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.
Matt Cassel, KC - Cracked Rib
Chiefs’ quarterback Matt Cassel reportedly took part in full practice on Monday and team officials expect him to start in Week 1 against the Bills. Cassel left last week’s preseason final after being sacked and it was initially reported that he suffered some kind of shoulder injury. But according to reports not only did he have pain in shoulder but he also was dealing with pain in his chest. He was diagnosed with a minor shoulder bruise, but X-rays revealed a crack in one of his ribs. The medical staff is confident that he can protect his injured chest by wearing a padded vest and they plan on doing everything they can to manage the pain. Cassel will definitely be in some discomfort, but not enough to keep him out of the first regular season game. That being said look for the Chiefs to run the ball a lot against the Bills.
Peyton Manning, IND - Surgery to Repair Bulging Disc in Cervical Spine
There has been a lot of misinformation regarding Peyton Manning and his injury. Unfortunately the one thing that is true is that he suffered a setback this weekend in his recovery and it now looks like he will not be available for the start of the regular season. Manning had made enough progress in his recovery that he was activated from the PUP list last week and allowed to practice. But a source close to the situation has informed The Huddle that his body did not respond favorably to the increased workload. Manning’s neck has completely healed, however he still hasn’t regained all the strength in his shoulders and arm, particularly in his triceps, and that was preventing him from throwing the ball with his usual velocity. According to our source Manning, who has grown increasingly frustrated with the pace of his recovery, really pushed himself hard in practice and because his arm was still a bit weak he began overcompensating and he hurt his back. The medical staff originally thought that the soreness in his back was a normal part of his reaction to the extra work, but the soreness lingered and worsened and as a safety precaution he has been shut down and he will not practice this week. The team has not ruled him out of their Week 1 game, but if he doesn’t practice it is highly unlikely that he will play. There are rumors that suggest Manning will need an additional surgical procedure, but there is nothing right now that indicates a procedure is necessary. If Manning does not play, Kerry Collins will get the start in his place.
Arian Foster, HOU - Strained Hamstring
Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak has told reporters that RB Arian Foster is still considered day-to-day because of a strained hamstring, however team officials expect him to practice at some point this week and play in Week 1 against the Colts. Foster has not practiced with teammates since reinjuring his hamstring in the preseason game against the 49ers. According to reports Foster has shown signs of improvement and he has said that plans on playing when the regular season begins. Obviously we’ll know more about his status after practice on Wednesday.
Chris Ivory, NO - Sports Hernia Surgery
The Saints have placed RB Chris Ivory on the reserve/PUP list which means he will not be eligible to return until Week 7 of the regular season. Ivory, who was in the final stages of his recovery from off-season Lisfranc surgery, suffered a sports hernia during the preseason that also required a corrective surgical procedure. There were some websites reporting that Ivory was going to be placed on Injured Reserve, however the team announced that if his recovery goes well he could be ready in time to contribute by Week 7. Obviously he will not play in Week 1.
Marshawn Lynch, SEA - Sprained Ankle
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, who has missed time during the preseason because of a sprained ankle, should be able to practice this week and team officials expect him to start in Week 1 against the 49ers. According the reports Lynch is dealing with a minor sprain and his workload has been limited the last couple of weeks as a precaution. Head coach Pete Carroll has indicated that Lynch is very close to 100% and he recently told reporters that Lynch will practice this week. If all goes well in practice he’ll start on Sunday.
Miles Austin, DAL - Strained Hamstring
Cowboys’ WR Miles Austin, who has been limited throughout training camp and the preseason because of a strained hamstring, participated in individual drills on Monday and team officials expect him to practice with teammates at some point this week and play in Week 1. Austin’s injury has been described as minor by the team’s medical staff and he was held out of practices and preseason games as a precaution. Barring an unforeseen problem, he will be in the starting lineup against the Jets on Sunday night.
Kenny Britt, TEN - Strained Hamstring
According to reports Titans’ WR Kenny Britt will be in the starting lineup in Week 1 against the Jaguars. Britt, who missed several weeks of practice during training camp because of a strained hamstring, made his preseason debut in last week’s exhibition finale. He was limited to just 10 snaps and held without a catch, but coach Mike Munchak told reporters that the team didn’t want to overwork him in his return. Britt is expected to take part in practice on Wednesday and he should be ready for Sunday’s game.
Austin Collie, IND - Sprained Foot
Colts’ WR Austin Collie, who has been dealing with a sprained foot, remains limited in practice and his status for Week 1 of the regular season is in question. It isn’t clear if Collie will attempt to practice with the team on Wednesday and team officials aren’t exactly saying if he will be ready to play. There are unconfirmed local reports that suggest Collie’s injury has healed and that he will be active against the Texans. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.
