This early injury report covers the key player injuries from the previous week's NFL action.
Joique Bell, DET – Undisclosed Lower Leg Injury
Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters on Monday that RB Joique Bell, who suffered a lower leg injury during Sunday’s game against the Steelers, avoided serious injury. However the exact nature of the injury has not been made public and Schwartz did not indicate if Bell would be able to practice this week or play in Week 12. Bell told reporters that his foot “kind of popped” while he tried to gain extra yards on a fourth-quarter carry and he was unable to finish the game as a result. He was later seen limping around the locker room afterwards and as expected he was reportedly feeling sore on Monday morning. The team is not saying much about the injury so his status for Week 12 remains unknown. Hopefully Schwartz will provide us with an update on Wednesday.
LeSean McCoy, PHI – Hamstring Tightness
Eagles’ RB LeSean McCoy briefly left Sunday’s game against the Eagles after complaining of hamstring tightness, but he received treatment in the locker room and he was able to return. McCoy told reporters that he felt his right hamstring tighten up during a carry in the second quarter and he clutched the back of leg as he fell to the turf. He was clearly upset as he slammed his helmet into the turf before being escorted off the field and into the locker room. It appeared that he suffered what could have been a serious hamstring strain, but later said that it was probably just a muscle cramp because it began to feel better after he was treated and stretched. McCoy played the entire second half and his leg did not appear to be an issue. He was sore on Monday and he might be limited in portions of practice this week, but team officials expect him to be fine for Week 12.
Darren Sproles, NO – Minor Ankle Sprain
Saints’ RB Darren Sproles was officially listed as limited on Monday and he missed practice on Tuesday after he sprained his ankle during Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Sproles tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter and he missed a couple of series while being examined and taped. He returned to the game and seemed to be OK, but his playing time was limited and he was used on many downs as a decoy. Sproles spent a lot of time in the training room getting treatment on Monday and Tuesday. The team didn’t actually practice on Monday, but since they have a game on Thursday they were forced to release an official injury report. He’ll probably be limited in practice on Wednesday but team officials are still expecting him to play against the Falcons.
Keenan Allen, SD – Hyperextended Knee
Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen left Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after hyperextending his right knee and according to team officials the injury does not appear to be serious. Allen, who was hurt early in the fourth quarter, did not finish the game and he was seen with an ice bag on his knee while he sat on the sidelines. Head coach Mike McCoy told reporters that he expects Allen to be “fine,” but he did not say if or when he would be able to practice. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.
Mike Brown, JAC – AC Joint Sprain
Jaguars’ WR Mike Brown, who went down in the third quarter on Sunday against the Cardinals with a shoulder injury, has been diagnosed with an acromioclavicular joint sprain (shoulder separation) and his status for Week 12 is considered questionable. It isn’t clear how serious the sprain is, but team officials don’t expect him to do much in practice this week while he recovers. Hopefully we’ll find out more about the injury after Wednesday’s practice.
Pierre Garcon, WAS – Minor Ankle Sprain
Redskins’ officials expect WR Pierre Garcon to be fine after he suffered what is being called a minor ankle sprain during Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. Garcon missed a couple of minutes after rolling his ankle in the first quarter, but he was able to return and finish the game. It didn’t seem to be an issue during the game, but Garcon told reporters that it was really bothering him afterwards. As expected his ankle was sore and stiff on Monday morning and he will probably be limited in practice this week while he recovers. But the injury is minor and it looks like he will be able to play in Week 12.
Leonard Hankerson, WAS – Torn LCL
Redskins’ WR Leonard Hankerson will miss an extended period of time after an MRI on Monday confirmed that he suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Hankerson twisted his knee on a reception in the first quarter and he was ruled out of the game after a preliminary examination revealed potential damage to his LCL. According to reports the injury might require surgery that could potentially end his season. We should know more about his long-term status shortly, but don’t expect him to play in Week 12 or anytime soon.
Denarius Moore, OAK – Undisclosed Shoulder Injury
Raiders’ WR Denarius Moore underwent an MRI on his shoulder to determine the extent of an injury that affected his performance on Sunday against the Texans. It isn’t clear how Moore was hurt, but he held to just 2 catches for 11 yards (and 1 touchdown) and he was apparently in some discomfort in the locker room after the game. The results of the MRI have not been made public and his status for Week 12 is still unknown. We’ll keep you posted.
Emmanuel Sanders, PIT – Undisclosed Foot Injury
According to reports Steelers’ WR Emmanuel Sanders avoided serious injury after hurting his foot during Sunday’s game against the Lions. Sanders, who was hurt in the second quarter, did not play in the second half but he told reporters that he was held out as a precaution. The field was wet and the medical staff apparently felt that the conditions could have made his injury more serious. As it turns out Sanders does not need to undergo an MRI and team officials expect him to play in Week 12.
Wes Welker, DEN – Concussion
Broncos’ WR Wes Welker, who left Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs with a concussion, underwent baseline testing on Monday and he is scheduled to undergo additional testing today and tomorrow to determine the severity of his injury. Welker was hurt on a 20-yard reception in the fourth quarter and as he left the field he became dizzy and had to take a knee. He was checked by a team doctor on the sideline and cleared to return to the game. But he was pulled from the game for good when he began to complain of a headache and increased dizziness following a 9-yard reception. Head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters on Monday that the team “followed protocol, he (Welker) was cleared to return, he had symptoms that came up and he was pulled." Apparently the medical staff believed he was dealing with a neck injury which is why he was allowed to continue playing. According to reports the team does not expect Welker to practice with the team until Friday at the earliest, but it appears that he avoided serious injury.
Jordan Reed, WAS – Concussion
Redskins’ TE Jordan Reed left Sunday’s game against the Eagles in the first half with a concussion and his status for Week 12 is currently unknown. It isn’t clear how Reed was hurt but according to reports he began to exhibit symptoms of a concussion while on the sideline prior to halftime and he was held out for the remainder of the game. He underwent neurological testing yesterday and he is scheduled to be reevaluated today and tomorrow. The team faces the 49ers on Monday night which gives Reed an extra day to recovery. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.
Julius Thomas, DEN – Sprained Knee
Broncos’ TE Julius Thomas suffered what the team is calling a sprained right knee during Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs and is status for Week 12 appears to be in question. Thomas was hurt when he took a helmet to his knee in the third quarter. He stayed on the ground for several minutes being escorted off the field. He briefly returned to the game but he spent a majority of the fourth quarter on the sideline. According to reports Thomas underwent an MRI on Monday and while the exact nature and severity of the injury has not been made public it has been classified as a sprain and team officials are saying that he is “day-to-day.” Hopefully we’ll know more about his injury and his status for Week 12 after practice tomorrow.