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NFL Spine Injury Roundup: Week 7

This week, there were a few teams that had multiple players with neck and back injuries. There were a few returning players this week, as well. Let’s take a look at this week’s injury report.


Carolina Panthers – Philly Brown (Wide Receiver) – Brown received a concussion during the Panthers’ game against Packers. The injury occurred late in the third quarter while Brown was returning a punt. He was out for the rest of the game.

Carolina Panthers – Josh Norman (Cornerback) – After sustaining a concussion during Week 5 and missing last week’s game, Norman was once again out for Week 7.

Cleveland Browns – K’Waun Williams (Cornerback) – Williams missed the Browns’ Week 7 due to a concussion he sustained last week.

Minnesota Vikings – John Sullivan (Center) – Sullivan suffered a concussion during the first quarter of Sunday’s game and was unable to return.

New England Patriots – Dan Connolly (Guard) – Connolly missed the Patriots’ Thursday night game last week because of a concussion.

New England Patriots – Bryan Stork (Center) – Like his teammate Dan Connolly, Stork also missed the Thursday night game due to a concussion. The Patriots don’t play again until next weekend, so Stork and Connolly have some extra time to recover.

New Orleans Saints – Brodrick Bunkley (Nose Tackle) – Bunkley left the field during the Saint’s Week 7 game against the Lions to undergo concussion testing. He didn’t return.

San Diego Chargers – Brandon Flowers (Cornerback) – Flowers left Sunday’s game against the Chiefs early in the second quarter to be checked for a concussion. Although he returned for one more drive, he left the field before the drive was complete and did not return for the rest of the game. Flowers had recently returned from a groin injury.

San Diego Chargers – Donald Brown (Running Back) – Brown sustained a concussion during the Week 5 game, and has been out since. He was listed as inactive for Sunday’s game.

Returning from Concussions

Baltimore Ravens – Kamar Aiken (Wide Receiver) – Aiken returned for the Week 7 game after a concussion took him out of the Week 6 game. During the game, he caught one pass that led to a big first-down completion.

Carolina Panthers – Kelvin Benjamin (Wide Receiver) – No reports surfaced initially, but Benjamin suffered a concussion during last week’s game. He underwent testing after he reported getting headaches. He did pass the concussion test and began practicing Friday, and was active for Sunday’s game, during which he caught 3 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Washington Redskins – David Amerson (Cornerback) – Amerson was able to return after suffering from a concussion during last week’s game.

Back Injuries

Chicago Bears – Jon Bostic (Linebacker) – Bostic missed the Week 7 game due to a back injury that limited his practice time all last week.

Cincinnati Bengals – Leon Hall (Cornerback) – Hall strained his lower back during the first half of Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. He was able to return for the remainder of the game.

Minnesota Vikings – Corey Wootton (Defensive End) – Wootton has an unspecified lower back injury, and was listed as inactive for Week 7.

Returning from Back Injuries

New York Giants – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Cornerback) – back and hamstring injury; active for Sunday’s game, but didn’t show up much on the field

St. Louis Rams – Barrett Jones (Center) – Jones has been out all season due to back surgery, and was finally able to play this week. He was able to participate in practice all last week, and played in Sunday’s game where the Rams won against the Seattle Seahawks.

Neck Injuries

Buffalo Bills – Aaron Williams (Safety) – Williams left the field during the second half after aggravating a neck injury. He did not return.

Cincinnati Bengals – Vontaze Burfict (Linebacker) – Burfict has been out the majority of the season due to two concussions, and had only returned from his most recent concussion last week. However, during suffered cervical strain during the first half of Sunday’s game and missed the remainder of the game.

Returning from Neck Injuries

Chicago Bears – D.J. Williams (Linebacker) – Williams returned for Sunday’s game after missing the past two due to a neck injury. However, Williams’ return did not help the team much, as they lost to the Miami Dolphins.

Green Bay Packers – Jamari Lattimore (Linebacker) – Lattimore left last week’s game with a neck injury, but was able to return this week for the Packers’ victory against the Carolina Panthers.

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