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Early Injury Report: Week 1
Philip Gentles
September 3, 2013
 

QUARTERBACKS

Blaine Gabbert, JAC – Fractured Thumb

Jaguars’ QB Blaine Gabbert, who is recovering from a small fracture in his right (throwing) thumb, did some light throwing in practice on Monday but despite his optimism his status for Week 1 remains a question mark. Gabbert continues to wear a protective brace over his thumb and he still hasn’t been officially cleared to play yet. He recently told reporters that he expects to be cleared within the next couple of days.

Robert Griffin III, WAS – Major Knee Reconstruction

Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III, who is recovering from major knee surgery, will be in the team’s starting lineup in Week 1. There was an ESPN report that said Dr. James Andrews was concerned about Griffin’s readiness and how the Redskins were planning on using him, but Andrews has denied that he is concerned. It will certainly be interesting to see how his knee responds to contact.

E.J. Manuel, BUF – Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Bills’ rookie QB E.J. Manuel had minor arthroscopic surgery to remove pieces of torn cartilage in his knee just two weeks ago, but he made a surprising return to practice on Sunday and after practicing with the team on Monday team officials believe there is a chance that he will be able to play in Week 1. QB Jeff Tuel was supposed to get the start in Week 1, however Manuel has recovered very quickly and the team wants to see how he does over the next couple of days before officially naming a starter for the regular season opener.

Mark Sanchez, NYJ – Bruised Shoulder

According to reports Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez will not play in Week 1 because of what the team is calling a bruised shoulder and there is some concern that the injury could keep him out for several weeks. Sanchez hasn’t thrown a football since getting hurt over a week ago and there are reports that suggest the injury is worse than what the team is indicating. Geno Smith will start in Week 1 against the Bucs.

RUNNING BACKS

Le’Veon Bell, PIT – Lisfranc Sprain

Steelers’ RB Le’Veon Bell has already been ruled out for Week 1 because he is currently recovering from a Lisfranc sprain, however his foot is no longer in a walking boot and he told reporters that he will try and make his return by as early as Week 2. Isaac Redman will get the start in his place.

Ahmad Bradshaw, IND – Foot Surgery

Colts’ RB Ahmad Bradshaw did not take any reps during the preseason, however head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Monday that he will be active against the Raiders in Week 1. Bradshaw missed training camp and was limited throughout the preseason while he recovered from off-season foot surgery. But the good news is that Bradshaw is very close to full strength and Pagano plans on using him a lot on offense to start the regular season. Vick Ballard has been practicing with first team offense so don’t be surprised if Bradshaw splits touches with him against the Raiders.

Andre Brown, NYG – Fractured Leg

Giants’ RB Andre Brown suffered a small left-leg fracture in the team’s preseason finale and not only has he been ruled out for Week 1, but he will probably be out until at least Week 4. According to reports the fracture will not require surgery, but his leg will likely be in a cast for the next 4 weeks. David Wilson will get more touches while Brown is out.

Arian Foster, HOU – Lower Back Inflammation / Calf Strain

Texans’ RB Arian Foster appears to be OK after missing time during the preseason with lower back inflammation and a calf strain. Foster spoke with reporters last week and said that he felt rested and ready for the regular season. Head coach Gary Kubiak has confirmed that Foster will play in Week 1, but he has confirmed that Foster’s playing time will be limited.

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC – Lisfranc Surgery

Jaguars’ RB Maurice Jones-Drew is now 8 months removed from Lisfranc surgery and according to reports he looks ready for the start of the regular season. MJD took part in nearly every practice during the preseason and he played in two exhibition games without any problems or setbacks. MJD told reporters that his foot was fine and that he feels comfortable whenever he runs or cuts. He’ll be in the Jaguars’ Week 1 starting lineup. 

Darren McFadden, OAK – Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden was limited during the final weeks of the preseason because of an undisclosed shoulder injury. But he’s returned to full practice and team officials expect McFadden to be in the starting lineup for Week 1.

Rashard Mendenhall, ARI – Minor Knee Sprain

Cardinals’ RB Rashard Mendenhall did not play in the team’s preseason finale and he was held out of practice on Monday because of a minor knee sprain. However head coach Bruce Arians expects Mendenhall to practice with the team on Wednesday and play in Week 1 against the Rams.

Isaac Redman, PIT – Stinger

Steelers’ RB Isaac Redman, who missed the team’s final 3 preseason games because of lingering weakness and discomfort associated with a stinger that he suffered in early August, has returned to full practice and he will active for Week 1. There was some concern that he wouldn’t be ready in time to play against the Titans, but it appears that he is healthy again and ready for the regular season. Redman told reporters that he expects to start, however local Pittsburgh newspapers are saying that Felix Jones will be in the starting lineup.

