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Tuesday Injury Report - Week 9
Philip Gentles
November 2, 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

Brett Favre, MIN – Chin Laceration, Avulsion and Stress Fractures in Ankle, Elbow Soreness

Brett Favre continues to show us that he is one of the toughest players in the history of the NFL, but I’m not sure how much longer he can last. Favre, who entered Sunday’s game with two fractures in his ankle and soreness in his throwing elbow, suffered a chin laceration when he took a hard hit to the chest and head in the fourth quarter. He was escorted to the sideline and after being examined by the training staff he was carted to the locker room for precautionary X-rays. There was some concern that he may have fractured his jaw, however X-rays came back negative. He needed 8 stitches to close the laceration and he appeared to be OK while answering questions in the post-game press conference. He was scheduled to undergo a precautionary concussion test on Monday, but head coach Brad Childress indicated that he was fine and he said that he expected him to start against the Cardinals in Week 9. Favre’s situation is definitely a unique one. Most players would be out for a significant amount of time if they had multiple ankle fractures because the risks of additional injury and long-term complications by playing on the ankle would be very high. Since Favre is at the very end of his career he believes that he isn’t risking a lot by trying to play on it. There will be serious post-NFL career consequences which he will have to face when he retires, but that’s not on his mind at the moment. He wants to win and close out his career on a high note. Unfortunately he isn’t healthy enough to help the Vikings. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t suffer a devastating injury before he realizes that his body can’t take the punishment anymore.

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA – Mild concussion

Seahawks’ QB Matt Hasselbeck was sacked 8 times and hit on a number of other plays during Sunday’s game so it should come to no one’s surprise that he has been diagnosed with a concussion. It isn’t clear when the concussion actually occurred, but he complained of a headache after the game and according to reports tests in the locker room revealed symptoms of a “slight concussion.” Head coach Pete Carroll indicated that Hasselbeck would be limited in practice this week but he told reporters on Monday that he expected him to start in Week 9. We’ll keep you posted.

Kyle Orton, DEN – Bruised Ribs

According to reports Broncos’ QB Kyle Orton suffered bruised ribs during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. But the injury is not considered serious and team officials expect him to be ready when they return from their Week 9 bye. Orton was hurt when he was hit in the chest by 49ers’ LB Manny Lawson in the third quarter. He stayed in and finished the game, but he reportedly complained of soreness in his chest in the locker room afterwards. It isn’t clear if he underwent precautionary X-rays. However it appears that he avoided serious injury and he should be good to go when the Broncos play in Week 10.

Vince Young, TEN – Undisclosed Ankle Injury

Titans QB Vince Young suffered an undisclosed left ankle injury during Sunday’s game and his status for the team’s next game in Week 10. Young appeared to roll his ankle in the fourth quarter and he was forced to leave the game. There was speculation that since he wasn’t hit that the injury was to his Achilles tendon. However it looks like he may have aggravated a previous ankle injury. Young left the stadium on Sunday with his ankle in a protective walking boot and he’ll probably spend a lot of time this week in the team’s training room getting treatment. The exact nature and severity of Young’s injury has still not be made public so we probably won’t know what his projected status for Week 10 will be until later in the week.

RUNNING BACKS

Mike Hart, IND – Sprained Ankle

Colts’ RB Mike Hart left Sunday’s game after spraining his ankle in the fourth quarter and he did not return. According to reports Hart rolled his left ankle on a carry near the end of the game and he was seen limping in the locker room afterwards. The severity of the injury and his status for the team’s next game are unknown.

Felix Jones, DAL – Bruised Forearm and Sprained Ankle

Cowboys’ RB Felix Jones suffered two injuries during Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, but neither injury is considered serious and team officials are optimistic that he will be ready for their Week 9 game. Jones banged his left forearm in the second quarter and there was concern on the sideline that he may have suffered a fracture. So he was escorted to the locker room where he was examined and X-rayed. According to reports x-rays were negative and he returned to the field before halftime with a pad wrapped on his arm. He also sprained his ankle during the game, however the injury is considered minor. There is a good chance that he will miss some practice time this week, but it looks like neither injury is serious enough to keep him from playing in Week 9. 

Ryan Mathews, SD – Face Laceration

Chargers’ rookie RB Ryan Mathews briefly left the field on Sunday after taking a shot to the head, but he was able to return and finish the game. Mathews was hurt when he was hit at the end of a run in third quarter. The hit knocked his helmet off and left him with a cut on his face. As a precaution the medical staff tested him for a concussion on the sideline, however he reportedly passed the test and he was cleared to return. The laceration was closed and a protective visor was added to Mathews’ helmet before he was allowed back on the field. This will not prevent him from practicing this week and it shouldn’t affect his status for Week 9. On a related note, Chargers’ backup RB Mike Tolbert suffered a minor ankle sprain during Sunday’s game and team officials think he should be ready to go when they face the Texans.

Ryan Torain, WAS – Strained Hamstring

Redskins’ RB Ryan Torain, who left Sunday’s game with a strained left hamstring, will not practice this week and according to reports there is a chance that this injury will prevent him from practicing next week and playing in the team’s Week 10 game. Torain pulled his hamstring on a run at the end of the first half. He told reporters that the injury occurred as he “was just striding out the last play” and he said that he wasn’t sure how long the injury would keep him sidelined. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that an MRI on Torain’s leg revealed no tears, but he has been diagnosed with a strain and he will not practice this week while he recovers. The Redskins have a bye in Week 9 so he has an additional week to rest, but team officials aren’t sure if he will be healthy enough to play in their game against the Eagles.

