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James Robinson, Ike Boettger Tear Achilles

James Robinson, Ike Boettger Tear Achilles
Andrew Potter
27 Dec 2021, 02:42pm

Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson

As teams are eliminated from the playoffs, they become more likely to place their players on injured reserve with relatively minor injuries. Therefore, any injuries to eliminated teams will be listed under other injuries unless they are injuries to major players that are likely to affect the 2022 season.

Also, the NFL retained last season’s relaxed injured reserve rules for 2021, meaning that any player who is placed on injured reserve after the final roster cutdown day is eligible to return to practice after missing three weeks. As a result, we will continue to distinguish between players who will be placed on injured reserve (IR) and players who will likely miss the entire remainder of the season (Season).

Jaguars Halfback James Robinson—Achilles (Season)

Jaguars halfback James Robinson tore his Achilles against the Jets, which will end what has been a frustrating season for both the team and him personally. Robinson was arguably the success story on the 2020 Jaguars, but former head coach Urban Meyer benched him at points during his sophomore season and he spent some time playing through injury, including one missed game earlier in the year. Unfortunately, this latest injury will definitely end his regular season, almost certainly cause him to miss most of the team’s offseason program, and very likely keep him out for the beginning of the 2022 regular season too.

Bills Guard Ike Boettger—Achilles (Season)

Bills left guard Ike Boettger also tore his Achilles in Week 16, and he will also miss the rest of the season. As with Robinson, he is likely to miss most of the offseason program and potentially the start of the 2022 season. Boettger played in all 15 of Buffalo’s games so far, starting 10, and had only missed two snaps between Week 8 and his injury against the Patriots. Ryan Bates replaced Boettger in that game and appears to be first in line to replace him for the rest of the season.

Colts Tight End Jack Doyle—Knee/Ankle

Colts tight end Jack Doyle suffered what has been variously described as a knee and/or ankle injury against the Cardinals, which suggests an injury mechanism that could cause either a MCL sprain or a high-ankle sprain. If either of those is confirmed, Doyle would miss at least the remainder of the regular season and quite likely be questionable at best for the team’s first postseason game: around 60% of tight ends with high-ankle sprains miss at least four games, and around 70% of tight ends with MCL sprains miss at least three. Left tackle Eric Fisher also injured his knee, but no specifics are yet public.

Rams Linebacker Ernest Jones—Ankle

Rams linebacker Ernest Jones suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Vikings and will miss the rest of the regular season, but he has a chance to return during the postseason. However, the Rams would likely need to advance in his absence: around 70% of high-ankle sprains to linebackers cause at least a four-week absence. Halfback Darrell Henderson injured his knee and will have MRI scans taken on the injury today


Though we expect news to emerge later in the week, thus far we have not seen any reports of concussion injuries causing players to leave games in Week 16.

Based on our current data, a growing majority of players now miss at least one game following a diagnosed concussion, but around 80% return within two weeks.

Other Injuries

Bears safety Teez Tabor injured his ankle against the Seahawks and will be placed on injured reserve.

Bengals rotational edge rusher Cameron Sample injured his hamstring against the Ravens. Around half of hamstring injuries to defensive linemen cause missed games, but only 25% of players who suffer them miss more than two. The Bengals are likely to reach the postseason in his absence, and Sample should return in time to play their first postseason game, should they qualify for the postseason.

Buccaneers edge rusher Shaq Barrett suffered a knee ligament sprain that will keep him out for the rest of the regular season, but the NFC South champions hope to have him back for the playoffs.

Cardinals defensive back Marco Wilson injured his shoulder against the Colts and did not return, but no further update is yet public.

Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill suffered a leg injury against the Texans and was replaced first by Amen Ogbongbemiga, then by Nick Niemann. No further update on the injury is yet available.

Chiefs halfback Clyde Edwards-Helaire injured his collarbone against the Steelers and did not return. X-rays after the game showed no fracture, so he will have MRI scans taken to assess the injury. Safety Tyrann Mathieu left the game with a quad contusion, but he is likely to be fine for Week 17.

Eagles halfback Miles Sanders fractured his hand against the Giants, but he hopes to be able to play through the injury. MRI scans and additional tests today will determine whether that is likely to be possible. Backup Jordan Howard suffered a stinger, but that injury does not usually result in missed time. Cornerback Steven Nelson also left the game with an injured hand, and safety K’Von Wallace injured his hip.

Giants offensive lineman Matt Peart suffered a reported knee sprain against the Eagles, which is likely to keep him out for the rest of the regular season.

Lions tight end Shane Zylstra, who was promoted from the practice squad to play against the Falcons, fractured his kneecap and will miss the rest of the season. Fullback Jason Cabinda, who has also played some snaps at tight end recently, also injured his knee and is likely to miss the last two games.

Panthers cornerback Stephon Gilmore left Sunday’s game with a groin injury. Around half of groin injuries to defensive backs cause at least a one-game absence, but only around 30% cause an absence longer than that.

Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett fractured a rib against the Bengals and will probably miss at least Week 17, but he has a chance to return for the final game if the Ravens remain in contention for the postseason.

Is it me or has their been a…

Is it me or has their been a huge uptick in torn Achilles since the early 2000s? Is this something that the continuing advances in strength training could be responsible for?

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