Early Injury Report: Week 15
Philip Gentles
December 11, 2012


Jay Cutler, CHI - Neck Stiffness

Bears’ QB Jay Cutler is currently dealing with neck stiffness as a result of a whiplash injury that occurred during Sunday’s game against the Vikings. However Cutler believes he will be ready in time for week 15. Cutler was shaken up after being hit by Vikings’ DE Everson Griffen in the fourth quarter and he was replaced by backup Jason Campbell who finished the game. According to reports there was never concern that he suffered a concussion and although the injury is to his neck team officials don’t believe it is serious. Cutler will likely be held out of practice this week as a precaution and he will spend plenty of time in the training room getting treatment. But at this point it looks like he should be healthy enough to play in Week 15.

Robert Griffin III, WAS - Sprained LCL

Redskins’ rookie QB Robert Griffin III has been diagnosed with a grade 1 (mild) lateral collateral ligament sprain in his knee and while the injury could take several weeks to heal there is a chance that he will be cleared to play in Week 15. RGIII left Sunday’s game after taking a shot to¬† his knee in the fourth quarter and he was helped to the sidelines and eventually escorted to the locker room for an evaluation. According to reports the medical staff told him that his ACL was fine and that his injury was not serious so he was allowed to return to the sideline to watch the end of the game. An MRI on Monday revealed that the LCL in his knee was sprained and that he would likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers. RGIII told reporters on Monday that he expects to play in Week 15 and while it looks like he could, he probably shouldn’t as there is an increased chance for a more serious problem. His official status for the Redskins’ game against the Browns is currently unknown but the medical staff will monitor his recovery over the next couple of days and they will decide on his availability later in the week.


Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG - Undisclosed Knee Injury

Giants’ RB Ahmad Bradshaw underwent an MRI on Monday on his injured left knee and since the results have not been made public his status for Week 15 remains unknown. Bradshaw, who is already dealing with a lingering foot and knee problem, suffered an undisclosed left knee injury in the first quarter that forced him to the sideline. He was held out for several minutes before being cleared to return in the second quarter, but he split carries with rookie David Wilson for the remainder of the day. Since he was able to play through the injury it can’t be too serious, but he’s clearly operating at less than full speed and this additional injury won’t help matters. Head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed on Monday that Bradshaw was scheduled to undergo a series of tests and that he didn’t have an update because the tests were not complete. Hopefully we’ll know more about his injuries and his status for Week 15 on Wednesday.

Fred Jackson, BUF - Torn MCL

Bills’ RB Fred Jackson will miss the remainder of the season after he tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s loss to the Rams. Jackson was injured when he took a helmet to the knee on a carry in the fourth quarter. His leg bent awkwardly and he stayed on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the field. He was then carted to the locker room where a preliminary assessment indicated possible damage to his MCL. An MRI on Monday morning revealed that while the ligament itself was intact it is torn away from the bone and although the medical believes that it will not require surgery head coach Chan Gailey told reporters that Jackson is done for the year. He will likely be placed on injured reserve sometime this week.

Ray Rice, BAL - Hip Contusion

According to reports Ravens’ RB Ray Rice played Sunday through a hip contusion, but the injury is not considered serious and he should be fine for Week 15. It isn’t clear when the injury occurred, but Rice was seen limping a bit around the locker room after the game. As expected he was feeling a bit sore and stiff on Monday morning and while he could be limited in practice this week while he recovers, team officials aren’t concerned about his status and they expect him to play in their next game.


Dwayne Bowe, KC - Fractured Ribs

Chiefs’ WR Dwayne Bowe, who fractured two ribs on Sunday against the Browns, has already been ruled out for Week 15 and there is a good chance that he will not play again this season. Bowe was hurt when he was inadvertently kicked at the end of a first quarter reception. He threw-up on the field before walking off on his own and he was in so much pain on the sideline that he was eventually escorted to the locker room where X-rays revealed two fractured ribs. Bowe was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the game and on Monday morning team officials confirmed that his ribs were broken and that he would not be able to play in Week 15 against the Raiders. According to reports the Chiefs don’t expect him to play again this season so expect him to be placed on injured reserve sometime this week.¬†

Dez Bryant, DAL - Fractured Finger / Torn Finger Ligaments

Cowboys’ WR Dez Bryant has suffered a serious injury to his left index finger and according to reports he is scheduled to visit with a hand specialist today to determine his status for the remainder of the season. Bryant injured his hand in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bengals but he was able to return to the field and catch a touchdown pass after having his fingers taped together. He told reporters after the game that the injury was a sprain and that he expected to be OK. However there are reports that suggest he suffered a fracture and tore ligaments and head coach Jason Garrett said on Monday that Bryant has a “50:50” chance of playing again this season. It appears the Cowboys are waiting to see if he will need to undergo season-ending surgery this week or if he can continue to play with his fingers taped. We should have an update on his status today or tomorrow.

Hakeem Nicks, NYG - Lingering Knee Soreness

Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks, who has been dealing with soreness in his knee all season, came down on the problematic knee during Sunday’s game against the Saints and while he limped in between plays he stayed on the field and played through the discomfort. Nicks is dealing with a cartilage issue that has prevented him from playing at full speed and head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters on Monday that he didn’t expect him to be 100% at any point this season. The injury on Sunday aggravated the situation, but it shouldn’t keep him from playing in Week 15. Just don’t expect him to do more than he has already done so far this year.


Brent Celek, PHI - Concussion

Eagles’ TE Brent Celek, who left Sunday’s game against the Bucs with a concussion, has already been ruled out for Week 15 but the team is hopeful that he will be cleared to play in time for Week 16. Celek took a shot to the head in the first quarter and he was taken to the locker room where he tested positive for a concussion. The concussion is not believed to be serious, but the team has their next game on Thursday night and team officials didn’t think he had enough time to recover. The Eagles organization¬† has been historically conservative in regards to concussions so this early decision to keep him out shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Jared Cook, TEN - Torn Rotator Cuff

Titans’ TE Jared Cook will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on Monday revealed that he has a torn rotator cuff. Cook appeared to hurt his shoulder in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Colts. He was examined by the medical staff on the sideline and he did not return to the field. Team officials were very concerned about his status after the game and as it turns out he will need season-ending surgery to repair the damage to the rotator cuff in his shoulder. Cook has already been placed on injured reserve and according to reports if the procedure and his recovery go as planned he should be ready for training camp next year.

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