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.
Drew Brees, NO – Bruised Knee
Saints’ QB Drew Brees, who injured his left knee on the team’s final possession of the fourth quarter during Sunday’s game, had a precautionary MRI on Monday and according to reports he is going to be OK. Brees appeared to be favoring his leg as he left the field prior to the end of regulation. He was examined by the medical staff on the sideline and backup Chase Daniel even began warming up. However Brees checked out fine and he was allowed back in the game. Head coach Sean Payton told reporters afterwards that Brees’ knee wasn’t serious and the MRI confirmed that the injury was just a bruise. He should be able to play in the team’s next game.
Brett Favre, MIN – Stinger
Vikings’ veteran QB Brett Favre suffered a stinger on Sunday against the Lions, however he played through the injury and he should be fine when the team returns from it’s Week 4 bye. Favre was initially hurt when he was hit hard by Lions’ LB Julian Peterson in the second quarter. He fumbled on the play however Peterson was flagged unnecessary roughness. It looked like Favre was favoring his right shoulder after the hit. He aggravated the injury in the third quarter when he was pushed to the ground by another Lions’ defender. He stayed in the game but admitted afterwards that he suffered a stinger and that he suffered from temporary numbness and weakness in his arm and hand. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Favre and the Vikings. We’ll let you know how he is doing later in the week.
Cedric Benson, CIN – Undisclosed Ankle Injury
Bengals’ RB Cedric Benson is reportedly OK after leaving Sunday’s game with a minor ankle injury. Benson, who turned his ankle in the second half, told reporters that the injury was nothing to worry about and that he should be ready for the team’s next game. The exact nature of the injury is still unknown, but whatever it is it does not appear to be serious.
Jahvid Best, DET – Acute Turf Toe
Lions’ rookie RB Jahvid Best has been diagnosed with a grade 2 sprain of the big toe in his foot (acute turf toe) and although he wants to play through the injury he will likely miss practice because of it. Best said that he was injured when his foot was jammed into the ground while being tackled on a reception over the middle. He said that his “toe wasn’t feeling right” when he tried getting up and after staying on the field for one more play he didn’t think he could continue and pulled himself from the game. X-rays on his foot were negative, however an MRI revealed that he suffered a partial tear to a ligament in his toe. According to reports the Lions’ medical staff will allow him to play through the injury if he can tolerate the pain and discomfort. The biggest problem with acute turf toe is that if it isn’t given time to heal it can become a chronic problem and linger for a very long time. He probably won’t practice this week, but if he does try to play in Week 4 he could aggravate the injury and make the situation worse. If he doesn’t take the time to rest now this could end up being a problem for the remainder of the season.
Steven Jackson, STL – Strained Groin
According to reports an MRI on RB Steven Jackson’s injured groin revealed a minor strain, however his status for the Rams’ Week 4 remains questionable. Jackson was hurt when he was tackled on a short run in the first half. His legs were pulled in opposite directions on the play and he eventually limped off the field and onto the sideline where he was examined by an athletic trainer. He was then taken back to the locker room where he was reevaluated and treated. His groin became increasingly tight and painful in the locker room at halftime and there was concern that he may have suffered a muscle tear. The good news is that the MRI showed that his groin muscle is not torn. It did reveal a minor strain and head coach Steve Spagnuolo said that he wasn’t sure if Jackson would be able to play in Week 4. He will likely miss practice this week and he could end up being a game-time decision. Even if he plays he won’t be 100%.
Clinton Portis, WAS – Sprained Wrist
Redskins’ RB Clinton Portis was listed as questionable all of last week because of a sprained wrist but he still practiced and played against the Rams. However head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday that Portis’ wrist bothered him throughout the game and that it factored into the team’s decision to keep him on the sideline for much of the second half. Shanahan did not say if the team would keep him out of practice this week, but don’t be surprised if he lands on the team’s official injury report again.
Ray Rice, BAL – Knee Contusion
Ravens’ RB Ray Rice, who missed the team’s final two possessions on Sunday against the Browns, has been diagnosed with a “significant” knee contusion and his status for Week 4 is considered questionable. Rice banged his knee on a carry in the fourth quarter and he was unable to finish the game. Head coach John Harbaugh said that the initial assessment ruled out damage to ligaments in his knee. However Rice was seen leaving the stadium with a crutch and a limp. An MRI on Monday morning confirmed that the ligaments and cartilage in his knee were fine, but he has since been diagnosed with a serious bruise and according to reports his knee remains stiff and swollen. Team officials don’t expect him to be a full participant in practice this week and a decision on his availability for their Week 4 game against the Steelers probably won’t be made until game day.
Fred Taylor, NE – Turf Toe
Patriots’ RB Fred Taylor reportedly aggravated his nagging turf toe injury during Sunday’s game and his status for Week 4 is unknown. Taylor, who has been dealing with turf toe for several weeks, was limited in practice last week because of the injury but he was cleared to play. Unfortunately he reinjured his toe in the first half and he was unable to continue. As expected the Patriots have been tight lipped regarding Taylor’s injury and we probably won’t know if he is going to play or not until game day. Benjarvus Green-Ellis will be the team’s primary running back while Taylor is hurt.
