Jeff Garcia, TB
Bruised Hand Injury - Bucs' QB Jeff Garcia was seen with an ice bag wrapped around his hand following Sunday's game against Detroit, however the injury is not serious and the team expects him to play in their Week 8 game. According to reports Garcia bruised his hand at some point during the Bucs' Week 7 game. Team officials did not say when or how the injury occurred but he did not miss a play and did not appear to be hurt at any point during the game. Head coach John Gruden did not speak about Garcia while talking about the team's injuries on Monday, and it looks like he will be available to practice on Wednesday.
David Garrard, JAC
Sprained Ankle and Sprained Knee - Jaguars' QB David Garrard left Monday night's game against the Colts with what is being called a sprained left ankle and sprained left knee. He was able to return to the field for a couple of offensive possessions however he did not play in the second half. Garrard was hurt when Colts' DL Ed Johnson fell into his leg in the first half causing it to twist awkwardly. He was able to walk off the field but he was escorted to the locker room where his ankle was taped. He was allowed to return to the game just prior to the end of the second quarter, but after being examined in the locker room at half-time the medical staff felt it was best to keep him out for the remainder of the game. Garrard is scheduled to undergo additional tests sometime today but he's already been ruled out of the Jag's next two games, which indicates that the injury is serious.
Matt Hasselbeck, SEA
Strained Oblique - According to local reports Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck suffered a strained oblique muscle during Sunday's game against the Rams however he was able to stay in the game and the team expects him to be fine following their Week 8 bye. Hasselbeck was injured when he took a big hit by a Rams defender while attempting a pass. He did not leave the game but he appeared to be in pain while the medical staff attended to him on the sideline in between possessions. The injury was initially being called bruised ribs however the Seahawks reportedly confirmed on Monday that Hasselbeck actually strained the oblique muscle on his right side. He will be limited in practice this week however the team expects him to return to full practice next week.
Tavaris Jackson, MIN
Avulsion Fracture of Index Finger - The status of Vikings' QB Tavaris Jackson for Week 8 is currently questionable after he suffered an avulsion fracture to the index finger of his right (throwing) hand during Sunday's game against the Cowboys. According to reports Jackson was hurt in third quarter when he hit his hand on another player's arm. He did not leave the game and continued to play however Jackson said he aggravated the injury late in the fourth quarter. He was seen wearing a small split in his finger in the locker room following the game and he confirmed with reporters on Monday that X-rays revealed that a tendon in his finger had torn and taken off a piece of bone with it. Jackson's finger is reportedly very swollen and the medical staff plans on re evaluating his injury once the swelling has gone down. At this point it is difficult to say if he will be available to play. The medical staff told Jackson that he could play with this type of injury, however it all depends on how it affects his ability to throw. We'll know more about his status later on in the week so check back on Friday for an update.
Byron Leftwich, ATL
High Ankle Sprain - Falcons' QB Byron Leftwich is out at least two weeks and could be sidelined for up to 6 weeks after suffering a high right ankle sprain during Sunday's game against the Saints. Leftwich was injured when his ankle got caught in the turf as he was being hit by a pair of Saints' defenders on a pass attempt in third quarter. He immediately grabbed his lower leg just above his ankle and had to be helped off the field by Falcons' trainers. He was eventually carted to the locker room where he underwent precautionary X-rays and a thorough exam. The X-rays were negative, but according to reports he was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. He did not return to the game and it looks like he could be out until at least Week 9 and probably a lot longer. Joey Harrington will once again start while Leftwich is out.
Tony Romo, DAL
Strained Hamstring - According to reports Cowboys' QB Tony Romo pulled his hamstring during Sunday's game against the Vikings, however he was able to stay in the game and the team does not believe that the injury is serious. Romo was hurt when he attempted slide through a block in the second quarter. He told reporters that he was concerned about his leg but team trainers advised him on the sideline that the injury wasn't bad and they allowed him to finish the half and the game. Head coach Wade Phillips said on Monday that Romo would be limited in practice this week and that he expected him to be fine following their Week 8 bye.
Matt Schaub, HOU
Bruised Hip and Sprained Ankle - Texans' QB Matt Schaub left Sunday's game on two different occasions with two different injuries but neither injury is considered serious and there is a chance that he will be able to play in the team's Week 8 game against the Chargers. Schaub sprained his left ankle after getting hit hard on his leg in the first quarter and was replaced by Sage Rosenfels while he was examined on the sideline. He soon returned to the game, but was forced to the sideline again after bruising his hip after being hit by a Titans' player prior to the end of the first half. Schaub was examined in the locker room at half-time and although X-rays on his hip were negative he was in so much pain that the medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Monday that Schaub had a "real bad bruise" on his right hip and that his left ankle was sore. He went on to say Schaub could be held out of practice this week but said that he could still start in Week 8 even if that happened. It certainly looks like the team is preparing to practice without him, however a decision on his status probably won't be made until gameday.
