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Early Injury Report - Week 6
Philip Gentles
October 7, 2008
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QUARTERBACKS

Trent Edwards, BUF - Concussion

According to reports Bills' QB Trent Edwards has officially been diagnosed with a concussion and head coach Dick Jauron is hopeful that he will be ready to play following the team's Week 6 bye. Edwards was knocked out of Sunday's game after taking a hard shot just after throwing a pass in the first quarter. He had to be escorted off the field and he was eventually taken to the locker room on a cart. Edwards was apparently feeling tired and complained of being dizzy while in the locker room so he was declared out for the remainder of the game. Jauron told reporters that Edwards was "still a little groggy" after the game but indicated that he had begun to show signs of improvement. The Bills have a bye this upcoming week which means Edwards has an extra week to recover. He is officially being listed as "day-to-day," but at this point team officials expect him to recover in time for their next game.

Brian Griese, TB - Bruised Elbow

Bucs' QB Brian Griese, who left Sunday's game after hurting his right elbow, did not suffer any major damage to the joint however head coach Jon Gruden said that he wasn't sure if Griese would be back in the starting lineup for Week 6. Griese suffered what is being called a bruised elbow after being hit by Champ Bailey in the third quarter. Jeff Garcia replaced him in the lineup and he did not return. According to reports Gruden is considering moving Garcia back into the starting lineup regardless of Griese's health. Griese is dealing with some inflammation in his elbow, but team officials expect him to practice on Thursday. We'll keep you posted.

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA - Hyperextended Knee

Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck, who hyperextended his right knee during Sunday's blowout loss to the Giants, underwent an MRI on Monday and the good news is that is revealed no structural damage. Hasselbeck stayed in the game after hurting his knee but it clearly affected his mobility. He was seen limping around in the locker room afterwards and there were concerns that he may have sprained his knee. But the MRI showed that his ligaments and the cartilage were fine. Hasselbeck's knee is a bit swollen and he will likely spend a lot of time in the training room over the next couple of days. However team officials believe that he could practice as early as Wednesday and they are optimistic that he will play in Week 6.

Matt Schaub, HOU - Stomach Virus

Texans' QB Matt Schaub was active on Sunday but did not play because according to head coach Gary Kubiak he "wasn't a hundred percent" after spending Saturday night in the hospital. Schaub reportedly came down with a stomach virus on Saturday evening and he was eventually taken to the hospital suffering from dehydration. Schaub told reporters that he had numerous IVs while in the hospital and after being released he had a difficult time keeping food and fluids down. Kubiak said that the team wanted to see how he was during pregame warm-ups before they made a decision on his availability but it was obvious that he wasn't very energetic so the Texans went with Sage Rosenfels as the starting QB. The medical staff will keep an eye on Schaub this week but the team is optimistic that he will be healthy enough to play this upcoming weekend.

RUNNING BACKS

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX - Lingering Ankle Sprain

Jaguars' RB Maurice Jones-Drew continues to be bothered by a lingering right ankle injury. Jones-Drew, who originally sprained his ankle during training camp, has aggravated the injury in each of the team's last three games and he has been limited in practice as a result. Head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters on Monday that Jones briefly left Sunday's game after tweaking his ankle and he returned after it was retaped by a team trainer. Del Rio went on to say that Jones-Drew was "OK" and he expected him to be ready in time for their Week 6 game against the Broncos.

LaMont Jordan, NE - Undisclosed Leg Injury

I think we all read the same report on LaMont Jordan's injury. Jordan, who was hurt in the first half of Sunday's game, suffered an undisclosed leg injury and head coach Brian Belichick said that it "looks like a pretty quick healer." He didn't say anything else about the injury so at this point we aren't sure what it is. But Belichick seems confident that he will be back in time for their Week 6 game. Jordan will probably be limited in practice this week but team officials expect him to be active against the Chargers.

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD - Chronic Turf Toe

It's obvious that LaDainian Tomlinson's toe injury is limiting his production on the field. Unfortunately it appears that he will be dealing with this problem for the remainder of the season. According to reports Tomlinson aggravated his turf toe injury when a Dolphins' defender stepped on his foot during Sunday's game. He told reporters that his toe "twisted into the ground" and he said that it was painful for him to cut and push off the foot involved. LT will likely be held out of practice until Friday but team officials expect him to be play in Week 6 regardless of how he feels. This is the kind of injury that requires several weeks of inactivity before it begins to improve. The Chargers are off to a bad start this season and they are in danger of falling behind in the chase for a playoff spot. So the team can't risk keeping him off the field and allowing him the necessary time to heal. But here is what you need to keep in mind. If the Chargers continue to lose games and if they are eliminated from the playoffs they will strongly consider keeping LT sidelined for the balance of the season. So at this point there is a chance that you could be without your top pick for your own league's postseason. If things don't improve for San Diego over the next couple of weeks you might want to think about trading him.

