Monday, October 26, 2009
AFC East injury roundup: T.O. hurts his knee?
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
A roundup of significant AFC East injuries from Sunday ...
Terrell Owens, Bills receiver: This injury didn't appear in any of the dispatches from Charlotte, but Owens tweeted after the Sunday's victory over the Carolina Panthers: "banged my knee up a lil bit!" This bears watching. Owens has been frustrated in the Bills' offense and also tweeted Sunday night "man i'm just trying 2 remain positive & push thru the trying times!" What would be the impact if Owens can't play? Hard to say. He has been more of a phantom or a decoy than a threat. Owens made three catches for 27 yards Sunday. He has just 18 catches for the season.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Sal Maiorana writes about Owens being at the end of the line: "Forget Terrell Owens. He's done. He dropped the first ball thrown to him, and then seemed to give no effort on a deep ball that was slightly underthrown in the second quarter. It looked as if he could have slowed down and fought for the ball, but he didn't. He also dropped a pretty easy one on an out pattern in the third quarter."
Leon Washington, Jets running back and kick returner: Washington won't play again this year. One week after the Jets lost nose tackle Kris Jenkins for the season with a knee injury, Washington broke his leg in Sunday's 38-0 blowout over the Oakland Raiders.
Washington certainly will be missed. He's a Pro Bowl return man and a dangerous option in the offense. But his absence can be dealt with much easier than Jenkins'. Washington is second in rushing with 331 yards and no touchdowns and tied for second in receptions with 15 for 131 yards and no touchdowns. Rookie Shonn Greene received his first significant touches and rolled up a game-high 144 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
Will Allen, Dolphins left cornerback: The Dolphins' top pass defender suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday's demoralizing loss to the New Orleans Saints.
The Dolphins likely will insert first-round draft pick Vontae Davis in his place, putting two rookie cornerbacks (Sean Smith is on the right side) on the field for a remaining schedule that includes Eli Manning and Tom Brady in the next two games but then gets considerably more cornerback-friendly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Panthers.