Michael Crabtree, SF - Surgery to Repair Fractured Foot
49ers’ WR Michael Crabtree might return to full practice this week, but his status for the start of the regular season remains in doubt. Crabtree’s foot has reportedly healed however team officials are still concerned about his conditioning and they would like to see him practice with teammates before they a make a decision regarding his availability for Week 1. On a related note it has been reported that Crabtree caught passes in practice while still on the PUP list. The issue is currently under investigation by the NFL and it isn’t clear if rules were broken, and if they were what the penalty would be.
James Jones, GB - Knee Contusion
Packers’ WR James Jones, who missed the team’s preseason finale with a knee contusion, will reportedly practice this week and team officials expect him to be active on Thursday night against the Saints. According to reports Jones’ knee injury was never considered a major problem. He’s had to deal with swelling and discomfort and as a precaution he has missed a number of practices. But it appears that he is close to 100% and he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Keep in mind he is still just the team’s number 4 receiver behind Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and Jordy Nelson so keep him out of your starting lineup if you can.
Jeremy Maclin, PHI - Viral Infection
Eagles’ WR Jeremy Maclin, who has been dealing with a viral infection, was inactive for last week’s preseason finale. But Maclin will practice with the team this week and team officials expect him to play in Week 1 against the Rams. According to reports Maclin is still a bit behind in his conditioning so even if he does practice in full this week there is a very good possibility that he will be limited in the team’s first regular season game. Check back later in the week for an update.
Lance Moore, NO - Strained Groin
Saints’ WR Lance Moore was held out practice on Monday and his status for Thursday’s game is in question. Moore, who has missed time during training camp and the preseason because of a strained groin, returned to practice last week and it appeared he was going to be ready for the start of the regular season. But according to reports he began to experience soreness over the weekend and he was unable to practice on Monday. Head coach Sean Payton was noncommittal regarding Moore’s status and told reporters that the team will see how he is on today and tomorrow. Even if he does play against the Packers it’s clear that he isn’t 100% so don’t be surprised if he isn’t productive.
Sidney Rice, SEA - Bruised Shoulder
According to reports WR Sidney Rice’s status for Week 1 is unknown because of a lingering shoulder injury. Rice, who bruised his shoulder early in training camp, reportedly aggravated the problem in the team’s preseason finale and he’s limited in practice last week as a result. Head coach Pete Carroll indicated that the team wasn’t sure if Rice would be ready in time for the start of the regular season. But we will know more about his status later in the week.
Kevin Boss, OAK - Sprained MCL
Raiders’ coach Hue Jackson has told reporters that TE Kevin Boss will probably miss Week 1 because of sprained knee. Boss, who is recovering from a medial collateral sprain, is still unable to cut and jump without discomfort and it appears he is still at least a week away from being able to practice. Jackson is confident that Boss will be back on the field soon, but he doesn’t think it will happen on Monday night against the Broncos.
Chris Cooley, WAS - Lingering Knee Soreness
Redskins’ TE Chris Cooley, who is reportedly still experiencing soreness in his left knee, practiced on a limited basis on Monday and his status for Week 1 of the regular season is in question. Cooley underwent a routine arthroscopic procedure back in January to clean out loose bodies and scar tissue from his knee and the team reported that he made a full recovery. Unfortunately the same knee began bothering shortly after training camp began and it got so bad that he was shut down for several weeks. Cooley recently admitted that he will have to deal with discomfort in his knee throughout the upcoming season. He said that he plans on playing in every game and he will practice as much as possible, but in situations like this he will almost certainly have to miss practice time each week to rest his knee if he plans on playing in games. Cooley will probably end up as a game-time decision this weekend.
Tony Moeaki, KC - Torn ACL
Chiefs’ TE Tony Moeaki will miss the entire 2011-12 season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the team’s final preseason game last week. Moeaki was hurt in the fourth quarter and it didn’t appear to be serious at the time, but an evaluation indicated that his ACL was damaged and further testing revealed that it was torn. He’s already been placed on Injured Reserve and he’ scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint is controlled.
Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN - Strained Hamstring
Vikings’ TE Visanthe Shiancoe, who has been limited throughout training camp and the preseason because of a problematic hamstring, returned to practice on Monday and according to reports it looks like he will be active on Sunday against the Chargers. Shiancoe initially strained his hamstring early in training camp and he reportedly aggravated the injury 2 weeks later in practice. But he has progressed well in his recovery and it appears that he is ready for the start of the regular season.