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.
Eli Manning, NYG – Plantar Fasciitis
Giants’ QB Eli Manning, who hurt his heel during Sunday’s win, has apparently been dealing with plantar fasciitis for several weeks and it appears he may have just aggravated the problem against the Chiefs. As Manning dropped back to pass early in the fourth quarter he planted his right leg and he said that he felt something “pull” in his heel causing him to hop in the air. He tried throwing the pass but it fell incomplete. He stayed in the game for one more play and completed a flat-footed screen pass to rookie Hakeem Nicks who broke free for a touchdown. However he limped off the field and after being examined on the sideline he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. There was some concern that his Achilles tendon was involved but an MRI confirmed that he suffered additional damage to the plantar fascia under his foot. The injury is being reported as an aggravation of his previous plantar fasciitis however there is speculation that he actually tore a portion of the plantar fascia on Sunday and he is reportedly getting second opinion from a podiatrist in North Carolina. Severe plantar fascia injuries often require surgery but the early word is that Manning will attempt to play through the pain and discomfort. If he does play in Week 5 he will have it specially taped and he will likely receive a cortisone shot prior to the game. The injury will definitely affect his mobility and while Manning isn’t a running QB his inability to effectively avoid the rush could end up being a big problem. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.
Matthew Stafford, DET – Patella Subluxation
Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford is questionable for Week 5 after the rookie suffered a patella subluxation (knee cap partial dislocation) during Sunday’s game. Stafford appeared to twist his knee while being sacked in the fourth quarter but he seemed fine while on the sideline. As it turns out the patella in his knee briefly slipped out of place but it popped back in on its own. Head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters on Monday that Stafford was “day-to-day” but didn’t say if he would be available to practice this week. He hasn’t ruled him out for Week 5 yet, but there is growing concern that he may not be able to play against the Steelers. If he doesn’t play Daunte Culpepper will get the start in his place.
Marion Barber, DAL – Strained Quadriceps
Cowboys’ RB Marion Barber was a question mark for Sunday’s game against the Broncos because of a strained quadriceps that limited his involvement in practice. He was able to play but he wasn’t 100% and the team limited his touches in the first half. To make matters worse head coach Wade Phillips revealed on Monday that Barber’s quad tightened up at halftime and it remained tight through the start of the third quarter and as a result he was on the field for just 7 snaps in the second half. As expected Barber was feeling stiff and sore following the game and according to reports he will be limited in practice again this week. His status for the game against the Chiefs remains a question mark.
Correll Buckhalter, DEN – Sprained Ankle
Broncos’ RB Correll Buckhalter left Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle and his status for Week 5 is questionable. Buckhalter appeared to twist his left ankle in the third quarter and he was taken back to the locker room where he was examined and treated. X-rays were reportedly negative but he left the stadium on crutches. Buckhalter told reporters after the game that the injury was “just a sprained ankle” and that he was feeling OK. He’ll likely miss practice on Wednesday but team officials aren’t sure if he will be able to take the field with teammates later this week or play against the Patriots. If he doesn’t play in Week 5 look for rookie Knowshon Moreno to be the primary ball carrier.
Darren McFadden, OAK – Torn Meniscus
According to reports Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair damage to the meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee and he will be out 2 – 4 weeks. McFadden injured his knee during Sunday’s game against the Texans. He tried playing through the discomfort but he wasn’t very effective and spent a lot of time on the sideline. McFadden was reportedly seen limping in the locker room after the game and an MRI on Monday revealed torn cartilage. Team officials hope that he will be back in time for Week 7 but at this point it is still too early to tell if he will be ready by then. Michael Bush and Justin Fargas will shoulder the load while McFadden is out.
Adrian Peterson, CHI – Sprained MCL
Bears’ backup RB Adrian Peterson will miss the next 2 – 3 weeks after hurting his knee during Sunday’s game against the Lions. Peterson was injured in the first half and according to reports a preliminary examination of his right knee by the team’s medical staff revealed a sprain to the medial collateral ligament. Peterson did undergo an MRI on Monday and the results confirmed the initial diagnosis. Head coach Lovie Smith has said that the injury isn’t serious and team officials expect him to miss only a couple of games.
