Injury Impact: Peyton Manning expected to play vs. Chiefs; Bears lose Charles Tillman
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos (ankle): A team source told Denver Post reporter Mike Klis that Manning will "absolutely" play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Manning aggravated his existing right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Denver's win over the San Diego Chargers, but an MRI revealed no additional serious damage.
"I certainly plan on it, yeah," Manning said after the game, when asked if he would be able to go in a crucial division game. "I had [an MRI] a couple weeks ago. I took a couple hits today, so just kind of an update to see what it says. I'm hoping for no change ... They kind of got me twice in that lower area. I felt better coming into the game after the bye week, but pretty sore."
Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears (triceps): The Bears announced on Monday that they placed Tillman on the IR/Designated to Return due to a triceps injury suffered in Chicago's loss to the Detroit Lions. Tillman, who has been struggling with groin and knee issues throughout the season, is in the last year of his current contract. He will be eligible to return to practice in six weeks and can play in eight weeks, which means that his season is over unless the 5-4 Bears make the playoffs.
Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys (hamstring): Lee is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with the hamstring injury that happened in the second quarter of Dallas' Sunday Night Football loss to the New Orleans Saints. Lee missed the last 11 games of the 2012 season with a toe injury, and he's never played all 16 games in a season since the Cowboys drafted him out of Penn State in '10. Losing their best defensive player is a hit to be sure, but Dallas' defense was getting gashed when Lee was active.
“Extremely frustrating,” Lee said after the game. “For me, not being out there, I feel I’m letting people down, letting teammates down, letting the team down. Have to find a way -- I’ve talked about it before -- to stay on this football field. The only positive from a personal standpoint is I’ll be back from this. I’ll be healthy at some point pretty quick.”
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (ankle): Cutler suffered his ankle injury in his first game back from a torn groin muscle, and head coach Marc Trestman said on Monday that he probably should have pulled his starting quarterback from the game earlier than he did.
"I went through the tape closely this morning and watched Jay's performance, and I thought he did well into the fourth quarter," Trestman said during an appearance on WBBM-FM, the team's flagship radio station. "But at the end of the day, if we had to do it all over again, maybe it would be one series before the two-minute drill [that Cutler comes out]."
Cutler, who went 21-of-40 for 250 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the loss to the Lions, is week-to-week at this point. Backup Josh McCown performed credibly while Cutler was recovering from the groin issue.
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans (foot): On Monday, Titans head coach confirmed what most people thought -- that Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury. The injury occurred with 7:12 left in the second quarter of the team's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, when Locker was hit by Jacksonville linebacker Russell Allen at the end of an eight-yard run. He fumbled on the next play and limped to the sideline. Doctors examined him there, and he went to the locker room for X-rays.
“I don’t know exactly how it happened," Locker said, "but when I got up from that run I could feel it.”
It is the second serious injury of Locker's season; he missed two games after knee and hip injuries suffered against the New York Jets on Sept. 29. Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over as Tennessee's quarterback, as he did when Locker was previously injured.
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