Injury - Football Wiretap

Alex Smith Out For Week 17 With Lacerated Spleen

Dec 26, 2014 12:47 PM

Alex Smith will be out for Week 17 with a lacerated spleen.

The San Diego Chargers need a win at the Kansas City Chiefs to reach the playoffs. The Chiefs are still mathematically alive, but would need considerable help to reach the playoffs.

Chase Daniel will instead start for the Chiefs.

“It wasn’t until after I dressed and adrenaline wore off that I noticed anything. I didn’t relate it to a hit,” Smith said.

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Drew Stanton Likely Out For Season Following Surgery

Dec 26, 2014 11:43 AM

Drew Stanton will almost certainly be out for the rest of the season.

The Arizona Cardinals discovered an infection Wednesday which required arthroscopic surgery. The infection was believed to have been caused by an outside medical procedure, Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

Stanton has been out since suffering an MCL sprain earlier in the season.

With Carson Palmer out for the season, Stanton had become the Cardinals' starting quarterback.

Ryan Lindley will likely start for the Cardinals in the playoffs.

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A.J. Green Hopes To Play Through Biceps Injury

Dec 23, 2014 11:00 AM

A.J. Green hopes to play in Week 17 despite a bruised right biceps suffered in Week 16.

Cameras caught Green grimacing multiple times as trainers tried to work on his arm on the sideline. At one point, he even went into the locker room for X-rays.

Green said the tests were negative and that he didn't think the injury would keep him from next week's regular-season finale.

"If I can go, I'm going. No matter what it is," Green said. "We're playing for something big. We're playing for home-field advantage."

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Injury

Johnny Manziel Out For Week 17 With Hamstring

Dec 22, 2014 4:06 PM

Johnny Manziel will miss the rest of the season with an injured hamstring.

Manziel was inserted as the Cleveland Browns' starter before Week 15 to replace Brian Hoyer. Hoyer will be a free agent this offseason.

RealGM Staff Report

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Aaron Rodgers Doesn't Expect Calf Injury To Be Issue

Dec 22, 2014 12:50 PM

Aaron Rodgers doesn't expect his calf injury to be an issue in Week 17.

The Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions with the NFC North title on the line.

"I'll be OK for next week," Rodgers said after Green Bay's 20-3 romp over the Buccaneers on Sunday, per ESPN Wisconsin. "(I) hurt my calf pretty good, but the training staff helped me kind of get through it. Just put some heat on and just tried to push through it."

Rodgers also battled through a "pretty bad" flu to complete 31-of-40 passes for 318 yards with one touchdown and no picks.

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Philip Rivers May Need Offseason Back Surgery

Dec 21, 2014 1:24 PM

Philip Rivers has a bulging disk in his lower back and may need surgery in the offseason.

Rivers has dealt with a rib ailment for much of the season, but the back is the present issue and what forced him to miss recent practice time.

Rivers was 33-for-54 with 356 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions Saturday at Levi's Stadium in the San Diego Chargers' 38-35 comeback win.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Injury

Julio Jones To Play Week 16

Dec 21, 2014 11:19 AM

Julio Jones will play in Week 16 through his oblique injury.

The Atlanta Falcons will meet the New Orleans Saints in a key NFC South game

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DeAndre Hopkins To Start Despite Ankle Injury

Dec 21, 2014 10:54 AM

DeAndre Hopkins will play in Week 16 despite an ankle injury.

Hopkins sat out practice all week.

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DeMarco Murray To Play Week 16 With Protective Pad

Dec 21, 2014 10:47 AM

DeMarco Murray will play in Week 16 with a protective pad on his left hand, which was broken last Sunday.

The Dallas Cowboys are "a little nervous" about telegraphing their plays with Murray in the game and concerned with how much he can do in the passing game and blocking.

If Murray is ineffective early, expect the Cowboys to move to a heavier running back by committee approach.

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Cam Newton Cleared To Play 11 Days After Accident

Dec 20, 2014 6:57 PM

Cam Newton has been medically cleared to play in Week 16 just 11 days after suffering two small fractures in his back during a car accident.

Through 12 games, Newton has passed for 2,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has rushed for 425 yards and three touchdowns on 85 carries.


The Carolina Panthers started Derek Anderson last week in place of Newton.

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Julian Edelman Won't Play Week 16 Due To Concussion
Tom Brady figures to use Danny Amendola and Brian Tyms more frequently without Julian Edelman.

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DeMarco Murray Appears Likely To Play In Week 16
The Cowboys have increased optimism that DeMarco Murray will play in Week 16 despite a broken hand that was surgically repaired this week.

Igor Mello/CBS Sports

DeMarco Murray To Make Final Decision On Playing With Broken Hand
DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on his broken hand on Monday.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Philip Rivers Battling Serious Back Injury
Philip Rivers has struggled in recent weeks, but he expects to play on Saturday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chris Conte Believes Playing In NFL Worth Risk Of Early Death
Chris Conte just wants to be able to outlive his parents.


Keenan Allen Likely To Miss Week 16 With Broken Collarbone
Keenan Allen's 77 catches for 783 yards lead the team, also adding four touchdowns.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Cowboys Optimistic DeMarco Murray Will Play Week 16
DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on his broken on Monday and can wear a cast that allows him to play.

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Cardinals To Start Ryan Lindley At QB
Drew Stanton suffered a partial tear of his ACL, in addition to a sprained MCL in the same right knee.


Nick Foles Ruled Out For Week 16
Nick Foles cannot be subject to football contact until the bone has completely healed.

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DeMarco Murray To Undergo Hand Surgery, Status Uncertain For Week 16
DeMarco Murray broke his hand late in the fourth quarter of Week 15.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Cam Newton To Play Week 16 If He Can Protect Himself
Cam Newton will play in Week 16 if Ron Rivera is confident he can protect himself.

Joseph Person/Charlotte Observer

Ryan Fitzpatrick Out For Season With Fractured In Leg
Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered the injury after a 2-yard rush on a 2nd-and-6 play early in the second quarter.

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Montee Ball Placed On Injured Reserve
Montee Ball will finish the season with 172 yards and a touchdown on 55 carries.

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Drew Stanton Suffered Knee Sprain, Could Return For Playoffs
Drew Stanton is out for the rest of the regular season with a knee injury.

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Drew Stanton Carted Off Field With Knee Injury
Ryan Lindley took over for Drew Stanton at quarterback instead of Logan Thomas.

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Cam Newton Released From Hospital, Derek Anderson To Start
Derek Anderson will start for the Panthers with Cam Newton recovering from his car accident.

Jadeveon Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery
Jadeveon Clowney is expected to miss nine months.

Mike Wilkening/Pro Football Talk

Cam Newton Has Two Fractures In Back Following Car Crash
Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back during his Tuesday car accident.

RealGM Staff Report

Cam Newton Injured After Truck Flips Over Four Times
Cam Newton has been injured in a two-car crash and taken to a Charlotte hospital.

Jonathan Jones/Charlotte Observer

Tests Confirm Eric Berry Has Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Eric Berry is from the Atlanta area and has chosen Emory for his treatment.

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