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Early Injury Report - Week 3
Philip Gentles
September 22, 2009
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This early injury report will provide in-depth injury information on key fantasy players that suffered injuries in the previous weekend's games. All player injuries will be tracked during the week via our Mid-Week Injury Tracker Report which is published on Thursdays and updated on Fridays. Be sure you check out our Priority News often during the week as all breaking player news will be posted there.

QUARTERBACKS

Jason Campbell, WAS – Sprained Ankle

According to reports Redskins’ QB Jason Campbell sprained his ankle in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Rams but head coach Jim Zorn expects him to be OK. Zorn told reporters that Campbell played a large portion of the game hurt and that he “avoided calling plays that required (Campbell) to roll out.” Campbell was seen limping in the locker room after the game and there are reports that he was favoring his ankle while walking on Monday. He’ll likely be limited in practice on Wednesday but he should recover in time to play in Week 3. Check back with us throughout the week for an update on his status.

Brett Favre, MIN – Bent Fingernail

Yep, you read his injury right. Brett Favre “broke” a nail. Favre injured his hand after being hit by two defenders on his fourth quarter touchdown pass to Percy Harvin and he appeared to be in some discomfort. However head coach Brad Childress told reporters on Monday that Favre “bent his fingernail” and indicated that the Vikings’ starting QB will be in the starting lineup against the 49ers. Favre will likely lose the nail at some point, but it shouldn’t keep him out of practice and it won’t affect the way he is playing.

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA – Fractured Rib

Seahawks’ QB Matt Hasselbeck reportedly fractured a rib during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers and his status for Week 3 is questionable at best. Hasselbeck was hurt when he was hit hard by LB Patrick Willis on a scramble in the first half. Hasselbeck left the field on his own but he collapsed on the sideline in agony. He was taken to the locker room but he was in so much pain that the medical staff decided to send him to the hospital. X-rays were negative and a CT scan was inconclusive, but additional testing revealed a fractured rib. Tests for damage to his lungs, kidneys, liver and spleen came back negative. He was given pain medication and was released from the hospital in time to rejoin his teammates for their flight home. Hasselbeck has said that he is going to be alright and team officials haven’t ruled him out for Week 3, but at this point it would be a surprise if he is able to play. Seneca Wallace would get the start if Hasselbeck is inactive. 

RUNNING BACKS

Marion Barber, DAL – Strained Quadriceps

RB Marion Barber’s injured leg does not appear to be serious, however his status for Week 3 remains unknown. Barber, who has been diagnosed with a strained quadriceps, stumbled at the end of a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter and left the field with a slight limp. According to head coach Wade Phillips Barber had an MRI on his quadriceps on Monday and although the results have not been made public there are reports that the injury is not serious. Phillips said that he wasn’t sure if Barber would be able to practice this week or play in Week 3. We’ll know more about his status later on in the week.

Mike Bell, NO – Sprained MCL

Saints’ RB Mike Bell has reportedly been diagnosed with a minor medial collateral ligament sprain. Unfortunately it looks like he will miss at least one game as a result of the injury. Bell was hurt in the second half on Sunday and did not finish the game. Bell told reporters that he could have returned to the game but since the Saints were winning big he was held out as a precaution. Bell underwent an MRI and the injury is apparently a minor sprain. Head coach Sean Payton does not appear to be concerned, but team officials don’t expect him to practice on Wednesday and he’ll probably need at least a week off to recover. If Pierre Thomas is finally cleared to play there is a good chance that the Saints will deactivate Bell for Week 3.

Frank Gore, SF – Sprained Ankle

49ers’ RB Frank Gore appears to be fine after leaving Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with a sprained ankle. Gore was apparently injured early in the game but he stayed on the field and ran for over 200 yards in three quarters before aggravating the injury. With the 49ers winning big the medical staff decided to pull him from the game. Precautionary x-rays after the game were negative and he was seen moving about the locker room without a limp and a brace or wrap on his ankle. When asked by a reporter if he would be OK he responded by running in place. Head coach Mike Singletary said on Monday that Gore was feeling sore and he called the injury a “day-to-day thing.” But he went on to say Gore would be fine and Gore guaranteed that he would be ready for his show down with Adrian Peterson this upcoming weekend. He might be limited in practice early in the week, but he will play in Week 3.

