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Tuesday Injury Report - Week 16
Philip Gentles
December 21, 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

David Garrard, JAC – Sprained Fingers

Jaguars’ QB David Garrard injured at least two fingers on his right (throwing) hand during Sunday’s  game against the Colts, however Garrard appears to be OK and he should be able to play in Week 16. Garrard jammed his fingers when his hand hit Colts’ DL Dwight Freeney on the follow through of a pass in the second half. He was in pain after the play, however he did not miss any playing time and he was able to finish the game. Garrard told reporters after the game that precautionary X-rays on his hand and fingers were negative and he said that his fingers were feeling a lot better. Garrard had been dealing with a strained hamstring but he indicated that it was a non-issue against the Colts. 

Brett Favre, MIN – Concussion and Sprained Sternoclavicular Joint

Vikings’ QB Brett Favre tested his injured right shoulder during pre-game warm-ups on Monday night and according to reports he felt good. So he was upgraded and activated for the game. Unfortunately he left the game with a concussion and his status for Week 16 appears to be in doubt. Favre’s head hit the ground hard when he was sacked by Bears’ DL Corey Wootton in the second quarter. He laid face-down and motionless for a few moments before getting up and slowly walking off the field. According to reports an examination on the sideline revealed concussion symptoms and he was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game. Favre seemed to be OK while on the sideline and he didn’t have trouble walking around after the game so the concussion does not appear to be serious. He will undergo a series of neurological tests over the next couple of days to determine how severe the concussion is. But don’t expect him to play in Week 16.   

Mark Sanchez, NYJ – Shoulder Soreness

According to reports Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez underwent an MRI on his right (throwing) shoulder on Monday because he complained of soreness in the joint following Sunday’s game against the Steelers. But the good news is that nothing major was found and Sanchez should be back in the starting lineup in Week 16. Head coach Rex Ryan told reporters that Sanchez’ complained of soreness in his shoulder after the game and the medical staff decided to send him for a “precautionary” MRI. The results have not been made public, but Ryan expects Sanchez to be fine. Late-season shoulder soreness is a common problem for NFL quarterbacks, so maybe there is something else going on that the team isn’t telling us. It looks like he will be healthy enough to start in the team’s next game, but we’ll keep an eye on this situation just in case.

Drew Stanton, DET – Acromioclavicular Joint Sprain

Lions’ QB Drew Stanton, who suffered what was initially reported as an undisclosed left (non-throwing) hand injury during Sunday’s game against the Bucs, has been diagnosed with a grade 3 shoulder separation (acromioclavicular joint sprain) and his status for Week 16 is in question. Stanton fell on his left shoulder when he was tackled late in the second quarter. He came up holding his hand and he was taken to the locker room where he was examined and treated. He was back on the field for the start of the third quarter and he was able to finish the game. However he was seen with his arm in a sling after the game and an MRI on Monday confirmed that he injured his AC Joint. Since the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder he might still be able to play in the team’s next game. But Shaun Hill, who is recovering from a finger injury, is close to 100% and he will probably get the start instead. 

RUNNING BACKS

Jamaal Charles, KC – Leg Cramps

Chiefs’ RB Jamaal Charles was in and out of Sunday’s game because of cramps, however team officials expect him to be fine and he will be ready to play in Week 16. Charles’ legs began to cramp in the second half and he missed a handful of plays in the third and fourth quarter as a result. In fact he began cramping at the end of his 80-yard run in the fourth quarter and it’s the reason why he was tackled just short of the goal line. As expected Charles was sore after the game and he was unable to speak to reporters because he was getting an IV in the training room. Head coach Todd Haley confirmed that Charles was just suffering from cramps and he praised him for his toughness. Haley indicated that Charles would likely be a full participant in practice this week and he should be fine for the team’s next game.

Arian Foster, HOU – Sprained Ankle and Gluteal Muscle Tightness

According to reports Texans’ RB Arian Foster, who missed the final 10 minutes of Sunday’s game because of injuries to his ankle and gluteal muscles (buttocks), should be ready in time for the team’s Week 16 matchup with the Broncos. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Foster injured his ankle when he was tackled at the end of a fourth-quarter carry. It actually looked like he was hurt earlier in the game which would explain his poor performance and if Kubiak is correct he was forced out of the game after aggravating the problem in the fourth quarter. However Foster said that he missed playing time on Sunday because of gluteal muscle spasms. He’ll likely miss some practice time while he recovers from both injuries, but team officials expect him to start against the Broncos.

