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Early Injury Report - Week 2
Philip Gentles
September 14, 2010
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This early injury report will provide in-depth injury information on key fantasy players that suffered injuries in the previous weekend's games. All player injuries will be tracked during the week via our Mid-Week Practice & Injury Report which is published on Thursdays and updated on Fridays. Be sure you check out our Priority News often during the week as all breaking player news will be posted there.

QUARTERBACKS

Kevin Kolb, PHI - Concussion

Eagles’ QB Kevin Kolb left Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion and his status for Week 2 is currently unknown. Kolb was hurt when he was tackled from behind and driven into the ground by Packers’ LB Clay Matthews in the second quarter. He was evaluated on the sideline and cleared to return but he was finally removed from the game at halftime when he began suffering from dizziness and headaches. Under the league’s concussion policy a player who demonstrates symptoms of a concussion cannot return to the field on the same day. The NFLPA union has said that the Eagles followed proper protocol in allowing Kolb to return after getting hurt; however the union will continue to investigate the situation. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday that Kolb was feeling better, but Kolb will undergo a concussion test on Friday to see if he can return and play. There is growing speculation that Kolb will miss at least one week while he recovers. If Kolb can’t play in Week 2 look for Michael Vick to start in his place.

Matt Moore, CAR – Concussion

Panthers’ QB Matt Moore was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Giants after being blind-sided by Giants’ DL Osi Umenyiora and according to reports he has been diagnosed with a mild concussion. Moore, who was hurt in the fourth quarter, was transported to a local hospital after the game as a precaution where he underwent a series of tests and examinations. Everything checked out OK and he was released in time so that he could travel with teammates back to Carolina. Head coach John Fox has already said that Moore will start in Week 2 if he is healthy, but it looks like we won’t know more about his status until later in the week. 

Matthew Stafford, DET – Acromioclavicular Sprain

The Lions will be without starting QB Matthew Stafford for at least 2 weeks and up to 6 weeks after Stafford suffered damage to the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder (separated shoulder) during Sunday’s game against the Bears. Stafford, who was hurt when he was sacked by Panthers’ DL Julius Peppers in the first half, had an MRI on his shoulder on Monday morning and according to reports the results showed that he suffered a type II separation. A type II separation does not require surgical intervention, however since the injury is to his throwing shoulder he could be out as long as 6 weeks. Coach Jim Schwartz told reporters on Monday that a timetable for Stafford’s return has not been set, however Stafford plans on seeing Dr. James Andrews this week to see when he will be able to make his return.

RUNNING BACKS

Ryan Grant, GB – Sprained Ankle

Packers’ RB Ryan Grant has already been ruled out for Week 2 and it appears that he could be out for longer with what team officials are calling a “significant” ankle sprain. Grant was hurt in the first half on Sunday against the Eagles and after being examined in the locker room his ankle was wrapped in ice and later fitted for a walking boot. Grant underwent an MRI on Monday morning and while the results have not been made public head coach Mike McCarthy has confirmed that he suffered serious ligament damage in the ankle and said that injury is bad enough that he wouldn’t be playing against the Bills. Grant downplayed the severity of the injury when he spoke with reporters on Monday saying that he didn’t think it was “too major” but he did call himself “week to week” and there is speculation that the injury may require surgery. Let’s hope he is back in time for Week 3.

Leonard Weaver, PHI – Torn ACL, MCL, PCL, Patellar Tendon and Nerve Damage

Eagles’ FB Leonard Weaver has been placed on injured reserve and he will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a potential career-ending knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Packers. Weaver, who was hurt when his foot got caught in the turf while being tackled on a carry causing his knee to bend in the wrong direction, has reportedly suffered tears to the anterior cruciate, medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments as well as the patellar tendon in his left knee. An MRI has also confirmed that he suffered nerve damage and he is scheduled to undergo major reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling in his knee has gone down. An injury like this would likely require multiple arthroscopic procedures and it may take up to 2 years to recover from. The medical staff won’t know if he will be able to return to football until months after the last surgery, so his future in the NFL will be in question for some time.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Early Doucet, ARI – Strained Groin

Early Doucet’s status for Week 2 is currently unknown after the Cardinal WR had to leave Sunday’s game with a strained groin. According to reports Doucet “tweaked” his groin while running a route in the first half and he did not play in the second half as result. The injury does not appear to be serious, however head coach Ken Whisenhunt indicated that he wouldn’t have an update on Doucet’s status until Wednesday or Thursday. He’ll likely miss some practice time this week, but he hopes to play in Week 2.

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI – Sprained MCL

Cardinals’ WR Larry Fitzgerald, who suffered a partial MCL tear in his knee during the preseason, entered Sunday’s game against the Rams at less than 100% and according to reports his knee affected his performance especially in the second half. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that Fitzgerald’s knee began bothering him late in the game and he reportedly complained of soreness and inflammation in the joint afterwards. Team officials aren’t considering this an aggravation of the injury and they expect him to play in Week 2, but he will spend a lot of time in the training room getting treatment and undergoing rehab and there is a good chance that he will be limited in practice this week. Check with The Huddle later in the week to see how he is doing. 

Ted Ginn Jr., SF – Sprained Knee

49ers’ WR Ted Ginn Jr. left Sunday’s game and is currently listed as day-to-day with a mild knee sprain. It isn’t clear how he was hurt or what ligament in his knee was injured, but it looks like Ginn will miss practice this week while he recovers. His status for Week is currently unknown, however team officials have indicated that he might play. This looks like it could come down to game time decision.

Anthony Gonzalez, IND – Sprained Ankle

Colts’ WR Anthony Gonzalez left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a sprained ankle and his status for Week 2 is unknown. According to reports Gonzalez underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. The results of the MRI have not been released to the public and head coach Jim Caldwell indicated that he wouldn’t have an update on Gonzalez’s status until Wednesday or Thursday. The injury does not appear to be serious, but we won’t know if he will be able to play in Week 2 until later in the week.

Laurent Robinson, STL – Sprained Ankle

Rams’ WR Laurent Robinson, who turned his ankle in the fourth quarter against the Cardinals on Sunday, has reportedly been diagnosed with a minor ankle sprain and it looks like he will be able to play in Week 2. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo said on Monday that an MRI on Robinson’s ankle showed no significant damage and that the medical staff will keep a close eye on his recovery this week as a precaution. He’ll likely be limited in practice but if all goes well he should be active this upcoming weekend.

TIGHT ENDS

Kevin Boss, NYG – Concussion and Strained Neck

Giants’ TE Kevin Boss will likely miss Week 2 after suffering a concussion and straining his neck on Sunday against the Panthers. Boss was hurt when he was hit in the back of the head while trying to catch a pass over the middle in the first quarter. He appeared shaken up on the field but he was able to get into the cart on his own and he sat up as he was escorted off the field. He watched the second half from the sideline and he appeared to be fine, but according to the NFL’s concussion policy he was not allowed to return to the game. Head coach Tom Coughlin revealed on Monday that this was Boss’ third concussion since 2008 and even if he improves it looks like he will have to miss at least one game.

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