Instead of an intro, let's talk some real mid-week football. As the NFL starts it's Thursday night games, I'm here to warn you about the last-minute injuries here.
As for tonight's Broncos-Browns showdown, the focus for the Browns will be on
On the Broncos side, their RB situation is murky as normal, though it looks as if
The Cowboys have a bye week and boy, do they need it. With all the injuries and off-field issues dragging down one of the most talented teams in the league, a reboot might do them more good than an off week.
The team is also expecting
When Orton was carted off, and Bears fans realized
While the anterior cruciate ligament gets all the attention, the medial collateral ligament might be the "it injury" in the NFL right now. Schaub is the latest to injure his, costing him a month. While getting hit low can be debated endlessly, it doesn't change the facts: Schaub's knee swelled up at halftime and ended up being a near-complete tear of the MCL. Schaub won't have surgery -- the current surgical standard is that the MCL is not replaced or even repaired unless absolutely necessary -- and after that month, there's still some issues. A QB like Schaub who doesn't run is still affected by the MCL sprain in his dropback, which is essentially a lateral run, or more accurately, a carioca. If Schaub is a beat slow getting back or has trouble with his footwork in throws, it could be more than the original estimates or towards the long end.
"It's football. You get beat up." That's what Allen said about his severely separated shoulder. Allen joked that he needed morphine but he's not far off. He had a pain-killing shot at halftime and played through it before doctors figured out what the problem was after the game. There may be some more damage due to his playing numb, but Allen is the type that will just take another shot. Someday 20 years from now, Allen might be one of those NFL old timers complaining about injuries, but for him and the others who
The Steelers won, and
Jackson wrote on his web site that he'd be playing, so "be ready." Umm, OK. For what, a crappy performance where he was clearly hobbled by the quad? Once again, I was surprised at how much the leg affected him. Since I haven't seen him in practice, I relied on the beat reports, which were all upbeat, but turned out to be dead wrong. Jackson's quad strain is obviously much more serious than we were led to believe, and the tire-swinging media isn't helping. The location of the strain, low on his quad near the knee, has led some of my sources to question if there's some tendon involvement as well. Jackson hid the injury last week and pushed his way into the lineup, something that the Rams staff will be much more cautious about this week.
Last we saw the Saints, they were playing in London. Last we saw Bush, he was dancing in Vegas at his girlfriend's party. Yeah, that's a pretty big disconnect. Many took the dancing to mean that Bush's minor knee surgery wouldn't keep him out, but now that the team is prepping for a game, Bush is "questionable." While Bush says he needs another week, a lot of people, including his teammates, are noticing the disconnect. It's not outside the normal window for recovery, but it's the circumstances, and provides another data point against Bush being your typical tough NFL player who'll play through pain. Bush can't and won't. Though you'll see me rail against the macho culture of football forcing players to play through injuries, I'm certainly no fan of soft.
Jared Allen isn't the only key defensive player banged up this week. The Texans have lost their top tackler for the season after he broke his tibia during drills at practice. Sources tell me that the injury was a freak one. It was a non-contact drill, and Diles essentially tripped over his own legs while jogging, somehow snapping the bone. He'll be back next season, but upgrade the Ravens running game this week and watch to see how