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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 4
Philip Gentles
September 27, 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

Kerry Collins, IND - Concussion

Colts’ QB Kerry Collins reportedly suffered a concussion during Sunday night’s game against the Steelers and his status for Week 4 is currently unknown. Collins, who was roughed up throughout the game, began experiencing concussion-like symptoms after a hit in the fourth quarter and he was pulled when the team’s medical staff became concerned. Head coach Jim Caldwell told reporters on Monday that Collins would be evaluated throughout the week so we probably won’t know more about his availability for the team’s next game against the Bucs. Collins did not speak with reporters on Monday because he spent a majority of the time in the team’s training room receiving treatment.

Mark Sanchez, NYJ - Broken Nose

Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez is reportedly OK after suffering what the team is calling a slight break in his nose during Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. Sanchez, who was hurt when he was hit in the face in the third quarter, continued to play after a protective visor was attached to his helmet. As expected he had to deal with a little bleeding from his nose and according to reports his nose and face were a bit swollen on Monday. But team officials aren’t concerned about the injury and Sanchez should be a full participant in practice this week as he prepares for the team’s Week 4 game against the Ravens.

Michael Vick, PHI - Deep Bone Bruise in his Hand

There were concerns that Eagles’ QB Michael Vick would have to miss up to 4 weeks after X-rays in the locker room on Sunday appeared to reveal a break in his right (non-throwing) hand. But a CT scan on Monday morning showed that his hand was in fact not broken and there is now a chance that he could be available to play as early as this weekend against the 49ers. Vick was injured when he was hit by Giants’ defender Chris Canty after completing a pass in the third quarter. He went on to finish the series, but then headed to the locker room for X-rays. Vick quickly returned to the sideline without missing a play and he was back on the field for the next possession. Unfortunately he appeared to aggravate the injury and he left the game for good. According to reports a swollen blood vessel sitting right on top of the bone was responsible for the false-positive. A CT scan did reveal a deep bone bruise that could still keep him out of the Eagles next game, but head coach Andy Reid indicated that if the medical staff can control the swelling and Vick can deal with the pain and discomfort then there is a chance he could start against the 49ers. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.

RUNNING BACKS

Frank Gore, SF - Sprained Ankle

According to 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh RB Frank Gore, who sprained his right ankle during Sunday’s game, should be healthy enough to play in Week 4 against the Eagles. Gore twisted his ankle in the second quarter and he was on and off the field during the second half as a result. He was seen limping around the locker room with an ice bag wrapped around his foot and ankle, but he was foot was not in a boot on Monday which means that the medical staff is not concerned about it. There is a good chance that he will miss some practice this week while he recovers, but if all goes well he should be back in the starting lineup on Sunday.

Ryan Grant, GB - Bruised Kidney

Packers’ RB Ryan Grant reportedly suffered a bruised kidney during Sunday’s game, but the severity of the injury has not been made public and his status for Week 4 is unknown. Grant took a shot to his back in the fourth quarter and he was in so much pain that the medical staff thought he broke his ribs. But X-rays in the locker room were negative and according to head coach Mike McCarthy additional testing on Monday revealed that he bruised his kidney. Grant indicated that he was fine, but McCarthy said that the team will know more about his injury and status after practice on Wednesday.

Felix Jones, DAL - Aggravation of Dislocated Shoulder

Cowboys’ RB Felix Jones, who is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder, reportedly aggravated the injury during Monday night’s game against the Redskins and his status for Week 4 is unknown. Jones appeared to hurt his shoulder late in the fourth quarter and he missed the team’s final possession as a result. Head coach Jason Garrett did not comment on Jones’ injury, but Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said that the team knows how to treat the injury and that he hoped he would be available for the game against the Lions. Jones is not 100% and team officials don’t expect him to get better until after their bye week so there is a chance that he could aggravate the injury at any time. He’ll probably be limited in practice this week, but like last week if he can deal with the discomfort he should be able to play in Week 4.

Darren McFadden, OAK - Strained Groin

Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden is apparently fine after suffering a minor groin strain during Sunday’s win over the Jets. McFadden’s groin reportedly got tight during the fourth quarter and he was seen limping to the locker room after the game. Coach Hue Jackson spoke with reporters on Monday and he said that McFadden was “fine” and indicated that he should be able to play in their next game. McFadden will probably be limited in practice this week, but it appears that he avoided serious injury and he should be able to start against the Patriots. 

Ben Tate, HOU - Sprained Ankle

Texans’ RB Ben Tate is reportedly doing OK after he sprained his ankle during Sunday’s game against the Saints. Tate appeared to roll his ankle in the third quarter and although he stayed in the game the team abandoned the run which means they were concerned about his effectiveness. He received treatment for the injury after the game, but head coach Gary Kubiak said that Tate would be fine. Tate will probably miss some practice time this week while recovers, but he’ll probably be available for the team’s Week 4 game against the Steelers. Kubiak did say Arian Foster could return from his hamstring injury this week, so if that happens Tate won’t be as involved in the offense as he has been so far this season.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Kenny Britt, TEN - Torn ACL and MCL

Titans’ talented WR Kenny Britt will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on Monday confirmed that the anterior cruciate and medical collateral ligaments in his right knee are torn. Britt was hurt when he was hit low as he turned up field during a catch and run in the first half. His knee appeared to buckle and he dropped the ball resulting in a fumble. After a quick evaluation on the field the medical staff helped him onto a cart and he was taken to the locker room where he was examined and it was determined that he suffered possible damage to his ACL and MCL. As expected he was held out for the remainder of the game and he was seen leaving the stadium on crutches and with his knee in a brace. An MRI on Monday showed that he completely tore both ligaments and according to reports he is scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint subsides. If all goes well with the surgery, Britt should be ready in time for the start of training camp next year.

Jeremy Maclin, PHI - Strained Hamstring

Eagles’ WR Jeremy Maclin strained his hamstring during Sunday’s loss to the Giants and there was concern that the injury could be serious. But according to reports an MRI on Monday revealed minimal inflammation and there is a chance that he will be able to play in Week 4. Maclin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter and after being examined on the sideline he was held out for the remainder of the game. He was having difficulty moving around afterwards and his hamstring was so sore and tight that the medical staff thought that his injury would keep him out for several weeks. But he was reportedly feeling a little better on Monday and an MRI showed that the injury was not a serious as the medical staff initially feared. He’ll miss practice this week while he recovers and his status for Week 4 is considered questionable, but head coach Andy Reid indicated that Maclin could play in Week 4 if his leg improves.


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