Early Injury Report: Week 14
Philip Gentles
December 4, 2012


Rashad Jennings, JAC - Concussion

Jaguars’ RB Rashad Jennings did not finish Sunday’s game because of a concussion and his status for Week 14 is currently unknown. Jennings landed on his head at the end of a carry in the second quarter and he was escorted to the locker room where he was examined and diagnosed with a concussion. The concussion does not appear to be serious, but he reportedly had a headache on Monday and team officials aren’t sure if he will be able to play in their next game. He has several tests to pass before he is cleared so check back later in the week for an update.


Ryan Broyles, DET - Torn ACL

Lions’ rookie WR Ryan Broyles will miss the remainder of the 2012 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s game against the Colts. Broyles, who tore the ACL in his left knee when he was in college, was hurt when his knee slammed into the ground at the end of a wide receiver screen in the first quarter. He was escorted to the sideline and then he was taken to the locker room where the medical staff discovered possible damage to his right ACL. An MRI on Monday confirmed that his ACL is torn and he is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint has subsided. Even if the surgery and rehab go well Broyles will likely begin training camp next year on the active PUP list.

Julian Edelman, NE - Undisclosed Lower Leg Injury

Patriots’ WR Julian Edelman suffered an undisclosed lower leg injury during Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and his status for Week 14 appears to be in doubt. Edelman was hurt in the fourth quarter and he was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches and with his foot in a protective boot. As expected the Patriots have not disclosed the nature and severity of the injury, but according to several websites it could keep Edelman out for an extended period of time.

Stevie Johnson, BUF - Hamstring Tightness

Bills’ WR Stevie Johnson left Sunday’s game because of what he described as hamstring tightness but he still expects to play in Week 14. Johnson told reporters that his hamstring began to bother him prior to his touchdown catch in the third quarter. He tried to play through the discomfort and the medical staff did what they could to keep him loose, but he was finally removed from the game before the start of the fourth quarter. Johnson’s leg was sore on Monday and team officials expect him to be limited in practice this week, but with some rest and a lot of treatment Johnson believes he will be ready in time for their next game against the Rams.

Mario Manningham, SF - Undisclosed  Shoulder Injury

49ers’ WR Mario Manningham, who missed a game in October because of a shoulder injury, aggravated the problem during Sunday’s loss to the Rams and his status for Week 14 is considered questionable. Manningham has been dealing with soreness in his shoulder since Week 7 and he hurt it again late in the fourth quarter. He was quickly ruled out of the game and while head coach Jim Harbaugh did not have an update on his status on Monday morning there is concern that the injury will keep Manningham sidelined for at least a week. The team will have an update on his shoulder after practice on Wednesday.¬†

Jordy Nelson, GB - Strained Hamstring

Packers’ WR Jordy Nelson left Sunday’s game against the Vikings with a strained hamstring and his status for Week 14 is considered very questionable. According to reports Nelson tweaked his hamstring during pre-game warm-ups and aggravated the problem on a 10-yard reception in the first quarter. He limped off the field and he was taken to the locker room where the medical staff decided that his day was over. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Nelson was feeling sore and tight on Monday morning and that while the injury wasn’t serious that it will be difficult for him to practice and play this week. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Sidney Rice, SEA - Possible Concussion

Seahawks’ WR Sidney Rice took a vicious hit on his game-winning touchdown catch on Sunday and while there was immediate concern that he may have suffered a concussion he tweeted out that he in fact passed the concussion test and that he would be able to play in Week 14. Rice was definitely shaken up on his touchdown catch and it appeared that he was unconscious for a brief time before being attended to and helped up by the medical staff. Rice claims he wasn’t concussed and that he has already been cleared to play next week, but we’re still waiting on word from team officials.

Cecil Shorts, JAC - Concussion

Jaguars’ WR Cecil Shorts was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion, but the injury does not appear to be serious and team officials appear optimistic about his chance of returning to the field against the Jets. Shorts took a hard hit to the head in the fourth quarter and he stayed down for several minutes before getting up and walking off the field. He was seen smiling on the sideline and according to reports he was spotted in the locker room laughing with teammates indicating that his concussion is likely not serious. Shorts will reevaluated daily and he’ll have to pass a series of tests before he is allowed to play in Week 14. Right now things are looking good, but check back later in the week for an update.


Dustin Keller, NYJ - Sprained Ankle

According to Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan TE Dustin Keller suffered a regular ankle sprain during Sunday’s game against the Cardinals but his status for Week 14 remains unknown. Keller, who left after twisting his ankle and leg in the second quarter, apparently complained of soreness in the joint on Monday morning and Ryan said that he was dealing with some swelling as well. Several websites reported that Keller suffered a high ankle sprain, but Ryan revealed that the sprain was of the regular variety. He will likely miss some practice time this week and a decision on his availability for Week 14 probably won’t be made until a day or two before the game.

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