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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 7
Philip Gentles
October 18, 2011
 

QUARTERBACKS

Sam Bradford, STL - High Ankle Sprain

Rams’ head coach Steve Spagnuolo revealed on Monday that QB Sam Bradford’s lower left leg injury has been diagnosed as a high ankle sprain and despite being labeled as “day-to-day” Bradford’s status for Week 7 is very much in question. Bradford, who was hurt on the team’s final offensive play in Sunday’s game, was seen with a protective boot on his foot afterwards but he assured reporters that he was feeling “OK.“ According to reports precautionary X-rays were  negative and although injury is being classified as minor, the fact that it is a high ankle sprain means that it will take at least 2 weeks to heal. Spagnuolo hasn’t ruled him out for their next game, but A.J. Feely is scheduled to take all the snaps with the first-team offense in practice on Wednesday and I would be very surprised if Bradford is active against the Cowboys.

Jason Campbell, OAK - Fractured Collarbone

Raiders’ QB Jason Campbell will miss at least 6 weeks and potentially the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his fractured collarbone. Campbell, who was hurt in the second quarter against the Browns, has told reporters that he will try everything in his power to return to the team this season. If all goes well with his recovery he could be back by Week 13, but head coach Hue Jackson indicated that the team will prepare as if he won’t be returning this year. With Kyle Boller and rookie Terrelle Pryor as the team’s next two quarterbacks don’t be surprised if they sign a veteran free agent soon.

David Garrard, FA - Herniated Disc

Free agent QB David Garrard will be out for an extended period of time as he is scheduled this week to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc. According to reports Garrard has been dealing with pain, weakness and numbness in his back, left leg and left foot since August. He was advised months ago that surgery was required to fix the problem, but decided to postpone surgery so that he would be available for an NFL team should they come calling. Garrard tried managing the symptoms with medication and treatment but things became so bad last week that he needed to go to an emergency room. Garrard’s back was an issue for several years when he played in Jacksonville, but when he was released in early September he signed a waiver that stated his back was healthy. He admitted that he signed it because he was just dealing with lower leg pain and numbness and he thought at the time it had nothing to do with his back. As it turns out his chronic back problems are directly responsible for the radiating pain down his left leg. But because he signed the waiver he cannot file an injury grievance against the Jaguars. Don’t expect him to sign with a team until sometime next year.

RUNNING BACKS

Jahvid Best, DET - Concussion

Lions’ RB Jahvid Best, who has a history of concussions, suffered another one on Sunday against the 49ers and there is a chance that he will miss the team’s Week 7 game against the Falcons as a precaution. According to reports Best was injured when his helmet hit the ground at the end of a long carry in the third quarter and although he stayed in the game he was eventually pulled in the fourth quarter when he began to experience concussion-like symptoms. The concussion does not appear to be serious, but Best dealt with concussion issues in college and most recently he suffered a concussion in training camp so there is a very good chance that the team’s medical staff will keep him out of their next game.

Reggie Bush, MIA - Undisclosed Neck Injury

Dolphins’ RB Reggie Bush left Sunday’s game after hurting his neck on a third-quarter carry. Bush’s helmet collided with a defenders helmet on the play and it appeared he may have jammed his neck in the process. According to reports he was actually cleared to return in the fourth quarter, but with the game a blowout the coaching staff decided to keep him on the sideline. The nature of his injury and his status for Week 7 are currently unknown.

Peyton Hillis, CLE - Strained Hamstring

According to reports RB Peyton Hillis status for Week 7 is uncertain after he strained his hamstring during Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. Hillis suffered a minor hamstring pull on a first quarter carry and he sat out the second and third quarters as a result. His leg loosened up in the fourth quarter and he was actually allowed back on the field for a couple of carries. However he was limping in the locker room afterwards and he admitted that he was feeling a bit sore. An MRI was done on Monday but the results have not been made public and head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters that he wasn’t sure when Hillis would return to practice or if he would be available for their next game.

Felix Jones, DAL - High Ankle Sprain

Cowboys’ RB Felix Jones will miss the next 2 - 4 weeks after an MRI on Monday confirmed that he suffered a left high ankle sprain. Jones was injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and sat out the entire second half. Owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Sunday night that the injury was a high ankle sprain but team officials weren’t sure how bad the injury was. Fortunately the MRI showed that the sprain isn’t as bad as it could have been and there is a chance that he could return in early November.

Cadillac Williams, STL - Quadriceps Contusion

Rams’ RB Cadillac Williams is being listed as “day-to-day” after an MRI on his injured thigh showed no additional damage. According to reports Williams took a shot to his thigh in the fourth quarter on Sunday and after limping off the field he was carted to the locker room where he was examined and treated. The injury was initially reported as a knee injury, but he was later diagnosed with a quadriceps contusion. Williams will probably miss some practice time while he recovers, but his status for Week 7 won’t be known until sometime later in the week.

TIGHT ENDS

Chris Cooley, WAS - Fractured Finger

Redskins’ TE Chris Cooley will miss at least 6 weeks after suffering what is being described as a “shattered” left index finger during Sunday’s game. Cooley was hurt when his hand hit an Eagles defender in the first quarter. He left the field holding his hand and he was immediately escorted to the locker room where it became obvious that he suffered a serious injury to his finger. According to reports the left index finger was severely deformed and X-rays revealed that he had suffered multiple fractures. Cooley spoke with reporters after the game and said that he would have continued to play if he could, but that returning wasn’t an option. Additional testing on Monday confirmed the medical staff’s initial assessment and he has reportedly undergone surgery to repair the damage. This injury actually might actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Cooley has been ineffective this season because of lingering soreness in his problematic knee. So the time off will give his knee much needed rest.

Jermichael Finley, GB - Bruised Forearm

Packers’ TE Jermichael Finley banged his arm in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, and while he stayed in the game he was held to just one catch. According to reports Finley’s injury was diagnosed as just a bruise, but he still was having trouble pushing off and blocking and he was used more as a decoy. The good news is that he was able to play through the injury. He might be limited in practice this week, but team officials expect him to be ready for their Week 7 game against the Vikings.


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