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Early Injury Report - Week 13
Philip Gentles
November 25, 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

Marc Bulger, STL – Concussion

Rams’ QB Marc Bulger was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Bears with a concussion and his status for Week 14 is questionable. Bulger was hurt when he was hammered by Bears’ DL Adewale Ogunleye early in the first quarter. He was helped off the field and eventually taken back to the locker room where he was evaluated. He was reportedly diagnosed with a concussion and he later returned to the sideline wearing street clothes. Head coach Jim Haslett told reporters that he didn’t think Bulger’s concussion was serious. However Bulger missed two games last season because of a concussion so there is a good chance that he will be held out of the team’s next game as a precaution regardless of how severe the injury is.  We should have an official update on his status sometime tomorrow.

Jake Delhomme, CAR – Elbow Laceration and Soreness

Panthers’ QB Jake Delhomme reportedly banged his elbow during Sunday’s game, however his injuries appear to be minor and he should be ready to play next weekend against the Packers. Delhomme suffered a laceration on his elbow and although he stayed on the field for the entire game he complained of soreness in his elbow afterwards. The elbow in question is the same elbow that was surgically reconstructed last year so there was some initial concern that he may have reinjured it. But according to reports it appears that the ligaments and tendons in and around the joint are OK. Delhomme told a reporter Monday that he could play in a game today if he had to. So it looks like he is going to be fine. But he could still be limited in practice this week as a precaution.

Brady Quinn, CLE – Fractured Index Finger and Torn Tendon

Browns’ QB Brady Quinn, who entered Sunday’s game with a fractured right index finger, is also dealing with a torn tendon in the same finger and he is scheduled to see specialist Dr. James Andrews sometime this week. Quinn struggled throwing the ball against the Texans and he was eventually pulled from the game in the second half. Quinn spoke with reporters afterwards and he said that his finger was not an issue. However Crennel confirmed on Monday that Quinn’s finger prevented him from throwing the ball effectively and accurately. He went onto to say that if everything goes well with Dr. Andrews that Quinn will be the Browns’ starting QB in Week 13.

Drew Stanton, DET – Concussion

Lions’ QB Drew Stanton is considered doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Titans after leaving Sunday’s game against the Bucs with a concussion. Stanton was brought in to replace Daunte Culpepper midway through the third quarter. Unfortunately he took a big shot and he forced out of the game. He appeared to be dazed while on the sideline and as expected he was held out for the remainder of the game. According to reports Stanton has been diagnosed with a concussion and team officials don’t expect him to be available for the team’s Week 13 game. Culpepper will once again get the start at QB on Thursday and Drew Henson, who was recently promoted from the practice squad, will be the immediate backup.

RUNNING BACKS

Correll Buckhalter, PHI – Sprained MCL

Eagles’ RB Correll Buckhalter will miss at least one game and he could be out anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his knee during Sunday’s game. With starting RB Brian Westbrook battling ankle and knee problems Buckhalter was supposed to be more involved in the offense. However he injured his knee after just two carries and he did not finish the game. Head coach Andy Reid confirmed on Monday that Buckhalter sprained his MCL, however he did not say how severe the sprain is or how long the medical staff expected him to be out. He will be reevaluated today and tomorrow, but don’t expect him to be active on Thursday against the Cardinals. Lorenzo Booker will be Westbrook’s backup while Buckhalter is out.

Ahman Green, HOU – Undisclosed Knee Injury

Texans’ RB Ahman Green, who injured his left knee on Sunday against the Browns, underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. And although the results have not been made public head coach Gary Kubiak said that the team expects him to miss at least two weeks. Green was hurt on a carry late in the third quarter and he limped off the field. Kubiak said he spoke with team trainers and there is concern that the Monday morning MRI will reveal damage that will keep him out for the remainder of the season. As long as Green is out look for rookie Steve Slaton to be the featured RB.

Clinton Portis, WAS – Strained Ribcage Muscle / Sprained Knee / Strained Hip

Redskins’ RB Clinton Portis is far from healthy. However his injuries aren’t preventing him from being productive. Portis, who entered Sunday’s game with a sprained knee and strained hip, reportedly suffered a strained ribcage muscle but he still went on to rush for 143 yards. Head coach Jim Zorn spoke with reporters on Monday and said that he “really is injured” but that he continues to find a way to produce. Zorn indicated that Portis would likely miss practice this week however he said that he fully expects him to play in Week 13. Portis is one of the toughest running backs in the league and it is amazing what he has accomplished this season while playing at less than full strength.

