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Early Injury Report - Week 16
Philip Gentles
December 16, 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.

Jason Campbell, WAS – Bruised Elbow

Redskins’ head coach Jim Zorn told reporters on Monday that QB Jason Campbell injured his elbow during Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. However Zorn still expects Campbell to practice this week and play in Week 16 against the Eagles. It’s unclear when the injury occurred but according to reports he suffered what is being described as a bruise and he did not miss any time because of it. Campbell’s elbow was feeling a bit sore on Monday, but Zorn indicated that the injury isn’t serious and that it shouldn’t affect his status for next weekend.

Tony Romo, DAL – Lower Back Contusion

Cowboys’ WR Tony Romo, who suffered a lower back contusion during Sunday’s game, was reportedly feeling stiff on Monday and he may be limited in practice to start the week. But team officials expect him to start in Week 16 against the Ravens. Romo was hurt when he was sacked late in the first quarter. He was examined on the sideline and he returned to the field on the next offensive series. He didn’t miss any plays and he made it through the entire game. Team officials aren’t concerned about his status and they believe that he will practice in full on Thursday and Friday.

RUNNING BACKS

Brandon Jackson, GB – Sprained Wrist

Packers’ RB Brandon Jackson was limited during Week 15 because of a sprained wrist but it looks like he will be healthy enough to play next Monday night. Head coach Mike McCarthy revealed after the game that Jackson injured his wrist and he was seen wearing an elastic wrap on Monday. McCarthy indicated that the injury is minor and he expects him to practice this week and play against the Bears.

Steven Jackson, STL – Head Trauma

Rams’ RB Steven Jackson was limited in the fourth quarter on Sunday after feeling “lightheaded,” however head coach Jim Haslett denies that Jackson suffered a concussion and he expects him to be ready for Week 16. Jackson reportedly began to feel dizzy after getting hit hard on a carry. Haslett claims that Jackson” didn’t feel well,” which is why he felt lightheaded. But Jackson told a reporter that he “took a shot” in the second half and that he “wasn’t feeling all the way there.” Based on Jackson’s statements it looks like he may have suffered a minor concussion after all. Team officials expect him to return to the field by Wednesday, but don’t be surprised if he is limited throughout the week.

Kevin Smith, DET – Groin Soreness

According to reports Lions’ rookie RB Kevin Smith experienced pain in his injured groin through out Sunday’s game and there is concern that he may suffered a sports hernia. Smith, who has been dealing with soreness in his groin, aggravated the injury on a carry and he was reportedly limping in the locker room after the game. Smith missed some time in November because of problems with his groin, but this time team officials believe that he is dealing with a sports hernia. His status for the remainder of the season is uncertain.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Malcom Floyd, SD – Collapsed Lung

Chargers’ WR Malcom Floyd was reportedly hospitalized on Sunday night after suffering a collapsed lung during Sunday’s game. Floyd, who was hurt in the final minute of the game, was transported to the hospital after the medical staff determined that he was suffering from a serious breathing problem. He stayed in the hospital overnight and he underwent a number of precautionary tests to see if there was additional damage. He was released on Monday morning and he flew back to San Diego where he rejoined his team. Head coach Norv Turner called Floyd “day-to-day” and he wasn’t sure if he would be able to practice this week or play on Sunday.

James Hardy, BUF – Torn ACL

Bills’ rookie WR James Hardy will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee on Sunday. Hardy was carted off the field after hurting his knee and he was taken back to the locker room where he was examined and treated. Head coach Dick Jauron told reporters after the game that the team was concerned about Hardy and an MRI on Monday revealed that he tore his ACL. Hardy will need surgery to repair the damage in his knee and at this point it is too early to tell if he will be ready for training camp next year. He’ll likely be placed on Injured Reserve sometime this week.

Santana Moss, WAS – Concussion

Redskins’ WR Santana Moss reportedly suffered a minor concussion during Sunday’s win and his status for this week is currently unknown. Moss was hit hard while attempting to make a catch over the middle in the fourth quarter. He stayed on the ground for a few moments but he was helped off the field and he later returned. According to reports Moss was feeling better on Monday and head coach Jim Zorn says that he could practice as early as Wednesday. His status for Week 16 is still unknown, but it looks like the injury is minor and he may be cleared in time to play.

Sinorice Moss, NYG – Strained Calf

Giants’ WR Sinorice Moss left Sunday’s game with a strained calf and his status for Week 16 is currently unknown. Moss was hurt as he ran a route in the second half. He was examined on the sideline but never returned to the field. The severity of the injury has not been made public but team officials aren’t sure if he will be ready in time to play in their next game. He doesn’t have any fantasy value so this shouldn’t be a problem. 

TIGHT ENDS

Zach Miller, OAK – Stinger

Raiders’ TE Zach Miller left Sunday’s game after suffering a stinger and his status for Week 16 is unknown. Miller left in the fourth quarter after getting hit and he complained of pain and weakness in his shoulder, arm and hand. According to reports he was feeling a lot better on Monday but he still had soreness in his shoulder and he will probably be limited in practice this week as a precaution. We’ll know more about his status later on in the week.

Jason Witten, DAL – Sprained Ankle

Cowboys’ TE Jason Witten, who entered Sunday’s game with a lingering ankle problem, aggravated the injury against the Giants and he will likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers. Witten apparently hurt his ankle early but he stayed on the field and finished the game. He was spotted with ice on his ankle after the game and he spent time in the training room again on Monday getting treatment. He probably won’t be 100% in time for Week 16, but he should be healthy enough to play.

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