Beanie Wells, ARI – Back Contusion

Cardinals’ RB Beanie Wells was not on the field for the team’s final drive on Sunday because of lower back tightness, but the injury is not considered serious and he should be ready for Week 9. According to reports Wells was hit in his lower back in the fourth quarter and the resulting contusion lead to tightness that prevented him from finishing the game. He seemed to be OK on Monday and he told reporters that he was “fine” and that he expected to play in the team’s next game.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Kenny Britt, TEN – Partially Torn Hamstring

The Titans have their bye in Week 9, however WR Kenny Britt is still expected to miss at least one game after partially tearing his hamstring during Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Britt reportedly felt a “pop” in the back of his leg as he tried to run down a deep pass in the first quarter. He slowly limped to the sideline and he was eventually taken to the locker room. He later returned to the sideline but he was in street clothes. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters after the game that Britt would miss an extended period of time and although the results of his Monday MRI have not been made public, it appears that he suffered a partial hamstring tear that will probably keep him out for at least two weeks.

Donald Driver, GB – Strained Quadriceps

Packers’ WR Donald Driver, who has been dealing with nagging quadriceps injury, reportedly aggravated the injury on Sunday and he was unable to finish the game. Driver tried stretching his leg out on the sideline but he couldn’t get it loose enough to get back on the field. He’ll likely miss practice this week while he rests and with the team’s Week 10 bye right around the corner there are reports that the team is considering keeping him out of their Week 9 game so that his quad has enough time to heal. He’s been ineffective since getting hurt and he won’t be productive until he is healthy so don’t be surprised if the medical staff decides to keep him out against the Cowboys.

Percy Harvin, MIN – Sprained Ankle

Vikings’ WR Percy Harvin sprained his ankle during Sunday’s game and although he stayed in and finished the game there are reports that the injury is serious and that it could prevent him from playing in Week 9. Harvin told reporters that his ankle was “hurting pretty bad” during the game and that “it probably was adrenaline” that allowed him to finish the game. According to reports he was limping badly in the locker room afterwards and he appeared to be in a lot of pain and discomfort. He underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public a local newspaper is calling the injury serious. Head coach Brad Childress told reporters during his Monday press conference that Harvin’s ankle was “sore” and that he was getting treatment, but he didn’t have an update on the severity of the injury or Harvin’s status for Week 9. Check back later in the week for an update.

Andre Johnson, HOU – High Ankle Sprain

Texans’ WR Andre Johnson aggravated his high ankle sprain on a touchdown catch in the second half of Monday night’s game and while he tried playing through the pain it was obvious that he wasn’t comfortable. Johnson limped badly between plays in the fourth quarter but he stayed in the game and made several big catches in a losing effort. His status for Week 9 is currently unknown, however don’t be surprised if he misses portions of practice this week while he recovers.

Golden Tate, SEA – Sprained Ankle

Seahawks’ rookie WR Golden Tate has been fitted for a protective walking boot after spraining his ankle during Sunday’s game and his status for Week 9 is in question. Tate was forced out of the game after turning his ankle and according to head coach Pete Carroll he has been diagnosed with a sprain that “could take a bit” of time to heal. Carroll went on to say the team would wait to see how Tate’s ankle responded to rest and treatment before they knew if he would be able to play in their next game. We probably won’t know more about his status until Thursday or Friday.

Mike Williams, SEA – Knee Contusion

Seahawks’ WR Mike Williams missed several plays in the third quarter because of a knee contusion but team officials expect him to be OK. Williams apparently injured his knee while blocking on a running play in the first half. He aggravated the injury in the third quarter and briefly left the game. He was able to return, however he was limited to just one catch. The injury is not considered serious and he should be able to play in Week 9.

TIGHT ENDS

Chris Cooley, WAS – Lower Back Spasms and Ankle Soreness

Redskins’ TE Chris Cooley was in and out of Sunday’s game because of lower back spasms, but the team’s medical staff is confident that he will be ready to play when they return from their Week 9 bye. Cooley reportedly began to complain of lower back spasms at the start of the third quarter and he pulled himself from the game several times before being held out by the medical staff for good. As expected his back was stiff and sore following the game. According to reports he also had soreness in his previously injured ankle. He’ll probably be held out of practice this week, but he should return to the practice field next week and if all goes well he should be back in the starting lineup for Week 10.

Vernon Davis, SF – Sprained Ankle

49ers’ TE Vernon Davis, who missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday last week because of a sprained ankle, aggravated the injury during Sunday’s game and his status for the team’s next game in Week 10 is uncertain. Davis limped off the field and he spent the remainder of the game watching from the sideline. It isn’t clear if he made the injury worse, but look for him to use this bye week to get as much rest and treatment as possible.

Zach Miller, OAK – Plantar Fascia Strain

According to reports Raiders’ TE Zach Miller is currently using crutches to move around after apparently aggravating his foot injury during Sunday’s win over the Seahawks. Miller, who was limited in practice last week because of a plantar fascia strain under his foot, had a lot of trouble walking in the locker room after the game. The Raiders have not confirmed that this latest problem is related to his previous injury, but there are reports that suggest that he was experiencing pain and discomfort in the same area. He’ll definitely miss practice time this week and his status for Week 9 is in question.

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