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Pre-Season Injury Report
Philip Gentles
August 27, 2013
 

QUARTERBACKS

Kevin Kolb, BUF – Severe Concussion

Bills’ QB Kevin Kolb will miss the remainder of the preseason as well as Week 1 of the regular season after he suffered what has been described as a severe concussion during Saturday’s preseason game against the Redskins. Kolb was hurt when he took a knee to the back of his ahead at the end of a scramble in the first-quarter. The incident didn’t look serious at the time, but he appeared wobbly as he walked off the field and he couldn’t answer questions like “what’s your name” and “where are you” during an evaluation on the sideline. Kolb has a history of concussions and there are concerns that the latest problem could keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. With rookie E.J. Manuel recovering from a minor knee procedure the Bills have announced that undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel will be the team’s starting QB for Week 1 of the regular season.

Mark Sanchez, NYJ – Shoulder Contusion

Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez, who left Saturday night’s preseason game with a right shoulder injury, has reportedly been diagnosed with a contusion and his status for Week 1 of the regular season appears to be in question. Sanchez was hurt when he was hit hard by Giants’ DT Marvin Austin in the further quarter and he was escorted to the locker room where he was examined. Precautionary X-rays were negative and according to reports an MRI the next day revealed a lot of bruising, but everything else appeared to be OK. He has already been ruled out for the remainder of the preseason, but despite the favorable diagnosis there is some concern that Sanchez won’t be 100% in time for the start of the regular season which means that Geno Smith could be the Jets’ starting QB in Week 1.

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RUNNING BACKS

Le’Veon Bell, PIT – Lisfranc Sprain

Steelers’ rookie RB Le’Veon Bell will miss at least 6 weeks after an MRI on his injured right foot revealed a small Lisfranc ligament tear. There was some concern that Bell had suffered a Lisfranc injury that would require season-ending surgery, however the team’s initial impression and a second opinion from a specialist both indicated that surgery was unnecessary and that with the right amount of rest and rehab he could be back on the field sometime in early October. According to reports his recovery is off to a good start. He’s already walking without discomfort in his foot and he hopes to begin jogging in three weeks. Isaac Redman is still recovering from a stinger so it looks like Jonathan Dwyer is the favorite to be the Steelers’ Week 1 starter,

Darren McFadden, OAK – Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden was held out of last Friday’s preseason game against the Bears because of a shoulder injury, however coach Dennis Allen told reporters that the injury is minor and he said that he would be ready to play in Week 1. McFadden was reportedly hurt in the preseason game against the Saints and although he was able to practice last week the team’s medical staff didn’t want him aggravating the injury and decided to keep him out against the Bears as a precaution. The exact nature of McFadden’s shoulder injury has not been made public, but team officials aren’t concerned and they don’t expect it to be an issue when the regular season begins.

Rashard Mendenhall, ARI – Undisclosed Knee Sprain

Cardinals’ RB Rashard Mendenhall has been diagnosed with a minor sprain in his right knee and his status for Week 1 is now in question. Mendenhall, who tore the ACL in his right knee while playing for the Steelers back in January of 2012 and missed portions of training camp while dealing with tendonitis in the same knee, was hurt in the first half of Saturday night’s game and he complained of “looseness” in his problematic right knee afterwards. An MRI reportedly revealed a minor sprain, although it isn’t clear what ligament was sprained. Team officials are hoping that he will recover in time for the start of the regular season, but these ongoing issues in his surgically reconstructed knee are a concern. Keep a close eye on this situation.

Jonathan Stewart, CAR – Bi-lateral Arthroscopic Ankle Surgeries

Panthers’ RB Jonathan Stewart has completed recovered from left ankle surgery, however he remains on the active/PUP list because he continues to have problems with his surgically repaired right ankle and according to reports he is scheduled to meet with an orthopedic specialist to determine his status for the start of the regular season. Stewart continues to experience chronic instability and continuing discomfort in his right ankle and there is concern that he could miss a portion of the regular season as a result. Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters that he was encouraged by what he has seen, however he did indicate that Stewart could begin the regular season in the reserve/PUP list. Well know more about his status shortly.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Malcom Floyd, SDMinor Knee Sprain

Chargers’ WR Malcom Floyd, who missed the last two weeks with a minor knee sprain, made his return to practice on Monday and he should be ready when the regular season begins. Floyd was injured in a collision with a teammate in practice and there was initial concern that the injury would keep him out for an extended period of time. But fortunately an MRI revealed just a minor sprain and after just two weeks of rest and rehab he was cleared to return to practice. His reps will likely be limited for the remainder of the preseason as a precaution, bur team officials expect him to be in starting lineup for Week 1.

Santonio Holmes, NYJ – Lisfranc Surgery

Jets’ WR Santonio Holmes, who has been recovering from a severe Lisfranc injury, has finally been activated from active/PUP list and he took part in practice on Monday for the first time since getting hurt last season. Holmes had been telling reporters that the pain in his injured foot was there “every morning” and that it wouldn’t go away, but according to reports team officials always believed that he was healthier than he let on and that he was using his injury as a way of avoiding training camp. As it turns out the team’s medical staff has wanted to clear Holmes for quite some time, but he has been resistant. Holmes finally passed a physical this past weekend and his foot apparently held up well during the practice on Monday. He’s expected to practice again today, however it isn’t clear if he will play in the team’s next preseason game.

TIGHT ENDS

Tony Moeaki, KC – Fractured Shoulder

Chiefs’ TE Tony Moeaki will miss the remainder of the preseason and likely a significant portion of the regular season after X-rays on his injured shoulder revealed a fracture. Moeaki was reportedly hurt in Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers, but at the moment it isn’t clear how he was hurt or what bone was fractured. The timetable for his return is also unknown, and while he will likely be out for an extended period of time there are reports that suggest he could try and play through the injury when the regular season begins. We should know more about his Week 1 status soon.


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