A broken arm ended running back Justin Forsett's season on Sunday, but apparently not his Baltimore Ravens career. Ravens coach John Harbaugh talked about Forsett as if he remains part of the team's plans in 2016.
"I would expect Justin back next year full-speed, ready to go," Harbaugh said. "He’s under contract and a big part of what we’re doing going forward."
Forsett signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Ravens this year, but only the $2.1 million signing bonus and his 2015 salary ($900,000) are guaranteed.
Forsett was off to one of his best starts of the season Sunday, gaining 26 yards on four carries (6.5-yard average) before breaking his right arm.
Danny Amendola’s injury, which the team announced was to his knee, came late in the third quarter on running back James White's 6-yard touchdown run. He was coming off the left side of the line to block and didn’t make contact with anyone, but came up limping.
“When I saw him, it looked like he was in good spirits,” WR Brandon LaFell said. “I hope it’s nothing major. We’re going to need him soon.”
Amendola came on to return a punt after the Bills’ next drive went three-and-out, but came up hobbling again as he let the ball hit the ground and backed away from it.
He was seated on the bench for the remainder of the game after that, at one point talking with Bill Belichick during a timeout.
Aaron Dobson left in the second quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return.
Losing Amendola for any stretch of time would be a tough blow for the Patriots, who are already without No. 1 man Edelman (left foot) for the foreseeable future, and running back Dion Lewis. Amendola essentially stepped into Edelman’s role Monday and delivered with nine receptions for 117 yards, and the numbers could have spiked further if not for an unusual inadvertent whistle in the third quarter. He was charted on the field for 45 of 50 offensive snaps (including penalties) before hobbling off. Keshawn Martin became a popular name last week as a possible Edelman recplacement, and with both Amendola and Dobson now banged up, he could be thrust into a bigger role out of necessity. He was inactive for Week 11 and hasn't caught a pass since Week 6, which was the last time he was active.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:11pm
Darrelle Revis is coming off perhaps the worst game of his career. He might have to wait a week to get some redemption.
Jets coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Revis "wasn't feeling any better" on Monday, one day after suffering a concussion in the New York's 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans. The All-Pro cornerback could be facing a race against the clock with the Jets preparing for a Week 12 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
The 2014 Pro Bowl running back appeared to be on his way to a great performance when St. Louis Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald threw him to the ground and caused his right arm to break from the impact during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 Ravens win over St. Louis.
Forsett tweeted that he was having surgery Monday afternoon, and coach John Harbaugh said that while he hasn’t been given a prognosis, he doesn’t expect Forsett to miss more than this season.
"My assumption is that … bones heal pretty quickly, so I’m sure he’ll be back in the offseason lifting weights and training,” Harbaugh said. “I would expect Justin back next year full-speed, ready to go. He’s under contract, and a big part of what we’re doing going forward.”
A season ago, Forsett emerged from being a training camp afterthought to rush for a league-high 5.4 yards per carry (235 carries for 1,266 yards) and make his first Pro Bowl. The Ravens rewarded him with a three-year, $9 million contract this offseason, though most of the guaranteed money comes in 2015. The Ravens have struggled to run the ball this year. Javorius Allen will get a chance to show his stuff with what should be a big part of the workload for the rest of the season.
"I think it's probably way early and obviously speculative, but the indications that I've been given would be that he would be back for the start of training camp and it wouldn't be an issue," Harbaugh said Monday. "However, as we all know, those are always things that get determined based on how the rehab goes."
Good news for Flacco owners. Like Harbaugh said, it's certainly possible there are setbacks in rehab, but the timetable he was given indicates Flacco will be ready for camp next summer.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch traveled to Philadelphia on Monday to see a specialist about his abdomen injury, and it’s possible that he will have surgery before returning to Seattle, coach Pete Carroll said.
"I don’t know that about the surgery," Carroll said. "It could happen. I don’t know that. It’s a possibility. But it was to go back there for the evaluation to find out what’s next, and there are a couple choices possibly depending on what the doc feels is necessary, and then we’ll just wait and see what that all means."
If Lynch were to undergo sports hernia surgery, he likely would be out for an extended period of time.
