This doesn't come as too much of a surprise since Dirk Koetter called this a "significant knee injury." This is another injury to the already injured Tampa Bay backfield. Things won't change too much and we can expect to see more of Peyton Barber until Doug Martin is healthy.
The Giants aren't practicing on Tuesday due to taking a pair of days off following their trip out west this weekend, but the cornerback should be on the practice field Wednesday. Expect Rodgers-Cromartie to be a full go as a starter in Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
With Luke Kuechly in concussion protocol, Gachkar will add some depth to the Panthers' linebacking unit. He's expected to primarily fill a role on special teams while David Mayo takes on more snaps in Kuechly's absence.
Vinatieri made a 52-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, which continues his recent success on attempts of 50 yards or more. He's 21-of-26 (80.1 percent) on field goals of 50 yards or more since the the start of the 2013 season after he turned 40 years old. His only negative this season is that he's 9 of 11 of extra-point attempts.
Simon blocked a pass attempt at the line and was able to keep hold of it for a touchdown. The interception is a rarity, but the sacks should continue as he's put consistent pressure on the quarterback.
AIken continues to get more playing time than Donte Moncrief (51 snaps to 42 snaps on offense) but has been less productive in the passing game. Aiken hasn't been able to catch many passes thrown his way as he's caught just five of 16 targets the last three games.
Mack looked explosive on a 22-yard carry early in the first quarter, but was then given just one carry the rest of the game (he lost four yards). He played 14 snaps on offense compared to 23 for Frank Gore and 21 for Robert Turbin, so he was closer in playing time than the touches indicated. Still, it's a major question why the coaching staff didn't use him more. Mack may get more of a role next week with Turbin suffering what looked like a serious arm injury.
The second-year linebacker out of Grand Valley State was all over the field Sunday, terrorizing the Bears with four tackles for loss and 14 total tackles overall. He played a season-high 70 snaps and clearly made the most of his increased opportunity. He's comfortably ahead of rookies Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams in the outside linebacker pecking order and his strong outing Sunday should allow him to see plenty of playing time in Week 7 against the Vikings and beyond.
Martin has been on the non-football/injury list since the start of the regular season, but it looks like he'll be making his return to the field soon. The Lions are on bye this week, so with another week off, Martin could be back on the field for their matchup next Sunday with the Steelers.
After a relatively slow start, Tucker has started to round back into form with back-to-back weeks of double-digit points. He connected from 27 and 31 yards and also had his first 50-yard field goal of the season. Tucker will see favorable conditions in Week 7 when Baltimore travels to Minnesota to face the Vikings in a fixed-roof stadium.
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