Jerious Norwood, ATL – Undisclosed Head Trauma

Falcons’ RB Jerious Norwood left Sunday’s game after suffering “head trauma” and his status for Week 3 is unknown. Norwood, who suffered a concussion in the preseason, was hurt when he took a shot to the head in the second quarter. He was examined on the sideline and the medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. According to reports this most recent head injury is minor, however the fact that he suffered a concussion under a month ago is concerning. Multiple concussions in such a short period of time usually require that injured player sit out for at least a couple of weeks. But it isn’t clear how he is feeling or if he will be allowed to play in Week 3. Check back in a few days for an update.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS – Undisclosed Leg Injury

Redskins’ RB Clinton Portis limped off the field on Sunday after suffering an undisclosed leg injury, but he did return to the game and it looks like he is OK. Portis was hurt after he was hit for a loss on a carry in the first half. The exact nature and severity of the injury has not been made public and Redskins’ officials have not commented on Portis’ status for Week 3, but it doesn’t look bad since he was able to finish the game. Don’t be surprised if he ends up on the official injury report later in the week but he should be active for the team’s next game.

Brian Westbrook, PHI – Sprained Ankle

Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid has told reporters that RB Brian Westbrook is day-to-day after Westbrook sprained his right ankle during Sunday’s game against the Saints. Westbrook, who had surgery to remove bone chips and scar tissue from the same ankle in June, was hurt in the fourth quarter and had it examined on the sideline. He briefly returned but he left the game for good following a reception when he said that he was unable to make cuts on the ankle. Reid said that the injury is not a high ankle sprain, but he admitted that there was swelling in the joint on Monday. Westbrook told reporters that he was feeling sore and that he hopes to play in Week 3. The injury itself isn’t serious, but if the injury lingers it could affect his performance and force Reid to go with rookie LeSean McCoy a lot more. Keep a close eye on this injury.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Domenik Hixon, NYG – Sprained Knee

Giants’ WR Domenik Hixon, who sprained his knee in Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys, underwent an MRI on Monday and the results should be made public sometime today (Tuesday). Hixon was injured when he was hit in the back following a reception in the first quarter. He appeared to land awkwardly on his knee and he was taken back to the locker room where he was examined and treated. Team officials have called the injury a sprain although it isn’t clear what ligament was injured. Head coach Tom Coughlin said that he would know more about Hixon’s status when he gets the results of the MRI. Check with The Huddle later in the week for an update.

DeSean Jackson, PHI – Strained Groin

Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson reportedly aggravated a groin strain in Sunday’s game but he expects to play in Week 3. Jackson, who pulled his groin in Week 1, was limited in practice last week leading up Sunday’s game against the Saints. He apparently re-injured his groin while running a route in the second half but he stayed on the field and finished the game. Head coach Andy Reid called Jackson day-to-day and Jackson said that he expects to spend some time with the medical staff this week trying to get his groin ready for Week 3. He’ll probably be limited in practice this week again, but unless he suffers a setback he should be active against the Chiefs.

Lance Moore, NO – Strained Hamstring

Saints’ WR Lance Moore left Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a tight hamstring and he did not return. According to reports Moore suffered a slight hamstring pull that caused his hamstring to tighten up. The medical staff did everything they could to loosen the muscle without success. As expected Moore’s leg was stiff and sore on Monday, however team officials indicated that he could be ready in time to play in Week 3. He’s going to miss some practice time this week but if his hamstring heals in time he could still play in the team’s next game.

Muhsin Muhammad, CAR – Sprained Ankle

Panthers’ veteran WR Muhsin Muhammad told reporters on Monday that his ankle was feeling a bit sore but that he still expects to practice this week and play next Sunday against the Cowboys. Muhammad was hurt while blocking on a running play in the second quarter. DeAngelo Williams fell onto his Muhammad’s ankle at the end of the run he limped off the field. He remained on the sideline for a good portion of the second quarter but he returned to the game in the third quarter and had several catches. The injury does not appear to be serious but he could be limited in practice this week as a precaution.

Steve Smith, CAR – Sprained Ankle

Panthers’ WR Steve Smith injured his ankle twice on Sunday but it didn’t prevent him from having a big game and it shouldn’t keep him from playing in Week 3. Smith turned his ankle right before halftime and after getting treatment and having it taped in the locker room he was able to return to the field for the start of the third quarter. He aggravated the injury in the second half but he stayed in the game. He was clearly in a lot of pain as he limped in between plays but he did everything he could to keep his team in the game against the Falcons. According to reports Smith will be limited in practice this week but he will be on the field for the Panthers against the Cowboys.

Troy Williamson, JAC – Torn Shoulder Labrum

Jaguars’ WR Troy Williamson will miss a significant amount of time and could possibly be out for the remainder of the season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder on Sunday. Williamson, who was hurt in the second quarter, underwent an MRI on his shoulder late Sunday night and according to reports it revealed damage to the labrum. Several websites are reporting that Williamson is out for the year, however head coach Jack Del Rio refused to confirm those reports. In fact Del Rio indicated that there was a chance that Williamson could return at some point this season. It isn’t clear if the injury will require surgery, but it appears that Williamson is out for a very long time. Mike Sims-Walker will likely see more targets and he has shown that when healthy he can put up big numbers.

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