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Tuesday Injury Report - Week 15
Philip Gentles
December 14, 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

Jason Campbell, OAK – Stinger

Raiders’ QB Jason Campbell briefly left in the fourth quarter against the Jaguars after suffering a minor stinger but he was able to return and finish the game. Campbell was hurt on sack and fumble that included a helmet-to-helmet hit. There were initial concerns that he may have suffered a concussion, but he did not have symptoms of a concussion when he was examined on the sideline. According to reports Campbell did complain of numbness and weakness in his arm and hand that quickly went away. Campbell will probably be limited in practice this week, but team officials expect him to play in Week 15.

Brett Favre, MIN – Sprained SC Joint

Vikings’ QB Brett Favre, who is dealing with several injuries including a sprained SC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder, was inactive for Monday night’s game against the Giants and according to reports the team is considering putting him on injured reserve which would end his season and career. Favre reportedly has a lot of swelling in and around the SC joint (joint between the clavicle and sternum) and he is dealing with numbness in his right arm and hand. He was scheduled to undergo additional testing on Monday and while the results have not been made public there is a good chance that he will not take the field again. Favre is truly one of the toughest players in league history and it’s amazing what he has been able to do with the number of injuries he has dealt with this season.

Aaron Rodgers, GB – Concussion

Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers suffered his second concussion of the season on Sunday against the Lions and his status for Week 15 is in question. Rodgers was injured at the end of an 18-yard run in the second quarter. He was hit hard by S Amari Spievey and LB Landon Johnson and he appeared to be unsteady when he got up, however he stayed on the field and finished the series. According to reports he complained of dizziness and a headache on the sideline and he was diagnosed with a concussion and held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on Monday that Rodgers is still dealing with a headache and he told reporters that he wouldn’t know more about Rodgers’ status until Wednesday or Thursday. Rodgers was also concussed back in Week 5 so even this latest concussion is minor the medical staff could still decide to keep him out of Week 15 as a precaution.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT – Minor Ankle Sprain

Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger reportedly sprained his right ankle during Sunday’s win over the Bengals, however the injury is not considered serious and he should be ready for the team’s Week 15 game against the Jets. Roethlisberger turned his ankle in the fourth quarter and he appeared to be in a lot of pain. He did not miss a snap, but according to reports he was seen limping in the locker room afterwards. Big Ben is dealing with multiple problems in his legs and feet and he will probably miss some practice time this week while he recovers. But it looks like he will be healthy enough to start this upcoming weekend.

RUNNING BACKS

Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG – Sprained Wrist

Giants’ RB Ahmad Bradshaw left Monday night’s game with a minor wrist sprain and it looks like he will be able to play against the Eagles in Week 15. Bradshaw hurt his wrist in the fourth quarter and sat out the remainder of the game as a precaution. It isn’t clear if this is a new injury or an aggravation of his previous wrist injury, but it does not appear to be serious.

Shonn Greene, NYJ – Undisclosed Neck Injury

Jets’ RB Shonn Greene is doing OK after leaving Sunday’s game against the Dolphins with an undisclosed neck injury. Greene was hurt when he was hit hard after a short reception in the fourth quarter. He stayed on the ground for several minutes before being escorted off the field and into the locker room. Head coach Rex Ryan told reporters that Greene suffered an injury to his neck but that he was ready to return at the end of the game. The exact nature of Greene’s injury is unknown, however there is speculation that he may have suffered a stinger. The good news is that the injury is not serious and team officials expect him to play in Week 15 against the Steelers.

Chris Ivory, NO – Strained Hamstring

Saints’ RB Chris Ivory pulled his hamstring early in Sunday’s game against the Rams and he tried playing through it but it continued to get worse and he was unable to play in the second half. Ivory apparently hurt his leg on a first quarter carry and remained in the game. However according to head coach Sean Payton Ivory’s “hamstring wasn’t getting any looser” and after aggravating it in the second quarter the medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. The severity of the strain is still unknown, but his status for Week 15 is considered questionable. He’ll likely miss some practice this week while he recovers.

