Week 15 NFL Damage Recap

We’re in the middle of week 15 as positive COVID tests pushed two games off to Tuesday night. It’s never too early to look at injuries from recent games and how they affect the teams for the last three games of the season.

Chris Godwin – Cruciate Ligament Rupture

It was a frightening scene for the Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin in Sunday night’s shutout loss to the Saints. He was hit in the knee and thrown awkwardly on the head and neck. Fortunately, his head and neck were okay, but his knee wasn’t. A MRI Monday revealed that his right ACL had rupturedresulting in end-of-season surgery.

Godwin was Tom Brady’s favorite target that season, catching 98 passes for 1,103 yards

Mike Evans – Hamstring

Godwin wasn’t the only Tampa Bay recipient injured Sunday night. Mike Evans suffered a hamstring strain, but it is not considered to be that serious. He’s performing week to week and could play for Carolina on Sunday in week 16. Regardless, the Bucs are double-digit favorites against the Panthers according to BetUS Sportsbook NFL point spread odds.

Leonard Fournette – Hamstring

The hamstring injury suffered by Bucs running back Leonard Fournette appears to be a little worse than Evans’ hamstring injury. Fournette will miss the Tampa Bay game at Carolina, maybe even more.

When Fournette returns depends not only on how well he’s healed, but also on how important the remaining regular season games are to the playoff setting. As head coach Bruce Arians said Monday, “it is [Ronald] Jones time now. “

Joe Mixon – ankle

In the Bengals’ 15-10 win over the Denver Broncos, running back Joe Mixon left the game with what head coach Zac Taylor called a sprained ankle. It’s not a high ankle sprain and Taylor is optimistic that Mixon will be available for Sunday’s big division game against the Baltimore Ravens. The teams clash in Cincinnati with identical 8-6 ​​records, tied for first place in the AFC North.

Early NFL odds in this game the Bengals show up as 2½-point home favorites ahead of the Ravens.

Teddy Bridgewater – Concussion

Fortunately, the injury that resulted in Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater being removed from the field and strapped to a backboard had nothing to do with the spine. After spending a night at a local hospital, he was put on the NFL’s concussion record.

The news is good considering how he took off his face mask while lying in the field. However, this is Bridgewater’s second concussion of the season (third of his career) and with the Broncos looking at the playoff picture from the outside, it may be time for Drew Lock to start.

Donald Parham Jr. – Concussion

Chargers’ tight end, Donald Parham Jr., was also strapped to a backboard and his face mask was removed after sustaining an injury against the Chiefs Thursday night. He was also taken to hospital with a concussion and released the next day. His availability for the Los Angeles game on Sunday in Houston has not yet been determined.

Pat Freiermuth – Concussion

The excellent rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth left the game on Sunday with Tennessee, also with a concussion. It’s on the NFL’s concussion log this week ahead of Pittsburgh’s Kansas City visit. His status for that game is unknown until later in the week.

This is particularly worrying for Freiermuth, as he was on the same record just three weeks ago after the Steelers lost to the Bengals. He didn’t miss any games because of it, but with a second concussion in three weeks doctors could be more careful this time.

Sterling Shepard – Achilles

Giants’ wide receiver Sterling Shepard is ready for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. Shepard missed seven games (hamstrings and quads) earlier this season.

Shepard is a free agent after this season and looks for a full recovery between six and nine months.

In independent news, the Giants have also put quarterback Daniel Jones on injured reserve and ended his season. Jones had already missed the last three games with a neck injury and with the Giants nowhere else to go, the team decided to shut him down.

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