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Early Injury Report - Week 8
Philip Gentles
October 27, 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

Marc Bulger, STL – Bruised Hand

According to reports Rams’ QB complained of pain in his left (non-throwing) hand following Sunday’s game. However precautionary X-rays came back negative and it appears that the injury is just a bruise. Bulger, who has already dealt with finger and shoulder injuries this season, told reporters on Monday that he was feeling OK. He should be able to play in Week 8.

RUNNING BACKS

Donald Brown, IND – Strained Shoulder

Colts’ rookie RB Donald Brown left Sunday’s game with what is being described as a strained left shoulder and his status for Week 8 is currently unknown. Brown was injured when his left arm was hit by a defender’s helmet at the end of a run in the second quarter. He walked off the field in obvious pain and he was examined by the medical staff on the sideline and eventually taken back to the locker room for an additional examination and treatment. Brown spoke with reporters on Monday and he said that he has dealt with a similar injury in college and that he expects to be all right. The exact nature of the injury has not been made public however local newspapers are calling it a shoulder strain. He’ll likely be limited in practice this week.

Jonathan Stewart, CAR – Undisclosed Hand Injury

Panthers’ RB Jonathan Stewart, who left Sunday’s game with an undisclosed hand injury, is apparently doing fine and he should be active for the team’s Week 8 game. Stewart injured his hand on a reception in the first quarter and he was examined on the sidelines by team trainers and taken back to the locker room for treatment. He returned to the sideline and the game in the second quarter and finished the game. According to reports Stewart was seen with ice on his hand after the game. The exact nature of the injury is currently unknown but it doesn’t appear to be serious.

Derrick Ward, TB – Undisclosed Hand Injury

Buccaneers’ RB Derrick Ward briefly left Sunday’s game with an undisclosed hand injury but he later returned and looked to be OK. Ward was injured after trying to block in the first half. He didn’t spend a lot of time on the sideline and he was back on the field shortly thereafter. Team officials have not updated Ward’s injury status, but it doesn’t appear to be serious and he should be ready when the Bucs return from their Week 8 bye.

Leon Washington, NYJ – Compound Fractures of the Tibia and Fibula

The Jets’ have placed Leon Washington on Injured Reserve after the RB/KR underwent season-ending leg surgery on Sunday. Washington was hurt when a Raiders’ defender rolled up on his leg at the end of a 6-yard run in the first quarter. He appeared to be a in a lot of pain and he had to be carted off the field. According to reports the medical staff immediately realized that the injury was serious because a bone in his leg had broken the skin. X-rays in the locker room confirmed that Washington suffered compound (open) fractures of the tibia and fibula. He was taken to a local hospital where a metal rod was surgically inserted into his tibia to help stabilize the injury site. His fibula was realigned, however surgeons believe that it will heal on its own. Washington will stay in California until Wednesday while he begins his initial recovery. Team officials expect Washington to make a full recovery in time for training camp next season.

Brian Westbrook, PHI – Concussion

Eagles’ RB Brian Westbrook was knocked out of Monday night’s game with a concussion and he did not return. Westbrook, who was shaken up after taken a knee to the head on a first down run in the first half, remained in the ground for several minutes before walking off the field under his own power. He was immediately taken back to the locker room for additional testing, but the Eagles have not said how severe the concussion is. We’ll keep you posted on his status.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Donnie Avery, STL – Bruised Ribs and Hip

According to reports Rams’ WR Donnie Avery aggravated his hip injury and bruised his ribs in Sunday’s game, but both injuries aren’t considered serious and team officials expect him to be play in week 8. It isn’t clear when he was hurt but he didn’t do a lot after his 50-yard reception in the first quarter. Avery reportedly spent time getting treatment on his ribs and hip after the game and as expected he was experiencing soreness in both areas on Monday. He’ll probably be limited in practice this week, however team officials are confident that he will be able to play.

