NFL: The 8 Worst Player Injuries From Week 9

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With the physical nature that comes with the sport of football, the National Football League will, unfortunately, always have to deal with  players sustaining injuries. Just because these occurrences have become as commonplace as a touchdown celebration, however, that doesn’t mean we’ll ever get used to watching it happen. Every year we see individuals go down with injuries. And yet something about this 2015 season feels different. It seems as if each week more and more players are getting hurt — Even as the league works harder to ensure the protection of its players — and we continue to be reminded that not everything can be prevented. This latest week of play turned out to be a perfect example of that.

Therefore, as the 2015 season continues to move forward, here’s a look at the eight most serious injuries from Week 9.

1. Sean Lee, linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

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  • Injury: Concussion
  • Diagnosis: Out while undergoing protocol

This past week proved to be a difficult one for the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did they suffer a 33-27 overtime loss to the rival Philadelphia Eagles, but for the second time this season, linebacker Sean Lee was forced out of the game after sustaining a concussion. According to coach Jason Garret, when it comes to the team’s leading tackler, the Cowboys are taking this one “day by day.” Lee will be sidelined as he undergoes the league’s concussion protocol.

2. Dion Lewis, running back, New England Patriots

Dion Lewis leaves the field after being injured

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  • Injury: Torn ACL
  • Diagnosis: Placed on injured reserve (out for the season)

The New England Patriots may be undefeated on the season, but even they aren’t immune to experiencing loss. During the Pats’ 27-10 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 9, running back Dion Lewis suffered a torn ACL, officially ending his breakout season for the defending world champions. If any team in the NFL can overcome a blow like this, it’s the New England Patriots. Still, considering Lewis’ surprise contribution in 2015, this injury has to hurt.

3. Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger is carted off the field after being injured

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  • Injury: Mid-foot sprain
  • Diagnosis: Doubtful

For the second time this season, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found himself being carted off the field. Unlike the previous incident, however, this injury was just a mid-foot sprain. While the Steelers haven’t completely ruled out the possibility of Big Ben playing against the Browns Week 10, the team is preparing to take the field without their star quarterback.

4. Jordan Hicks, linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles

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  • Injury: Torn left pectoral tendon
  • Diagnosis: Placed on injured reserve (out for the season)

The Philadelphia Eagles may have defeated the Dallas Cowboys during their Sunday night clash, but they lost an important part of their defense in the process. Inside linebacker Jordan Hicks, whose impressive play on the field had worked him into the Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation, will be out for the rest of the year after suffering a torn left pectoral tendon. For a team that appeared to be heading in the right direction, this major loss couldn’t have come at a worse time.

5. Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Injury: Concussion
  • Diagnosis: Questionable

Despite defeating the St. Louis Rams by a score of 21-18, the Minnesota Vikings didn’t come out of the contest completely unscathed. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater sustained a concussion after taking a late hit from Rams defensive back Lamarcus Joyner. Although the young QB has passed the first test in the NFL’s concussion protocol, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes he will be “good to go” this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, when it comes to a player of this importance, one can never be too careful.

6. DeMarcus Ware, defensive end, Denver Broncos

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  • Injury: Back injury
  • Diagnosis: Expected to miss two to four weeks

During their Week 9 contest with the Indianapolis Colts, the Denver Broncos lost more than just their first game of the season, as DeMarcus Ware aggravated a previous back injury. According to a report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the star defensive end is expected to be out of the lineup for two to four weeks. As if the Broncos didn’t have enough to worry about.

7. Latavius Murray, running back, Oakland Raiders

Latavius Murray leaves the field after being injured

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  • Injury: Concussion
  • Diagnosis: Going through concussion protocol

The bad news for the Oakland Raiders is that running back Latavius Murray suffered a concussion during the team’s 38-35 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The good news, however, is that he’s progressing well during the early stages of the league’s concussion protocol. As a result, while Murray still needs to pass the remaining tests, the Raiders expect the running back to be on the field when they take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10.

8. Andrew Luck, quarterback, Indianapolis Colts

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  • Injury: Lacerated kidney and partial tear of an abdominal muscle
  • Diagnosis: Expected to be out two to six weeks

The Indianapolis Colts are about to be tested like never before. On Tuesday, the team announced that star quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to miss two to six weeks after suffering a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle during the club’s Week 9 victory against the Denver Broncos. It would appear the Colts’ failure to protect the face of their franchise has finally caught up to them. Hopefully this will force the team to take some action. After all, how often does a player of Andrew Luck’s caliber come along?

All statistics are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com, ESPN.go.com, and NFL.com.

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