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Early Injury Report - Week 7
Philip Gentles
October 20, 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

Daunte Culpepper, DET – Strained Hamstring

Lions’ QB Daunte Culpepper left Sunday’s game with a strained hamstring and his status for the team’s next game is currently unknown. Culpepper told reporters that he initially suffered a “slight” hamstring pull in the second quarter and although he tried playing through the injury he found it difficult to move around after halftime and he was replaced by Drew Stanton. Culpepper was seen with an ice bag wrapped around his leg after the game and he was feeling a bit sore on Monday. However team officials aren’t concerned about his leg and it appears he avoided serious injury. The Lions have a bye in Week 7 giving Culpepper and company and additional week to rest and recover.

Trent Edwards, BUF – Concussion

Bills’ head coach Dick Jauron has confirmed that QB Trent Edwards suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Jets. Edwards was hurt when he was sacked in the second quarter. He was bent back awkwardly and it appeared that his knee may have been injured. But after being helped up by the medical staff he was able to walk off the field without a limp. He did look shaken up on the sideline and he was slowly escorted to the locker room where he was evaluated. Edwards did not return and backup Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game. There are reports that Edwards was dealing with a headache on Monday and with his history of concussions the medical staff could decide to keep him sidelined for a week as a precaution. Jauron said that Edwards will be evaluated on a daily basis and that his status for Week 7 will be determined later on in the week.

Joe Flacco, BAL – Sprained Ankle

According to reports Raven’s QB Joe Flacco is OK after suffering a minor ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. Flacco, who rolled his ankle when his foot was stepped on in the first half and again in the second half, was seen limping late in the game however he had a good fourth quarter and he nearly led his team to a come-from-behind victory. He spoke with reporters on Monday and admitted that his ankle was feeling sore. But he said that his ankle was not seriously injured and that he expected to be ready following the team’s Week 7 bye.

Matthew Stafford, DET – Subluxed Patella

Lions’ rookie QB Matthew Stafford, who was inactive for Sunday’s game because of soreness, swelling and instability in his knee, has reportedly undergone another MRI and his status for the remainder of the season remains unknown. Stafford suffered a patella subluxation (partial kneecap dislocation) in Week 5 and the medical staff has been working hard to try and control the swelling and limit the pain. According to reports Stafford has not recovered as quickly as the team had expected and there is concern that his kneecap is so loose that it could require surgery. We’ll keep you posted.

RUNNING BACKS

Matt Forte, CHI – Undisclosed Hand Injury

Bears’ RB Matt Forte reportedly injured his hand during Sunday night’s loss to the Falcons and his status for Week 7 is unknown. According to reports he was injured on a carry in the second half. He did not come out of the game but he was seen with a wrap on his right hand in the locker room afterwards. Local newspapers are saying that the injury is minor and that it will not prevent him from playing in the team’s next game. We’ll know more about his status after Wednesday’s practice.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG – Stinger

Giants’ RB Brandon Jacobs suffered a stinger during the first half of Sunday’s game and although he missed several offensive series he was able to return and play in the second half. Jacobs was hit on a carry in the second quarter and while being examined on the field by trainers the replay showed that he took a helmet to the knee. However the trainers were more concerned with his neck and shoulder. He was eventually helped up and he walked off the field on his own. Jacobs eventually returned to the game in the third quarter but with the Giants down by a large margin they spent most of the second half throwing the football. Jacobs will likely be limited in practice this week but team officials expect him to play against the Cardinals.

Sammy Morris, NE – Undisclosed Knee Injury

Patriots’ RB Sammy Morris went down with an undisclosed Knee injury in the first half against the Titans and after being examined and treated in the locker room he did not return to the game. As expected team officials are being tight-lipped about the injury but there is speculation that it could keep Morris out for several games. We probably won’t know more about his status until later on in the week.

Adrian Peterson, MIN – Sprained Ankle

Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson told reporters on Monday that his injured ankle was “feeling real good” and he indicated that he would be ready for the team’s Week 7 game against the Steelers. Peterson sprained his left ankle after being tackled at the end of a fourth-quarter screen pass. He appeared to be in a lot of pain as he came off the field but he was back on his feet after a quick examination by trainers and he returned to the field shortly thereafter. According to reports Peterson’s ankle was X-rayed and examined in the locker room after the game and the good news is that nothing is broken and it appears that the damage to the joint is minor. Head coach Brad Childress told reporters that the team was not concerned about Peterson’s ankle and added that Peterson was dealing with “overall body soreness” that he would likely need a few days to recover from so don’t be surprised if he is limited in practice this week.

Clinton Portis, WAS – Sprained Ankle

Redskins’ RB Clinton Portis was dealing with a sore ankle on Monday and his status for practice this week is unknown. Portis injured his ankle on a carry in the second quarter and he was on the sideline for the team’s first series in the third quarter. But he was cleared to return and on his first carry back he broke a 78-yard run. So the injury is likely a minor one, but he was dealing with a calf injury heading into Sunday’s game and now he is dealing with some ankle soreness so there is good chance that he will be limited or even held out of practice completely this week as the team prepares for Week 7.

