As we all prepare to give thanks this week for the good things in our life, unfortunately some will be less than thankful watching football this weekend and on turkey day.
The injury bug bit with full force last week, with three quarterbacks suffering concussions and another suffering what appears to be a very serious rib injury.
Let’s start with the most serious. Ben Roethlisberger was originally diagnosed with what was believed to be a sprained shoulder. It got much more serious when it was discovered that he also dislocated a rib, which actually could have punctured his aorta had it moved around much more. Needless to say, Roethlisberger will not be playing this week against the Ravens. The team is not giving a timetable for Roethlisberger’s return, but various estimates in the media range from 3-4 weeks to the rest of the season.
Another player who is out for an undetermined amount of time is Michael Vick. He suffered what is being termed a “significant” concussion last week and is said to be “foggy” and not alert. The Eagles trainer was quoted in the press this week as saying Vick is “not even close” to playing, and given his relatively poor play in general this season I think it’s safe to drop Vick. Even if he hasn’t taken his last snap under center for Philadelphia, it should be a while before he takes the field again.
Last week also saw two other quarterbacks leave their games with concussions. San Francisco’s Alex Smith and Chicago’s Jay Cutler, whose teams will square off on Monday Night Football this week, both took shots to the head, although it looks as though Smith may actually play on Monday night after making progress throughout the week. Cutler, on the other hand, has been ruled out for the Monday Night game and no further update has been given on his condition.