TV announcers frequently point to plays when a wide receiver takes on a linebacker and refer to them as mismatches. What they usually mean is that a wide receiver is too fast for a linebacker, but in the case of Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward taking on Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers, it was a mismatch in the sense that Ward drilled Rivers, who never knew what hit him:
Rivers is reportedly out for the season with a broken jaw. Ward has been fined twice this season for hits that the NFL deemed unnecessarily rough, but he wasn't penalized on the Rivers hit and shouldn't be fined for it, either. It was a rough block, but it was a clean block. Ward is one of the NFL's most physical receivers, and while it's unfortunate for Rivers, it's part of the game.
Reggie Bush Reggie Bush's injury woes strike again. The Saints' running back/return man injured his knee bringing back a punt - the diagnosis is a torn meniscus, which will require arthroscopic surgery and cost Bush several weeks of action.
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Roy Williams And, just like that, the Cowboys are down to one Roy Williams again. Roy Williams, the safety, broke his right forearm again in Dallas' loss on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.
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Ike Hilliard The veteran Tampa Bay receiver was drilled by Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill and had to be carted off the field. He was kept overnight at a hospital for observation after suffering a concussion.
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Devin Hester The Bears' burner hurt his quad during Chicago's wild 48-41 victory over Minnesota. Hester returned the second half's opening kick, but did not drift back when the Vikings kicked off later in the third quarter.
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Steven Jackson What goes up, must come down. Jackson ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams' upset of Dallas - but sustained a thigh injury late that will require an MRI.
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Jeremy Shockey After his first game back from a groin injury, Shockey said he may have reaggravated the problem in Sunday's Saints loss.
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Brodie Croyle Kansas City's miserable season goes from bad to worse when quarterback Brodie Croyle - in his first game back from a separated shoulder - limped off with a sprained knee. After the game, Chiefs coach Herm Edwards declared Croyle done for the season.
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Keith Rivers Cincinnati lost Rivers for the season during Sunday's game, when Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward peeled back and delivered a punishing block that broke Rivers' jaw. Watch Video of Big Hit