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Early Injury Report - Week 3
Philip Gentles
September 16, 2008
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QUARTERBACKS

Damon Huard, KC - Mild Concussion / Strained Neck

According to reports Chiefs' QB Damon Huard may have left Sunday's game against the Chiefs with two injuries. Huard, who was sacked and injured in the first half, told reporters that he hurt his neck and he indicated that it was sore on Monday. Head coach Herman Edwards said that Huard was dizzy after getting sacked in the game and the team has officially classified it as "head trauma." The good news is that his injuries don't appear to be serious and there is a chance that he could play in Week 3 against the Falcons. Huard will likely be held out of practice on Wednesday but he could return to the field on Thursday or Friday.

Carson Palmer, CIN - Sprained Ankle

Bengals' QB Carson Palmer was seen limping off the field after taking a shot to his lower leg during Sunday's game, however he was able to stay in the game and team officials believe that he will be ready for next weekend's game. According to reports Palmer suffered a sprained ankle that had to be wrapped and iced in the locker room following the game. Head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters that Palmer was OK and that he expected him to be fine for Week 3. Palmer might be limited in practice this week, but he should be healthy enough to play on Sunday.

RUNNING BACKS

Justin Fargas, OAK - Strained Groin

Raiders' RB Justin Fargas could be out for a significant amount of time after suffering what the team is a severe groin strain. Fargas, who was split out wide at the time, injured his groin as he took off to run a route during a pass play in the first half. He immediately fell to the turf and grabbed his leg. He tried getting up on his own but he was eventually carted off the field and into the locker room. According to reports Fargas underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public the team believes that he could be out for an extended period of time. With Fargas on the sideline look for Michael Bush to be more involved in the offense.

Maurice Jones-Drew - Minor Ankle Sprain

Jaguars' RB Maurice Jones-Drew was reportedly feeling sore on Monday after hurting his leg during Sunday's game. However the team expects him to be ready for their Week 3 matchup with the Colts. Jones-Drew was injured when he was hit hard on a short carry in the third quarter. He limped off the field and was examined and taped by the medical staff and he was able to return to the game on the next series. According to reports Jones-Drew was seen moving gingerly around the locker room after the game. He has since been diagnosed with a minor ankle sprain and while he might be limited during portions of practice this week as a precaution the team expects him to play this upcoming weekend.

Laurence Maroney, NE - Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Laurence Maroney's status for Week 3 remains uncertain after the Patriots' RB injured his shoulder during Sunday's win over the Jets. Maroney was hurt when he was hit during a carry in the first half. He sat out the second and third quarters but returned to the field at the end of the fourth quarter and carried the ball one time for a 1-yard loss. The nature and severity of the injury has not been made public however there is speculation that it could be related to the injury he suffered as a rookie that required surgery to repair. Maroney was not seen in the locker room after the game and the Patriots have not updated his injury status so there isn't much to go on at this point. Check back on Friday for an update.

Darren McFadden, OAK - Acute Turf Toe

According to reports Raiders' rookie RB Darren McFadden was held out of the final few minutes of the fourth quarter because of an acute turf toe injury. The team did not say when the injury took place but with the team up big the medical staff decided to keep him on the sideline as a precaution. McFadden admitted on Monday that his toe was sore and that he would probably be limited in practice this week. But the team does not believe that the injury is serious and it looks like McFadden should be healthy enough to play against the Bills in Week 3. But how effective will he be? We all saw how LaDainian Tomlinson did while dealing with a similar injury this past week. We'll keep you posted on his recovery this week.

Adrian Peterson, MIN - Minor Ankle Injury

The Vikings leaned heavily on Adrian Peterson and the running game this past weekend so is shouldn't surprise you that Peterson came away a little banged up. According to reports Peterson injured his right ankle after being hit hard on a third-down carry late in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and was examined on the sideline by the medical staff. The exact nature of the injury is currently unknown, but it does not appear to be severe and the team expects him to play in Week 3.

