More football, more big names on the shelf. Week 9 was an exciting one for many teams and their fans, but it may lead to a disappointing Week 10 for fans of the players who got hurt. Aggravations and new injuries were all the rage on Sunday, here’s a look at what went wrong:
Victor Cruz, New York Giants
After years of rehabbing a knee injury, Victor Cruz was finally back on the field and playing effectively. Now he’s back on the sidelines. Cruz was forced to exit Sunday’s game with an ankle injury that was later diagnosed as a sprain. After further testing, Cruz was described as “day-to-day,” luckily having avoided a major injury.
The Doc’s Take: Victor Cruz with ankle sprain by video. MRI to be done. (Update- MRI came back clean.) If typical ankle sprain, swelling, pain, mobility dictate ability to return to play. Approximately two weeks. If high ankle sprain, can be out up to six weeks.
Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was dealing with an injured groin all week, missing practice on Thursday and returning to a limited one on Friday. Still, he was able to suit up and start Sunday’s game. He was unable to make it through the first offensive possession though, as he was forced to leave with an aggravation of the previous injury and could not return. He is officially “day-to-day” but is expected to miss some time.
The Doc’s Take: Jeremy Maclin reaggravates groin. This can affect the entire season. Look for at least 2 to 4 weeks RTP. MRI likely.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
Ryan Fitzpatrick is having a rough season as the Fitzmagic has seemingly all run dry. Adding injury to insult, the quarterback sprained his MCL on Sunday and it is not a sure thing that he will be ready for Week 10. With Bryce Petty as the possible starter, the Jets may be throwing fuel onto the dumpster fire of their season.
The Doc’s Take: Fitz has a mild MCL sprain. Likely to play this week unless too painful.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers deep threat wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey escaped a major injury but still had to leave the game on Sunday and was unable to return. With DHB noticeably in a world of pain, the early fear was an Achilles injury, but he is dealing with an injury to a different part of the foot. It could still be a season-ender, but there’s a chance for him to return.
The Doc’s Take: at first looked like a serious potential Achilles injury. Turned out to be a mid foot injury. MRI today. It’s just a sprain, two to four weeks. If unstable, surgery and season over.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Titans rookie running back Derrick Henry hurt himself while warming up for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. He did not see the field during the game and may miss a few more weeks