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Tuesday Injury Report - Division Week
Philip Gentles
January 11, 2011
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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 Fridays. Be sure you check out our Priority News often during the week as all breaking player news will be posted there.

QUARTERBACKS

Michael Vick, PHI – Sprained Ankle

Eagles’ QB Michael Vick sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Packers, but the injury does not appear to be serious and he should be ready in time for OTAs. Vick rolled his left ankle on the two-point conversion retry in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and was examined by the medical staff on the sideline. Kevin Kolb immediately began warming up, but Vick refused to stay out and he returned for the team’s final offensive possession. He needed ice for his ankle after the game, but seemed to be OK. With the Eagles eliminated he should have plenty of time to recover.

RUNNING BACKS

Reggie Bush, NO – Undisclosed Leg Injury

Saints’ RB Reggie Bush left Saturday’s game against the Seahawks after hurting his right leg in the fourth quarter and while the team has not confirmed what the injury is there is speculation that he may have suffered another fracture. Bush, who missed several games during the regular season with a fractured fibula in his right leg, was injured after taking a helmet to same leg. He was taken to the locker room where he was examined and X-rayed. The results of the X-rays have not been made public, but head coach Sean Payton admitted on Monday that Bush would have missed the next playoff game had the Saints advanced passed the Seahawks and that he probably would have been out 2 – 3 weeks while he recovered. We’ll probably find out more about the injury in the coming days.

Julius Jones, NO – Minor Concussion

Saints’ RB Julius Jones, who left Saturday’s game against the Seahawks after being hit by LB Lofa Tatupu on a fourth quarter carry, has been diagnosed with a minor concussion. Jones appeared to be shaken up following the collision with Tatupu and he was diagnosed with a concussion on the sideline and held out for the remainder of the game. According to reports neurological tests have confirmed that the concussion in minor and he should be fully recovered in a couple of weeks.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Donald Driver, GB – Bruised Knee

According to reports WR Donald Driver’s injured knee is not serious and team officials expect him to start against the Falcons. Driver banged his knee on the ground after a big third-down catch in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and appeared to be in a lot of pain, however he quickly recovered on the sideline and he later returned before the end of the game. Driver seemed fine as he left the stadium afterwards and head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Monday that Driver’s injury was just a bruise and that he didn’t expect the veteran receiver to miss practice this week.

DeSean Jackson, PHI – Sprained Knee

Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson suffered what the team is calling a sprained knee during Sunday’s playoff loss to the Packers, but the injury is not believed to be serious and he should be completely healthy when OTAs begin. Jackson, who was hurt when he got tangled up with teammate LeSean McCoy on a running play in the first quarter, briefly left the game but returned in the second quarter after the knee was examined and wrapped. The injury affected his mobility and he was a non-factor until the fourth quarter when his knee loosened up just enough for him to make two receptions. According to reports he was limping in the locker room after the game and he will spend at least a week recovering. But he probably won’t need surgery and he should be fine for the start of the team’s off-season conditioning program.

Ben Obomanu, SEA – Dislocated Shoulder

Seahawks’ WR Ben Obomanu left Saturday’s game against the Saints after dislocating his right shoulder in the first quarter. The good news is that he was able to return to the game and head coach Pete Carroll expects him to practice this week and play against the Bears. Obomanu left the field grimacing in pain after hurting his shoulder, however the medical staff was able to reduce the dislocation (put his shoulder back in place) on the sideline and he was able to return on the Seahawks’ next possession. As expected his shoulder was sore after the game and according to reports he experienced soreness and stiffness again on Monday morning. But Carroll told reporters that he believed that Obomanu would be able to practice at some point this week and play in the Divisional Round.

Brad Smith, NYJ – Strained Groin

Jets’ WR/KR Brad Smith, who left Saturday’s game against the Colts with a strained groin, will probably miss practice time this week while he recovers. However head coach Rex Ryan believes there is a chance that he will be healthy enough to play in the Divisional Round against the Patriots. Smith was hurt while trying to block a punt in the first quarter and after limping off the field he was taken to the locker room where he was examined and treated. He later retuned to the sideline and he was seen riding an exercise bike in an attempt to warm and loosen up his leg. He was cleared to play but his playing time was limited. According to reports Smith’s groin was very stiff on Monday. But Ryan told reporters that the team will do what they can to get him ready to play.

TIGHT ENDS

Brent Celek, PHI – Undisclosed Chest Injury

Eagles’ TE Brent Celek was popped while trying to make a catch over the middle in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Packers and he was unable to finish the game. Celek was hit in the chest by Packers’ DB Nick Collins on what appeared to be an uncatchable ball, however a flag was not thrown on the play and the referees deemed it a legal play. Celek stayed down for several minutes while the medical staff attended to him. But he was eventually helped up and escorted off the field. The exact nature of Celek’s injury remains unknown, but it shouldn’t be an issue when the team’s off-season conditioning program begins.  

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Lofa Tatupu, LB, SEA – Concussion

Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that LB Lofa Tatupu did well in the first round of neurological tests on Monday and if all goes well in the testing on Tuesday he could be cleared to practice later in the week and play in the Divisional Round against the Bears. Tatupu was hurt when he collided with Saints’ RB Julius Jones in the fourth quarter. He complained of dizziness and blurred vision on the sideline and he was quickly declared out after being diagnosed with a concussion. Carroll said that he was encouraged by how much Tatupu improved from Sunday to Monday and he hoped that Tatupu would be able to practice on Thursday or Friday. Check back later in the week for an update on his status.

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