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD - Turf Toe

Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson was in and out of the lineup on Sunday and while it appeared that he aggravated his right turf toe injury both Tomlinson and head coach Norv Turner indicated that he was doing fine and both indicated that there was signs that he was in fact improving. Tomlinson was limited to just 40 total yards against the Broncos and he split carries with backup and return specialist Darren Sproles. According to reports his toe was examined and retaped by the medical staff at some point during the game, however despite his poor performance Tomlinson expressed optimism in the locker room afterwards. He told reporters that his toe "didn't get any worse after the game" and that "I don't feel any worse than I did last week." Turner said that Tomlinson's toe was improving and that he expected more out of him over the next couple of weeks. It's nice to hear them being positive, but as a Tomlinson owner I am beginning to get a little worried. Turf toe is the kind of injury that can linger all year, and if it does it will definitely affect his mobility and in turn his production. Hopefully we will see obvious signs of improvement in practice this week and during Monday night's game against the Jets.

Michael Turner, ATL - Minor Ankle Sprain

Falcons' RB Michael Turner, who suffered a minor right ankle sprain during Sunday's game, was reportedly feeling sore on Monday. However the team expects him to be ready in time for their Week 3 game. Turner told reporters that he had his ankle "rolled up into" in the first half against the Bucs but he said that he walked it off and continued to play. He spoke with reporters after the game while soaking his leg in a bucket of ice and indicated that the injury was not serious. He will likely end up on the team's official injury and could be limited in practice throughout the week, but at this point it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup next weekend against the Chiefs.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Devin Hester, CHI - Strained Rib Cage Muscle

Bears' WR/KR Devin Hester could miss thisSunday's game after suffering what appears to be a strain to one of his rib cage muscles during Sunday's game. The team did not know exactly when or how the injury occurred but Hester grabbed his side and had to be carted to the locker room following a kickoff return in the third quarter. Early reports suggested that Hester may have either bruised or cracked his ribs but he was not hit on his last kickoff return and several local newspapers are reporting that he actually pulled something in the left rib cage area. Head coach Lovie Smith has not ruled him out for Week 3 yet and has not said how long he expects Hester to be sidelined. Hester is scheduled to undergo an MRI as soon as the swelling has subsided, which could be as early as today. So we should know more about his status once the results of the MRI become available.

Joey Galloway, TB - Sprained Foot

Bucs' head coach Jon Gruden is concerned that WR Joey Galloway could be out for an extended period of time because of a foot injury that occurred to Sunday's game. According to reports Galloway left in the fourth quarter after spraining his foot while running a route. He was seen on crutches after the game and again on Monday as he moved about the team's training facility. The team has not updated his injury status, but there are concerns that he will miss at least a couple of weeks while he recovers. The results of his MRI should become available today so check with The Huddle either this afternoon or tomorrow for an update.

Logan Payne, SEA - Torn MCL

The Seahawks have lost another receiver to injury. This time Logan Payne, who started this past weekend's game, completely tore the medical collateral ligament in his knee on the team's first play from scrimmage on Sunday and has been placed on Injured Reserve. Torn MCL's by themselves usually don't end players' seasons so there is a good chance that there is additional damage in his knee that is not being reported. Head coach Mike Holmgren did not say if Payne will undergo surgery to repair the problem, but he indicated that with Engram and Branch still a couple of weeks away from returning that the team will likely sign another free agent WR this week.

Sidney Rice, MIN - Sprained PCL

Vikings' WR Sidney Rice reportedly sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the first half of Sunday's game. But he was able to stay in the game and play through the injury and he believes that he will be able to play in Week 3 against the Panthers. Rice was hurt when he landed on his leg after going up to try and catch a ball. He was examined by the medical staff on the sideline, fitted for a protective sleeve and returned to the game. He left the game for good after he said that he could feel his knee "shifting around" when he ran at full speed. An MRI on Rice's knee revealed a sprained PCL and while the team would like to see how he responds to treatment before they make any decisions on his Week 3 availability, Rice has told reporters that he expects to play. His knee is currently sore and a bit swollen, so at this point I have a hard time believing Rice. But we should know more on Friday so check with us then for an update.

TIGHT ENDS

Ben Utecht, CIN - Bruised Sternum

According to reports Bengals' TE Ben Utecht will miss the next 2 - 3 weeks after bruising his sternum during Sunday's game. Utecht was hurt on the team's first play from scrimmage when he was hit in the chest by a defender while he ran a route. He was helped off the field by several of the team's athletic trainers and he was taken to the locker room for X-rays and an additional examination. X-rays were reportedly negative, however the medical staff has told him that he would likely need 2 - 3 weeks to recover. Head coach Marvin Lewis has not officially ruled him out for Week 3, but he admitted that Utecht was a long shot to play. Don't expect him back until at least Week 4.

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