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Tuesday Injury Report - Week 7
Philip Gentles
October 19, 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 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.

QUARTERBACKS

Jason Campbell, OAK – Bruised Knee / Possible Torn Meniscus

Raiders’ QB Jason Campbell suffered a bruised knee and possibly more during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers and his status for Week 7 is questionable. Campbell told reporters that he hurt his knee sometime during the first half but he stayed in and finished the game. He had an MRI done on Monday as a precaution and according to initial reports there was no structural damage within the joint. However in an interview he said that he might have a “meniscus tear.” He also admitted to feeling sore so he will probably miss some practice this week. Head coach Tom Cable indicated that if Bruce Gradkowski is healthy he will get the start ahead of Campbell and if Gradkowski can’t play he might go with third-string QB Kyle Boller instead.

David Garrard, JAX – Concussion

Jaguars’ QB David Garrard left Monday night’s game with a concussion and his status for Week 7 is unknown. Garrard was hurt when he was hit in the second quarter by Titans’ DL Will Witherspoon and he was escorted to the locker room after failing a concussion test on the sideline. The injury did not look serious, but it was enough to end his night. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Shaun Hill, DET – Fractured Forearm

Lions’ QB Shaun Hill will miss at least two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured left (non-throwing) forearm. Hill was injured in the second quarter on Sunday and X-rays in the locker room at halftime revealed a broken bone in his arm. After undergoing more tests on Monday the medical staff determined that Hill’s arm needed to be surgically repaired. Hill will not be ready when the team returns from it’s Week 7 bye, but since the injury was to his non-throwing arm there is a chance that he could be available to backup starting QB Matthew Stafford in Week 9.

Aaron Rodgers, GB – Chipped Teeth

Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers told reporters on Sunday that he chipped two teeth when he was hit in the third quarter. He was upset that Dolphins’ DL Randy Starks was not flagged on the play for what he called a “shot in the chin,” although replays showed that he was actually hit in the chest. According to reports he is scheduled to visit a dentist sometime this week to fix the damage teeth. He will be in the starting lineup for the Packers in Week 7.

Vince Young, TEN – Sprained Knee

Titans’ QB Vince Young may have suffered a serious knee injury on Monday night against the Jaguars and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday to see just how bad it is. Young was hit and his knee bent back while at the bottom of a pile in the first quarter. He limped off the field without help but he appeared to be in a lot of pain and after being examined on the sideline the medical staff placed his knee in a brace. The injury was announced as a sprain, but the team has not said how serious the sprain is or what ligaments are involved. We’ll know more about his status after he undergoes an MRI.

RUNNING BACKS

Joseph Addai, IND – Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Colts’ RB Joseph Addai, who entered Sunday night’s game with a left shoulder injury, aggravated the injury when he was hit hard by Redskins’ LB London Fletcher at the end of a fourth quarter carry and his status for the team’s next game is questionable. The exact nature of Addai’s injury is unknown, but he was favoring his shoulder as he was helped off the field and according to reports he was in a lot of pain in the locker room after the game. He was also seen with an ice bag secured to his shoulder as he left the stadium. Addai has not spoken with reporters about the injury and there is speculation that it could be serious. The Colts have a bye this upcoming week so Addai has an additional week to recover. We’ll keep you posted.

Kareem Huggins, TB – Torn ACL

The Buccaneers have lost RB Kareem Huggins for the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured knee revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Huggins was hurt in the third quarter when he took a direct shot to the knee while his foot was planted. He limped off the field and was taken back to the locker room where he was examined. The initially assessment revealed damage to several knee ligaments and he was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game. An MRI on Monday has confirmed that his ACL is torn but the team has not said if there is additional ligament or cartilage damage. Huggins will undergo reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling in his knee is controlled.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Josh Cribbs, WR, CLE – Concussion

Browns’ WR Josh Cribbs has been diagnosed with a minor concussion and team officials are hoping that he will be cleared in time for their Week 7 game. Cribbs was hurt when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers’ LB James Harrison in the first half. He was dazed on the field, but he quickly recovered on the sideline and begged the medical staff to let him return. Unfortunately he had symptoms of a concussion and according to the league’s concussion policy he was not allowed back in he game. He eventually headed to the locker room where he was reevaluated. Mohamed Massaquoi also left Sunday’s game with a concussion, but it looks like both WRs avoided serious injury and there is a chance that they could both be active for the team’s next game.

Donald Driver, GB – Quadriceps Strain

Packers’ WR Donald Driver aggravated his injured quadriceps on Sunday and he was in and out of the lineup as a result. Driver missed practice time last week because of a strained quad and he appeared to hurt his leg again in the first half. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Monday that Driver would miss practice time this week while he recovered. His status for the team’s next game is considered questionable.

Julian Edelman, NE – Concussion

Patriots’ WR Julian Edelman left Sunday’s game after suffering what appears to be a concussion and his status for Week 7 is unknown. Edelman was hurt after being hit hard by Ravens’ LB Ray Lewis as he attempted to catch a ball near the goal line in the fourth quarter. The Patriots are simply calling it a “head injury” and as expected the organization has not provided an update on his status. But according to several reports Edelman was concussed and he probably won’t practice with the team this week while he recovers.

