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Early Injury Report - Week 9
Philip Gentles
October 28, 2008
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This in-depth early week injury report runs down the key fantasy injuries from the past weekend's games. A more complete list of key injured players can be found in our Mid-Week Injury Tracker Report on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Be sure you check out our Priority News often during the week as all breaking news will be posted there.

QUARTERBACKS

Donovan McNabb, PHI - Undisclosed Eye Injury

According to reports Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb suffered an undisclosed injury to his left eye during Sunday's game, however the injury is not considered serious and the team expects him to play in Week 9. McNabb was hurt when he was sandwiched between a couple of Falcon defenders and he stayed on the ground for a short while. He was examined on the sideline and head coach Andy Reid later told reporters that McNabb complained of blurry vision in his left eye. He was cleared to return to the field in time for the team's very next series and injury did not appear to affect his performance. Reid does not expect him to miss practice time and he believes that his starting QB will be fine for next Sunday's game.

RUNNING BACKS

Jamaal Charles, KC - High Ankle Sprain

Chiefs' rookie RB Jamaal Charles will miss at least two weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Jets. Charles, who was hurt when he was tackled at the end of a 30-yard run in the second quarter, was apparently in a lot of pain after the game. X-rays on his ankle in the locker room were negative, but an MRI on Monday revealed that he has ligament damage just above his ankle that could keep him out 2 - 4 weeks. An official recovery timetable has not been released to the public but head coach Herm Edwards will give us an update on his status after practice on Wednesday.

Jesse Chatman, NYJ - Severe Knee Sprain

Jets' backup RB Jesse Chatman will miss the remainder of the season after suffering what team officials are calling severe ligament damage in his knee during Sunday's game. Chatman was injured when his knee buckled as he was blocking during a fourth quarter kickoff return. The exact nature of his injury has not been made public but head coach Eric Mangini said, "it doesn't look good." The Jets will likely place him on Injured Reserve sometime this week.

Warrick Dunn, TB - Pinched Nerve

Warrick Dunn's status headed into Week 8 was in question because of a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck and a nagging ankle injury. Dunn was active but he reportedly felt sharp pains running down his neck and back after a couple of hits and he was limited to just three touches. Team officials indicated that Dunn would probably miss practice time this week while he rests and his status for Week 9 is uncertain. The Bucs have a bye in Week 10, so the medical staff may decide to keep him out until Week 11. We'll keep you posted on his recovery.

Ahman Green, HOU - Hamstring Cramps

There was concern regarding Ahman Green's left leg after he was forced out of Sunday's game with an apparent injury. However Green told reporters on Monday that he was suffering from cramps and that he expected to be fine for next weekend's game. Green began to cramp in the third quarter and while he was examined on the sideline he was seen pointing to both thighs. According to reports he was feeling sore on Monday and the medical staff will probably limit his involvement in practice on Wednesday. But he should be healthy enough to practice in full by Friday and play in Week 9 against the Vikings.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG - Undisclosed Leg Injury

Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs spent a lot of time on the sideline in the second half on Sunday because of an undisclosed leg injury, however the injury does not appear to be serious and he should play in next Sunday's game. Jacobs limped off the field and was having trouble moving on the sideline after he was tackled on a run in the second half. He was replaced by Derrick Ward who had a majority of the carries in the third and fourth quarters. Jacobs appeared to hurt his ankle, however the Giants have not confirmed the nature of the injury. It looks like he will be fine, but we will know for sure when his status is updated on Wednesday.

Clinton Portis, WAS - Sprained Ankle

Redskins' RB Clinton Portis, who sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, will probably be limited in practice this week however team officials expect him to play in Week 9. Portis reportedly "tweaked" his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game but he did not appear to have trouble walking when the game was finished. Head coach Jim Zorn told reporters that Portis was feeling sore on Monday and said that his hip flexor was bothering him as much as his ankle. Zorn went on to say that he expected Portis to play on Monday night and that the team is looking forward to the bye week so that his starting running back has the extra week to rest.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Santana Moss, WAS - Strained Hamstring

Redskins' head coach Jim Zorn indicated on Monday that WR Santana Moss might not be able to play in the team's Week 9 game. Moss, who pulled his hamstring while running a route in the fourth quarter, was reportedly experiencing tightness and pain in his leg on Monday morning. Zorn said that Moss' hamstring "swelled up on him" and he has been diagnosed with a strain. The medical staff will likely keep him out of practice this week so that his leg has time to heal, but his status for next Monday night's game is in question. Moss has had problems with his hamstring in the past so this is definitely something to keep an eye on. Hopefully this won't be a long-term problem.

Josh Reed, BUF - Strained Achilles' Tendon

Bills' WR Josh Reed will miss at least two weeks and potentially more after straining his Achilles' tendon during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. According to reports Reed was hurt when he was tackled at the end of a 9-yard reception in the second quarter. He was eventually taken to the locker room for an examination and he did not return to the field in the second half. An MRI on Reed's ankle revealed an Achilles' tendon strain that will require at least two weeks of rest. Roscoe Parrish will likely replace him in the starting lineup.

TIGHT ENDS

L.J. Smith, PHI - Concussion

L.J. Smith's status for Week 9 is in question after he was knocked out of Sunday's game with a concussion. Smith was injured when he took a shot to the head as he attempted to catch a deflected pass in the fourth quarter. Head coach Andy Reid was unhappy with the hit, as Smith appeared to be in defenseless position. Lawyer Milloy, who was responsible for the hit, was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. Smith was reportedly feeling better on Monday but he will probably be held out of practice this week while he recovers. Reid said that he will see how Smith progresses this week but don't expect him to be active for next weekend's game against the Seahawks.

Jason Witten, DAL - Bruised Ribs

Cowboys' TE Jason Witten left Sunday's game against the Bucs after taking a shot to the ribs and although he tried to play through the discomfort he was unable to finish the contest. Witten was hurt in the second quarter and he was taken back to the locker room for X-rays. The X-rays came back negative and he was given a painkilling injection before the start of the third quarter. He tried to play in the second half but he was in too much pain and he did not finish the game. According to reports Witten underwent an MRI and CT Scan on Monday, but the results have not been made public. Head coach Wade Phillips spoke with reporters on Monday and said that he wasn't sure if Witten would be able to play against the Giants. We should know more about his status later on in the week.

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