This early injury report covers the key player injuries from the previous week's NFL action.
Christian Ponder, MIN – Concussion
Vikings’ QB Christian Ponder left Sunday’s game against the Bears with a concussion and his status for Week 14 is currently unknown. Ponder, who was hurt at the end of the second quarter, failed a concussion test in the locker room at half time and he was declared out for the remainder of the game. According to reports Ponder was dealing with a headache after the game and again on Monday morning. He is scheduled to undergo baseline testing today and tomorrow and team officials don’t expect to know his status for their game against the Ravens before Thursday.
Brandon Weeden, CLE – Concussion
According to reports Browns Brandon Weeden began to complain of dizziness and a headache after Sunday’s game against the Jaguars and when he was evaluated by the medical staff he was diagnosed with a concussion. It isn’t clear when Weeden was hurt, but he did get hit several times by the Jaguars defense. He’s scheduled to undergo neurological testing today and tomorrow and his status for Week 14 probably won’t be known until the end of the week. Jason Campbell, who missed Week 13 because of a concussion, is reportedly feeling a lot better and team officials expect him to take part in practice this week.
Josh Gordon, CLE – Undisclosed Head Injury
Browns’ WR Josh Gordon left Sunday’s game after taking a hard hit while trying to make a catch, but he was able to return and he appears to be fine. Gordon’s helmet was knocked off and his head appeared to hit the ground as he attempted to make a catch near the sideline in the third quarter. He walked off the field on his own, but he was taken back to the locker room where he underwent an evaluation. The medical staff was concerned that he may have suffered a concussion, but he reportedly was not suffering from concussion-like symptoms and he was cleared to return to the game. The team is still saying he suffered an injury to his head, but the nature of the injury has not been made public. What we do know is that he didn’t suffer a concussion and he was able to finish the game so it looks like he will be healthy enough to play in Week 14.
Percy Harvin, SEA – Recovering from Hip Surgery
Seahawks’ WR Percy Harvin, who has dealt with several setbacks in his recovery from off-season hip surgery, was not active on Monday night against the Saints and according to recent reports the team is considering keeping him out until the playoffs. Harvin has reportedly had his hip drained at least once since returning to practice and most recently he received a cortisone shot intended to help reduce the chronic inflammation. Harvin isn’t close to 100% and it looks like he needs a long off-season of rest before he is back to full strength. The Seahawks will do what they can to get him as game-ready as possible when the post-season begins, but there is little reason to believe that the medical staff will push him to play anytime before that.
Santonio Holmes, NYJ – Strained Hamstring
Jets’ WR Santonio Holmes, who has been dealing with a lingering hamstring problem, actually got the start on Sunday against the Dolphins despite suffering a setback in practice last week. However he aggravated the injury in the first quarter and he was unable to finish the game. Holmes was listed as a game-time decision for Week 13 but he was cleared to start after looking OK during pre-game warm-ups. Unfortunately he lasted just 3 plays and his status for practice this week and the team’s next game appears to be in question.
Demaryius Thomas, DEN – Bruised Shoulder
Broncos’ WR Demaryius Thomas briefly left Sunday’s game after suffering a minor shoulder injury, but he was able to return and he appears to be OK. Thomas landed on his shoulder in the first quarter and it looked like he was in some pain while on the sideline. Fortunately the injury was diagnosed as a bruise and he was cleared to return to the field in the second quarter. Thomas was reportedly feeling sore on Monday, but team officials expect him to practice this week and play in Week 14.
Kenbrell Thompkins, NE – Bruised Hip
Patriots’ WR Kenbrell Thompkins suffered a bruised hip in Sunday’s win over the Texans and his status for Week 14 is currently unknown. Thompkins was hurt when he tried to make a play on an over-thrown ball in the first quarter only to come down hard on his hip. He appeared to be in a lot of pain as he left the field and he was taken to the locker room where he was examined and treated. He briefly returned to the game, but according to reports he was limited to just 3 snaps. As expected the Patriots haven’t said much about the injury, but don’t be surprised if he misses practice time this week while he recovers. Hopefully we’ll know something more concrete about his status before the weekend.
Rob Gronkowski, NE – Sprained Ankle
Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski appears to be OK after suffering a sprained right ankle during Sunday’s game against the Texans. Gronkowski came up limping when his leg got tangled up with a defender at the end of a 17-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He missed just one play before returning to field and despite dealing with some pain he was able to finish the game. He reportedly got treatment for the injury after the game, but the injury does not appear to be serious and he should be able to play in week 14.
Jordan Reed, WAS – Concussion
Redskins’ TE Jordan Reed, who hasn’t played since suffering a concussion in Week 11, was finally cleared to start against the Giants on Sunday night. However according to reports he began to suffer from a headache during pre-game warm-ups and he was immediately deactivated by the medical staff. Reed was limited in practice last week, but he was symptom free and team officials were expecting him to play in Week 13. He passed a pre-game physical, but suffered a setback during warm-ups. The Redskins will update his status for Week 14 on Wednesday.
Delanie Walker, TEN – Concussion
Titans’ TE Delanie Walker left Sunday’s game against the Colts with a concussion and his status for Week 14 appears to be in question. Walker’s head hit the turf while he attempted to complete a reception in the first half and looked dazed as he left the field. He reportedly failed a concussion test in the locker room at halftime and he was officially ruled out for the remainder of the game in the third quarter. Walker is scheduled to under neurological testing today and tomorrow and while we won’t know if he can play in the team’s next game until the end of the week, team officials seem a bit concerned making his status questionable. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.