Several Week 11 NFL games were affected by major injuries. Stars like Peyton Manning entered their games hurt, but didn’t miss a play. Others, like LeSean McCoy, suffered injuries on Sunday, but were able to make it back on the field.
However, a few of the league’s best players sat out Sunday’s action and could be sidelined for a few more weeks. Below are updates for the biggest names that showed up on the Week 11 injury report.
The quarterback missed the Green Bay Packers game against the New York Giants on Sunday, but that could be the last time Rodgers sits on the bench in 2013. Earlier in the week, he said on 540 ESPN Radio that he’s trying to play before the team visits the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Doing so would put him back on the field in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings. Initial reports stated that Rodgers could be out until December because of a fractured collarbone. He’s trying to return earlier, as long as he can withstand the pain.
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Cutler has battled multiple injuries this year, first tearing his groin, followed by a sprained ankle upon his return. He has been wearing a walking boot and his status has been listed as week-to-week. In Cutler’s absence, career-backup Josh McCown has actually performed better. He has a 100.0 passer rating with five touchdowns and no interceptions, compared to Cutler’s 88.4 rating in eight games. The Chicago Bears have won both of McCown’s starts, including Sunday’s overtime contest against the Baltimore Ravens.
The cornerback has barely played this season, but he is closer to returning after missing Week 11. In the days before the Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs, Bailey participated in practice with full pads. It’s unknown if the foot injury Bailey has been suffering from will keep him out against the New England Patriots on Sunday. The veteran has only played in Weeks Six and Seven.
When the Week 11 scheduled officially started on Thursday, the running back had his 2013 season officially come to an end by undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. Ben Tate got the start on Sunday, moving past Foster for the team lead in total rushing yards. His 88 yards against the Oakland Raiders gave him one more on the season than the injured Foster. The Texans suffered their eighth straight loss.
For the second time in 2013, Pryor was unable to play because of an injury. While a right knee sprain kept the usual starter off the field, rookie Matt McGloin stepped in and bolstered the Oakland Raiders offense, throwing three touchdowns in the 28-23 win. It’s the first time the team has scored that many points all year. If Pryor is ready to go on Sunday, there’s no guarantee he’ll be inserted back into the lineup. Besides McGloin’s impressive starting debut, Pryor hasn’t registered a passer rating higher than 55.7 since Oct. 6.