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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 8
Philip Gentles
October 25, 2011


Matt Ryan, ATL - Sprained Ankle

Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan left Sunday’s game after hurting his ankle, but he missed just one play and the team’s medical staff is confident that he will be ready to play when the team returns from their Week 8 bye. Ryan was injured when his ankle and knee twisted awkwardly after left tackle Will Svitek accidentally stepped on his foot in the third quarter. He limped off the field and after being examined on the sideline he was taken to the locker room. He quickly returned to the sideline and he was back on the field for the team’s next possession. According to reports the team was initially concerned about his knee, but the joint checked out OK. He has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and he will go for a second opinion sometime this week as a precaution. However Ryan told reporters that he believes he is “fine” and it looks like he should be able to play in Week 9 against the Colts.

Matthew Stafford, DET - Sprained Ankle

Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford, who limped off the field after Sunday’s game against the Falcons, has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and team officials are hoping that he will be able to play in Week 8 against the Broncos. Stafford appeared to hurt both his ankle and knee in the final moments of Sunday’s loss and he was seen limping off the field after his final incompletion. According to reports Stafford’s knee is considered a non-issue, but an MRI on Monday confirmed that Stafford sprained his ankle and he has subsequently been fitted for a protective walking boot. He won’t practice on Wednesday and there are reports that he is seeking a second-opinion on his injured ankle. However head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters on Monday that Stafford was
“no more than day-to-day” so there is a chance that he will be available to play this upcoming weekend. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.


Earnest Graham, TBB - Torn Achilles’ Tendon

Bucs’ RB Earnest Graham, who tore his Achilles’ tendon while making a cut on a first-half carry against the Bears on Sunday, will undergo surgery to repair the damage at some point this week and he will miss the remainder of the season as a result. Graham was understandably disappointed after the game. The medical staff believes that if the surgery goes well he should be healthy enough to participate in training camp next year, unfortunately a large percentage of running backs who undergo Achilles’ tendon surgery don’t return to their pre-injury form.

Tim Hightower, WAS - Torn ACL

Redskins’ RB Tim Hightower will miss the remainder of the 2011 season after an MRI on his injured left knee confirmed that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. Hightower’s knee gave out when he tried making a cut during a third-quarter carry against the Panthers. He did not finish the game and he was seen leaving the stadium afterwards on crutches and with his left knee heavily wrapped. Hightower told reporters that he didn’t think his ACL was damaged, unfortunately a Monday morning MRI revealed that the ligament is torn. He’s scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint subsides. Ryan Torain will take over as the team’s featured RB.

Mark Ingram, NOS - Bruised Heel

Saints' RB Mark Ingram suffered a bruised heel in Sunday's contest against Indianapolis. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter and appeared to be more serious that it is turning out to be. Early signs this week indicate the injury is minor and the team officially consider Ingram "day to day". Look for a limited week of practice and a questionable playing status for Sunday's game in St. Louis.

Marshawn Lynch, SEA - Lower Back Stiffness

Seahawks’ RB Marshawn Lynch aggravated a lingering back issue during pregame warm-ups on Sunday and his back became so stiff that he was unable to play in the game against the Browns. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Lynch has been dealing with a chronic back problem since joining the team last season and although he’s been able to play through the problem it is something the team has had to treat. Carroll went on to say that he wasn’t sure if Lynch would be ready to play in Week 8. The team will see how his back responds to rest and treatment before making a decision on his availability, so don’t be surprised if he ends up as a game-time decision.

Ryan Mathews, SDC - Sprained Thumb

Chargers’ RB Ryan Mathews left Sunday’s game after spraining his thumb during Sunday’s game, however team officials believe that he could be ready to play in Week 8. Mathews jammed his thumb on a carry in the second quarter. He soon returned but was forced out again in the third quarter after aggravating the injury. After having the thumb retaped Mathews was cleared to return and he was able to finish the game. The sprain is not believed to be serious, but he will probably miss some practice time this week while he recovers.

Darren McFadden, OAK - Sprained Foot

Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain and his status for the team’s next game is currently unknown. McFadden injured his foot on a carry in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. He was taken to the locker room where he was X-rayed and examined. According to reports X-rays were negative and he was taped and allowed to return to the sideline, however he did not return to the game. He was fitted for a protective boot and crutches after undergoing an MRI on Monday and while the team has not said how bad McFadden’s sprain is the team has indicated that he will not practice this week. Fortunately the Raiders have their bye this upcoming weekend so the team is hoping that he will recover in time to play in their next game.