LenDale White, TEN – Undisclosed Knee Injury

Titans’ RB LenDale White was carted off the field after suffering what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the first half against the Patriots. But after the game he was able to walk out of the locker room without crutches. According to reports White underwent an MRI on Monday, however the results have not been made public and head coach Jeff Fisher will wait until later today (Tuesday) or tomorrow to update his status. The Titans have a bye this upcoming week so hopefully that gives him enough time to recover.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Donnie Avery, STL – Bruised Hip

According to reports the Rams’ medical staff was very concerned about WR Donnie Avery’s injured hip, but an MRI revealed that it was just bruised and he’s currently being listed as day-to-day. Avery, who missed a significant amount of training camp and later limited during the regular season last year because of a fracture in his hip area, landed on his hip while trying to make a catch in the second quarter and had to leave the game. Avery told reporters on Monday that he was worried that he may have broken the same bone in his hip and although X-rays were negative the medical staff was so concerned that they ordered a precautionary MRI as well. The MRI showed just bruising and it looks like he has a chance to play in Week 7. He was in a great deal of pain after getting hurt on Sunday which is why he did not return to the game so there is a good chance that he will not take part in contact drills this week.

Anquan Boldin, ARI – Sprained Ankle

WR Anquan Boldin’s status for Week 7 is questionable because of sprained right ankle. Boldin left the game in the second quarter after turning his ankle and later returned in the third quarter before leaving the game for good. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters on Monday that X-rays on Boldin were negative and that he has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle. Several local newspapers have reported that Boldin suffered a high ankle sprain but the Cardinals have not made that distinction. Boldin did say that he expects to face the Giants this upcoming weekend however Whisenhunt mentioned that his status would be based on how he “progresses during the week.” Check with us on Thursday and Friday for an update.

Percy Harvin, MIN – Bruised Shoulder

Vikings rookie WR Percy Harvin entered Sunday’s game with a bruised left shoulder and was forced to leave in the fourth quarter after hurting it again. Head coach Brad Childress said that Harvin “nicked” his shoulder when he was hit on a kickoff return late in the game. X-rays on the injured joint were negative and although team officials are saying that it is just bruised it seems that there is more damage within the shoulder than what is being reported. Harvin left the stadium last night with his arm in a sling and he was scheduled to undergo on MRI on Monday. We’ll know more about his status for practice and the game sometime soon.

Mario Manningham, NYG – Undisclosed Injury

According to reports Giants’ WR Mario Manningham was pulled from Sunday’s game with an undisclosed injury and his status for Week 7 is currently unknown. Manningham appeared to be hurt when he came down hard after missing on a reception in the end zone. Manningham indicated after the game that he was taken out as a precaution, but he did not say what his injury was. We’ll likely find out more about this injury over the next day or two.

Steve Smith, CAR – Bruised Knee

Panthers’ WR Steve Smith bruised his knee in the third quarter of Sunday’s game but he refused to blame the injury for his lack of production. Smith, who limped off the field after banging his knee in the second half and quickly returning on the next offensive series, was targeted just 5 times and said that he was unhappy with his limited role. He admitted that his knee was a bit sore but he feels that he is “no longer an asset” to the Panthers. Smith will probably be limited in practice on Wednesday but he expects to start on Sunday. Hopefully he makes more than just one catch against the Bills.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

James Hall, DL, STL – Strained Groin

Rams’ DE James Hall pulled his groin muscle in the second half against the Jaguars and missed the fourth quarter and overtime as a result. According to reports the injury could keep him out for at least a week, but team officials have not ruled him out for Week 7 just yet.

Kris Jenkins, DL, NYJ – Torn ACL

Jets’ DT Kris Jenkins will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday against the Bills. Jenkins, who was hurt making a tackle in the second quarter, has already been placed on IR and he is scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery soon.

Rashean Mathis, DB, JAX – Fractured Index Finger

Jaguars’ CB Rashean Mathis will reportedly need surgery to repair his fractured left index finger, however head coach Jack Del Rio indicated that he could be back on the field following the team’s Week 7 bye. Mathis will have to wear a protective cast on his hand that would affect his ability to wrap-up, jam receivers and make a play on the ball. But Del Rio still thinks he could be cleared to play in Week 8.

Antwan Odom, DL, CIN – Ruptured Achilles’ Tendon

Bengals’ DL Antwan Odom will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in his foot during Sunday’s game. Odom has already undergone corrective surgery and the team has placed him on Injured Reserve.

Lofa Tatupu, LB, SEA – Torn Pectoralis Major Muscle

Seahawks’ head coach Jim Mora said on Monday that the reports on MLB Lofa Tatupu being out for the year are premature. According to Mora the MRI on his injured chest showed that his pec muscle might not be completely torn. In fact the medical staff believes there is chance that he could be back on the field after just a few weeks of rest and rehab. The MRI is currently under review and we should know more about his long-term status later in the week.

Brian Williams, DB, ATL – Torn ACL

Falcons’ CB Brian Williams will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee on Sunday. Williams was hurt when his knee buckled after knocking away a pass in the end zone. An MRI has confirmed that the ACL is torn and he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery.

Antoine Winfield, DB, MIN – Sprained Foot

An MRI on DB Antoine Winfield’s injured foot revealed a sprained ligament and according to reports his status for Week 7 is very questionable. Head coach Brad Childress has not said how severe the sprain is but team officials don’t expect him to practice this week.

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