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.
David Garrard, JAC – Sprained Wrist
It isn’t clear when or how he was hurt, but Jaguars’ QB David Garrard told reporters on Sunday evening that he injured his left (non-throwing) wrist during the game against the Giants. Garrard said that he was unable to move his wrist after the game, however X-rays in the locker room were negative and according to reports he has been diagnosed with a sprain. Since the injury is to his non-throwing wrist it shouldn’t prevent him from practicing this week and he should be in the team’s starting lineup for the game against the Titans.
Bruce Gradkowski, OAK – AC Joint Sprain
Raiders’ QB Bruce Gradkowski, who missed four games earlier in the season after suffering a grade 3 shoulder separation (AC Joint Sprain) in Week 5, aggravated the injury during Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins and according to reports the team is worried that it could end his season. Gradkowski was injured on the team’s final offensive play of the game. He was hit from behind and his shoulder was driven into the ground as he tried to complete a desperation pass. He appeared to be favoring his shoulder as he left the field and he was in a lot of pain on the sideline. He underwent an MRI on his shoulder on Monday and while the results have not been released to the public the medical staff does not expect him to play anytime soon. Jason Campbell will probably be the Raiders’ starting QB for the remainder of the season.
Peyton Manning, IND – Stinger
Colts’ QB Peyton Manning told reporters on Monday that he suffered a right shoulder stinger during Sunday night’s game against the Chargers, however the injury is not serious and he expects to start in Week 13. Manning suffered an abrasion on his elbow on the same play that he hurt his shoulder and he wore a protective wrap on the elbow in the second half. He’ll probably miss some practice this week while he rests and recovers, but he is in no danger of missing the game against the Cowboys.
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT – Sprained Foot
Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger told reporters on Monday that he plans on playing in Week 13 despite being diagnosed with a sprained right foot. Roethlisberger, who was hurt when his foot got caught in the turf when he was hit in the second quarter, limped to the locker room at halftime where he was examined and treated. He was back on the field for the start of the third quarter and he played the entire second half and overtime, but he limped between plays and at times it appeared to affect his mobility. As expected Roethlisberger’s foot was sore on Monday and according to reports an MRI confirmed that he sprained a ligament in his foot. The severity of the sprain has not been made public, but he will wear a protective walking boot this week as a precaution. He’ll probably miss some practice time this week, however team officials still expect him to start against the Ravens.
Marion Barber, DAL – Strained Calf
According to reports Cowboys’ RB Marion Barber will miss at least two weeks after leaving Thursday’s game with a strained calf. Barber pulled his calf on a carry in the fourth quarter and he was seen with an ice bag on his leg while he rested on the sideline. He told reporters that his calf was stiff and sore on Friday and team officials don’t expect him to practice this week or play against the Colts.
Frank Gore, SF – Fractured Hip
49ers’ RB Frank Gore left Monday night’s game after hurting his hip on the team’s opening drive and after returning for one more play he pulled himself off the field and he was held out for the remainder of the night. According to early reports Gore pulled a muscle in his hip and he was escorted to the locker room where he was examined and treated. He quickly returned to the sideline and he was back on the field for the team’s next possession. However he limped off the field after a carry and he told the team’s medical staff that his hip was very sore. Head coach Mike Singletary told reporters after the game that Gore wanted to return, but the medical staff ruled him out and took his helmet just to make sure that he didn’t sneak back in. game. Late Monday evening it was reported by the 49ers that Gore suffered a fractured hip and is done for the season.
Steven Jackson, STL – Surgically Repaired Pinkie Finger
Rams’ RB Steven Jackson missed exactly one play on Sunday after taking a shot to his surgically repaired pinkie finger. Jackson, whose finger is still not completely healed, appeared to be in a lot of pain on the sideline after his left hand was hit on a carry in the third quarter. He was briefly replaced by Kenneth Darby who ran for a touchdown on the next play. But he was back on the field on the team’s next offensive possession. In an interview after the game Jackson indicated that he did not rebreak his finger and he said that would be ready for Week 13.
Adrian Peterson, MIN – Sprained Ankle
The injury to RB Adrian Peterson’s ankle is not believed to be serious and according to reports team officials are optimistic that he will be able to play in Week 13. Peterson sprained his ankle when he was tackled at the end of run in the second quarter. He told reporters that his ankle began to “throb” while he was on the sideline and that he wanted to return but the pain was “unbearable.” He underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been released interim head coach Leslie Frazier called it a sprain in his Monday press conference. Peterson will probably be limited in practice this week but according to multiple reports Peterson’s ankle injury is not serious and he should be able to play against the Bills. Rookie RB Toby Gerhart, who replaced Peterson on Sunday, suffered a stinger in the second half and his status for Week 13 is questionable.
Vincent Jackson, SD – Strained Calf
Chargers’ WR Vincent Jackson will miss at least 2 weeks after straining his right calf during Sunday night’s game. Jackson, who was making his 2010 debut, appeared to pull his calf while running a route early in the first quarter. The medical staff examined him on the sideline and they tried to get him back on the field but he was unable to push off his injured leg. Jackson apparently suffered an injury to his left leg (first reported as a calf strain but now it is being called a groin strain) during practice on Friday and the injury to his right calf was as result of him overcompensating for the previous problem. According to reports an MRI on his right calf showed no tears, but it did reveal a strain. The team does not expect him to play in Week 13 and he’ll probably be held out of multiple games while the injuries to his right calf and left groin heal. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.
Greg Jennings, GB – Strained Foot
According to Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy, WR Greg Jennings strained his foot during Sunday’s game against the Falcons and he will miss practice this week while he recovers. Jennings did not miss any time on Sunday because of the injury, but he was reportedly limping in the locker room afterwards and an examination and testing on Monday revealed a minor strain.
This does not appear to be serious so expect him to start in Week 13.
Antonio Gates, SD – Chronic Turf Toe and Plantar Fascia Strain
Chargers’ TE Antonio Gates, who missed two games because of a chronic turf toe problem and a strain to the plantar fascia on the bottom of his foot, made his return on Sunday against the Colts and he appeared to be OK catching 4 balls for 46 yards in the first 3 quarters. Unfortunately he aggravated his foot injury early in the fourth quarter and he did not finish the game. Head coach Norv Turner actually told reporters on Monday that Gates felt “better than expected” following the game. He will still far from 100% and he will continue be limited in practice. But if all goes as planned he will be active against the Raiders on Sunday.
Zach Miller, OAK – Partially Torn Plantar Fascia and Leg Contusion
Raiders’ TE Zach Miller, who has been dealing with a partially torn plantar fascia under his foot, suffered a serious leg contusion when he was hit low on an interception return in the first half of Sunday’s game. The medical staff believed that he fractured his leg, but X-rays in the locker room were negative for fractures. He has since been diagnosed with a leg contusion and according to reports he will do very little in practice this week. His status for the team’s Week 13 game against the Chargers is unknown.