Early Injury Report: Week 10
Philip Gentles
November 6, 2012


Robert Griffin III, WAS - Bruised Ribs

Redskins’ rookie QB Robert Griffin III took a beating on Sunday against the Panthers. He was sacked 4 times and the Panthers were credited with 13 QB hits. So it should come as no surprise that RG3 complained of soreness in his rib area afterwards. According to reports he actually began to feel soreness in his chest after being hit early in the game, however he stayed in and played through the discomfort. Fortunately x-rays after the game were negative and with the team on a bye in Week 10 he will have an extra week to recover.

Tony Romo, DAL - Minor Back Strain

Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo reportedly suffered a minor back strain at the end of Sunday night’s loss to the Falcons but team officials expect him to be OK. Romo apparently hurt his back while scrambling on the last play of the game and he was later seen moving around “gingerly” in the locker room afterwards. According to reports Romo was feeling a little stiff on Monday and he’ll likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers. But the injury isn’t serious and he told reporters that he expects to play against the Eagles.


Donald Brown, IND - Knee soreness and inflammation

Colts’ RB Donald Brown, who missed time earlier in the season after undergoing a minor surgical procedure to repair torn knee cartilage, reportedly left Sunday’s game after complaining of soreness in the same joint and his status for Week 10 is unknown. Brown was on the field for the Colts’ first offensive possession but told the team’s medical staff that his surgically repaired knee was bothering him so he was held out for the remainder of the game as a precaution. According to reports not only did Brown complain of soreness his knee was swollen after the game as well and there is a good chance that he will be limited in practice this week while he recovers. The Colts face the Jaguars on Thursday and considering the nature of Brown’s problems I would be surprised if he is active.

Darren McFadden, OAK - High Ankle Sprain

According to reports Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden has been diagnosed with a mild form of a high ankle sprain and his status for Week 10 is considered questionable. McFadden was hurt after a second-quarter play and after limping to the sideline he was escorted to the locker room where he was x-rayed and examined. X-rays were reportedly negative but was having a hard time pushing off and cutting and so he was declared out for the remainder of the game. An MRI on Monday revealed that McFadden suffered a mild sprain to the syndesmosis joint (high ankle sprain) and it’s too early to tell if he will be able to play in Week 10. We’ll know more about his status after practice on Wednesday. Backup running back Mike Goodson has also been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and his status is also considered questionable. If McFadden and Goodson are limited or inactive against the Ravens look for FB Marcel Reece to see a lot of action in their place.


Donnie Avery, IND - Hip Contusion

Colts’ WR Donnie Avery was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after suffering what appeared to be a hip contusion and his status for Thursday’s game against the Jaguars is currently unknown. Avery was hurt when he collided with Dolphins’ DB Nolan Carroll while he tried to make a catch on a deep pass in the third quarter. Avery stayed down and he appeared to be in a lot of discomfort while being examined by the team’s medical staff. He was helped to the sideline and held out for the remainder of the game. The Colts have no confirmed the nature of Avery’s injury and his status for Week 10 remains a mystery. We’ll keep you posted on his status.

Antonio Brown, PIT - High Ankle Sprain

Steelers’ WR Antonio Brown left Sunday’s game after suffering a high left ankle sprain and his status for Week 10 is considered questionable. Brown., who was hurt when his foot got tangled up with a defensive back while trying to make a long reception in the first quarter, told reporters after the game that he wanted to return to the field in the second quarter and again in the third but the decision was made by the medical staff to keep him on the sideline. On Monday head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that an MRI revealed that Brown’s injury was a “mild” high ankle sprain. Brown will likely miss practice time this week while he recovers and don’t be surprised if he ends up as a game-time decision for the team’s Week 10 game against the Chiefs.

Percy Harvin, MIN - Sprained Ankle

Vikings’ WR Percy Harvin will likely miss at least one game after spraining his left ankle in three places on Sunday against the Seahawks, but team officials are hoping that he will be healthy enough to play following their Week 11 bye. Harvin turned his ankle while being tackled in the third quarter and he stayed on the ground for a couple of minutes before being helped up and escorted off the field. After being examined his ankle was taped and he tried to make a return to the field in the fourth quarter, but he was limping badly and he was used primarily as a decoy for the remainder of the game. According to reports an MRI on the injured ankle revealed sprains to three ligaments (two on the outside and one on the inside) and he was spotted on crutches on Monday. When asked if he would be able to play in Week 10 he told reporters that he was a “long shot.” Team officials don’t expect him to play and although he hasn’t officially been ruled out for the Vikings next game there is a good chance that he will be inactive.

Stevie Johnson, BUF - Thigh Contusion

WR Stevie Johnson’s status for Week 10 is currently unknown after he suffered what head coach Chan Gailey has classified as a “bad” thigh contusion. Johnson took a knee to the thigh in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Texans and after limping off the field he was examined and stretched. He returned and tried playing through the injury but it was clear that it was affecting his mobility and he was held without a catch in the second half. Gailey told reporters that the team wasn’t sure if Johnson would be able to play in Week 10. According to reports Johnson is dealing with a lot of swelling within the injured thigh and his status depends on how much of the swelling is controlled and reduced. He’ll likely be held out of practice while he recovers and we should know more about his Week 10 availability later in the week.

Santana Moss, WAS - Concussion

Redskins’ WR Santana Moss was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion, but team officials expect him to be cleared for all football related activities when they return from their Week 10 bye. Moss took a shot to the head in the fourth quarter and he was declared out for the remainder of the game after a preliminary examination revealed a minor concussion. Moss underwent additional neurological testing on Monday and it was confirmed that his head injury was indeed a concussion. He is scheduled to be reevaluated every day throughout the week but since the concussion is considered mild he should be able to play in Week 11.

Jordy Nelson, GB - Sprained Ankle

Packers’ WR Jordy Nelson, who missed Week 8 because of a hamstring injury, was back on the field on Sunday against the Cardinals. Unfortunately his return didn’t last long as he left the game in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle. Nelson was injured while trying to make a catch in the end zone and after being examined on the sideline he was declared out for the remainder of the afternoon. The severity of the ankle sprain has not been made public, but team officials have said that they expect Nelson to be fine following their Week 10 bye. We’ll update his status next week.

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