Jonathan Stewart, CAR – Bi-lateral Ankle Surgeries

The Panthers’ have placed RB Jonathan Stewart on the reserve/PUP list which means he won’t be able to play in Week 1 and he won’t be eligible to make his return until after Week 6. Stewart has been recovering from off-season surgeries on both ankles, and while his left ankle is fine his right ankle continues to be problematic.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Michael Crabtree, SF – Ruptured Achilles’ Tendon

49ers’ WR Michael Crabtree, who tore the Achilles’ tendon in his right leg during OTAs in May, has been placed on the team’s reserve/PUP list which means he could be eligible to play by as early as Week 7. However, team officials have said that they don’t expect him to be ready until sometime after Week 10.

Victor Cruz, NYG – Heel Contusion

Giants’ WR Victor Cruz missed the last two weeks of the preseason because of a heel contusion. But the good news is that Cruz was able to practice with the team on Monday and team officials expect him to be in the starting lineup for Week 1 against the Cowboys.

Percy Harvin, SEA – Hip Surgery

The Seahawks have placed WR Percy Harvin, who is recovering from hip surgery, on the reserve/PUP list which means he could return as early as Week 7. According to reports the team believes he will be ready to play around Thanksgiving, but they haven’t ruled out the possibility of him returning sooner.

Santonio Holmes, NYJ – Lisfranc Surgery

Jets’ WR Santonio Holmes continues to speak pessimistically about his surgically repaired foot, however he did practice with the team on Monday and team officials believe that he will be active in Week 1. Holmes recently told reporters that his foot is far from 100% and he indicated that he wouldn’t play until he was back to full strength. But according to reports his foot has held up well in practice and he appears to be OK. It’s probably a good idea to keep him out of your fantasy lineups until we see how he does in a game. 

Calvin Johnson, DET – Knee Contusion

Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson has been limited in practices and he was held out of preseason games because of a bruised knee. However the injury was never considered serious and he was held out as a precaution. Johnson’s knee will not be an issue this upcoming week and he will be in the team’s Week 1 starting lineup.

Mario Manningham, SF – Major Knee Surgery

The 49ers have placed WR Mario Manningham, who is still recovering from major knee surgery, on the reserve/PUP list which means that not only will be in inactive for Week 1 but he is ineligible to play until after Week 6. The team expects him to be healthy enough to return and contribute in Week 7.

Sidney Rice, SEA – Knee Inflammation

Seahawks’ WR Sidney Rice missed the entire preseason while he recovered from a knee inflammation. Rice underwent a special non-surgical plasma procedure in Switzerland he hoped would help his chronically inflamed knee. By all accounts he has recovered well and head coach Pete Carroll believes that he will be ready to play in Week 1. Still no confirmation on his status yet, so check back later in the week for an update. 

Wes Welker, DEN – Sprained Ankle

Broncos’ WR Wes Welker, who has been dealing with a minor ankle sprain for the last couple of weeks, has already made his return to full practice and team officials expect to be in the starting lineup for Week 1. Welker did not play in the team’s final preseason game, but he was held out as a precaution and according to reports his ankle is already back to full strength.

Roddy White, ATL – Minor Ankle Sprain

Team officials continue to call Roddy White’s sprained ankle and minor injury and according to reports he will be ready for their Week 1 game. It isn’t clear if White was able to practice on Monday, but there is optimism that he will be able to practice at some point this week and play against the Saints. We’re still waiting on confirmation from a team official about his status so check with us later in the week for an update.

Kendal Wright, TEN – Sprained Knee

Titans’ WR Kendal Wright suffered a sprained knee two weeks ago and there was some concern that he wouldn’t be ready for the start of the regular season. However he has progressed well in his recovery and after practicing on Monday team officials expect him to be active in Week 1 against the Steelers.

TIGHT ENDS

Ed Dickson, BAL – Partially Torn Hamstring

Ravens’ TE Ed Dickson, who missed part of training camp and the preseason with a partially torn hamstring, made his return to the field on August 19 and after taking part in full practice on Monday it appears that he will be in the starting lineup for Week 1. According to reports Dickson hasn’t had any setbacks in his recovery and his leg is close to be 100%.

Rob Gronkowski, NE – Forearm and Back Surgery

Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski practiced with the team on Sunday for the first time since undergoing multiple off-season forearm and back surgeries, however his status for Week 1 appears to be in doubt. Gronkowski reportedly practiced at half speed and while his recovery is going well he probably won’t make his regular season debut until Week 2 or 3.

Heath Miller, PIT – Reconstructive Knee Surgery

Steelers’ TE Heath Miller, who tore his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments as well as his medial collateral ligaments and cartilage in his knee during a game in late December last year, has finally been removed from team’s active/PUP list. However he hasn’t started practicing with the team and his status for Week 1 appears to be in doubt. Miller recently told reporters that he is close to making his full return, but he didn’t know exactly when that would be. 


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