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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 14
Philip Gentles
December 6, 2011
 

QUARTERBACKS

A.J. Feeley, STL - Fractured Thumb

Rams’ QB A.J. Feeley, who was starting in place of the injured Sam Bradford, reportedly suffered fractured his right (throwing) thumb during Sunday’s game against the 49ers and his status for Week 14 is unknown. Feeley was hurt when his hand hit a helmet in he fourth quarter. He was able to finish the game, but an X-ray in the locker room afterwards revealed what the team has described as a small fracture. The team’s medical staff doesn’t know if he will be able to play in their next game and with Sam Bradford likely out with a severely sprained ankle the Rams could end up starting Tom Brandstater against the Seahawks.

Colt McCoy, CLE - Minor Knee Sprain

Browns’ QB Colt McCoy suffered what the team is calling a minor knee sprain during Sunday’s game but it looks like he should be healthy enough to start in Week 14. McCoy was hurt in the first quarter when he was hit low by Ravens’ DE Arthur Jones. He missed just one snap while being examined but he was able to return and finish the game. McCoy admitted on Monday that his knee was sore, but he said that an MRI showed no structural damage within the joint and that he believes he will start on Thursday night against the Steelers.

Kyle Orton, KC - Dislocated Index Finger

Chiefs’ QB Kyle Orton dislocated the index finger on his right (throwing) hand on his first play on Sunday and he spent the remainder of the game on the sideline. Orton, who was brought in to replace an ineffective Tyler Palko, was injured when his hand hit a helmet. He immediately grabbed his hand and left the field. On the sideline the medical staff was able to reduce the dislocation, but he did not return to the game. According reports X-rays were negative but he was seen with a bandage wrapped around his finger on Monday. It isn’t clear if Orton will be able to play in Week 14, but we should know more about his status later in the week.

Christian Ponder, MIN - Hip Pointer

Vikings’ QB Christian Ponder, who suffered a hip pointer (contusion) during Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, was reportedly feeling sore on Monday however team officials expect him to start in Week 14. Ponder was able to play through the injury on Sunday and while it isn’t considered serious he will be monitored throughout the week. Don’t be surprised if he is limited in practice for a couple of days while he receives treatment, but he should be able to play against the Lions.

RUNNING BACKS

Matt Forte, CHI - Partially Torn MCL

Matt Forte will miss at least 2 weeks and possibly the remainder of the regular season after an MRI on Monday revealed that he has a partially torn (grade 2) medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Forte was injured when he took a direct shot to his knee on a carry in the first half. He was eventually taken to the locker room where a preliminary examination indicated damage to his MCL. He was seen leaving the stadium with his knee in a brace and there were rumors that he injured his ACL. However the MRI confirmed that his ACL was fine and although his MCL is partially torn it will not require surgery. Forte and head coach Lovie Smith have both said that he should be back at some point this season, but unless he makes a quick recovery he probably won’t return until the playoffs.

Peyton Hillis, CLE - Strained Hip

According to reports Browns’ RB Peyton Hillis suffered a strained left hip during Sunday’s game against the Ravens and his status for Week 14 is questionable. Hillis reportedly pulled his muscle in the first half and while he stayed in the game he was limited to just 12 carries. He was not in the locker room following Sunday’s game and he was seen with the team’s medical staff so there was concern that he reinjured his hamstring. But it appears his hamstring is fine and while his hip injury is not believed to be serious it could still prevent him from playing on Thursday against the Steelers. He’s not expected to practice this week and he could end up as a game-time decision.

Joe McKnight, NYJ - Hyperextended Elbow

Jets’ backup running back Joe McKnight hyperextended his right elbow during the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Redskins and although an MRI on Monday showed that he avoided serious injury the joint is still swollen and his status for Week 14 is considered questionable. McKnight was reportedly having difficulty moving his arm and extending his elbow following Sunday’s game. He’ll probably be held out of contact drills this week, but the team won’t know if he will be able to play until they see how his elbow responds to treatment.

Kevin Smith, DET - Sprained Ankle

Lions’ RB Kevin Smith left Sunday night’s game against the Saints after aggravating his sprained right ankle and his status for Week 14 is unknown. Smith, who was hurt while trying to make a cut after a reception, was able to jog off the field but he was in some discomfort on the sideline and he appeared to be angry while being examined. Head coach Jim Schwartz didn’t have much to say about the injury on Monday, but he did suggest that the injury isn’t any worse than it was last week. We should know more about his status on Wednesday.

