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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 9
Philip Gentles
November 1, 2011
 

QUARTERBACKS

Blaine Gabbert, JAC - Bruised Ribs

Jaguars’ rookie QB Blaine Gabbert, who bruised his ribs during Sunday’s game, told reporters on Monday that he does not expect his injury to be an issue when the team returns from it’s Week 9 bye and that he should be ready to play in their next game against the Colts. Gabbert was injured when he was hit at the end of an 11-yard carry in the first quarter and he appeared to be a in a lot pain. He was eventually helped off the field by the team’s athletic trainers and he was taken to the locker room where he was x-rayed and examined. According to reports X-rays were negative and after his chest was padded and wrapped he returned to the sideline and he was back in the game after missing just one offensive series. Gabbert will not practice this week but he expects to return to the field at some point early next week. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Kevin Kolb, ARI - Acute Turf Toe

Cardinals’ QB Kevin Kolb sprained the MTP joint in the first toe on his right foot during Sunday’s game against the Raves and his status for Week 9 is considered questionable. The injury, commonly known acute turf toe, occurred on a carry in the first quarter however Kolb was able to play through the injury. Although it didn’t affect his mobility Kolb admitted to reporters that the injury made it difficult for him to push off his right foot thus affecting the velocity of his passes. According to reports his toe and foot were sore and swollen on Monday morning so the medical staff fitted him for a protective walking boot. He’s dealt with turf toe problems in the same foot before, but he said that it has never been this severe and team officials are concerned that the injury could become a lingering issue. There are things the medical staff can do to protect the toe that will allow him to play in their next game, however if the injury isn’t given time to heal it could worsen and become a long-term problem. We’ll know more about his status for Week 9 later in the week.

RUNNING BACKS

Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG - Undisclosed Midfoot Injury

The exact nature of RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s injury is currently a mystery and his status for Week 9 remains unknown. Bradshaw left in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after twisting his foot and according to reports he was taken to the locker room twice to have it examined. X-rays were negative and after his foot was taped he was allowed back in the game. Bradshaw limped to the locker room when he game was over and he later told reporters that the he aggravated a preexisting problem. On Monday head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters the exact same thing and went on to say that Bradshaw was feeling sore. But neither Bradshaw nor Coughlin appeared to be concerned about the injury. Bradshaw had a screw surgically inserted into the same foot two years ago so there is reason to be a little worried. He’ll likely miss some practice time this week but check back later in the week for an update.

Montario Hardesty, CLE - Torn Calf Muscle

Browns’ RB Montario Hardesty will miss at least 2 weeks and possibly a lot longer after partially tearing his right calf muscle during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. According to reports Hardesty injured his leg on a first quarter carry and an MRI on Monday revealed a partial tear in his medial gastrocnemius muscle. The injury will not require surgery, but he has been fitted for a protective boot and head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters that he would be out for an indefinite period of time. Hardesty has started for the Browns in their last two games because Peyton Hillis has been out with a strained hamstring. Chris Ogbonnaya took over for Hardesty on Sunday and he’s the only healthy running back on roster, so don’t be surprised if the team signs a veteran free agent sometime this week.

Ryan Mathews, SD - Strained Groin

Chargers’ RB Ryan Mathews left Monday night’s game against the Chiefs after straining his groin in the fourth quarter and he did not return. According to reports Mathews was having difficult moving around in the locker room afterwards. The severity of the injury is currently unknown but he is scheduled to have an MRI on his injured leg sometime today and we will know more about his status for Week 9 when the results are released.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Hakeem Nicks, NYG - Strained Hamstring

Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks strained his right hamstring during Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and his status for Week 9 is currently unknown. Nicks appeared to pull his hamstring late in the fourth quarter while running a route and he walked off the field holding the back of his right leg. He did not finish the game and according to reports he was seen limping in the locker room afterwards. According to reports team officials aren’t overly concerned about the injury. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters on Monday that Nicks was “day to day” and he indicated that his top receiver would probably miss some practice time while he recovers. Right now it’s too early to tell if he will be able to play against the Patriots but considering the nature of the injury there is a good chance that he could end up as a game-time decision.

TIGHT ENDS

Fred Davis, WAS - Sprained Ankle

Redskins’ TE Fred Davis, who turned his ankle at some point during Sunday’s game against the Bills, has been diagnosed with a grade 1 ankle sprain and although he has been fitted for a protective walking boot the team is hoping that he will be able to play this upcoming week against the 49ers. It isn’t clear when Davis was hurt, but he didn’t miss any time against the Bills indicating that the injury couldn’t have been serious and fortunately an MRI has confirmed that his ankle injury is minor. He’ll likely miss some practice time this week while he recovers, but if all goes well he should be able to play in Week 9. We’ll know more about his status after Wednesday’s practice.

Vernon Davis, SF - Bruised Arm

49ers’ TE Vernon Davis appears to be OK after briefly leaving Sunday’s game with a bruised arm and according to reports the team expects him to play in Week 9 against the Redskins. Davis landed on his arm in the second quarter and he reportedly told the medical staff that his arm and hand were numb. The numbness eventually subsided and he was able to return on the team’s next offensive series, but he admitted afterwards that his arm bothered him throughout the game. Davis was reportedly told by he medical staff that his arm did not need to undergo an MRI which indicates that the injury is not serious. He might be limited in practice on Wednesday, but he should be healthy enough to play this upcoming weekend.

Jermaine Gresham, CIN - Strained Hamstring

Bengals’ TE Jermaine Gresham was scheduled to play in Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Unfortunately his injured hamstring remained tight during pre game warm-ups and after telling the medical staff that he felt uncomfortable he was declared inactive. Gresham pulled his hamstring during practice late last week but the injury was not considered serious and he was listed as “probable” heading into the team’s Week 8 game. So when he was declared out it came as a big surprise. Head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters on Monday that Gresham was considered day-to-day. We’ll know more about his status on Wednesday, but don’t be surprised if he misses practice time this week.


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