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Injury roundup: Danny Woodhead injures ankle, fibula

The San Diego Chargers were already without Ryan Mathewson Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. They also had to survive without Danny Woodhead.

Woodhead suffered a fibula and right ankle injury during the Chargers' opening drive in Buffalo, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a San Diego source. He remained on the field for several minutes before being carted to the locker room and did not return to the 22-10 win.

Woodhead will have more tests tomorrow, but the team is concerned it's a fractured fibula, which could end his season.

Donald Brown took over in the backfield after Woodhead went down. Branden Oliver becomes the primary backup on a suddenly thin depth chart.

Mathews is expected to miss a month with a sprained MCL. The early signs are that Woodhead will be out much longer.

Here are some other injuries that we're following.

»Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel left the team's game against the Saintson a cart with a toe injury. He did not return. Teddy Bridgewater made his NFL debut in Cassel's stead but lost to New Orleans 20-9. After the game, head coach Mike Zimmer said Cassel had "several fractured bones" in his foot.

» Tight end Kyle Rudolphinjured his groin in the second half and did not return.

»Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was carried off in a stretcher after sustaining a noncontact injury. The team later announced Pitta hurt his right hip, the same one he injured last season. He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source who has spoken to Pitta, that the tight end dislocated his hip. Tests on Monday will determine if the hip is fractured.

» The Steelers lost three players for the remainder of their game against the Carolina Pantherson Sunday night: Ike Taylor (forearm), Ryan Shazier (right knee) and Jarvis Jones (wrist). Taylor returned from the locker room without his pads and had his arm in a sling and coach Mike Tomlin said Taylor broke his forearm.

»Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart limped off the field with a right knee contusion and did not return to Sunday night's game against the Steelers.

» The Redskins dealt with a slew of injuries against the Eagles. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was helped off in the third quarter with an Achilles injury and did not return. Hall later told reporters he suffered an Achilles tear. Star pass rusher Jason Hatcher exited and did not see the field again on Sunday. Coach Jay Gruden called it a "mild hamstring" after the game.

Starting guard Shawn Lauvao (right knee) left and did not return. Safety Duke Ihenacho (foot) left early on and never came back.

» Starting Eagles center Jason Kelce was helped to the locker room and stayed out with an abdominal injury.

»Saints center Jonathan Goodwin was helped off with a leg injury. He never returned.

»Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton left the team's bout against the Jaguars with a sprained ankle. He did not return. Linebacker Andy Studebaker (hamstring) also stayed out.

»Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater was carted off with a foot injury in the second quarter. He was on crutches and in street clothes during the third quarter; he did not return to the team's 16-9 loss.

» Oakland safety Tyvon Branch (foot) did not return.

» After a hit to the head, Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur did not return. Cornerback Terence Newman (foot) was probable but rested for the remainder of Cincinnati's 33-7 blowout win over the Titans.

»Sealver Siliga, a starting defensive lineman for the New England Patriots, exited with a foot injury and did not return.

»Bills left guard Chris Williams (back) was ruled out for a return against the Chargers.

»Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a left knee injury in the win over the 49ers.

»Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline hurt his left elbow in the second half of Miami's game against the Chiefs and was being looked at by trainers.

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