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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 17
Philip Gentles
December 27, 2011


Christian Ponder, MIN - Minor Concussion

Vikings’ QB Christian Ponder was knocked out of Saturday’s game against the Redskins with a concussion and his status for Week 17 is currently unknown. Ponder was hurt when he was sacked in the second quarter by Adam Carriker and London Fletcher. He stayed in the game for one more play before being escorted to the locker room where he was evaluated. According to reports he failed the concussion test and was replaced by backup Joe Webb for the remainder of the game. By all accounts the concussion is minor and there are reports that suggest that Ponder was almost symptom-free on Monday morning. But head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that he wasn’t sure if Ponder would be able to play in Week 17. Frazier did say that despite Webb’s solid play against the Redskins if Ponder is cleared to play that he would be the team’s starting QB. Check with us later in the week for an update.

Tony Romo, DAL - Hand Contusion

QB Tony Romo’s right (throwing) hand is still a bit swollen, but according to reports the Cowboys expect him to start this upcoming weekend against the Giants. Romo banged his hand on Jason Babin’s helmet in the first quarter of Saturday’s game and he was taken to the locker room for X-rays. The team was concerned that his hand was broken, but initial X-rays showed no fractures and after having the injured area padded and wrapped he was cleared to return to the game. Romo’s injured hand was reportedly very swollen after the game, however additional testing on Sunday and again Monday confirmed that the injury was just a bad bruise. Head coach Jason Garrett told reports on Monday that not only has the swelling in Romo’s hand gone down, but his strength has also improved. Team officials hope that he can practice on Wednesday, but even if he is held out I would be shocked if Romo doesn’t start against the Giants. 


Reggie Bush, MIA - Strained Hamstring

According to reports Dolphins’ RB Reggie Bush left Saturday’s game against the Patriots with strained his hamstring, however the injury is not considered serious and team officials believe he will be able to play in Week 17. Bush hurt his leg on a carry in the fourth quarter but he was able to walk off the field on his own. It looked like the medical staff was examining his knee on the sideline and early reports suggest that he might have suffered some kind of contusion to the joint. But it now appears that he suffered a minor injury to his hamstring where it inserts behind the knee. Bush told reporters on Monday that the injury isn’t serious and that he expects to play against the Jets.

LeSean McCoy, PHI - Sprained Ankle

Eagles’ WR LeSean McCoy, who was in and out of Saturday’s game against the Cowboys because of a sprained ankle, will be limited in practice this week but team officials expect him to be available for their Week 17 game. McCoy left Saturday’s game after turning his ankle on a carry and he limped to the locker room where he was examined and treated. X-rays were negative and he was taped and cleared to return to the field. Unfortunately he was having difficulty cutting so the medical staff decided to pull him from the game for good. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday that McCoy’s injury is considered minor and despite the team being eliminated from the playoffs he said that if McCoy can play in Week 17 that he will. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Adrian Peterson, MIN - Torn ACL, MCL and knee cartilage

Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson has been placed on Injured Reserve after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments as well as cartilage in his left knee during Saturday’s game against the Redskins and his status for the start of the 2012 regular season is in question. Peterson’s knee buckled when he was hit at the end of a short carry in the second quarter. He appeared to be in a lot of pain while on the ground and an initial evaluation on he field by the team’s medical staff indicated an injury to his ACL. Peterson was eventually helped off the field and carted to the locker room. An MRI on Saturday evening confirmed that the ACL was torn, but it also revealed that the MCL was torn and that he had suffered multiple meniscal (cartilage) tears as well. He’s scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint subsides. Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman told reporters on Monday that Peterson has shown the ability to recover from injuries quickly, so while it might take most players 8 - 9 months to return to field after this type of injury he believes Peterson could be back sooner. But even if Peterson’s recovery goes as planned and he is back in time for the start of the 2012 regular season, he likely won’t be 100% until the 2013 season. It typically takes anywhere from 18 months to 2 years before a player recovering from a torn ACL returns to his pre-injury form, which means next season he likely won’t be as explosive as we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

Daniel Thomas, MIA - Undisclosed Knee Injury

Dolphins’ rookie RB Daniel Thomas left Saturday’s game against the Patriots with an injured knee and his status for Week 17 is currently unknown. According to reports Thomas limped off the field after taking a shot to his knee and he was unable to return. The exact nature of the injury has not been made public, but Thomas told reporters on Monday that the injury isn’t serious. Team officials expect him to limited in practice as they prepare for their regular season finale against the Jets, but they won’t know what his status will be until later in the week.


Lance Moore, NO - Strained Hamstring

Saints’ WR Lance Moore, who pulled his hamstring during practice last Friday, was able to play in Monday night’s game against the Falcons. Unfortunately he reinjured his leg in the second quarter of the game and it looks like the team will keep him out of their Week 17 game as they prepare for the playoffs. Moore was hurt the end of a 17-yard reception and had to limp off the field. After being examined on the sideline he was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game. The injury is not considered serious, however the medical staff does not want it to linger into the post-season so there is a good chance that he won’t practice this week or play in the team’s regular season finale. 

Legedu Naanee, CAR - Fractured Foot

Panthers’ WR Legedu Naanee reportedly fractured a small bone in his right foot during Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers and he will not be able to play in Week 17. Naanee was hurt when his foot got caught in the turf while he tried to stretch for a touchdown. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Monday that X-rays on Naanee’s foot revealed a broken bone. It isn’t clear if the injury will require surgery, but it will definitely keep him out of the Panthers’ final game of the season. The medical staff expects him to be ready for the start of the team’s off-season conditioning program.

Ben Obomanu, SEA - Sprained Knee

Seahawks’ WR Ben Obomanu left Saturday’s game against the 49ers with a sprained knee and his status for Week 17 is considered questionable. Obomanu, who was hurt in the second half, has reportedly been diagnosed with a minor sprain however head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday that the team won’t know more about his status for their final game of the season until later in the week. Obomanu is also dealing with soreness in his ankle so don’t be surprised if he is held out of practice while he recovers.


Delanie Walker, SF - Fractured Jaw and Concussion

49ers’ TE Delanie Walker will not play in Week 17 after fracturing his jaw during Saturday’s game against the Seahawks, however team officials are hoping that he will be able to return in time for the playoffs. Walker was hurt when he took a knee to the face and after being carted off the field he was taken to the hospital where he was X-rayed and treated. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has not specifically said what the injury is, but according to reports X-rays at the hospital showed a fracture and if that’s the case then his jaw would have to be wired shut. Harbaugh indicated that Walker would likely be out for several weeks, but remained hopeful that he would be back at some point during the post-season. There are reports that suggest Walker is also dealing with a minor concussion. The good news is that his recovery from the concussion will not affect how he recovers from his jaw injury and if it is minor he should be symptom free shortly.

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