Injury Notes: Winston, Jones, Montgomery, Freeman, Brissett

Despite putting an end to their five-game losing streak this afternoon, the Buccaneers did it without their starting quarterback Jameis Winston. The former first overall pick was expected to miss “a couple of weeks” with a shoulder injury, but general manager Jason Licht admitted during the team’s pre-game show that their franchise signal caller may actually miss more time than that, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link).

“There is no time line on this, Licht said. “This may be an extended period.” Stroud did relay that Licht revealed his quarterback had no new damage to his shoulder, which is certainly encouraging news for his potential return.

However, while Ryan Fitzpatrick is 1-0 as a starter this season, it’s been a disappointing campaign for a Tampa Bay squad that was expecting to be playoff contenders after barely missing the postseason a year ago. Apart from the injury, Winston himself has not shown the development many thought he would in his third-year in the league. The 23 year-old has continued to turn the ball over this season (6 INT, 5 fumbles) and has accumulated a career-worst QBR of 41.3 in 8 games this season.

  • The Packers lost two running backs in today’s win over the division rival Bears. Ty Montgomery left the game with an apparent rib injury, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. While not ideal, it’s an ailment we’ve seen him overcome earlier in the season. But while his outlook remains unclear, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com hears that fellow back Aaron Jones looks to have a sprained MCL. Rapoport reports that the rookie will undergo an MRI on Monday, but has likely avoided a serious injury, even though he may miss a few weeks regardless. Third-string running back Jamaal Williams finished out the contest, but look for the team to add more depth to the position during this coming week.
  • Rapoport also passes along that Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was forced into concussion protocol during the first quarter of today’s game vs. Dallas. One of the best running backs in the NFL last year, Freeman has taken a step back along with the entire Atlanta offense in 2017. Predictably, Tevin Coleman got the bulk of the carries after Freeman left the game, and would be in line for major work in the team’s Monday night tilt vs. the Seahawks next week should Freeman not clear concussion protocol before then.
  • The Colts suffered a concussion scare of their own when starting QB Jacoby Brissett appeared lightheaded after a big hit during today’s tilt with the Steelers. However, the second-year signal caller didn’t miss much playing time after he supposedly cleared concussion testing during the team’s subsequent defensive series. But in a twist, Brissett wasn’t available for postgame comments because he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms after the close loss, according to Mike Chappell of Indy Sports Central on Twitter. The Colts have since released a statement on their own Twitter account indicating that Brissett passed two concussion tests during the contest, but then started to experience side effects after the game. It seems like a murky situation at the moment, but at the least add this development to a number of other instances this season where there was at the least some confusion regarding the NFL’s concussion protocol.
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6 comments on “Injury Notes: Winston, Jones, Montgomery, Freeman, Brissett

  1. JT19

    While it’s probably unlikely, its possible Brissett did legitimately pass the concussion tests and then suffered another hit later on in the game that might not have been spotted but did trigger concussion-like symptoms. Although I am more inclined to believe that he was passed on a concussion test just so he could get back out there and the Colts wouldn’t have to be stuck with Tolzien.

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    • ray_derek

      Luck should be back soon anyway, it’s all in his head.

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      • Gogerty

        Luck was placed on IR, don’t think he is eligible to come back this season.

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      • Sheep8

        Thanks for checking his medical records to set everything straight Doctor Ray_Derek

        If only you were near the team to tell them this

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  2. Thomas Swanson

    I feel sorry for Brissett. He got sacked 10 times by the Jaguars. T.Y. Hilton came out in public and said the offensive line stinks. If I’m Luck I’d stay in Europe!

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  3. Thomas Swanson

    ray_ derek is kidding. The Colts said Luck would be ready for game 1. Tony Dungy overheard owner Jim Irsay saying he thought Luck’s pain in his shoulder was in his head. Now Luck is in Europe getting treatment from the same doctor who treated Peyton Manning’s neck after his surgery. I don’t think luck knows when he’ll be back or what’s next.

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