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.
Sam Bradford, STL - Finger Contusion
Rams’ QB Sam Bradford left Sunday’s game after bruising his right index finger, but according to reports the injury is not serious and team officials expect him to play in Week 2. Bradford was hurt when his hand hit a helmet on a follow-through of a throw in the fourth quarter. He immediately left the field and he was escorted to the locker room while looking at and shaking his hand. X-rays came back negative and while Bradford wasn’t experiencing a lot of pain, he did complain of numbness and loss of strength and as a result he was held out for the remainder of the game. Bradford told reports on Monday that his finger was feeling better and that he expected to be ready in time for the team’s next game against the Giants.
Andy Dalton, CIN - Forearm Contusion
Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton appears to be OK after the rookie was forced from Sunday’s game with what is being described as a right forearm contusion. Dalton apparently banged his arm near his wrist in the first half against the Browns and although X-rays in the locker room were negative he was having a hard time moving his wrist and holding onto the football and so he was replaced at halftime. There was some concern that he sprained his wrist, but an additional examination on Monday ruled out ligament damage and according to head coach Marvin Lewis he has been diagnosed with a forearm contusion. Lewis told reporters that Dalton was feeling a lot better the day after he got hurt and while he didn’t say if Dalton would be able to practice this week it looks like he will be healthy enough to play in Week 2.
Steven Jackson, STL - Strained Quadriceps
RB Steven Jackson’s status for Week 2 appears to be in doubt after he strained his right quadriceps during the Rams Week 1 game against the Eagles. Jackson pulled his muscle at the end of his 47-yard touchdown run on the team’s first offensive play. He was taken back to the locker room where he was quickly examined and treated. He was back on the sideline in time for the team’s next possession and he carried the ball one more time before limping off the field for good. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo admitted that he was concerned about Jackson’s leg and he told reporters on Monday that he didn’t think his starting RB would be available for their next game. There is a chance that he could miss multiple games because of this injury and some media outlets are speculating that he could be out until after the team’s Week 5 bye. If Jackson doesn’t play this upcoming weekend look for Cadillac Williams to get the bulk of the carries in his place.
Mike Tolbert, SD - Undisclosed Knee Injury
According to reports Chargers’ RB Mike Tolbert did not suffer a major injury to his knee during Sunday’s game against the Vikings and team officials believe he could play in Week 2. Tolbert, who was hurt in the fourth quarter, was apparently limping in the locker room after the game. However a precautionary MRI on Monday showed that his injury wasn’t serious. The exact nature of the injury has not been made public, but head coach Norv Turner told reporters that Tolbert was “fine.” We’ll know more about his injury and status on Wednesday.
Derrick Ward, HOU - Sprained Ankle
Texan’s RB Derrick Ward, who left Sunday’s blowout win over the Colts after spraining his ankle, is reportedly going to be OK and according to reports he should be ready in time for the team’s Week 2 game against the Dolphins. Ward turned his ankle in the second quarter and he admitted after the game that he was a little “scared” when it happened. But the medical staff diagnosed him with a minor sprain and he was held out of the remainder of the game as a precaution. Ward with probably be limited in practice this week as he recovers.
Danny Amendola, STL - Dislocated Elbow
Rams’ WR Danny Amendola will not require surgery on his injured left elbow and according to recent reports there is a chance that he could return as early as Week 6. Amendola dislocated his elbow while attempting to brace himself as he fell during a short reception in the second half on Sunday. He immediately grabbed his arm and he appeared to be in a lot of pain and discomfort, but the medical staff was able to reduce the dislocation on the field and Amendola looked a lot better after being helped up. The injury looked terrible and there was concern that he suffered major ligament and tendon damage. X-rays in the locker room were negative thus ruling out a fracture and an MRI on Monday apparently showed that the damage in his elbow was not as severe as the team has initially feared. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters on Monday that Amendola would not need surgery, but he did not provide a timetable for his return to the field. Several media outlets are reporting that he could be back shortly after the Rams’ Week 5 bye, but since we aren’t being told what Amendola’s injuries are (dislocation is a mechanism) there is no way to predict right now when he will return.
Dez Bryant, DAL - Quadriceps Contusion
According to reports Cowboys’ WR Dez Bryant suffered a quadriceps contusion (“charley horse”) early in Sunday night’s game against the Jets, but team officials expect him to be ready for their Week 2 game. Bryant was hurt when he took a helmet to his thigh during a first-quarter punt return. He was spotted limping on the sideline and it was initially reported that he was dealing with leg cramps. Bryant played through the injury, but he was having trouble creating separation and at times it looked like he wasn’t running at full speed. As expected, he was having difficulty moving around in the locker room after the game and he was reportedly feeling stiff and sore on Monday. However team officials are confident that he will practice at some point this week and he should be able to play in Week 2 against the 49ers.