Malcom Floyd, SDStrained Hamstring

Chargers’ WR Malcom Floyd could miss Week 7 after leaving Sunday’s game with a strained hamstring. Floyd, who appeared to hurt his leg while running a route in the fourth quarter, looked very uncomfortable while moving around in the locker room after the game and according to reports his hamstring was very tight and sore on Monday. The severity of the strain has not been made public, but team officials don’t expect him to practice this week and they are preparing to play without him. We’ll know more about his injury and status later in the week.

DeSean Jackson, PHI – Severe Concussion

Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson will miss at least one game and possibly more after leaving Sunday’s game with a severe concussion. Jackson took a crushing hit from Falcons’ DB Dunta Robinson, who also suffered a concussion on the play, while trying to make a catch over the middle in the second quarter. He stayed down for several minutes before being helped up and escorted off the field and into the locker room. According to reports Jackson suffered from short-term memory loss and complained of dizziness and nausea on Monday morning. It hasn’t been confirmed but he almost certainly spent sometime in the hospital either on Sunday night or Monday getting tests. Head coach Andy Reid has not officially ruled him out for Week 7, but he doesn’t expect him to be ready. Jackson suffered a concussion last season as well, so with this one being considered “severe” there is a good chance that he won’t be back until after Week 9.

Eddie Royal, WR, DEN – Strained Groin

Broncos’ WR Eddie Royal, who was hit hard by Jets’ DB Darelle Revis in the third quarter, left Sunday’s game with a strained groin and did not return. It isn’t clear when Royal was originally hurt, but he was certainly favoring his leg following the hit and he had trouble walking while on the sideline. The severity of the strain remains unknown, but don’t be surprised if he misses practice this week while he recovers. The Broncos will update his status on Wednesday.

TIGHT ENDS

Chris Cooley, WAS – Concussion

According to reports TE Chris Cooley’s status for Week 7 is questionable after he was diagnosed with a concussion following Sunday night’s game against the Colts. It isn’t clear how he was hurt, but he was escorted to the locker room at the beginning of the fourth quarter and he was held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday that he “hoped” that Cooley would be able to play against the Bears this upcoming weekend. However Cooley did suffer at least three concussions in college and with that kind of history the medical staff might decide to play this one safe and keep him out. Cooley met with a head specialist on Monday and a neurological test showed that he was “close to normal.” He is scheduled to undergo a CAT scan on Tuesday and we should have an update on his status on Thursday or Friday.

Vernon Davis, SF – Undisclosed Knee Injury

49ers’ TE Vernon Davis is considered “day-to-day” after an MRI on his knee revealed no structural damage. Davis briefly left Sunday’s game after landing hard on his 17-yard touchdown reception. According to reports the medical staff looked at his head, shoulder and neck on the sideline before allowing him to return. Head coach Mike Singletary did not report any injury to Davis’ knee during his post-game press conference, but he apparently woke up on Monday morning with soreness in the joint and he was sent for an MRI as a precaution. The results of the MRI have not been made public, but it appears that Davis’ injury is minor and he should be able to play against the Panthers.  

Antonio Gates, SD – Sprained Big Toe

Chargers’ TE Antonio Gates has reportedly sprained the big toe on his left foot (acute turf toe) and his status for Week 7 is in question. Gates, who was injured when Rams’ linebacker Nail Diggs rolled up the back of his leg causing his toe to hyperextend, suffered a similar injury to his left big toe in 2007 and he eventually had surgery to repair it. Head coach Norv Turner told reporters on Monday that the injury Gates suffered on Sunday is unrelated to the injury in 2007, but the team is obviously very concerned about it. He was unable to put pressure on his foot in the locker room and he fitted for a protective walking boot after the game. Gates won’t practice with the team this week while he recovers and a decision on his availability probably won’t be made until game day. Gates was able to play through the toe injury in 2007, but it definitely affected his performance. The only way he avoids a similar situation this year is if he rests and gives it a chance to completely heal. If he pushes through the pain and plays the injury could linger throughout the entire season.

Jermichael Finley, GB – Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Packers’ TE Jermichael Finley has been placed on injured reserve ending his season. Finley, who had surgery to repair the torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, was not scheduled to make his return for at least another 2 months. Unfortunately the medical staff did not know when he would be able to return or if he would be able to make it back in time for the playoffs. And with the Packers dealing with so many injuries to other players the team decided to place him on IR freeing up a valuable roster spot. Finley should be back to full strength when the Packers start their off-season conditioning program next year. 

Dustin Keller, NYJ – Sprained Wrist

Jets’ TE Dustin Keller appears to be OK after spraining his wrist during Sunday’s game against the Broncos. According to reports Keller was hurt while trying to make a tackle on an interception return. He stayed in and finished the game, but he was unable to move his wrist or hold unto something without experiencing pain on Monday morning and head coach Rex Ryan said that he was sent for a precautionary MRI. The good news is that the MRI revealed a minor sprain and with the Week 7 bye he has plenty of time to recover before the team’s next game.

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