Willis McGahee, DEN - Fractured Hand

Broncos’ RB Willis McGahee will miss at least 1 week and potentially a lot longer after fracturing his right hand against the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. McGahee, who was hurt on a carry in the third quarter, is scheduled to have the break in his fourth metacarpal surgically repaired on Tuesday and according to reports it will take 4 - 6 weeks to heal. There is a chance that McGahee will be able to play with a cast on his hand, in which case he could miss just one game. He’s definitely out for Week 8 and we’ll know more about his long-term status next week.

Beanie Wells, ARI - Sprained Knee

Cardinals’ RB Beanie Wells is dealing with a sprained right knee, however the nature of the sprain and it’s severity have not been made public and his status for Week 8 is still unknown. Wells left Sunday’s game after hurting his knee on a carry and according to reports the team initially believed that he suffered a serious injury. However an MRI on Monday revealed that his knee wasn’t as bad as the team has initially feared. Wells did tell reporters that his knee was very swollen and that he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play against the Ravens. The NFL Network reported that Wells would miss the next 1 - 2 weeks with a bone bruise, but both Wells and head coach Ken Whisenhunt have said that the report is not true. Whisenhunt did admit that regardless of Wells status the team will use multiple running backs in their Week 8 game.


Percy Harvin, MIN - Undisclosed Rib Injury

Vikings’ WR Percy Harvin, who has been dealing with a lingering rib issue since training camp, reportedly aggravated the injury during Sunday’s game and his status for Week 8 is considered questionable. According to reports Harvin missed the entire second half against the Packers after complaining of pain and discomfort in his rib area. X-rays on his ribs have shown no broken bones and it’s believed he is dealing with torn rib cartilage, however the results of a Monday morning MRI have not yet been made public and the team has not yet commented on the exact nature of his injury. The Vikings have a bye in Week 9 so there is speculation that the medical staff could keep him out of their next game so that Harvin has the extra week to recover. We’ll keep you posted.

Greg Jennings, GBP - Bruised Hand

Packers' WR Greg Jennings injured his hand on the first series last Sunday against the Vikings. After missing only a few plays he returned to action and ended the game with seven catches for 147 yards. X-Rays were performed on Monday and were negative. The diagnosis now is only a bruised hand, not a fracture, and with the Packers off this week there is no danger of Jennings missing any time.

Mohamed Massaquoi, CLE - Mild Concussion

Browns’ WR Mohamed Massaquoi is being listed as “day-to-day” after being knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion. Massaquoi was hurt when he was hit by a Seahawks’ defender on a incomplete pass at the end of the first half. According to reports the concussion does not appear to be serious and team officials believe he could end up playing in their next game. We’ll know more about his status later on in the week.

Santana Moss, WAS - Fractured Hand

Redskins’ WR Santana Moss, who fractured his left hand during Sunday’s game, underwent surgery to repair the damage on Monday and team officials expect him to miss the next 5 - 7 weeks. Moss was hurt in the first half against the Panthers and after being examined on the sideline he was escorted to the locker room where X-rays revealed a break in his hand near the index finger. Additional testing on Monday confirmed he had a fracture and he reportedly had three pins surgically inserted into his injured hand to fix it. Moss will be out until at least Week 12 and according to reports he might not be back until after Week 14.

Hines Ward, PIT - Sprained Ankle

Steelers’ WR Hines Ward is considered questionable for Week 8 after leaving Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a sprained ankle. Ward turned his ankle after being hit hard by Cardinals’ safety Adrian Wilson on a pass in the third quarter. He had to be carted off the field and after being examined on the sideline his ankle was retaped. However he did not return to the game. Head coach Mike Tomlin indicated after the game that Ward’s injury was not serious and according to reports team officials are hoping that he will be ready in time for their Week 8 game against the Patriots.


Ben Watson, CLE - Concussion

Browns’ TE Ben Watson left Sunday’s game with a concussion and because he has a history of concussions there is a chance that he will have to sit out at least one game while he recovers. Watson was apparently injured at the end of the first half and according to reports he began to suffer from concussion-like symptoms in the locker room at halftime. The concussion does not appear to be serious, but since he suffered one during training camp the medical staff might decide to keep him out of their next game as a precaution. We’ll know more about his status after he completes his neurological testing later in the week.

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