Kevin Smith, DET – Undisclosed Shoulder and Knee Injury

According to reports Lions’ rookie RB Kevin Smith is recovering from a couple of injuries that occurred during Sunday’s game. The Lions’ play this Thursday so there isn’t a lot of time to recovery, but team officials feel that he could play against the Titans. Smith apparently injured his shoulder in the first quarter but returned after missing just one series. He left the game again in the fourth quarter this time with a knee injury and he did not return. It appears that the team is more concerned about his shoulder injury, however neither injury is considered serious. His status for Week 13 is still up in the air so keep an eye on the team’s practice reports.

Jonathan Stewart, CAR – Undisclosed Foot Injury

Panthers’ rookie RB Jonathan Stewart was seen with a protective boot on his left foot after Sunday’s game, however team officials don’t appear to be worried. It isn’t clear when or how Stewart was hurt, but he apparently complained of pain in his foot after the game and he was fitted for the boot as a precaution. Stewart, who has dealt with foot and ankle problems all season, told reporters that the injury was “nothing.” He’ll likely be limited on Wednesday but we should know more about his Week 13 status then.

Brian Westbrook, PHI – Ankle Inflammation

Eagles’ RB Brian Westbrook, who is reportedly dealing with a lingering high ankle sprain and sore knee, was held out of practice on Monday because of swelling in his ankle. Westbrook was supposed to slit carries with Correll Buckhalter on Sunday, however Buckhalter injured his knee and Westbrook took more snaps than the medical staff wanted him to. As a result Westbrook woke up on Monday with a swollen ankle that could keep him out of practice for the next couple of days. The Eagles play on Thursday so he won’t have a lot of time to recover. So if he is active against the Cardinals he’ll be far from 100%.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Mark Bradley, KC – Strained Calf

Chiefs’ WR Mark Bradley aggravated his strained calf during Sunday’s game and his status for Week 13 is considered questionable. Bradley was injured in the fourth quarter and limped off the field. He was examined on the sideline and did not return. He was limited in practice last week because of the injury and according to reports he will likely miss some practice time this week as he tries to get ready for next weekend’s game against the Raiders. Head coach Herman Edwards hasn’t said much about Bradley’s injury but he should have an update on his status on Wednesday.

Plaxico Burress, NYG – Strained Hamstring

Team officials weren’t sure if WR Plaxico Burress would be able to play in Sunday’s game after missing practice last week because of a strained hamstring. But after looking good during pre-game warm-ups he was cleared to play against the Cardinals. Unfortunately he “tweaked” his hamstring while running a route in the first quarter and he was unable to finish the game. Head coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday that he believes Burress’ injury isn’t any worse than it was last week, however his leg will be reevaluated over the next couple of days. When asked if he would be ready for Week 13 Burress said that he didn’t know. He’ll likely be held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like he will be a game-time decision next weekend.

Greg Camarillo, MIA – Torn ACL and Meniscus

Dolphins’ WR Greg Camarillo will miss the remainder of the season after he severely injured his knee on Sunday against the Patriots. Camarillo reportedly tore the anterior cruciate ligament and damaged the meniscus in his left knee when his leg buckled as he tried to defend on an interception return in the fourth quarter. He stayed on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the field. Camarillo told reporters after the game that he didn’t think the injury was serious. However team officials were concerned that the injury would keep him out for an extended period of time. A Monday MRI revealed severe damage to his ACL and meniscus and he is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling subsides, which could take up to 2 weeks. Rookie Davone Bess played well against the Patriots and he should see an increase in playing time from here on out.

TIGHT ENDS

Jason Witten, DAL – Rib Soreness

It appears that TE Jason Witten is still not completely recovered from broken ribs. According to reports Witten’s ribs were hurting “real bad” after Sunday’s game and even though he took part in practice on Monday there is speculation that the team is considering deactivating him for Thursday’s game. Witten hasn’t been productive since breaking his ribs in Week 8 and it looks like he still needs some additional time to rest and recover. Witten took a shot to the head this past weekend and he actually had X-rays on his jaw, but they came back negative and the injury is not a concern. We will keep you posted on his recovery this week.  

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