Injuries to Key NFL Players Taking Their Toll On Teams

Published on: 30th October, 2009


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New York — Three key defensive players were lost for the season during Sunday’s NFL games: Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins, Falcons cornerback Brian Williams, and Bengals end Antwan Odom.

Jenkins was placed on injured reserve Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Buffalo, a huge loss for one of the league’s top-ranked defenses.

“That’s hard,” coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s going to be hard to replace Kris. There’s not many Kris Jenkins playing in this league. Obviously, his impact is going to be felt.”

Jenkins will need reconstructive surgery, as will Williams, who sustained the same injury when the Falcons beat the Bears. Williams landed awkwardly on his right knee while defending a pass to Greg Olsen in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Falcons coach Mike Smith had no update on running back Jerious Norwood (hip) and safety William Moore (hamstring).

The third veteran defender sidelined was Odom, who entered the weekend tied for the league lead with eight sacks. Odom had surgery for a torn right Achilles’ tendon on Monday.

“Antwan has done some things this year that no one’s done,” teammate Tank Johnson said Monday. “He’s a great player and a great asset to our defense. Antwan has a lot of natural ability. He can reach over five people and grab you with his long arms.”

* Boldin status unknown: Cardinals’ wide receiver Anquan Boldin has a sprained right ankle that makes his status uncertain for Sunday night’s game at the Giants. The three-time Pro Bowl player was injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s victory in Seattle. He returned to play in the third quarter, but was removed from the game with the Cardinals comfortably ahead.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that X-rays after the game showed no broken bones.

* Still under review: The Napa County district attorney says he is still reviewing the alleged assault case against Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable and does not expect any decision on possible charges for at least a few more days.

DA Gary Lieberstein said Monday on his media hotline that he has no new information to report and does not anticipate any decision until at least Wednesday or Thursday. He says his office will take whatever time officials believe is necessary to reach “the appropriate and just decision.”

Defensive assistant Randy Hanson has alleged that he was assaulted by Cable during training camp and that his jaw was broken in the Aug. 5 attack at the team’s training camp hotel in Napa. Cable has denied the allegations.

* Wesley suspended: The NFL has suspended Carolina Panthers defensive back Dante Wesley one game without pay for launching himself into defenseless Tampa Bay punt returner Clifton Smith.

Wesley left his feet and hit Smith in the neck and head with his forearm and shoulder as Smith waited to field a punt Sunday. Smith sustained a concussion and both benches emptied onto the field. Wesley was immediately ejected.

Smith had not signaled for a fair catch and Wesley said he mistimed hitting him.

Wesley is Carolina’s gunner on special teams and will sit out next Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

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