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Early Injury Report: Week 7
Philip Gentles
October 16, 2012
 

QUARTERBACKS

Kevin Kolb, ARI - Bruised Ribs

Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb was knocked out of Sunday’s game with bruised ribs and his status for Week 7 is in question. Kolb was hurt when he was sacked at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter. He got up and slowly walked off the field on his own, but he was in a lot of pain and he was replaced by backup John Skelton. Kolb was escorted to the locker room where he was x-rayed and examined. X-rays were negative and while the results of an MRI on Monday have not been revealed it is believed he suffered bruised ribs. Kolb was reportedly feeling very sore on Monday and he is still having trouble breathing so it is currently unclear if he will be healthy enough to play in Week 7. We should know more about his status on Wednesday.

RUNNING BACKS

Jahvid Best, DET - Post-concussion Syndrome

Lions’ RB Jahvid Best, who was placed on the reserve/PUP list in September because of post-concussion syndrome, has now been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Best was eligible to make his return to the team on Monday and according to several reports he was in excellent shape and team officials were optimistic that he would cleared. However after undergoing a series of neurological tests and consulting with several specialists it was determined that Best was still not ready to play. Best has told reporters that he will continue to try and play football, but right now it isn’t cleat if he’ll ever be able to make his return.

DeMarco Murray, DAL - Sprained Foot

Cowboys’ RB DeMarco Murray left Sunday’s game against the Ravens’ with a sprained foot and his status for Week 7 appears to be in doubt. Murray hurt his foot on a carry at the end of the second quarter. X-rays in the locker room at halftime were negative, but he was having trouble planting and cutting so he was replaced by Felix Jones. Murray did try and return to the game in the third quarter and his foot was heavily taped in an effort to protect it. But he didn’t feel comfortable running and after just one carry he was back on the sideline. There was concern that he suffered some kind of Lisfranc injury, however according to reports the MRI on Monday showed ligament damage unrelated to a Lisfranc injury. So the good news is that Murray’s season isn’t over. Unfortunately the injury will probably keep him out of Week 7 and there are reports that suggest he could be out a little longer. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Bilal Powell, NYJ - Dislocated Shoulder

Jets’ RB Bilal Powell will miss at least one week after dislocating his right shoulder during Sunday’s game against the Colts. Powell, who left the game after hurting his shoulder in the third quarter, had the dislocation reduced on the sideline but he was unable to return. He underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public it appears that Powell will be unable to play this upcoming week against the Patriots. The Jets have their bye in Week 9 so there is speculation that Powell could be held out until Week 10 as a precaution.

Trent Richardson, CLE - Torn Rib Cartilage’

Browns’ rookie RB Trent Richardson, who left Sunday’s game against the Bengals with a rib injury, has been diagnosed with torn rib cartilage but the injury is not serious and he should be able to play in Week 7. Richardson was hurt when he took a helmet to his right side on a third-quarter carry. X-rays in the locker room were negative, but he was in a lot of pain and he was unable to return to the game. Coach Pat Shurmur told reporters on Monday than an MRI revealed some damage to the cartilage between his ribs. Richardson will likely be limited in practice this week but since the injury isn’t serious if he can find a way to tolerate the discomfort he should be able to play against the Colts.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Pierre Garcon, WAS - Toe Inflammation

Redskins’ WR Pierre Garcon, who was inactive on Sunday for the third time this season, is apparently dealing with toe inflammation and his status for the team’s next game is already in question. Garcon appeared to reinjure his right foot in practice on Friday and he was subsequently ruled out of Week 6 action as a result. An MRI on Monday revealed that the capsule underneath his second toe is inflammation. The injury may not sound serious, but since it prevents him from pushing off, planting and cutting it makes it difficult to play. Team officials hope that he will recover enough to face the Giants this upcoming week but right now it doesn’t look promising.

Brandon Lloyd, NE - Bruised Shoulder

Patriots’ WR Brandon Lloyd suffered what is being called a bruised shoulder on Sunday and his status for Week 7 is currently unknown. Lloyd was hurt while trying to make a diving catch in the fourth quarter. It looked like he fell on his hip during the play, however it appears that the injury is just to his shoulder. He briefly left the game but later return for the final two plays of the game. As with all injuries the Patriots’ organization has not said much about Lloyd’s shoulder, but according to reports it does not appear to be serious.


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