarterback-outside-of-Cleveland had been a relatively safe position. Not anymore. Week 4 reared its head, and boy was it ugly. Here’s a look at the week’s injuries, with notes from Dr. Selene Parekh.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
The 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player, Cam Newton is having a rough start to the season. For one thing, his team is 1-3 and coming off an embarrassing shellacking by the Falcons. For another, he’s likely to miss time due to a concussion he suffered on Sunday while trying for a two-point conversion. He may miss a game or two, depending on how he progresses through the NFL’s concussion protocol.
The Doc’s Take: Since no two concussions are the same, Cam should be considered week to week and will not be cleared to play until he passes all required neuropsychological tests.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Another quarterback, another concussion. Palmer was already playing poorly and things only got worse as he suffered a concussion and had to leave Sunday’s game. With the Cardinals on a short week given their Thursday Night Football match up, it’s unlikely Palmer gets cleared in time to play in Week 5.
The Doc’s Take: As mentioned with Cam’s concussion, no two are the same so there is no way to put a timeline on Palmer’s recovery. Given the short week though, it’s highly doubtful he’d be cleared to play on Thursday.
Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos
Another quarterback problem, but this time luckily it isn’t brain related. Trevor Siemian suffered an AC joint sprain in his left arm while absorbing a hit on Sunday. It’s similar to the injury suffered by Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, only that Siemian’s is to his non-throwing shoulder, making the recovery time much quicker. Siemian is not a sure thing for Week 5, but it’s likely he will suit up and be able to play.
The Doc’s Take: Siemian’s Week 5 status will likely be a matter of pain tolerance. As long as they can keep his pain under control, he should be able to play.
Kevin White, Chicago Bears
Bears wide receiver Kevin White was just starting to develop a rapport with quarterback Brian Hoyer when White went down with an ankle injury. While head coach John Fox has kept his lips sealed about White’s ankle, there’s a good chance White will be forced to miss at least a couple of games. More will be revealed when the team releases its first injury report on Wednesday.
The Doc’s Take: The MRI will be used to fully evaluate the injury, but expect an ankle sprain, likely to be a high ankle sprain. That would knock White out for about 2-4 weeks.
Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions
Lions rookie running back Dwayne Washington had developed a key role after Ameer Abdullah went on IR and Theo Riddick played like Theo Riddick. Unfortunately, Washington was injured in the first game where his role was truly defined, suffering a sprained ankle and foot.
The Doc’s Take: With Washington spraining his ankle and his foot, plus the fact that he was seen hobbling and unable to put weight on it in the locker room, expect him to be out approximately two weeks.
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess was more involved in Sunday’s game than he’d been all season, but he was forced to leave early with a toe injury. Details are sparse so far, so we will have to wait for more details until the Panthers release an injury report.
The Doc’s Take: It’s unclear what toe Funchess injured, but if it’s the big toe, he may be looking at a turf toe injury, which would cost him 2-4 weeks.
Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Besides losing their quarterback to a concussion, the Cardinals also lost their second running back to a groin strain. Again, details aren’t abundant, but with the short week and CJ’s age, he can be considered highly doubtful for Thursday’s game.
The Doc’s Take: Waiting for an MRI to determine the grade of the strain, which will help determine how much time he will miss. Regardless, he’s unlikely to be ready for Thursday.