Pierre Thomas, NO – Sprained Ankle
According to reports Saints’ RB Pierre Thomas suffered a minor ankle sprain during Sunday’s game against the Falcons and team officials expect him to play in Week 4. Thomas was injured when his leg was bent back awkwardly while being tackled on a carry in the fourth quarter. He stayed down for about a minute but he was able to get up on his own and jog off the field. The medical staff looked at his ankle on the sideline and after a quick examination he was taped and cleared to return. He was back on the field during overtime and he appeared to be OK. Thomas’ ankle was reportedly feeling sore on Monday morning and there is a good chance that he will miss at least one practice this week. But the injury is not serious and he should be healthy enough to start against the Panthers.
Josh Cribbs, CLE – Sprained Ankle
Browns’ WR/KR Josh Cribbs, who sprained his left ankle during practice last Friday, played on Sunday against the Ravens and he appeared to be fine. However he was seen with a walking boot on his foot after the game and team officials expect him to miss some practice time this week while he recovers. Cribbs told a reporter that the pain and inflammation in his ankle almost prevented him from playing in Week 3. As it turns out by playing on his injured ankle he may have made things worse. He might recover enough this week to play against the Bengals, however he won’t be 100% for at least another couple of weeks.
DeSean Jackson, PHI – Bruised Forearm
Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson briefly left Sunday’s game after bruising his forearm, however the injury was not serious and he returned and finished with over 150 yards receiving and a touchdown. According to reports Jackson banged his arm in the first quarter and for a short time he had trouble opening and closing his hand. He received treatment on the sideline and he quickly returned to the field. Team officials don’t expect the injury to be a problem this week and he should be ready for Week 4.
Andre Johnson, HOU – High Ankle Sprain
Texans’ WR Andre Johnson aggravated his ankle injury during Sunday’s game against the Cowboys and head coach Gary Kubiak is reportedly considering keeping him out of their Week 4 game. According to the Texans’ official website Johnson is dealing with a high ankle sprain. He reinjured his ankle in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field. The medical staff worked on his leg on the sideline and after being retaped he was cleared to return. Johnson admitted that his ankle was very sore after the game and Kubiak told reporters on Monday that Johnson wasn’t “feeling good.” He indicated that Johnson wouldn’t practice this week and he wants to see how he responds to rest and treatment before making a decision on his availability.
Josh Morgan, SF – Strained Knee
49ers’ WR Josh Morgan suffered what the team is calling a strained knee during Sunday’s game. Morgan was hurt while trying to score late in the fourth quarter. He reportedly underwent a precautionary MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public it appears that the injury is not serious. He might miss some practice time this week, but team officials still expect him to play in Week 4.
Demaryius Thomas, DEN – Undisclosed Elbow Injury
Broncos’ rookie WR Demaryius Thomas injured his elbow at the end of Sunday’s game against the Colts and his status for Week 4 is uncertain. Thomas fell awkwardly on his left arm while trying to catch a pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter and as he left the field he appeared to be favoring his shoulder. As it turns out he injured his elbow and he later said that he was in a lot of pain as he gingerly walked off the field. X-rays on Thomas’ arm after the game were negative and he was seen leaving the stadium with his elbow wrapped. The nature and severity of the injury remain a mystery and but according to reports he was spotted on Monday getting treatment on his elbow. We should know more about this status over the next couple of days.
Mike Williams, SEA – Undisclosed Shoulder Injury
Seahawks’ WR Mike Williams, who missed the second half of Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, will miss practice this week and his status for Week 4 is questionable. Williams hurt his shoulder hurt his shoulder in the first quarter and had to leave the field for several minutes. He returned to the field before the start of the second quarter, unfortunately the injury prevented him from playing in the third and fourth quarters. The exact nature and severity of the injury are unknown, however head coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday that Williams was “real sore” and that he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play in their next game. We should know more about his status later in the week.
Brent Celek, PHI – Bruised Wrist
Eagles’ TE Brent Celek bruised his wrist during Sunday’s game and his status for Week 4 is unknown. Celek was hurt when he took a big hit while making a catch in the first half. He briefly left the game and received treatment on the sideline however he was able to return. According to reports the injury is not considered serious but the team isn’t sure if he will be able to practice or play in their next game. We should know more about his status later in the week.
Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN – Strained Leg
According to reports Vikings’ TE Visanthe Shiancoe pulled a muscle in the back of his leg on Sunday against the Lions, however team officials expect him to be fine for their next game in Week 5. The team’s medical staff was seen working on the back of Shiancoe’s leg behind the knee after he was hurt in the third quarter. He was able to return but he was clearly favoring the injured leg and he was unable to finish the game. It isn’t clear what muscle he injured, but it appears it was either the insertion of his hamstring or origin of his calf. Shiancoe spoke with reporters and he admitted that his leg was sore and that he needed the bye week to recover. Don’t expect him to practice until late next week.
Jason Witten, DAL – Sprained MCL
Cowboys’ TE Jason Witten could miss several weeks after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s game. It isn’t clear when Witten was hurt, but he was seen with an ice bag wrapped on his knee after the game and he spotted limping around the locker room before leaving the stadium. He underwent an MRI on Monday and according to reports it revealed a sprained MCL. The severity of the sprain has not been made public, but Witten spoke with reporters and he said that he would be “fine.” The Cowboys’ have bye this upcoming week so he has an additional week to recover.