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Injury bug bites several NFL teams

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Associated Press
November 15, 2011
— Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has two broken ribs, yet he is fortunate compared to several other NFL players who are out for the rest of the season.

That list might also include two other starting quarterbacks, Kansas City’s Matt Cassel, who has what coach Todd Haley is calling a “significant” injury to his right, throwing hand, and Houston’s Matt Schaub, who has a right foot injury.


Sidelined for the remainder of 2011 are Denver running back Knowshon Moreno (right knee), Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall (torn left Achilles tendon), Jacksonville cornerback Rashean Mathis (left knee) and guard Eben Britton (back), Buffalo center Eric Wood, Bears guard Chris Williams (left wrist) and Redskins rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson (hip).


Haley refused to say Monday whether the team discussed putting Cassel on injured reserve, but he did say “it’s a possibility” to happen.


“He will probably have to have surgery at some time,” Haley said. “The length of it, we’re not sure, but there’s some optimism. Each person it varies, but it’s a difficult injury.”


The Chiefs (4-5) have already lost running back Jamaal Charles, Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry, tight end Tony Moeaki and linebacker Brandon Siler to season-ending injuries.


Cassel hurt his hand near the end of the Chiefs’ 17-10 loss to Denver on Sunday. The injury appeared to occur when Cassel was sacked by Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller.


Tyler Palko played the final offensive series, even though Cassel said after the game that he wanted to play.


Schaub has led the Texans to the AFC’s best record (7-3) and four consecutive victories.


Coach Gary Kubiak said Schaub was injured on a quarterback sneak coming out of the end zone late in the second quarter of Houston’s 37-9 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Schaub stayed in the game, but threw only three passes.


Kubiak said the team was bringing in a specialist from Indianapolis to evaluate Schaub, and the quarterback would fly to Charlotte, N.C., later this week to undergo further examination.


“He’s got a significant foot injury. He’s going to miss some time,” Kubiak said.


Hall, the Bengals’ best cover cornerback, was on a pair of crutches, his left foot protected by a medical boot.


Hall was hurt when he planted his foot and changed direction just before halftime of the 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh that dropped the Bengals to


6-3. He’ll have surgery later this week.


Other injuries to note:


n San Francisco star running back Frank Gore has a right knee injury that was being further evaluated.


n Jacksonville placed Mathis, Britton and backup linebacker/special teams standout Kyle Bosworth (broken hand) on injured reserve.


Mathis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Sunday’s 17-3 win at Indianapolis and will have season-ending surgery.


n Chicago’s Williams had surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist Sunday night after the team’s 37-13 victory over the Lions.


n Hankerson got 106 yards on eight catches in his first NFL start, then was injured. He has a tear in the right hip and will join tight end Chris Cooley, running back Tim Hightower and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger as offensive starters on IR.


Receiver Santana Moss and left tackle Trent Williams have also missed multiple games with injuries.


Also on Sunday, backup defensive lineman Kedric Golston tore two knee ligaments. The team believes Golston has a third-degree MCL tear and a partial ACL tear and will miss one game at least.


The Chargers had seven players, including six starters, skip Monday’s light workout.


Chargers coach Norv Turner said left guard Kris Dielman won’t be able to return Sunday against Chicago as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered Oct. 23.


The Chargers’ offensive line was decimated Thursday in a loss to Oakland, with left tackle Marcus McNeill (stinger) and right guard Louis Vasquez (ankle) getting hurt. McNeill saw a neck specialist on Monday and Vasquez was seen in a walking boot.


Jets coach Rex Ryan had no update on the status of running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who left with a left knee injury in the fourth quarter.



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