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Early Injury Report - Week 11
Philip Gentles
November 11, 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

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA - Bulging Disc / Knee Weakness and Instability

Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck was inactive for this past weekend's game and he has been out for 6 weeks because of a bulging disc in his back that is compressing a nerve and causing weakness and instability in his knee. However head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters on Monday that Hasselbeck will take snaps with the first-team offense in practice on Wednesday and if all goes well on Thursday and Friday he will start in Week 11 against the Cardinals. According to reports Hasselbeck's knee is very close to full strength and well over the target strength for his return to game action set by the medical staff. Holmgren has said that he wants to see how he looks in practice this week before he commits to using Hasselbeck. Seneca Wallace, who had been starting while Hasselbeck recovered, pulled his groin on Sunday and it looks like he will be out for at least a week. So look for Charlie Frye to be Hasselbeck's immediate backup.

Andrew Walter, OAK - Sprained Ankle

Raiders' QB Andrew Walter left Sunday's game after spraining his ankle in the third quarter. He later returned to the field however the severity of the injury and his status for Week 11 remains unknown. Walter was hurt when his ankle twisted as he threw a pass after scrambling out of the pocket. He was examined on the sideline and after being taped by a team trainer he returned to the field and finished the game. According to reports Walter was seen getting treatment on his ankle in the locker room after the game, but the severity of the sprain is currently unknown. We'll know more about his status on Wednesday.

RUNNING BACKS

Jamaal Charles, KC - Sprained Ankle

According to reports Chiefs' rookie RB Jamaal Charles aggravated his previously sprained ankle during Sunday's loss to the Chargers and his status for Week 11 is considered questionable. Charles was hurt when he was hit on his first carry of the game. The medical staff examined his ankle and after taping it they allowed him to return. He tried to play through the pain and discomfort but he spent a large portion of the game on the sidelines. Head coach Herman Edwards hasn't given an update on his status but we will know more either today or tomorrow.

Willie Parker, PIT - Possible Torn Shoulder Labrum

According to several media outlets Steelers' RB Willie Parker was inactive for Sunday's game because of a labral tear in his shoulder and his status for Week 11 and for the remainder of the season is unknown. Parker, who claims the reports are inaccurate, will apparently need surgery after the season to repair the damage to his labrum (a cuff of cartilage responsible for stability and movement in the shoulder). If the reports are true then Parker and the Steelers have a decision to make. This type of injury will require surgery at some point, but it looks like they are strongly considering delaying the surgery until after the season. So this means he will have to play through the injury. Chad Johnson is currently playing with a similar problem, so it can be done. If Parker decides to play he will be fitted for a protective shoulder harness and he will be injected with painkillers prior to every game. But how effective can he be with limited range of motion and lingering pain and discomfort? It looks like Mewelde Moore will remain a big part of the Steelers' offense regardless of what happens to Parker.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Derrick Mason, BAL - Dislocated Shoulder

WR Derrick Mason's status for Week 11 is very questionable after he dislocated his shoulder during Sunday's game. Mason was injured when he fell on his elbow and arm while trying to catch a high pass early in the first half. He left the field and he appeared to be in a lot of pain. The medical staff reduced the dislocation (put it back in place) but he was held out for the remainder of the first half. Mason was given a painkiller at halftime and he returned to the game in the third quarter. Head coach John Harbaugh called Mason's performance "courageous" and he acknowledged that he dealt with pain throughout the game. Mason was seen with his arm in a sling afterwards and he told reporters that his shoulder was sore but that X-rays showed that there were no broken bones. Mason underwent an MRI on Monday but the results have not been released to the public. Harbaugh said that "it's too early to expect him to play " in Week 11, but it looks like there is a chance that he could be cleared for next Sunday's game.

Matt Jones, JAX - Quadriceps Contusion

Jaguars' WR Matt Jones, who left Sunday's game with a quadriceps contusion, was reportedly feeling stiff and sore on Monday and head coach Jack Del Rio expects him to be miss practice time this week as a result of his injury. Jones was hurt when he was hit in the leg as he was tackled after a catch in the third quarter. The medical staff worked on Jones on the sideline stretching and massaging his thigh however Del Rio said that he was held out for the remainder of the game as a precaution since the team was winning big at the time. We'll know more about his status later on in the week.

Javon Walker, OAK - Sprained Ankle

Raiders' WR Javon Walker underwent an MRI on his ankle on Monday after he was hurt during Sunday's game but team officials aren't worried about his long-term status. Walker was injured in the first half and he was held out until the second half. He returned and made a catch but he wasn't very effective. According to reports his ankle was sore after the game and a bit stiff and swollen on Monday morning. The good news is that the injury does not appear to be serious however the team isn't sure if he will be able to play in Week 11. The results of the MRI will become available on Wednesday.

TIGHT ENDS

Jeremy Shockey, NO - Sprained Ankle

It was initially believed that Saints' TE Jeremy Shockey was benched in the fourth quarter because of a run-in with QB Drew Brees. But according to reports Shockey sprained his right ankle and the injury was the reason he was kept on the sideline. Shockey's ankle was reportedly sore and swollen after the game and he was seen limping in the locker room. He was reexamined on Monday and he underwent additional testing. The results are currently unknown however his ankle was apparently still swollen and it looks like he will miss practice time this week. His status for Week 11 is questionable.

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