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Early Injury Report: Week 12
Philip Gentles
November 20, 2012
 

QUARTERBACKS

Blaine Gabbert, JAX - Bruised Elbow

Jaguars’ QB Blaine Gabbert left Sunday’s game against the Texans with bruised right elbow and while the injury isn’t considered serious head coach Mike Mularkey indicated on Monday that Gabbert would no longer be the team’s starting QB. Gabbert, who was hurt when he was hit by Texans’ DB Daniel Manning in the first quarter, hasn’t played well this season and his injury opened the door for backup Chad Henne who stepped in and had a monster game in his place. It looks like the Jaguars will be moving forward with Henne as their starting QB. 

Byron Leftwich, PIT - Fractured Ribs and Bruised Shoulder

Steelers’ QB Byron Leftwich, who started in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday, fractured two ribs in the first quarter and according to reports he will not be able to play in Week 12 against the Browns. Leftwich hurt his ribs on his 31-yard touchdown run and although he stayed in the game he appeared to be in some discomfort. He later injured his shoulder and by the fourth quarter he was having trouble throwing the ball. Leftwich was reportedly having trouble breathing on Monday and team officials believe he will be out for at least a week while he recovers. Roethlisberger is not expected back for at least another week so look for Charlie Batch to be the Steelers starting QB in Week 12.

RUNNING BACKS

Felix Jones, DAL - Knee Contusion

Cowboys’ RB Felix Jones, who suffered a knee contusion in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Browns, played through the injury and while he was sore afterwards team officials expect him to be ready to play on Thursday. Jones was officially limited in practice on Monday and according to reports he spent time in the training room getting treatment. The injury is not serious, and while Jones has a history of getting hurt, this most current knee problem shouldn’t keep him out of the game against the Redskins.

LeSean McCoy, PHI - Concussion

Eagles’ RB LeSean McCoy is considered questionable for Week 12 after leaving Sunday’s game with a concussion. McCoy was hurt when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the fourth quarter and he had to be carted off the field. McCoy reportedly felt dizzy and tired immediately after the game and as expected he complained of a headache on Monday morning. Head coach Andy Reid didn’t know if McCoy would be ready to play next Monday night against the Panthers, but he is scheduled to undergo neurological testing today and tomorrow and we should know more about his status for Week 12 later in the week.

Willis McGahee, DEN - Torn MCL and Fractured Leg

Broncos’ RB Willis McGahee will likely miss the remainder of the regular season after an MRI on his injured right knee and leg revealed a torn medial collateral ligament and a broken bone. McGahee was injured at the end of an 8-yard run in the second quarter during Sunday’s game. He was able to leave the field without assistance but he was examined on the sideline and there was immediate concern that his MCL was damaged. X-rays in the locker room at halftime also revealed a break in his right leg and head coach John Fox told reporters after the game that his knee became very swollen. An MRI on Monday showed that his MCL was torn and although surgery won’t be necessary, the medical staff expects him to be out for the next 6 - 8 weeks while he recovers. McGahee told reporters that he would return to he field in as little as 4 weeks, but considering the nature of his injuries a return that quickly is extremely optimistic.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Donnie Avery, IND - Concussion

Colts’ WR Donnie Avery has been diagnosed with a concussion after leaving Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Avery was hurt when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter. He appeared to be dazed as he left the field and according to reports he failed a concussion test in the locker room at half time, so he was held out for of the remainder of the game. Avery was apparently feeling a little better on Monday morning, but his status for Week 12 remains unknown.

Dwayne Bowe, KC - Undisclosed Head / Neck Injury

Chiefs’ WR Dwayne Bowe left Sunday’s game against the Bengals with an undisclosed head or neck injury and his status for Week 12 remains unclear. Bowe came down on his head after attempting to catch a deep pass in the second quarter. He was taken to the locker room for an examination but returned to the sideline in the third quarter without his helmet. According to reports team officials have said that Bowe did not suffer a concussion, but the exact nature and severity of Bowe’s injury remains unknown. The team will update his status after practice on Wednesday.

Julio Jones, ATL - Sprained Ankle

Falcons’ WR Julio Jones, who sprained his ankle in Week 10, was limited throughout the game as a result of the injury and he was forced from the game for good after aggravating it in the second half. The severity of the reinjury remains unclear, but team officials aren’t expecting him to do much in practice this week while he recovers. The Falcons will have an update on his status on Wednesday.

Kevin Ogletree, DAL - Concussion

Cowboys’ WR Kevin Ogletree, who left Sunday’s game with a concussion, did not practice on Monday and team officials don’t expect him to be cleared in time for their Thanksgiving Day game against the Redskins. Ogletree took a shot to the head in the fourth quarter and although he walked off the field on his own he did not return to the game. He later told officials that he passed the sideline concussion test, however it was confirmed on Monday that he indeed suffered a concussion against the Browns. Don’t expect him to play in Week 12.

TIGHT ENDS

Rob Gronkowski, NE - Fractured Forearm

Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fractured bone in his left forearm and although typical recovery time would be about 4 - 8 weeks there are reports that suggest he will try to return in Week 14. Gronkowski was injured while blocking on the team’s final extra point in the fourth quarter on Sunday and he was immediately taken to the locker room where X-rays revealed a fractured bone. An MRI later that night confirmed that the injury would need to be surgically repaired. Best case scenario would appear to be a return in Week 16 or 17, but there has been some talk of the Patriots targeting Week 14. If this is true it would mean Gronkowski would have to play with a cast on his arm and obviously his ability to catch the ball would be greatly affected. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Dennis Pitta, BAL - Concussion

Ravens’ TE Dennis Pitta was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Steelers with a concussion, but according to reports his symptoms have already subsided and there is optimism that he will be available to play in Week 12. Pitta, who was hurt in the first quarter, apparently tested positive for a concussion on the sideline and he was declared out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed on Monday that Pitta suffered a concussion, however he told reporters that Pitta was symptom-free by the end of the game and that he was feeling even better on Monday morning. He’s still scheduled to undergo neurological testing throughout the week so we probably won’t know more about his status until Thursday or Friday.


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