Early Injury Report: Week 17
Philip Gentles
December 25, 2012


Nick Foles, PHI - Fractured Hand

Eagles’ QB Nick Foles, who suffered a fractured right (throwing) hand during Sunday’s game against the Redskins, will not play in Week 17 and according to head coach Andy Reid it looks like Michael Vick will get the start in his place. Foles hurt his hand in the second quarter but he was able to return to the game after X-rays in the locker room were negative. Despite the increasing pain and discomfort he was able to finish the game, however a precautionary MRI on Monday morning revealed a hairline fracture that will take at least 3 weeks to heal.  He should be good to go when the team begins it’s off-season conditioning program.

Carson Palmer, OAK - Cracked Ribs and Bruised Lung

Raiders’ QB Carson Palmer will not play in the team’s final game of the year after he suffered several cracked ribs and a bruised lung during Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Palmer was hurt when he took a vicious shot to his back in the first quarter and he appeared to be in a significant amount of pain when he left the field. He was eventually taken to the locker room and although x-rays were inconclusive he was unable to return. A CT scan on Monday reportedly showed several cracked ribs and a bruised lung and although he hasn’t been officially ruled out of Week 17 there is very little chance that he plays against the Chargers.

Brandon Weeden, CLE - Sprained Shoulder

Browns’ rookie QB Brandon Weeden suffered what the team is calling a sprained shoulder during Sunday’s game against the Broncos and his status for Week 17 has yet to be determined. Weeden was hurt when he was sacked in the third quarter. He appeared to come down hard on his right (throwing) shoulder and he stayed down for several minutes before being helped off the field. He was taken to the locker room where he was examined and finally ruled out by the medical staff. An MRI was done on Monday and while the exact nature and severity of the injury have not been made public, team officials are calling it a sprain. The Browns have not said if Weeden will be out for Week 17, but don’t be surprised if they announce backup Colt McCoy as the starter.


Matt Forte, CHI - Sprained Ankle

Bears’ RB Matt Forte, who has been dealing with a lingering right ankle sprain, aggravated the injury in the second half of Sunday’s game but he still expects to play in Week 17. Forte left the game after hurting his ankle on a carry and he was later seen leaving the locker room with his foot in a protective boot. According to reports the team does not expect him to practice this week but Forte told reporters on Monday that he full expects to play in Week 17. The game against the Lions is a must win so even if Forte isn’t 100% (which he won’t be) the medical staff will do what they can to get him on the field. We’ll let you know how his ankle is doing later in the week. 

Arian Foster, HOU - Irregular Heartbeat

Texans’ RB Arian Foster did not finish Sunday’s game against the Vikings because of an irregular heartbeat, but according to reports everything has returned to normal and team officials expect him to be available for Week 17. Foster appeared to be a step slower through the first two quarters on Sunday and after complaining of shortness of breath the medical staff checked his heart rate and blood pressure on the sidelined and pulled him from the game as a precaution. His teammates were understandably concerned afterwards, however he reportedly visited with his cardiologist on Monday morning and has since received the all-clear. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Foster’s situation was “minor” and that he expected Foster to start in their final regular season game. We’ll keep you posted. 

Trent Richardson, CLE - Undisclosed Ankle Injury

RB Trent Richardson’s status for Week 17 appears to be in doubt after he left Sunday’s game against the Broncos with an undisclosed ankle injury. Richardson, who was hurt during a carry in the fourth quarter, hobbled off the field and he was eventually carted to the locker room. X-rays were negative however he was seen leaving the stadium with his foot in a protective boot. On Monday head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that Richardson’s ankle was not broken, however he did not disclosed the nature or severity of the injury and told reporters that he was scheduled to undergo additional testing over the next couple of days. The talented rookie has played through a variety of injuries this season, but he won’t be 100% for the Browns’ final regular season game so don’t be surprised if he is deactivated as a precaution.


