Week 14 was another brutal one for quarterbacks and Monday night capped it off with perhaps the worst injury of the weekend.
Just three plays into Monday Night Football, Kyler Murray went down on a non-contact play and is expected to have torn his ACL. It was just another brutal event in a nightmare season for the Arizona Cardinals. For more info on that info and every other team, keep reading:
Arizona Cardinals Injuries
As mentioned above, Kyler Murray was carted off the field after going down with a non-contact knee injury on the Cardinals’ first drive Monday night.
The initial reports are that he will be lost for the season with a torn ACL. The Cardinals currently sit at 4-9 with zero shot at making the postseason, but Colt McCoy will be under center for the final four games of the season.
McCoy made two starts earlier in the season and completed 70% of his passes and actually averaged higher yards per attempt than Murray. Against New England on Monday, McCoy completed 27 of his 40 attempts for 246 yards and threw one interception.
Atlanta Falcons Injuries
The Falcons are considering putting Marcus Mariota on IR and rookie Desmond Ridder is expected to make his first NFL start in Week 15. Mariota has been dealing with a “chronic” knee injury according to Arthur Smith.
The Falcons started the season 4-4, but have lost four of their last five games, scoring over 17 points just once. Ridder’s last start came in a 27-6 loss to Alabama in last year’s Cotton Bowl.
Baltimore Ravens Injuries
Tyler Huntley is in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury on Sunday. However, neither he nor Lamar Jackson has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Cleveland.
The Ravens are still clinging to the AFC North lead thanks to their head-to-head win over the Bengals, but could be forced to start undrafted rookie Anthony Brown, who threw five passes on Sunday.
The good news for Baltimore is J.K. Dobbins returned from the IR on Sunday and looked like his old self, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Gus Edwards added 66 yards on 13 carries.
Buffalo Bills Injuries
Right guard Ryan Bates is considered day-to-day after sitting out the end of Sunday’s win due to an ankle injury. Bates is enjoying his first year as a full-time starter, allowing just one sack in 546 pass blocking snaps this season.
Greg Van Roten played the final 19 snaps against the Jets. He previously started at center in Week 3 and allowed four total pressures. He started 10 games for the Jets at right guard last season.
Carolina Panthers Injuries
D.J. Moore suffered an ankle injury against Seattle, but is considered day-to-day heading into Week 15. It’s been a tough season for Moore who is averaging career lows in nearly every category including yards per target and catch percentage.
The Panthers relied heavily on their rushing attack against the Seahawks, but Laviska Shenault Jr. was their leading receiver, catching four passes for 31 yards. Fellow receivers Terrace Marshall Jr. and Shi Smith combined for three catches and 35 yards.
Chicago Bears Injuries
The Bears got good news coming off their bye week with defensive backs Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker both clearing concussion protocol.
However, the team also expects running back Khalil Herbert to return to practice next week prior to their Week 16 game against the Bills. He last played in Week 10 and averaged 60 rushing yards per game in his last four contests before suffering a hip injury.
Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are both considered day-to-day after getting injured in the win over Cleveland. Boyd is day-to-day with a finger issue and Higgins was limited to only one snap because of a hamstring injury that was bothering him last week.
Higgins was taken off the practice report at the end of the week, but only saw the field on a single third down early in the game. Zac Taylor later said it was his decision to keep Higgins out and will reevaluate the receiver on Wednesday.
As for Boyd, he’s dealing with a dislocated finger. With both guys sidelined, Ja’Marr Chase was the only Bengals receiver with more than two catches, earning 119 yards on 10 grabs.
Cleveland Browns Injuries
Despite aggravating his hip injury on the first play of the game, Amari Cooper played 62 snaps and caught two of his seven targets for 42 yards. He’s still considered day-to-day.
Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah suffered a foot injury late in the game, but there still isn’t an update on his condition.
Jordan Kunaszyk filled in and played 12 snaps. He was credited with one missed tackle.
Dallas Cowboys Injuries
Right tackle Terence Steele will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL against the Texans. The third-year undrafted veteran was enjoying the best year of his career, allowing just one sack all season.
Josh Ball and Jason Peters rotated in at right tackle after Steele went out on Sunday. Ball allowed two pressures and a sack while Peters allowed just one hurry.
Peters last started at right tackle back in 2006.
The Cowboys could also get left tackle Tyron Smith back this week after he was designated to return from the IR last Wednesday. If he returns, rookie Tyler Smith will move from left tackle to left guard.
Denver Broncos Injuries
Mike Boone is expected to be out for the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday. The running back previously missed four games but had three catches for 35 yards in the last two weeks.
