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 Injury & Practice Reports which are published on Wednesdays through Fridays. Be sure you check out our Priority News often during the week as all breaking player news will be posted there.
Dennis Dixon, PIT – Torn Knee Cartilage
Steelers’ QB Dennis Dixon will reportedly miss 3 – 5 weeks after tearing the lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his left knee during Sunday’s game against the Titans. Dixon, who was hurt in the second quarter, underwent X-rays and additional testing in the locker room at halftime and the medical staff decided that he should not return to the game. According to reports an MRI done on his knee on Monday revealed damage to the cartilage on the outside of his knee that will probably require surgery. However Dixon will get a second opinion on his injury on Tuesday.
Luke McCown, JAC – Torn ACL
Jaguars’ backup QB Luke McCown will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s game. McCown, who replaced an ineffective David Garrard, was injured late in the fourth quarter. Team officials did not believe that the injury was serious, however an MRI on Monday morning revealed a torn ACL. He will have reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling subsides. Veteran Todd Bouman will reportedly be signed to replace McCown as the team’s number 2 quarterback.
Reggie Bush, NO – Undisclosed Leg Injury
According to reports Saints’ RB Reggie Bush could miss up to 6 weeks with a serious leg injury. Bush was hurt while recovering his own muffed punt in the fourth quarter. He tried walking off the field on his own but he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg and after being helped to the sideline he was carted to the locker room. He underwent X-rays in the locker room and while the results of the X-rays have not been released to the public there is speculation that he suffered a fracture that could keep him sidelined for up to 6 weeks. He left the stadium on crutches and will have more tests done after the flight home. UPDATE: No official word from the team, but early morning reports are that Bush suffered a fractured fibula. The time table for a return is still placed at 4-6 weeks, but further tests are still being done. Depending on the severity of the fracture, six weeks seems very optimistic.
Kevin Faulk, NE – Torn ACL
The Patriots' long-time backup and 3rd down specialist, Kevin Faulk, has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee. Faulk didn't speak with the media after the game, and of course the Patriots didn't release any information about the injury suffered Sunday until they had to - which was Tuesday. Early indications are that Faulk will miss significant time - likley the rest of the season. This is a big blow to the depth at running back after the Maroney trade last week. Look for the committee approach to continue as usual in New England, with Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis seeing more action. Danny Woodhead, signed off the Jets' practice squad last week, could also find his way into the mix on third downs.
Ryan Matthews, SD – Sprained Ankle
Chargers’ rookie RB Ryan Matthews was carted off the field after hurting his ankle in the first quarter on Sunday, however head coach Norv Turner indicated on Monday that the injury isn’t a serious as it first appeared and there is chance that he will play in Week 3. Turner said that Matthews might have been able to return to the game late in the second half, however he did not want him to aggravate the injury and make things worse. The nature of the ankle injury has not been confirmed by the Chargers, but according to reports it looks like he suffered a sprain. Turner plans on updating Matthews’ status on Wednesday.
Jerious Norwood, ATL – Torn ACL
The Falcons' backup has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee and is expected to be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. After leaving the field during Sunday's game he was on the sidelines later on crutches. This increases Jason Snelling's fantasy value more than his big performance Sunday. Fantasy owners have always known of Snelling's talent as a backup, but now he's the primary backup to Turner and will see an increased role each week with Norwood out.
Michael Turner, ATL – Strained Groin
Falcons’ RB Michael Turner limped off the field on Sunday with a strain groin, but it looks like the injury is mild and the team expects him to play in Week 3. Turner pulled his groin in the second quarter and although the injury was diagnosed as a minor strain on the sideline he was held out for the remainder of the half and eventually the remainder of the game because they were winning by a large margin and Jason Snelling was playing well in his place. Head coach Mike Smith told reporters on Monday that Turner was fine and it looks like he will be ready for their Week 3 game.
Nate Burleson, DET – High Ankle Sprain
Lions’ WR Nate Burleson will miss at least 2 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain on Sunday against the Eagles. Burleson, who left in the first half and was unable to return, spoke with reporters on Monday and he wasn’t prepared to rule himself out for the team’s Week 3 game. However teammate Stefan Logan said that Burleson would miss 2 – 3 weeks while he recovers. Don’t expect him to play this upcoming weekend.
