This past week in the NFL has been tough for tight ends. Both the Giants and the Lions have suffered setbacks. But that’s not where the injuries end. From knees to ankles to even concussions, a lot has happened in the NFL this week, and we’ve got it all for you.
San Francisco 49ers
Reuben Foster (Concussion)
Reuben Foster left the game in the third quarter against the Colts with a concussion this past Saturday and didn’t return. Foster has been suspended from playing in the first two games of the regular season, but it was anticipated that he would play in the preseason finale on Thursday. Due to his concussion, that’s most definitely not going to happen now.
Jimmy Ward (Quadricep)
Ward was injured in the first half of the game and didn’t end up returning. Injuries have been a consistent issue for Ward for a greater part of his career. This one comes as he enters into the last year of his contract. Ward’s salary of more than $8 million is fully guaranteed for 2018, and though he’s not expected to start, the 49ers need him to be healthy for the remainder of the season.
Jesse James (Back)
James has a back contusion after going high for a pass and then taking a fall while trying to catch a ball thrown by Ben Roethlisberger. Coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t know the severity of the injury. Steelers starting tight end Vance McDonald has missed the entire preseason with a foot issue and Xavier Grimble underwent surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb/wrist area. The Steelers could have all three or none, for Week 1.
New York Giants
Evan Engram (Concussion)
Engram suffered a concussion in the second quarter when he was sandwiched by a pair of Jets after catching a pass. He looked pretty woozy walking off the field into the locker room. Now Engram has to get healthy for the opener against the Jaguars. He only has 16 days to get there.
Shamarko Thomas (Eye)
Thomas was taken to a local hospital after suffering an eye injury in the first half of the game on Friday night. He was being evaluated after a possible detached retina and will undergo additional tests when the team returns to Denver.
Jeremiah Sirles (Hamstring)
Sirles left in the first half of the game and didn’t return. Hamstring injuries can linger for weeks, and the Panthers already have lost three starting offensive linemen to injuries including right tackle Daryl Williams, left guard Amini Silatolu and left tackle Matt Kalil. Fortunately, all of these injuries aren’t expect to be long-term, with the exception of Williams.
Marqise Lee (Knee)
Lee left the field with a left knee injury when he was tackled by Falcons safety Damontae Kazee in the first quarter during Saturday’s game. Lee is the Jaguar’s most experienced receiver, with 171 catches for 2,166 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons with the Jaguars. The doctors treating Lee aren’t quite sure of the extent of his injuries, but he might be out for a few games.