In what is turning into a memorable year for rookies, Andrew Luck and Doug Martin took the excellence to a record level.
Luck, Martin latest rookies to impress (The Associated Press)
Week 9 of the 2012 regular season is nearly complete. Here’s a look at the injury situations we’ll be monitoring entering Week 10. The Green Bay Packers are off this week, but saw three starters exit Sunday’s 31-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals with injuries. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, questionable entering the game with a hamstring that kept him out of last week’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, injured his right ankle while sliding in an attempt to catch a five-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers. With the Packers comfortably ahead of the Cardinals, Nelson would not return to the game. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game with a hip injury and outside linebacker Clay Matthews suffered a pulled left hamstring in the first half. Matthews’ left hamstring was an issue during his first two seasons in the league, so this latest injury is worth keeping an eye on over the next two weeks. Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin took several shots in his team’s 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. After the game, Griffin had X-rays on his ribs, which fortunately came back negative. The Redskins are off this week and Griffin doesn’t plan to miss any time. ” I’m fine. I’ll be ready to go ,” Griffin said according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “No one is ever going to question the fight I have inside myself to be the greatest and to help this team to victory. It doesn’t matter what it is, I will make sure that I continue to help my team win games and that it starts right after the bye.” Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin had 73 yards on seven total touches as a runner, receiver and return specialist, all while battling injuries to his right hamstring and a left ankle injury in the third quarter of the Vikings’ 30-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings host the Detroit Lions before hitting their bye the following week. Seahawks linebacker and leading tackler K.J. Wright left the game after sustaining a concussion on the opening possession of the game. Center Max Unger briefly left the game in the third quarter with a dislocated finger, but would return. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown left his team’s 24-20 win over the New York Giants with a sprained left ankle that is not believed to be serious as he’s expected to play next Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Jordy Nelson, Robert Griffin headline Week 9′s injury roundup (Shutdown Corner)