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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 15
Philip Gentles
December 13, 2011
 

QUARTERBACKS

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA - Strained Calf

QB Matt Hasselbeck’s status for Week 15 is questionable after he strained his calf muscle during Sunday’s loss to the Saints. Hasselbeck said he felt a pop in the back of his leg when he jumped to knock down a deflected pass in the second quarter. There was concern that he may have damaged his Achilles’ tendon, but an evaluation on the sideline revealed that the injury was just to his calf muscle. According to reports Hasselbeck was reexamined on Monday and he has been diagnosed with a mild calf strain. But the team won’t know if he will be able to play in Week 15 until they see how his leg responds to treatment over the next couple of days. If he can’t play look for rookie Jake Locker to get the start in his place.

Kevin Kolb, ARI - Concussion

Cardinals’ QB Kevin Kolb left Sunday’s game with a concussion and his status for Week 15 is currently unknown. Kolb was hurt when he took a knee to the back of his head in the first quarter and after complaining of concussion-like symptoms on the sideline he was declared out for the remainder of the game. According to reports Kolb woke up on Monday with a headache, however the Cardinals won’t have an update on his status until after he has completed his neurological testing. John Skelton played well in Kolb’s place and he could end up in the starting lineup against the Browns regardless of how healthy Kolb is.

Matt Moore, MIA - Minor Concussion and Strained Neck

Dolphins’ QB Matt Moore, who left Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a minor concussion and a mild neck strain, was reportedly feeling a lot better on Monday and according to reports the team expects him to play in Week 15. Moore was hurt when he was blindsided LB Brian Rolle and he left the game after complaining of a headache and neck tightness. Neither injury is considered serious, but he could be limited in practice this week while he recovers. Moore told reporters that he was feeling OK on Monday and he should be able to start against the Bills.

RUNNING BACKS

DeMarco Murray, DAL - Fractured Ankle and High Ankle Sprain

Cowboys’ RB DeMarco Murray is out for the remainder of the season after breaking his right ankle and suffering a severe high ankle sprain during Sunday night’s game against the Giants. Murray, who hurt at the end of a run in the first quarter, was able to limp off the field. However after being escorted to the locker room an X-ray revealed a fractured bone in his ankle and an MRI on Monday showed that he suffered additional damage within the joint that will require surgery. The medical staff does not believe that he will be back this season even if the Cowboys make it to playoffs. If all goes well with the surgery and his recovery, he should be ready for the start of training camp next year. Felix Jones will get the bulk of the carries in his place.

Javon Ringer, TEN - Undisclosed Hand Injury

According to reports Titans’ RB Javon Ringer will likely miss the remainder of the season after suffering an undisclosed injury to his hand. Ringer left Sunday’s game in the second quarter and he ran to the locker room where he was examined and X-rayed. It isn’t clear what happened, but his hand was in a cast afterwards and there are reports that suggest his hand is broken. We’ll know more about the injury sometime this week, but if he is out look for Jamie Harper to take over as Chris Johnson’s backup.

Brandon Saine, GB - Concussion

Packers’ RB Brandon Saine, who left Sunday’s game with a concussion, is scheduled to undergo additional neurological testing on Tuesday and his status for Week 15 remains unknown. Saine was hurt in the second quarter and he was escorted to the locker room where he was evaluated. According to reports he failed a concussion and was declared out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed after the game that Saine was concussed and indicated that he wouldn’t practice until he passed the mandatory medical tests.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Arrelious Benn, TB - Concussion

WR Arrelious Benn’s playing time was limited on Sunday and he was held to just one catch because of a concussion that occurred early in the game. The Bucs did not report an injury to Benn immediately after the game, but according to reports he has been diagnosed with a concussion and his status for Week 15 is unknown. We’ll know more about his availability for the team’s next game as soon as he completes his neurological testing.

