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Early Injury Report: Week 5
Philip Gentles
October 2, 2012
 

QUARTERBACKS

Jake Locker, TEN - Separated Shoulder

Titans’ quarterback Jake Locker is questionable for Week 5 after re-injuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder during Sunday’s loss to the Texans. Locker, who separated his shoulder in Week 1, was injured when he was hit by a blitzing and unblocked Texans’ defender in the first quarter. He stayed down on the field for several moments and appeared to be in a tremendous amount of pain before being escorted to the sideline and into the locker room. X-rays were reportedly negative, but an evaluation revealed that he suffered another shoulder separation (damage to the AC joint) and according to reports an MRI on Monday confirmed the medical staff’s assessment. The severity of the injury has not been made public, however since Locker is being called “day-to-day” the indication is that it isn’t serious. ‘Head coach Mike Munchak told reporters on Monday that he wasn’t sure if Locker would be able to play in Week 5, but since this is a reinjury I’d be surprised if he isn’t held out for at least week so that his shoulder has time to heal.

Michael Vick, PHI - Knee Contusion

Eagles’ QB Michael Vick appeared to hurt his knee during Sunday night’s game against the Giants, but according to head coach Andy Reid the injury is being called a minor contusion and he should be ready for Week 5. Vick was injured on third and goal play in the fourth quarter in which he rolled out to the left and went down on his own to keep the clock moving. He didn’t fall awkwardly and got up right away but he was seen limping off the field. Reid did not talk about the injury in his post-game press conference but he did confirm that Vick was hurt on Monday. Fortunately the injury is not serious and he should be fine for their game against the Steelers.

RUNNING BACK

LeSean McCoy, PHI - Knee Inflammation

Eagles’ RB LeSean McCoy had a monster second half against the Giants on Sunday night and it turns out he did it while playing hurt. According to reports McCoy suffered an undisclosed knee injury at some point during the game and his knee was swollen enough afterwards that he received treatment in the locker room. It was reported that McCoy’s knee was still swollen on Monday and that he would likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers. It isn’t clear if he underwent an MRI and since the Eagles haven’t disclosed what the injury is it is difficult to comment on his status. It doesn’t appear to be serious but hopefully we’ll be told more about the injury after practice on Wednesday

WIDE RECIEVERS

Santonio Holmes, NYJ - Undisclosed Foot Injury

Jets’ WR Santonio Holmes will miss at least one week and possibly a lot more after suffering an undisclosed foot injury during Sunday’s game against the 49ers. The injury occurred during a third quarter reception. Holmes caught a short pass but he immediately fell to the ground and clutched his left leg after trying to make a cut. The play resulted in a fumble which was recovered and returned for a touchdown by the 49ers. He was helped off the field and carted to the locker room where he was examined and treated. X-rays were negative and an injury to his Achilles’ tendon was quickly ruled out, but the non-contact nature of his injury indicated something serious and he was seen leaving the stadium after the game with crutches and his foot in a boot. According to reports Holmes underwent an MRI on Monday and the results, which have not been made public, were sent to at least one foot specialist for a second opinion. Head coach Rex Ryan has confirmed that Holmes will not play in Week 5, but has not said how long he expects Holmes to be sidelined. Check back later in the week for an update.

Donald Jones, BUF - Concussion

Bills’ WR Donald Jones suffered what appeared to be a concussion during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, and while it isn’t considered serious the team doesn’t know if he will be cleared to play in time for Week 5. Jones left the game after being hit hard by a Patriots’ defender while trying to make a catch over the middle and he did not return. Head coach Chan Gailey told reporters that the injury “seems to be minor,” and team officials are hoping that he will be cleared to play by the end of the week.

Hakeem Nicks, NYG - Knee inflammation / Foot Soreness

Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks is dealing with a couple of lingering injuries that could once again affect his ability to practice this week and play in Week 5. According to reports not only is Nicks still experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, but he also has inflammation and discomfort in his left knee which apparently dates back to an injury he suffered in Week 2 against the Bucs. Nicks suffered a setback in his recovery during practice last Thursday and he was subsequently downgraded and eventually ruled out of Sunday night‘s game. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters on Monday that the team was concerned about Nicks as his knee has not improved since last week. Coughlin did not know if Nicks would be able to play in Week 5 against the Browns, but if he isn’t given more time to heal both of his injuries will linger and create problems for him all season. This is not a good situation and Nicks can’t be counted on until he is healthy.

Laurent Robinson, JAC - Concussion

Jaguars’ WR Laurent Robinson will likely miss an extended period of time after suffering his third concussion since training camp. Laurent, who previously suffered concussions during training camp and again in Week 3, was hurt at the end a 19-yard reception in the third quarter. He reportedly began to experience dizziness after the play and he was immediately removed from the game. The concussion itself does not appear to be serious, but since he has suffered 3 concussions in just over 2 months he will almost certainly have to miss Week 5 and there is a chance that he will be sidelined beyond the team’s Week 6 bye.

TIGHT ENDS

Scott Chandler, BUF - Concussion

Bills’ TE Scott Chandler was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Patriots with a concussion, but the injury does not appear to be serious and team officials are hoping that he can play in Week 5. Chandler was injured when he was hit hard by Patriots’ LB Brandon Spikes and had to leave he game as a result. He was assessed on the sideline and quickly ruled out. Head coach Chan Gailey told reporters that the injury is “minor” but he’ll still have to pass a series of tests to be cleared. We’ll know more about his status after practice on Wednesday.


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