Anquan Boldin, BAL - Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Ravens’ WR Anquan Boldin left Sunday’s game after coming down hard on his shoulder and while the nature of the injury is currently unknown the team is calling it “minor” and there is a chance that he will be able to play in Week 17. Boldin injured his shoulder while making a 16-yard catch in the third quarter. He was clearly favoring his shoulder as he left the field and after being examined on the sideline he was first labeled as “doubtful” to return and then “out.” Head coach John Harbaugh indicated after the game that the injury wasn’t serious, but the exact nature of the injury has not been made public. We should know more about his status for Week 17 on Wednesday.

Randall Cobb, GB - Sprained Ankle

Packers’ WR Randall Cobb left Sunday’s game against the Titans with a sprained ankle and his status for Week 17 is currently unknown. Cobb turned his ankle on a third-quarter punt return and a brief examination on the field by the medical staff did not reveal anything serious. But with the team winning by a large margin he was ruled out for the remainder of the game as a precaution. According to reports X-rays on his injured leg and ankle were negative. He also underwent an MRI on Monday, but the results have not been made public. It doesn’t look like the injury is serious, but his status for the Packers’ Week 17 game against the Vikings is still unknown. The medical staff could end up keeping him out so that he has an additional week to get ready for the playoffs.

Mario Manningham, SF - Torn ACL and PCL

49ers’ WR Mario Manningham will not play in Week 17 and he will miss the entire playoffs after tearing the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee on Sunday night against the Seahawks. Manningham was hurt when his knee twisted awkwardly while he tried to make a catch over the middle. He actually made the reception but he was in so much pain that he tossed the ball away resulting in a fumble. The medical staff escorted him to the sideline and he was carted to the locker room where he underwent and examination and precautionary X-rays. X-rays were negative, but he left the locker room on crutches and according to reports an MRI on Monday revealed that the ACL and PCL are torn. He’s scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling in the joint subsides and even if the procedure and his recovery go well he probably won’t be ready for start of training camp next year.

Cecil Shorts, JAX - Concussion

The Jaguars have placed WR Cecil Shorts on injured reserve after a neurological exam on Monday confirmed that he suffered his second-concussion of the season. Shorts took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the fourth quarter against the Patriots and he was declared out for the remainder of the game after he tested positive for a concussion in the locker room. He also suffered a concussion in Week 13 and with only one game to go the Jaguars medical staff decided to place him on IR as a precaution.

Mike Wallace, PIT - Strained Hip-Flexor

Steelers’ WR Mike Wallace apparently played through a hip-flexor strain on Sunday and there are reports that suggest he will not be active for Week 17. Wallace apparently was injured early and while he stayed in the game he struggled to create separation and get open and he was held to just one catch. The injury was originally reported as a hamstring strain, but on Monday the team announced that he injured his hip-flexor muscle. The severity of the injury is currently unknown, however team officials don’t expect him to practice this week and with nothing to play for in Week 17 he could end up missing the game as well.


Vernon Davis, DF - Concussion

49ers’ TE Vernon Davis suffered what head coach Jim Harbaugh called a “minor” concussion during Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Seahawks and since this is the first reported concussion in his career there is a good chance that he will be cleared for Week 17. Davis was hurt while trying to make a catch in the first quarter. He was able to get up on his own but he was clearly shaken up after the play and he was declared out after testing positive for a concussion in the locker room. Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that Davis was recovering well, but he wasn’t sure if Davis would be able to play in their regular-season finale. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Heath Miller, PIT - Torn ACL, PCL and MCL

An MRI on TE Heath Miller’s injured knee revealed multiple ligament tears and as expected he will not be able to play in Week 17. Miller hurt his knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bengals and he couldn’t put any weight on his leg so he had to be helped off the field. Initially the injury was reported as a PCL and MCL sprain but after a thorough examination on Monday the medical staff discovered that Miller suffered tears to his anterior cruciate ligament as well. Even if all goes well with the surgery and rehab Miller will definitely miss the team’s entire off-season conditioning program and all mini-camps in May and June. His status for the start of training camp is also in doubt and he probably won’t be 100% when the 2013 regular season begins.

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