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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 3
Philip Gentles
September 20, 2011
 

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

Tony Romo, DAL - Fractured Rib and Slight Pneumothorax

QB Tony Romo’s status for Week 3 is currently uncertain after tests on Monday revealed that he suffered a slight pneumothorax (collapsed lung) during Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Romo was hurt when he was hit from behind while he attempted to pass the ball in the second quarter. He was escorted to the locker room where he was X-rayed and according to reports the X-rays revealed a fractured rib (not two like what was being reported by several websites). Romo was experiencing a significant amount of discomfort and at the time he was declared out for the remainder of the game. Jon Kitna started the second half, but after his second interception Romo convinced the medical staff to clear him to return. He not only finished the game but he lead the Cowboys to a comeback win over the 49ers in overtime. A CT scan on Monday confirmed that he fractured a rib, but according to reports additional testing revealed the presence of gas around his lung. It was determined that his fractured rib actually punctured a small hole in his lung which resulted in a pneumothorax or collapsed lung. Team officials initially believed that Romo was going to be able to play in Week 3, but the discovery of the pneumothorax complicates his recovery and the team’s medical staff isn’t sure if he will be able to play in their next game. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - Undisclosed Knee Injury

According to Steelers’ officials QB Ben Roethlisberger’s injured knee isn’t serious and he should be able to play in next weekend’s game against the Colts. Roethlisberger was briefly knocked out of Sunday’s game after he was hit low by a Seahawks’ defender in the second quarter. His knee appeared to buckle and he limped off the field. He missed just two plays before returning, but he looked to be in a lot of pain as he made his way to the locker room at halftime. Roethlisberger came out for the start of the third quarter and he appeared to be fine and he finished the game without issue. Head coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged after the game that Big Ben injured his knee, but indicated that it was minor and that he expected him to be OK. He reportedly underwent a precautionary MRI on Monday, and while the nature of the injury has not been made public it appears that the injury is not serious and he should be able to start in Week 3.

Michael Vick, PHI - Concussion

Eagles’ QB Michael Vick, who left Sunday’s game against the Falcons after being diagnosed with a concussion, underwent a series of neurological on Sunday night and Monday and according to reports his concussion does not appear to be serious. Vick, who was hurt when his helmet collided with a teammate’s helmet while he attempted to avoid a sack in the third quarter, was reportedly arguing with the team’s medical staff because he felt that he was healthy enough to return to the game. He reportedly made a quick recovery in the locker room, but since he was diagnosed with a concussion he was not eligible to return as per the NFL’s concussion policy. He will continue to be tested and monitored and while his status for Week 3 is still unknown, early signs indicate that his concussion is minor and there is a chance that he will be cleared to play in the team’s next game.

RUNNING BACKS

Jamaal Charles, KC - Torn ACL

Chiefs’ RB Jamaal Charles has been placed on injured reserve and he will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on Monday confirmed that he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday. Charles injured his knee while attempting to run out of bounds on running play. He was not hit, but his knee appeared to give out resulting in a couple of awkward strides as he crashed into the sideline. Charles was eventually carted to the locker room and according to reports an evaluation indicated a serious injury to his ACL. After the game he was seen leaving the stadium on crutches with his knee in a brace. Charles is scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint goes down and if all goes well the team’s medical staff expects him to ready for the start of training camp next year.

Arian Foster, HOU - Strained Hamstring

Texans’ RB Arian Foster, who aggravated his injured hamstring during Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, was predictably absent from running drills on Monday and according to reports his participation in practices and involvement in games will be limited for the next several weeks while he heals. Foster started on Sunday and he was the featured back through the first 2 quarters, however he admitted that his hamstring tightened up in the locker room at half time and he was shutdown by the medical staff as a precaution. Ben Tate played extremely well in his placed and head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Monday Tate would be the team’s top back until Foster has completely healed. Kubiak indicated that it’s going to take Foster several more weeks before he’s back at full speed, so look for Tate to be the team’s most productive back this upcoming weekend. 

Felix Jones, DAL - Dislocated Shoulder

It appears that RB Felix Jones will be able to play in Week 3 despite dislocating his right shoulder during Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Jones, who was hurt on a carry in the first quarter, held his arm and he appeared to be in a lot of pain and his left the field. According to reports the medical staff was able to reduce the dislocation and after being fitted for a protective harness he was cleared to return. With the team playing from behind almost the entire game Jones was limited to just 10 carries, but it appeared that he was OK when he was on the field. As expected his shoulder was sore after the game on Sunday and again on Monday morning. He has undergone an MRI, but the results have not been made public. As it stands right now Jones will probably miss practice this week while he recovers, but team officials believe that he will be active in Week 3 against the Redskins.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Miles Austin, DAL - Strained Hamstring

Cowboys’ WR Miles Austin will miss at least 2 games and he could be out until after the team’s Week 5 bye after he aggravated his hamstring during Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Austin, who missed time during training camp and the preseason because of a strained hamstring, reportedly reinjured his hamstring while running a route late in the fourth quarter on Sunday and he was unable to play in overtime. According to reports Austin was very sore after the game and he had a difficult time moving around the locker room. An MRI on Monday revealed that his hamstring is inflamed and team officials don’t expect him to be able to play until Week 4. But with the team’s bye in Week 5, there is a chance that he could be held out until Week 6 as a precaution.

