Sunday was a rough, painful day on the NFL injury front.
Few teams escaped Week 2 without an injury to a prominent player. Running backs were particularly damaged Sunday, with the likes of Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Stewart, Doug Martin, Thomas Rawls, Danny Woodhead, Ameer Abdullah and Arian Foster among those exiting with injuries.
Info on all the running backs should trickle in throughout Monday, as tests reveal the extent of each injury. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that initial X-rays on Lions running back Ameer Abdullah's foot came out negative, per a source. More tests are expected to be done Monday, but the belief is the running back suffered a foot sprain.
It's positive news that Abdullah escaped without a break in the foot. He limped off the field early in Detroit's home loss and was seen after the contest in a walking boot.
The Lions should have an estimate on how much time their shifty runner will miss after additional tests. Pass-catching back Theo Riddick will likely see more carries if Abdullah misses significant time. Rookie Dwayne Washington is also in line for a bigger workload. After sitting out the first two weeks, preseason darling Zach Zenner could be activated in Abdullah's absence.
Detroit also received negative news on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Titans, Rapoport reported per a source informed. The pass rusher will miss time, although the timetable hasn't been determined yet.
Other injuries we are tracking on Monday:
- Saints corner P.J. Williams suffered a concussion after being kneed in the head. Rapoport reported that the belief is Williams escaped without a spine injury. Coach Sean Payton announced Williams "will be coming back (Monday) afternoon" and "all the news is positive."
Another key player in Seattle's offense, Doug Baldwin, is dealing with a knee injury. Coach Pete Carroll sounded optimistic about the wideout playing Sunday against the 49ers though. "He seems to be OK ... We'll see what happens Wednesday to Thursday."
Browns offensive lineman Cameron Erving (pulmonary contusion), meanwhile, was released from the hospital on Monday morning, the team announced. He's considered week-to-week.
- Broncos offensive lineman Donald Stephenson suffered a calf injury that could keep him out 2-3 weeks, a source told Rapoport.
Bowles said receiver Eric Decker is battling through a sore shoulder.
Defensive backs Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan were ruled out after suffering concussions. Chicago nose tackle Eddie Goldman suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and didn't return after being carted off to the locker room.
Ka'Deem Carey exited early due to a hamstring injury, and the Chicago running back didn't return. Coach John Fox said after the game it was a hamstring strain.