NFL Weekend Preview: QB Injuries

Posted by CAPPERSMALL STAFF on 11.07.2008

Week 9 in the NFL was a bad time to be a starting quarterback, as the long list of injured QBs had four more names added to it. The best job to have in America's shaky economy right now could be that of backup quarterback.

The Chicago Bears could be forced to turn to Rex Grossman once again this week after losing Kyle Orton last weekend. Orton injured his ankle against the Lions and could be sidelined up to a month, depending on which injury report you want to believe. Walking without much of a limp on Wednesday Orton said he could play on Sunday, but the actual chances of that happening are slim to none. Grossman led the Bears to a pair of touchdowns in the second half in their win over Detroit, but he'll have a much harder time this week against the Titans' No. 1 defense. The Bears are a 3-point underdog in that game.

The winless Lions also lost their QB in last week's game against Chicago. Dan Orlovsky played one of his best games of the season with 292 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns but he also banged up his thumb, which will likely force him to sit out this week. Also putting Orlovsky's status in doubt this weekend is the fact that Detroit signed retired QB Daunte Culpepper earlier this week. Culpepper could end up starting even though he's only had a few days to learn the Lions offense. The Lions are a 7-point home underdog to Jacksonville this week.

Next on the QB injury carousel is Houston quarterback Matt Schaub. In his last three games Schaub had passed for 926 yards with six touchdown passes, but he lasted only one half last week after suffering a knee injury. Schaub has a torn MCL that will cause him to miss at least the next four games. Houston has a capable backup in Sage Rosenfels, as long as he doesn't try to run the ball again. Houston gets their makeup game with Baltimore this week, which has been listed as a pick'em

The biggest name to land on the injury report this week was Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben aggravated his separated shoulder against the Redskins on Monday night and he missed the second half after not being able to raise his arm over his head. Byron Leftwich took over and the Steelers' offense didn't miss a beat, as he passed for 129 yards with a TD pass to Santonio Holmes. Leftwich will get the start if Roethlisberger can't go, but Roethlisberger is only the beginning of the Steelers' Week 10 injury report, which also includes Willie Parker, Heath Miller, and Hines Ward. The line for Pittsburgh's game against Indianapolis won't be available until more info on the bruised and battered Steelers is released.

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