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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 6
Philip Gentles
October 11, 2011


Tarvaris Jackson, SEA - Strained Pectoral

Seahawks’ QB Tarvaris Jackson left Sunday’s game against the Giants after straining his right pectoral muscle and there are reports that suggest the injury could keep him out for at least a couple of weeks. Jackson appeared to injure his right (throwing) shoulder at the end of an 11-yard carry in the third quarter. The medical staff examined the shoulder on the sideline but after an evaluation in the locker room the medical staff discovered that the  injury was to his right pectoral (chest) muscle. The injury was originally reported as a minor strain, but according to recent reports it is now being classified as a “high-grade” strain that could take several weeks to recover from. The Seahawks have a bye this upcoming week, so Jackson has an extra week to rest. Head coach Pete Carroll has confirmed that Jackson will not practice this week, but he wasn’t sure when his starting QB would be ready to make his return.

Matt Schaub, HOU - Thigh Contusion and Shoulder Soreness

Texans’ QB Matt Schaub came away from Sunday’s loss to the Raiders a little banged up, but team officials are confident that he will be ready to play in Week 6 against the Ravens. Schaub was hit just above his knee late in the fourth quarter and although he said it wasn’t a issue during the game he admitted that he was sore afterwards. He also complained of soreness in his throwing shoulder and he was seen in the locker room with ice bags wrapped around both his shoulder and thigh. As expected he was still feeling sore on Monday and there is a good chance that he will be limited in practice this week. But his injuries aren’t serious and he should be healthy enough to start this upcoming Sunday.


Joseph Addai, IND - Strained Hamstring

According to reports Colts’ RB Joseph Addai will miss the next 1 - 3 weeks after straining his right hamstring during Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Addai, who was hurt on a first-quarter carry, told reporters that he felt a “little grab” on the play and that he knew right away that his day was probably over. An MRI was done on Monday and while the results have not been made public head coach Jim Caldwell indicated that Addai would probably miss at least one game while he recovers. With Addai sidelined look for Donald Brown and Delone Carter to see an increase in their workload.

LeGarrette Blount, TB - Undisclosed Knee Injury

Bucs’ head coach Raheem Morris has confirmed that RB LeGarrette Blount suffered an injury to his left knee during Sunday’s blowout loss to the 49ers and he has indicated that the team is preparing to play without him this upcoming week, but the nature and severity of Blount’s injury has still not been made public and his long-term status remains a mystery. Blount left Sunday’s game after a shot his left knee in the third quarter and he spent the entire fourth quarter watching from the sideline. He reportedly had an MRI on his knee on Monday, but the results have not been made public and Blount has declined on comment on the injury. Morris spoke with reporters on Monday, called Blount “day-to-day” and said that “I’m not looking at him” to play in Week 6. If Blount is out look for Earnest Graham to get a bulk of carries in his place,

Marshawn Lynch, SEA - Sprained Ankle

Seahawks’ RB Marshawn Lynch appeared to sprain his ankle during Sunday’s game against the Giants, but he played through the injury and according to reports the team expects him to be ready for their next game in Week 7. Lynch briefly left the field after turning his ankle on the first carry of the game, but he returned and he appeared to be fine. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Lynch would not practice during their bye week, however he expects Lynch to return to the field next week and he should be ready to play against the Browns in Week 7.

Chris Johnson, TEN - Minor Hamstring Strain

Titans’ RB Chris Johnson suffered what is being reported as a minor hamstring strain during Sunday’s loss to the Steelers and while he will probably miss practice during the bye week team officials are confident that Johnson will start in their next game in Week 7. Johnson said he began to experience “tightness” in his hamstring in the fourth quarter and although he felt he could have returned the medical staff kept him out as a precaution. He was reportedly feeling sore on Monday, but head coach Mike Munchak confirmed on Monday that the injury was not serious and he believes that Johnson’s hamstring would be a non-issue moving forward.

Ryan Mathews, SD - Strained Calf and Bruised Wrist

The Chargers’ bye week came a perfect time for RB Ryan Mathews. According to reports team officials believe that Mathews, who is dealing with injuries to his calf and wrist, would not be healthy enough to play this upcoming weekend, however they are optimistic that he will be ready to go when they return from there bye next week. Mathews strained his calf and bruised his wrist in the first half against the Broncos and he was on and off the field throughout the game as a result. He appeared to aggravate his calf strain in the fourth quarter and he was unable to finish the game. Mathews was having a difficult time moving around the locker room afterwards so as a precaution he was fitted for a protective boot and he left the stadium on crutches. According to reports Mathews will not practice this week, but the Chargers are hoping that he recovers in time to take part in practice next week. We’ll keep you posted.

Mike Tolbert, SD - Concussion

Chargers’ RB Mike Tolbert, who left Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a concussion, is reportedly doing well in his recovery and according to reports he should be able to practice next week and play in the team’s next game. Tolbert left the game after being shaken up on a big hit in the second quarter. He was actually allowed to return to the field a few plays later, but began to exhibit concussion-like symptoms at halftime and he was held out for the remainder of the game.  Tolbert admitted on Monday that he doesn’t remember the play on which he got hurt, but he said that he was feeling OK. He has already undergone a series of neurological tests and while he is scheduled to undergo additional testing this week it appears he only suffered a mild concussion. He will not practice during the Week 6 bye, but the team’s medical staff expects him to return to the field at some point next week.


Donald Jones, BUF - High Ankle Sprain

Bills’ WR Donald Jones will miss the next 4 - 6 weeks after an MRI on his injured left ankle revealed a serious high ankle sprain. Jones was hurt at the end of a short reception in the first quarter. He was able to limp off the field, but after being examined on the sideline he was carted to the locker room. According to reports X-rays in the locker room came back negative, but he was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and declared out for the remainder of the game. Jones was fitted for a boot and he was seen leaving the stadium on crutches. An MRI on Monday confirmed that he had suffered a high ankle sprain and the team’s medical staff doesn’t expect him to play again until at least Week 9.

Josh Morgan, SF - Fractured Leg

The 49ers have lost WR Josh Morgan for a significant amount of time after he fractured a bone in his lower right leg during Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Morgan was hurt when he was tackled short of the goal line at the end of a reception in the fourth quarter. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and he stayed on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the field. He was eventually carted to the locker room where X-rays revealed a broken bone in his lower leg. Additional testing on Monday indicated that the injury will require surgery and head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that a timetable had not been set for Morgan’s return but that he expected Morgan “to be out for an extended time.”

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