Vick, Schaub top list of NFL injuries
The Associated Press
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has two broken ribs, yet he is fortunate compared to several other NFL players who are out for the rest of the season.
That list might also include two other starting quarterbacks, Kansas City’s Matt Cassel, who has what coach Todd Haley is calling a “significant” injury to his right, throwing hand, and Houston’s Matt Schaub, who has a right foot injury.
Sidelined for the remainder of 2011 are Denver running back Knowshon Moreno (right knee), Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall (torn left Achilles tendon), Jacksonville cornerback Rashean Mathis (left knee) and guard Eben Britton (back), Buffalo center Eric Wood, Bears guard Chris Williams (left wrist) and Redskins rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson.
Haley refused to say Monday whether the team discussed putting Cassel on injured reserve, but he did say “it’s a possibility” to happen.
“He will probably have to have surgery at some time,” Haley said. “The length of it, we’re not sure, but there’s some optimism. Each person it varies, but it’s a difficult injury.”
The Chiefs (4-5) have already lost running back Jamaal Charles, Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry, tight end Tony Moeaki and linebacker Brandon Siler to season-ending injuries.
Cassel hurt his hand near the end of the Chiefs’ 17-10 loss to Denver on Sunday. The injury appeared to occur when Cassel was sacked by Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller.
Tyler Palko played the final offensive series, even though Cassel said after the game that he wanted to play.
Schaub has led the Texans to the AFC’s best record (7-3) and four consecutive victories.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Schaub was injured on a quarterback sneak coming out of the end zone late in the second quarter of Houston’s 37-9 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Schaub stayed in the game, but threw only three passes.
Kubiak said the team was bringing in a specialist from Indianapolis to evaluate Schaub, and the quarterback would fly to Charlotte, N.C., later this week to undergo further examination.
“He’s got a significant foot injury, he’s going to miss some time,” Kubiak said. “But we’re going to do everything we can to get it evaluated correctly and see if can get him back on the football field.”