Marc Bulger, STL - Strained Shoulder
Rams' QB Marc Bulger has been diagnosed with a minor shoulder strain but head coach Scott Linehan said that the injury isn't serious and that it won't affect his status for the start of the regular season. Bulger apparently hurt his shoulder at some point during Saturday's preseason game but he said it didn't bother him until the next morning. Linehan told reporters that an MRI was not performed but the medical staff tested his shoulder strength and it was OK. He went on to say that Bulger might be limited in practice today as a precaution, but that he expected him to "be just fine."
Jake Delhomme, CAR - Tommy John Surgery
Panthers' QB Jake Delhomme, who has been recovering from Tommy John Surgery, made his second preseason appearance last Thursday against the Eagles and according to reports his elbow held up well. Delhomme completed 9 of his 14 pass attempts for 54 yards and an interception. Head coach John Fox consulted with the medical staff prior to the game and although Delhomme's elbow has completely healed the team did not want him to do more than what was necessary. So Fox decided on a very conservative gameplan while Delhomme was on the field. Fox recently told reporters that he is pleased with Delhomme's progress and that he expects his starting QB to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.
Tarvaris Jackson, MIN - Sprained MCL
Vikings' QB Tarvaris Jackson will miss the next 1 - 2 weeks after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his knee during Saturday's game against the Ravens. Jackson hurt his knee when he was hit while running with the football late in the first quarter and he tried staying in the game. But the pain was too much for him to handle and he fell to the ground and grabbed his knee while trying to get off the field a couple of plays later. He was escorted to the locker room where he was examined by the medical staff. The injury was initially reported as a bruise but the team confirmed after the game that he had a minor MCL sprain. The injury will not require surgery and is not considered serious, but Jackson will miss the team's next preseason game. According to reports he has already begun to ride the stationary bike and team officials believe that he will be back in time for their final exhibition game.
Peyton Manning, IND - Surgery To Remove Bursa Sac
According to reports Colts' QB Peyton Manning is getting closer to making his return and he could be cleared for practice as early as next week. Manning, who had surgery to remove an inflamed bursa sac from his knee over 4 weeks ago, has been seen jogging and working with the team's training staff. There were reports of an infection in Manning's knee that was affecting his rehab. But head coach Tony Dungy told reporters a couple of days ago that his rehab has gone as planned and that he expected Manning back at practice within the next two weeks and guaranteed that Manning would be in the starting lineup in Week 1. We'll keep you posted on his progress.
Matt Schaub, HOU - Surgery on Dislocated Shoulder
It certainly looks like Matt Schaub is ready for the start of the regular season. The Texan's QB, who had major off-season surgery on his non-throwing shoulder to repair damage caused by a dislocation, started in his team's second preseason game this past weekend and he looked great. Schaub completed 14 of 16 passes for 187 yard and two touchdowns and most importantly he took a couple of hits and his surgically repaired shoulder seemed to be fine. Head coach Gary Kubiak said that Schaub's rehab has gone as scheduled and that the team is no longer concerned about his health. Based on Saturday's performance it shouldn't be a concern for you either.
Ronnie Brown, MIA - Sprained Thumb / Recovering from ACL Surgery
Dolphins' RB Ronnie Brown left Saturday's game against the Jaguars with a sprained thumb but the team does not consider the injury to be serious and he should be back on the field at some point this week. Brown, who has been recovering from ACL surgery, was hurt when he fell on his thumb after being tackled for a 3-yard loss late in the first quarter. The medical staff examined his thumb and wrapped ice around it and he was later seen wearing what appeared to be a hard cast. Brown did not return to the field but he told reporters that he would have gone back in had it been a regular season game. Team officials did not say how long the injury would keep Brown out, but they don't appear to be concerned. He continues to work himself back into shape after spending the entire off-season recovering from major knee surgery and with Ricky Williams pushing him hard for the starting job the last thing he needs it to be sidelined for an extended period of time with another injury. We will continue to monitor this situation.