James Starks, GB - Sprained Ankle

Packers’ RB James Starks sprained his right ankle on Sunday for the third time this season and while it isn’t considered serious it will likely keep him limited in practice this week. Starks reportedly rolled his ankle in the second quarter against the Giants and after leaving the field he was carted to the locker room where he was examined and treated. Precautionary X-rays were negative, but he was declared out for the remainder of the game. Starks originally sprained his ankle Week 11 and he has now aggravated it twice since then. The Packers’ medical staff is concerned that the injury could linger into the playoffs if he isn’t given time to heal.

Beanie Wells, ARI - Sprained Wrist / Torn Knee Cartilage

Cardinals’ RB Beanie Wells, who has been playing with torn cartilage in knee that will require surgery to repair during the off-season, reportedly sprained his wrist during Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. However team officials believe the injury is minor and they are hoping that he will be healthy enough to play in Week 14. Wells was seen with a brace on his left wrist on Monday morning but he told reporters that he was OK and that he didn’t expect it to be an issue moving forward. As expected his knee was sore and a bit swollen following Sunday’s game and he will likely be limited in practice this week as a result. Wells is banged up right now and things won’t get any easier as he faces the 49ers’ defense this upcoming weekend.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Andre Johnson, HOU - Strained Hamstring

Texans’ WR Andre Johnson, who missed 6 games earlier in the season after undergoing surgery to repair damage to his right hamstring, left Sunday’s game after hurting his left hamstring and the team is concerned that he could be out for at least a week. The injury to Johnson’s left hamstring is reportedly not as severe as the one that happened to his right, but team officials don’t expect him practice this week. Texans’ owner Bob McNair told reporters that he hopes “can be back in the a couple weeks” indicating that the team believes he could be out for Week 14. Check back later in the week for an update.

Eddie Royal, DEN - Concussion

Broncos’ WR Denver Broncos suffered a concussion during Sunday’s game against the Vikings and his status for Week 14 is unknown. Royal was hurt on a punt return and while it was initially reported as a neck injury there are now reports that say he complained of feeling dizzy and light-headed while he was being examined on the sideline. He apparently underwent neurological testing on Monday and he’s scheduled to undergo additional testing today and tomorrow. If the concussion isn’t serious he could be cleared to play in the team’s next game. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.

Chaz Schilens, OAK - Undisclosed Foot Injury

Raiders’ WR Chaz Schilens reportedly left Sunday’s game against the Dolphins with an undisclosed foot injury, but it looks like he will be able to play in Week 14. The injury, which occurred in the second half, has been reported as a bruise but the team has not confirmed it’s nature. Head coach Hue Jackson did not say very much about the injury on Monday, but he did tell reporters that he expects Schilens to play in their next game which indicates that the injury is not serious.

Nate Washington, TEN - Sprained Ankle

Nate Washington’s status for Week 14 is considered questionable after he sprained his ankle during Sunday’s game against the Browns, but head coach Mike Munchak told reporters that he believes that Washington will be able to play through the injury like he did on Sunday. Washington first sprained his ankle in the third quarter but he was able to return after missing just one series. Unfortunately he rolled the ankle again and he was unable to finish the game. He will definitely miss some practice time this week while he recovers and while Munchak appears to be optimistic, we won’t know if Washington will be able to play until later in the week.

TIGHT ENDS

Kevin Boss, OAK - Hip Pointer

Raiders’ TE Kevin Boss suffered a hip pointer (contusion) on Sunday against the Dolphins and he was unable to finish the game. According to reports Boss was having a difficult time moving around the locker room afterwards and he complained of hip soreness on Monday morning. He’ll likely be limited in practice this week, but team officials are hoping that he will be able to play in Week 14.

Scott Chandler, BUF - Sprained Ankle

Bills’ TE Scott Chandler left Sunday’s game against the Titans with a sprained ankle and according to reports he will probably miss the team’s next game against the Chargers. Chandler was hurt when he rolled his ankle while trying to get extra yardage at the end of a third-quarter reception. He was X-rayed and examined in the locker room, and while the X-rays were negative he did not return to the game. Chandler reportedly underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public head coach Chan Gailey has told reporters that he has only a “slight chance” of playing in Week 14. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Marcedes Lewis, JAC - Undisclosed Ankle Injury

Jaguars’ TE Marcedes Lewis left Monday night’s game against the Chargers in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed ankle injury and he did not return. The nature and severity of the injury are currently unknown, but he is scheduled to undergo an MRI today so we should know more about his Week 14 status soon.

Andrew Quarless, GB - Severe Knee Sprain

Packers’ backup TE Andrew Quarless will miss the remainder of the season after suffering what the team is calling a serious knee sprain during Sunday’s game against the Giants. Quarless was hurt during kickoff coverage in the fourth quarter and according to reports an MRI on Monday revealed significant damage to at least one ligament in his knee that will require surgery. Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on Monday that Quarless will not play again this season.


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