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Early Injury Report - Week 2
Philip Gentles
September 9, 2008
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QUARTERBACKS

Tom Brady, NE - Torn ACL

An MRI performed on Tom Brady's injured left knee on Monday morning revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and he is scheduled to undergo season-ending reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling subsides. Brady was hurt when Chiefs' DB Bernard Pollard hit him in the leg during a pass play in the first quarter. He immediately fell to the floor and grabbed his knee and according to several of the players on the field he was screaming in pain. After being examined on the field he was helped to the sideline by the medical staff and he was carted to the locker room. According to reports head coach Bill Belichick told Patriot players about the severity of Brady's injury after the game and an MRI on Monday morning confirmed that he would need surgery to repair a torn ACL. The medical staff will know more about his long-term prognosis after the surgical procedure, but since the injury happened this early in the season there is a good chance that he will be ready for training camp next year. Matt Cassel, who stepped in for Brady on Sunday, will likely get the start against the Jets next weekend.

Brodie Croyle, KC - Separated Shoulder

Chiefs' QB Brodie Croyle has already been ruled out of the team's Week 2 game and he could miss the next two - three weeks after separating his shoulder during Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Croyle, who was hurt when he was sacked and slammed to the ground in the third quarter, was seen with his arm in a sling after the game and he appeared to be in a bit of pain as a he moved about. Head coach Herman Edwards told reporters that Croyle wouldn't be out for an extended period, but indicated that he could miss a couple of games. Croyle is scheduled to visit with specialists today so we should know more about his status in a few days. Damon Huard will get the start while Croyle is out.

Jeff Garcia, TB - Sprained Ankle

According to reports Bucs starting QB Jeff Garcia sprained his ankle during Sunday's game against the Saints and while he was able to finish the game his ankle was so sore and swollen on Monday that the team isn't sure if he will be able to play in Week 2. Head coach Jon Gruden indicated that the injury occurred late in the game but he did not how or on what play it happened. Garcia needed ice on his ankle after the game and he reported to the training room on Monday with soreness and acute inflammation. Team officials are waiting to see how he responds to treatment, but they aren't sure if he will be able to practice and his status for Week 2 is questionable.

Tony Romo, DAL - Chin Laceration / Sprained Finger

Cowboys' QB Tony Romo took a beating during Sunday's win over the Browns and while he suffered a couple of injuries it looks like he will be fine for Week 2. Romo suffered a chin laceration and sprained the middle finger on his left hand when he was hit hard by Browns' LB Willie McGinest in the second half. He did not leave the game and he was able to connect with Jason Witten on the very next play. According to reports Romo needed 13 stitches to close the cut underneath his chin. X-rays on his injured finger were negative, but he has been diagnosed with a mild sprain and he was seen wearing a piece of tape of the joint on Monday. Romo might be limited on Wednesday as a precaution, but the team expects him to practice at full tilt on Thursday and Friday and play in Sunday's game.

Vince Young, TEN - Sprained MCL

Titans' QB Vince Young will likely miss the next 2 - 4 weeks after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Young was injured when he was hit in the leg by a Jaguars' defender in the fourth quarter. He was taken back to the locker room and he was later seen gingerly moving around on crutches. According to reports Young was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday but that has now been moved to Tuesday. There is concern that he suffered at least a partial tear of his MCL that will not require surgery. Regardless of what is found in the MRI the Titans aren't expecting him to play this upcoming week. Kerry Collins will get the start in his place in Week 2.

RUNNING BACKS

Joseph Addai, IND - Mild Concussion

Colts' head coach Tony Dungy told reporters that RB Joseph Addai, who left Sunday night's game with a mild concussion, should be healthy enough to play in next weekend's game against the Vikings. Addai had his bell rung when he was hit hard after catching a short pass in the fourth quarter. Dungy said that Addai "cleared up" while on the sideline and he was ready to return to the field but the was held out as a precaution. He complained of a light headache after the game however the medical staff didn't consider his situation serious and Dungy even went as far as to say that it wasn't as bad as a diagnosed concussion. Addai did suffer a concussion during the preseason so this is definitely something to keep an eye on. However Dungy doesn't appeared to be too concerned and he expects him to play in Week 2.

Marion Barber, DAL - Damaged Rib Cartilage

Cowboys' RB Marion Barber suffered what is now being called damaged rib cartilage during Sunday's game against the Browns, however the team expects him to practice on Wednesday and he should be the featured back against the Eagles next weekend. Barber, who was hurt in the second half, was originally diagnosed with a rib contusion. X-rays were negative so there is no fracture, but additional tests have indicated that the cartilage between his ribs is involved. Barber will be fitted for a padded vest, which will allow him to practice on a limited basis this week. He appeared to be moving about the locker room on Monday without a problem which is definitely a promising sign. If all goes well he will be cleared to play against the Eagles.