Bernard Berrian, MIN – Strained Hamstring

Vikings’ WR Bernard Berrian didn’t have much to say about his injury hamstring following Sunday’s game, but in a radio interview on Monday he confirmed that his hamstring was an issue and that he planned on playing in next weekend’s game against the Packers. Berrian, who missed three weeks of training camp because of a right hamstring strain, appeared to pull his left hamstring while running a route in the second quarter and he missed the entire second half. He was seen with a heavy wrap around his left thigh after the game and he appeared to be walking with a slight limp. Berrian did not want to talk about the injury on Sunday night, but he told reporters on Monday that he plans on playing in Week 8. He’ll likely miss practice this week and a decision on his availability probably won’t be made until game day.

Anquan Boldin, ARI – Sprained Ankle

Cardinals’ WR Anquan Boldin entered Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle and according to reports it was stiff and swollen afterwards. According to team officials Boldin was pulled from the game in the fourth quarter as precaution. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt admitted that Boldin was dealing with some discomfort in the ankle after the game but he said that Boldin did not aggravate the injury and that he expected him to practice more this week than he did last week.

DeSean Jackson, PHI – Undisclosed Foot Injury

Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson reportedly had X-rays on his foot at halftime and his playing time was limited in the second half. Jackson was seen limping back to the locker room after his long touchdown reception prior to halftime. Jackson appeared to hurt his foot while trying to get away from defenders at the end of his TD catch. The results of the X-rays have not been released but since he was back on the field in the third quarter it is safe to say that they came back negative. He did miss several offensive series late in the game, but we aren’t sure if he was held out as a precaution with the team leading by a comfortable margin. We will keep you posted.

Andre Johnson, HOU – Bruised Lung

The Week 8 status of Texans’ WR Andre Johnson is in question after suffering a bruised lung in Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Johnson was hit in the lower back in the second quarter and he appeared to be shaken up, but he stayed in the game. According to reports Johnson landed on the ball after making a 44-yard reception in the fourth quarter and he began coughing up blood. He tried returning to the game and he was on the field for one more play but he was pulled for good and taken back to the locker room. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that X-rays were negative but that the medical staff was concerned and he was sent to the hospital for additional testing. Johnson has since been diagnosed with a bruised lung and although he is being listed as “day-to-day” his status for Week 8 is definitely in question. We’ll know more about his status later on in the week.

Reggie Wayne, IND – Strained Groin

Colts’ WR Reggie Wayne briefly left Sunday’s game with a strained groin. However he did return and it appears that the injury is minor. Wayne’s groin reportedly tightened up in the second quarter and he spent time on the sideline and in the locker room getting stretched and treated. He returned to the game in the third quarter and made a few more catches but he was eventually pulled from the game for good. An official statement on Wayne’s injury status has not been released, however team officials don’t appear to be worried and Wayne is confident that he will be active for next weekend’s game against the 49ers.

TIGHT ENDS

Chris Cooley, WAS – Broken Ankle

Redskins’ TE Chris Cooley was carted to the locker room after hurting his leg in the second quarter on Monday night and he did not return to the game. Cooley’s leg bent awkwardly as he tried changing direction while running a route. Cooley suffered a broken ankle and according to a team source following the game he will miss the remainder of the season. Head coach Jim Zorn wasn't ready to concede losing Cooley for the season stating in his post-game presser "He will be our for a while now. I don't know if it's going to be season-ending." But it doesn't look good.

Jermichael Finley, GB – Sprained Knee

According to reports Packers’ TE Jermichael Finley will miss at least two weeks after spraining his knee during Sunday’s game. Finley, who was hurt in the first quarter, had an MRI on his knee on Monday and while the results have not been released team officials are calling the injury a ligament sprain and head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he was a “long shot” to play in Week 8. Local newspapers are reporting that he might not be back until Week 10 at the earliest.

Dante Rosario, CAR – Sprained Knee

Panthers’ TE Dante Rosario left Sunday’s game with a sprained knee and according to reports his status for Week 8 is questionable. Rosario injured his knee in the second half and was examined on the sideline by the medical staff. He was apparently diagnosed with a sprain, however the nature and severity of the injury has not be made public. Rosario was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. Knee sprains typically require at least one week of rest so don’t be surprised if he does not play in the Panthers’ next game.

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