Marlon Mack was the Broncos second running back behind Latavius Murray against the Chiefs. The former Colt had three carries for 15 yards and added a 66-yard touchdown catch.
Detroit Lions Injuries
Cornerback Jeff Okudah played only 27 snaps on Sunday, but it was due to an illness he was fighting and not an injury. He split time with Amani Oruwariye.
Offensively, Logan Stenberg started at right guard with Evan Brown and Kayode Awosika both out. Stenberg started three games earlier this season, but was benched. He allowed only two pressures against Minnesota.
Green Bay Packers Injuries
Given where the Packers stand in the playoff picture after their bye week, it’s worth wondering just how many snaps Aaron Rodgers and David Bakhtiari have left this season.
Rodgers is still dealing with thumb and rib injuries, but the Packers have said he will remain on the field as long as they aren’t completely eliminated from playoff contention.
As for Bakhtiari, it will interesting to see how he’s feeling this week after having his appendix removed prior to Week 13. If he’s out again, Zach Tom will remain at left tackle.
Houston Texans Injuries
Dameon Pierce is expected to undergo an MRI early this week after suffering an ankle injury against the Cowboys. He rushed the ball 22 times for 78 yards and a touchdown before exiting.
The Texans would turn to Rex Burkhead should Pierce miss any time. Eno Benjamin had three carries for one yard in his first action as a Texan on Sunday but was released Tuesday morning.
Indianapolis Colts Injuries
The Colts enjoyed their bye in Week 14. When they were last on the field, it was without right tackle Braden Smith and slot corner Kenny Moore. Smith was dealing with an illness in Week 13 and should be back this weekend.
Moore was considered week-to-week and a candidate for a trip to IR. We will have to wait until Wednesday to get a better idea of where his ankle is at.
Jacksonville Jaguars Injuries
First-overall pick Travon Walker suffered an ankle injury on Sunday and will get an MRI early this week. However, he wasn’t seen wearing a boot after the game, which is a good sign.
It’s been an up-and-down season for Walker who intercepted a pass in Week 1 and forced a fumble in Week 14. In the other 11 games, he had just 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss.
Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
Mecole Hardman could return from the IR this week after missing five weeks with an abdominal injury.
The Chiefs could also get Kadarius Toney back from his hamstring injury after he was limited in practice all week before sitting out Sunday’s win over the Broncos.
Patrick Mahomes threw for 342 yards against Denver, JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team in targets and receptions with 11 and nine, respectively.
Las Vegas Raiders Injuries
Josh Jacobs still got 27 carries on Thursday night despite dealing with an injured pinkie finger. He had x-rays taken during the game but they came back negative.
Jacobs worked through calf and ankle injuries heading into last week, but still managed to earn over 20 carries for the fifth-straight week. At this point, it would be a surprise to see him take any time off.
Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
Left tackle Rashawn Slater has been out since tearing his biceps in Week 3, but Brandon Staley told reporters on Monday there is a chance Slater returns to the field at some point before the end of the regular season.
While it’s still a long shot, the Chargers could certainly use Slater to help an offensive line that allows pressure on 38.2% of dropbacks, fourth most in the NFL.
Joey Bosa is expected to have his groin injury evaluated this week and he could be designated to return from the IR as soon as Wednesday.
Los Angeles Rams Injuries
The Rams placed wide receiver Jacob Harris on the IR. He’s played mostly special teams this season, catching just one pass for six yards on a fake punt.
Edge rusher Marquise Copeland also suffered an injury in Thursday’s win, exiting early due to a high ankle sprain. He’s been an effective run defender this season with the Rams holding opponents to 4.04 yards per carry when he’s on the field.
The Rams are already without A’Shawn Robinson and Aaron Donald on their offensive line.
Miami Dolphins Injuries
NFL receiving yards leader Tyreek Hill is currently dealing with an ankle injury, but it is expected to be something he can play through as the season marches forward.
Even with the injury, Hill finished Sunday night’s game with four catches for 81 yards and ran a fumble recovery 60 yards for a touchdown.
Minnesota Vikings Injuries
The Vikings seem optimistic left tackle Christian Darrisaw will be returning this week after missing multiple games with his second concussion of the season. Darrisaw was a full participant in Friday’s practice, but inactive on Sunday.
His return couldn’t come at a better time with backup Blake Brandel expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Oli Udoh, who made two starts at left tackle last season, finished the game after Brandel went out.
The Vikings have struggled with Darrisaw on the sideline, allowing a pressure rate of 43.8 percent and 16 sacks.
