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.
Jake Delhomme, CLE – High and Regular Ankle Sprain
Browns’ QB Jake Delhomme, who has been recovering from a high ankle sprain, was forced into action on Sunday when Seneca Wallace got hurt and according to reports Delhomme suffered a second ankle sprain unrelated to his first injury and team officials don’t expect him to play in Week 6. Delhomme had a painkiller injected into his ankle prior to Sunday’s game, but he wasn’t healthy enough to start and he wasn’t scheduled to play. Unfortunately he had to play at the end of the first half and stayed in for the entire second half when Wallace injured his ankle. Delhomme looked uncomfortable while under center and he reportedly suffered a regular ankle sprain on one of his sacks. He was feeling sore on Monday and he indicated that he wouldn’t do much in practice this week while he recovers.
Bruce Gradkowski, OAK – Sprained AC Joint
Raiders’ QB Bruce Gradkowski entered Sunday’s game with what was being called a bruised right shoulder. However he aggravated the injury during the game and his status for Week 6 is in doubt. Gradkowski was hurt when he was hit hard in the first quarter. He was taken to the locker room where he was evaluated and treated. He returned to the game in the second half, however he was very uncomfortable throwing the ball and he was pulled from the game for good. According to reports the initial shoulder bruise was located directly on the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. But now it appears he has been diagnosed with an actual AC joint sprain that will probably require at least one week of rest. Jason Campbell, who played well in Gradkowski’s place on Sunday, will likely get the start this upcoming weekend against the 49ers. Head coach Tom Cable told reporters on Monday that Gradkowski will start once he is healthy. But if he Campbell has a big game against the 49ers Cable will have a hard time keeping him out of the starting lineup even when Gradkowski is ready to play.
Aaron Rodgers, GB – Concussion
Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers is reportedly doing fine after suffering a minor concussion during the overtime loss to the Redskins on Sunday. However head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Monday that Rodgers could be held out of the team’s Week 6 game as a precaution. Rodgers, who was hurt when he was hit on the team’s final possession in overtime, was reportedly diagnosed with a concussion on the sideline. As expected he complained of a headache after the game but he traveled home with teammates and several people who saw him and spoke with him said that he was acting normally. He underwent testing today and he is scheduled to undergo additional testing on Tuesday. Backup QB Matt Flynn will take all the snaps with the first team in practice this week while Rodgers is out and he will get the start if the Packers decided to keep Rodgers inactive. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.
Seneca Wallace, CLE – High Ankle Sprain
Browns’ QB Seneca Wallace, who left in the first half of Sunday’s game with an injured right leg, has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and his status for Week 6 is very questionable. X-rays on Wallace’s ankle at halftime were negative, however he was unable to put any weight on his leg and an MRI on Monday revealed a sprain to the syndesmotic ligament. The severity of the sprain has not been made public, but according to reports with Jake Delhomme now nursing multiple ankle sprains the medical staff is going to try hard to get Wallace ready for their next game. Rookie Colt McCoy will get the start if Wallace and Delhomme can’t go.
Joseph Addai, IND – Neck and Shoulder Soreness
Colts’ RB Joseph Addai left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game after hurting his shoulder and neck on a carry and he told reporters on Monday that he was feeling sore and stiff. The exact nature of Addai’s injury is still unknown, but he said that his right shoulder was sore and he felt discomfort in his neck when he turned his head to the left. He’ll likely be limited in practice this week, but we probably won’t know if he will be able to play against the Redskins until Friday at the earliest. Keep in mind that the Colts have their bye in Week 7, so if he doesn’t recover quickly he might be held out so that he has the additional week to get healthy.
Arian Foster, HOU – Knee Contusion
According to reports Texans’ RB Arian Foster, who suffered a knee contusion in Sunday’s game, was able run with the team on Monday and head coach Gary Kubiak expects him to play in Week 6. Kubiak told reporters that Foster “banged” his knee on a carry prior to halftime and Foster indicated that he hurt a muscle that caused pain in his knee. The injury limited him in the second half, but he was able to loosen up his leg and he appeared to be OK on the team’s final possession of the game. Foster will probably be limited in practice this week, but it looks like he will be active in Week 6.
Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE – Strained Quadriceps
Browns’ RB Peyton Hillis reportedly strained his quadriceps muscle in practice on Thursday and he aggravated the injury during Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Hillis reinjured his quad on his 19-yard touchdown reception in the first half and he was limited in the second half as a result. It’s unclear how the injury will affect his participation in practice this week and on Monday head coach Eric Mangini did not have an update on his injury status. We’ll keep you posted.
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC – Sprained Wrist
Jaguars’ RB Maurice Jones-Drew left Sunday’s game with what appears to be a sprained wrist but he was able to return and team officials expect him to be available for their Week 6 game. Jones-Drew twisted his wrist in the fourth quarter and he reportedly screamed in pain as he left the field. He was taped on the sideline and he was back in the game on the next offensive possession. X-rays in the locker room after the game were negative and while MJD claims he doesn’t know what the injury is there is speculation that he suffered a minor sprain. We are only 5 weeks in and Jones-Drew is already dealing with injuries to his wrist and ankle as well as lingering soreness in his knee. The team’s Week 9 bye can’t come soon enough.
Dez Bryant, DAL – Undisclosed Ankle Injury
Cowboys’ rookie WR Dez Bryant, who missed most of training camp and the pre-season with a right high ankle sprain, injured the same ankle in Sunday’s game against the Titans and his status for Week 6 remains unknown. Bryant appeared to turn his right ankle in the second quarter and he had to limp off the field. His ankle was retaped in the locker room and he returned to the game in the second half but the injury prevented him from being productive. It isn’t clear if he aggravated his previous high ankle sprain or if suffered a new injury, but at the very least it will limit him in practice this week. Check back in a few days for an update.
Mark Clayton, STL – Torn Patellar Tendon
The St. Louis Rams have placed WR Mark Clayton on injured reserve after he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee during Sunday’s loss to the Lions. Clayton’s knee appeared to give out while he ran a deep route in the first quarter. He stayed on the ground for several minutes while being evaluated by the medical staff. They believed that his patellar tendon was torn and he was eventually fitted for an air cast and removed from the field on a stretcher. He was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game and a second evaluation in the locker room confirmed the on-field assessment. Clayton will undergo reconstructive knee surgery sometime this week and if all goes well he should be full speed in time for training camp next year.
Calvin Johnson, DET – Undisclosed Shoulder
The Lions have not yet disclosed the nature WR Calvin Johnson’s right shoulder injury, but head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters on Monday that the team is “very concerned” about him. Johnson fell on his shoulder following a catch in the fourth quarter and he appeared to be in some discomfort as he left the field. He did not return to the game and when asked afterwards if he could have gone back in had the team needed him he replied “no.” According to reports Johnson did not have X-rays on his shoulder, but the injury is more serious than the team initially thought. Schwartz told reporters that the medical staff will see how his recovery goes this week before making a decision on his Week 6 availability. The Lions have their bye in Week 7 so don’t be surprised if Johnson is held out this week so that he gets two full weeks to recover.
Jermichael Finley, GB – Torn Knee Cartilage
Packers’ TE Jermichael Finley will miss the next 3 to 6 weeks after an MRI on his injured right knee revealed a torn meniscus (cartilage). Finley was hurt while trying to make a tackle on a fumble return in the first quarter. He was carted to the locker room where the injury was assessed and treated and he later returned to the sideline with crutches. Finley spoke with reporters after the game and he indicated that cartilage in his knee has given him trouble before. Tests on Monday morning showed that there was additional cartilage damage in his knee and he is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. The team won’t know when he will be back until after the surgical procedure because there is a chance that they could find more damage not visible on the MRI. However don’t expect him back until Week 8 at the earliest. There were early reports that suggested Finley was diagnosed with some kind of “hamstring ligament displacement,” however there is no such thing as a “hamstring ligament” and it appears that whoever created that initial report did so without full knowledge of the injury.