Michael Turner, ATL – Facial Laceration

According to reports Falcons’ RB Michael Turner suffered a laceration near his left eye during Sunday’s game, but according to reports he did not need stitches and the team expects him to be a full participant in practice this week. Turner’s face was apparently scraped when he was hit in the first quarter. The cut was treated on the sideline and he continued to play without a problem. Head coach Mike Smith told reporters on Monday that the injury was not serious and that he believed that Turner would be fine.

Beanie Wells, ARI – Stomach Flu

Cardinals’ RB Beanie Wells did not play in the second half on Sunday because of what is being described as the stomach flu, but the team expects him to play in Week 15. Wells was reportedly suffering from a fever and throwing up hours before the game and he had to take two IVs prior to kickoff, one before pre-game warm-ups and one after. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said that he admired the way Wells “fought” through the illness. Unfortunately Wells was dehydrated and extremely fatigued at halftime and he was unable to finish the game. Tim Hightower had a big game in his absence and even if Wells plays next week look for Hightower to get a majority of the carries.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Deon Butler, SEA – Compound Fracture of the Lower Leg

Seahawks’ WR Deon Butler, who fractured his lower right leg on Sunday against the 49ers, underwent surgery to repair the damage on Sunday night and he will miss the remainder of the season. Butler suffered two fractures including a compound fracture (bone breaks the skin) in his leg on his 2-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. He was hit by several defenders on the play and his leg snapped and dangled awkwardly before being secured by the medical staff. Butler’s injured leg was placed in a vacuum split and he was carted off the field. He was immediately taken to a local hospital where a metal rod was surgical inserted into the leg to help stabilize and support the injured area. According to reports he will remain in the hospital for several days while he recovers. The team’s medical staff expects him to make a full recovery, but he probably won’t be able to take part in OTAs next year and he might not be ready when training camp begins.

Lee Evans, BUF – High Ankle Sprain

Bills’ WR Lee Evans will miss at least two games and possibly the remainder of the season after suffering a high ankle sprain during Sunday’s game against the Browns. Evans was injured when he tripped over a teammate’s leg as he blocked downfield during Jonathan Stupar’s 35-yard reception in the second quarter. He was examined in the locker room and did not return to the game. Head coach Chan Gailey indicated on Monday that the injury is a high ankle sprain and while he did not discuss its severity he did tell reporters that Evans would not be able to play in Week 15 or 16. The Bills have nothing to play for so don’t be surprised if the team decides to place Evans on season-ending injured reserve.

DeSean Jackson, PHI – Undisclosed Ankle Injury

Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson limped off the field twice on Sunday with an undisclosed ankle injury, but he returned on both occasions and he ended up having a monster game catching 4 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. Jackson turned his ankle in the second half and it appeared to bother him between plays, but it didn’t prevent him from scoring a 91-yard touchdown reception. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters that Jackson’s ankle was fine, but don’t be surprised if he misses some practice time this week while he prepares for the team’s big Week 15 game against the Giants.

Mario Manningham, NYG – Strained Hip Flexor

Giants’ WR Mario Manningham left Monday night’s game against the Vikings with a strained hip flexor and did not return. The severity of the strain is currently unknown, but he is scheduled to undergo an MRI today and we should know more about his status over the next couple of days.

Steve Smith, NYG – Strained Hamstring

Giants’ WR Steve Smith, who missed the last 4 games with a partially torn pectoral muscle, made his return to the field on Monday night against the Vikings. Unfortunately he pulled his hamstring in the third quarter and he was unable to finish the game. Smith limped off the field after hurting his leg on a 12-yard reception. The medical staff worked on his leg but he did not return to the game. Smith’s pectoral muscle is still not 100% and according to early reports the injury to his hamstring could keep him out of the team’s Week 15 game.

KICKERS

Graham Gano, WAS – Undisclosed Rib Injury

Redskins’ kicker Graham Gano reportedly suffered an injury to his ribs on Sunday and his status for Week 15 is considered questionable. Gano was hurt on the extra point attempt at the end of the game. He chased down a missed snap and he was hit hard as he tried to pick up the ball. Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday that the Gano is dealing with rib injury, but he did not reveal the nature or severity of the injury. According to reports the Redskins’ will take a look at free agent kickers today and Wednesday and they will sign one if they believe that Gano will be unable to kick in Week 15.

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