Injuries a cost for RGIII's style (cont.)
Amendola came within a couple inches of death. His clavicle dislocation was posterior, moving underneath the sternum and toward his heart. If the bone had created a laceration, even a small one, Amendola could have bled out before he even had the chance to throw his helmet. Rams GM Thomas Demoff fainted at the thought and hearing the explanation of the injury from doctors left me feeling a bit woozy as well. This is a fluke. It is very uncommon to dislocate the clavicle at the sternoclavicular joint in the first place. It is very strong and inflexible for a reason. For it to move the way it did is even more rare, but Amendola had the right (wrong?) combination of forces and position to create it. It will take him several weeks to heal, but the rare combination is unlikely to recur once he returns.
Williams is kind of the opposite of Amendola on this injury. Williams sprained his AC joint, which is the opposite connection and articulation of the clavicle from the SC joint that Amendola injured. Williams took a hard hit, one that left him flat on the turf. My initial thought on the hit was that he had been knocked unconscious, but sources tell me that he was instead paralyzed by the initial pain. (I'll admit, looking at the play again, I remain unconvinced that some of the force didn't go into his head.) Williams will need surgery to repair the damage, but like last season, he should be able to return. The window Williams had to establish himself while Beanie Wells is out is now slammed shut, while the window opens for LaRod Stephens-Howling to show he's more than just a role player.
Cushing is going to pay the price for what was a cheap hit and a reputation by his own team for cut blocks. Many have suggested that the cut on Cushing was payback for a cut by someone on the Texans. I can't speak to that, but the block that took out Cushing's knee is clearly outside the rules. Cushing should be able to return by the start of next season after surgery to repair the ligament. Given what we've seen from other players this season, it's reasonable to think that Cushing will be back to level immediately. That doesn't help the Texans now, though one source I spoke with pointed out that the Texans played well through Cushing's suspension and arguably have more depth on their defense now.
Alex Smith has a sprained finger, but it shouldn't affect him this week any more than it did in the second half of last week ... Marshawn Lynch continues to have issues with his back. The crazy thing is that he has showed no real effects of this, but it remains possible we're not seeing him at full-go ... Bernard Scott made it back only to blow out his ACL. He's done for the season ... Javon Ringer had a particularly nasty ACL injury, one that reminded me a bit too much of Napoleon McCallum, the single worst knee injury I've ever seen ... Andre Brown has not yet been cleared to practice due to his concussion. David Wilson was able to show something in his absence, so the Giants may not rush Brown back ... Greg Jennings is still not back at practice as of Wednesday. The Packers aren't sure yet if he'll be able to go, leaving him a GTD- ... Jerome Simpson has a nerve issue in his lower back that is causing weakness in his legs. This is a bad one until the Vikings staff can get it under control ... There are varying reports on what Hakeem Nicks is able to do. My best source tells me that Nicks can run and cut, but that he still gets significant swelling after any significant activity. The Giants are working on controlling that at this point ... There's a lot of rumors pointing to Julian Edelman's hand injury being a fractured hand. If so, he's very unlikely to play this week or the next couple ... Alshon Jeffery will miss several weeks with a broken bone in his hand. His return will depend on the healing and which bone is broken. The Bears are being very locked down on that piece of info ... Aaron Hernandez was back at practice and looks solid to play on Sunday. That could mean that Rob Gronkowski can stand down a bit to try to get his hip healed up ... With the Saints on bye, Jimmy Graham has extra time to get over his sprained ankle. Sources tell me if the team were playing this week, Graham wouldn't be ... Jermichael Finley did not practice on Wednesday, but is expected to play in some capacity. Call him a GTD+ and watch closely on Sunday morning ... Martellus Bennett played through a hyperextended knee last week. He's lost some range of motion and is GTD+ right now as the Giants continue to work on it ... Losing Ryan Kalil for the season is likely to be something that will affect the entire offense, especially Cam Newton. A foot injury has pushed him to the IR ... Nick Mangold is said to have a significant ankle sprain, but he barely missed any plays after it occurred. Keep your eye on this for it's possible effects on the Jets offense ... Mentioned above, B.J. Raji's sprained ankle is likely to be an issue for him. The weight on the ankle is a real problem when the stability is compromised ... The Colts got Dwight Freeney back, but lost Robert Mathis. He'll miss a couple weeks with a sprained knee.
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