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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 13
Philip Gentles
November 29, 2011
 

QUARTERBACKS

Sam Bradford, STL - Sprained Ankle

Rams’ QB Sam Bradford, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle, reportedly aggravated the injury during Sunday’s game but team officials believe he will be able to play in Week 13. It isn’t clear when Bradford reinjured his ankle, however he complained of soreness in the joint on Monday morning and he spent time in the team’s training room receiving treatment. Fortunately the reinjury does not appear to be serious and head coach Steve Spagnuolo has indicated that he expects Bradford to be healthy enough to start in their next game.

Matt Leinart, HOU - Fractured Clavicle

Texans’ QB Matt Leinart will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his left clavicle (collarbone) during Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Leinart was hurt when he was hit hard on a third-down pass in the first half. He was taken to the locker room where he was examined and X-rayed and he later returned to the sideline with his arm in a sling. According to reports an MRI on Monday confirmed that his clavicle is fractured and he will have surgery to repair the damage at some point this week. T.J. Yates, who replaced Leinart on Sunday, will likely get the start from the Texans in Week 13.

RUNNING BACKS

Cedric Benson, CIN - Minor Ankle Sprain

Bengals’ RB Cedric Benson left Sunday’s game after suffering what is being reported as a mild ankle sprain, but he didn’t miss a lot of time and he was able to return and finish the game. After turning his ankle it looked like Benson was having difficulty running and cutting on the sideline. Fortunately for the Bengals he made a quick recovery. Team officials expect him to start and get the bulk of the carries in Week 13, but don’t be surprised if he is limited this week while he recovers.

Montario Hardesty, CLE - Torn Calf Muscle

Browns’ RB Montario Hardesty, who was supposed to make his return on Sunday after being out since Week 8 with a partially torn calf muscle, suffered a setback during pre-game warm ups and he was quickly deactivated. Hardesty said that his calf began to tighten up while he ran and while he doesn’t want to call it a setback the medical staff quickly realized that he wasn’t ready to play and he was held out of the game. Hardesty will likely be limited in practice this week and the team hopes that he improves enough to be able to play in their next game.

Beanie Wells, ARI - Knee Inflammation

According to reports Cardinals’ RB Beanie Wells had a swollen right knee after Sunday’s game against the Rams, however team officials expect him to be healthy enough to play in Week 13. Wells, who has been dealing with cartilage problems in his right knee since early in the season, appeared to hurt the same knee when he was hit on a fourth-quarter carry. He missed several plays while being evaluated on the sideline, but he was able to return to the field and finish the game. It should noted that he had a 53-yard run after getting hurt. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed on Monday that Wells was being treated for knee inflammation, but indicated that he wasn’t concerned about his Week 13 status.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Sidney Rice, SEA - Concussion

Seahawks WR Sidney Rice’s status for Thursday’s game against the Eagles is very much in question after he left Sunday’s game with his second concussion of the season. Rice, who was hurt when he hit his head on the turf as he attempted to make a diving catch in the third quarter, was helped to the sideline and eventually escorted to the locker room where he was evaluated. According to reports he complained of dizziness and some memory loss and as a result he was held out for the remainder of the game. Rice suffered his first concussion back in Week 10 and while the severity of his most recent concussion is still unknown it looks like he will have to miss at least one game while he recovers. His official status for Week 13 has not been made public, but don’t expect him to play.


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