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.
Colt McCoy, CLE – Sprained Ankle
Browns’ rookie QB Colt McCoy, who sprained his left ankle in the second half on Sunday, was reportedly in a lot of pain after the game and his status is considered questionable. McCoy played through the injury, but he appeared to limp between plays and according to reports he had a difficult time moving around the locker room afterwards. Precautionary X-rays were negative, but he was still fitted for a walking boot and there is speculation that he may have suffered a high ankle sprain. His status for Week 12 remains a question mark and we probably won’t know more about his availability for the game against the Panthers until the weekend. Don’t be surprised if he is a limited participant in practice this week.
Matt Schaub, HOU – Knee Bursitis
Texans’ QB Matt Schaub, who was hospitalized on Tuesday after a problematic bursa sac in his knee became inflamed, reportedly aggravated the issue when he was hit following a touchdown pass on Sunday. Schaub was seen limping in the locker room with an ice bag wrapped around his knee after the game. However team officials expect him to be ready in time for their Week 12 game. Schaub has dealt with knee bursitis all season so there is no reason to think that it will prevent him from playing now.
Vince Young, TEN – Torn Thumb Tendon
Titans’ QB Vince Young will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured right (throwing) thumb confirmed that his torn tendon needs to be surgically repaired. Young was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday’s game and he was taken to the locker room where X-rays came back negative for a fracture, but a closer examination revealed a torn tendon in his thumb. Young was frustrated with the injury assessment and he reportedly tossed his helmet and pads into the stands and had a verbal confrontation with head coach Jeff Fisher after the game. He underwent an MRI on Monday and according to reports Young was told that he needed surgery to repair the damage. He has been placed on injured reserve.
Jahvid Best, DET – Bi-lateral Turf Toes
Lions’ RB Jahvid Best, who is dealing with a chronic turf toe problem in the big toe on both feet, aggravated his left big toe in the first half on Sunday’s game and spent the remainder of game on the sideline. Best appeared to be hurt on his third carry of the half and after leaving the field an athletic trainer tried re-taping his left toe. Unfortunately he was in a lot of discomfort and the Lions decided to continue without him. Best told reporters after the game that his turf toe injuries “take turns” hurting and while head coach Jim Schwartz believes that Best injuries “haven’t gotten progressively worse” they definitely haven’t gotten better and unless he rests for a significant amount of time he won’t be 100% anytime soon.
Felix Jones, DAL – Hip Pointer
Cowboys’ RB Felix Jones appears to be OK after leaving Sunday’s game with a hip pointer (contusion). Jones took a shot to his hip in the first half and he was in so much pain that the medical staff wanted to rule out a fracture before allowing him to return. Hip pointers are very painful and tend to feel worse than they really are. According to reports X-rays were negative and Jones was cleared to return to the field before the start of the third quarter. He was seen walking with a limp after the game and he told reporters on Monday that his hip was sore. So he’ll probably miss some practice time this week. But team officials expect him to play on Thursday against the Saints.
Clinton Portis, WAS – Partially Torn Groin
Redskins’ RB Clinton Portis might be out for the remainder of the season after aggravating his groin injury on Sunday against the Titans. Portis, who missed 5 games with a partially torn groin muscle, made his return to the lineup on Sunday and he looked great in the first half rushing for 32 yards on 5 carries. However he had to leave the game after experiencing pain and tightness in his groin and he did not return. Portis told reporters after the game that he hoped that tore scar tissue rather than re-inure his muscle. He underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public team officials don’t believe that he will be able to play in Week 12. We’ll probably know more about his injury soon. If he did re-tear his groin his season will likely be over.
Bernard Berrian, MIN – Strained Groin
Vikings’ WR Bernard Berrian made it through pre game warm-ups on Sunday. Unfortunately he didn’t make it through the first quarter. Berrian aggravated his strained groin while running a route and he was unable to finish the game. Former head coach Brad Childress confirmed that Berrian “tweaked” his groin during the game, but he was unaware what his status would be moving forward. He’s obviously not 100% so even if he is active in Week 12 he probably won’t be productive.
Austin Collie, IND – Concussion
Colts’ WR Austin Collie, who returned on Sunday after missing some time with a concussion, was reportedly pulled from the game in the first half after being hit several times and while the team has not confirmed the nature of his problem it appears that he may have suffered another concussion. Collie was cleared to play on Sunday because he no longer experienced concussion-related symptoms. But he apparently had a re-occurrence of some of those symptoms on Sunday. Head coach Jim Caldwell didn’t want to call it a concussion, but he told reporters that Collie was removed for “precautionary reasons.” The team did not have any updates on Collie on Monday so his status for Week 12 is unclear, but if this turns out to be another concussion he probably won’t be cleared to play for several weeks.
