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Early Injury Report - Week 6
Philip Gentles
October 13, 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

Kyle Boller, STL – Mild Concussion

Rams’ QB Kyle Boller left Sunday’s game against the Vikings after getting his bell rung in the second half and did not return. According to several local reports Boller suffered a mild concussion and complained of a headache after the game. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters on Monday that Boller has not been diagnosed with a concussion yet and that he was scheduled to undergo additional testing over the next couple of days to determine the nature and severity of the injury. Marc Bulger replaced Boller and finished the game with solid numbers and it appears that his shoulder is fine and he will return to the starting lineup in Week 6.

Eli Manning, NYG – Plantar Faciitis

Giants’ QB Eli Manning spoke with reporters on Monday and he said that his injured right foot was feeling good and he confirmed that he did not aggravate it during Sunday’s blowout win over the Raiders. Manning, who was limited in practice last week because of inflammation on the bottom of his foot, played in less than a half and was replaced by David Carr. Team officials said that Manning was pulled from the game because the team had a comfortable lead. But they only had a 21 point lead with plenty of time for the Raiders to make a comeback so his early departure is a bit of a concern. There are reports that Eli complained of some soreness in his foot after the game, although Manning himself said he was fine. Manning wants to be a part of every practice this week and we’ll know more about his injury status on Thursday or Friday.

Peyton Manning, IND – Knee Soreness

According to reports Colts’ QB Peyton Manning injured his left knee on Monday night against the Titans and although the nature of the injury has not been made public it does not appear to be serious. Manning was injured when he took a direct shot to the knee on a late hit by Titans’ DL Kyle Vanden Bosch in the first half. Manning did not miss any playing time because of the injury and received treatment in the locker room at halftime. Manning, who had two surgeries on his left knee last year, said that he felt the brace on his knee prevented serious injury and although he admitted to feeling sore he mentioned that he expected to be ready for their next game after the team’s Week 6 bye. Head coach Jim Caldwell said that the medical staff wasn’t concerned about the injury and that he expected his starting QB to be OK.

Carson Palmer, CIN – Sprained Thumb

Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters during his Monday morning press conference that QB Carson Palmer suffered a sprained thumb on his left (non-throwing) hand during Sunday’s game. But since the injury isn’t to his throwing hand Lewis said that it wouldn’t keep him out of the team’s Week 6 game against the Texans. It isn’t clear how he was hurt but he was seen shaking his hand on the sideline a few times in the second half. Lewis said that Palmer’s thumb was sore on Monday, but he didn’t think it would prevent him from practicing.

RUNNING BACKS

Patrick Cobbs, MIA – Undisclosed Knee Injury

Dolphins’ RB and KR Patrick Cobbs was carted off the field after hurting his knee in the 4th quarter of Monday night’s game. The exact nature of the injury is currently unknown however team officials are concerned that the injury could keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.

Glen Coffee, SF – Leg Contusion

49ers’ rookie RB Glen Coffee appears to be OK after leaving Sunday’s game with a leg injury. Coffee was injured in the fourth quarter and limped off the field. He was examined on the sideline and eventually taken back to the locker room for precautionary X-rays. According to reports X-rays were negative and he has since been diagnosed with a contusion. The 49ers have a bye this upcoming week and the team will likely rest Coffee so that he is healthy for their next game in Week 7. However Frank Gore should be back from his ankle injury by then so look for Coffee to resume backup duty.

James Davis, CLE – Torn Shoulder Labrum

The NFL is investigating claims that Browns’ rookie RB James Davis suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during a post-practice contact drill in which Davis did not have his football pads on. According to an ESPN report Davis tore the labrum in his shoulder after his was hit hard by a player wearing full pads while he wore just street clothes in a post-practice drill about 2 weeks ago. Davis apparently injured his shoulder early in the season and this recent issue was an aggravation. He has since been placed on Injured Reserve and he will undergo surgery at some point to repair the damage. Browns’ officials have called the report ridiculous. Davis had a very good pre-season and at one point it appeared that he would challenge for carries during the regular season.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Calvin Johnson, DET – Undisclosed Knee Injury

As expected the Lions have kept the details of WR Calvin Johnson’s injury under wraps but head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters on Monday that Johnson’s injury was not significant. Johnson appeared to be hurt when he was tackled hard by Steelers’ LB James Harrison on a WR screen in the first quarter. It looked like Johnson initially grabbed for his groin and he started limping. He tried staying in the game but he pulled up without contact a few plays later on a first and goal. He was examined by the medical staff on the sideline and he was seen rubbing the inside of his knee. Johnson wanted to return to the game and he tried running with a sleeve and a brace on his knee. But he just didn’t look comfortable and he remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game. Schwartz confirmed that Johnson underwent an MRI on his knee on Monday but he refused to say what it revealed. There is speculation that Johnson injured his MCL, but we probably won’t know more about his injury status until later on in the week. 

Mario Manningham, NYG – Chest Contusion

Giants’ WR Mario Manningham left Sunday’s game with a chest contusion and according to team officials he was held out as a precaution. Manningham was injured when Raiders DT Tommy Kelly fell on him in the third quarter. Manningham was reportedly experiencing pain in his chest area while on the sideline but the pain gradually eased and he said that he could have gone back on to the game had the team needed him to. He’ll probably be limited early in practice this week but he should be fine for the Giants’ Week game.

TIGHT ENDS

Ben Watson, NE – Undisclosed Head Injury

Patriots’ TE Ben Watson left with a head injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and did not return. Team officials have not said what the injury is but he got hit hard during the game and it appears that he suffered a concussion. Watson’s status for Week 6 is currently unknown and he’ll likely be a game-time decision next weekend.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Nick Harper, DB, TEN – Fractured Forearm

Titans’ DB Nick Harper will miss the next 4 – 6 weeks after fracturing his right forearm during Sunday night’s loss to the Colts. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters on Monday that Harper has already undergone surgery to repair the damage and he said that he hopes to have him back by Week 9.

Michael Lewis, DB, SF – Concussion

49ers’ DB Michael Lewis is out indefinitely after suffering his third concussion since August in the Sunday night’s game against the Falcons. Lewis, who suffered 2 concussions during the pre-season, was hurt when he led with his helmet on a hit. He apparently lost consciousness for a few seconds and he stayed face down on the turf for several moments while being examined by the medical staff. He was eventually helped up and escorted off the field where he underwent additional testing on the sideline. As expected Lewis had a slight headache on Monday and head coach Mike Singletary acknowledged that there was a chance that Lewis could be sidelined for an extended period of time.

Kawika Mitchell, LB, BUF – Knee Surgery

Bills’ LB Kawika Mitchell will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a serious right knee injury during Sunday’s game. The exact nature of the injury is currently unknown but according to team officials Mitchell will need season-ending surgery to repair the damage. Mitchell was hurt and had to be carted off in the second quarter when his knee buckled while tackling Browns’ RB Jerome Harrison. Marcus Buggs, who replaced Mitchell, was also carted off the field with a knee injury and according to reports he too will miss the remainder of the season. The Bills are thin at the linebacker position but the original starting MLB Paul Posluszny will likely return from a fractured arm in about 2 weeks.

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