Carroll was asked whether there’s any scenario where Lynch would be back for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"I don’t know about that now," he said. "It’s legitimately bothering him. He would have played yesterday if he could have, so I don’t know that."
Lynch suffered the injury in practice before the Seahawks’ Week 10 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He started and played 79 percent of the team’s snaps. But Carroll said the injury started to bother him late in the game. Thomas Rawls is a must-get if still on wires. It's a fluid situation right now, but it's very possibly Lynch is going to miss some time with this injury.
Tony Romo took part in Monday’s brief walk-through practice and had no issues with his back or healing left collarbone after playing Sunday for the first time in two months, according to Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
Officially Romo was listed as did not participate but that was based on what would have happened in a normal practice.
“It seemed like he handled the game really well,” Garrett said. “I don’t see any issues after the game. I don’t see any issues today."
The quick turnaround to Thursday’s game against the Carolina Panthers could be an issue. Romo missed two months healing and will be asked to play two games in five days. Romo did not play well on a quick turnaround in last year’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 199 yards and was held without a touchdown pass while being intercepted twice. He was also sacked four times. After that game, Romo said he did not take a pain-killing injection, the story said.
He has not been listed on the injury report and has denied that he’s playing injured. However, a photo by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Curtis Compton clearly shows that Ryan wore a pretty heavy brace on his left knee against the Colts.
Early in his career, he wore a brace on his left knee for support, the story said. Sometimes, he even practiced in the brace. The brace may explain some of his footwork issues and sailing some throws because he can’t plant his left foot. Ryan was unavailable to the media on Monday, but has a radio show on Tuesday where we may find out more.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 7:19pm
Keyshawn Martin was questionable coming into this contest but recently popped up on the fantasy radar when stories broke he had a chance to take on the Julian Edelman role. However, that will at least have to wait a week. Aaron Dobson became questionable today, but is active tonight and should play behind Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 7:09pm
Aaron Rodgers’ stay on the Green Bay Packers’ injury report lasted only one week.
The Packers quarterback was not listed on Monday, when the team released its first report in advance of Thursday’s Thanksgiving night game against the Chicago Bears. Although neither team practiced on Monday, the NFL required an injury report with estimations on practice participation.
Rodgers was listed on the injury report last week because of an issue with his throwing shoulder. He was limited in practice on Wednesday but was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 4:57pm
Redskins RB Alfred Morris left the game in the first quarter after aggravating a rib injury suffered the week before. He's considered day-to-day. He didn’t return to action and concluded the day with just two carries for zero yards. Matt Jones and Chris Thompson shared tailback duties in place of Morris, but they combined for only 10 yards on nine carries.
Antonio Andrews has been the workhorse for the Titans in recent weeks – he had 78 yards on 15 carries against the Jaguars – and Bishop Sankey is also expected to be active on Sunday with Dexter McCluster out with a knee injury.
Cobb said he’s looking forward to more chances, and for an opportunity to be more productive.
“The preseason is nothing like the regular season, and practice is nothing like a real game. Just getting my feet wet, it was good,’’ Cobb said. “I know they are not going to give me anything, so I have to go out and earn it. I have to go out and work hard and when I get opportunities I have to do well."
Cobb finished with four carries for minus-3 yards last week. He'll be a risky fantasy start until we start to see more of a workload.
Hoyer passed the mandatory baseline neurological exam Monday and will practice Wednesday, according to Texans coach Bill O’Brien.
The Jets are in the midst of a season-threatening slump, but Todd Bowles isn't ready to make a change at the quarterback position.
Bowles inadvertently started speculation of a QB switch when he appeared to duck a question about Fitzpatrick's status shortly after the veteran threw two fourth-quarter interceptions in a damaging 24-17 loss to the Texans.
After Bowles made his announcement on Monday, a reporter asked if Fitzpatrick would be on a short leash against the Dolphins.
"He's our starting QB," Bowles replied.
Fitzpatrick wasn't helped by his receivers on Sunday -- Brandon Marshall and Devin Smith each had crippling drops on deep balls -- but the veteran's recent struggles have mirrored the slump of a Jets team that started the season at 4-1. Fitzpatrick was also checked for a concussion and did pass those tests during the game, but returned to throw the INTs.