Percy Harvin, MIN – Strained Hip
An MRI on Percy Harvin’s injured hip revealed a minor strain and his status for Week 3 is considered questionable. Harvin, who missed practice time last week with what was being described as a hip bruise, aggravated the injury while blocking in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. According to reports Harvin’s hip began to tighten up while he was sideline resting and he told reporters that it became increasingly more difficult to loosen up as game went on. Head coach Brad Childress called the injury a “nagging kind of thing” and there is a good chance that he will miss practice this week. He might be able to play in the team’s next game, but he definitely won’t be a 100%.
Andre Johnson, HOU – Mild Ankle Sprain
Texans’ WR Andre Johnson appears to be OK after suffering a mild ankle sprain on Sunday against the Redskins. Johnson turned his right ankle late in the third quarter and after limping to the sideline he was taken to the locker room where he was X-rayed and examined. The X-rays were negative and he was cleared to return. According to reports Johnson’s ankle was sore and stiff after the game, however head coach Gary Kubiak said that he was feeling a lot better on Monday. An MRI confirmed that the injury is mild and the team considers Johnson day-to-day. He’ll probably miss practice this week, but team officials expect him to play in Week 3.
Chad Ochocinco, CIN – Fractured Rib
Bengals’ WR Chad Ochocinco apparently fractured a rib during Sunday’s win over the Ravens and his status for Week 3 is questionable. It isn’t clear when or how he got hurt, but he was seen getting treatment after the game and on Monday morning Ochocinco confirmed through his twitter account that he cracked a rib. Ochocinco went on tweet that he was feeling “good,” but he will likely be held out of contact drills in practice this week while he recovers. Pain management and tolerance are keys to playing with rib injuries so if the medical staff can find a way to limit the pain and Ochocinco can handle the discomfort he could very well play through the injury and remain productive.
Evan Moore, CLE – Concussion
Browns’ TE Evan Moore, who left Sunday’s game after suffering a head injury, was reportedly feeling better on Monday morning. However his status for Week 3 remains questionable. Moore was hurt when he took a huge shot from Chiefs’ DB Kendrick Lewis while trying to make a catch in the fourth quarter. He actually returned to the field for a play before leaving the game for good. Head coach Eric Mangini had very little to say about Moore’s injury in his Monday press conference and when asked if the young TE suffered a concussion he neither confirmed nor denied it. Mangini will have an update on his status on Wednesday.
Jason Witten, DAL – Concussion
Cowboys’ TE Jason Witten left Sunday’s game after getting hit hard in the fourth quarter and after being diagnosed with a minor concussion the team’s medical staff prevented him from returning. According to reports Witten was seen screaming at the medical staff after being told that he could not go back into the game. Apparently he was feeling better and he wanted to continue playing, however according to the league’s concussion policy the medical staff had no choice but to declare him out for the remainder of the game.
Individual Defensive Players
Mike Jenkins, DB, DAL – Bruised Knee
Cowboys’ DB Mike Jenkins has been diagnosed with bruised right knee after getting hurt in Sunday’s game. Jenkins banged his knee on the turf in the fourth quarter and he had to be helped off the field. According to reports X-rays were negative and additional testing revealed a bruise. Head coach Wade Phillips said on Monday that he expects Jenkins to be ready for their game against the Texans, but don’t be surprised if he is limited in practice this week.
Darrelle Revis, DB, NYJ – Strained Hamstring
An MRI on Darrelle Revis’ injured left hamstring revealed a strain that could keep the Jets’ DB sidelined for up to 2 weeks. Revis, who was limited in practice last week because of tightness in his hamstring, aggravated his leg while trying to cover Randy Moss in the second quarter. He was beat by Moss for a touchdown on the play and he grabbed the back of his leg immediately afterwards. He was eventually escorted to the locker room where he was examined and treated. Revis was seen on the sideline in the second half but he did not return to the game. According to reports he will be held out of practice this week and although he said that he won’t play until he is 100% team officials believe there is a chance that he could be ready for their next game against the Dolphins. I wouldn’t count on him playing though.