This early injury report covers the key player injuries from the previous week's NFL action.
Jake Locker, TEN – Sprained MCL and Undisclosed Hip Injury
Titans’ QB Jake Locker will not play in Week 5 and he could potentially be out for a significant amount of time after suffering injuries to his hip and knee during Sunday’s game against the Jets. Locker, who was hurt in the third quarter, had to be carted off the field and he appeared to be in a lot of pain as he was taken back to the locker room. According to reports X-rays on his hip in the locker room were negative and an MRI performed on Monday was inconclusive because of the swelling in and around the joint. He has already been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee, however the severity of the sprain has not been made public. Head coach Mike Munchak told reporters on Monday that Locker spent Sunday night in the hospital and that a second MRI on his hip has been scheduled for today. Munchak went on to say that Locker would not play in Week 5, but that the team did not know how long he would be sidelined.
Fred Jackson, BUF – Sprained MCL
Bills’ RB Fred Jackson suffered a minor medial collateral ligament sprain in is knee during Sunday’s game against the Ravens, however Jackson told reporters that he expects to play on Thursday night against the Browns. Jackson briefly left Sunday’s game after hurting his knee, but after having it examined and taped in the locker room he was able to return. He said after the game that he’s sprained the same MCL before and that this injury is not as serious as previous ones. Most promising is the fact that Jackson took part in limited practice on Monday which indicates that the medical staff is convinced that the injury is minor. That being said there are reports that suggest RB Tashard Choice will see an increased role against the Browns with Jackson and C.J. Spiller banged up.
Darren McFadden, OAK – Strained Hamstring
RB Darren McFadden status for Week 5 appears to be in question after leaving Sunday’s game against the Redskins with a strained hamstring. McFadden pulled his hamstring in the first quarter and after being examined in the locker room the medical staff quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the day. According to reports an MRI on Monday revealed that he avoided serious injury, but head coach Dennis Allen told reporters that he didn’t know how long McFadden would be out for. He’ll likely miss practice time this week while he recovers and hopefully we’ll know more about his status for the team’s next game on Wednesday.
Alfred Morris, WAS – Bruised Ribs
Redskins’ RB Alfred Morris, who left Sunday’s game against the Raiders with a rib injury, has been diagnosed with a contusion and team officials expect him to be fine when they return from their Week 5 bye. Morris told reporters that he originally hurt his ribs early in the game but that he stayed on the field and played through the discomfort. He aggravated the injury when he was hit on a carry in the second half and it forced him out of the game. X-rays in the locker room were negative, but he did not return to the field. As expected Morris was feeling sore on Monday but with the Redskins on a bye in Week 5 he has plenty of time to recover before the team’s next game. He’ll spend a lot of time in the training room this week and he should be good to go in Week 6.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL – Strained Calf
Ravens’ RB Bernard Pierce was limited to just 5 touches on Sunday against the Bills and according to reports a strained calf muscle was to blame. Pierce apparently pulled his calf muscle in the first half and while he stayed in the game he was ineffective and unproductive. He complained of soreness in his calf after the game, but the injury does not appear to be serious. He’ll likely be limited in practice this week and we should know more about his status for Week 5 on Wednesday.
Marcel Reece, OAK – Undisclosed Knee Injury
Raiders’ FB Marcel Reece left Sunday’s game against the Redskins with an undisclosed knee injury, and although and MRI has confirmed that the injury is not serious team officials aren’t optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 5. It was initially feared that Reece, who was hurt in the first quarter, suffered a serious knee injury. But tests performed on Monday morning showed that surgery would not be necessary and that the damage was minor. The exact nature of Reece’s injury has not been made public, however he is not expected to practice this week or play against the Chargers. If both Reece and Darren McFadden can’t play for Rashad Jennings to get a bulk of the carries in Week 5.
C.J. Spiller, BUF – Sprained Ankle
Bills’ RB C.J. Spiller, who left Sunday’s game against the Ravens’ with a sprained ankle, did not practice on Monday and although his status for Thursday night’s game is considered questionable team officials believe there is a good chance that he will be active against the Browns. Spiller was hurt when he was tackled at the end of a third quarter carry. He limped off the field and after a team trainer taped his ankle he tried returning, but he was in a lot of discomfort and the medical staff decided to keep him on the sideline for the remainder of the game. According to reports Spiller suffered a regular ankle sprain and if things go well over the next couple of days he should be able to play on Thursday. He probably won’t practice this week while he recovers and even if he does play he won’t be 100%. Fred Jackson is also dealing with an injury so don’t be surprised if Tashard Choice gets a majority of the carries even if all 3 backs are active.
Stephen Hill, NYJ – Concussion
WR Stephen Hill’s status for Week 5 is currently unknown after leaving Sunday’s game against the Titans with a concussion. Hill took a shot to the head on the second play of the game and according to reports he was diagnosed with a concussion on the sideline. Hill apparently complained of dizziness in the locker room after the game and he was dealing with a headache on Monday, but the severity of the concussion has still not been determined. We’ll know more about the concussion after he concludes neurological testing later in the week, a which point we’ll have a better idea of his status for the Jets’ game against the Falcons.
Santonio Holmes, NYJ – Strained Hamstring
Jets’ WR Santonio Holmes suffered a strained hamstring during Sunday’s loss to the Titans and his status for Week 5 is currently unknown. Holmes appeared to pull his hamstring while running a route in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game and he was later seen moving around the locker room gingerly afterwards. The strain does not appear to be serious, but he will likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers. We’ll have an update on his status later in the week.
Deonte Thompson, BAL – Concussion
Ravens’ WR Deonte Thompson was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Bills with a concussion and his status for Week 5 is currently unknown. Thompson was injured after being hit hard at the end of an impressive 33-yard reception. According to reports he exhibited concussion symptoms while on the sideline and he was declared out after being diagnosed with a concussion in the locker room. The severity of the concussion has not yet been determined and his status for Week 5 won’t be known until after he has concluded neurological testing. We should know more about his status for the game against the Dolphins later in the week.