Chris Johnson, TEN - Calf Cramps

Titans' rookie RB Chris Johnson left Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a lower leg problem, however he was just suffering from cramps and the team expects him to be fine for Week 2. Johnson starting cramping in the fourth quarter and he had to limp off the field after his calf muscle locked up on him. He was stretched and massaged on the sideline and he soon returned to the field to finish the drive. According to reports Johnson's calf was sore on Monday morning and the team may limit him in practice on Wednesday. But he should be back with the team on Thursday and Friday and he will get a majority of the carries this weekend.

Darren McFadden, OAK - Shoulder Stinger

Raiders’ rookie RB Darren McFadden left Monday night’s game against the Broncos after falling on his shoulder in the fourth quarter. According to reports McFadden complained of weakness in his hand and pain running down his neck and shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a neck/shoulder stinger and he will likely be limited in practice this week. The Raiders have not said how severe the injury is, but there is optimism that he will be able to play in Week 2. Check back on Friday for an update.

Maurice Morris, SEA - Sprained Knee

Seahawks' RB Maurice Morris could miss at least two weeks and possibly longer after hurting his knee during Sunday's game against Bills. Morris underwent an MRI on his right knee on Monday morning and while the results have not been made public head coach Mike Holmgren is calling the injury a sprain and has indicated that he will miss at least two games. Morris is scheduled to meet with a specialist sometime this week, but it doesn't look like he will be on the field anytime soon. Julius Jones will get the start and the bulk of the carries in his place.

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD - Acute Turf Toe

Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson gave his fantasy owners a scare on Sunday night when he told reporters that he injured his toe during the game against the Panthers. Tomlinson called his injury turf toe and he was complaining of soreness on Monday morning. However he said that the injury isn't bad and that he expects to practice this week and play in Week 2. Head coach Norv Turner didn't list Tomlinson on his post-game injury report and confirmed to reporters that he believes that Tomlinson will be practicing at full speed this week. Turf toe is the kind of injury that could linger all season and affect performance. However LT has played hurt before and he could play the entire year without an issue. So unless you start to notice a decline in his production don't worry about the injury.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Drew Bennett, STL - Fractured Foot

Rams' WR Drew Bennett will miss the next 6 - 8 weeks after X-rays on his injured left foot revealed a fractured bone. Bennett was hurt during Sunday's loss to the Eagles and he had to be helped off the field by the medical staff. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and he was quickly escorted back to the locker room where he was X-rayed and examined. Team officials did not say if the injury will require surgery, but it looks like he will be out until the second half of the season.

Nate Burleson, SEA - Torn ACL

Seahawks' WR Nate Burleson will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured knee revealed a completely torn ACL. Burleson, who was hurt while cutting during a pass pattern in the second half, told reporters after the game that his knee injury wasn't serious and that he expected to play in Week 2. However head coach Mike Holmgren did not share his optimism and indicated during the post-game press conference that Burleson could be out for at least several weeks. Unfortunately a Monday morning MRI revealed damage in his knee that included a torn ACL and he is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery sometime this week. Burleson should be cleared to return in time for the start of training camp next year.

Donte Stallworth, CLE - Strained Quadriceps

Browns' WR Donte Stallworth was unable to play in Sunday's game after he pulled his quadriceps muscle during pregame warm-ups. According to reports Stallworth felt the muscle near the inside of his thigh tighten and he was immediately taken back to the locker room where he was treated and stretched. The team initially believed that the injury was to his groin however head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters on Monday that he suffered a strained quadriceps instead. The medical staff isn't sure if Stallworth will be able to practice this week and his status for Week 2 is currently up in the air. Stallworth has a history of being slowed by muscle strains. So don't be surprised if this injury bothers him for several weeks.

TIGHT ENDS

Dallas Clark, IND - Undisclosed Knee Injury

Colts' TE Dallas Clark will miss practice time this week and his status for next weekend's game is in question after he left Sunday night's game with an undisclosed knee injury. Clark was hurt in the second quarter and was able to jog off the field under his own power. But he was taken to the locker room soon there after and he later returned to the sideline wearing his street clothes. Clark underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results are currently unknown head coach Tony Dungy said that he believes Clark will be OK. He did not say if he would be able to play in Week 2, but he did indicate that Clark would likely be held out of practice until at least Friday. We will keep you posted.

PLACE KICKERS

Mike Nugent, NYJ - Strained Hamstring

Jets' KIK Mike Nugent is out indefinitely after straining his hamstring during Sunday's win over the Dolphins. According to head coach Eric Mangini Nugent first hurt his leg during a kickoff early in the first quarter and he was forced from the game after aggravating the injury on a field goal attempt a few minutes later. Mangini said that he wasn't sure when Nugent would be able to return, however the Jets have signed free agent Jay Feely and he will kick for the team while Nugent recovers.

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