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Early Injury Report: Week 13
Philip Gentles
November 26, 2013
 

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

QUARTERBACKS

Jason Campbell, CLE – Concussion / Bruised Ribs

Browns’ QB Jason Campbell left Sunday’s game against the Steelers with what appeared to be a serious concussion and his status for Week 13 is very much in question. Campbell appeared to be knocked out when he was sacked in the third quarter by Steelers’ DB William Gay. Campbell quickly regained consciousness, but he appeared to be dazed and he had to be carted off the field. The medical staff quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the game and team officials later confirmed that he suffered a concussion. Campbell also hurt his ribs on a different play earlier in the game, but that injury isn’t considered serious. According to reports team officials are concerned that Campbell might be out for at least a week while he recovers, but they won’t know what his official status will be until after he completes his baseline testing. If Campbell isn’t cleared to play in Week 13 look for Brandon Weeden to get the start in his place.

RUNNING BACKS

Justin Forsett, JAC – Fractured Foot

Jaguars’ RB Justin Forsett will likely miss the remainder of the season after fracturing a bone in his foot during Sunday’s game against the Texans. Forsett was hurt at the end of a reception and he was taken to the locker room where he was examined and X-rayed. According to reports X-rays were inconclusive and he told reporters after the game that although he could still move his foot he was in lot of pain. An MRI on Monday revealed a break in one of the bones in his foot and team officials expect him to be out 4 – 6 weeks. Obviously with that timetable the injury almost certainly ends Forsett’s season.

Matt Forte, CHI – Hyperextended Knee

Bears’ RB Matt Forte suffered what the team is calling a hyperextended knee during Sunday’s game against the Rams, but the injury is not considered serious and team officials expect him to play in Week 13. Forte only missed a couple of plays after hurting his knee and when he returned to the field it didn’t seem to be an issue. He was seen with an ice bag on his knee in the locker room afterwards and according to reports he was a little sore on Monday. He’ll probably be limited in practice this week while he recovers, but it looked like he avoided serious injury and he should be healthy enough to play in Week 13 against the Vikings.

Chris Ivory, NYJ – Sprained Ankle

Jets’ RB Chris Ivory suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday’s game against the Ravens, but the nature and severity of the sprain have not been confirmed and his status for Week 13 is currently unknown. Ivory rolled his ankle in the first quarter and while he stayed in the game his playing time and touched were limited. According to reports he was seen limping around the locker room after the game and he underwent an MRI on Monday. The results have not been made public, but Ivory indicated that he might have both a regular and a high ankle sprain. The team has not confirmed this and his status for practice this week and the game against the Dolphins is still unknown. Hopefully we’ll know more about the injury within the next day or two, but don’t be surprised if Bilal Powell sees an increase in workload during practice this week.

Eddie Lacy, GB – Asthma

Packers’ RB Eddie Lacy missed part of the fourth quarter and overtime on Sunday against the Vikings because of asthma, but the team is fully aware of his condition and he should be fine for Week 13. Lacy, who has dealt with asthma since he was small, told reporters that the cold weather made it difficult for him to breath during the game and he admitted that he expected his breathing to affect him more moving forward. It’s only going to get colder this season so don’t be surprised if the Packers share Lacy’s workload with another running back late in games as a way of managing his condition.

Ryan Mathews, SD – Strained Hamstring

Chargers’ RB Ryan Mathews, who has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, aggravated the injury during Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and his status for Week 13 appears to be in question. Mathews was hurt at the end of a carry in the third quarter and he was unable to finish the game. He was reportedly feeling stiff and sore after the game and team officials aren’t expecting him to do much in practice this upcoming week while he recovers. While the injury doesn’t appear to be serious, the medical staff is concerned that if he doesn’t get the right amount of rest that it could linger for the remainder of the season.

Knowshon Moreno, DEN – Bone Bruise

RB Knowshon Moreno’s status for Denver’s Week 13 game against the Chiefs is in question after testing on his injured right leg revealed what is being called a “significant” bone bruise. Moreno was hurt when he was tackled at the end of an overtime carry. He stayed in and finished the game, but he appeared to be in a lot of discomfort and he was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches and with his foot in a protective boot. According to reports X-rays were negative, but additional testing revealed a bone bruise that will force Moreno to miss practice this week and if he doesn’t recover quickly it could keep him from playing in Week 13. Head coach Jack Del Rio remains optimistic and he indicated that there is a chance that Moreno could practice on Friday and play against the Chiefs. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.

Zac Stacy, STL – Concussion

Rams’ RB Zac Stacy, who left Sunday’s game against the Bears with a concussion, is scheduled to undergo neurological testing today and tomorrow and his status for the team’s next game won’t be known until later in the week. Stacy was hurt in the second quarter and after being evaluated in the locker room at halftime he as ruled out for the remainder of the game. According to reports he complained of dizziness and a headache after the game. However head coach Jeff Fisher didn’t have much to say about Stacy on Monday and with almost no information about his current status being made available there is no way of knowing if he will be able to play against the 49ers. We will keep you posted on his recovery.

Daniel Thomas, MIA – Torn Ankle Ligaments

Dolphins’ RB Daniel Thomas is reportedly out for the remainder of the season after tearing multiple ligaments in his left ankle during Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. Thomas was injured when his leg got caught under his body while being tackled at the end of a third quarter reception. He was helped off the field and he appeared to be very upset on the sideline. X-rays in the locker room were reportedly negative, however Thomas was seen leaving the stadium on crutches and with his foot in a walking boot and an MRI on Monday revealed tears to at least two ligaments in his injured ankle. It isn’t clear if he will need to have surgery to repair the damage, but team officials don’t expect him to play again this season.

WIDE RECEIVERS

T.Y. Hilton, IND – Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Colts’ WR T.Y. Hilton briefly left Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with an undisclosed shoulder injury, but he was able to return after missing just a few plays and he appeared to be OK. Hilton hurt his shoulder in the first half and he stayed on the ground for several minutes. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and the medical staff called for a cart. But he got up and walked off the field on his own and after an examination on the sideline he was cleared to return to the game. The exact nature of Hilton’s injury has not been made public, but since he played through it there is a good chance that it isn’t serious. We’ll keep you posted.

TIGHT ENDS

Mychal Rivera, OAK - Concussion

Raiders’ TE Mychal Rivera was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Titans with a concussion and since the team is set to play on Thanksgiving Day his status for Week 13 is considered doubtful. Rivera was involved in a scary helmet-to-helmet collision with Titans’ safety Michael Griffin in the second quarter that resulted in Rivera’s helmet flying off his head. He appeared to be disoriented as he left the field and he was quickly diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out for the remainder of the game. The severity of the concussion has yet to be determined and he is scheduled to undergo baseline testing today and tomorrow. But with the Raiders playing on Thursday he probably doesn’t have enough time to recover and get cleared.

 


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