Jonathan Stewart, CAR - Toe Surgery
Panthers' rookie RB Jonathan Stewart, who has continued to complain of discomfort and soreness in his surgically repaired toe, received some good news after visiting an orthopedic specialist last week. According to reports Stewart underwent a thorough examination and he was told his toe was structurally OK. There was scar tissue within the joint that was surgically repaired and the specialist said that Stewart would continue to experience soreness in his toe until the scar tissue had completely broken up. But there is no danger of reinjury and he could practice and play as tolerated. So he was cleared for contact last Wednesday and he played in the team's exhibition game on Thursday. Stewart told reporters that his toe was sore after the game however he was happy that he was able to play. He's fallen behind DeAngelo Williams in the race for the starting RB job, but he could close the gap if he performs well in the team's final two exhibition games.
Reggie Brown, PHI - Strained Hamstring / Achilles Tendinitis
Eagles' WR Reggie Brown, who has been limited in the preseason because of Achilles Tendinitis, left last Thursday's game with a strained hamstring and according to head coach Andy Reid he could miss the team's next exhibition game while he recovers. An MRI was done on Brown's leg on Saturday and while it revealed inflammation there were no tears in the muscle. Brown will likely be limited in practice this week and Reid indicated that he could miss at least one more preseason game. Brown has the potential to be a productive NFL receiver, but he needs to get healthy and stay healthy and so far that has been a big problem.
David Clowney, NYJ - Undisclosed Clavicle Injury
Jets' WR David Clowney will reportedly miss at least two weeks after suffering an undisclosed injury to his collarbone during this weekend's preseason game. Clowney was hurt when he fell on his shoulder after making a catch in the third quarter. The severity of the injury is currently unknown but a source close to the team told The Star Ledger that it involves Clowney's collarbone and that it could keep him out several weeks. Clowney was scheduled to undergo an MRI and additional tests yesterday, but the results of those tests have not been made public. Clowney has had a splendid training camp and preseason and has emerged as a deep threat. Cotchery and Coles are the team's top 2 receivers, but a healthy Clowney could start the season as the team's number 3. Let's just hope that the injury isn't severe.
Chad Johnson, CIN - Dislocated Shoulder
Bengals' WR Chad Johnson is scheduled to undergo an MRI today after he dislocated his left shoulder during Sunday's exhibition game against the Lions. Johnson was injured when he landed awkwardly on his shoulder while trying to make a catch in the first quarter. He remained on the ground for a few moments and appeared to be in tremendous amount of pain. But he was able to get up and move to the sideline on his own where he was examined by team trainers. He was eventually taken to the locker room. X-rays on his shoulder came back negative, but head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed after the game that Johnson's shoulder "popped out and back into place on the field." Lewis wasn't sure how bad the injury was but he believes that Johnson will be back in time for the start of the regular season. We'll know more about his status as soon as the results of the MRI become public. Stay tuned.
Jerry Porter, JAC - Hamstring Surgery
Jaguars' WR Jerry Porter continues to make steady progress in his recovery from hamstring surgery and he's still on schedule to be ready for the team's final preseason game. According to reports Porter could return to the practice field as early as this week but he will likely be held out of the Jaguars' next exhibition game as a precaution. Porter told reporters that he is "amazed how good it (his hamstring) feels" and he expressed how happy he was with the surgery and his progress. He actually ran several routes and caught passes prior the team's last preseason game. As expected he was held out of the game, but he mentioned that he should be at full speed in time for the start of the regular season.
Antonio Gates, SD - Dislocated Big Toe / Off-Season Surgery
Chargers' TE Antonio Gates took part in the team's pre-game warm-ups this past weekend and while he was held of the game Gates believes that he is close to making his return to the field. Gates, who is recovering from off-season toe surgery, hasn't played or practiced with the team this preseason and he continues to be limited to individual drills during workouts. However he ran several routes prior to Saturday's exhibition game and he told reporters afterwards that his toe was "starting to feel close to normal." He admitted that he still experiences soreness in his toe but that he feels more comfortable every time he runs. Team officials have been openly optimistic about Gates' recovery, but his status for the start of the regular season remains questionable.
Todd Heap, BAL - Strained Calf
Ravens' TE Todd Heap, who missed a large portion of the 2007 season because of hamstring problems, hasn't practiced or played since August 2 because of a strained right calf muscle and the team's medical staff isn't sure when he will be ready to practice. Team officials have said that Heap's injury is minor, but he hasn't practiced with the team in two weeks. Head coach John Harbaugh indicated that the team expects Heap back in time for the start of the regular season, but there is a chance that he might not practice or play until then. This is definitely something to be concerned about. Heap has a history of dealing with nagging injuries so hopefully he will make a full recovery by Week 1.