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.
Kerry Collins, TEN – Torn Flexor Tendon on Middle Finger
Titans’ QB Kerry Collins, who tore the flexor tendon on his right (throwing) middle finger when his hand hit the helmet of a defender during the team’s Week 6 game, had the swelling in his finger drained prior to Sunday’s game and he appeared to be OK passing for over 275 yards and 3 touchdowns. According to reports Collins received treatment after the game but he indicated that the injury did not bother him or affect his passing during the game. If Vince Young is not healthy enough to play look for Collins to make another start in Week 9.
Brett Favre, MIN – Avulsion and Stress Fractures in his Ankle
Vikings’ QB Brett Favre has not been officially ruled out of the team’s next game, however his streak of 291 consecutive starts will probably come to an end after an MRI revealed two fractures in his injured ankle. Favre, who had off-season arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, injured the same ankle when he was tackled from behind as he threw an interception in the first half. He stayed in the game but limped around while on the field and he appeared to be in a lot of discomfort as he headed back to the locker room when the game was over. According to reports X-rays in the locker room afterwards revealed at least one fracture in his ankle (which is why he sounded pessimistic about his Week 8 status during the post-game press conference) and an MRI on Monday confirmed that there are two fractures, an avulsion fracture in his calcaneus (ligament/tendon has pulled a piece of bone off his heal) and a stress fracture near the original surgery site in his ankle caused by repetitive trauma. He is not scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the damage in his ankle yet and he has been fitted for a protective walking boot. Head coach Brad Childress told reporters that the team will wait to see how Favre’s ankle responds to rest and treatment before they determine his playing status for Week 8. He mentioned that Favre has to practice this week in order to start. But don’t count on him being active against the Patriots and don’t be surprised if he misses several games while he recovers.
Max Hall, ARI – Concussion
Cardinals’ QB Max Hall was knocked out of Sunday’s game after suffering what the team is calling a mild concussion, but if all goes as expected he should be back in the starting lineup this upcoming weekend. Hall, who was hurt when he was sacked in the third quarter, told reporters that he felt a “little woozy” and a “little nauseous” after the play. However he indicated that he felt better after the game and he declared himself “OK” on Monday. The injury does not appear to be serious and if he passes the various neurological tests as the medical staff expects he will be back into the starting lineup in Week 8.
Tony Romo, DAL – Fractured Clavicle
Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo could miss the remainder of the season after breaking his left (non- throwing) clavicle during Monday night’s game against the Giants. Romo was injured when he was hit and driven into the ground following a pass in the first half. He was escorted off the field and taken back to the locker room where X-rays revealed a break in his collarbone. He’s scheduled to undergo additional testing on Tuesday, but these types of injuries typically don’t require surgery and can take anywhere from 8 – 12 weeks to heal. There is a chance that Romo could be ready to return at the end of the regular season, but if the Cowboys are eliminated from playoff contention (and it could happen fairly early) they might end up placing him on injured reserve.
Alex Smith, SF – Sprained Acromioclavicular Joint
49ers’ QB Alex Smith suffered what team officials fear to be a serious left shoulder separation (AC Joint Sprain) and his status for Week 8 is in doubt. Smith injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder when he was sacked in the third quarter. X-rays in the locker room where reportedly negative, but he was in a lot of discomfort and he was seen leaving the stadium after the game with his arm in a sling. The team boarded a plane for London on Sunday night and according to reports Smith was in so much pain that he was admitted to a hospital when they landed. He underwent an MRI while in the hospital and while the results have not been made public several websites are reporting that the injury to his shoulder is serious. Don’t expect him to be play in Week 8.
Anthony Dixon, SF – Strained Hamstring
49ers backup running back Anthony Dixon pulled his hamstring during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game and his status for Week 8 is in question. According to reports Dixon has been diagnosed with a strain and team officials are concerned that the injury could keep him sidelined for at least a week. Dixon was being used in games to give Gore a rest, but if he doesn’t play this upcoming weekend look for Gore to get even more carries.
Steven Jackson, STL – Surgery to repair Fractured Finger / Head and Neck Trauma
Rams’ RB Steven Jackson has undergone surgery to repair a break in his left ring finger, however according to several reports the team still expects him to play in Week 8. Jackson apparently fractured his finger in the first half of Sunday’s game. He told reporters that he didn’t think the injury was a big deal and he kept playing. His finger was noticeably swollen after the game and an X-ray revealed a fracture that needed to be surgically repaired. Jackson had two pins surgically inserted into his finger on Monday morning and team officials don’t expect him to be a full participant in practice this week. But they still believe that he will be active against the Panthers. His finger and hand will have to be wrapped and padded to protect the injury site so it will be interesting to see how that will affect his ability to carry and catch the ball. On another injury note Jackson missed an offensive series on Sunday after getting hit in the neck. He admitted that he felt a “little dizzy” while he rested on the sideline, but he was not diagnosed with a concussion and he was allowed back in the game.
DeAngelo Williams, CAR – Sprained Foot
According to reports Panthers’ RB DeAngelo Williams suffered a sprained foot during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, however the injury is not believed to be serious and team officials expect him to play this upcoming weekend. Williams apparently rolled his foot on the team’s final drive of the game. He limped off the field and he was later seen in the training room with an ice bag on his foot. Head coach John Fox confirmed on Monday that Williams injured his foot, but he did not say how bad the injury was or if he would miss practice time this week while he recovered. We will know more about his status later in the week.
Louis Murphy, OAK - Bruised Clavicle
Raiders' WR Louis Murphy, who has been dealing with a bruised clavicle (collarbone) since Week 3, aggravated the injury after falling on his shoulder in the third quarter of Sunday's game and his status for Week 8 is questionable. Murphy has played in every game since Week 3 despite not being 100%. According to reports he experiences pain and discomfort when he moves his arm across his chest thus making it difficult for him to adjust and make catches. He'll likely be limited in practice this week and team officials believe there is a good chance that he will play in their next game.
Antonio Gates, SD – Turf Toe
Chargers’ TE Antonio Gates looked gimpy at different points during Sunday’s game and he later admitted that his toe affected his performance. Gates, who is dealing with a turf toe problem, reportedly had a painkiller injected not his toe prior to the game. Unfortunately he still had trouble planting and cutting on the affected foot. You can admire his toughness, but by playing on this injury it has almost guaranteed that it will be a season-long issue. He’ll likely be limited in practice this week as he gets ready for Week 8.