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.
Jake Delhomme, CAR – Chest Contusion
Panthers’ QB Jake Delhomme is reportedly OK after suffering a chest injury on Sunday that sent him to the hospital. Delhomme was hurt when he was hit by defenders after attempting a short pass in the second half. He was able to return to the game shortly after getting hurt but his chest was giving him trouble and he eventually left the game for good in the 4th quarter. X-rays in the locker room were negative however he was sent to the hospital as he continued to complain of severe chest pain and discomfort when he moved. According to reports all tests at the hospital were negative and while he was feeling sore on Monday team officials expect Delhomme to play in Week 8.
Brett Favre, MIN – Strained Groin
Vikings’ QB Brett Favre was limited in practice last week with what the team officially called a hip injury. However Favre admitted in an interview after Sunday’s game that he actually strained his groin in practice on Wednesday and aggravated the injury during pre-game warm-ups. According to reports the Vikings weren’t concerned about his groin heading into Sunday’s game, however Favre said that his groin became very sore as he warmed up prior to kickoff and he told backup Tavaris Jackson to get ready just in case. Favre didn’t take the field with teammates for pre-game warm ups so he probably aggravated it at some point in the locker room. He said that he didn’t think he would “be able to move around in the pocket very much” and as a result offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell limited the play calling to simple drop-back and shotgun passes. The Vikings have a bye in Week 9 so Favre has an additional week to rest and recover and he should be ready for the team’s next game in Week 10.
Aaron Rodgers, GB – Sprained Toe and Foot
According to reports Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers aggravated a previous foot injury and suffered a new toe injury during Sunday’s tough loss to the Vikings, however head coach Mike McCarthy expects him to play in Week 9 against the Bucs. Rodgers, who sprained a ligament in his foot two weeks ago, reportedly aggravated the injury as he was sacked in the second half. He also sprained a ligament in his toe on the other foot and he was seen limping during and after the game. McCarthy told reporters that Rodgers would likely miss practice time this week but that he expected his starting QB to be active against the Bucs. Rodgers has been the most sacked QB in the league through the first 8 weeks of the season so it is not surprising that he is banged up. His injuries have not affected his production thus far but if he continues to get hit it will only be a matter of time before he suffers an injury that will cost him more than just practice time.
Anquan Boldin, ARI – Sprained Ankle
Cardinals’ WR Anquan Boldin aggravated his sprained ankle during Sunday’s loss to the Panthers on Sunday and his status for Week 9 is currently unknown. Boldin appeared to twist his ankle in the third quarter and he left the game and was examined on the sideline. Unfortunately he was unable to return and he was later seen limping around the locker room with an ice bag wrapped around his ankle. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters on Monday that Boldin’s ankle was sore and that the team will see how he progresses during the week before determining his status for their next game. Boldin said that he will do whatever it takes to play in Week 9, but it’s become clear that his ankle needs more than just a few days of rest before it can completely heal. So even if he plays there is a chance that he could aggravate the injury which would limit his playing time.
Donald Driver, GB – Neck Soreness
Packers’ WR Donald Driver was shaken up after getting hit hard in the second half of Sunday’s game and although an injury was not reported immediately after the game it does appear that Driver could miss practice time this week as a result. Driver is reportedly dealing with a very sore neck and he said in an interview on Monday that moving his head was uncomfortable. Team officials aren’t concerned about the injury and they expect him to play in Week 9, but don’t be surprised if he is limited in practice.
Domenik Hixon, NYG – Hip Pointer
Giants’ WR/KR Domenik Hixon, who left Sunday’s game with a hip pointer, is reportedly feeling a lot better on Monday and it looks like he will be available for Week 9. Hixon was hurt on the kickoff return that ended in his lost fumble. He was seen trying to get loose on the sideline but he appeared to be in a lot of discomfort and he never returned to the game. As expected Hixon was still sore on Monday but he was feeling a lot better and even if he misses practice this week he should be able to play next weekend. WR Sinorice Moss is questionable for Week 9 after suffering an undisclosed foot injury on Sunday. X-rays on his foot were negative and although he was scheduled for additional testing on Monday the results of those tests have not been made public.
Kevin Boss, NYG – Sprained Ankle
According to reports Giants’ TE Kevin Boss aggravated a previous ankle injury during Sunday’s game, but he appears to be OK and he’ll be back in the starting lineup against the Chargers. Boss, who sprained his ankle in Week 4, left the game after a defender hit him low causing him to bend backwards and twist his ankle. He returned to the game a few minutes later and he was able to finish the game. Boss might be limited in practice this week, but his ankle won’t prevent him from playing in Week 9.
Owen Daniels, HOU – Torn ACL
Texans’ TE Owen Daniels will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s win. Daniels was hurt when his foot got caught in the turf as he ran a route in the first quarter. He was able to limp to the sideline but he was examined on the sideline and quickly carted to the locker room where he was reexamined and treated. The Texans initially reported it as a severe knee injury and an MRI confirmed that the ACL in his knee was torn. Daniels is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery as soon as the swelling in his knee subsides. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that the swelling could take as mush as 2 weeks to go down. If all goes well with the surgery he could be cleared for full contact as early as training camp in 2010.
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Nate Clements, DB, SF – Fractured Shoulder Blade
X-rays on Nate Clements injured shoulder revealed a fractured shoulder blade and there was concern that the injury would end his season. However a CT scan revealed that the fracture was not as severe as originally thought and according to reports he could be back within the next 6 – 8 weeks. Despite a 3 – 4 record the 49ers are still in the race for a division title and team officials would like to have a healthy Clements available if they are still in the playoff hunt late in the season.
Aaron Schobel, DL, BUF – Strained Groin
Bills’ DL Aaron Schobel pulled his groin in the first half of Sunday’s game and he tried playing through the injury. Unfortunately he wasn’t very effective and he missed the second half as a result. According to reports Schobel spent time in the training room after the game getting treatment on the groin and team officials expect him to miss practice this week as he rests and recovers. The Bills have a bye in Week 9 so hopefully with the extra time Schobel’s groin heals sufficiently enough for him to play in Week 10.