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Pre-Season Injury Update
Philip Gentles
August 26, 2011
 

QUARTERBACKS

Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit
Jahvid Best was knocked "woozy" last weekend, but should be good to go for week one.

Peyton Manning, IND - Surgery to Repair Bulging Disc in Cervical Spine

Peyton Manning’s recovery might not have gone as quickly as the team would have liked, but despite what you are hearing there is still a very good chance that he will be cleared to play in Week 1. As you probably know by now the Colts have signed veteran QB Kerry Collins out of retirement and according to many websites this indicates that the team is worried about Manning’s Week 1 status. But sources close to the situation have told The Huddle that the team brought in Collins because they were unhappy with the preseason performances of backups Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky. So what’s with all the negative reports? Manning, who could play in a game today if he had to, still hasn’t regained all of the strength in his neck and shoulders, so there is some concern that if he isn’t 100% by the time the regular season begins he could be at risk for a long-term problem. The addition of Collins means the Colts now have a decent backup in place in case Manning’s rehab over the last 2 weeks doesn’t go as expected. This does not mean that Manning won’t be ready. Several teammates including center Jeff Saturday have guaranteed that Manning will be in the starting lineup for the start of the regular season and The Huddle has been told that Manning should be able to play in Week 1.

RUNNING BACKS

Jahvid Best, DET - Concussion

Lions’ RB Jahvid Best, who was knocked out of last weekend’s preseason game with a concussion, was cleared to return to the practice field on Wednesday. However he’s been ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Patriots as a precaution. According to reports Best was diagnosed with a minor concussion and he was reportedly symptom-free by Tuesday afternoon. But he suffered a major concussion in college and head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters that the team would “take a conservative approach” in regards to his recovery. Schwartz indicated that Best would continue to practice next week and if he remains symptom-free there is a good chance that he will be allowed to play in their final exhibition game.

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