Knowshon Moreno, DEN – Undisclosed Rib Injury

Broncos’ RB Knowshon Moreno is considered questionable for Week 16 after leaving Sunday’s game with a rib injury. Moreno was injured in the first quarter when he went down hard on the sideline following a carry. He was eventually taken to the locker room where he was X-rayed and treated. He later returned to the sideline but he was not wearing his pads and he sat out the remainder of the game. The results of the X-rays and the nature of his injury have not been made public, but Moreno was reportedly feeling “a little sore” on Monday and he will not take part in contact drills this week while he recovers. The Broncos aren’t saying much about the injury right now, but we should know more about his status on Wednesday.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Jason Avant, PHI – Mild Concussion

Eagles’ WR Jason Avant suffered a mild concussion on DeSean Jackson’s game-winning punt return at the end of Sunday’s game, however head coach Andy Reid believes there is a chance that he will be cleared to play in Week 16. Avant was hurt while throwing a devastating block on Giants’ long snapper Zak DeOssie. The hit laid out DeOssie and helped Jackson on his way to the end zone as time expired. Unfortunately Avant wrung his own bell on the play and according to reports he was diagnosed with a concussion while in the locker room. Reid told reporters that the neurological tests went well on Monday and that he expected him to be OK. He is scheduled to undergo additional testing today and we should know more about the concussion and his status later in the week.

Austin Collie, IND – Concussion

Colts’ WR Austin Collie suffered his second concussion of the season on Sunday against the Jaguars and according to reports he might not play again this year. Collie appeared to lose consciousness when he was hit while trying to make a catch over the middle in the second quarter. He was escorted off the field and he was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game after being diagnosed with a concussion while in the locker room. Collie suffered his first concussion on November 7 and he missed five games while dealing with recovering from post-concussion syndrome. There are reports that suggest that this latest concussion isn’t as severe as the first one, unfortunately because this is his second concussion in less than 2 months he will definitely have to miss one game and there is a chance that he will not play again this season. He underwent testing on Monday and he is scheduled to undergo additional testing today. So as soon as we have an update on his status we will let you know.

Early Doucet, ARI – Strained Hip Flexor

Cardinals’ WR Early Doucet, who left Sunday’s game with a strained hip flexor, is considered questionable for Week 16. Doucet was hurt in the fourth quarter and he was unable to walk so he was carted off the field and taken to the locker room. According to reports he suffered a strained left hip flexor and he underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. The results of the MRI have not been made public and team officials aren’t sure if he will be able to practice this week or play in their next game.

Chad Ochocinco, CIN – Ankle Bone Spurs

Bengals’ WR Chad Ochocinco, who has been dealing with soreness and discomfort in his ankle, revealed on Monday that he has been dealing with bone spurs that will need to be surgically removed in the off-season. However he said that his ankle is healthy enough for him to play in the team’s final two games. Ochocinco has been limited in practice recently because of problems with his ankle and he has been an inconsistent performer in games as a result. He will likely be limited in practice again this week, but he plans on playing against the Chargers. Unfortunately because of his inconsistent play he cannot be counted on.

Terrell Owens, CIN – Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Bengals’ WR Terrell Owens will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Owens, who reportedly tore cartilage in his knee two weeks ago, aggravated the problem in the first quarter while trying to make a cut and he had to be carted off the field. He did not return to the game and he later revealed that has been dealing with an injury to his meniscus since Week 13. Owens was examined again on Monday morning by Dr. James Andrews who then surgically repaired the damage. According to reports the surgery was a success and he expects to be ready for the start of 2011 season. But it looks like he won’t be with the Bengals who are reportedly tired of his attitude.

Mike Sims-Walker, JAC – Sprained Ankle

Jaguars’ WR Mike Sims-Walker, who sprained his right ankle during Sunday’s game against the Colts, will miss some practice time this week and his status for the team’s next game is questionable. Sims-Walker was hurt when he tried to come back to an under thrown deep pass in the first quarter. His ankle got caught and his leg bent awkwardly as he tried to make a play on the ball. He appeared to be in a lot of pain while being examined on the sideline and since this was the same ankle that he hurt earlier in the season there was concern that he would not be able to return. But the medical staff did a great job limiting the discomfort and they got him back on the field. Surprisingly Sims-Walker had one of his most productive games of the season catching 4 passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns. As expected he was sore on Monday and team officials expect him to be limited in practice this week while he recovers.

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