Marques Colston, NO - Fractured Clavicle
Saints’ WR Marques Colston will miss at least 4 weeks after fracturing his clavicle during last Thursday’s game against the Packers. Colston was injured when his shoulder hit the ground after he made a diving catch on the game’s final drive. The team initially thought that he suffered a shoulder separation but an X-ray confirmed that his clavicle was fractured an MRI ruled out damage to his AC joint. It does not appear that he will need surgery to repair the damage, but team officials expect him to be out at least 4 weeks and possibly a lot longer.
Michael Crabtree, SF - Surgery to Repair Fractured Foot
49ers’ WR Michael Crabtree, who missed all of training camp and a majority of the preseason while he recovered from surgery to repair a fractured bone in his foot, admitted on Sunday that his foot bothered him throughout the game against the Seahawks and he believes that he is going to have to deal with pain and discomfort all season. According to reports Crabtree underwent a precautionary MRI and while the results were negative there is now concern that his foot will not be 100% at any point this year. I can’t imagine the team’s medical staff clearing him to play if his foot is still bothering him, so don’t expect him to practice this week and don’t be surprised if he is inactive for the team’s Week 2 game against the Cowboys.
Brandon Marshall, MIA - Undisclosed Knee Injury
Dolphins’ WR Brandon Marshall jammed his right knee after making a reception late in Monday night’s game against the Patriots and he had to be escorted off the field by the team’s medical staff. Marshall appeared to be hurt when he planted his foot to make a cut. He immediately fell to the ground and reached for his knee. Marshall got up and tried limping off the field but he was in a lot of pain and he fell to the ground again. The medical staff did a quick knee evaluation on the field and he was eventually helped up and escorted to the sideline. The exact nature and severity of the injury is currently unknown, but this is something we will follow closely.
Hakeem Nicks, NYG - Knee Bone Bruise / Sprained Wrist
It isn’t clear when it happened, but according to reports Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks injured his knee during Sunday’s game against the Redskins and his status for Week 2 is unknown. Nicks apparently complained of some soreness in his knee after the game and he was sent for precautionary X-rays. The X-rays were negative, but on Monday his knee was stiff and swollen and as a result he underwent an MRI. It isn’t clear what the MRI revealed (swelling often renders MRI’s inconclusive), but according to several reports team officials don’t believe that that injury is more serious than a bone bruise. Nicks also suffered a sprained wrist on Sunday, but the injury does not appear to be a problem and it shouldn’t affect his status for Week 2. We’ll know more about his knee later in the week.
Kevin Walter, HOU - Clavicle Contusion
WR Kevin Walter’s injured shoulder isn’t as bad as it initially appeared and there is a chance that he could still play in Week 2. Walter hurt his shoulder during Sunday’s game against the Colts and an X-ray in the locker room revealed what appeared to be a disruption in his clavicle. But an MRI on Monday revealed that the disruption was not a break, but rather a deep bone bruise. Walter will not practice with the team this week, but head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that he was not prepared to rule Walter out of their next game. By all accounts Walter is still dealing with chest and shoulder pain and he finds it difficult to move his arm across his body and over his head, so there is a good chance that he will be inactive for Week 2. But team officials don’t expect him to miss a significant amount of time while he recovers.
Roy Williams, CHI - Strained Groin
Bears’ veteran WR Roy Williams left Sunday’s game after straining his groin muscle and his status for Week 2 is unknown. Williams, who was hurt during a fourth-quarter reception, was reportedly feeling sore on Monday and according to reports he will probably miss some practice time this week as he recovers. It isn’t clear at this time if the injury will prevent him from playing in he team’s next game, but we should know more about his status after Wednesday’s practice.
Nate Kaeding, SD - Torn ACL
Chargers’ KIK Nate Kaeding will miss the remainder of the 2011 season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Kaeding was hurt wile trying to tackle Vikings’ WR Percy Harvin on the game’s opening kickoff. According to reports an MRI has confirmed that his ACL is torn and head coach Norv Turner indicated on Monday that he may have suffered damage to other ligaments as well. He’s scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery as soon as the medical staff can control and reduce the swelling within his knee.
Individual Defensive Players
John Beason, LB, CAR - Ruptured Achilles’ Tendon
Panthers’ LB John Beason, who made an early return from Achilles’ tendon surgery, ruptured the same Achilles’ tendon during Sunday’s game against the Cardinals and he will miss the remainder of the season as a result. Beason dealt with Achilles’ tendon problems in his left foot throughout training camp and he had three screws surgically inserted into his heel in an attempt to stabilize the tendon and reduce the inflammation. He was scheduled to miss another week, but Beason pushed the team to allow him to play in Week 1 and the medical staff reluctantly cleared him for the game. Beason is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery and there is concern that he will never return to his pre-injury form.
Eric Berry, DB, KC - Torn ACL
According to reports Chiefs safety Eric Berry will miss the remainder of the season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s game. Berry was hurt when he was blocked by Bills’ WR Steve Johnson in the first quarter and he stayed down on the field until he was checked by the team’s medical staff. An MRI on Monday has reportedly confirmed that his ACL is torn and he will undergo reconstructive knee surgery sometime within the next week or two.