The injury report for Week 15 is highlighted by two teams that will each miss a key player.
Adrian Peterson is questionable for the Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday due to a sprained foot, but he practiced on Friday.
However, if he were to miss the game his absence might not be as big a factor as some would believe. That however cannot be said for Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots or Sean Lee of the Dallas Cowboys.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots Tight End. Gronkowski suffered yet another injury last week against Cleveland. This time the talented tight end tore his MCL and ACL. Since coming back from two injuries that kept him out of the first six games of the season, Gronkowski has 37 receptions and four touchdowns in only six games prior to last week’s Cleveland game.
New England will now have to play with Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman more frequently since their star at tight is lost for the season.
Sean Lee, Cowboys Linebacker. Lee played last week following two missed games, but was injured again and doctors ruled him out of the Dallas game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Without Lee to stuff the middle, the Cowboys will have a huge hole as he is now considered one of the league’s best. Dallas will now be even more vulnerable on defense without the talented linebacker.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals, Wide Receiver. Floyd has emerged as one of Arizona’s best receivers. He has even, at times outshined Larry Fitzgerald. However, Floyd has a problematic ankle, but could play against Tennessee nonetheless. It is an important game with playoff implications for the Cardinals.
Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals, Safety. Mathieu is just a rookie but had played well all season and was one reason the Cardinals defense is so dominant. He played nearly every snap since the season start avoiding injury until now. However, he tore his LCL and ACL last week, which is a huge blow to the Cardinals secondary as they attempt to reach the postseason.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings, Running Back. Peterson sprained his foot in the snow against Baltimore last week, but could still play on Sunday. Although he is the best rusher in the league, he can easily be replaced by another back. Toby Gerhart will fill in for Peterson if Peterson’s foot is still too sore to play.
Justin Houston makes his return for the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. Houston is one of the league’s best pass rushers. However, he has missed two straight games with an elbow injury.
Some of the injuries mentioned will cause the players to miss their games this weekend, while others are decisions to be made during warm-ups prior to the game.
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