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Early Injury Report - Week 14
Philip Gentles
December 2, 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

Derek Anderson, CLE – Sprained MCL

Browns’ QB Derek Anderson will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed that the medial collateral ligament in his left knee is torn. Anderson was hurt when he was sacked in the second half of Sunday’s game. He immediately grabbed his leg and remained on the ground for several minutes until he was helped off the field. Head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters after the game that the team was concerned that he suffered damage to his MCL that would keep him out for the remainder of the season. Unfortunately an MRI done in his knee on Monday showed that the ligament was torn. And although the injury will not require surgery, he will not recover in time to return this year. Team officials expect him to be placed on Injured Reserve sometime this week. Ken Dorsey will take over as the starting QB from here on out.

Trent Edwards, BUF – Strained Groin

Bills’ QB Trent Edwards left Sunday’s game with a strained groin and according to reports his status for Week 14 is considered questionable. Edwards, who apparently pulled his groin at some point during the first half, told reporters that his groin got worse with every step he took and he was eventually replaced by J.P. Losman at the start of the third quarter. Head coach Dick Jauron said that Edwards is “day to day” and that he would be limited in practice this week. He could end up being a game-time decision, but we should know more about his status later on in the week.

RUNNING BACKS

Marion Barber, DAL – Dislocated Small Toe

The good news is that an MRI and additional X-rays did not reveal any broken bones in RB Marion Barber’s injured foot. However team officials are concerned about his status and they aren’t sure if he will be healthy enough to play in Week 14. According to reports Barber dislocated the small toe on his left foot when it was stepped on during last Thursday’s game against the Seahawks. Barber has not practiced since the team’s last game and head coach Wade Phillips isn’t sure if he will be cleared by the medical staff to take part in team drills at all this week. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is very optimistic and he recently said that Barber would be ready for Week 14. It’s still too early to tell if his injured toe will allow him to play. Check back on Friday for an update.

Ryan Grant, GB – Sprained Thumb

The status of Packers’ RB Ryan Grant for Week 14 is questionable after he sprained his thumb during Sunday’s game against the Panthers. According to reports Grant injured his thumb late in the second quarter and it became so swollen and painful that he had trouble gripping and holding onto the ball. So he was held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Grant’s thumb will have to be taped and splinted for him to practice this week and he said that the team will see how effective he is with the splint before they make a decision on his availability for Week 14.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS – Neck Soreness

Redskins’ head coach Jim Zorn told reporters during his Monday press conference that RB Clinton Portis left Sunday’s game after hurting his neck in the second quarter and he was limited for the remainder of the day because of the soreness and discomfort associated with the injury. Let’s not forget, Portis is also dealing with a sprained knee, strained hip and sprained ankle as well so I’m sure all of this played into his poor performance. Zorn indicated that Portis would likely miss practice time again this week while he recovers, however he expects him to be active in Week 14. Portis has really taken a beating this season and it appears that his body is beginning to break down. The Redskins face a tough Ravens defense this upcoming weekend so I’m not sure how effective Portis can be in his current physical condition.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Plaxico Burress, NYG – Self-Inflicted Gun Shot Wound to the Thigh

As you know by now Giants’ WR Plaxico Burress is in serious trouble with his team, the league and most importantly the New York City Police Department after accidentally shooting himself in the right thigh with an illegal firearm at a club on Friday night. According to reports Burress sustained damaged to his right quadriceps and although he was seen walking without a limp it appears that the injury will prevent him from playing again during the regular season. In fact there are reports that the Giants are in the verge of placing him on the team’s non-football injury list. Don’t expect him to play again this year.

Mike Furrey, DET – Concussion

The Lions have placed WR Mike Furrey on Injured Reserve ending his 2008 season. Furrey, who has been out since Week 10 because of a concussion, told reporters that he was disappointed with the team’s decision to place him on IR and he claims that he is completely healthy. Lions’ general manager Martin Mayhew said that the move was done to “protect” Furrey from further injury. No matter what the reason is, his season is now officially over.

Wes Welker, WR, NE – Possible Concussion

Patriots’ WR Wes Welker appears to be OK after getting hit hard during Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Welker was nailed by safety Ryan Clark on a tipped pass and he remained on the ground for a few moments. He left the game and was taken back to the locker room for an examination. Although he later returned to the sideline he did not return to the game. As expected the Patriots have not provided an update on Welker’s condition. There is speculation that he suffered a minor concussion, however Welker was in good spirits on Monday and it looked like he was fine. We’ll know more about his status after practice on Wednesday, but it appears that he will be ready for Week 14.

Roddy White, WR, ATL – Undisclosed Eye Injury

Falcons’ WR Roddy White left Sunday’s game after being poked in the eye but he later returned and it looks like he is going to be fine. White was hurt in the second quarter and he was examined on the sideline by a team trainer. The injury did not appear to be serious and he was allowed back into the game. Team officials aren’t concerned about the minor injury and it looks like it won’t be an issue this week. White could miss practice time while he rests his sore back, but he should be active against the Saints in Week 14.

TIGHT ENDS

Tony Scheffler, TE, DEN – Sprained Ankle

Broncos’ TE Tony Scheffler suffered what team officials are calling a minor ankle sprain during Sunday’s game. Scheffler twisted his ankle in the fourth quarter, however he returned after missing just one play. He reportedly had ice on his ankle after the game however team officials aren’t concerned about the injury. He might be limited in practice this week as a precaution. But he should be active in Week 14.

Kellen Winslow Jr., CLE – High Ankle Sprain

According to reports Browns’ TE Kellen Winslow Jr. has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and there is a chance that he could miss the remainder of the season. Winslow was injured in last Sunday’s game and he was seen limping in the locker room. He later left the stadium wearing a protective walking boot and an MRI on Monday revealed a high ankle sprain. Depending on the severity high ankle sprains can keep players sidelined anywhere from 2 – 8 weeks. Winslow has already been ruled out for Week 14 and there is speculation that the injury will keep him out for the final 4 weeks of the regular season. We’ll keep you posted.

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