NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that an MRI revealed the New England Patriots running back suffered a sprained knee, along with a bruise from a player landing on it, but avoided tearing his ACL.
Rapoport added the team is optimistic their versatile weapon will be back for the playoffs.
Elsewhere in injury news on Monday:
Rookie teammate James Conner likely will need to undergo knee surgery, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. He would be out for at least a few weeks if he has surgery.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard suffered an ankle injury during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons and didn't return. Wide receiverDeSean Jackson suffered an ankle injury and guardJ.R. Sweezy exited early with an injured lower leg. Cornerback Ryan Smith and safety T.J. Ward left early to be evaluated for concussions. Safety Justin Evans suffered an ankle injury and didn't return.
There's a chance running back Austin Ekeler could still play with a broken hand and wide receiver Keenan Allen (back) should be fine, Lynn added. Linebacker Denzel Perryman (hamstring) and defensive tackle Corey Liuget (knee) both will not play this weekend.
- If Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (ankle) is healthy, don't be surprised if he takes over the last two games, Rapoport reported, per a source informed. The team brass wants to evaluate the QB postion before the end of the season, Rapoport added.
- Good news for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee, who went down with an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Texans. Rapoport reports that Lee's MRI came back positive and he is expected to be back for the playoffs, and perhaps even sooner as Jacksonville looks to lock up that AFC South.
- New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams is in concussion protocol after exiting Sunday's loss to New Orleans.