Several helmet-to-helmet hits Sunday caused injuries to some of the NFL’s top playmakers.
Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a concussion and Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson injured his head in a nasty head-on collision in the second quarter of the Eagles’ 31-17 win.
Eagles coach Andy Reid gave no estimate how long Jackson might be sidelined. Same thing for Falcons coach Mike Smith about Robinson.
Jackson dropped a pass when hit by Robinson, who led with his head and hit Jackson in the helmet. Robinson was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver.
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Jackson had scored both of Philadelphia’s touchdowns and the Eagles led the Falcons, 14-0, at the time of the collision.
“That was scary,” Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin said.
Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett was hospitalized after a violent helmet-to-helmet hit with a Giants player while covering a fourth-quarter kickoff.
The Lions said Follett was conscious and had full movement in his limbs. He was scheduled to stay in Hackensack University Medical Center on Sunday night for observation.
Also, Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs walked off the field despite being leveled by a helmet-to-helmet hit by the Steelers’ James Harrison.
Texans All-Pro middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon just before halftime of Houston’s 35-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. … Detroit also lost starting quarterback Shaun Hill to a broken left arm. … San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates left the 20-17 loss to the St. Louis with a left ankle injury. … The Green Bay Packers acquired safety Anthony Smith in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a source confirmed.