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Tuesday Injury Report - Week 14
Philip Gentles
December 7, 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

Derek Anderson, ARI – Concussion

It isn’t clear when it happened, but Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters on Sunday that QB Derek Anderson may have suffered a concussion during the game against the Rams and his status for Week 14 was in question. Anderson, who replaced an injured Max Hall, was hit several times during the game and according to reports he appeared to be “out of it” while on the sideline so he was not allowed to finish the game. He underwent baseline testing on Monday and he is scheduled to undergo additional neurological testing today and tomorrow to determine if he did suffer a concussion.

Brett Favre, MIN – Sprained SC Joint

Vikings’ QB Brett Favre left Sunday’s game after hurting his right throwing shoulder in the first quarter, but interim head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that he would be “surprised” if Favre doesn’t play in Week 14. Favre, who was hurt when he was hit hard by Bills’ LB Arthur Moats as he threw a pass on the team’s opening possession, was diagnosed with a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his right (throwing shoulder). The sternoclavicular or SC joint is the joint where the clavicle (collarbone) meets the sternum (breastbone). Favre underwent an MRI on Monday and while the severity of the sprain has not been made public Frazier said that Favre is day-to-day and the medical staff will evaluate him on a daily basis. If he’s able to deal with the pain, he will play in Week 14.

Max Hall, ARI – Dislocated Shoulder

According to reports Cardinals’ QB Max Hall will miss several weeks after dislocating his left (non-throwing) shoulder during Sunday’s game. Hall’s shoulder popped out of place when he was sacked in the first quarter. He was taken to the locker room where the dislocation was reduced (put back in place), but he was having difficulty lifting his arm and rotating his shoulder and he was held out for the remainder of the game. Hall underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public there is speculation that he suffered damage to his rotator cuff and labrum. If that’s the case he probably won’t play again this season.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT – Broken Nose

Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger, who broke his nose during Sunday night’s game against the Ravens, had surgery to repair the damage on Monday but according to reports he will be able to practice later this week and he will be allowed to play in Week 14. Roethlisberger injured his nose when Ravens’ DL Halota Ngata’s hand struck his face while he was being sacked in the first quarter. Blood immediately began pouring out of his nose but the medical staff was able to control the bleeding on the sideline and Roethlisberger was cleared to return on the team’s next offensive series. His nose appeared to be swollen and disfigured after the game, however the surgery on Monday fixed the damage and he will be allowed to face the Bengals this upcoming weekend. 

RUNNING BACKS

Mike Goodson, CAR – Sprained AC Joint

Panthers’ RB Mike Goodson is considered questionable for Week 14 after being diagnosed with an acromioclavicular joint sprain in his shoulder on Sunday. Goodson was hurt on a kickoff return in third quarter and briefly left the game. He was able to return and play in the fourth quarter but he appeared to aggravate the injury on a carry and he was forced to leave for good. Goodson admitted on Monday that his shoulder was sore, however the sprain does not appear to be serious and Goodson told reporters that he expects to be OK. He’ll likely miss some practice time this week while he recovers and a decision on his availability probably won’t be made until game day.

Mike Hart, IND – Sprained Ankle

Colts’ RB Mike Hart, who has been dealing with a left ankle sprain, aggravated the injury when he was tackled at the end of a carry in third quarter on Sunday and he was unable to finish the game. Hart appeared to twist his ankle on the play and he limped off the field. He was examined on the sideline and he was eventually escorted to the locker room. Hart underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public team officials aren’t expecting him to practice much this week and his status for Week 14 is considered questionable.

Darren Sproles, SD – Mild Concussion

Chargers’ running back Darren Sproles, who was knocked out of Sunday’s game after taking a shot to the head, has been diagnosed with a mild concussion and team officials are optimistic that he will be cleared to play in Week 14. Sproles was leveled by Raiders’ LB Rolando McClain after making a catch in the second quarter. According to reports he failed a concussion test on the sideline and he was held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Norv Turner told reporters on Monday that Sproles had a headache, but indicated that the concussion appears to be minor. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Dez Bryant, DAL – Fractured Fibula

Cowboys’ WR Dez Bryant will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured right fibula. Bryant was injured on a kick return in the fourth quarter and he was immediately taken to the locker room where x-rays revealed a displaced fracture in his fibula bone near his ankle. According to reports a plate was surgically inserted into his leg on Monday and the team will probably place him on Injured Reserve sometime today or tomorrow. The team’s medical staff expects him to be 100% in time for the start of OTAs next year.

Brian Hartline, MIA – Undisclosed Finger Injury

Dolphins’ WR Brian Hartline left Sunday’s game with an undisclosed finger injury and his status for Week 14 is still unknown. Hartline was injured when he was thrown to the ground while blocking during a running play in the second quarter. He tried playing the third quarter but he was unable to finish the game. Head coach Tony Sparano did not have an update on Hartline’s injury during his Monday press conference, but he indicated that Hartline was undergoing testing and that the team would have more on the injury soon.

Legedu Naanee, SD – Strained Hamstring

Chargers’ WR Legedu Naanee, who has been nursing a sore hamstring, aggravated the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game and according to reports he will likely miss the team’s game against the Chiefs. Naanee was reportedly feeling stiff and sore on Monday head coach Norv Turner acknowledged that he would do very little in practice this week. Turner considers him doubtful for Week 14 so don’t expect him to play.

Ben Obomanu, SEA – Hand Laceration

Seahawks’ WR Ben Obomanu left Sunday’s game after suffering a laceration between fingers on his right hand and his status for Week 14 is in question. Obomanu was hurt when he was hit hard in the second quarter. He held his wrist as he was helped off the field and escorted to the locker room and there was speculation that he may have suffered a fracture. But according to head coach Pete Carroll there were no fractures, just a “nasty” laceration between two fingers that required several stitches. Obomanu, who left the stadium on Sunday with his right hand bandaged, said that he was OK and that he expects to play in Week 14. Carroll wasn’t as optimistic and he told reporters that his status for the game against the 49ers will be determined later in the week. 

TIGHT ENDS

Tony Gonzalez, ATL – Sprained Ankle

Falcons’ veteran TE Tony Gonzalez expects to be OK after leaving Sunday’s game with a sprained left ankle. Gonzalez, who was hurt late in the game, told reporters that he was forced to wear extra long cleats because of the poor field conditions and he blamed the shoe adjustment on his injury. He was seen limping in the locker room after the game, but the good news is that the sprain is considered minor and Gonzalez believes that he will be ready to play in Week 14.  

Todd Heap, BAL – Strained Hamstring

Ravens’ TE Todd Heap strained his right hamstring during Sunday’s game and according to reports team officials don’t expect him to play in Week 14. Heap grabbed the back of his right leg after pulling his muscle while running a deep route on the Ravens first play from scrimmage. He limped off the field and he was examined on the sideline. Unfortunately his hamstring became tight and the soreness prevented him from returning. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that Heap’s injury was a concern and that he didn’t think he would be able to play in the team’s next game. He won’t practice this week and he probably won’t be active against the Steelers.  

Heath Miller, PIT – Concussion

Steelers’ TE Heath Miller was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion and his status for Week 14 is unknown. Miller was involved in a helmet-to-helmet collision with Ravens’ LB Jameel McClain in the third quarter. He stayed down for several minutes but after being helped up he was able to walk off the field on his own. The severity of the concussion is currently unknown, but he is scheduled to undergo a neurological examination today and tomorrow and his status for Week 14 will be determined later in the week.

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