Patrick Crayton, SD – Undisclosed Wrist Injury
Chargers’ WR Patrick Crayton injured his wrist while trying to brace himself for a fall after his touchdown catch in the second quarter on Monday night and according to reports the injury looks serious. Crayton was taken to the locker room where he was examined and treated. It isn’t clear why the medical staff didn’t x-ray his wrist while he was in the locker room, but he is scheduled to undergo X-rays on Tuesday morning. The exact nature of the injury and his status for Week 12 are unknown.
Hakeem Nicks, NYG – Lower Leg Compartment Syndrome
Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks underwent an emergency fasciotomy on Monday afternoon after being diagnosed with compartment syndrome and he will miss at least 3 weeks while he recovers. According to reports Nicks was hit in his lower right leg during Sunday night’s game. He was initially diagnosed with a minor contusion and the medical staff did what they could do to control the swelling. Unfortunately the swelling persisted and Nicks began complaining of numbness and increased pain in his leg on Monday morning. He was taken to the hospital where he was evaluated and diagnosed with compartment syndrome, a condition in which uncontrolled swelling compresses blood vessels and nerves and can result in permanent muscle damage if left untreated. Nicks was quickly prepped for surgery and on Monday afternoon he underwent a fasciotomy, a procedure in which the fascia surrounding the affected muscle is cut so that the pressure within the swollen leg compartment is relieved. It isn’t clear if Nicks suffered permanent muscular damage in his leg. He will be reevaluated in a couple of days and if surgeons discover and remove dead muscle tissue he could be out for a very long time. Early reports suggest that the medical staff dealt with this problem very quickly and Nicks may have avoided serious trauma. If all goes well he could be back in 3 weeks, but it is still too early to tell what his status for the remainder of the season will be.
Mike Sims-Walker, JAX – High Ankle Sprain
Jaguars’ WR Mike Sims-Walker, who was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Browns with an ankle injury, has reportedly been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and he will be out for at least another two weeks. Sims-Walker missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday last week but he returned on Friday and tried practicing. Unfortunately his ankle prevented him from running and cutting at full speed and the medical staff decided to keep him out Sunday’s game. High ankle sprains can take anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks to completely heal so there is a chance that he won’t be back until Week 14. We’ll keep an eye on his recovery, but don’t expect him to play in Week 12.
Mike Williams, SEA – Sprained Foot
Seahawks’ WR Mike Williams has already undergone an MRI on his injured foot, however the team is still awaiting the results of additional testing and according to reports he could be out for an extended period of time. Williams injured his foot when he was tackled at the end of his 68-yard reception in the first quarter. He limped off the field and returned after only a few minutes. But after being limited in the second and third quarter he finally left the game for good in the fourth after aggravating the injury. The injury was initially called a sprained foot, but head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that the injury is “unusual” and he revealed that Williams felt a pop on the bottom of his foot indicating that he may have torn his plantar fascia. He was apparently sent for more tests and as soon as the team gets the results they will know how serious the injury is and how long Williams will be out.
Vernon Davis, SF – Sprained Ankle
49ers’ TE Vernon Davis left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game after aggravating his ankle injury and he did not return. Davis told reporters after the game that he didn’t think that his ankle was serious and that he expected to play in Week 12. He’ll likely miss practice time this week while he recovers and might end up being cleared to play. But the biggest concern is that Davis has injured the same ankle three times this season and he could aggravate the problem at any time during a game.
Zach Miller, OAK – Strained Arch
Raiders’ TE Zach Miller, who missed the team’s last game in Week 9 with a strained arch, made his return to the field on Sunday. However he looked far from 100% and he admitted that his arch began to hurt him in the second half. He was seen in the training room after the game with ice wrapped on his foot and as expected he was feeling sore on Monday morning. He’ll likely be limited in practice this week, but it looks like he will be active in Week 12.
Tony Scheffler, DET - Bruised Ribs
Lions’ TE Tony Scheffler took a shot to the chest in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys and according to reports he was unable to return. The exact nature and severity of the injury remains unknown, however there are reports that suggest his ribs are just bruised and that he still has a chance to play on Thursday. But he did not practice on Monday and his status for Week 12 is considered questionable.
Ben Watson, CLE – Sprained Ankle
According to reports Browns’ TE Ben Watson left Sunday’s game in the first quarter after spraining his right ankle. His ankle was taped on the sideline and returned to the field, but he was in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the game and he was held without a catch. The severity of the sprain has not been made public and his status for Week 12 is still a mystery. But we should know more about his injury over the next couple of days.