Some of the best players in the NFL are dealing with serious ailments. The MVP winners of the last two seasons could be forced to sit out this weekend because of injuries. A few teams that are in the middle of the playoff race were without their starting quarterbacks in Week 14.
Below are updates for some of the top players on the Week 15 injury report.
The fractured collarbone is keeping the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback out for longer than initially expected. An initial three-week prognosis has turned into Rodgers missing five straight games. The organization won’t allow Rodgers to play until he is medically cleared, which has yet to happen. According to ESPN Wisconsin, head coach Mike McCarthy said the 2011 MVP will work out on Tuesday and be reevaluated by Dr. Pat McKenzie. There was speculation that Rodgers could be shut down for the rest of 2013 if Green Bay fell behind in the division, but a win by the Packers in Week 14 has kept them just a half-game out of first place in the NFC North.
The Minnesota Vikings got a scare on Sunday when their star running back had to be carted off the field. However, there’s a chance Peterson won’t miss any time. The 2012 MVP won’t require surgery and has been diagnosed with a sprained foot. An MRI ruled out a Lisfranc injury and torn ligaments. Peterson still awaits the result for a CT scan, but he will be evaluated on Wednesday or Thursday to see if he’ll be ready for the weekend.
The Dallas Cowboys lost more than just ground on the Philadelphia Eagles in their defeat to the Chicago Bears on "Monday Night Football." Linebacker Sean Lee left the contest with a neck injury. It was Lee’s first game back after sitting out two straight games with a hamstring injury. The team is waiting for results of Lee’s MRI, but the 27-year-old plans to play against the Packers, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Four the second time in four games, the Denver Broncos wide receiver suffered a concussion. The veteran didn’t miss any time after the last injury, but that will be harder for Welker to do in Week 15. The Broncos have a quick turnaround, as they’re set to begin the schedule on "Thursday Night Football" against the San Diego Chargers. Welker be evaluated until the game, and he isn’t likely to take the field with such little time to recover. Welker is second on the team with 74 receptions and 10 scores.