New England Patriots Injuries
With Damien Harris inactive and Rhamondre Stevenson injured early, the Patriots turned to rookie running back Kevin Harris to lead their rushing attack.
Harris had eight carries for 26 yards, but did contribute a 14-yard touchdown run. Fellow rookie Pierre Strong, who had just one career touch prior to Monday, had 70 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries.
New Orleans Saints Injuries
The Saints are coming off their bye week and Cameron Jordan told reporters he is dealing with a sprained foot amidst rumors he was faking an injury.
The star edge rusher said he has been slandered and will be appealing the fines that have been handed down by the NFL.
New York Giants Injuries
The Giants’ receiving corps got even thinner on Sunday when Richie James suffered a head injury. He’s currently in concussion protocol. As of now, Darius Slayton is the only healthy New York wide receiver with over 20 catches or 200 yards.
Isaiah Hodgins has been a frequent target since coming over from the Bills in Week 10. He’s averaging over four targets per game and has caught a touchdown in each of the last two weeks.
New York Jets Injuries
Mike White is considered day-to-day after suffering a rib injury in the loss to the Bills. He returned in the fourth quarter and told reporters on Monday that he expects to be ready to play the Lions.
Whoever is playing quarterback on Sunday might not have Corey Davis on the field as the veteran receiver is currently in concussion protocol.
Elijah Moore had his best game of the season on Sunday, earning 10 targets, catching six passes for 60 yards.
Philadelphia Eagles Injuries
The Eagles suffered injuries to three starters on Sunday. However, Lane Johnson told reporters that his abdomen injury won’t keep him out and Reed Blankenship’s knee isn’t expected to be serious either.
However, punter Aaryn Siposs is expected to miss some time after suffering a leg injury. The Eagles acted quickly and signed former All-Pro punter Brett Kern.
Kern was cut by the Titans in August and hasn’t punted since. He ranked 21st in net punt average last year and 13th in punt percentage inside the 20.
Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries
Kenny Pickett is in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury on Sunday against the Ravens. The Steelers play the Panthers in Week 15.
Mitchell Trubisky replaced Pickett and struggled, throwing three interceptions despite averaging 9.2 yards per attempt. He or Mason Rudolph could start on Sunday if Pickett isn’t cleared.
Rudolph hasn’t played a snap this season and his last start ended in a 16-16 tie with the Lions last year.
San Francisco 49ers Injuries
The 49ers lost Deebo Samuel to a sprained MCL on Sunday, but there is optimism he could return before the end of the regular season. Samuel leads all wide receivers in YAC/reception at 8.61 yards.
Samuel had a 51-yard run against the Seahawks earlier this season, but Brandon Aiyuk was the team’s leading receiver, catching five of eight targets for 63 yards.
Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey were both considered limited participants in Monday’s practice report. Purdy has an oblique injury and McCaffrey has been dealing with knee soreness for a while.
Seattle Seahawks Injuries
Rookie Ken Walker III was listed as a limited participant in Monday’s estimated practice report. He was inactive on Sunday due to the ankle injury he suffered last week.
The Seahawks struggled to run the ball against the Panthers, earning just 46 yards on the ground led by Travis Homer’s 26 yards on nine carries. Walker wasn’t doing much better before his injury, averaging 2.9 yards per carry over his last three games.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries
Nose guard Vita Vea was limited to only four snaps on Sunday while dealing with a calf injury. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only defender to miss time as Jamel Dean is dealing with a toe injury and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka has a hip injury.
The Buccaneers didn’t have an update on any of them on Monday, so we will have to wait until Wednesday to get a clearer picture.
However, if Vita misses time, that could be a huge blow to a run defense that is ranked 23rd in yards per carry allowed.
Tennessee Titans Injuries
Mike Vrabel is hopeful Denico Autry is close to returning, however, the edge rusher still hasn’t returned to the practice field since injuring his knee back in Week 11.
The Titans’ pass rush this season has been fairly average, but without Autry on the field, their pressure percentage drops from 33 percent to 25 percent, which would be the lowest in the NFL.
Washington Commanders Injuries
Carson Wentz was activated from the IR on Monday, taking the roster spot of Tyler Larsen who was lost for the season due to a kneecap injury. Wentz will be the backup to Taylor Heinicke on Sunday.
The Commanders are also waiting for Chase Young to join their pass rush that currently ranks fifth in the NFL in pressure rate. Montez Sweat suffered a concussion last week so there could be snaps available if Young is ready to go this week.