We circle around the league to detail the key injuries suffered in Week 5.
Robert Griffin III, Redskins. Redskins’ nation held their collective breath when Griffin took a shot from Sean Weatherspoon during the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Griffin was down for a few moments, wondered over to the bench to receive a band-aid, and was soon taken to the locker room where he did not return. Multiple reports stated that Griffin didn’t know the score of the game and couldn’t tell them who was winning at the time. Therefore, it came as no surprise when Mike Shanahan said that Griffin suffered a “mild concussion” — whatever that means. Although his status for Week 6 is up in the air, Griffin took to Twitter to thank his followers for their support and said that he believes he should be able to play next week.
Troy Polamalu, Steelers. Pittsburgh fans rejoiced when their defensive leader returned to the field on Sunday. However, they didn’t stay happy for long after Polamalu exited the game after re-injuring his right calf. Polamalu’s status for next week is uncertain.
LaMarr Woodley, Steelers. More injuries for Pittsburgh. After missing nearly half of 2011 with a hamstring injury, Woodley left Sunday’s game against the Eagles with an injured hamstring. Like Polamalu, there has been no further word on the extent of Woodley’s injury.
Cedric Benson, Packers. Adding injury to insult on Sunday, the Packers suffered multiple injuries during their upset loss against the Colts. Running back Cedric Benson injured his left foot and did not return to the game. Benson was seen in a walking boot after the game, but x-rays were reported as negative.
Jermichael Finley, Packers. Finley suffered a shoulder injury and missed most of the second half in Indianapolis. On the bright side, Finley’s absence means that he wasn’t able to drop anymore passes. Finley said that he would most likely be able to play in next week’s Sunday night showdown against the Texans.
B.J. Raji, Packers. There was no discount double check on Sunday in Indianapolis. Raji exited the game against the Colts after suffering an ankle injury. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Raji was seen limping after the game and wasn’t sure if he would be able to play next week.
D’Qwell Jackson, Browns. Adding to the laundry list of defensive players who suffered injuries in Week 5, the Browns linebacker suffered a concussion against the Giants and did not return to the game. Jackson is the defensive leader in Cleveland and may not be available for next week’s game against the Bengals.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears. The rookie wide receiver exited the game with a hand injury and did not return. Jeffery finished the game with just 2 catches for 20 yards and had his hand wrapped heavily after the game.
Chris Johnson, Titans. Johnson’s pride was hurt once again after he rushed for 24 yards on 11 carries against Minnesota on Sunday. However, he is fine physically and should start on Thursday against the Steelers.