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Early Injury Report: Week 4
Philip Gentles
September 24, 2013
 

This early injury report covers the key player injuries from the previous week's NFL action.

QUARTERBACKS

Terrelle Pryor, OAK – Concussion

Raiders’ QB Terrelle Pryor left Monday night’s game against the Broncos with a concussion and his status for Week 4 is in question. Pryor was hurt when he was tackled by two Broncos’ defenders on a carry in the fourth quarter. He stayed in the game for two more plays, but he began to complain of dizziness and a headache on the sideline and he was escorted to the locker room where he was evaluated. The medical staff determined that he had suffered a concussion and he was held out for the remainder of the game. He has only 6 days to recover and prepare for the team’s next game.

RUNNING BACKS

Chris Ivory, NYJ – Strained Hamstring

Jets’ RB Chris Ivory left Sunday’s game against the Bills with a strained hamstring and according to reports team officials believe he will be out for at least a week. Ivory appeared to pull his hamstring on a carry in the first half and he was unable to finish the game. It’s the same hamstring that forced him to miss time during training camp and although it is believed that he injured another part of the muscle the injury could keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks. Bilal Powell, who had a big game against the Bills, will likely be the every down back against the Titans in Week 4.

Daryl Richardson, STL – Undisclosed Foot Injury

Rams’ RB Daryl Richardson, who entered Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with a lingering foot injury, aggravated the problem in the first quarter and he was unable to finish the game. However Richardson told reporters that he expects to play against the 49ers on Thursday. He was hurt when he was stepped on by a lineman and after just one more play he had to leave the game. He was having difficulty moving around on the sideline and after being examined in the locker room the medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. Richardson will likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers and although he admits that he won’t be 100% he said that he will be healthy enough to play n Week 4.

C.J. Spiller, BUF – Undisclosed Quadriceps Injury

Bills’ RB C.J. Spiller reportedly suffered an undisclosed quadriceps injury during Sunday’s game against the Jets, and although he admitted to feeling sore on Monday he still expects to play in Week 4. Spiller was hurt on a carry in the second quarter and he was taken to the locker room early for an examination. He tried returning in the third quarter, but he was experiencing a lot of discomfort so he was pulled from the game for good. The exact nature of the injury has not been made public, but head coach Doug Marrone told reporters that Spiller would be “fine” and that he should be active against the Ravens.

James Starks, GB – Undisclosed Knee Injury

Packers’ RB James Starks, who left Sunday’s game against the Bengals after suffering what appeared to be a serious knee injury, could be out for a significant amount of time. Starks twisted his knee on a carry in the first half and he was unable to finish the game. He believes he suffered damage to the ligaments in the knee and although he underwent an MRI on Monday, the results have not been made public. We should know more about his status over the next couple of days, but don’t expect him to play in Week 4.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Miles Austin, DAL – Strained Hamstring

Cowboys’ WR Miles Austin left Sunday’s game against the Rams with a strained hamstring, and although the injury is being reported as minor his long history of hamstring problems definitely makes this latest issue a concern. Austin appeared to hurt his leg while running a route in the third quarter and while it didn’t appear to be serious the medical staff decided to keep him out of the game as a precaution. The Cowboys were winning big at the time of the injury, so his return was unnecessary. Head coach Jason Garrett described the injury as a “tweak” and by all accounts it isn’t serious, but don’t be surprised if he is held out of practice this week so that his leg has ample time to heal. We’ll keep you posted on his Week 4 status.

Vincent Jackson, TB – Undisclosed Rib Injury

Bucs’ WR Vincent Jackson left Sunday’s game against the Patriots with an undisclosed rib injury and his status for Week 4 is currently unknown. Jackson was hurt in the third quarter and he was taken to the locker room where he was examined and treated. X-rays were reportedly negative, but he was unable to return. According to reports Jackson underwent a precautionary MRI on Monday and while the results of the test have not been made public there is speculation that the injury is not serious. Head coach Greg Schiano did not have much to say about Jackson’s injury during his Monday press conference, but he said that he would have an update later on in the week.

Andre Johnson, HOU – Shin Contusion

Texans’ WR Andre Johnson is considered day-to-day after a precautionary MRI on his injured leg revealed just a contusion. Johnson took a shot to his shin in a second quarter catch against the Ravens and he stayed on the ground for a few moments before limping off the field. He did return to the field in the third quarter, but the injury limited his effectiveness and he played in only a couple of drives before being pulled from the game for good. X-rays were reportedly negative and an MRI was done to rule out serious injury. Fortunately Johnson has been diagnosed with just a contusion, and while his leg remains sore and swollen team officials believe he will be ready to play in time for Week 4.

TIGHT ENDS

Jermichael Finley, GB – Concussion

Packers’ TE Jermichael Finley left Sunday’s game against the Bengals after suffering a concussion and his status for Week 4 is currently unknown. Finley was hurt when he took a shot to the side of his helmet while trying to make a catch over the middle. He tried running off the field immediately after the hit but he wobbled all over the field before finally taking a knee and falling to the ground. After being evaluated by the medical staff he was helped up and he was able to walk off the field on his own. However he was diagnosed with a concussion on the sideline and he was held out for the remainder of the game. According to reports Finley complained of dizziness after the game, but since the Packers have a bye in Week 4 he should have enough time to recover.  
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