NFL hits just keep on comin'

Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the...

Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first half of their NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Dave Kaup)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

The hits kept on coming for NFL teams this weekend. And some of them were pretty severe.

Kansas City, still battling for its playoff life, might have to continue the fight minus quarterback Matt Cassel.

Cassel has a “significant” injury to his throwing hand, according to head coach Todd Haley, stemming from a sack late in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to Denver.

Haley said Cassel likely will need surgery at some point and could be placed on injured reserve soon, which would end his season.

Cassel threw for 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 2010, but had 10 touchdowns to nine picks in an up-and-down 2011.

He will be replaced by Tyler Palko.

Another solid starting quarterback went down on Sunday.

Houston’s Matt Schaub will miss several weeks afer injuring his foot on a quarterback sneak against Tampa Bay.

Schaub had guided the Texans to a 7-3 record, starting every game for the club since 2009.

The news was slightly better for fellow quarterback Michael Vick.

Slightly, that is.

Vick did not play well in Philadelphia’s 21-17 loss to Arizona and head coach Andy Reid revealed on Monday that Vick broke two ribs during the game.

He missed three games last season with a rib cartilage injury, but didn’t tell anybody he was hurt this time around.

Vick’s status for the 3-6 Eagles’ game against the New York Giants is up in the air.

Philadelphia almost certainly will be without cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle) against the Giants.

Denver’s depth at running back will be tested now that Knowshon Moreno’s season is finished.

Moreno tore his ACL against Kansas City.

Starter Willis McGahee hurt his hamstring in the same game, but should be ready to return.

Meanwhile, Chicago lost starting left guard Chris Williams, who dislocated his left wrist against Detroit, requiring immediate surgery, for the season and banged-up Buffalo lost centre Eric Wood for the season to a torn ACL sustained in a loss to Dallas.

Jacksonville’s Rashean Mathis is also out for the year after tearing his ACL.

It ain’t easy being an NFL player these days.

JACKSON SPEAKS

Talented Eagles wide receiver DaSeasn Jackson has gotten himself into some trouble with his big mouth and his actions.

Jackson was held out against Arizona for missing a team meeting.

Jackson tried to clear the air on Monday.

“I addressed my teammates as a professional and as a man today at our meeting and told them I’m going to go out and put it all on the line and continue to do what I need to do for the rest of the year,” Jackson said.

“It’s just kind of a tough situation for myself but I’ve just got to be a man about it and just learn from everything that happens.”

According to Howard Eskin of WIP, financial troubles have partly been to blame for Jackson’s erratic behaviour (he earlier alluded that staying healthy was more important to him than winning games).

Jackson allegedly owes agent Drew Rosenhaus “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

QUICK HITS

Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis will miss his fifth game in a row due to a hamstring injury. The Browns believe Hillis will play again at some point this season. Cleveland will also be without safety T.J. Ward … New England will be without top cornerback Devin McCourty for 2-3 weeks because of a shoulder injury ... Miami’s Karlos Dansby claims he is the best linebacker in the NFL. Dansby told the Miami Herald “I’m better than everybody,” and said Chicago’s Brian Urlacher was “aging fast” … Rex Grossman will start at quarterback for Washington again … Grossman won’t be able to throw to rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson though. Hankerson is lost for the year due to a hip injury … Rex Ryan has apologized for swearing at a fan … As expected, Cincinnati put cornerback Leon Hall on injured reserve.


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