Braylon Edwards, SF - Undisclosed Knee Injury

49ers’ WR Braylon Edwards is considered “day-to-day” after an MRI on is injured right knee revealed that his injury isn’t serious. Edwards suffered the injury in the first quarter on Sunday against the Cowboys and the swelling within the joint prevented him from returning to the game. Edwards told reporters after the game that he was “feeling OK” and although the results of the MRI on Monday have not been made public team officials believe that he could practice this week and play in Week 3. We’ll know more about his status on Wednesday,

Malcom Floyd, SD - Strained Groin

Chargers’ WR Malcom Floyd left Sunday’s game against the Patriots after straining his groin and according to reports his status for Week 3 is currently unknown. Floyd limped off the field after pulling his groin in the second quarter. He apparently tried to return but he found it difficult to cut and he was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game. The severity of the strain is currently unknown, but he was reportedly feeling sore and very stiff on Monday. Team officials expect him to miss practice time this week and they won’t know what his status for Week 3 will be until they see how his leg responds to treatment, so check back later in the week for an update.

Domenik Hixon, NYG - Strained Calf

Giants’ WR Domenik Hixon left Monday night’s game after hurting his calf and his status for Week 3 is currently unknown. Hixon was hurt while he making a circus catch in the end zone late in the second quarter against the Rams. He limped off the field following the touchdown and he was escorted to the locker room right before halftime. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters after the game that Hixon was worried about the injury, although Hixon later said that he was fine. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI today and we’ll know more about the injury and his status for Week 3 soon.

Steve Johnson, BUF - Strained Groin

Bills’ WR Steve Johnson, who has been dealing with a nagging groin injury since the start of training camp, was in and out of Sunday’s game after aggravating the problem in the first quarter. But despite the injury Johnson was very productive catching 8 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown and according to reports the team expects him to play again in Week 3. Johnson limped off the field several times on Sunday, however the medical staff did a great job keeping him loose and warm. Johnson will again be limited in practice this week, but he should be healthy enough to play in the Bills’ next game.

Mario Manningham, NYG - Concussion

Giants’ WR Mario Manningham was knocked out of Monday night’s game against the Rams with a concussion and his status for Week 3 is considered questionable. Manningham hit his head on the ground after making a long reception late in the second quarter. He was escorted to the locker room where he was diagnosed with a concussion and subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the game. The severity of the concussion is currently unknown, but he is scheduled to undergo neurological testing today.

Eddie Royal, DEN - Strained Groin

According to reports Broncos’ WR Eddie Royal will miss the next 2 - 4 weeks after he suffered a strained groin during Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Royal was hurt while running a route and as he appeared to be in a lot of pain as he was helped off the field. An MRI on Monday apparently revealed a slight tear in his groin muscle and while the injury will not require surgery there is a good chance that he could miss 4 games while he recovers.

Jordan Shipley, CIN - Torn ACL

Bengals’ WR Jordan Shipley will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on Monday revealed that the anterior cruciate ligament in his injured left knee was torn. Shipley, who was hurt when he was hit low by Broncos’ DB Cassius Vaughn, had to be helped off the field and into the locker room and he was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches and with his knee in a brace. The team initially reported that the injury was serious and an MRI confirmed that he will need to undergo season-ending reconstructive surgery to repair the damage. It isn’t clear if he suffered additional damage to the other ligaments or cartilage in his knee, but he is scheduled to undergo surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint subsides. If all goes well with the procedure and his recovery Shipley should be ready for the start of training camp.

TIGHT ENDS

Aaron Hernandez, NE - Sprained MCL

Patriots’ TE Aaron Hernandez will miss at least one week and according to some media outlets he could be out over a month after he was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. Hernandez left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game after hurting his knee and according to reports he was seen limping badly as he left the stadium after the game. He underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been (and probably won’t be) made public, several sources close to the team are reporting that he has been diagnosed with sprained MCL. Some media outlets are reporting that he will be out for 1 - 2 weeks while others believe he will miss 4 - 6 weeks. Because the severity of the sprain is unknown we simply don’t know how much time he will miss. Minor MCL sprains typically take a couple of weeks to heal, so at the very least we can expect him to be out for the team’s Week 3 game. 


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