Devin Hester, CHI – Undisclosed Neck / Shoulder Injury
Bears’ WR Devin Hester took a big shot on a screen pass in the first half on Sunday against the Lions and after leaving the field he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. The team called Hester’s problem a “shoulder area” injury however he was seen leaving the stadium in a neck brace. The most typical injury that affects the neck and shoulder in football is a stinger, but the Bears’ have not revealed the nature or severity of Hester’s injury to the public. In fact they continue to say that his injury is to his shoulder so there might be a chance that he suffered two different injuries on Sunday. Head coach Lovie Smith indicated that with the team on a Week 5 bye Hester will get some well needed rest this week and then he expects him to be ready in time to play in Week 6.
Brandon Stokley, DEN – Strained Quadriceps
According to reports Broncos’ WR Brandon Stokley aggravated a previous quadriceps injury on Sunday and as a result he spent much of the second half on the sidelines. Stokley has been nursing a strained quadriceps and he apparently re-injured himself in the first half. The Broncos have not said how bad the injury is but Stokley was reportedly feeling sore on Monday. This injury has lingered for several weeks and it continues to affect his productivity. He’ll likely be limited in practice this week but his status for Week 5 remains a question mark.
Roy Williams, DAL – Damaged Rib Cartilage
Cowboys’ head coach Wad Phillips told reporters on Monday that WR Roy Williams missed the final drive of the game because of torn rib cartilage. Williams was injured on the brutal hit delivered by Broncos’ LB D.J. Williams late in the fourth quarter. Roy Williams admitted that he had never been hit like before and he spent the final few minutes of the game on the sideline trying to recover. According to Phillips tests on Williams’ injured chest revealed damaged cartilage in three of his ribs and there is concern that he won’t be able to play in Week 5. The Cowboys have their bye in Week 6 so there is a good possibility that the medical staff plays this thing safe and keeps him out until Week 7. We’ll know more about his status later on in the week.
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Brandon Ayanbadejo, LB, BAL – Torn Quadriceps Muscle
Ravens’ LB Brandon Ayanbadejo has been placed on Injured Reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2009 season after tearing his quad muscle on Sunday. The team’s medical staff expects him to make a full recover in time for the Ravens’ 2010 off-season conditioning program.
Michael Boley, LB, NYG – Undisclosed Knee Sprain
According to reports Giants’ LB Michael Boley will miss at least 2 weeks after spraining his knee on Sunday. The exact nature of the sprain is unknown however team officials don’t expect him back until at least Week 7.
Nick Harper, DB, TEN – Bruised Ribs
Titans’ DB Nick Harper left Sunday’s game with bruised ribs and his status for Week 5 is questionable. According to reports Harper experienced discomfort breathing and moving after the game and although he was feeling a little bit better on Monday head coach Jeff Fisher indicated that Harper could miss the team’s next game. We’ll know more about his status at the end of the week.
Patrick Kerney, DL, SEA – Strained Groin
Seahawks’ DL Patrick Kerney left Sunday’s game with a strained groin and his status for Week 5 is in doubt. According to reports the injury is serious enough that team officials think he will miss practice this week and unless something significant happens he will probably miss their next game.
Phillip Merling, DL, MIA – Sprained Ankle / Foot
Dolphins’ DL Philip Merling left the stadium after Sunday’s game with a protective boot and his status for Week 5 is in question. Merling reportedly injured his lower leg against the Bills and he was taken to the locker room where he was X-rayed and examined. The X-rays came back negative and it appears that he suffered some kind of sprain to a ligament in his foot or ankle. We will keep you posted on his recovery.
Gerald Sensabaugh, DB, DAL – Fractured Right Thumb
Cowboys’ DB Gerald Sensabaugh will miss the next 2 – 4 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right thumb to repair a fractured bone. He was hurt on Sunday against the Broncos. Sensabaugh is targeting Week 7 for his return and if he is cleared to play he will have to do so with a cast on his hand.