Ronnie Brown, MIA
Torn ACL - Dolphins' RB Ronnie Brown will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and he's scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery that will keep him out until the start of training camp next year. Brown was hurt when his knee buckled while he attempted to tackle Patriots' DB Randall Gay during an interception return in the third quarter. He remained on the ground for several minutes and appeared to be in a lot of pain. He eventually walked off the field under his own power and was escorted to the locker room where he was examined. He did not return to the game and he was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches with his right leg in an air cast. In an interview with reporters Brown said that X-rays (which can sometimes indicate a tear in the ACL) were inconclusive but that he was concerned that his ACL was involved. Unfortunately for Brown and the Dolphins an MRI on Monday confirmed that his anterior cruciate ligament is torn and the injury will require season-ending surgery. Jessie Chatman will replace Brown as the featured back however the local media in Miami is reporting that Ricky Williams could be an option for the Phins, assuming the NFL reinstates him.
Rock Cartwright, WAS
Strained Quadriceps - Redskins' RB and kick returner Rock Cartwright left Sunday's game against the Cardinals after pulling his quad muscle and his status for Week 8 is reportedly in question. Cartwright was hurt at the end of his 80-yard kickoff return in the third quarter and did not return to the game. The team has not said a lot about his injury, however he was reportedly seen limping on Monday and he will likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers.
Frank Gore, SF
Sprained Ankle- 49ers RB Frank Gore is officially being called "day to day" after spraining his right ankle during Sunday's game against the Giants. Gore was injured in the second quarter during an 11-yard run brought back because of a holding call. He limped off the field and was immediately examined by the medical staff. His ankle was taped and he was able to return to the game. According to reports Gore was in a lot of pain and head coach Mike Nolan asked him not to play in the second half. However Gore worked through the pain and had a fairly productive game. Gore told reporters on Monday that he expects to play next weekend however the local media in San Fran is reporting that his status for Week 8 is definitely up in the air. Nolan said that Gore would likely be limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but hopefully he will be able to take part in a full practice on Friday.
Travis Henry, DEN
Bruised Ribs - Broncos' RB Travis Henry bruised his ribs during Sunday night's game against the Steelers and his status for the team's Week 8 game next Monday night is questionable. Henry reportedly fell on his side in the third quarter and the pain forced him to leave the game. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays, and although they came back negative he was held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Shanahan told reporters on Monday that Henry's ribs were "a little bit sore" and that he wasn't sure what his status for next Monday night's game against the Packers would be until he attempts to practice on Wednesday. This could come down to a game-time decision, but check with The Huddle on Friday for an update.
Brandon Jacobs, NYG
Sprained Ankle - According to reports Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs aggravated his previously sprained ankle during Sunday's game against the 49ers, however head coach Tom Coughlin does not consider his ankle serious and he expects him to play in next weekend's game against the Dolphins. Jacobs reportedly tweaked his ankle during a run early in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Reuben Droughns. Coughlin told reporters on Monday that Jacobs has been dealing with an ankle problem for several weeks and that the injury is the same as it was last week. He indicated that Jacobs could be limited in practice over the next couple of days but he believes that he will be OK.
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC
Sprained Knee - Jaguars' RB Maurice Jones-Drew left Monday night's game with what the team is calling a sprained knee and his status for Week 8 is currently unknown. Jones-Drew was hurt when he took a shot to the knee at the end of a run in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and was taken to the locker room for an examination and treatment. The severity of the injury and his availability for Week 8 is currently unknown but he will undergo an MRI sometime today and we should know a lot more about this situation once the MRI results are released.
Michael Clayton, TB
Sprained Ankle - Bucs' WR Michael Clayton will reportedly miss at least two weeks after leaving Sunday's game against the Lions with a sprained right ankle. Clayton was injured when his right leg got caught on the turf and was bent back awkwardly following a 20-yard reception in the first quarter. He had his ankle taped on the sideline and attempted to reenter the game but he said that the pain was too much for him to handle. According to reports X-rays on Clayton's injured ankle were negative, however he has been diagnosed with a severe sprain and the team expects him to miss at least two weeks. There are reports that Clayton has a high ankle sprain, and if confirmed it could mean that he will be out for up to 6 weeks.
Mark Jones, TB
Torn Patella Tendon - Bucs' WR/KR Mark Jones will miss the remainder of the season after he tore the patella tendon in his left knee during Sunday's game against the Lions. Jones, who was hurt on an 18-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, left the field on a cart and was examined in the locker room where the medical staff diagnosed him with a completely torn patella tendon. According to reports he will undergo corrective surgery as soon as the swelling in his knee subsides. The problem with this injury is that even if he makes a full recovery he probably won't be ready for the start of the 2008 season as this type of injury can take up to 12 months to recover from.
Dre Bly, DB, DEN
AC Joint Sprain - According to reports Broncos' DB Dre Bly separated his shoulder (sprained AC Joint) during Monday night's game against the Steelers, however he was able to finish the game with the injury and head coach Mike Shanahan is hoping that he will be able to play in Week 8. Bly was hurt when he fell on his shoulder after intercepting a pass in the first quarter. He was able to stay in the game and despite aggravating the injury on several occasions he managed to stay on the field and finish the contest. Shanahan said that Bly was diagnosed with a minor AC joint sprain and that if all goes well with his treatment and recovery this week he should be ale to play on Monday night against the Packers.
Renaldo Hill, DB, MIA
Torn ACL - And just when you though things couldn't get any worse for the Dolphins, safety Renaldo Hill, who is considered the team's best remaining DB, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Hill was hurt when his knee buckled while attempting to knock the ball away from Randy Moss in the second quarter. He was helped off the field by the medical staff and he did not return to the game. An MRI on Hill's knee confirmed that the ACL was torn and he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery sometime this week.