Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions:
As if a 1-2 start wasn’t bad enough for the Detroit Lions, their biggest concern now might be the health of Matthew Stafford. Stafford left the game with just over a minute left in the 4th quarter, after getting hit on a throw to Brandon Pettigrew. What made the injury more interesting is that, down 14 with a minute to go backup QB Shaun Hill led the team on two scoring drives, including a Hail Mary that tied the game with no time left on the clock. While the Lions did end up losing the game in OT, it was a strong display by Hill, and gives the Lions hope in case Stafford were to miss any time. According to Anwar Richardson, Stafford said he was still unsure if he injured his hamstring or flute. He will have an MRI tomorrow, and if it is a serious injury, a 1-2 start will be the least of the Lions problems.
C.J Spiller RB, Buffalo Bills:
Just when it appeared Buffalo Bills RB C.J Spiller had finally figured it all out, he quickly found himself leaving the game with an injury. After already picking up his 1st touchdown of the game, Spiller got hurt after a catch and run late in the 1st quarter. He was slammed to the ground after a gain of 25 yards, and was seen grimacing in pain after landing on his shoulder. Spiller never returned to the game, and Tashard Choice became the featured back for the Bills offense. It was speculated that Spiller suffered a broken collarbone, fortunately that was ruled out post game by Bills coach Chan Gailey. While there is no substantial damage to the shoulder, Spiller will not play next week against the New England Patriots. Bills RB Fred Jackson did not practice last week, but there is some hope he could return to practice this week and suit up in Week 4.
Reggie Bush RB, Miami Dolphins
We all know Reggie Bush had one goal this season, and that was to lead the league in rushing. That dream took a hit late in the 2nd quarter when Bush went down with a knee injury. It wasn’t until the 3rd quarter that Bush went to the locker room and was ruled out for the rest of his game. RB’s Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller split the workload in the 2nd half, while Thomas had more carries (19) to Millers’ (9), Miller did more with those carries (5.3 YPC) compared to Thomas (3.6). Bush is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday morning, although the injury is not believed to be serious. If Bush does miss time, it will likely only be a game, and the Dolphins may choose to go with a committee of Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller.
Darius Heyward-Bey WR, Oakland Raiders
While it may not have been the most crippling injury, it was devastating to see Darius Heyward-Bey have to be taken off the field . On a late Oakland Raiders drive, DHB was smashed in-between two Pittsburgh Steelers defenders. It was a rough hit, but no flag was called for unnecessary roughness. Heyward-Bay laid motionless on his side in the end zone, and it took several minutes before medical crew were able to stabilize him on a backboard and lift him into the cart. He was immediately taken to the hospital to undergo tests and observation. If all goes well he could be released Monday, but his status for Week 4 is still uncertain.
Darrelle Revis CB, New York Jets
In what probably is the biggest loss for a team and the most significant injury, Darrelle Revis went down with a knee injury. In the 3rd quarter while trying to cut back, Revis crumpled to the ground and immediately reached for his knee. Revis stayed down on the field for a few minutes before being helped off the field. There are now already reports it was a torn ACL in his left knee, which would cost Revis this season and could linger on into 2013. The Jets will conduct an MRI tomorrow, but it looks like that will just confirm the initial diagnosis. While the Jets are 2-1, the loss of Revis could be a death blow for their season, and could even seal the fate of Rex Ryan, but that is for another time.
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