Greg Jennings, GB - Sprained MCL

Packers’ WR Greg Jennings is probably done for the remainder of the regular season after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Jennings, who was hurt in the third quarter, tried to walk off the injury on the sideline but he had difficulty moving around and he was eventually carted to the locker room. An initial evaluation indicated damage to his left MCL and an MRI on Monday morning confirmed that the ligament is sprained. According to reports Jennings will be out for the next 2 - 3 weeks, but even if he is healthy enough to play prior to the end of the regular season there is a good chance that he will be held out as a precaution until the playoffs.

Stevie Johnson, BUF - Undisclosed Hand Injury

Bills’ WR Stevie Johnson, who had a big game against the Chargers on Sunday, admitted during a post-game interview that he suffered an undisclosed injury to his right hand and according to reports he was scheduled to undergo an MRI. Johnson did not say when or how the injury occurred, but he indicated that every time he made a fist it bothered him. Obviously there isn’t enough information out right know to know what Johnson’s status for Week 15 is, but we will keep you posted.

Jeremy Maclin, PHI - Strained Hamstring

Eagles’ WR Jeremy Maclin, who hasn’t played since Week 10 because of injuries to his hamstring and shoulder, made his return to the field on Sunday against the Dolphins. Unfortunately his hamstring tightened up in the first half and he spent most of the second half on the sideline as a result. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday that the team does not consider this a reinjury, but he wasn’t sure when Maclin would be ready to practice. We’ll know more about his status for Week 15 later in the week.

Chaz Schilens, OAK - Undisclosed Foot Injury

Raiders’ WR Chaz Schilens, who was limited in practice this week because of an undisclosed injury to his foot, aggravated the injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and his status for Week 15 is currently unknown. Schilens told reporters after the game that his foot was a bit sore, but that he expected it to be OK. Unfortunately this is the second time he has injured his foot in as many weeks and since he was unable to play through the injury it’s probably a little more serious than he is indicating. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery. 

Steve Smith, WR - Bone Bruise

The Eagles have placed WR Steve Smith on injured reserve because of continuing problems with his surgically repaired knee. Smith, who had Microfracture surgery on his left knee last December, suffered what the team is calling a deep bone bruise in the same knee and he was unable to play in Week 14 a result. There is concern that this injury could lead to additional damage within the joint and in an effort to prolong his career the medical staff has decided that Smith should take the remainder of the season off so that he can recover.

Mike Thomas, JAX - Concussion

Jaguars’ WR Mike Thomas left Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion and his status for Week 15 is unknown. Thomas was reportedly dealing with dizziness after getting hurt and he was held out for the remainder of the game after failing a concussion test. According to reports the Jaguars are calling him “day-to-day,” but the medical staff won’t know if he will be able to play in Week 15 until after he completes his neurological testing. We should know more about his status on Wednesday.

Nate Washington, TEN - High Ankle Sprain

Titans’ WR Nate Washington had to be carried off the field at the end of Sunday’s game because soreness in his injured ankle and his status for Week 15 is questionable. Washington entered the game with a mild high ankle sprain and he was able to play (and play very well) through the injury. But he was seen limping several times during the game and there is concern that he may have aggravated the injury. Washington will likely miss practice this week while he recovers and we probably won’t know if he will play in the team’s next game until sometime right before kickoff.

TIGHT ENDS

Jimmy Graham, NO - Lower Back Spasms

Saints’ TE Jimmy Graham told reporters after the game on Sunday that he played through a lower back problem and according to reports he is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine its cause. Graham apparently began to experience lower back spasms during pregame warm ups and he missed the start of the game while the medical staff worked to get him loosened up. He admitted that he was in a lot of pain while on the field and while there is a good chance that he will be limited in practice this week he has said that he plans on playing in Week 15 no matter how uncomfortable his back is. While I can appreciate his toughness, I’m sure the Saints want their All Pro tight end to be healthy for the playoffs so don’t be surprised if he is limited for the remainder of the regular season. 


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