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As Addai limped off the field early in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, Colts fans had to be thinking "could it get any worse?" Well, yes, and it's not going to get better soon. Addai has a significant strain of his hamstring and it's likely to be at least a few more weeks before Addai is ready to return. Delone Carter will get the carries with Donald Brown mixed in, but this is very bad for Curtis Painter and the passing game. Addai has never been a "great" running back; he's been good enough and a solid pass blocker. With Peyton Manning, that was enough. But Painter doesn't have the same quick release. Carter has shown some promise, especially running straight ahead, but that's not where the Colts are strong. This is just a bad mix of things for virtually everyone on the offense. If you hadn't already dumped everyone, you can do it for Week 6, if not beyond.
The Steelers seem confident that Mendenhall will be back this week, but most are focused on whether he'll lose a split. Jonathan Dwyer had a nice game in Week 5, but let's face it -- he was fourth on the depth chart for a reason. If Mendenhall is able to go as expected, he could lose a couple touches here or there, but the Steelers staff realizes his production is as much a function of the line play as anything Mendenhall has or has not done. The hamstring was not ready to go last week -- he truly was an emergency back who would have only pass blocked -- but the minor tear and its odd location makes it likely he'll be productive this week.
The Chargers are 4-1 and yet no one has played over their head. Philip Rivers has been adequate at best, Antonio Gates has been out or ineffective, and now their top two RBs are injured at the same time. The bye week couldn't come at a better time. Mathews' breakout season looks a lot like Jamaal Charles' 2010, rating No. 5 so far according to
Is a "banged knee" or a "bruised thigh" worse for Schaub? How about both? Add a bruised shoulder to the mix and you'll see that the Raiders did what
Adding to the Texans' woes is the loss of Williams for the season. His pectoral strain is very similar to Tarvaris Jackson's, but was even more complete. He'll likely need surgery to reattach things, but he should be able to return next season.
Sometimes precise terms actually confuse things. Jackson has a pectoral strain. When most people think pectoral, they think chest. This is accurate, but the pectoral muscle also
The gifted wideout had a small procedure to remove scar tissue from his hamstring tendon. There was a lot of speculation about the procedure, with people saying he'd had a tendon release (cutting the tendon, which is possible since it's a redundant structure) and others saying there was a re-attachment, which is impossible in the three- to six-week timeframe. Both are wrong. Johnson had a simple procedure that barely qualifies to be called surgery. The surgeon went in with a scope and basically pulled away some rough scar tissue, then used
Many asked whether the Giants' decision to send Snee to the hospital after his concussion was standard. It's not something the NFL's procedures discuss, but it is the best practice when having significant symptoms, as Snee was having. Keeping him overnight for observation is what we hope the Giants would do for any player, or the standard of care any player at any level would get. It's not, but it's a nice step. While there are HIPAA concerns, opportunities like this are a great chance for the league or even the