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Early Injury Report - Week 12
Philip Gentles
November 18, 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.

RUNNING BACKS

Ernest Graham, TB - Undisclosed Ankle Injury

Bucs' RB Ernest Graham will miss a significant amount of time and may be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a serious ankle injury during Sunday's game against the Vikings. Graham was hurt when he was tackled at the end of a 3-yard run in the first quarter. He twisted his ankle on the play and he limped off the field. He was eventually taken to the locker room for an examination. According to reports Graham was seen wearing a protective walking boot on his leg after the game. He underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public head coach Jon Gruden told reporters that "his status for the rest of the season is very much in question." Graham's injury opens the door for the recently activated Cadillac Williams. Williams isn't physically ready for a majority of the carries. However he should be a part of the Bucs' offense in Week 12. Warrick Dunn will likely be the featured back for the remainder of the year.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG - Undisclosed Knee Injury

The exact nature of Brandon Jacobs' knee injury is still unknown, however team officials don't appear to be concerned about it and Jacobs is confident that he will be ready for the team's Week 12 game. Jacobs' apparently landed on it at the end of a run in the third quarter. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that Jacobs could have returned but since the team was comfortably ahead the decision was made to keep him out as a precaution. Jacobs admitted that his knee was sore during and after the game, but he said "it wasn't anything bad." Jacobs did undergo an MRI on Monday and the results will be made public later on this week. He was seen walking without a limp and it appears that he will be OK.

Willis McGahee, BAL - Minor Ankle Sprain

Ravens' RB Willis McGahee "tweaked" a previous ankle injury on Sunday and although he did not finish the game team officials said that he could have returned after getting hurt if the team needed him to. McGahee, who was injured when his ankle and leg twisted awkwardly at the end of a carry in the third quarter, limped off the field after getting hurt and he was immediately examined by a member of the team's medical staff. According to reports McGahee's injury was diagnosed as a minor ankle sprain and he could have continued playing. However with the Giants winning by a comfortable margin the team decided not to risk additional injury and keep him on the sideline. McGahee might be limited in practice this week but it looks like the injury isn't bad enough to keep him out of the team's Week 12 game.

Jerious Norwood, ATL - Bruised Ribs

Falcons' RB Jerious Norwood suffered what is believed to be bruised ribs after he was hit during Sunday's game against the Broncos. He was out for a few minutes but he later returned to the field and finished the game. According to reports Norwood was bothered by the injury and it affected his performance in the second half. The injury does not appear to be serious, but he may be limited in practice this week while he recovers. We should know more about his status after practice on Wednesday, but it does not look like he will miss Week 12 because of injury.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Antonio Chatman, CIN - Spinal Chord Contusion

Bengals' WR Antonio Chatman, who was carted off the field during Sunday's game, has been diagnosed with a spinal chord contusion and his status for Week 12 is in doubt. Chatman was injured when he was sandwiched by two Eagle players and he remained on the ground after the play. He moved his legs and arms as the medical staff attended to him on the field but he reportedly complained of neck pain and he was secured to a spine board and transported to a local hospital. X-rays were reportedly negative however additional testing revealed a bruise to his spinal chord. He regained full use of his arms and legs so he was released from the hospital, but the Bengals play the Steelers on Thursday and team officials don't expect him to recover in time for the game.

Donald Driver, GB - Bruised Knee / Turf Toe

Packers' WR Donald Driver, who has been dealing with turf toe for several weeks, bruised his knee during Sunday's game and head coach Mike McCarthy said that Driver would be held out of practice for at least a day so that his injuries have additional time to heal. Driver hurt his knee when he was tackled during a reception in the first quarter. He limped off the field but he returned on the next series. He was in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the game and he finished with 4 catches and 60 yards. McCarthy does not believe Driver's knee injury is serious, but admitted that Driver is banged up and that he would need some time to rest. He went on to say that Driver has played hurt all year and indicated that Driver would be ready to play in the team's next game.

Calvin Johnson, DET - Sore Quadriceps

Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli told reporters that WR Calvin Johnson injured his quadriceps during Sunday's game. The good news is that Marinelli isn't concerned about the injury and he doesn't believe that it will be a problem come next Sunday. We aren't sure when or how the injury occurred, but he was reportedly complaining of thigh soreness after the game. Team officials don't believe that he will miss any practice time and they fully expect him to play next weekend against the Bucs.

Derrick Mason, BAL - Dislocated Shoulder

In a surprise move the Baltimore Ravens' activated Derrick Mason for Sunday's game against the Giants. However he aggravated his injured shoulder and his status for practice this week appears to be in question. Mason did enough during pregame warm-ups to impress the medical staff and he not only played but he also had a decent game catching 7 balls for 82 yards. Mason said that he aggravated the injury in the first half however it wasn't bad enough for him to stop playing. Mason is confident that he will be able to play in Week 12, but don't be surprised if he misses a lot of practice time this week and ends up being another game-time decision.

TIGHT ENDS

Tony Gonzalez, KC - Sprained Ankle

According to reports Chiefs' veteran TE Tony Gonzalez turned his ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's game, however he was able to finish the game and he should be ready for the team's Week 12 game against the Bills. Gonzalez limped off the field after twisting his ankle early and after it was examined a team trainer heavily taped it. He quickly returned to the field and although his numbers weren't great the injury did not appear to be a big problem. Team officials have indicated that Gonzalez could miss some practice time this week but the injury shouldn't keep him out of next weekend's game.

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