Here are the most significant NFL injuries in Week 8:
Jimmie Ward, S, San Francisco 49ers: Ward sustained an arm injury during the first half against the Eagles and headed to the locker room for X-rays. He was declared questionable to return because of a forearm injury. Interestingly, the Niners did not replace Ward with converted linebacker Eric Reid, instead inserting rookie Adrian Colbert in his place.
Ward was later downgraded to out.
Garry Gilliam, OT, San Francisco 49ers: Gilliam was shaken up during the second quarter and walked slowly off the field under his own power. He was later downgraded to out. Zane Beadles replaced Gilliam in the Niners’ lineup.
Jamize Olawale, RB, Oakland Raiders: After reaching pay dirt for the first time this season during the opening quarter against the Bills, Olawale exited the game during the second quarter after a long return that was called back by a penalty. He was deemed questionable to return because of a hamstring injury.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Cincinnati Bengals: Kirkpatrick walked to the sideline holding his shoulder after what looked like a pretty nasty injury on the field. However, the Bengals announced that the former first-round pick is probable to return.
Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns announced during the fourth quarter that Johnson was being evaluated for a concussion. The club updated the situation after the game had concluded, indicating that Johnson had cleared the concussion protocol.
Mike Remmers, OT, Minnesota Vikings: Remmers exited the game against the Browns early in the first quarter, and the team announced that he had entered the concussion protocol. He did not return for the remainder of the contest.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: In the midst of his best game of the season, Flacco took a gruesome shot to the head late in the first half from linebacker Kiko Alonso after sliding to the ground on a run. Flacco’s helmet immediately flew off of his head, and the Super Bowl-winning quarterback went to the locker room with a glassy-eyed look and blood coming from his left ear. Alonso’s hit on Flacco drew outrage from the Ravens as well as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Ravens coach John Harbaugh came onto the field to yell at Alonso in a game that featured several fights the rest of the way.
Flacco was ruled out for the game during halftime. It is the first reported concussion in Flacco’s 10-year career. He is now in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Vince Mayle, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Mayle sustained a concussion during the second quarter of the Ravens’ win over the Dolphins. Ruled out for the remainder of that contest, the TE is now also in the NFL’s concussion protocol.