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Early Injury Report: Week 13
Philip Gentles
November 27, 2012
 

QUARTERBACKS

Brandon Weeden, CLE - Concussion

Browns’ rookie QB Brandon Weeden was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion and his status for Week 13 appears to be in question. Weeden was injured when his head hit the knee of team mate when he was thrown down after a pass attempt in the fourth quarter. He was definitely shaken up but he was able to walk off the field and into the locker room on his own. According to reports Weeden tested positive for a concussion in the locker room, yet he tried to talk team officials into letting him return to finish the game. The concussion does not appear to be serious, but the Browns will probably do what they can to make sure their starting QB has completely recovered before putting him back in harm’s way.

RUNNING BACKS

Andre Brown, NYG - Fractured Fibula

Giants’ RB Andre Brown will miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a fracture to the fibula in his left leg during Sunday night’s game against the Packers. Brown severely twisted his ankle when he was tackled at the end of a carry in the fourth quarter. He was able to hobble off the field and limp to the locker room but X-rays revealed the fracture and additional testing on Monday morning confirmed the initial diagnosis. It isn’t clear if the injury will require surgery, but the team has placed him on Injured Reserve / designated for return. The special designation means that he can return after 8 weeks if he is healthy enough to do so. So his only chance of returning this season is if the Giants make another run to the Super Bowl.

Matt Forte, CHI - Undisclosed Ankle Injury

Bears’ RB Matt Forte, who missed a game earlier in the season because of right high ankle sprain, injured the same ankle in Sunday’s game against the Vikings and while the nature and severity of the injury remain a mystery his status for Week 13 is very much in question. Forte hurt his ankle on a third quarter carry and he appeared to be in a lot of pain when he left the field. He was eventually taken to the locker room and he did not finish the game. Team officials didn’t have an update on Forte’s injury on Monday, but we should know more about his status after Wednesday’s practice.

Kendall Hunter, SF - Sprained Ankle

49ers’ RB Kendall Hunter, who left Sunday’s game against the Saints with a left ankle sprain, underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public his status for Week 13 is considered questionable. Hunter injured his ankle on a third quarter carry and he was eventually carted to the locker room where he was further examined and treated. He did not return to the game and he was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches and his foot in a protective boot. There are unconfirmed reports that he is dealing with a high ankle sprain and if that is he case then he could be out for at least a couple of weeks.

Jalen Parmele, JAC - Strained Groin

According to reports Jaguars’ RB Jalen Parmele suffered a groin strain during Sunday’s game and his status for Week 13 is currently unknown. Parmele first injured his leg in the first quarter and he spent over a quarter on the stationary bike trying to loosen up his tightening groin. He was able to return in the second half but he appeared to aggravate the injury in the fourth quarter and he finally left the game for good. As expected his groin was stiff and sore on Monday morning and team officials expect him to be limited in practice this week while he recovers.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Devin Hester, CHI - Concussion’

Bears’ WR Devin Hester left Sunday’s game with a concussion and his status for Week 13 is currently unknown. Hester was hurt in the first half and after complaining of a headache on the sideline he was taken to the locker room where he was examined. He was diagnosed with a concussion and held out for the remainder of the game and although the injury does not appear to be serious he probably won’t do much in practice this week. It’s still too early to tell if he will be cleared to play in Week 13 so check back later in the week for an update.

DeSean Jackson, PHI - Torn Rib Cartilage

Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson left Monday night’s game against the Panthers in the first quarter after tearing rib cartilage and his status for Week 13 is currently unknown. Jackson, who was hurt at the end of an end-around, was taken to the locker room where he was examined and x-rays. Results of the x-rays were negative, but he was having a hard time just walking around so he was held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters after the game that Jackson was diagnosed with a rib cartilage injury but he didn’t know now serious it was or how long it would keep him sidelined. We’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE: HC Andy Reid revealed that DeSean Jackson fractured his ribs during Monday night's loss to the Panthers. Jackson will be placed on IR, ending his 2012 season

Kyle Williams, SF - Torn ACL

49ers’ WR Kyle Williams will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s game against the Saints. Williams immediately grabbed his knee after being hit in the third quarter and he had to be helped off the field. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game after an initial assessment revealed possible damage to his ACL. And MRI on Monday morning confirmed that his ACL is torn and he is scheduled to undergo season-ending reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint subsides. Even if surgery and rehab goes as planned he probably won’t be ready in time for training camp next year. With Williams out team officials expect disappointing rookie A.J. Jenkins to finally see some action.

TIGHT ENDS

Kyle Rudolph, MIN - Concussion

Vikings’ TE Kyle Rudolph has been diagnosed with a concussion after getting hit in the head and leaving Sunday’s game and his status for Week 13 is considered questionable. Rudolph, who was hurt in the fourth quarter, reportedly experienced dizziness on the sideline and head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed that Rudolph was suffering from concussion symptoms immediately after the game. The concussion does not appear to be serious, but he won’t take part in contact drills this week while he recovers. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.


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