Early Injury Report: Week 9
Philip Gentles
October 30, 2012


Jake Locker, TEN - Shoulder Fracture

Titans’ QB Jake Locker, who hasn’t played since Week 4 after dislocating his left (non-throwing) shoulder for second time this season, is reportedly recovering from a fracture in the affected shoulder and team officials don’t expect him to play for at least another couple of weeks. Head coach Mike Munchak revealed to reporters on Monday that Locker hasn’t been cleared for contact because of a small fracture in his left shoulder. He has indicated that Locker will return to the starting lineup as soon as he is healthy, but that might not happen until after the team’s Week 11 bye. Matt Hasselbeck will continue to start while Locker is out.

Brady Quinn, KC - Concussion

Chiefs’ QB Brady Quinn was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders’ with a concussion and his status for Week 9 is considered questionable. Quinn left in the second quarter and according to reports he was declared out after testing for a concussion in the locker room. He was not at practice on Monday and the chances of him being cleared to play in Chiefs’ next game on Thursday appear to be slim. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Ryan Tannehill, MIA - Bone Bruise in Knee and Quadriceps Contusion

Dolphins’ rookie QB Ryan Tannehill left Sunday’s game against the Jets with a left knee and quadriceps injury and his status for Week 9 is currently unknown. Tannehill was hurt when he was sacked by Jets’ linebacker Calvin Pace in the first quarter. He limped off the field and he was examined on the sideline by the team’s medical staff. He wanted to go back into the game but the team’s medical staff decided to hold him out as a precaution and backup Matt Moore finished the game. According to reports an MRI on Tannehill’s leg revealed a bone bruise in his knee and a deep quadriceps contusion, however the cartilage and ligaments within the joint are OK. Head coach Joe Philbin did not have an update on Tannehill’s status for Week 9, but the injury is not serious and there is a chance that he will be available to play against the Colts. We’ll have an update on his injury a little later in the week.


Jonathan Dwyer, PIT - Strained Quadriceps

Steelers’ RB Jonathan Dwyer suffered a mild quadriceps strain during Sunday’s win over the Redskins, however the injury is not serious and the team expects him to play in their big Week 9 game against the Giants. Dwyer reportedly pulled his quad in the second half but he was able to play through the injury and finish the game. He was seen with an ice bag on his thigh in the locker room afterwards and he could be limited during portions of practice this week as a precaution. But Dwyer appears to be OK and he should be available to play on Sunday

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC - Midfoot Sprain

Jaguars’ RB Maurice Jones-Drew has already been ruled out for Week 9 and it appears that he could be out for several more weeks while he recovers from what is being called a midfoot sprain. According to reports MJD does not have a Lisfranc injury and he will not require surgery, however his injury is serious enough that he is still wearing a protective walking boot and team officials still aren’t sure when he will make his return to the field. There is an unconfirmed report that he is actually dealing with a strained arch on the bottom of his foot. Regardless of what the injury is, he will not be on the field this upcoming weekend against Detroit.


Chris Givens, STL - Bruised Toe

Rams’ rookie WR Chris Givens, who left Sunday’s game against the Patriots, has reportedly been diagnosed with a bruised toe and with the Rams on the bye this upcoming week he has plenty of time to recover before the team’s next game in Week 10. According to reports Givens jammed his foot at the end of his 50-yard touchdown reception and he was taken to the locker room for an examination. He was able to return to the field in the second quarter and he finished the game although he later admitted that his injured foot bothered him throughout. Precautionary X-rays were apparently negative and the team’s medical staff expects him to recover in time for the team’s next game.

DeSean Jackson, PHI - Sprained Ankle

Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson briefly left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and although he was able to return to the field his status for Week 9 remains unknown. Jackson was hurt when his ankle twisted awkwardly at the end of a 32-yard reception in the third quarter. He was eventually escorted to the locker room where he was X-rayed and examined. Fortunately x-rays were negative and after his ankle was taped he was allowed to return to the game. According to reports Jackson’s ankle was wrapped in ice in the locker room afterwards and team officials expect him to be limited in practice this week while he recovers. The fact that he was able to return to the field after getting hurt indicates that the injury isn’t serious, but it doesn’t guarantee that he will be healthy enough to play next Sunday. The Eagles will update his status after practice on Wednesday.

Calvin Johnson, DET - Lingering Knee Soreness

Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson, who has been dealing with soreness in his knee for over a week, admitted to reporters after Sunday’s game that his sore knee affected his performance. The exact nature of Johnson’s knee problem remains unknown, however it limited him in practice last week and it will likely limit him again this week as he prepares for the game against the Jaguars. Head coach Jim Schwartz acknowledged that Johnson is hurting, but indicated that his top WR would likely be available to play in Week 9. This is something that we will continue to keep an eye on.

Brandon Marshall, CHI - Minor Ankle Sprain

Bears’ WR Brandon Marshall tweaked his ankle at the end of Sunday’s game against the Panthers, but the injury is not serious and the team expects him to play in Week 9. Marshall was hurt in the fourth quarter when he was tackled by Thomas Davis and he briefly left the game. But he was able to walk it off on the sideline and he quickly returned to the field. Marshall will likely be limited in practice on Wednesday, however he should be fine when the Bears face the Titans on Sunday.

Wes Welker, NE - Sprained Ankle

Patriots’ WR Wes Welker, who left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Rams with a sprained ankle, told reporters that he believes the injury is minor and that he expects to play when the team returns from it’s Week 9 bye. Welker’s foot appeared to get caught on the turf while he made a catch late in the game. He left the field on his own and the injury was not considered serious but with the Patriots winning by a large margin the decision was made to keep him on the sideline. As expected the Patriots’ organization has been tight-lipped about Welker’s injury, but it doesn’t look bad and he should be fine in time for the team’s Week 10 matchup with the Bills.

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