Brian Westbrook, PHI - Fractured Ribs

Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook reportedly cracked two ribs during Sunday's game against the Redskins and his status for Week 6 is currently in doubt. Westbrook injured his chest after being hit on a carry in the first quarter. He was examined on the sidelines and escorted back to the locker room where he was X-rayed. X-rays were inconclusive and according to reports he received a painkilling injection before returning to the sideline. He eventually returned to the field and he was able to finish the game. An MRI and additional testing on Monday revealed that Westbrook had cracks in two of his ribs. Head coach Any Reid said that Westbrook was "very sore" on Monday morning and while he acknowledged that there was possibility that he could be out for a couple of weeks he indicated that if he recovers quickly he could be back as early as this upcoming Sunday against the 49ers. Westbrook will definitely miss practice time this week but we probably won't know what his status for Week 6 will be until gameday. We will keep you posted on his recovery.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Deion Branch, SEA - Bruised Heel

Seahawks' WR Deion Branch finally made his 2008 regular season debut this past weekend after spending the entire off-season, training camp and the preseason recovering from ACL surgery. However he bruised his heel early in the first half and did not play in the second half. According to head coach Mike Holmgren Branch tried playing through the injury but with the Seahawks down big at the end of the first half the medical staff decided to keep him out of the remainder of the game. Branch will likely be held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and we probably won't know about his Week 6 status until gameday. So check back later on in the week for an update and again on Sunday for a final worked on his availability.

Chris Chambers, SD - Sprained Ankle

Chargers' WR Chris Chambers could miss at least one week after suffering what the team is currently calling sprained left ankle during Sunday's game. Chambers was carted off the field and into the locker room after his ankle got caught under a defender after a catch at the end of the third quarter. His ankle was X-rayed and he did not return. According to reports Chambers underwent an MRI on Monday but the results have not been made public. Head coach Norv Turner hasn't said a lot regarding Chambers, but he is scheduled to address the media regarding the injury sometime on Tuesday.

Anthony Gonzalez, IND - Minor Concussion

Colts' WR Anthony Gonzalez, who left Sunday's game with a minor concussion, told reporters on Monday that he was feeling much better and that he believes that he will be ready to play in Week 6. Gonzalez was shaken up in the second half and he spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench. Head coach Tony Dungy does not appear to be worried, but he did say that the team will monitor him throughout the week and he indicated that his status won't be known until the medical staff sees how he recovers.

Derrick Mason, BAL - Sprained Thumb

Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that Derrick Mason's thumb injury that he suffered in Week 5 isn't serious and that expects him to play against the Colts this upcoming weekend. Mason apparently jammed his thumb on Sunday against the Titans but Harbaugh said that he "should be fine." Mason reportedly spent a lot of time in the training room on Monday and he will likely be limited in practice this week as a precaution.

Eddie Royal, DEN - Sprained Ankle

Broncos' rookie WR Eddie Royal will likely miss the team's next game and he could be out until Week 9 after suffering a sprained ankle during Sunday's game. Royal, who originally injured his ankle a couple of weeks ago, twisted the same ankle while returning a punt in the third quarter. He was taken to the locker room where he was examined and X-rayed. X-rays were reportedly negative, but he was unable to return. Royal told reporters that his injury is not a high ankle sprain, but according to several reports he could held out of the team's next two games and return following the their Week 8 bye. We'll know more about his status later on in the week.

Mike Walker, JAX - Undisclosed Knee Injury

Jaguars' WR Mike Walker is coming off a big game, but head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters on Monday that he suffered an undisclosed knee injury and his status for Week 6 remains uncertain. Del Rio did not say how the injury occurred or if the team expected him to miss practice time this week, but he indicated that he would have more information available after Wednesday's practice.

TIGHT END

Randy McMichael, STL - Fractured Ankle and Torn Ankle Ligament

The St. Louis Rams have placed TE Randy McMichael on Injured Reserve, which means that he will miss the remainder of the 2008 season. McMichael, who hurt his ankle in Week 4, fractured the distal end of his tibia near his ankle joint and he tore an ankle ligament as well. The Rams have not said if the injury will require surgery, but the medical staff expects him to be out at least 8 weeks and possibly longer while he recovers. He'll definitely make it back in time for the team's 2009 off-season conditioning program, but he won't play again this year.

Tony Scheffler, DEN - Strained Groin

Broncos' TE Tony Scheffler injured his groin during Sunday's game, he is currently being evaluated for a Sports Hernia and his status for Week 6 is currently unknown. Scheffler reportedly began to feel discomfort in his left groin in the first half but he remained in the game and he tried playing through the discomfort. The medical staff stretched and massaged the muscle between possessions in an attempt to keep it loose, unfortunately Scheffler said that the injury went "over the edge" on his final catch of the day. He was later seen on crutches and it led to speculation that the injury was more severe than what was being reported. The medical staff fitted him for the crutches because he was having difficulty moving around and there are now reports that the team is concerned that it might be a Sports Hernia, and not a groin strain. According to reports Scheffler's groin was still feeling sore on Monday but it wasn't as stiff. He'll likely be held out of practice on Wednesday and limited throughout the remainder of the week while his groin recovers. But if Scheffler is diagnosed with a Sports Hernia, he will likely miss the next 6 - 8 weeks.

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